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  1. Robert C. Koons, The Place of Natural Theology in Lutheran Thought.
    I deliberately choose a provocative title for this article. I’m sure some of you thought, when reading the title, that there must have been some sort of typo. ”The place of natural theology in Lutheran thought”? Isn’t that like addressing the place of Marxism is modern conservative thought, or the place of astrology in modern physics? Surely, there is no place for natural theology, for philosophical attempts to demonstrate the existence of God, in Lutheran thought, with its emphasis on reason (...)
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  2. Robert C. Koons (2014). A New Kalam Argument: Revenge of the Grim Reaper. Noûs 48 (2):256-267.
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  3. Matthew B. O'Brien & Robert C. Koons (2012). Objects of Intention: A Hylomorphic Critique of the New Natural Law Theory. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (4):655-703.
    The “New Natural Law” Theory (NNL) of Germain Grisez, John Finnis, Joseph Boyle, and their collaborators offers a distinctive account of intentional action, which underlies a moral theory that aims to justify many aspects of traditional morality and Catholic doctrine. -/- In fact, we show that the NNL is committed to premises that entail the permissibility of many actions that are irreconcilable with traditional morality and Catholic doctrine, such as elective abortions. These consequences follow principally from two aspects of the (...)
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  4. Matthew B. O’Brien & Robert C. Koons (2012). Objects of Intention. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (4):655-703.
    The “New Natural Law” Theory (NNL) of Grisez, Finnis, Boyle, and their collaborators offers a distinctive account of intentional action, which underlies a moral theory that aims to justify many aspects of traditional morality and Catholic doctrine. In fact, we show that the NNL is committed to premises that entail the permissibility of many actions that are irreconcilable with traditional morality and Catholic doctrine, such as elective abortions. These consequences follow principally from the NNL’s planning theory of intention coupled with (...)
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  5. Robert C. Koons (2011). Science, Reason, and Religion. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 85:79-97.
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  6. Robert C. Koons & Logan Paul Gage (2011). St. Thomas Aquinas on Intelligent Design. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 85:79-97.
    Recently, the Intelligent Design (ID) movement has challenged the claim of many in the scientific establishment that nature gives no empirical signs of having been deliberately designed. In particular, ID arguments in biology dispute the notion that neo-Darwinian evolution is the only viable scientific explanation of the origin of biological novelty, arguing that there are telltale signs of the activity of intelligence which can be recognized and studied empirically. In recent years, a number of Catholic philosophers, theologians, and scientists have (...)
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  7. Robert C. Koons & George Bealer (eds.) (2010). The Waning of Materialism. Oxford University Press.
    Twenty-three philosophers examine the doctrine of materialism find it wanting.
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  8. Robert C. Koons (2009). Epistemological Objections to Materialism. In Robert C. Koons & George Bealer (eds.), The Waning of Materialism: New Essays. Oxford University Press. 281--306.
  9. Robert C. Koons & George Bealer (2009). Preface. In Robert C. Koons & George Bealer (eds.), The Waning of Materialism: New Essays. Oxford University Press.
     
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  10. Robert C. Koons, Defeasible Reasoning. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  11. Robert C. Koons (2008). Epistemological Foundations for the Cosmological Argument. In Jon Kvanvig (ed.), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion. Oxford. 1--105.
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  12. Robert C. Koons (2007). Review of Nicholas Rescher, Presumption and the Practices of Tentative Cognition. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (7).
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  13. Robert C. Koons (2006). Bob and Carol and Tess and Ali. Sophia 45 (2):117-122.
    Conflicting religious experiences in different traditions do not necessarily <span class='Hi'>defeat</span> the rationality of conflicting beliefs sustained by those experiences in those traditions. The circularity that protects religious beliefs from such mutual <span class='Hi'>defeat</span> is not vicious. Moreover, the lack of ‘epistemological humility’ exhibited by such believers poses no threat to world peace. In fact, a campaign for compulsory humility would itself constitute a much greater threat.
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  14. Robert C. Koons (2006). Logic and Theism. Faith and Philosophy 23 (3):356-360.
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  15. Robert C. Koons (2004). The Logic of Causal Explanation an Axiomatization. Studia Logica 77 (3):325 - 354.
