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  1.  320 DLs
    Ted Honderich, Free Will, Determinism, and Moral Responsibility: The Whole Thing in Brief.
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    Ted Honderich (1982). The Argument for Anomalous Monism. Analysis 42 (January):59-64.
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    Ted Honderich, P. F. Strawson: Freedom and Resentment.
    The doyen of living English philosophers, by these reflections, took hold of and changed the outlook of a good many other philosophers, if not quite enough. He did so, essentially, by assuming that talk of freedom and responsibility is talk not of facts or truths, in a certain sense, but of our attitudes. His more explicit concern was to look again at the question of whether determinism and freedom are consistent with one another -- by shifting attention to certain personal (...)
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    Ted Honderich, Harry Frankfurt: Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility.
    This enviable piece of philosophy has been as successful as any other in the past three decades of the determinism and freedom debate. It has given rise to a continuing controversy. At its centre is what seems to be a refutation of what seems to be the cast-iron principle that in order for someone to be morally responsible for an action, it must be possible that he or she could have done otherwise. The principle has been assumed by philosophers persuaded (...)
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    Ted Honderich (1998). Consciousness as Existence. In Anthony O'Hear (ed.), Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. Cambridge University Press 94-109.
    The difference for present purposes between ourselves and stones, chairs and our computers is that we are conscious. The difference is fundamental. Being conscious is sufficient for having a mind in one sense of the word ‘mind’, and being conscious is necessary and fundamental to having a mind in any decent sense. What is this difference between ourselves and stones, chairs and our computers? The question is not meant to imply that there is a conceptual or a nomic barrier in (...)
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    Ted Honderich, Humanity, Terrorisms in Palestine, Innocent Victims.
    This is a new discussion in the philosophy of terrorism of (1) the morality of Humanity, (2) Palestine and Israel, (3) right and wrong, liberalism, free riders, narratives, (4) definitions of terrorism, (5) objections to definitions not mentioning innocents, (6) the question of who the innocents are, (7) intentional action, (8) objections having to do with definitions, (9) inquiry, prejudice, pure inquiry, and advocacy, and (10) other innocents. The discussion was prompted by a forthcoming paper by Tamar Meisels of Tel (...)
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    Ted Honderich, Thomas Hobbes: Causation, Determinism, and Their Compatibility with Freedom.
    _What Thomas Hobbes has to say of the nature of causation itself in_ _Entire Causes_ _and Their Only Possible Effects_ _is carried further in the first of the two excerpts here_ _-- although not at its start. His second subject in this imperfectly sequential piece of_ _writing is determinism itself -- a deterministic philosophy of mind. In the mind, as_ _elsewhere, each event has a 'necessary cause' -- a cause that necessitates the event._ _His third subject in the first excerpt (...)
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    Ted Honderich (1994). Functionalism, Identity Theories, the Union Theory. In Tadeusz Szubka & Richard Warner (eds.), The Mind-Body Problem: The Current State of the Debate. Blackwell 215-235.
  9.  100 DLs
    Ted Honderich (2006). Radical Externalism. Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (7-8):3-13.
    If you want a philosophically diligent exposition of a theory, something that has got through review by conventional peers, go elsewhere (Honderich, 2004). If you want an understanding made more immediate by brevity and informality, read on. The theory is a Radical Externalism about the nature of consciousness. If it is not a complete departure from the cranialism of most of the philosophy and science of consciousness, it is a fundamental departure.
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    Ted Honderich, Determinism's Consequences -- The Mistakes of Compatibilism and Incompatibilism, and What is to Be Done Now.
    From before the time of Thomas Hobbes in the 17th Century, right up to John Searle's impertinent piece in Journal of Consciousness Studies a few months ago, and a major conference in Idaho in April, philosophers of determinism and freedom have divided into Compatibilists and Incompatibilists. The first regiment says that determinism is logically compatible with freedom. The second says it is logically incompatible. They can do this. In a way it is easy-peasy. The first regiment achieves its end by (...)
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    Ted Honderich, After Compatibilism and Incompatibilism.
    A determinism of decisions and actions, despite our experience of deciding and acting and also an interpretation of Quantum Theory, is a reasonable assumption. The doctrines of Compatibilism and Incompatibilism are both false, and demonstrably so. Whole structures of culture and social life refute them, and establish the alternative of Attitudinism. The real problem of determinism has seemed to be that of accomodating ourselves to the frustration of certain attitudes, at bottom certain desires. This project of Affirmation can run up (...)
