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  1. Get 'Em All! Kill 'Em! Genocide, Terrorism, Righteous Communities (Review).Andrew Gordon Fiala - 2005 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 19 (4):262-265.
  2. Nero's Fiddle: On Hope, Despair, and the Ecological Crisis.Andrew Fiala - 2010 - Ethics and the Environment 15 (1):51.
    We are in the midst of a global ecological crisis. And yet, like Nero, we fiddle while Rome burns. Global warming is happening. Human population is growing. Land and water supplies are used and depleted at an ever-expanding rate. Species and habitats are destroyed and biodiversity is lost. Pollution and toxic waste pile up. Despite several decades of acute awareness of these ecological problems, we have made little progress toward sustainable solutions.This points us to a somewhat paradoxical feature of political (...)
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  3. Toleration and Pragmatism.Andrew Gordon Fiala - 2002 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 16 (2):103 - 116.
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    Stoic Tolerance.Andrew Fiala - 2003 - Res Publica 9 (2):149-168.
    This article considers the virtue of tolerance as it is found in Epictetus and MarcusAurelius. It defines the virtue of tolerance and links it to the Stoic idea of proper control of the passions in pursuit of both self-sufficiency and justice. It argues that Stoic tolerance is neither complete in difference nor a species of relativism. Finally, it discusses connections between the moral virtue of Stoic tolerance and the idea of political toleration found in modern liberalism.
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    A Critique of Exceptions: Torture, Terrorism, and the Lesser Evil Argument.Andrew Fiala - 2006 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (1):127-142.
    There are good reasons to beware of arguments that allow for exceptions to principles about the proper limit of violence. Justifications of such exceptions occur in recent discussions of torture and terrorism. One of the reasons to be skeptical of these arguments is that when political agents make exceptions to moral principles, these exceptions can become precedents that serve to normalize immoral behavior. This aspect of political reality is ignored in contemporary attempts to justify torture and terrorism. The present paper (...)
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  6. Militant Atheism, Pragmatism, and the God-Shaped Hole.Andrew Fiala - 2008 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 65 (3):139 - 151.
    This paper addresses recent examples of militant atheism. It considers the theistic reply that describes atheism as deriving from a “God-shaped hole” in the human soul. The paper will argue that American pragmatism offers a middle path that avoids militant atheism without suffering from this problem. The paper describes this middle path and considers the problem that is seen in Rorty’s recent work: how the pragmatist can remain critical of religious fundamentalism without succumbing to a militant version of atheism. The (...)
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    Pacifism and the Trolley Problem.Andrew Fiala - 2014 - The Acorn 15 (1):33-41.
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    Pacifism.Andrew Fiala - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  9. "How Would You Like to Be Him?" The Golden Rule, Third Person Descriptions, and Virtue Ethics.Andrew Fiala - 2009 - The Pluralist 4 (2):24 - 37.
    From The Pluralist 4:2, 24-37. Copyright 2009 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Used with permission of the University of Illinois Press.
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    The Fragility of Civility: Virtue, Civil Society, and Tragic Breakdowns of Civility.Andrew Fiala - 2013 - Dialogue and Universalism 23 (3):109-122.
    This paper explores civility as a virtue for individuals within the sphere of civil society. Civil society is conceived as consisting of voluntary associations regulated by persuasion, praise, and shame. The virtue of civility is a key value for members of the associations of civil society. The paper considers circumstances in which institutions of civil society breakdown and in which unscrupulous and un-civil operators take advantage of more civil members. While admitting that civility is a fragile virtue, the paper concludes (...)
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  11. Against Religion, Wars, and States: The Case for Enlightenment Atheism, Just War Pacifism, and Liberal-Democratic Anarchism.Andrew Fiala - 2013 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Andrew Fiala's Against Religion, Wars, and States: The Case for Enlightenment Atheism, Just War Pacifism, and Liberal-Democratic Anarchism argues that we need to overcome the idea of the nation-state and look toward global justice, that we need to develop a more critical stance toward religion while embracing enlightened humanism and natural science, and that we need to look beyond violent solutions to social problems in order to build world peace.
     
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    Contingent Pacifism and Contingently Pacifist Conclusions.Andrew Fiala - 2014 - Journal of Social Philosophy 45 (4):463-477.
  13. Toleration.Andrew Fiala - 2004 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    A Critique of Exceptions: Torture, Terrorism, and the Lesser Evil Argument.Andrew Fiala - 2005 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (1):127-142.
    There are good reasons to beware of arguments that allow for exceptions to principles about the proper limit of violence. Justifications of such exceptions occur in recent discussions of torture and terrorism. One of the reasons to be skeptical of these arguments is that when political agents make exceptions to moral principles, these exceptions can become precedents that serve to normalize immoral behavior. This aspect of political reality is ignored in contemporary attempts to justify torture and terrorism. The present paper (...)
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    Progress and Meliorism: Making Progress in Thinking About Progress.Andrew Fiala - forthcoming - Journal of the Philosophy of History:1-23.
    There is no grand narrative or master plan for historical progress. Contemporary discussions of progress and enlightenment reflect an improved version of an old debate, which has progressed beyond older debates about metaphysical optimism and pessimism. Responding to recent work by John Gray, Steven Pinker, and others, this paper describes meliorism as a middle path between optimism and pessimism. Meliorism is pragmatic, humanistic, secular, and historically grounded. The epistemic modesty of meliorism develops out of understanding the long history of debates (...)