    Three-valued (strong-Kleene) modal logic provides the foundation for a new approach to formalizing causal explanation as a relation between partial situations. The approach makes fine-grained distinctions between aspects of events, even between aspects that are equivalent in classical logic. The framework can accommodate a variety of ontologies concerning the relata of causal explanation. I argue, however, for a tripartite ontology of objects corresponding to sentential nominals: facts, tropes (or facta or states of affairs), and situations (or events). I axiomatize the (...)
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  16. Robert C. Koons (2004). Michael Ruse, Can a Darwinian Be a Christian? The Relationship Between Science and Religion:Can a Darwinian Be a Christian? The Relationship Between Science and Religion. Ethics 115 (1):163-166.
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  17. Robert C. Koons (2003). Functionalism Without Physicalism: Outline of an Emergentist Program. Progress in Complexity, Information, and Design 2 (3-3).
    The historical association between functionalism and physicalism is not an unbreakable one. There are reasons for finding some version of a functional account of the mental attractive that are independent of the plausibility of physicalism. I develop a non-physicalist version of func- tionalism and explain how this model is able to secure genuine emergence of the mental, despite Kim’s arguments that such emergence theories are incoherent. The kind of teleological emergence of the mental required by this model is in fact (...)
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  18. Robert C. Koons (2003). Physical Causation. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 67 (1):244-248.
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  19. Robert C. Koons (2003). Review: Truth and the Absence of Fact. [REVIEW] Mind 112 (445):119-126.
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  20. Robert C. Koons (2003). Science and Belief in God: Concord, Not Conflict. In Paul Copan & Paul K. Moser (eds.), The Rationality of Theism. Routledge. 77.
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  21. Robert C. Koons (2003). Science and Theism: Concord, Not Conflict. In Paul Copan & Paul K. Moser (eds.), The Rationality of Theism. Routledge.
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  22. Robert C. Koons (2003). Truth and the Absence of Fact. Mind 112 (445):119-126.
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  23. Robert C. Koons (2002). Dual Agency: A Thomistic Account of Providence and Human Freedom. Philosophia Christi 4 (2):397-411.
  24. Robert C. Koons (2001). Defeasible Reasoning, Special Pleading and the Cosmological Argument. Faith and Philosophy 18 (2):192-203.
    This is a reply to a paper by Graham Oppy in the July, 1999 issue of this journal, “Koons’ Cosmological Argument.” Recent work in defeasible or nonmonotonic logic means that the cosmological argument can be cast in such a way that it does not presuppose that every contingent situation, without exception, has a cause. Instead, the burden of proof is shifted to the skeptic, who must produce positive reasons for thinking that the cosmos is an exception to the defeasible law (...)
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  25. Robert C. Koons (2001). Defeasible Reasoning, Special Pleading and the Cosmological Argument: A Reply to Oppy. Faith and Philosophy 18 (2):192-203.
    This is a reply to a paper by Graham Oppy in the July, 1999 issue of this journal, “Koons’ Cosmological Argument.” Recent work in defeasible or nonmonotonic logic means that the cosmological argument can be cast in such a way that it does not presuppose that every contingent situation, without exception, has a cause. Instead, the burden of proof is shifted to the skeptic, who must produce positive reasons for thinking that the cosmos is an exception to the defeasible law (...)
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  26. Robert C. Koons (2000). Book Review: Scott Soames. Understanding Truth. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 41 (1):77-94.
  27. Robert C. Koons (2000). Realism Regained: An Exact Theory of Causation, Teleology, and the Mind. Oxford University Press.
    In this wide-ranging philosophical work, Koons takes on two powerful dogmas--anti-realism and materialism.
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  28. Robert C. Koons (1999). Situation Mereology and the Logic of Causation. Topoi 18 (2):167-174.
  29. Robert C. Koons (1998). Teleology as Higher-Order Causation: A Situation-Theoretic Account. Minds and Machines 8 (4):559-585.
    Situation theory, as developed by Barwise and his collaborators, is used to demonstrate the possibility of defining teleology (and related notions, like that of proper or biological function) in terms of higher order causation, along the lines suggested by Taylor and Wright. This definition avoids the excessive narrowness that results from trying to define teleology in terms of evolutionary history or the effects of natural selection. By legitimating the concept of teleology, this definition also provides promising new avenues for solving (...)
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  30. Robert C. Koons (1997). A New Look at the Cosmological Argument. American Philosophical Quarterly 34 (2):193 - 211.