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    Ted Honderich (2005). On Benjamin Libet: Is the Mind Ahead of the Brain? Behind It? In On Determinism and Freedom. Edinburgh University Press
    Benjamin Libet and also Libet and collaborators claim to advance a single hypothesis, with important consequences, about the time of a conscious experience in relation to the time when there occurs a certain physical condition in the brain. This condition is spoken of as " _neural_ " _adequacy_ for the experience, or, as we can as well say, _neural adequacy_. 5 This finding has been taken to throw doubt on theories that take neural and mental events to be in necessary (...)
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    Ted Honderich (2002). How Free Are You? The Determinism Problem. In Robert H. Kane (ed.), Philosophical Quarterly. Oxford University Press 249.
    In this fully revised and up-to-date edition of Ted Honderich's modern classic, he offers a concise and lively introduction to free will and the problem of determinism, advancing the debate on this key area of moral philosophy. Honderich sets out a determinist philosophy of mind, in response to the question, "Is there a really clear, consistent and complete version of determinism?" and asks instead if there is such a clear version of free will. He goes on to address the question (...)
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    Ted Honderich (2002). Determinism as True, Both Compatibilism and Incompatibilism as False, and the Real Problem. In Robert Kane (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Free Will. Oxford Up 461--476.
    An event is something in space and time, just some of it, and so it is rightly said to be something that occurs or happens. For at least these reasons it is not a number or a proposition, or any abstract object. There are finer conceptions of an event, of course, one being a thing having a general property for a time, another being exactly an individual property of a thing -- say my computer monitor's weight (19 kg) as against (...)
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    Ted Honderich (1988). A Theory of Determinism. Oxford University Press.
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    Ted Honderich (2004). Consciousness as Existence, Devout Physicalism, Spiritualism. Mind and Matter 2 (1):85-104.
    Consider three answers to the question of what it actually is for you to be aware of the room you are in. It is for the room in a way to exist. It is for there to be only physical activity in your head, however additionally described. It is for there to be non-spatial facts somehow in your head. The first theory, unlike the other two, satisfies five criteria for an adequate account of consciousness itself. The criteria have to do (...)
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    Ted Honderich, Targeted Killing.
    This paper by Prof. Daniel Statman, moral philosopher at the University of Haifa in Israel and author of the books Moral Dilemmas and Religion and Morality , offers a philosophical defense for such targeted killings or assassinations as those by Israel of Palestinians. The paper argues that if one accepts the moral legitimacy of the large-scale killing of combatants in conventional (what may come to be called 'old-fashioned') wars, one cannot object -- on moral grounds -- to the targeted killing (...)
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    Ted Honderich (2004). Terrorism For Humanity. Social Philosophy Today 20:15-39.
    This paper takes forward reflections begun in my book After the Terror and then continued in a paper, “After the Terror: A Book and Further Thoughts.” Maybe this third offering on the terrible subjects in question will be the last from me for a while—despite my not having got as close as may be possible to proofs or the like of some principal propositions. It must be easier to deal with the terrible subjects if strong moral convictions about Palestine or (...)
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    Ted Honderich (2001). Mind the Guff. Journal of Consciousness Studies 8 (4):62-78.
    (I) John Searle's conception of consciousness in the 'Mind the Gap' issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies remains short on content, no advance on either materialism or traditional dualism. Still, it is sufficiently contentful to be self-contradictory. And so his Biological Subjectivity on Two Levels, like materialism and dualism, needs replacing by a radically different conception of consciousness -- such as Consciousness as Existence. (II) From his idea that we can discover 'gaps', seeming absences of causal circumstances, in our (...)
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    Ted Honderich (ed.) (1973). Essays on Freedom of Action. Routledge and Kegan Paul.
    the difference, within the field of physically undetermined events, between the random and the non-random is the presence or absence of a prior mental event ...
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    Ted Honderich (1983). Anomalous Monism: Reply to Smith. Analysis 43 (June):147-149.
  22.  59 DLs
    Ted Honderich, Casting the First Stone: Who Can, and Who Can't, Condemn the Terrorists?
    Professor Cohen, 'Jerry' to very many, has been Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, All Souls College, Oxford. He has been both a worthy successor to Isaiah Berlin in the chair and also his own man. Born into a Jewish family in Montral, Cohen was educated at McGill University and then in Oxford under Berlin and Gilbert Ryle. He taught philosophy vigorously at University College London and became known as the first proponent of analytical Marxism. His resolute book illustrative (...)
