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  1. Michael W. Allen, James and Dewey on Three Aspects of Relativism.
    This first chapter locates crucial elements of James's notion of truth within James's 'The Will to Believe." James recognizes evidential criteria in the formation of belief, in contrast to a common claim that for him beliefs are generated in an evidential vacuum. Jamess view of evidence in "The Will to Believe" also stands as a pragmatic reappraisal of traditional epistemology, and such criteria are individualistic. But his treatment should not be taken as subjectivist, in the sense that personal whim or (...)
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  2. Michael W. Allen (2003). William James: Social Philosopher. Dissertation, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
    Chapter One distinguishes the early, individualistic, writings from the later, more socially conscious ones. The metaphysical language of impermeable surfaces and levels, and rigid hierarchies, is consonant in James's writing with the assumption of what Dewey calls an individual/society split. ;Chapter Two focuses upon the relational self from the Principles of Psychology. The central pair of terms is that of strength/fragility, in which a self is revealed that is both functionally efficacious through activities of emphasis, selection, and negation, and permeable (...)
     
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  3. Michael W. Allen, Mathew Hunstone, Jon Waerstad, Emma Foy, Thea Hobbins, Britt Wikner & Joanne Wirrel (2002). Human-to-Animal Similarity and Participant Mood Influence Punishment Recommendations for Animal Abusers. Society and Animals 10 (3):267-284.
    Studies of observer responses to human-to-human abuse have found that both an observer's mood and the similarity of the victim to the observer affect the observer's desire to help the victim and punish the offender. The present study examined the extent to which similarity and mood also shape observer responses to human-to-animal abuse.We first manipulated participants' mood by giving non-contingent feedback on a hidden word task . Participants then read a scenario describing an instance of animal abuse . Results showed (...)
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  4. Michael W. Allen (1997). Relativism and James's Pragmatic Notion of Truth. Southwest Philosophy Review 13 (1):103-111.
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