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    Epicureans on Death and Lucretius’ Squandering Argument.Scott Aikin - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):41-49.
    Lucretius follows his symmetry argument that one should not fear death with a dialectical strategy, the squandering argument. The dialectical presumption behind the squandering argument is that its audience is not an Epicurean, so squanders their life. The question is whether the squandering argument works on lives that by Epicurean standards are not squandered.
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    Moral Idiots and Blameless Brutes in Aristotle’s Ethics.Audrey L. Anton - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):245-256.
    Aristotle maintains that vicious people are blameworthy despite their moral ignorance, since becoming vicious was up to them and whatever is up to us we are able to do or not do. However, one’s upbringing shapes one’s moral character. Together, these claims invite an objection I call the horrible childhood challenge. According to this objection, vicious adults who suffered horrible childhoods through which they were taught to adopt bad ends as though they were good should not be held accountable for (...)
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  3. Sobriety Madness.Justin Bell - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):7-15.
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    Quotidian Apocalypse?Emerson R. Bodde - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):209-218.
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    Avoiding Epistemology’s Swamping Problem.Patrick Bondy - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):163-172.
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    Critical Commodities.Andrew Burnside - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):219-226.
    This paper is a critique of Adorno’s ideas concerning jazz from his own perspective. I approach the topic from a dialectical standpoint, accounting for the historical development of jazz in the African-American context while trying to understand why Adorno found nothing of the genre redeemable; he scorned jazz as an unoriginal product of the culture industry. Drawing on the work of Eric Hobsbawm and Fumi Okiji on jazz, history, and Adorno, I try to demonstrate the internal contradiction of Adorno’s dislike (...)
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    Caring for Identity: Disability and Representation.T. J. Buttgereit - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):173-179.
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    Seeing Oneself as a Source of Reasons.Andréa Daventry - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):237-244.
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    A Rossian Account of the Normativity of Logic.R. M. Farley & Deke Caiñas Gould - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):103-113.
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  10. Credentialed Fictions and Robustness Analysis.Gareth Fuller - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):135-143.
    In this paper I defend the possibility of robustness analysis as confirmatory. Given that models are highly idealized, multiple models with different sets of idealizations are constructed to show that some result is not dependent on those idealizations. This method of robustness analysis has been criticized since, no matter how many false models agree, all of them are false and lack confirmatory power. I argue that this line of criticism makes an assumption that a model is confirmatory only if it (...)
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    Similarity and Dependence in the Final Ranking of the Philebus.Ross Gilmore - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):155-162.
    The so-called Final Ranking of the Philebus offers Socrates’ final evaluation of the relative merits of pleasure and reason in the best life. I begin by examining two common lines of interpretation as they address the criterion according to which the final ranking is organized. I then discuss the role ‘similarity’ has in organizing the investigation throughout the dialogue, from the initial comparison of the two lives (of reason and pleasure singly) down through the final ranking. I then consider the (...)
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    Sealioning: A Case Study in Epistemic Vice.Jerry Green - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):123-134.
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  13. Wittgenstein’s Wager: On [Absolute] Certainty.Noah Greenstein - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):51-57.
    Knowledge is analyzed in terms of the cost incurred when mistakes are made — things we should have known better, but didn’t. Following Wittgenstein at the end of On Certainty, an Epistemic Wager, similar to Pascal’s Wager, is set up to represent the cost differences not in belief vs. disbelief, but in knowledge vs. skepticism. This leads to a core class of absolutely certain knowledge, related to Moorean Facts, that is integrated into our everyday lives. This core knowledge is resistant (...)
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    What Our Explanatory Expectations of Cognitive Heuristics Should Be.Mark H. Herman - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):91-102.
    Cognitive heuristics, as proffered by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, are reasoning shortcuts that are useful but flawed. For example, the availability heuristic “infers” an event’s probability, not by performing laborious, ideally rational calculations, but by simply assessing the ease with which similar events can be recalled. Cognitive psychologists presume that cognitive heuristics should be identified with a distinct cognitive mechanism. I argue that this is a mistake ultimately stemming from descriptive rational choice theory’s entangling of descriptive and normative theorizing. (...)
