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  1. Michael Smith, Schiffers’s Unhappy Face Solution to a Puzzle About Moral Judgement.
    where, according to Schiffer, the concept of an F is pleonastic just in case the concept itself licenses entailments of the form: S ⇒ ∃xFx. These are what he calls "somethingfrom-nothing" entailments and the various practices in which such entailments are made are what he calls "hypostatisizing practices" (p.57). The concept of a proposition is pleonastic, according to this definition, because it licenses the move from a claim like 'Fido is a dog,' a claim containing only the singular term 'Fido' (...)
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  2. Michael K. Smith & Howard Zinn, Chomsky, Zinn, Nader & the Quadrennial Farce.
    Chomsky, meanwhile, has long expressed great reluctance even to recommend reading material to his audiences, let alone how they ought to vote, on the basis that they shouldn’t be substituting his judgment for their own. At the same time he has equally consistently maintained that elections are an elaborate PR charade unworthy of more than the briefest attention, a stance he somehow considers consistent with the petition’s call to put the presidential elections at the top of our list of concerns (...)
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  3. Geoffrey Sayre-McCord & Michael A. Smith, Desires and Beliefs of One's Own.
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  4. Michael Smith & Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Desires…and Beliefs…of One's Own.
    Much work in recent moral psychology attempts to spell out what it is for a desire to be an agent’s own, or, as it is often put, what it means for an agent to be identified with certain of her desires rather than others. The aim of such work varies. Some suggest that an account of what it is for a desire to be an agent’s own provides us with an account of what it is for an agent to value (...)
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  5. Michael Smith (forthcoming). The Materialist Dilemma: Education and the Changing of Circumstances. Philosophy of Education.
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  6. Michaël B. Smith (forthcoming). L'esthétique de Merleau-ponty. Les Etudes Philosophiques.
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  7. Michael B. Smith (forthcoming). Silence, Miss Carson!" Science, Gender, and the Reception of" Silent Spring. Feminist Studies.
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  8. Michael Joseph Smith (forthcoming). Hans Morgenthau and the American National Interest in the Early Cold War. Social Research.
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  9. Michael A. Smith & Andrew B. Scholey (2014). Nutritional Influences on Human Neurocognitive Functioning. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8.
  10. Michael Smith (2013). The Ideal of Orthonomous Action, or the How and Why of Buck-Passing. In David Bakhurst, Margaret Olivia Little & Brad Hooker (eds.), Thinking About Reasons: Themes From the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy. Oxford University Press. 50.
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  11. Michael Smith (2013). Why of Buck—Passing. In David Bakhurst, Margaret Olivia Little & Brad Hooker (eds.), Thinking About Reasons: Themes From the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy. Oxford University Press. 50.
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  12. Michael Smith (2012). Agents and Patients, Or: What We Learn About Reasons for Action by Reflecting on Our Choices in Process‐of‐Thought Cases. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 112 (3):309-331.
    Can we draw substantive conclusions about the reasons for action agents have from premisses about the desires of their idealized counterparts? The answer is that we can. The argument for this conclusion is Rawlsian in spirit, focusing on the choices that our idealized counterparts must make simply in virtue of being ideal, and inferring from these choices the contents of the desires that they must have. It turns out that our idealized counterparts must have desires in which we ourselves figure (...)
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  13. Michael Smith (2012). A Puzzle About Internal Reasons. In Ulrike Heuer & Gerald Lang (eds.), Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes From the Ethics of Bernard Williams. Oxford University Press, Usa. 195.
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  14. Michael Smith (2012). Four Objections to the Standard Story of Action (and Four Replies). Philosophical Issues 22 (1):387-401.
  15. Michael Joseph Smith (2012). A Brief Response to Michael Ignatieff. Ethics and International Affairs 26 (1):49-52.
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  16. Michael Smith (2011). Deontological Moral Obligations and Non-Welfarist Agent-Relative Values. Ratio 24 (4):351-363.
    Many claim that a plausible moral theory would have to include a principle of beneficence, a principle telling us to produce goods that are both welfarist and agent-neutral. But when we think carefully about the necessary connection between moral obligations and reasons for action, we see that agents have two reasons for action, and two moral obligations: they must not interfere with any agent's exercise of his rational capacities and they must do what they can to make sure that agents (...)
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  17. Michael Llewellyn Smith (2011). (D.) Panagiotis Greece and the English: British Diplomacy and the Kings of Greece (International Library of Historical Studies 39). London: I.B. Tauris, 2009. Pp. 212. £54.50. 9781845118211. [REVIEW] Journal of Hellenic Studies 131:289-290.
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  18. Michael Smith (2010). Beyond the Error Theory. In Richard Joyce & Simon Kirchin (eds.), A World Without Values. Springer.
    Mackie's argument for the Error Theory is described. Four ways of responding to Mackie's argument—the Instrumental Approach, the Universalization Approach, the Reasons Approach, and the Constitutivist Approach—are outlined and evaluated. It emerges that though the Constitutivist Approach offers the most promising response to Mackie's argument, it is difficult to say whether that response is adequate or not.
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  19. Michael Smith (2010). On Normativity. Analysis 70 (4):715-731.
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  20. Michael Smith (2010). The Motivation Argument for Non-Cognitivism. In Charles R. Pigden (ed.), Hume on Motivation and Virtue. Palgrave Macmillan. 105.
     
