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  1. Michael Thompson, Three Degrees of Natural Goodness.
    Philippa Foot’s Natural Goodness is among the most beautiful and moving works of moral philosophy yet produced in the analytic tradition. It is so much an integral whole that it will seem barbaric to do as I propose briefly to do, and put it to the scalpel. But Natural Goodness propounds a complex theory with many levels or strata, some of which even the author fails completely to distinguish. I will distinguish three strata, each depending logically on the one that (...)
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  2. Michael Thompson, Three Degrees of Natural Goodness (Discussion Note, Iride).
    Philippa Foot’s Natural Goodness is among the most beautiful and moving works of moral philosophy yet produced in the analytic tradition. It is so much an integral whole that it will seem barbaric to do as I propose briefly to do, and put it to the scalpel. But Natural Goodness propounds a complex theory with many levels or strata, some of which even the author fails completely to distinguish. I will distinguish three strata, each depending logically on the one that (...)
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  3. Michael Thompson, You and I.
    the first might be said by anyone,the second by anyone present, and the third by the injured party herself, Hannah. In particular, if Hannah is given to her own senses – in a mirror, for example – she herself might employ any of these three forms of predication.
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  4. Michael Thompson (forthcoming). Waste and Fairness. Social Research.
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  5. Michael J. Thompson (forthcoming). Axel Honneth and the Neo-Idealist Turn in Critical Theory. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714541583.
    I provide a critique of Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition by calling into question the extent to which recognitive relations are immune to the effects of social and economic power and their ability to shape consciousness and moral cognition. I maintain that as a theory of socialization, Honneth’s theory is inadequate to deal with the strong structural-functional forces that hold administrative-capitalist societies together. This has the effect of constituting subjectivity in particular ways, and this problem of the constitution of the (...)
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  6. Michael J. Thompson (2013). Alienation as Atrophied Moral Cognition and Its Implications for Political Behavior. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 43 (3):301-321.
    I present a theory of alienation that accounts for the cognitive processes involved with moral thinking and political behavior in modern societies. On my account, alienation can be understood as a particular kind of atrophy of moral concepts and moral thinking that affect the ways individuals cognize and legitimate the social world and their place within it. Central to my argument is the thesis that modern forms of social integration—shaped by highly institutionalized, rationalized and hierarchical forms of social life—serve to (...)
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  7. Michael J. Thompson (2013). Hegel's Anti-Capitalist State. Discusiones Filosóficas 14 (22):43-72.
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  8. Drucilla Cornell, Julian H. Franklin, Heather M. Kendrick, Eduardo Mendieta, Andrew Linzey, Paola Cavalieri, Rod Preece, Ted Benton, Michael J. Thompson, Michael Allen Fox, Lori Gruen, Ralph R. Acampora, Bernard Rollin & Peter Sloterdijk (2012). Strangers to Nature: Animal Lives and Human Ethics. Lexington Books.
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  9. Michael Thompson (2011). Anscombe's Intention and Practical Knowledge. In Anton Ford, Jennifer Hornsby & Frederick Stoutland (eds.), Essays on Anscombe's Intention. Harvard University Press.
  10. Michael Thompson (2011). Climate, Imagination, Kant, and Situational Awareness. Journal of Global Ethics 7 (2):137 - 147.
    The interstate highway system and environmental are seldom discussed conjointly in works on climate and sustainability programs. In this essay I employ a metaphor, likening the interstate system to environments, to illustrate a cognitive shortcoming, a failure of imagination, by the organisms found in both. I argue that several failures of the imagination combine to constitute a failure to be aware of the limitations of our situations and the parameters set by climatological considerations. However, by re-engaging with our environment through (...)
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  11. Michael Thompson (ed.) (2011). Georg Lukacs Reconsidered: Critical Essays in Politics, Philosophy and Aesthetics. Continuum Intl Pub Group.
    An international team of contributors explore contemporary insights into the work of Georg Lukacs in political theory, aesthetics, ethics and social and ...
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  12. Michael J. Thompson (2011). Enlarging the Sphere of Recognition: A Hegelian Approach to Animal Rights. [REVIEW] Journal of Value Inquiry 45 (3):319-335.
  13. Michael J. Thompson (2011). The Limits of Liberalism: A Republican Theory of Social Justice. International Journal of Ethics 7.
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  14. Michael J. Thompson (2010). Islam, Rights, and Ethical Life: The Problem of Political Modernity in the Islamic World. Theoria 57 (123):99-125.
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  15. Michael Thompson, Roots and Role of Imagination in Kant: Imagination at the Core.
    Kant's critical philosophy promises to overturn both Empiricism and Rationalism by arguing for the necessity of a passive faculty, sensibility, and an active faculty, understanding, in order for cognition to obtain. Kant argues in favor of sense impression found in standard empirical philosophies while advocating conceptual necessities like those found in rational philosophies. It is only in the synthesis of these two elements that cognition and knowledge claims are possible. However, by affirming such a dualism, Kant has created yet another (...)