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    Ted Honderich (forthcoming). Compatibilism and Incompatibilism as Both False, and the Real Problem. The Determinism and Free Will Philosophy Website.
  24.  54 DLs
    Ted Honderich, Dana Nelkin: The Sense of Freedom.
    When you are making up your mind, deciding what to do, you have the idea that you are free in what you are doing. It is hard to shake. You are going to do the one thing, but you can certainly do the other. That is what you think. Rational deliberators, as they can be called, have an inescapable sense of freedom. Dana Nelkin, in the following clear-headed paper, asks if this sense of freedom establishes that determinism is not true. (...)
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    Ted Honderich (2004). On Consciousness. Edinburgh University Press.
    This is not just another book about consciousness: it takes the subject of consciousness forward, out of the impasse into which it has come.
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    Ted Honderich (2001). Consciousness as Existence and the End of Intentionality. In Anthony O'Hear (ed.), Philosophy at the New Millennium. Cambridge University Press 1-26.
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    Ted Honderich (1984). Smith and the Champion of Mauve. Analysis 44 (2):86-89.
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    Ted Honderich, Causality or Causation -- The Fundamental Fact Plainly Explained.
    Causality is the relation between cause and effect, and causation either the causing of something or the relation between cause and effect. What follows here is an account of the fundamental relation or connection between an effect, say the windshield wipers starting to work in this car, and what precedes it. What precedes it, fundamentally, is a causal circumstance or causally sufficient condition. This includes a number of conditions, one of them usually called the cause of the effect, say flipping (...)
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    Ted Honderich, A Quick Tour of Causation, Probabilism, Determinism, Freedom and Responsibility.
    The same two kinds of conditional connections in the world, each dependent on the situation, hold between each event in certain sets of events that we can call causal circumstances for the lighting. A causal circumstance cc) included the event that for some reason we pick out and call the cause -- the striking s).
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    Ted Honderich, Coming to Terms with the Determined.
    From a bird's-eye view, the central argument of A Theory of Determinism appears as follows: (A) The mind is the brain; every mental event (including every decision and every framing of intention) is intimately related to a neural event. (B) Probably all neural events are deterministically caused, so, thanks to the intimate relation, determinism is likely to be true of our decisions and actions. (C) Does this mean that there is no free will? Incompatibilists say yes, Compatibilists say no, and (...)
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    Ted Honderich, Mind Brain Connection.
    The connection between a mind and a brain is fundamental to the Philosophy of Mind, partly because it is often taken to include the the problem of the nature of a mind -- or, more particularly, the nature of consciousness. What follows here is an inquiry into this connection. It surveys the traditional and still orthodox answers. It is Ch. 2 of Ted Honderich's large work A Theory of Determinism: The Mind, Neuroscience and Life- Hopes -- which chapter is also (...)
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    Ted Honderich (1991). Better the Union Theory. Analysis 51 (June):166-173.
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    Ted Honderich (1992). Seeing Qualia and Positing the World. In A. Phillips Griffiths (ed.), Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. Cambridge University Press 129-152.
    It is the business of philosophy to deal without presupposition with the question of the general nature of the world and with the question of how or indeed whether we can know that nature. These are questions to which answers are given in the realism of ordinary belief, as it can be called, the phenomenalism of Berkeley, the pragmatism and the scientism of Quine, and the varieties of scepticism. The ontological and the epistemological questions are bound up with another, that (...)
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    Ted Honderich, Is the Mind Ahead of the Brain? Rejoinder to Benjamin Libet.
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    Ted Honderich (2003). Perceptual, Reflective, and Affective Consciousness as Existence. In Anthony O'Hear (ed.), Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. Cambridge University Press 1-24.
    This is a further improved version of a paper previously called `Reflective and Affective Consciousness'. It is better now -- more or less comprehensible if still imperfect. It is the fourth in a series of papers, and continues the idea that consciousness needs to be analysed not in any of the boring ways: by way of the plain or 17th Century materialism that is still with us in new packages, or immaterialism, or dualistic identity theory, or functionalism and cognitive science (...)
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    Ted Honderich, Mind and Brain Explanation.
    How do our thoughts, feelings, choices and actions come about? In what follows here, the two kinds of traditional and still orthodox explanations are considered. The fundamental proposition of a defined and developed theory of determinism is laid out and compared with various ideas of free will or origination. This is Ch. 3 of Ted Honderich's large work A Theory of Determinism: The Mind, Neuroscience and Life-Hopes -- which is also Ch. 3 of the paperback Mind and Brain . In (...)
