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  1. Sergio Tenenbaum (2015). Acting and Satisficing. In George Pavlakos & Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco (eds.), Reasons and Intentions in Law and Practical Agency. Cambridge University Press. 31-51.
  2. Sergio Tenenbaum (2015). Moral Faith and Moral Reason. In Sophie-Grace Chappell (ed.), Intuition, Theory, Anti-Theory in Ethics. 76-103.
    Robert Adams argues that often our moral commitment outstrips what we are epistemically entitled to believe; in these cases, the virtuous agent doxastic states are instances of “moral faith”. I argue against Adams’ views on the need for moral faith; at least in some cases, our moral “intuitions” provide us with certain moral knowledge. The appearance that there can be no certainty here is the result of dubious views about second-order or indirect doubts. Nonetheless, discussing the phenomena that lead Adams (...)
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  3. Sergio Tenenbaum (2014). Minimalism About Intention: A Modest Defense. Inquiry 57 (3):384-411.
  4. Sergio Tenenbaum (2014). The Perils of Earnest Consequentializing. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 88 (1):233-240.
  5. Sergio Tenenbaum (2013). Guise of the Good. In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell.
  6. Henry S. Richardson, Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, Peter Singer, Karen Jones, Sergio Tenenbaum, Diana Raffman, Simon Căbulea May, Stephen C. Makin & Nancy E. Snow (2012). 10. Douglas Portmore, Commonsense Consequentialism: Wherein Morality Meets Rationality Douglas Portmore, Commonsense Consequentialism: Wherein Morality Meets Rationality (Pp. 179-183). [REVIEW] Ethics 123 (1).
     
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  7. Sergio Tenenbaum (2012). The Idea of Freedom and Moral Cognition in Groundwork III. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 84 (3):555-589.
    Kant’s views on the relation between freedom and moral law seem to undergo a major, unannounced shift. In the third section of the Groundwork, Kant seems to be using the fact that we must act under the idea of freedom as a foundation for the moral law. However, in the Critique of Practical Reason, Kant claims that our awareness of our freedom depends on our awareness of the moral law. I argue that the apparent conflict between the two texts depends (...)
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  8. Sergio Tenenbaum & Diana Raffman (2012). Vague Projects and the Puzzle of the Self-Torturer. Ethics 123 (1):86-112.
    In this paper we advance a new solution to Quinn’s puzzle of the self-torturer. The solution falls directly out of an application of the principle of instrumental reasoning to what we call “vague projects”, i.e., projects whose completion does not occur at any particular or definite point or moment. The resulting treatment of the puzzle extends our understanding of instrumental rationality to projects and ends that cannot be accommodated by orthodox theories of rational choice.
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  9. Sergio Tenenbaum (2011). Externalism, Motivation, and Moral Knowledge. In Susana Nuccetelli & Gary Seay (eds.), Ethical Naturalism: Current Debates. Cambridge University Press.
    For non-analytic ethical naturalists, externalism about moral motivation is an attractive option: it allows naturalists to embrace a Humean theory of motivation while holding that moral properties are real, natural properties. However, Michael Smith has mounted an important objection to this view. Smith observes that virtuous agents must have non-derivative motivation to pursue specific ends that they believe to be morally right; he then argues that this externalist view ascribes to the virtuous agent only a direct de dicto desire to (...)
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  10. Sergio Tenenbaum (2011). Korsgaard , Christine M. Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity .Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp. Xiv+230. $35.00 (Paper). [REVIEW] Ethics 121 (2):449-455.
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  11. Sergio Tenenbaum (2011). Review of Christine Korsgaard's "Self-Constitution". [REVIEW] Ethics 121 (2):449-455.
  12. Sergio Tenenbaum (ed.) (2010). Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good. Oxford University Press.
    Most philosophers working in moral psychology and practical reason think that either the notion of "good" or the notion of "desire" have central roles to play in our understanding of intentional explanations and practical reasoning. However, philosophers disagree sharply over how we are supposed to understand the notions of "desire" and "good", how these notions relate, and whether both play a significant and independent role in practical reason. In particular, the "Guise of the Good" thesis - the view that desire (...)
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  13. Sergio Tenenbaum (2010). Good and Good For. In Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good. Oxford University Press.
  14. Sergio Tenenbaum (2010). The Vice of Procrastination. In Chrisoula Andreou & Mark White (eds.), The Thief of Time. Oxford University Press.
    The aim of this chapter is to understand more precisely what kind of irrationality involved in procrastination. The chapter argues that in order to understand the irrationality of procrastination one needs to understand the possibility and the nature of what I call “top-down independent” policies and long-term actions. A policy or long-term action) is top-down independent if it is possible to act irrationally relative to the adoption of the policy without ever engaging in a momentary action that is per se (...)
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  15. Sergio Tenenbaum (2009). In Defense of “Appearances”. Dialogue 48 (02):411-.
    Reply to critics on panel on "Appearances of the Good".
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  16. Sergio Tenenbaum (2009). Knowing the Good and Knowing What One is Doing. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 39 (sup1):91-117.
  17. Sergio Tenenbaum (2008). Appearing Good: A Reply to Schroeder. Social Theory and Practice 34 (1):131-138.
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  18. Sergio Tenenbaum (2008). Appearing Good. Social Theory and Practice 34 (1):131-138.
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  19. Sergio Tenenbaum (2007). Appearances of the Good: An Essay on the Nature of Practical Reason. Cambridge University Press.
    'We desire all and only those things we conceive to be good; we avoid what we conceive to be bad.' This slogan was once the standard view of the relationship between desire or motivation and rational evaluation. Many critics have rejected this scholastic formula as either trivial or wrong. It appears to be trivial if we just define the good as 'what we want', and wrong if we consider apparent conflicts between what we seem to want and what we seem (...)
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  20. Sergio Tenenbaum (2007). Brute Requirements. [REVIEW] Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (1):153-173.
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  21. Sergio Tenenbaum (2007). Introduction. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 94 (1):9-13.
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  22. Sergio Tenenbaum (2007). Moral Psychology. Rodopi.
    In recent decades the central questions of moral psychology have attracted renewed interest. Contemporary work on moral motivation and the rationality of moral action has broadened its focus to include a wide array of related issues. New interpretations of historical figures have also contributed to conceptual advances in moral psychology, in a way unparalleled in any other area of philosophy. This volume presents original work from some of the most prominent philosophers currently working on moral psychology, spanning both the historical (...)
     
