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  1. Ronald Sousa (2013). Plato's. Topoi 32 (1):125-128.
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  2. Ronald de Sousa (2012). David Martel Johnson , Three Prehistoric Inventions That Shaped Us . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (2):99-101.
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  3. Ronald De Sousa (2004). Is Art an Adaptation? Prospects for an Evolutionary Perspective on Beauty. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (2):109 - 118.
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  4. Ronald De Sousa (2003). Perversion and Death. The Monist 86 (1):90-114.
    When philosophers recommend an attitude to death, no less than when they recommend the correct attitude to sex, we presume such advice to be grounded in rational considerations about what is natural and proper. Two things must follow: first, that there will be room for perverted attitudes to death; second, that some objective facts about death can be found to justify such an evaluation. I explore a parallel between the duality of psychological and biological approaches to erotic desire, regarded as (...)
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  5. Ronald De Sousa & Adam Morton (2002). Emotional Truth. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 76:247 - 275.
    [Ronald de Sousa] Taking literally the concept of emotional truth requires breaking the monopoly on truth of belief-like states. To this end, I look to perceptions for a model of non-propositional states that might be true or false, and to desires for a model of propositional attitudes the norm of which is other than the semantic satisfaction of their propositional object. Those models inspire a conception of generic truth, which can admit of degrees for analogue representations such as emotions; belief-like (...)
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  6. Ronald De Sousa (2001). Moral Emotions. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 4 (2):109 - 126.
    Emotions can be the subject of moral judgments; they can also constitute the basis for moral judgments. The apparent circularity which arises if we accept both of these claims is the central topic of this paper: how can emotions be both judge and party in the moral court? The answer I offer regards all emotions as potentially relevant to ethics, rather than singling out a privileged set of moral emotions. It relies on taking a moderate position both on the question (...)
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  7. Ronald Sousa (1998). Desire and Serendipity. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 22 (1):120-134.
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  8. Ronald Sousa (1998). Individual Natures. Philosophia 26 (1-2):3-21.
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  9. Ronald B. De Sousa (1997). What Can't We Do with Economics? Journal of Philosophical Research 22:197-209.
    Ainslie’s Picoeconomics presents an ingenious theory, based on a remarkably simple basic law about the rate of discounting the value of future prospects, which explains a vast number of psychological phenomena. Hyperbolic discount rates result in changes in the ranking of interests as they get closer in time. Thus quasi-homuncular “interests” situated at different times compete within the person. In this paper I first defend the generality of scope of Ainslie’s model, which ranges over several personal and subpersonal levels of (...)
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  10. Sanford G. Thatcher, James S. Stramel, Heather Blair, David Christensen, Ronald De Sousa, Timothy F. Murphy, Paul Raymont, Harold J. Dumain, Joseph A. Grispino, Todd Volker, Anto Knežević & Karen M. Kuss (1995). Letters to the Editor. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 68 (5):107 - 122.
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  11. Ronald Sousa (1992). Applying Sociobiology. Biology and Philosophy 7 (2):237-250.
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  12. Ronald Sousa (1990). Emotions, Education and Time. Metaphilosophy 21 (4):434-446.
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  13. Ronald De Sousa (1988). Seizing the Hedgehog by the Tail: Taylor on the Self and Agency. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 18 (3):421 - 432.
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  14. Ronald B. De Sousa (1984). Teleology and the Great Shift. Journal of Philosophy 81 (11):647 - 653.
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  15. Ronald De Sousa (1984). The Natural Shiftiness of Natural Kinds. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 14 (4):561 - 580.
    The Philosophical search for Natural Kinds is motivated by the hope of finding ontological categories that are independent of our interests. Other requirements, of varying importance, are commonly made of kinds that claim to be natural. But no such categories are to be found. Virtually any kind can be termed 'natural' relative to some set of interests and epistemic priorities. Science determines those priorities at any particular stage of its progress, and what kinds are most 'natural' in that sense is (...)
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  16. Ronald De Sousa (1980). Arguments From Nature. Zygon 15 (2):169-191.
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  17. Ronald De Sousa (1979). The Rationality of Emotions. Dialogue 18 (1):41-63.
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  18. Ronald B. De Sousa (1978). Self-Deceptive Emotions. Journal of Philosophy 75 (11):684 - 697.
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  19. Ronald B. De Sousa (1974). The Good and the True. Mind 83 (332):534 - 551.
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  20. Ronald B. De Sousa (1971). How to Give a Piece of Your Mind: Or, the Logic of Belief and Assent. Review of Metaphysics 25 (1):52 - 79.
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  21. Ronald De Sousa (1970). Knowledge, Consistent Belief, and Self-Consciousness. Journal of Philosophy 67 (3):66 - 73.
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