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  1. Travis Dumsday (forthcoming). Why Pan-Dispositionalism is Incompatible with Metaphysical Naturalism. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion:1-16.
    Pan-dispositionalism is one of the major theories in current analytic metaphysics concerning dispositional properties (i.e., causal powers / capacities / abilities) and how they relate to categorical properties (i.e., non-dispositional properties, paradigm cases of which include shape, size, structure etc.). According to pan-dispositionalists, all fundamental properties are dispositional in nature, such that any supposed categorical properties are either unreal or reducible in some way to the dispositional. I argue that if pan-dispositionalism is true then metaphysical naturalism (roughly the view that (...)
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  2. Travis Dumsday (2014). A Cosmological Argument From Moderate Realism. Heythrop Journal 56 (1):n/a-n/a.
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  3. Travis Dumsday (2014). Divine Hiddenness and Divine Humility. Sophia 53 (1):51-65.
    If God exists, and if our ultimate well-being depends on having a positive relationship with Him (which requires as a first step that we believe He exists), why doesn't He make sure that we all believe in Him? Why doesn't He make His existence obvious? This traditional theological question is today much-used as an argument for atheism. In this paper I argue that the answer may have something to do with God's character, specifically God's humility.
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  4. Travis Dumsday (2014). Divine Hiddenness and the Opiate of the People. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76 (2):193-207.
    The problem of divine hiddenness has become one of the most prominent arguments for atheism in the current philosophy of religion literature. Schellenberg (Divine hiddenness and human reason 1993), one of the problem’s prominent advocates, holds that the only way to prevent completely the occurrence of nonresistant nonbelief would be for God to have granted all of us a constant awareness of Him (or at least a constant availability of such awareness) from the moment we achieved the age of reason. (...)
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  5. Travis Dumsday (2014). Divine Hiddenness as Deserved. Faith and Philosophy 31 (3):286-302.
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  6. Travis Dumsday (2014). Erratum To: Using Natural-Kind Essentialism to Defend Dispositionalism. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 79 (3):667-667.
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  7. Travis Dumsday (2014). Purgatory. Philosophy Compass 9 (10):732-740.
    Eschatological issues have received a great deal of attention in recent analytic philosophy of religion. Most of that attention has revolved around the metaphysics and ethics of heaven, hell, and bodily resurrection; this is unsurprising, as these doctrines are universally affirmed among theologically orthodox Christians. By contrast, the doctrine of purgatory is not the subject of universal affirmation. Nevertheless it boasts a growing literature. After an introduction to the doctrine and its place in historical theology, I proceed to survey this (...)
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  8. Travis Dumsday (2014). Some Ontological Consequences of Atomism. Ratio 27 (4).
    Is there a fundamental layer of objects in nature? And if so what sorts of things populate it? Among those who answer ‘yes’ to the first question, a common answer to the second is ‘atoms,’ where an atom is understood in the original sense of an object that is spatially unextended, indivisible, and wholly lacking in proper parts . Here I explore some of the ontological consequences of atomism. First, if atoms are real, then whatever motion they appear to undergo (...)
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  9. Travis Dumsday (2013). Alexander of Hales on Angelic Corporeality. Heythrop Journal 54 (3):360-370.
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  10. Travis Dumsday (2013). A Thomistic Response to the Problem of Divine Hiddenness. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 87 (3):365-377.
    The problem of divine hiddenness has in the recent literature joined the problem of evil as one of the principal positive arguments for atheism. My chief goal here is to mine Aquinas’s metaphysics and natural theology for a distinctively Thomistic response, making particular use of a neglected text in which he considers a similar issue. Towards the end of the paper I also consider some resources provided by Aquinas’s interpretation of revealed theology.
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  11. Travis Dumsday (2013). Laws of Nature Don't Have Ceteris Paribus Clauses, They Are Ceteris Paribus Clauses. Ratio 26 (2):134-147.
    Laws of nature are properly (if controversially) conceived as abstract entities playing a governing role in the physical universe. Dispositionalists typically hold that laws of nature are not real, or at least are not fundamental, and that regularities in the physical universe are grounded in the causal powers of objects. By contrast, I argue that dispositionalism implies nomic realism: since at least some dispositions have ceteris paribus clauses incorporating uninstantiated universals, and these ceteris paribus clauses help to determine their dispositions' (...)
