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    Robert Stern (2012). Understanding Moral Obligation: Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard. Cambridge University Press.
    In many histories of modern ethics, Kant is supposed to have ushered in an anti-realist or constructivist turn by holding that unless we ourselves 'author' or lay down moral norms and values for ourselves, our autonomy as agents will be threatened. In this book, Robert Stern challenges the cogency of this 'argument from autonomy', and claims that Kant never subscribed to it. Rather, it is not value realism but the apparent obligatoriness of morality that really poses a challenge to our (...)
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  2. Robert Stern (2000). Transcendental Arguments and Scepticism: Answering the Question of Justification. Oxford University Press.
    Robert Stern investigates how scepticism can be countered by using transcendental arguments concerning the necessary conditions for the possibility of experience, language, or thought. He shows that the most damaging sceptical questions concern neither the certainty of our beliefs nor the reliability of our belief-forming methods, but rather how we can justify our beliefs.
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    Robert Stern (2004). Does ‘Ought’ Imply ‘Can’? And Did Kant Think It Does? Utilitas 16 (1):42-61.
    The aim of this article is twofold. First, it is argued that while the principle of ‘ought implies can’ is certainly plausible in some form, it is tempting to misconstrue it, and that this has happened in the way it has been taken up in some of the current literature. Second, Kant's understanding of the principle is considered. Here it is argued that these problematic conceptions put the principle to work in a way that Kant does not, so that there (...)
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  4. Robert Stern (ed.) (1999). Transcendental Arguments: Problems and Prospects. Oxford University Press.
    In this volume of fourteen new essays, a distinguished team of philosophers offer a broad and stimulating examination of the nature, role, and value of transcendental arguments. Transcendental arguments aim to show that what is doubted or denied by the sceptic must be the case, as a condition for the possibility of experience, language, or thought. The essays consider how successful such arguments are as a response to sceptical problems.
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    Robert Stern (2015). Introduction. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (4):601-610.
    This is an introduction to a special issue of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, on the relation between idealism and pragmatism. It sets out the way in which the two traditions can be related, and then outlines the papers contained in the special issue.
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    Robert Stern (2009). Hegelian Metaphysics. Oxford University Press.
    The volume concludes by examining a critique of Hegel's metaphysical position from the perspective of the "continental" tradition, and in particular Gilles ...
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    Robert Stern (2007). Hegel, British Idealism, and the Curious Case of the Concrete Universal. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (1):115 – 153.
    [INTRODUCTION] Like the terms 'dialectic', 'Aufhebung' (or 'sublation'), and 'Geist', the term 'concrete universal' has a distinctively Hegelian ring to it. But unlike these others, it is particularly associated with the British strand in Hegel's reception history, as having been brought to prominence by some of the central British Idealists. It is therefore perhaps inevitable that, as their star has waned, so too has any use of the term, while an appreciation of the problematic that lay behind it has seemingly (...)
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    Robert Stern (2013). An Hegelian in Strange Costume? On Peirce's Relation to Hegel I. Philosophy Compass 8 (1):53-62.
    This paper considers the relation between the American pragmatist Charles Sanders Peirce and the German idealist G. W. F. Hegel . While Peirce engaged with Hegel’s thought quite extensively, his often critical comments on the latter have made it hard to see any genuine common ground between the two; recent ways of reading Hegel, however, suggest how this might be possible, where the connections between their respective metaphysical positions and views of the categories are explored here. Issues relating to their (...)
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    Robert Stern (2013). An Hegelian in Strange Costume? On Peirce's Relation to Hegel II. Philosophy Compass 8 (1):63-72.
    In this paper, which is the second in a series, I continue to consider the relation between the American pragmatist Charles Sanders Peirce and the German idealist G. W. F. Hegel. This article focuses on their views of epistemology and inquiry, and their accounts of the relation between language and thought. As with the earlier paper, it is argued that fruitful similarities between their positions on these issues can be found.
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  10. Robert Stern (2007). Freedom, Self-Legislation and Morality in Kant and Hegel: Constructivist Vs. Realist Accounts. In Espen Hammer (ed.), German Idealism: Contemporary Perspectives. Routledge 245--66.
     
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    Robert Stern (2011). The Value of Humanity: Reflections on Korsgaard's Transcendental Argument. In Joel Smith & Peter Sullivan (eds.), Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism. Oxford University Press 74.
