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  1. Wesley Cooper (2008). An Eldritch Tale. Philo 11 (2):133-144.
    This essay continues Kafka’s tale of a human being who metamorphoses into a beetle. The tale is developed in the light of some recent theory about personal identity and rational choice, particularly Robert Nozick’s Closest-Continuer theory and Mark Johnston’s Relativism about the self. These are potentially complementary conceptions of relativity about the self, Nozick’s focusing on the individual’s ‘metric’ as a criterion of personal continuity, Johnston’s on social standards. When the individually authentic determination about ‘closeness’ coincides with the community’s standards (...)
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  2. Wesley Cooper (2008). Decision-Value Utilitarianism. Polish Journal of Philosophy 2 (2):39-50.
    A decision value alternative is proposed to the various formulations of the principle of utility, which counsel maimization of expected utility as utility is variously conceived. Decision value factors expected utility into causal expected utility and evidential expected utility, and it adds a third factor --- symbolic utility. This latter introduces deontological and a ‘perceived value’ elements into calculations of utility. It also suggests a solution to a lingering problem in population ethics, the so-called Repugnant Conclusion that consequentialist thinking demands (...)
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  3. Wesley Cooper (2008). Nozick, Parfit, and Platonic Glasses. Sorites 20:98-116.
    The Closest-Continuer schema of identity is distinguished here from the Closest-Continuer theory of personal identity, the latter applying the former to personal identity by reference to the self's self-defining activity. Nozick's «Platonic glasses» mode of conceptualizing personal identity is defended against Parfit's objections and extended beyond hypothetical branching to the actual branching hypothesized by the «no-collapse» theories of quantum mechanics. The reader may wish to consult Lev Vaidman's Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy essay, «Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics», for an accessible (...)
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  4. Wesley Cooper (2008). Nozick, Ramsey, and Symbolic Utility. Utilitas 20 (3):301-322.
    I explore a connection between Robert Nozick's account of decision value/symbolic utility in The Nature of Rationality and F. P. Ramsey's discussion of ethically neutral propositions in his 1926 essay , a discussion that Brian Skyrms in Choice and Chance credits with disclosing deeper foundations for expected utility than the celebrated Theory of Games and Economic Behavior of von Neumann and Morgenstern. Ramsey's recognition of ethically non-neutral propositions is essential to his foundational work, and the similarity of these propositions to (...)
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  5. Wesley Cooper (2007). Review: The Cambridge Companion to Peirce. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 60 (4):875-878.
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  6. Wesley Cooper (2007). The Cambridge Companion to Peirce. Review of Metaphysics 60 (4):875-878.
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  7. Wesley Cooper (2006). Ositivism, Cerebralism And Voluntarism In William James. Minerva 10:1-27.
    James’s positivism is different from Comte’s, Clifford’s, and the logical positivists’. Notably, itpresupposes a difference between natural–scientific inquiries and the metaphysical inquiry he callsradical empiricism. Equally importantly, the positivism of James’s great book, The Principles ofPsychology, studies the cerebral conditions of the will. This cerebralism is necessary background forunderstanding James’s voluntarism, the will–to–believe doctrine that came later. James’s positivismgoes hand–in–hand with his value pluralism; they are responsible for different domains of inquiry,natural-scientific and ethical, respectively. It is a mistake to impose (...)
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  8. Wesley Cooper & Augustine Frimpong-Mansoh (2005). Moral Realism, Social Construction, and Realism, Social Construction, and Communal Ontology. South African Journal of Philosophy 19 (2):120-131.
    The paper examines two forms of naturalistic moral realism, “Micro-structure realism” and “Reason realism” . The latter, as we defend it, locates the objectivity of moral facts in socially constructed reality, but the former, as exemplified by David Brink\'s model of naturalistic moral realism, secures the objectivity of moral facts in their micro- structure and a nomic supervenience relationship. We find MSR\'s parity argument for this account of moral facts implausible; it yields a relation ship between moral facts and their (...)
