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  1. Robert Adams, Abraham's Dilemma.
    A convincing defense of a divine command theory of the nature of obligation must address our darkest fear about God's commands--the fear that God may command something evil. Certainly some of the things that God has been thought to require have been evil. Rivers of blood have been shed in obedience to supposed divine commands. Can we accept a divine command theory without assuming a potential obligation to perform such horrible deeds?
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  2. Robert Adams, Well-Being and Excellence.
    We have noted some fundamental distinctions between types of goodness or value. There is usefulness, or merely instrumental goodness, the value that something may have as a means to something else that is good or that is valued. Usefulness has an obvious importance, and connects with significant philosophical issues about instrumentality and probability; but more fundamental issues for ethical theory are posed by the goods or ends that the useful is to serve. Within the realm of what is good for (...)
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  3. Robert M. Adams & James Joyce (forthcoming). Common Sense and Beyond. Animus.
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  4. Robert Mcc Adams (forthcoming). Social Contexts of Technology. Social Research.
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  5. Robert Merrihew Adams (2013). Consciousness, Physicalism, and Panpsychism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 86 (3):728-735.
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  6. Robert Adams (2011). Philosophical Themes in Schleiermacher's Christology. Philosophia 39 (3):449-460.
    Philosophical foundations of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s christology are found in his rejection of the likeness theology found in many medieval theologians and in German rationalist philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries such as Leibniz and Kant. Instead, Schleiermacher offers a theology of divine otherness, as an interpretation of religious consciousness as awareness of oneself as absolutely (i.e., totally and unconditionally) dependent. On this basis all that we can characterize of that on which we are absolutely dependent (God) is its causality. (...)
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  7. Robert Adams (2011). Teorie aktualności. Filo-Sofija 11 (15 (2011/4)):963-999.
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  8. Robert Merrihew Adams (2010). A Theory of Virtue: Introductory Remarks. Philosophical Studies 148 (1):133 - 134.
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  9. Robert Merrihew Adams (2010). A Theory of Virtue: Response to Critics. Philosophical Studies 148 (1):159 - 165.
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  10. Robert Merrihew Adams (2010). Continuity and Development of Leibniz's Metaphysics of Body. The Leibniz Review 20:51-71.
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  11. Robert Merrihew Adams (2009). A Philosophical Autobiography. In Samuel Newlands & Larry M. Jorgensen (eds.), Metaphysics and the Good: Themes From the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams. Oxford University Press.
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  12. Robert Merrihew Adams (2009). Conflict. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 83 (1):115-132.
    The following theses are defended. Conflict has importantly valuable functions, but we obviously need to limit its destructiveness. The efficacy of reasoning together in resolving or restraining conflict is limited; it needs to be supplemented by procedures such as negotiation, compromise, and voting. Despite the urgency of justice, when the resolution or limitation of a conflict needs to be negotiated, the best attainable outcome will often not seem completely just to all parties, and some claims of justice, as seen by (...)
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  13. Robert Merrihew Adams (2009). I-Conflict. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 83 (1):115-132.
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  14. Robert Merrihew Adams (2009). Leibniz. The Leibniz Review 19:113-116.
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  15. Robert Merrihew Adams (2008). G. W Leibniz. The Leibniz Review 18:135-137.
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  16. Robert Adams (2007). Idealism Vindicated. In Peter van Inwagen and Dean Zimmerman (ed.), Persons: Human and Divine. Oxford University Press. 35--54.
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  17. Robert Merrihew Adams (2006). A Theory of Virtue: Excellence in Being for the Good. Clarendon Press.
    The distinguished philosopher Robert M. Adams presents a major work on virtue, which is once again a central topic in ethical thought. A Theory of Virtue is a systematic, comprehensive framework for thinking about the moral evaluation of character. Many recent attempts to stake out a place in moral philosophy for this concern define virtue in terms of its benefits for the virtuous person or for human society more generally. In Part One of this book Adams presents and defends a (...)
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  18. Robert Merrihew Adams (2006). Divine Motivation Theory. Linda Zagzebski. Cambridge. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (2):493–497.
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  19. Robert Merrihew Adams (2006). Divine Motivation Theory. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (2):493-497.
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  20. Robert Merrihew Adams (2006). Love and the Problem of Evil. Philosophia 34 (3):243-251.