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  21. Michael B. Smith (2010). Philosophy and Inspiration: Chalier's Levinas. Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 9 (1):22-30.
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  22. Michael Smith & Jada Twedt Strabbing (2010). Moral Obligation, Accountability, and Second-Personal Reasons. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (1):237 - 245.
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  23. Michael Smith (2009). Kinds of Consequentialism. In Ernest Sosa & Enrique Villanueva (eds.), Metaethics. Wiley Periodicals, Inc.. 257-272.
  24. Michael Smith (2009). And Dearest Objection. In Ian Ravenscroft (ed.), Minds, Ethics, and Conditionals: Themes From the Philosophy of Frank Jackson. Oxford University Press. 237.
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  25. Michael Smith (2009). Consequentialism and the Nearest and Dearest Objection. In Ian Ravenscroft (ed.), Minds, Ethics, and Conditionals: Themes from the Philosophy of Frank Jackson. Oxford University Press.
    Imagine that Bloggs is faced with a choice between giving a benefit to his child, or a slightly greater benefit to a complete stranger. The benefit is whatever the child or the stranger can buy for $100 — Bloggs has $100 to give away — and it just so happens that the stranger would buy something from which he would gain a slightly greater benefit than would Bloggs's child. Let's stipulate that Bloggs believes this to be, and let's stipulate, as (...)
     
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  26. Michael Smith (2009). Desires, Values, Reasons, and the Dualism of Practical Reason. Ratio 22 (1):98-125.
    In On What Matters Derek Parfit argues that facts about reasons for action are grounded in facts about values and against the view that they are grounded in facts about the desires that subjects would have after fully informed and rational deliberation. I describe and evaluate Parfit's arguments for this value-based conception of reasons for action and find them wanting. I also assess his response to Sidgwick's suggestion that there is a Dualism of Practical Reason. Parfit seems not to notice (...)
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  27. Michael Smith (2009). Minds, Ethics, and Conditionals: Themes From the Philosophy of Frank Jackson. Oxford University Press.
     
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  28. Michael Smith (2009). Reasons with Rationalism After All. Analysis 69 (3):521-530.
  29. Michael Smith (2009). The Explanatory Role of Being Rational. In David Sobel & Steven Wall (eds.), Reasons for Action. Cambridge University Press. 58--80.
    Humeans hold that actions are movements of an agent's body that are suitably caused by a desire that things be a certain way and a belief on the agent's behalf that something she can just do, namely perform a movement of her body of the kind to be explained, has some suitable chance of making things that way (Davidson 1963). Movements of the body that are caused in some other way aren't actions, but are rather things that merely happen to (...)
     
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  30. Geoffrey Brennan, Robert E. Goodin & Michael A. Smith (eds.) (2007). Common Minds: Themes From the Philosophy of Philip Pettit. Oxford University Press.
    During a career spanning over thirty years Philip Pettit has made seminal contributions in moral philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of mind and action, and metaphysics. The corpus of work Pettit has contributed and stimulated is all the more remarkable because of the way in which Pettit and his circle adapt lessons learned when thinking about problems in one area of philosophy to problems in a completely different area. -/- Common Minds presents specially written papers by (...)
     