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  12. Travis Dumsday (2013). Using Natural-Kind Essentialism to Defend Dispositionalism. Erkenntnis 78 (4):869-880.
    Marc Lange and Ann Whittle have independently developed an important challenge to dispositionalism, arguing that dispositions are reducible to primitive subjunctive facts. I argue in reply that by pairing dispositionalism with a certain version of natural-kind essentialism, their objection can be overcome. Moreover, such a marriage carries further advantages for the dispositionalist. My aim is therefore two-fold: to defend dispositionalism, and to give the dispositionalist some new motivation to adopt natural-kind essentialism.
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  13. Travis Dumsday (2012). A New Argument For Intrinsic Biological Essentialism. Philosophical Quarterly 62 (248):486-504.
    Intrinsic biological essentialism (INBE) is the view that biological taxa have fixed identity conditions, conditions which consist at least in part of intrinsic properties. After a long period of near universal rejection within both philosophy of biology and theoretical biology, INBE is making a comeback. Here I attempt to support this revival by clarifying the nature of INBE, developing a new argument on its behalf, and addressing an important anti-essentialist critique.
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  14. Travis Dumsday (2012). Divine Hiddenness and Creaturely Resentment. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 72 (1):41-51.
    Abstract On Schellenberg’s formulation of the problem of divine hiddenness, a loving God would ensure that anyone capable of having a relationship with Him, and not resisting it, would be granted sufficient evidence to make belief in God rationally indubitable. And He would do this by granting a powerful religious experience to every person at the moment he or she reaches the age of reason. Here I lay out a new reason why God might delay revelation of himself, justifiably allowing (...)
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  15. Travis Dumsday (2012). Divine Hiddenness as Divine Mercy. Religious Studies 48 (2):183 - 198.
    If God exists, why isn't His existence more apparent? In recent analytic philosophy this longstanding question has been developed into an argument for atheism typically referred to as the 'problem of divine hiddenness'. My goal here is to put forward a new reply. The basic idea is that there is some reason to think that for many of us, our moral conduct would not improve even if God's existence were not subject to doubt. However, immoral conduct in such a state (...)
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  16. Travis Dumsday (2012). Dispositions, Primitive Activities, and Essentially Active Objects. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 93 (1):43-64.
    The question of whether there could be a physical object that is necessarily constantly active has a long history, and it has recently arisen again in the literature on dispositions. I examine and critique two proposals for affirming the possibility of such an object. I then advocate a third option, one which is workable if paired with natural-kind essentialism. Finally I briefly outline three possible implications of this view for wider debates concerning the ontology of dispositions and natural kinds.
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  17. Travis Dumsday (2012). Is There Still Hope for a Scholastic Ontology of Biological Species? The Thomist 76 (3).
     
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  18. Travis Dumsday (2012). Wandering in Darkness. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2):390-393.
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  19. Travis Dumsday (2012). Why (Most) Atheists Have a Duty to Pray. Sophia 51 (1):59-70.
    Drawing on principles relating to the duty of easy rescue, I argue that any atheist who is less than wholly certain of the non-existence of a God or gods will in some circumstances be morally obliged to pray.
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  20. Travis Dumsday (2011). Counter-Cultural Religious Experiences. Religious Studies 47 (3):317 - 330.
    Discussions of the evidential import of religious experiences have tended to focus on the intra-cultural variety: that is, experiences the content of which accord with the religious/cultural background of the experiencer (eg. someone raised in a Buddhist culture might experience the oneness of all, whereas someone from a Christian background might have a vision of Jesus). But what of counter-cultural experiences? That is, experiences which fall outside of the individual's religious/cultural background? Little attention has been paid to these, though such (...)
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  21. Travis Dumsday (2011). Health, Rights, and Human Dignity. Review of Metaphysics 65 (1):157-159.
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  22. Travis Dumsday (2011). Science, Reason, and Religion. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 85:69-78.
    I argue that two components of Thomistic philosophy of nature (specifically, hylomorphism combined with a relational ontology of space) entail a core claim of big-bang cosmology. I then consider some implications of this fact for natural theology.
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  23. Travis Dumsday (2011). Why Thomistic Philosophy of Nature Implies (Something Like) Big-Bang Cosmology. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 85:69-78.
