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    Robert J. Howell & Brad Thompson (forthcoming). Phenomenally Mine: In Search of the Subjective Character of Consciousness. Review of Philosophy and Psychology:1-25.
    It’s a familiar fact that there is something it is like to see red, eat chocolate or feel pain. More recently philosophers have insisted that in addition to this objectual phenomenology there is something it is like for me to eat chocolate, and this for-me-ness is no less there than the chocolatishness. Recognizing this subjective feature of consciousness helps shape certain theories of consciousness, introspection and the self. Though it does this heavy philosophical work, and it is supposed to be (...)
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  2. Robert J. Howell (2014). Google Morals, Virtue, and the Asymmetry of Deference. Noûs 48 (3):389-415.
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    Robert J. Howell (2013). Consciousness and the Limits of Objectivity: The Case for Subjective Physicalism. OUP Oxford.
    Robert J. Howell offers a new account of the relationship between conscious experience and the physical world, based on a neo-Cartesian notion of the physical and careful consideration of three anti-materialist arguments. His theory of subjective physicalism reconciles the data of consciousness with the advantages of a monistic, physical ontology.
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    Robert J. Howell (2009). Emergentism and Supervenience Physicalism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (1):83 – 98.
    A purely metaphysical formulation of physicalism is surprisingly elusive. One popular slogan is, 'There is nothing over and above the physical'. Problems with this arise on two fronts. First, it is difficult to explain what makes a property 'physical' without appealing to the methodology of physics or to particular ways in which properties are known. This obviously introduces epistemic features into the core of a metaphysical issue. Second, it is difficult to cash out 'over-and-aboveness' in a way that is rigorous, (...)
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    Robert J. Howell (2006). Self-Knowledge and Self-Reference. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 72 (1):44-70.
    Self-Knowledge and Self-Reference is a defense and reconciliation of the two apparently conflicting theses that the self is peculiarly elusive and that our basic, cogito-judgments are certain. On the one hand, Descartes seems to be correct that nothing is more certain than basic statements of self-knowledge, such as "I am thinking." On the other hand, there is the compelling Humean observation that when we introspect, nothing is found except for various "impressions." The problem, then, is that the Humean and Cartesian (...)
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    Robert J. Howell (2013). Perception From the First‐Person Perspective. European Journal of Philosophy 23 (4).
    This paper develops a view of the content of perceptual states that reflects the cognitive significance those states have for the subject. Perhaps the most important datum for such a theory is the intuition that experiences are ‘transparent’, an intuition promoted by philosophers as diverse as Sartre and Dretske. This paper distinguishes several different transparency theses, and considers which ones are truly supported by the phenomenological data. It is argued that the only thesis supported by the data is much weaker (...)
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    Robert J. Howell (2015). The Physicalist's Tight Squeeze: A Posteriori Physicalism Vs. A Priori Physicalism. Philosophy Compass 10 (12):905-913.
    Both a priori physicalism and a posteriori physicalism combine a metaphysical and an epistemological thesis. They agree about the metaphysical thesis: our world is wholly physical. Most agree that this requires everything that there is must be necessitated by the sort of truths described by physics. If we call the conjunction of the basic truths of physics P, all physicalists agree that P entails for any truth Q. Where they disagree is whether or not this entailment can be known a (...)
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    Robert J. Howell (2016). Extended Virtues and the Boundaries of Persons. Journal of the American Philosophical Association 2 (1):146--163.
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  9. Robert J. Howell (2009). The Ontology of Subjective Physicalism. Noûs 43 (2):315-345.
  10. Robert J. Howell (2010). Subjectivity and the Elusiveness of the Self. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 40 (3):459-483.
    'Where am I?' This is something we might expect to hear from hapless explorers or academics with no sense of direction. If we can, we'll explain to our inquirer that he is east of East St. Louis and hope he can find his way from there. If he persists, insisting that he is not really lost, but only cannot find himself no matter how hard he looks, we might reasonably suspect that we are dealing with that peculiarly incorrigible academic explorer, (...)
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    Robert J. Howell (2007). The Knowledge Argument and Objectivity. Philosophical Studies 135 (2):145-177.
    In this paper I argue that Frank Jackson.
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    Jeremy Fantl & Robert J. Howell (2003). Sensations, Swatches, and Speckled Hens. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 84 (4):371-383.
    We argue that there is a interesting connection between the old problem of the Speckled Hen and an argument that can be traced from Russell to Armstrong to Putnam that we call the “gradation argument.” Both arguments have been used to show that there is no “Highest Common Factor” between appearances we judge the same – no such thing as “real” sensations. But, we argue, both only impugn the assumption of epistemic certainty regarding introspective reports.
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  13. Robert J. Howell, The Hard Problem of Consciousness. Scholarpedia.
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    Robert J. Howell (2007). Immunity to Error and Subjectivity. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (4):581-604.
  15. Robert J. Howell (2008). The Two-Dimensionalist Reductio. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 89 (3):348-358.