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    Ted Honderich (1984). Donald Davidson's Anomalous Monism and the Champion of Mauve. Analysis 44.
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    Ted Honderich (1993). How Free Are You? Oxford University Press.
    _Can attitudes like those that have seemed welded to indeterminism and free will_ _actually go with determinism? Is it not a contradiction to suppose so? The little_ _Oxford University Press book_ _How Free Are You?_ _in its first edition, much_ _translated, was a summary of the indigestible or anyway not widely digested_.
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    Ted Honderich (1984). The Time of a Conscious Sensory Experience and Mind-Brain Theories. Journal of Theoretical Biology 110 (1):115-129.
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    Ted Honderich, Manuel R. Vargas: The Revisionist's Guide to Responsibility.
    Revisionism in the theory of moral responsibility is, roughly, the idea that some aspect of our responsibility practices, attitudes, or concept is in need of revision. In this paper, I argue that (1) in spite of being an increasingly prevalent thread in discussions of moral responsibility, revisionism is poorly understood, (2) the limited critical discussion there has been of it does not reflect the complexities and nuances of revisionist theories, and (3) at least one species of revisionismmoderate revisionism- has some (...)
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    Ted Honderich (forthcoming). Effects, Determinism, Neither Compatibilism nor Incompatibilism, Consciousness. Philosophical Explorations.
    Since the rise of the theory of determinism, philosophers have argued and declared that we are diminished by it. Bishop Bramhall against Thomas Hobbes in the 17th Century, Kant against Hume in the 18th, F. H. Bradley against John Stuart Mill in the 19th, Robert Kane and Robert Nozick against such as me in the 20th Century. There must be something in this relentless tradition. It cannot, it seems to me, be the falsehood of determinism. Is it, so to speak, (...)
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    John W. Yolton, J. L. Ackrill, Christopher Kirwan, C. H. Whiteley, P. F. Strawson & Ted Honderich (1970). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 79 (314):304-319.
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    Ted Honderich, Determinism: What We Have Learned and What We Still Don't Know.
    The purpose of this paper is to give a brief survey the implications of the theories of modern physics for the doctrine of determinism. The survey will reveal a curious feature of determinism: in some respects it is fragile, requiring a number of enabling assumptions to give it a fighting chance; but in other respects it is quite robust and very difficult to kill. The survey will also aim to show that, apart from its own intrinsic interest, determinism is an (...)
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    Ted Honderich (1994). Seeing Things. Synthese 98 (1):51-71.
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    Ted Honderich, Money, Democracy, Illusions, What Can Be Done.
    The debate in the Oxford Union on 29 January 2010 was on the motion "This House believes that in politics, money talks loudest". Ted Honderich's speech in support of the motion was followed by those of Stuart Wheeler, known for his contribution of £5,000,000 to the Conservative Party, and of Hugo Rifkind, a columnist for The Times and The Spectator . The motion was opposed by Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute, Lord Oakeshott the Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, and (...)
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    Ted Honderich, Being Conscious is Something's Being Actual -- What and How?
    This piece is reflection in preparation for lectures in the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Sussex, and Bath. It conveys the sequence and general content of an argument for a different answer to the question of what it is to be conscious. The piece is new, but not what is still to come, a completed articulation in a book. That will include second and no doubt third thoughts, not to mention more scholarship.
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    Ted Honderich (2005). On Determinism and Freedom. Edinburgh Up.
    This is a draft of a paper for a book Philosophy of Action: 5 Questions edited by Jesus Aguilar and Andrei Buckareff and to be published by Automatic Press / VIP. The book contains accounts by various philosophers, including leading theorists, of their engagement with problems of action and agency, and in particular determinism and freedom. The contributors also offer thoughts as to what attracted them to the subject, what their conclusions have been, what the benefit of the subject can (...)
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    Ted Honderich (1996). Compatibilism, Incompatibilism, and the Smart Aleck. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56 (4):855-62.
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    Ted Honderich (1974). A Difficulty with Democracy. Philosophy and Public Affairs 3 (2):221-226.
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    Ted Honderich, Conservatism: Burke, Nozick, Bush, Blair?
    What follows here is the first chapter, 'Change and Reform', of a book that inquires into the distinctions and rationale of the political tradition of conservatism. The book, now much enlarged and revised, was originally Conservatism, published in 1989 as a contribution to an election. Now, in particular, each chapter ends with a sizeable section on what replaced the Labour Party in Britain, the New Labour Party. For good measure, the final section of the second chapter, partly on something known (...)
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