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  31. Brennan Geoffrey, Robert Goodwin, Frank Jackson & Michael Smith (2007). BLOM Hans, John Christian Laursen and Luisa Simonutti (Eds). British Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (4):833-837.
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  32. Michael Smith (2007). In Defence of Ethics and the a Priori: A Reply to Enoch, Hieronymi, and Tannenbaum. Philosophical Books 48 (2):136-149.
  33. Michael Smith (2007). Summary. Philosophical Books 48 (2):97-98.
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  34. Michael Smith (2007). Is There a Nexus Between Reasons and Rationality? Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 94 (1):279-298.
    When we say that a subject has attitudes that she is rationally required to have, does that entail that she has those attitudes for reasons? In other words, is there a deep nexus between being rational and responding to reasons? Many have argued that there is. For example, Derek Parfit tells us that 'to be rational is to respond to reasons' (Parfit 1997, p.99). But I am not so sure. I begin by considering this question in the domain of theoretical (...)
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  35. Michael Smith, Robert Goodin & Geoffrey Geoffrey (eds.) (2007). Common Minds. Oxford.
  36. Adrian Favell, Miriam Feldblum & Michael Peter Smith (2006). Mobility, Migration, and Technology Workers: An Introduction. Knowledge, Technology and Policy 19 (3):3-6.
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  37. Philip Pettit & Michael Smith (2006). External Reasons. In Cynthia Macdonald & Graham Macdonald (eds.), Mcdowell and His Critics. Blackwell Pub.. 6--142.
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  38. Philip Pettit & Michael Smith (2006). The Truth in Deontology. In R. Jay Wallace, Philip Pettit, Samuel Scheffler & Michael Smith (eds.), Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz. Clarendon Press.
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  39. Michael Smith (2006). Environmentalism: Spiritual, Ethical, Political. Environmental Values 15 (3):355 - 363.
    The normative foundations of the environmental movement can be thought of in a range of different ways. The present paper is a commentary on very interesting papers by Thomas Dunlap, Thomas Hill and Kimberly Smith, who take up the spiritual, ethical and political perspectives respectively. Their accounts are described and evaluated.
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  40. Michael Smith (2006). Is That All There Is? Journal of Ethics 10 (1-2):75 - 106.
    I take issue with two suggestions of Joel Feinberg's: first, that it is incoherent to suppose that human life as such is absurd, and, second, that a particular human life may be absurd and yet saved from being tragic by being fulfilled. I also argue that human life as such may well be absurd and I consider various responses to this.
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  41. Michael Smith (2006). Moore on the Right, the Good, and Uncertainty. In Terry Horgan & Mark Timmons (eds.), Metaethics After Moore. Oxford University Press. 2006--133.
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  42. Michael B. Smith (2006). Recurrence in Levinas. Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 14 (1):1-15.
  43. Michael B. Smith (2006). Recurrence in Levinas Recurrence in Levinas. Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 14 (1):1-15.
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  44. Michael E. Smith (2006). Let's Make the DNA Identification Database as Inclusive as Possible. Journal of Law, Medicine Ethics 34 (2):385-389.
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  45. Michael Smith & Frank Jackson (2006). Absolutist Moral Theories and Uncertainty. Journal of Philosophy 103 (6):267-283.
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  46. Frank Jackson & Michael Smith (eds.) (2005). The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
    The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy is the definitive guide to what's going on in this lively and fascinating subject. Jackson and Smith, themselves two of the world's most eminent philosophers, have assembled more than thirty distinguished scholars to contribute incisive and up-to-date critical surveys of the principal areas of research. The coverage is broad, with sections devoted to moral philosophy, social and political philosophy, philosophy of mind and action, philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of the sciences. This (...)
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  47. Michael Smith (2005). Meta-Ethics. In Frank Jackson & Michael Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy. Oxford University Press. 3--30.
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  48. Michael Smith (2005). Norms and Regulation: Three Issues – Discussion. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 124 (2):221 - 232.
    The five essays in Part III of Philip Pettit’s Rules, Reasons and Norms are a brilliant blend of normative and empirical concerns. Their starting point is the distinction between two sorts of question we can ask about institutions. Institution arrangements bring about certain outcomes: they foster attitudes, cement relationships, and provide certain people with benefits and others with burdens. One question we can ask concerns the justification of institutions; the other concerns the feasibility of institutions, relative to some outcome. Let (...)
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  49. Michael Smith (2005). Review: Norms and Regulation: Three Issues: Discussion. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 124 (2):221 - 232.
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