    The focus of this paper is the virtual certainty that much of what we must prize in loving any human person would not have existed in a world that did not contain much of the evil that has occurred in the history of the actual world. It is argued that the appropriate response to this fact must be some form of ambivalence, but that lovers have reason to prefer an ambivalence that contextualizes regretted evils in the framework of what we (...)
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  21. Roger J. L. Murphy & Robert M. Adams (2006). Some Observations on the Problems of Grading Examinations with Several Components: A Reply to P. J. Squire. Educational Studies 5 (3):225-230.
    (1979). Some Observations on the Problems of Grading Examinations with Several Components: a reply to P. J. Squire. Educational Studies: Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 225-230.
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  22. Robert Merrihew Adams (2004). Voluntarism and the Shape of a History. Utilitas 16 (2):124-132.
    This article is concerned with the shape of the story of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century moral philosophy as told by J. B. Schneewind in The Invention of Autonomy. After discussion of alternative possible shapes for such a story, the focus falls on the question to what extent, in Schneewind's account, strands of empiricist voluntarism and rationalist intellectualism are interwoven in Kant. This in turn leads to consideration of different types of voluntarism and their roles in early modern ethical theory. Correspondence:c1 robert.adams@mansfield.oxford.ac.uk.
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  23. Robert Merrihew Adams (2003). Anti-Consequentialism and the Transcendence of the Good. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 67 (1):114–132.
  24. Robert Merrihew Adams (2003). The Silence of God in the Thought of Martin Buber. Philosophia 30 (1-4):51-68.
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  25. Robert Merrihew Adams, Louis Dupré, Robert C. Solomon, Alexander Nehamas, Harrison Hall, Charles Guignon, Thomas C. Anderson & Dorothy Leland (2003). The Existentialists: Critical Essays on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  26. Robert Merrihew Adams (2002). Précis of Finite and Infinite Goods. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2):439–444.
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  27. Robert Merrihew Adams (2002). Responses. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2):475–490.
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  28. Robert Merrihew Adams (2002). Review: Précis of Finite and Infinite Goods. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2):439 - 444.
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  29. Robert Merrihew Adams (2002). Review: Substance and Individuation in Leibniz. [REVIEW] Mind 111 (444):851-855.
  30. Robert Merrihew Adams (2002). Substance and Individuation in Leibniz. Mind 111 (444):851-855.
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  31. Robert Merrihew Adams (2001). Scanlon's Contractualism: Critical Notice of T. M. Scanlon, "What We Owe to Each Other". Philosophical Review 110 (4):563-586.
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  32. Robert Merrihew Adams (2001). Scritti Filosofici. The Leibniz Review 11:25-28.
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  33. Robert Merrihew Adams (2000). God, Possibility, and Kant. Faith and Philosophy 17 (4):425-440.
    In one of his precritical works, Kant defends, as “the only possible” way of demonstrating the existence of God, an argument from the nature of possibility. Whereas Leibniz had argued that possibilities must be thought by God in order to obtain the ontological standing that they need, Kant argued that at least the most fundamental possibilities must be exemplified in God. Here Kant’s argument is critically examined in comparison with its Leibnizian predecessor, and it is suggested that an argument combining (...)
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  34. Robert Merrihew Adams (2000). Leibniz's Conception of Religion. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 7:57-70.
    Leibniz’s religious cosmopolitanism is one of the main ways in which his thought foreshadows the Enlightenment. Of the controversial issues of his time, it is the one on which he was boldest. His commitment to it is discussed here in relation to both the Chinese Rites Controversy and the reunion of Christendom, and the main features of his conception of religion are discussed. (1) It is a religious and normative conception. (2) Its main principle is “the love of God above (...)
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  35. Robert Merrihew Adams (2000). Trinità E Incarnazione. The Leibniz Review 10:53-60.
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  36. Robert Merrihew Adams (2000). Reading the Silences, Questioning the Terms: A Response to the Focus on Eighteenth-Century Ethics. Journal of Religious Ethics 28 (2):281 - 284.
    It is striking that most of the essays in this Focus do not explore the specifically religious aspects of Enlightenment ethical thought. A principled reason for this may be found in a conception of religion that makes it hard for Enlightenment thinkers to seem religious at all. Neither does this conception fit anything that is likely to be a live option for most people today, and the now prevalent unpopularity of eighteenth-century piety and religious thought may blind us to important (...)