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  9. Wesley Cooper & Augustine Frimpong- Mansoh (2005). Moral Realism, Social Construction, and Realism, Social Construction, and Communal Ontology. South African Journal of Philosophy 19 (2).
    The paper examines two forms of naturalistic moral realism, “Micro-structure realism” (MSR) and “Reason realism” (RR). The latter, as we defend it, locates the objectivity of moral facts in socially constructed reality, but the former, as exemplified by David Brink's model of naturalistic moral realism, secures the objectivity of moral facts in their micro- structure and a nomic supervenience relationship. We find MSR's parity argument for this account of moral facts implausible; it yields a relation ship between moral facts and (...)
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  10. Wesley Cooper (2004). Tracking, Reliabilism, And Possible Worlds. Minerva 8:114-131.
    Robert Nozick’s tracking account of knowledge is defended against Colin McGinn’s criticisms bydrawing on David Deutsch’s ’multiverse’ conception of possible worlds. Knowledge on the trackingaccount requires a ’method’ or ’way’ of believing. Exploiting this feature undercuts the apparent force of McGinn’s counter-examples.
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  11. Wesley Cooper (2003). Andrew Reynolds, Peirce's Scientific Metaphysics: The Philosophy of Chance, Law, and Evolution Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 23 (5):364-367.
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  12. Wesley Cooper (2003). William James's Moral Theory. Journal of Moral Education 32 (4):411-422.
    James's moral theory, primarily as set out in ?The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life? (in his The Will To Believe (1897)), is presented here as having a two-level structure, an empirical or historical level where progress toward greater moral inclusiveness is central, and a metaphysical or end-of-history level?James's ?kingdom of heaven??characterised by universal agreement on moral content that is likely to be pluralistic, including deontological elements in a broadly consequentialist endeavour to attain the greatest good, by the lights of (...)
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  13. Emmett Barcalow, Richard H. Bell, David Bloor, Laurence BonJour, Catherine Chalier, Peter W. Cookson Jr, Kristina Berger, Wesley Cooper, Frank Cunningham & Christopher Falzon (2002). Books for Review and for Listing Here Should Be Addressed to Emily Zakin, Review Editor, Department of Philosophy, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056. Teaching Philosophy 25 (3):287.
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  14. Wes Cooper (2002). Lenn E. Goodman, In Defense of Truth Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 22 (5):323-325.
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  15. Wesley Cooper (2002). Parfit, Heroic Death, and Symbolic Utility. Journal of Social Philosophy 33 (2):221–239.
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  16. Wesley Cooper (2002). Robert Nozick, Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 22 (4):293-296.
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  17. Wesley Cooper (2002). Singer, Beth J. Pragmatism, Rights, and Democracy. Review of Metaphysics 56 (1):202-204.
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  18. Wesley Cooper (2002). The Unity of William James's Thought. Vanderbilt University Press.
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  19. Wes Cooper (2001). John C. Haugland, Having Thought: Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 21 (5):339-341.
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  20. Patrick Baert, Brian Baigrie, Stanley Barrett, Pascal Boyer, Michael Chiarello, R. H. Coase, Lorraine Code, Wes Cooper, Timothy M. Costelloe & Robert D’Amico (2000). Refereeing in 1997. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 (3):480.
  21. Wesley Cooper (1999). Pragmatism and Radical Empiricism. Inquiry 42 (3 & 4):371 – 383.
    A rational reconstruction of James's doctrine of pure experience is attempted, showing how it can be formulated in terms of a Ramsey sentence so that its credibility is comparable to contemporary functionalism about the mind. Whereas functionalism treats only mental predicates as theoretical terms and quantifies over physical objects, Jamesian 'global-functionalism' treats both mental and physical predicates as theoretical terms and quantifies over pure experience. Rehabilitated in this way, the doctrine of pure experience is a fit partner for Jamesian <span (...)