    Abstract: In recent years two-dimensional semantics has become one of the most serious alternatives to Millianism for the proper interpretation of modal discourse. It has origins in the works of a diverse group of philosophers, and it has proven popular as an interpretation of both language and thought. It has probably received most of its attention, however, because of its use by David Chalmers in his arguments against materialism. It is this more metaphysical application of two-dimensionalism that is the concern (...)
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    Robert J. Howell (2002). Self-Knowledge and Self-Reference. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 72 (1):44-70.
    Self-Knowledge and Self-Reference is a defense and reconciliation of the two apparently conflicting theses that the self is peculiarly elusive and that our basic, cogito-judgments are certain. On the one hand, Descartes seems to be correct that nothing is more certain than basic statements of self-knowledge, such as "I am thinking." On the other hand, there is the compelling Humean observation that when we introspect, nothing is found except for various "impressions." The problem, then, is that the Humean and Cartesian (...)
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    Robert J. Howell (2015). Epistemic Internalism and Perceptual Content: How a Fear of Demons Leads to an Error Theory of Perception. Philosophical Studies 172 (8):2153-2170.
    Despite the fact that many of our beliefs are justified by perceptual experience, there is relatively little exploration of the connections between epistemic justification and perceptual content. This is unfortunate since it seems likely that some views of justification will require particular views of content, and the package of the two might be quite a bit less attractive than either view considered alone. I will argue that this is the case for epistemic internalism. In particular, epistemic internalism requires a view (...)
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    Robert J. Howell (2008). 6 Subjective Physicalism. In Edmond Wright (ed.), The Case for Qualia. The MIT Press 125.
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    Robert J. Howell (2016). Perception From the First‐Person Perspective. European Journal of Philosophy 24 (1):187-213.
    This paper develops a view of the content of perceptual states that reflects the cognitive significance those states have for the subject. Perhaps the most important datum for such a theory is the intuition that experiences are ‘transparent’, an intuition promoted by philosophers as diverse as Sartre and Dretske. This paper distinguishes several different transparency theses, and considers which ones are truly supported by the phenomenological data. It is argued that the only thesis supported by the data is much weaker (...)
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    Robert J. Howell (2008). The Two-Dimensionalistreductio. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 89 (3):348-358.
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    Robert J. Howell (2011). The Knowledge Argument and the Implications of Phenomenal Knowledge. Philosophy Compass 6 (7):459-468.
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    Robert J. Howell (2013). Deferring to Moral Experts. The Philosophers' Magazine 61 (61):37-41.
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    Robert J. Howell (2014). The Self and Self-Knowledge By Annalisa Coliva. Analysis 74 (3):547-550.
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    Robert J. Howell (2005). A Puzzle for Pragmatism. American Philosophical Quarterly 42 (2):131-136.
    It is an intuitively attractive view that the importance of a proposition affects the amount of evidence a subject needs in order to know that proposition—the more important the proposition is to the subject, the more evidence the subject must have in order for her to count as knowing the proposition. This paper argues that because unimportant propositions entail the falsity of very important propositions this position either results in the lack of closure of knowledge under known implication, or it (...)
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    Robert J. Howell (2014). Plato is Still on Form. [REVIEW] The Philosophers' Magazine 66:119-120.
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    Robert J. Howell (2011). Make Your Self Scarce. The Philosophers' Magazine 55 (55):100-101.
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    Robert J. Howell (2011). Living the Dream. The Philosophers' Magazine 52 (52):107-108.
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    Robert J. Howell (2011). Review of Mark Siderits, Evan Thompson, Dan Zahavi (Eds.), Self, No-Self? Perspectives From Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (7).
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    Robert J. Howell (2010). Our Knowledge of the Internal World – Robert Stalnaker. Philosophical Quarterly 60 (238):196-197.
  30. Robert J. Howell (2011). Make Your Self Scarce: The Ego Trick: What Does It Mean to Be You? By Julian Baggini (Granta)£ 14.99. The Philosophers' Magazine 55:100-101.
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    Robert J. Howell (2008). Review of Lucy O'Brien, Self-Knowing Agents. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (3).
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  32. Torin Alter & Robert J. Howell (2011). Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem: A Reader. OUP Usa.
    Ideal for courses in consciousness and the philosophy of mind, Consciousness and The Mind-Body Problem: A Reader presents thirty-three classic and contemporary readings, organized into five sections that cover the major issues in this debate: the challenge for physicalism, physicalist responses, alternative responses, the significance of ignorance, and mental causation. Edited by Torin Alter and Robert J. Howell, the volume features work from such leading figures as Karen Bennett, Ned Block, David J. Chalmers, Frank Jackson, Colin McGinn, David Papineau, and (...)
     
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  33. Torin Alter & Robert J. Howell (2015). The God Dialogues: A Philosophical Journey. OUP Usa.
    The God Dialogues is an intriguing and extensive philosophical debate about the existence of God. Engaging and accessible, it covers all the main arguments for and against God's existence, from traditional philosophical "proofs" to arguments that involve the latest developments in biology and physics.
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