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    Was William James an Evidentialist?Henry Jackman - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):81-90.
    William James has traditionally been seen as a critic of evidentialism, with his claim that “Our passional nature not only lawfully may, but must, decide an option between propositions, whenever it is a genuine option that cannot by its nature be decided on intellectual grounds” being understood as saying that in certain cases we have the right to believe beyond what is certified by the evidence. However, there is an alternate, “expansive”, reading of James (defended most recently by Cheryl Misak, (...)
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  16. Stranger in a Strange Land.Dan Larkin - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):31-40.
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    Against Indifference Objections to the Fine-Tuning Argument.Thomas N. Metcalf - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):199-208.
    Critics of the Fine-Tuning Argument for Theism have recently argued that even if the universe is fine-tuned for life, certain features of the universe are still surprising given theism, because God should be indifferent between those features and their contraries. In the first section of this paper, I summarize this sort of Indifference Objection to the Fine-Tuning Argument. In the second section, I explain why contrary to initial appearances, these objections fail. In the third section, I present the Argument from (...)
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    Colorblindness, Hermeneutical Marginalization and Hermeneutical Injustice.Josué Piñeiro - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):115-122.
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    Is Annihilation More Severe Than Eternal Conscious Torment?Eric Reitan - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):191-198.
    In Hell and Divine Goodness, James Spiegel defends the surprising position that of the two dominant non-universalist Christian views on the fate of the damned—the traditionalist view that the damned suffer eternal conscious torment, and the annihilationist view that the damned are put out of existence—the annihilationist view actually posits the more severe fate from the standpoint of a punishment. I argue here that his case for this position rests on two questionable assumptions, and that even granting these assumptions there (...)
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    Worm-Theoretic Persistence and Temporal Predication.Andrew Russo - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):227-236.
    Mark Johnston (2016, 2017) has raised concerns that a worm-theoretic account of persistence through time is incompatible with ethical singularity: that within the life of any actual person, there is only one morally considerable being, namely that person. To deny ethical singularity is to deny a core feature of our ordinary ethical and prudential thinking. The worm theory, Johnston concludes, proves to be “disastrous … for our ordinary moral outlook”. This paper defends the worm theory from Johnston’s argument. Though I (...)
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    Memorial Notice.Anne-Marie Schultz - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):1-5.
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    More Clarity About Concessive Knowledge Attributions.James Simpson - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):59-69.
    Fallibilism is typically taken to face a problem from the apparent infelicity of concessive knowledge attributions. CKAs are of the form: “S knows that p, but it’s possible that q,” where q obviously entails not-p. CKAs sound to the ears of many philosophers as contradictory or infelicitous. But CKAs look to be overt statements of fallibilism, since if S fallibly knows that p, then she can’t properly rule out some possibility in which not-p. Do fallibilists, then, have some way of (...)
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  23. Explaining Away Some Challenges for Explaining Advanced Algorithmic Systems.Joseph Spino - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):145-153.
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    Loving Persons by Cherishing Physical Objects.Robert B. Tierney - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):181-189.
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    Possessed: The Cynics on Wealth and Pleasure.G. M. Trujillo - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):17-29.
    Aristotle argued that you need some wealth to live well. The Stoics argued that you could live well with or without wealth. But the Cynics argued that wealth is a hinderance. For the Cynics, a good life consists in self-sufficiency, or being able to rule and help yourself. You accomplish this by living simply and naturally, and by subjecting yourself to rigorous philosophical exercises. Cynics confronted people to get them to abandon extraneous possessions and positions of power to live better. (...)
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    Rethinking the Will to Believe.Lucy Vollbrecht - 2022 - Southwest Philosophy Review 38 (1):71-79.
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