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  23. Sergio Tenenbaum (ed.) (2007). New Trends in Moral Psychology. Kluwer.
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  24. Sergio Tenenbaum (2007). Review of J. David Velleman, Self to Self: Selected Essays. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (8).
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  25. Sergio Tenenbaum (2007). The Conclusion of Practical Reason. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 94 (1):323-343.
  26. Sergio Tenenbaum (2006). Direction of Fit and Motivational Cognitivism. In Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaethics. Oxford University Press. 235-64.
    The idea of direction of fit has been found appealing by many philosophers. Anscombe’s famous examples have persuaded many of us that there must be some deep difference between belief and desire that is captured by the metaphor of direction of fit. Most of the aim of the paper is to try to get clear on which intuitions Anscombe’s example taps into. My view is that there is more than one intuition in play here, and I will try to show (...)
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  27. Sergio Tenenbaum (2003). Accidie, Evaluation, and Motivatlon. In Christine Tappolet & Sarah Stroud (eds.), Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 147.
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  28. Sergio Tenenbaum (2003). Quasi-Realism's Problem of Autonomous Effects. Philosophical Quarterly 53 (212):392–409.
    Simon Blackburn defends a 'quasi-realist' view intended to preserve much of what realists want to say about moral discourse. According to error theory, moral discourse is committed to indefensible metaphysical assumptions. Quasi-realism seems to preserve ontological frugality, attributing no mistaken commitments to our moral practices. In order to make good this claim, quasi-realism must show that (a) the seemingly realist features of the 'surface grammar' of moral discourse can be made compatible with projectivism; and (b) certain realist-sounding statements which we (...)
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  29. Sergio Tenenbaum (2003). Speculative Mistakes and Ordinary Temptations: Kant on Instrumentalist Conceptions of Practical Reason. History of Philosophy Quarterly 20 (2):203-223.
  30. Sergio Tenenbaum (2000). Ethical Internalism and Glaucon's Question. Noûs 34 (1):108–130.
  31. Sergio Tenenbaum (1999). The Judgment of a Weak Will. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (4):875-911.
    In trying to explain the possibility of akrasia , it seems plausible to deny that there is a conceptual connection between motivation and evaluation ; akrasia occurs when the agent is motivated to do something that she does not judge to be good . However, it is hard to see how such accounts could respect our intuition that the akratic agent acts freely, or that there is a difference between akrasia and compulsion. It is also hard to see how such (...)
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  32. Sergio Tenenbaum (1996). Realists Without a Cause: Deflationary Theories of Truth and Ethical Realism. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 26 (4):561 - 589.
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  33. Sergio Tenenbaum (1996). The Object of Reason: An Inquiry Into the Possibility of Practical Reason. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
    Subjectivism is the mainstream view of practical reason. According to subjectivism, what has value for an agent must ultimately be grounded in what the agent actually desires. Subjectivism is motivated by a conservative view of the scope and extent of practical reason. Against this view, my dissertation argues that any coherent conception of an end must endow practical reason with a scope that goes beyond anything that subjectivism could accommodate. ;Subjectivism correctly grasps that nothing can count as an end for (...)
     
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  34. Hans Lottenbach & Sergio Tenenbaum (1995). Hegel's Critique of Kant in the Philosophy of Right. Kant-Studien 86 (2):211-230.
    There is general agreement among commentators that in the "Philosophy of Right" Hegel misunderstands important aspects of Kant's practical philosophy. It is often claimed that Hegel entirely misses the point of Kant's universal law test and the mode of its application. We argue that these charges rest on misreadings of the "Philosophy of Right" in which Hegel's conception of the will is not taken into account. We show that Hegel's critique of Kant can be defended if it is interpreted as (...)
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  35. Sergio Tenenbaum (1994). Jung Soon Park, Contractarian Liberal Ethics and the Theory of Rational Choice Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 14 (5):349-353.
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