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  1. Mylan Engel (2014). Positism: The Unexplored Solution to the Epistemic Regress Problem. Metaphilosophy 45 (2):146-160.
    As we trace a chain of reasoning backward, it must ultimately do one of four things: (i) end in an unjustified belief, (ii) continue infinitely, (iii) form a circle, or (iv) end in an immediately justified basic belief. This article defends positism—the view that, in certain circumstances, type-(i) chains can justify us in holding their target beliefs. One of the assumptions that generates the epistemic regress problem is: (A) Person S is mediately justified in believing p iff (1) S has (...)
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  2. Mylan Engel Jr (2012). Coherentism and the Epistemic Justification of Moral Beliefs: A Case Study in How to Do Practical Ethics Without Appeal to a Moral Theory. Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (1):50-74.
    This paper defends a coherentist approach to moral epistemology. In “The Immorality of Eating Meat” (2000), I offer a coherentist consistency argument to show that our own beliefs rationally commit us to the immorality of eating meat. Elsewhere, I use our own beliefs as premises to argue that we have positive duties to assist the poor (2004) and to argue that biomedical animal experimentation is wrong (2012). The present paper explores whether this consistency-based coherentist approach of grounding particular moral judgments (...)
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  3. Mylan Engel Jr (2011). Review of Practical Ethics, by Peter Singer. [REVIEW] American Journal of Bioethics 11 (12):73 - 75.
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  4. Mylan Engel (2011). Review ofPractical Ethics, 3rd Editionby Peter Singer. [REVIEW] American Journal of Bioethics 11 (12):73-75.
    The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 11, Issue 12, Page 73-75, December 2011.
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  5. Mylan Engel (2010). The Philosophy of Animal Rights: A Brief Introduction for Students and Teachers. Lantern Books.
    The book also contains an extensive bibliography of references and philosophical resources.
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  6. Mylan Engel Jr (2009). Review of Michael J. Murray, Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (2).
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  7. Mylan Engel (2005). A Noncontextualist Account of Contextualist Linguistic Data. Acta Analytica 20 (2):56-79.
    The paper takes as its starting point the observation that people can be led to retract knowledge claims when presented with previously ignored error possibilities, but offers a noncontextualist explanation of the data. Fallibilist epistemologies are committed to the existence of two kinds of Kp -falsifying contingencies: (i) Non-Ignorable contingencies [NI-contingencies] and (ii) Properly-Ignorable contingencies [PI-contingencies]. For S to know that p, S must be in an epistemic position to rule out all NI-contingencies, but she need not be able to (...)
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  8. Mylan Engel (2005). The Equivocal or Question-Begging Nature of Evil Demon Arguments for External World Skepticism. Southwest Philosophy Review 21 (1):163-178.
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  9. Mylan Engel (2004). Taking Hunger Seriously. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 4 (1):29-57.
    An argument is advanced to show that affluent and moderately affluent people, like you and me, are morally obligated: (O1) To provide modest financial support for famine relief organizations and/or other humanitanan organizations working to reduce the amount of unnecessary suffering and death in the world, and (O2) To refrain from squandering food that could be fed to humans in situations of food scarcity. Unlike other ethical arguments for the obligation to assist the world’s absolutely poor, my argument is not (...)
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  10. Mylan Engel (2004). What's Wrong with Contextualism, and a Noncontextualist Resolution of the Skeptical Paradox. Erkenntnis 61 (2-3):203-231.
    Skeptics try to persuade us of our ignorance with arguments like the following: 1. I dont know that I am not a handless brain-in-a-vat [BIV]. 2. If I dont know that I am not a handless BIV, then I dont know that I have hands. Therefore, 3. I dont know that I have hands. The BIV argument is valid, its premises are intuitively compelling, and yet, its conclusion strikes us as absurd. Something has to go, but what? Contextualists contend that (...)
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  11. Mylan Engel (2001). The Mere Considerability of Animals. Acta Analytica 27:89-108.
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  12. Mylan Engel (2000). In Defense of Pure Reason Laurence Bonjour Cambridge Studies in Philosophy New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998, Xiv + 232 Pp., $54.95, $18.95 Paper. [REVIEW] Dialogue 39 (01):163-.
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  13. Mylan Engel (1992). Is Epistemic Luck Compatible with Knowledge? Southern Journal of Philosophy 30 (2):59-75.
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  14. Mylan Engel (1992). Personal and Doxastic Justification in Epistemology. Philosophical Studies 67 (2):133-150.
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  15. Mylan Engel (1992). Russellizing Russell: A Reply to His “a Critique of Lehrer's Coherentism”. Philosophical Studies 66 (1):99 - 108.
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  16. Mylan Engel (1991). Inconsistency. Grazer Philosophische Studien 40:113-130.
    The relationship between inconsistency and Lehrerian coherence is scrutinized. Like most coherence theorists of epistemic justification, Lehrer contends that consistency is necessary for coherence. Despite this contention, minimally inconsistent belief-sets prove coherent and rationally acceptable on Lehrer's account of coherence. Lehrer is left with the following dilemma: If consistency is necessary for coherence, then (i) he must revise his account of coherence accordingly and, more importantly, (ii) such coherence is nof necessary for justification, since intuitively we are justified in accepting (...)
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  17. Mylan R. Engel Jr & Wolfgang L. Gombocz (1984). The Kiefer Argument'. In Wolfgang Leopold Gombocz (ed.), Philosophy of Religion. D. Reidel [Distributor].
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