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  1. V. Alan White, Dumbo's Feather: Why We Need Free Will.
    Of course you know the movie, just by cultural assimilation if not by having seen it. There’s this young elephant, Dumbo, who has laughably big ears and has been pitiably separated from his mom. He’s aided by a friendly talking mouse2 into translating those otherwise hapless ears into the power of flight, which he eventually uses to rescue his mom and live happily ever after. The way the wily mouse gets Dumbo to believe that he could fly is to give (...)
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  2. V. Alan White, Awhite@Uwc.Edu.
    Of course you know the movie, just by cultural assimilation if not by having seen it. There’s this young elephant, Dumbo, who has laughably big ears and has been pitiably separated from his mom. He’s aided by a friendly talking mouse[ii] into translating those otherwise hapless ears into the power of flight, which he eventually uses to rescue his mom and live happily ever after. The way the wily mouse gets Dumbo to believe that he could fly is to give (...)
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  3. V. Alan White, At Last: My Last Lecture (Sort Of).
    All right, first off I need to disappoint some people who despise reading the fine print on things or just plain love to speed-read only large fonts: this is not only not my last lecture, I m not even retiring anytime soon. So sorry to those of you poised to shout Good riddance to bad rubbish! at the end of this soliloquy. You re going to have to be patient a while longer.
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  4. V. Alan White, Determinism is Not Fatalism.
    After learning about the concept of determinism, a natural tendency is to conclude that if anyone actually believed in the determinism of human nature, then all future human actions are "set out for us" or "cut and dried" and, in some sense, utterly unavoidable. Another way of referring to such inevitability is that human action appears to be..
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  5. V. Alan White, A. Freedom and World-Views in the X-Files.
    “Men can never be free, because they’re weak, corrupt, worthless and restless. The people believe in authority; they’ve grown tired of waiting for miracle or mystery. Science is their religion; no greater explanation exists for them.” (Cigarette Smoking Man, "Talitha Cumi" The X-Files 3X24).
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  6. V. Alan White (2014). Manuel Vargas , Building Better Beings: A Theory of Moral Responsibility . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 34 (3-4):192-194.
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  7. V. Alan White (2013). "A Brief History of Analytic Philosophy: From Russell to Rawls," by Stephen P. Schwartz. Teaching Philosophy 36 (1):104-106.
  8. V. Alan White (2013). David Hodgson , Rationality + Consciosness = Free Will . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (2):126-128.
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  9. L. Nathan Oaklander & V. Alan White (2007). B-Time: A Reply to Tallant. Analysis 67 (4):332–340.
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  10. V. Alan White (2005). A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals. Review of Metaphysics 59 (1):167-169.
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  11. Jonathan E. Adler, Martin Benjamin, James P. Cadello, Steven M. Cahn, Joan C. Callahan, Jo A. Chern, Stephen H. Daniel, Juli Eflin, Carrie Figdor, Newton Garver, Theodore A. Gracyk, Lawrence H. Hinman, Eugene Kelly, David Martens, Michael Martin, John McCumber, John J. McDermott, Marshall Missner, Kathleen Dean Moore, Ronald Moore, Louis P. Pojman, Anthony Weston, Merold Westphal, V. Alan White & Celia Wolf-Devine (2004). Teaching Philosophy: Theoretical Reflections and Practical Suggestions. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  12. V. Alan White (1998). Frankfurt, Failure, and Finding Fault. Sorites 9 (9):47-52.
    Harry Frankfurt's famous examples of overdetermined moral agents who are nevertheless responsible for their actions and omissions have long been hailed as proofs that the ability and/or opportunity to do otherwise is not a necessary condition for moral responsibility. In this paper I use recent clarifications of some of these examples by Frankfurt himself to show that their force relies in part on tacit ceteris paribus assumptions concealing a reliance on PAP that concerns matters of fairness in assessing moral responsibility.
     
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  13. V. Alan White (1996). Picturing Einstein's Train of Thought. Philosophy 71 (278):591 - 594.
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  14. V. Alan White (1996). Single-Topic Introductory Philosophy. Teaching Philosophy 19 (2):137-144.
    The author examines the single topic approach to the construction of introductory philosophy courses. The author considers the single topic approach to be an alternative to more historically- and topically-based approaches. The traditional approach to philosophy is often broad and difficult for students to engage with in classroom discussion. A narrow and detailed treatment of a standard area or topic facilitates classroom discussion and allows students to transfer insights and skills in areas of their own disciplines. The author outlines a (...)
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  15. V. Alan White (1993). Relativity and Simultaneity Redux. Philosophy 68 (265):401 - 404.
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  16. V. Alan White (1991). Cohen on Einstein's Simultaneity "Gedankenexperiment". Philosophy 66 (256):244 - 245.
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  17. V. Alan White (1990). How to Mind One's Ethics: A Reply to Van Inwagen. Analysis 50 (1):33-35.
    Analysis shows that statements of ability are disguised conditionals. More exactly, the correct analysis of 'X could have done A' is 'If X h decided (chosen, willed ...) to do A, X would have done A'. Therefore having acted freely--having been able to act otherwise than one fact did--is compatible with determinism (with the causal determination of one's acts).
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  18. V. Alan White (1990). The Single-Issue Introduction to Philosophy. Teaching Philosophy 13 (1):13-19.
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  19. Sandra Lee Bartky & V. Alan White (1988). Letters to the Editor. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 62 (2):321 - 324.
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