    The cosmological argument for God’s existence has a long history, but perhaps the most influential version of it has been the argument from contingency. This is the version that Frederick Copleston pressed upon Bertrand Russell in their famous debate about God’s existence in 1948 (printed in Russell’s 1957 Why I am not a Christian). Russell’s lodges three objections to the Thomistic argument.
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  31. Robert C. Koons (1997). Probability and Conditionals, Belief Revision and Rational Decision, Edited by Eells Ellery and Skyrms Brian, Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction, and Decision Theory, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, and Oakleigh, Victoria, 1994, Viii+ 207 Pp. [REVIEW] Journal of Symbolic Logic 62 (1):330-335.
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  32. Robert C. Koons (1997). Review: Ellery Eells, Brian Skyrms, Probability and Conditionals, Belief Revision and Rational Decision. [REVIEW] Journal of Symbolic Logic 62 (1):330-335.
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  33. Robert C. Koons (1994). Gauthier and the Rationality of Justice. Philosophical Studies 76 (1):1 - 26.
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  34. Robert C. Koons (1994). Book Review: Anil Gupta and Nuel Belnap. The Revision Theory of Truth. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 35 (4):606-631.
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  35. Corrinne Bedecarre, Marilyn Friedman, Lisa M. Heldke, Robert C. Koons, Daniel Bonevac, Carol A. Mickett, Richard J. McGowan, Lynn Hankinson Nelson, Steven Yates & Leonard D. Katz (1993). Letters to the Editor. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 67 (1):23 - 36.
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  36. Robert C. Koons (1993). Faith, Probability and Infinite Passion. Faith and Philosophy 10 (2):145-160.
    The logical treatment of the nature of religious belief (here I will concentrate on belief in Christianity) has been distorted by the acceptance of a false dilemma. On the one hand, many (e.g., Braithwaite, Hare) have placed the significance of religious belief entirely outside the realm of intellectual cognition. According to this view, religious statements do not express factual propositions: they are not made true or false by the ways things are. Religious belief consists in a certain attitude toward the (...)
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  37. Robert C. Koons (1993). Springs of Action. Review of Metaphysics 46 (4):861-863.
  38. Robert C. Koons (1992). Paradoxes of Belief and Strategic Rationality. Cambridge University Press.
    The purpose of this book is to develop a framework for analyzing strategic rationality, a notion central to contemporary game theory, which is the formal study of the interaction of rational agents, and which has proved extremely fruitful in economics, political theory, and business management. The author argues that a logical paradox (known since antiquity as "the Liar paradox") lies at the root of a number of persistent puzzles in game theory, in particular those concerning rational agents who seek to (...)
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  39. Robert C. Koons (1992). Vann McGee, Truth, Vagueness & Paradox: An Essay on the Logic of Truth Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 12 (2):118-123.
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  40. Robert C. Koons (1990). Doxastic Paradoxes Without Self-Reference. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 68 (2):168 – 177.
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  41. Robert C. Koons (1989). A Representational Account of Mutual Belief. Synthese 81 (1):21 - 45.
    Although the notion of common or mutual belief plays a crucial role in game theory, economics and social philosophy, no thoroughly representational account of it has yet been developed. In this paper, I propose two desiderata for such an account, namely, that it take into account the possibility of inconsistent data without portraying the human mind as logically and mathematically omniscient. I then propose a definition of mutual belief which meets these criteria. This account takes seriously the existence of computational (...)
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  42. Robert C. Koons, A Lutheran's Case for Roman Catholicism.
    I wrote the following essay in early 2006 while still a member of the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod. On the Vigil of Pentecost in A.D. 2007 (May 25th) I was formally received into the fellowship of the Roman Catholic Church at the parish of St. Louis the King of France in Austin, Texas.
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  43. Robert C. Koons, Reply to Holtz.
    In "The Compatibility of Naturalism and Scientific Realism" (Dec. 2003) , Brian Holtz offers two objections to my argument in "The Incompatibility of Naturalism and Scientific Realism" (in Naturalism: A Critical Appraisal , edited by William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland, Routledge, 2000). His responses are: (1) my argument can be deflected by adopting a pragmatic or empiricist "definition" of "truth", and (2) the extra-spatiotemporal cause of the simplicity of the laws need not be God, or any other personal (...)
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