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Adam Kadlac
Wake Forest University
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    The Virtue of Hope.Adam Kadlac - 2015 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (2):337-354.
    I argue that hope is a virtue insofar as it leads to a more realistic view of the future than dispositions like optimism and pessimism, promotes courage, and encourages an important kind of solidarity with others. In light of this proposal, I consider the relationship between hope and our beliefs about what is good as well as the conditions under which hope may fail to be a virtue.
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    The Challenge of Authenticity: Enhancement and Accurate Self‐Presentation.Adam Kadlac - 2018 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 35 (4):790-808.
    This article explores the significance of authenticity for debates about the ethics of enhancement. According to the view defended here, what lies at the heart of authenticity is a disdain for phoniness or fakery – two notions which essentially concern the way we present ourselves to others and, in turn, the way we are viewed by those others. Being authentic thus requires that we not pretend to be something or someone we are not or otherwise represent ourselves falsely to the (...)
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    Football: The Philosophy Behind the Game.Adam Kadlac - 2019 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 47 (1):146-150.
    Volume 47, Issue 1, March 2020, Page 146-150.
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    Does It Matter Whether We Do Wrong?Adam Kadlac - 2015 - Philosophical Studies 172 (9):2279-2298.
    This paper examines the relationship between monadic and bipolar forms of normativity. As the distinction is usually drawn, monadic normativity concerns whether a given action is right or wrong while bipolar normativity concerns who, if anyone, is wronged in any putative instance of wrongdoing. My central thesis is that in the moral realm, we do well to discard the notion of monadic normativity altogether and focus instead on the contours and limits of bipolar normativity. For by placing greater weight on (...)
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    Hope and Hopefulness.Adam Kadlac - 2017 - American Philosophical Quarterly 54 (3):209-222.
    Those who have discussed hopefulness as a general quality of character have tended to regard it as something importantly different from the maintenance of particular hopes about the future. I contend that this approach is mistaken and that we should instead regard one as hopeful to the degree that one nurtures a specific hope, namely, the hope that the future will be good. Thus, rather than attempting to locate hopefulness in personality traits that do not directly concern the maintenance of (...)
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    Humanizing Personhood.Adam Kadlac - 2010 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (4):421 - 437.
    This paper explores the debate between personists, who argue that the concept of a person if of central importance for moral thought, and personists, who argue that the concept of a human being is of greater moral significance. On the one hand, it argues that normative naturalism, the most ambitious defense of the humanist position, fails to identify moral standards with standards of human behavior and thereby fails to undermine the moral significance of personhood. At the same time, it contends (...)
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    Sincerity, Solidarity, and Deliberative Commitment.Adam Kadlac - 2014 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 (2):139-162.
    Two challenges have lately been posed to the importance of sincerity for our public discourse. On the one hand, it has been suggested that because sincerity is so difficult to identify, a preoccupation with the inner lives of others distracts us from the substance of what people say. On the other hand, some worry that making sincere statements can sometimes undermine the very deliberation that advocates of sincerity are so concerned to protect. In light of these challenges, I attempt to (...)
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    Flouting the Demands of Justice? Physician Participation in Executions.Adam Kadlac - 2014 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 39 (5):505-522.
    Those who argue against physician participation in state mandated executions tend to bracket the question of whether the death penalty should be abolished. I argue that these issues cannot be neatly separated. On the one hand, if justice demands that some criminals be executed for their crimes, then there can be no ethical or moral barrier to the participation of physicians in the execution process. On the other hand, I contend that the testimony and expertise of the medical community is (...)
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    Football: The Philosophy Behind the Game: By Stephen Mumford, Cambridge, UK, Polity Press, 2019, 140 Pp., $45.00 , $12.95 , ISBN: 978-1-5095-3531-6; ISBN: 978-1-5095-3532-3. [REVIEW]Adam Kadlac - 2019 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 47 (1):146-150.
    Volume 47, Issue 1, March 2020, Page 146-150.
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    Acceptance, Belief, and Descartes’s Provisional Morality.Adam Kadlac - 2007 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (1):35-52.
    This paper explores Descartes's work with an eye towards abiding issues in moral epistemology. In so doing, I focus on the role played by the so-called provisional morality that surfaces in "Discourse on the Method". What I argue is that despite the tenuousness with which it seems to be held, Descartes remained committed to the truth of this morality even in the midst of his most strenuous philosophical reflections. Put in the contemporary epistemological terms which provide the context of my (...)
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  11. The Constitution of Agency – Christine Korsgaard. [REVIEW]Adam Kadlac - 2010 - Philosophical Quarterly 60 (239):427-429.
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    Irreplaceability and Identity.Adam Kadlac - 2012 - Social Theory and Practice 38 (1):33-54.
    There is a puzzle about how we might sensibly love someone as the particular person she is despite changes in that person’s characteristics that are sometimes radical. In light of this puzzle, I argue that our most intimate relationships are centered around historical relational properties that serve two important functions. On the one hand, they render individuals irreplaceable to us. On the other, they constitute individuals as the particular persons they are. If this account is plausible, then to love another (...)
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    Book Review: Personhood, Ethics, and Animal Cognition: Situating Animals in Hare’s Two-Level Utilitarianism, Written by Gary E. Varner. [REVIEW]Adam Kadlac - 2015 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 12 (2):247-250.
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    Empiricism and Moral Status.Adam Kadlac - 2013 - Social Theory and Practice 39 (3):397-421.
    Many inquiries into the scope of moral value try to adopt an impersonal perspective on the world—that is, a perspective that abstracts away from the particularities of our personal experience and attempts to view the world from no place within it. In contrast to this approach, I argue that our investigation into the nature and scope of moral value should proceed from a more thoroughly personal standpoint by taking seriously our moral experience and the relational possibilities that obtain among various (...)
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    Christian Smith, What is a Person? Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and the Moral Good From the Person Up (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2010), 518 Pp. ISBN: 0226765911. £ 26.00 (Hbk.). [REVIEW]Adam Kadlac - 2013 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (4):555-557.
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    Appreciating Uncertainty and Personal Preference in Genetic Testing.Adam Kadlac - 2015 - Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 5 (3):245-249.
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    The Importance of Arguing as We Believe.Adam Kadlac - 2011 - Public Affairs Quarterly 25 (1):63-80.
    Consider the following examples of political activity: Immediately upon the recent passage of health care reform legislation by the United States House of Representatives, announcements were made by attorneys general in several states that they would be challenging the constitutionality of the law in court. South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster thus contended that the "health care legislation Congress passed tonight is an assault against the Constitution. A legal challenge by the states appears to be the only hope of protecting (...)
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    What's so Bad About Politicizing?Adam Kadlac - 2009 - Public Affairs Quarterly 23 (3):227-244.
    In today's sometimes volatile political climate, one often hears the charge that some issue or other has been politicized. The claim, when made, almost always constitutes an accusation that something illicit or immoral has been perpetrated by one's political opponents. Thus, writing in the congressional newspaper The Hill prior to the 2006 midterm elections, columnist Josh Marshall contends that "President Bush has politicized national security policy and used foreign policy to divide the country more than any president in modern American (...)
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