    This article considers Christine Korsgaard's argument for the value of humanity, and the role that her transcendental argument plays in this, to the effect that an agent must value her own humanity. Two forms of that argument are considered, and the second is defended. The analysis of her position is also put in the context of debates about transcendental arguments more generally.
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    Robert Stern (2007). Peirce, Hegel, and the Category of Secondness. Inquiry 50 (2):123 – 155.
    This paper focuses on one of C. S. Peirce's criticisms of G. W. F. Hegel: namely, that Hegel neglected to give sufficient weight to what Peirce calls "Secondness", in a way that put his philosophical system out of touch with reality. The nature of this criticism is explored, together with its relevant philosophical background. It is argued that while the issues Peirce raises go deep, in some respects Hegel's position is closer to his own than he may have realised, whilst (...)
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    Robert Stern (2010). Moral Scepticism and Agency: Kant and Korsgaard. Ratio 23 (4):453-474.
    One argument put forward by Christine Korsgaard in favour of her constructivist appeal to the nature of agency, is that it does better than moral realism in answering moral scepticism. However, realists have replied by pressing on her the worry raised by H. A. Prichard, that any attempt to answer the moral sceptic only succeeds in basing moral actions in non-moral ends, and so is self-defeating. I spell out these issues in more detail, and suggest that both sides can learn (...)
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  14. Robert Stern (2007). Transcendental Arguments: A Plea for Modesty. Grazer Philosophische Studien 74 (1):143-161.
    A modest transcendental argument is one that sets out merely to establish how things need to appear to us or how we need to believe them to be, rather than how things are. Stroud's claim to have established that all transcendental arguments must be modest in this way is criticised and rejected. However, a different case for why we should abandon ambitious transcendental arguments is presented: namely, that when it comes to establishing claims about how things are, there is no (...)
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    Robert Stern (2009). The Autonomy of Morality and the Morality of Autonomy. Journal of Moral Philosophy 6 (3):395-415.
    This review article is a discussion of Charles Larmore's book The Autonomy of Morality. After presenting an outline of Larmore's position, it focuses on three critical issues: whether Larmore is right to see Kant as an anti-realist; whether he deals adequately with the threat to autonomy posed by the apparent obligatoriness of morality; and whether he establishes that the constructivist idea of practical reason as self-legislating must really be as unconstrained and empty as he suggests.
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    Robert Stern (2008). Hegel's Idealism. In Frederick C. Beiser (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth-Century Philosophy. Cambridge University Press 137--74.
    The nature of Hegel’s idealism has been much disputed, and this chapter offers an account of it that is distinctive. Against recent commentators such as Robert Pippin, it is argued that Hegel was not a Kantian or transcendental idealist; it is also argued that Hegel was not a mentalistic idealist, offering a kind of ‘spirit monism’ that reduced the world to mind. It is argued instead that Hegel understood idealism to be the view that ‘the finite has no veritable being’, (...)
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    Robert Stern (2014). Darwall on Second‐Personal Ethics. European Journal of Philosophy 22 (2):321-333.
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  18. Robert Stern (1990). Hegel, Kant and the Structure of the Object. Routledge.
    Hegel's holistic metaphysics challenges much recent ontology with its atomistic and reductionist assumptions; Stern offers us an original reading of Hegel and contrasts him with his predecessor, Kant.
     
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    Robert Stern (2014). Divine Commands and Secular Demands: On Darwall on Anscombe on ‘Modern Moral Philosophy. Mind 123 (492):1095-1122.
    This paper considers Stephen Darwall’s recent attempt to overturn Elizabeth Anscombe’s claim that moral obligation only really makes sense in terms of a divine command account, where he argues that in fact this account must give way to a more secularized and humanistic position if it is to avoid incoherence. It is suggested that Darwall’s attempt to establish this is flawed, and thus that his internal critique of divine command ethics fails.
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  20. Robert Stern (2008). Kant's Response to Skepticism. In John Greco (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism. Oxford University Press 265.
    Within much contemporary epistemology, Kant’s response to skepticism has come to be epitomized by an appeal to transcendental arguments. This form of argument is said to provide a distinctively Kantian way of dealing with the skeptic, by showing that what the skeptic questions is in fact a condition for her being able to raise that question in the first place, if she is to have language, thoughts, or experiences at all. In this way, it is hoped, the game played by (...)
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    Robert Stern (2006). Metaphysical Dogmatism, Humean Scepticism, Kantian Criticism. Kantian Review 11 (1):102-116.
