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  1. Paul Ott (2011). Moral Pluralism, Moral Motivation, and Democracy: A Critique of Talisse's Epistemic Justification of Democracy. Contemporary Pragmatism 8 (2):145-162.
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  2. Paul Ott (2010). Value as Practice and the Practice of Value. Environmental Ethics 32 (3):285-304.
    John Dewey’s theory of value provides a strong alternative to traditional intrinsic value theory that can better address the need for a wide distribution of environmental values. Grounded in his theories of experience and inquiry, Dewey understands values as concrete practices acquired through the interaction of the human organism with its surroundings. Dividing value into acts of immediate valuation and acts of evaluation, Dewey shows that all values start out as desires and through reflective criticism eventuate in value practices. Value (...)
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  3. Paul Ott (2009). World and Earth: Hannah Arendt and the Human Relationship to Nature. Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (1):1-16.
    In place of traditional approaches in environmental ethics, I suggest an improved approach, with respect to the goal of improving the condition of the natural environment, called 'world mediation' through the use of Hannah Arendt's theory of the vita activa . This approach focuses on the relationship between human made worlds and nature, from which a theory of value is suggested. Intrinsic value theory and nature-culture monism are both criticized for an insufficient attention paid toward the human-nature relationship.
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  4. Paul Ott (2006). Cultural Revolutions. Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 34 (105):37-39.
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