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  37. Robert Adams (1999). 46 Divine Command Metaethics Modified Again'Robert Adams. In Eleonore Stump & Michael J. Murray (eds.), Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions. Blackwell Publishers. 6--1.
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  38. Robert Adams (1999). William Langland, Piers Plowman: The C Version. Will's Vision of Piers Plowman, Do-Well, Do-Better and Do-Best, Ed. George Russell and George Kane. An Edition in the Form of Huntington Library MS HM 143, Corrected and Restored From the Known Evidence, with Variant Readings.(Piers Plowman: The Three Versions.) London: Athlone Press; Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997. Pp. Xi, 700. $145. [REVIEW] Speculum 74 (4):1082-1085.
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  39. Robert M. Adams, Janet Broughton, John Carriero, Michael Della Rocca, Daniel Garber, Don Garrett, Paul Hoffman, Christia Mercer, Steven Nadler, Marleen Rozemond, Donald Rutherford, Margaret D. Wilson & David Wong (1999). The Rationalists: Critical Essays on Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  40. Robert Merrihew Adams (1999). Finite and Infinite Goods: A Framework for Ethics. Oxford University Press.
    Renowned scholar Robert Adams explores the relation between religion and ethics through a comprehensive philosophical account of a theistically-based framework for ethics. Adams' framework begins with the good rather than the right, and with excellence rather than usefulness. He argues that loving the excellent, of which adoring God is a clear example, is the most fundamental aspect of a life well lived. Developing his original and detailed theory, Adams contends that devotion, the sacred, grace, martyrdom, worship, vocation, faith, and other (...)
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  41. Robert Merrihew Adams (1998). Self-Love and the Vices of Self-Preference. Faith and Philosophy 15 (4):500-513.
    The paper explores the extent to which self-love, as understood by Bishop Butler, may be in harmony with altruistic virtue. Whereas Butler was primarily concerned to rebut suspicions directed against altruism, the suspicions principally addressed by the present writer are directed against self-love. It is argued that the main vices of self-preference---particularly selfishness, self-centeredness, and arrogance---are not essentially excesses of self-love and, indeed, do not necessarily involve self-love. lt is argued further that self-love is something one is typically taught as (...)
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  42. Robert M. Adams (1997). A Modified Divine Command Theory of Ethical Wrongness. In Thomas L. Carson & Paul K. Moser (eds.), Morality and the Good Life. Oup Usa.
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  43. Robert Merrihew Adams (1997). Sleigh's Leibniz & Arnauld: A Commentary on Their Correspondence. Noûs 31 (2):266–277.
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  44. Robert Merrihew Adams (1997). Thisness and Time Travel. Philosophia 25 (1-4):407-415.
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  45. Robert Merrihew Adams (1997). Things in Themselves. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (4):801-825.
    The paper is an interpretation and defense of Kant's conception of things in themselves as noumena, along the following lines. Noumena are transempirical realities. As such they have several important roles in Kant's critical philosophy (Section 1). Our theoretical faculties cannot obtain enough content for a conception of noumena that would assure their real possibility as objects, but can establish their merely formal logical possibility (Sections 2-3). Our practical reason, however, grounds belief in the real possibility of some noumena, and (...)
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  46. Robert Merrihew Adams (1997). Symbolic Value. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 21 (1):1-15.
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  47. Robert M. Adams (1996). The Concept of a Divine Command. In D. Z. Phillips (ed.), Religion and Morality. St. Martin's Press. 59--80.
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  48. Robert Merrihew Adams (1996). Response to Carriero, Mugnai, and Garber. The Leibniz Review 6:107-125.
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  49. Robert Merrihew Adams (1996). Schleiermacher on Evil. Faith and Philosophy 13 (4):563-583.
    Schleiermacher’s theology of absolute dependence implies that absolutely everything, including evil, including even sin, is grounded in the divine causality. In addition to God’s general, creative causality, however, he thinks that Christian consciousness reveals a special, teleologically ordered divine causality which is at work in redemption but not in evil. He identifies good and evil, respectively, with what furthers and what obstructs the development of the religious consciousness in human beings. Mere pains and natural ills are not truly evil, in (...)
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