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  22. Wesley Cooper (1999). Review: Ruth Anna Putnam, Ed., The Cambridge Companion to William James:The Cambridge Companion to William James. [REVIEW] Ethics 109 (2):457-459.
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  23. Wes Cooper (1998). Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls Andrew Reath, Barbara Herman, and Christine M. Korsgaard, Editors Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, 415 Pp., $59.95. [REVIEW] Dialogue 37 (04):867-.
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  24. Wes Cooper (1998). Reclaiming the History of Ethics. Dialogue 37 (4):867-870.
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  25. Wes Cooper (1997). Simon A. Hailwood, Exploring Nozick: Beyond Anarchy, State and Utopia Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 17 (6):416-418.
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  26. Wes Cooper (1996). The Ideal of Rationality. Teaching Philosophy 19 (1):84-86.
  27. Wes Cooper (1996). Professional Ethics, Professionalism, and Work. Journal of Social Philosophy 27 (2):90-103.
  28. Wesley Cooper (1996). The Construction of Professional Reality. Professional Ethics 5 (1/2):63-85.
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  29. Wes Cooper (1995). Michael Heim, The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 15 (1):42-44.
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  30. Wes Cooper (1995). Virtual Reality and the Metaphysics of Self, Community and Nature. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 9 (2):1-14.
  31. Wesley E. Cooper (1995). James's God. American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 16 (3):261 - 277.
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  32. Wesley Cooper (1994). Robert Nozick, The Nature of Rationality. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 14:195-198.
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  33. Wesley E. Cooper (1994). Daniel Little, Varieties of Social Explanation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 14 (3):186-189.
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  34. Wesley E. Cooper (1994). James's Theory of Mental Causation. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 30 (2):349 - 370.
  35. Wesley E. Cooper (1994). Robert Nozick, The Nature of Rationality Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 14 (3):195-198.
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  36. Wesley Cooper (1993). Doris Olin, Ed., William James: Pragmatism In Focus. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 13:329-332.
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  37. Wesley Cooper (1993). Liberalism, Community, and Culture. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (3):433-451.
  38. Wesley Cooper (1993). Robert Nozick, The Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 13:47-50.
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  39. Wesley E. Cooper (1993). Doris Olin, Ed., William James: Pragmatism In Focus Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 13 (6):329-332.
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  40. Wesley E. Cooper (1993). Robert Nozick, The Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 13 (1):47-50.
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  41. Wesley E. Cooper (1993). William Joseph Gavin, William James and the Reinstatement of the Vague Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 13 (4):153-155.
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  42. Wes Cooper (1992). Linkage. Social Philosophy Today 7:99-110.
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  43. Wesley E. Cooper (1991). Geoffrey Scarre, "Logic and Reality in the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill". [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Philosophy 29 (1):133.
     
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  44. Wesley E. Cooper (1991). Logic and Reality in the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 29 (1):145-147.
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  45. Nicholas Asher, Graciela De Pierris, Paul Gomberg, Robert E. Goodin, Charles W. Mills, Jordan Howard Sobel, Andrew Levine, Frank Cunningham, W. J. Waluchow & Wesley Cooper (1989). Tp [\ Canadian (Q\ JJJournal of£| Philosophy. Philosophy 19 (3).
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  46. Wes Cooper (1989). On Understanding Works of Art: An Essay in Philosophical Aesthetics Petra von Morstein Problems in Contemporary Philosophy Series Queenstown: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1986. Pp. X, 230. $49.95 (U.S.). [REVIEW] Dialogue 28 (04):682-.
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  47. Wesley Cooper (1989). Hobbesian Moral and Political Theory. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):491-507.
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  48. Wesley Cooper (1985). Warren P. Fraleigh, Right Actions in Sport: Ethics for Contestants. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 5:5-7.
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  49. Wesley E. Cooper (1985). Michael Walzer, Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 5 (5):227-230.
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  50. Wesley E. Cooper (1985). Warren P. Fraleigh, Right Actions in Sport: Ethics for Contestants Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 5 (1):5-7.
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