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  1. Sean McAleer (2013). Aristotle's Powers and Responsibility for Nature. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (4):812-815.
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  2. Sean McAleer (2013). Aristotle's Powers of Responsibility for Nature, by Stephan Millett: Bern: Peter Lang, 2011, Pp. 303, US $87.95 [Paperback]. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (4):812-815.
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  3. Sean McAleer (2013). Friendship, Perception, and Referential Opacity in Nicomachean Ethics IX.9. Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 16:362-374.
    This essay reconstructs and evaluates Aristotle's argument in Nicomachean Ethics IX.9 that the happy person needs friends, in which Aristotle combines his well-known claim that friends are other selves with the claim that human perception is meta-perceptual: the perceiving subject perceives its own existence. After exploring some issues in the logic of perception, the essay argues that Aristotle's argument for the necessity of friends is invalid since perception-verbs create referentially opaque contexts in which the substitution of co-referential terms fails.
     
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  4. Sean McAleer (2012). Propositional Gratitude. American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (1):55-66.
    Philosophical writing on gratitude displays a pronounced preference for targeted gratitude (A’s being grateful to B for x) over propositional gratitude (A’s being grateful that p), treating the latter as a poor, less interesting cousin of the former, when it treats it at all. This paper challenges and attempts to rectify the relegation of propositional gratitude to second-class status. It argues that propositional gratitude is not only not reducible to targeted gratitude but indeed is more basic than it and that (...)
     
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  5. Sean McAleer (2011). Aristotle's Function Argument. In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  6. Sean McAleer (2011). Baxley , Anne Margaret . Kant's Theory of Virtue: The Value of Autocracy . New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. Xvi+189. $85.00 (Cloth). [REVIEW] Ethics 122 (1):174-178.
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  7. Sean McAleer (2010). Four Solutions to the Alleged Incompleteness of Virtue Ethics. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 4:1-20.
    In "Virtue and Right" Robert Johnson argues that virtue ethics that accept standards such as Virtuous Agent (A's x-ing is right in circumstances c iff a fully virtuous agent would x in c) are incomplete, since they cannot account for duties of moral self-improvement. This paper offers four solutions to the problem of incompleteness: the first discards Virtuous Agent and counts actions as wrong iff a vicious person would perform them; the second retains Virtuous Agent but counts self-improving actions as (...)
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  8. Sean McAleer (2009). The Ethics of Pitcher’s Retaliation in Baseball. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 36 (2009) 36 (1):50-65.
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  9. Sean Mcaleer (2008). Pettit's Non-Iteration Constraint. Utilitas 20 (1):59-64.
    I discuss Philip Pettit’s argument that appreciation is not a proper response to value because it fails to satisfy the non-iteration constraint, according to which, where V is a value and R is a response to value, R-ing V must not be distinct from R-ing R-ing V. After motivating the non-iteration constraint and conceding that appreciation fails to satisfy the constraint, I argue that the consequentialist’s preferred response to value, promotion, also violates the constraint, leaving Pettit with a dilemma: if (...)
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  10. Sean McAleer (2008). Self-Knowledge, Self-Deception, and Retaliation: Lessons From The Limey and The Godfather. Film and Philosophy 12:89-104.
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  11. Sean McAleer (2008). The Virtues of Humor : What The Office Can Teach Us About Aristotle's Ethics (UK). In Jeremy Wisnewski (ed.), The Office and Philosophy: Scenes From the Unexamined Life. Blackwell Pub..
     
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  12. Sean Mcaleer (2007). An Aristotelian Account of Virtue Ethics: An Essay in Moral Taxonomy. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 88 (2):208–225.
    I argue that a virtue ethics takes virtue to be more basic than rightness and at least as basic as goodness. My account is Aristotelian because it avoids the excessive inclusivity of Martha Nussbaum's account and the deficient inclusivity of Gary Watson's account. I defend the account against the objection that Aristotle does not have a virtue ethics by its lights, and conclude with some remarks on moral taxonomy.
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  13. Sean McAleer (2005). Kant and Aristotle on the Difficulty of Moral Knowledge: Lessons From the Doctrine of Virtue. Studies in the History of Ethics:1-43.
  14. Sean McAleer (2004). John Huston’s Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Environmental Virtue Ethics. Film and Philosophy 8:30-41.
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  15. Sean McAleer (2003). “Friedman’s Stockholder Theory of Corporate Moral Responsibility. Teaching Business Ethics 7 (4):437-51.
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