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  16. Daniel R. Block, Michael Thompson, Jill Euken, Toni Liquori, Frank Fear & Sherill Baldwin (2008). Engagement for Transformation: Value Webs for Local Food System Development. [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 25 (3):379-388.
    Engagement happens when academics and non-academics form partnerships to create mutual understanding, and then take action together. An example is the “value web” work associated with W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Food Systems Higher Education–Community Partnership. Partners nationally work on local food systems development by building value webs. “Value chains,” a concept with considerable currency in the private sector, involves creating non-hierarchical relationships among otherwise disparate actors and entities to achieve collective common goals. The value web concept is extended herein by (...)
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  17. Michael Thompson (2008). An Open-Ended Conversation: Western and African Philosophy. In F. Ochieng'-Odhiambo, Roxanne Burton & Ed Brandon (eds.), Conversations in Philosophy: Crossing the Boundaries. Cambridge Scholars Pub.. 120.
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  18. Michael Thompson (2008). Life and Action: Elementary Structures of Practice and Practical Thought. Harvard University Press.
    Part I: The representation of life -- Can life be given a real definition? -- The representation of the living individual -- The representation of the life-form itself -- Part II: Naive action theory -- Types of practical explanation -- Naive explanation of action -- Action and time -- Part III: Practical generality -- Two tendencies in practical philosophy -- Practices and dispositions as sources of the goodness of individual actions -- Practice and disposition as sources of individual action.
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  19. Michael Thompson (2008). Naive Action Theory. In , Life and Action. Harvard University Press.
    The question "Why?" that is deployed in these exchanges evidently bears the "special sense" Elizabeth Anscombe has linked to the concepts of intention and of a reason for action; it is the sort of question "Why?" that asks for what Donald Davidson later called a "rationalization".2 The special character of what is given, in each response, as formulating a reason ── a description, namely, of the agent as actually doing something, and, moreover, as..
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  20. Michael Thompson, Marco Verweij & Richard J. Ellis (2006). Why And How Culture Matters. In Robert E. Goodin & Charles Tilly (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis. Oup Oxford.
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  21. Michael Thompson (2004). Apprehending Human Form. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 54:47-74.
    My immediate aim in this lecture is to contribute something to the apt characterization of our representation and knowledge of the specifically human life form, as I will put it - and, to some extent, of things ‘human’ more generally. In particular I want to argue against an exaggerated empiricism about such cognition. Meditation on these themes might be pursued as having a kind of interest of its own, an epistemological and in the end metaphysical interest, but my own purpose (...)
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  22. Michael Thompson (2004). What is It to Wrong Someone? A Puzzle About Justice. In R. Jay Wallace, P. Pettit, S. Scheffler & M. Smith (eds.), Reason and Value: Themes from the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz. Clarendon Press.
    This will be the best way of explaining ‘Paris is the lover of Helen’, that is, ‘Paris loves, and by that very fact [et eo ipso] Helen is loved’. Here, therefore, two propositions have been brought together and abbreviated as one. Or, ‘Paris is a lover, and by that very fact Helen is a loved one’.
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  23. Michael J. Thompson (2004). Beyond the Vote: The Crisis of American Liberalism. Logos 3 (4).
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  24. Piergiorgio Donatelli, Mario Ricciardi & Michael Thompson (2003). "Natural Goodness" di Philippa Foot. Discussione. Iride 16 (1):179-200.
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  25. Michael Thompson (2003). Tre Gradi di Bonta Naturale. Translated by Lorenzo Greco. Iride 16 (38):191-7.
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  26. Michael J. Thompson (2003). The German Aesthetic Tradition (Review). Philosophy and Literature 27 (2):478-480.
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  27. Michael J. Thompson (2003). Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?(Book). Science and Society 67 (2):253.
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  28. Michael J. Thompson (2001). Hegel's Dialectical Political Economy. The Owl of Minerva 33 (1):134-137.
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  29. Connie Molnar, Dan Madigan & Michael Thompson (2000). Notes & News. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 78 (4):595.
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  30. Michael Thompson (1998). The Living Individual and its Kind. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (4):591-591.
    The empirical advances the target article makes over Atran (1990) tend not so much to enrich our knowledge of the “folk taxonomic” hierarchy as to militate against the idea of one. Folk-biological domain-specific universals are to be found not in “taxonomic” kind-kind subordination relations, but in the relation of individual organisms to low ranking kinds and in the peculiarities of those kinds.
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  31. Michael Thompson (1996). Morality and Action. Philosophical Review 105 (2):270-272.
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  32. Michael Thompson (1995). The Representation of Life. In Rosalind Hursthouse, Gavin Lawrence & Warren Quinn (eds.), Virtues and Reasons. Clarendon Press. 247--296.
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  33. Michael B. Thompson (1994). 'You're Not a Genius Just Because You're Mad': Imitation and Originality in the Swedish Enlightenment. Lumen: Selected Proceedings From the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 13:169.
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