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  1. The Truth and Nothing but the Truth: Non-Literalism and The Habits of Sherlock Holmes.Heidi Savage - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (2).
    Abstract: Many, if not most philosophers, deny that a sentence like ‘Sherlock Holmes smokes’ could be true. However, this attitude conflicts with the assignment of true to that sentence by natural language speakers. Furthermore, this process of assigning truth values to sentences like ‘Sherlock Holes smokes’ seems indistinguishable from the process that leads speakers to assign true to other sentences, those like ‘Bertrand Russell smokes’. I will explore the idea that when speakers assign the value true to the first sentence, (...)
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    The Owl of Minerva Problem.Scott Aikin - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):13-22.
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    The Insignificance of Taste.J. P. Andrew - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):153-160.
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    Charles Peirce on Assertion.Nikolaus Breiner - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):211-219.
    Charles Peirce claimed that the principal ingredient in assertion is an act of “taking responsibility” for the truth of what is asserted. Some people writing about the Commitment Theory of Assertion have at times construed Peirce’s claim as his espousal of that contemporary theory, but this, I argue, is mistaken. Peirce saw “taking responsibility” as the assumption, not of an obligation, but instead of a liability, a penalty to be incurred if one’s assertion turned out to be false. I then (...)
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    Contextualism and the Politics of Sophrosyne in Plato’s Charmides.Matthew G. Eckel - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):145-152.
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    Why Ethical Sex Demands [the Category of] Nonconsensual Sex.Shannon Fyfe - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):135-143.
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    Six Arguments Against ‘Ought Implies Can’.Jonah Goldwater - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):45-54.
    Opponents of ‘ought implies can’ (OIC) often proceed via cases or counterexamples; hypothetical situations are described in which one is unable to do what one intuitively ought to do. I proceed differently. I offer six arguments against OIC via general principles; no cases. Though each argument would suffice to refute OIC if sound, redundancy is always a failsafe.
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  8. Epistemic Goods.Jerry Green - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):187-198.
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    Epistemic Ignorance and Moral Responsibility.Deborah K. Heikes - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):93-100.
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    Positive Duties, Kant’s Universalizability Tests, and Contradictions.Samuel Kahn - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):113-120.
    In this paper I am going to raise a problem for recent attempts to derive positive duties from Kant’s universalizability tests. In particular, I argue that these recent attempts are subject to reductio and that the most obvious way of patching them renders them impracticable. I begin by explaining the motivation for these attempts. Then I describe how they work and begin my attack. I conclude by considering some patches.
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  11. Hypothetical Consent and Political Obligation.Chris King - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):55-63.
    Hypothetical Consent Situations are widely employed in normative argument as if they help to justify normative claims or to explain normative facts. Historically, however, there is plenty of suspicion about them. In this light, there is a tendency to prefer theories of political obligation that do not depend upon hypothetical consent to explain political obligations – those that appeal, for instance, a general moral principle or to actual consent. This paper makes no full-throated defense of hypothetical consent. But it does (...)
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  12. A Separability Principle, Contrast Cases, and Contributory Dispositions.Zak A. Kopeikin - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):35-44.
    The aim of this paper is to clarify the use of contrast cases—which are pairs of cases in which the feature under examination is varied and all else is held fixed—in ethical methodology. In another paper, I argue that we must reject a separability principle which is thought to allow one to use contrast cases to infer truths about intrinsic value. Here I offer a different criticism that has a positive upshot about what we are licensed to infer from contrast (...)
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    Confessions of a Recovering Philosopher.Julie Kuhlken - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):1-4.
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  14. Inconsistency in Socratic Consistency.Dan Larkin - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):23-33.
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    Eliminative Materialism, Historical Consciousness, and R. G. Collingwood’s Philosophy of Mind.Timothy C. Lord - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):85-92.
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    Truth, Meaning, and Yablo’s Paradox – A Moderate Anti-Realist Approach.Peter Marton - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):101-111.
    Yablo’s Paradox, an infinite-sentence version of the Liar Paradox, aims to show that semantic paradox can emerge even without circularity. I will argue that the lack of meaning/content of the sentences involved is the source of the paradoxical outcome.I will introduce and argue for a Moderate Antirealist approach to truth and meaning, built around the twin principles that neither truth nor meaning can outstrip knowability. Accordingly, I will introduce a MAR truth operator that both forges an explicit connection between truth (...)
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    Relational Autonomy and Ameliorative Inquiry.Emily McGill - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):121-133.
    This paper suggests that the contemporary feminist debate on relational autonomy is best understood as an attempt at ameliorative inquiry—the concept of autonomy is defined in order to secure political and theoretical advantages. Most theorists adopt some sort of constructionist, or relational, account precisely because of the political and theoretical advantages relational accounts are meant to offer. But there are also significant drawbacks to this approach. I argue that there are reasons to be skeptical of ameliorative inquiries into the concept (...)
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  18. American Ruins, Aesthetic Responses, and Speculations.James Mock - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):179-185.
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    The Impotence of the Causal Impotence Objection.Alastair Norcross - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):161-168.
    Many significant harms, such as the mass suffering of animals on factory farms, can only be prevented, or at least lessened, by the collective action of thousands, or in some cases millions, of individual agents. In the face of this, it can seem as if individuals are powerless to make a difference, and thus that they lack reasons, at least from the consequentialist perspective, to refrain from eating meat. This has become known as the “causal impotence” problem. The standard response (...)
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  20. Is Art a Virtue?Caroline Paddock - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):169-177.
    In several articles, Peter Goldie argues that artistic production and appreciation should enjoy the status of full-fledged virtues. In this paper, I draw on the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas to provide a more nuanced account of artistic or aesthetic virtue. First, I raise some objections to Goldie’s account. Next, I show that, unlike Goldie, Aquinas distinguishes between virtue “properly so called” and virtue in a more restricted sense, and he calls art a virtue only in the restricted sense. In (...)
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    De-Moralizing Heroism.Bryan Smyth - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):65-74.
    Agents’ self-reports in cases of reactive heroism often deny the optionality, and hence the supererogatory status, of their actions, while conversely supporting a view of these actions in terms of nonselfsacrificial existential necessity. Taking such claims seriously thus makes it puzzling as to why such cases elicit strong approbation. To resolve this puzzle, I show how this necessity can be understood in the predispositional embodied terms of unreflective ethical expertise, such that the agent may be said literally to incarnate generally (...)
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    The Broader Threat of Situationism to Virtue Ethics.Joseph Spino - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):75-84.
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    Friendship for the Flawed: A Cynical and Pessimistic Theory of Friendship.Glenn Trujillo - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):199-209.
    When considering the value of friendship, most philosophers ignore the negatives. Most assume that humans need friends to flourish, and some argue that friendships can be good, no matter the risks entailed. This makes conversations about the value of friendship one-sided. Here, I argue that Cynics and Pessimists have an important view on friendship, despite it being ignored. They hold that: (a) friendship is unnecessary for flourishing, and (b) friendship presents ethical risks, especially to one’s own self-sufficiency. I defend these (...)
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    Spirituality and the Wine’s Soul.Michelle Williams - 2020 - Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):5-11.
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