    In this article, I want to argue that scepticism for Kant must be seen in ancient and not just modern terms, and that if we take this into account we will need to take a different view of Kant's response to Hume from the one that is standardly presented in the literature. This standard view has been put forward recently by Paul Guyer, and it is therefore his view that I want to look at in some detail, and to try (...)
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  22. Robert Stern (1994). Macintyre and Historicism. In John Horton & Susan Mendus (eds.), After Macintyre: Critical Perspectives on the Work of Alasdair Macintyre. University of Notre Dame Press
     
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    Robert Stern (1999). Going Beyond the Kantian Philosophy: On McDowell's Hegelian Critique of Kant. European Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):247–269.
    The Kant-Hegel relation has a continuing fascination for commentators on Hegel, and understandably so: for, taking this route into the Hegelian jungle can promise many advantages. First, it can set Hegel’s thought against a background with which we are fairly familiar, and in a way that makes its relevance clearly apparent; second, it can help us locate Hegel in the broader philosophical tradition, making us see that the traditional ‘analytic’ jump from Kant to Frege leaves out a crucial period in (...)
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    Robert Stern (1993). Did Hegel Hold an Identity Theory of Truth? Mind 102 (408):645-647.
    The aim of this paper is to criticize Thomas Baldwin's claim, that in developing an identity theory of truth, F H Bradley was following Hegel. It is argued that Baldwin has incorrectly understood certain passages from Hegel which he cites in defense of this view, and that Hegel's conception of truth was primarily material, not propositional.
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    Robert Stern (2004). Coherence as a Test for Truth. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 69 (2):296–326.
    This paper sets out to demonstrate that a contrast can be drawn between coherentism as an account of the structure of justification, and coherentism as a method of inquiry. Whereas the former position aims to offer an answer to the ‘regress of justification’ problem, the latter position claims that coherence plays a vital and indispensable role as a criterion of truth, given the fallibility of cognitive methods such as perception and memory. It is argued that ‘early’ coherentists like Bradley and (...)
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  26. Robert Stern (2003). „On Strawson's Naturalistic Turn “. In Hans-Johann Glock (ed.), Strawson and Kant. Oxford University Press 219--234.
     
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    Robert Stern (2012). Is Hegel's Master–Slave Dialectic a Refutation of Solipsism? British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (2):333-361.
    This paper considers whether Hegel's master/slave dialectic in the Phenomenology of Spirit should be considered as a refutation of solipsism. It focuses on a recent and detailed attempt to argue for this sort of reading that has been proposed by Frederick Beiser ? but it argues that this reading is unconvincing, both in the historical motivations given for it in the work of Jacobi and Fichte, and as an interpretation of the text itself. An alternative reading of the dialectic is (...)
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  28. Robert Stern (ed.) (1993). G.W.F. Hegel: Critical Assessments. Routledge.
    "Interpreting Hegel means taking a stand on all the philosophical, political and religious problems of our century." Merleau-Ponty G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), arguably the greatest philosopher of the nineteenth century, decisively influenced the direction of all subsequent European thought. He has been interpreted variously as a theist and an atheist, a conservative and a liberal, an essentialist and a proto-existentialist, a rationalist and an irrationalist. In all the areas he covered, Hegel sought a new form of understanding that had (...)
     
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    Robert Stern (2013). Hegel's Critique of Kant: From Dichotomy to Identity. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (4):807-810.
    (2013). Hegel's Critique of Kant: From Dichotomy to Identity. British Journal for the History of Philosophy: Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 807-810. doi: 10.1080/09608788.2013.792778.
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    Robert Stern (2009). Review: Forster, Kant and Skepticism. [REVIEW] Kantian Review 14 (1):141-146.
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    Robert Stern (2011). The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study. Volume III: From Kant to Rawls. Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (2):290-292.
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    Robert Stern (2014). On Bernard Bosanquet’s “The Reality of the General Will”. Ethics 125 (1):192-195,.
    This article is a discussion of Bernard Bosanquet's paper 'The Reality of the General Will', in which its main arguments and motivations are explained. His position is compared to Rousseau's on the general will.
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    Robert Stern (2013). Whither Philosophy? Metaphilosophy 44 (3):222-229.
    This article considers possible future directions of philosophy, based around the experience of the author as editor of the European Journal of Philosophy for about a decade. After some discussion of the original impetus for the journal, and of how the philosophy scene has changed since it was founded in 1993, the article focuses particularly on the themes of transcendentalism and naturalism as likely to shape the philosophical debates of the future, as they have done in the past.