    I argue that two components of Thomistic philosophy of nature (specifically, hylomorphism combined with a relational ontology of space) entail a core claim of big-bang cosmology. I then consider some implications of this fact for natural theology.
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  24. Travis Dumsday (2010). Divine Hiddenness and the Responsibility Argument. Philosophia Christi 12:357-371.
     
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  25. Travis Dumsday (2010). Divine Hiddenness, Free-Will, and the Victims of Wrongdoing. Faith and Philosophy 27 (4):423-438.
    Schellenberg’s hiddenness argument against the existence of God has generated a great deal of discussion. One prominent line of reply has been the idea that God refrains from making His existence more apparent in order to safeguard our moral freedom. Schellenberg has provided extensive counter-replies to this idea. My goal here is to pursue an alternate line of response, though one that still makes some reference to the importance of free-will. It will be argued that God may remain temporarily ‘hidden’ (...)
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  26. Travis Dumsday (2010). Natural Kinds and the Problem of Complex Essences. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (4):619-634.
    Natural-kind essentialism faces an important but neglected difficulty: the problem of complex essences (PCE). This is the question of how to account for the unity of an instantiated kind-essence when that essence consists of multiple distinct properties, some of which lack an inherent necessary connection between them. My central goal here is to propose an essentialism-friendly solution to this problem. Along the way I also employ some points from that solution to argue for the necessary truth of essentialism (necessary, that (...)
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  27. Travis Dumsday (2009). On Cheering Charles Bronson: The Ethics of Vigilantism. Southern Journal of Philosophy 47 (1):49-67.
    Vigilantes are a staple of popular culture, from Charles Bronson’s 1974 classic Death Wish, and its parade of sequels, to the latest batch ofBatman films. Outside of the fictional sphere, society continues to wrestle with vigilantism, notably in the current debates over the prudence and ethics of the Minuteman civilian border patrol group. And though vigilantism has been the subject of speculation and debate among criminologists, historians, and legal scholars, it has unfortunately been given scant attention by philosophers. Surely a (...)
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  28. Travis Dumsday (2008). Abortion and Non-Fallacious Potentiality: A Reply to Berkich. Dialogue 47 (02):387-.
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  29. Travis Dumsday (2008). Abortion and Non-Fallacious Potentiality. Dialogue 47 (2):387-394.
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  30. Travis Dumsday (2008). Group Privacy and Govemment Surveillance of Religious Services. The Monist 91 (1):170-186.
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  31. Travis Dumsday (2008). Locke on Competing Miracles. Faith and Philosophy 25 (4):416-424.
    It is typically thought that miracles, if they occur, can provide evidence for the truth of religious doctrine. But what if different miracles occur attesting to the truth of different and incompatible religions? How is one to decide between the truth of the supposed revelations? Much of Locke’s short work, A Discourse of Miracles, is concerned with this question. Here I summarize and evaluate Locke’s answer.
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  32. Travis Dumsday (2008). Robert Boyle on the Diversity of Religions. Religious Studies 44 (3):315-332.
    Robert Boyle's treatise, 'On the diversity of religions', remains a little-known work, and was unpublished during his lifetime. Nonetheless it is of considerable historical and philosophical interest. In it, Boyle attempts to answer the question of how one can hope to obtain religious truth amidst the many competing claims to revelation, a concern which had grown acute in the early modern period. In this paper I examine Boyle's arguments, considering along the way their relationship to the various contemporary debates on (...)
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  33. Travis Dumsday (2008). Religious Experience. International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (3):371-379.
    Hume’s destructive account of miracles has been thought by many to exclude the possibility of rationally accepting testimony to supernatural events. Here I argue that even if one grants that his argument works with respect to testimony about miracles, it does not succeed in showing that all testimony to the supernatural is inadmissible, since room is left open for religious experiences, especially those of an intersubjective kind, to function as evidence. If this is so, there is new reason to think (...)
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  34. Travis Dumsday (2007). Emotional Experience and Religious Understanding: Integrating Perception, Conception and Feeling. Dialogue 46 (4):817-819.
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  35. Travis Dumsday (2007). Review of Wynn's Emotional Experience and Religious Understanding. [REVIEW] Dialogue 46 (04):817-.
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  36. Travis Dumsday (2007). Socratic Virtue: Making the Best of the Neither-Good-nor-Bad. Review of Metaphysics 61 (2):446-447.
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