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    Robert Stern (2012). Taylor, Trascendental Arguments, and Hegel on Consciousness. Revista de filosofía (Chile) 44 (132):17-38.
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    Robert Stern (2006). Hegel's Doppelsatz: A Neutral Reading. Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (2):235-266.
    : This paper offers a distinctive interpretation of Hegel's Doppelsatz from the Preface to the Philosophy of Right: 'What is rational is actual; and what is actual is rational'. This has usually been interpreted either conservatively (as claiming that everything that is, is right or good) or progressively (that if the world were actual, it would be right or good, but that there is a distinction that can be drawn between existence and actuality). My aim in this paper is to (...)
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    Robert Stern (2003). Kant's Empirical Realism. Mind 112 (446):323-328.
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    Robert Stern (1992). The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, Pembroke College, Oxford, September 2-3, 1991. The Owl of Minerva 23 (2):207-209.
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    Christine M. Baugh, Emily Kroshus, Daniel H. Daneshvar & Robert A. Stern (2014). Perceived Coach Support and Concussion Symptom‐Reporting: Differences Between Freshmen and Non‐Freshmen College Football Players. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 42 (3):314-322.
    This paper examines college athletes’ perceived support for concussion reporting from coaches and teammates and its variation by year-in-school, finding significant differences in perceived coach support. It also examines the effects of perceived coach support on concussion reporting behaviors, finding that greater perceived coach support is associated with fewer undiagnosed concussions and returning to play while symptomatic less frequently in the two weeks preceding the survey. Coaches play a critical role in athlete concussion reporting.
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    Robert Stern (2012). A Reply to My Critics. Inquiry 55 (6):622-654.
    Abstract In this paper, I respond to three commentators on my book Understanding Moral Obligation: Kant, Hegel Kierkegaard. Anne Margaret Baxley focuses on my treatment of Kant, Dean Moyar on my treatment of Hegel, and William Bristow on my treatment of Kierkegaard. In this reply, I try to show how the critical points that they raise can be addressed.
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    Robert Stern (2012). Understanding Moral Obligation:A Précis. Inquiry 55 (6):563-566.
    Inquiry, Volume 55, Issue 6, Page 563-566, December 2012.
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    Robert M. Stern (1967). Operant Conditioning of Spontaneous Gsrs: Negative Results. Journal of Experimental Psychology 75 (1):128.
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    Robert Stern (2012). Constructivism and the Argument From Autonomy. In Jimmy Lenman & Yonatan Shemmer (eds.), Constructivism in Practical Philosophy. Oxford University Press 119.
    My aim in this paper is to consider a particular line of criticism that has been used by constructivists to argue against moral realism, which is to claim that if moral realism were true, this would then threaten or undermine our autonomy as agents. I call this the argument from autonomy. I argue that the best way to understand the argument from autonomy is to relate it to the issue of obligatoriness; but that there are a variety of strategies to (...)
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    Robert M. Stern & Raymond P. Pavloski (1974). Operant Conditioning of Vasoconstriction: A Verification. Journal of Experimental Psychology 102 (2):330.
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    Robert Stern (1994). British Hegelianism: A Non-Metaphysical View? European Journal of Philosophy 2 (3):293-321.
    This article puts forward a revisionary reading of Hegel's reception in Britain at the turn of the nineteenth century, in suggesting that the stance of the British Hegelians is very close to the sort of non-metaphysical or category theory interpretations that have been in vogue amongst contemporary commentators. It is shown that the British Hegelians arrived at this position as a way of responding to the hostile existentialist reaction to Hegel begun by Schelling in the 1840s, which led them to (...)
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    Robert Stern (2006). Review of Ellis, Fiona, Concepts and Reality in the History of Philosophy: Tracing a Philosophical Error From Locke to Bradley. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (5).
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    Robert Stern (2003). Review: Kant's Empirical Realism. [REVIEW] Mind 112 (446):323-328.
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    Robert Stern (1989). Unity and Difference in Hegel's Political Philosophy. Ratio 2 (1):75-88.
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    Robert Stern (1994). The Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Hegel Society of Great Britain. The Owl of Minerva 26 (1):103-103.
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    Robert Stern (2012). Editor's Pick. The Philosophers' Magazine 57 (57):102-104.
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    Robert Stern (1992). The Relation Between Moral Theory and Metaphysics. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92:143 - 159.
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