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    The Pacifist Tradition and Pacifism as Transformative and Critical Theory.Andrew Fiala - 2018 - The Acorn 18 (1):5-28.
    Pacifism is often painted into a corner as an absolute rejection of all violence and war. Such a dogmatic and negative formulation of pacifism does leave us with pacifism as a morally problematic position. But pacifism is not best understood as a negative claim. Nor is pacifism best understood as a singular or monistic concept. Rather, there is a “pacifist tradition” that is grounded in an affirmative claim about the importance of nonviolence, love, community building, and peaceful conflict resolution. This (...)
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    Practical Pacifism,Jus in Bello, and Citizen Responsibility.Andrew Fiala - 2006 - Ethical Perspectives 13 (4):673-697.
    This article discusses how ordinary citizens might apply principles of jus in bello. It reaches a sceptical conclusion about citizens’ capacity to apply these principles and connects this with a practical approach to pacifism or, what might also be called, just-war pacifism.This discussion is oriented around events in the war in Iraq including the use of cluster bombs and the commission of war crimes. It uses these events to discuss the question of jus in bello and to also address the (...)
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    Legal But Rare.Andrew Fiala - 2019 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 33 (2):203-220.
    This paper argues that it is not incoherent to think that abortion should be “legal but rare.” The argument draws upon virtue ethics, feminism, critical theory, and the theory of biopolitics to argue that the idea that abortion should be legal but rare is best understood as aiming at the elimination of unwanted pregnancies. Some pro-choice defenders of abortion rights worry that the “legal but rare” idea stigmatizes women who choose abortion. But when this idea is unpacked using the tools (...)
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    On Thinking Globally and Acting Locally.Andrew Fiala - 2019 - Dialogue and Universalism 29 (1):37-56.
    This paper considers the extent to which we already live in a cosmopolitan era. Resurgent nationalism is explained as a reactionary response to the success of cosmopolitanization. Cosmopolitanization is further explained as a dialectical process. Contemporary cosmopolitanism emerges against the backdrop of Eurocentric globalization associated with the colonial era. While the Eurocentric legacy must be rejected, it has left us with a cosmopolitan world. Other dialectical processes emerge in consideration of the importance of local and multicultural issues. Cosmopolitanization is a (...)
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    Marcus Aurelius. A Guide for the Perplexed, by William O. Stephens.Andrew Fiala - 2014 - Ancient Philosophy 34 (2):458-462.
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    Citizenship, Epistemology, and the Just War Theory.Andrew Fiala - 2004 - Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 7 (2):100-117.
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    Moral Injury and Jus Ad Bellum.Andrew Fiala - 2017 - Essays in Philosophy 18 (2):281-294.
    Although jus in bello violations create transgressive acts that cause moral injury, the primary consideration in thinking about moral injury should be jus ad bellum. If one is fighting in an ad bellum just war, then transgressive acts can be rationalized in a way that allows for consolation. But for morally sensitive combatants engaged in an ad bellum unjust war, consolation is more difficult since there is no way to justify or rationalize morally problematic deeds committed in defense of an (...)
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    Terrorism and the Philosophy of History: Liberalism, Realism, and the Supreme Emergency Exemption.Andrew Fiala - 2002 - Essays in Philosophy 3 (3):2.
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    Just War Ethics and the Slippery Slope of Militarism.Andrew Fiala - 2012 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 19 (2):92-102.
    Considerations of the ethics of war should more carefully attend to the material conditions of war and the pressures of militarism. To understand contemporary warfare, and the failure of just war theory to restrain war in some cases, we must consider how the military-industrial complex influences war-making. Militarism and the profit to be made in warfare create a slippery slope of sorts which can incline us to fight wars that are unjust.
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    Radical Forgiveness and Human Justice.Andrew Fiala - 2012 - Heythrop Journal 53 (3):494-506.
    The most substantial source for thinking about forgiveness is Christian ethics. Some Christians offer forgiveness even for atrocities in the absence of repentance and reparations. The paper critically examines Christian idealism about forgiveness, while looking beyond Christianity toward a humanistic approach that acknowledges the tragic conflict between forgiveness and justice. Christian forgiveness is part of a radical revaluation of values regarding the goods of this world, personal identity, and temporality. Humanistic approaches, as found in Kant and the Greeks, do not (...)
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    Toward an Ethics of Time: Eschatology and its Discontents.Andrew Fiala - 2000 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 7 (2/3):33-41.
    This essay does not argue for any specific conception of time as ethically superior or significant, but argues that the conception of time we choose from among possible such conceptions has ethical consequences.
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    Existentialism and Repressive Toleration.Andrew Fiala - 2005 - Studies in Practical Philosophy 5 (1):90-111.
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    Emerson and the Limits of Language.Andrew Fiala - 2004 - Idealistic Studies 34 (3):285-302.
    This article focuses on Emerson’s emphasis on the limits of language. This emphasis is important because for Emerson self-expression in language is an essential part of the process of becoming self-reliant. Emerson thus shows us the way in which language often prevents us from becoming self-reliant. Emerson performatively shows the limits of language in an effort to inspire his audience to develop self-reliance in speaking for themselves. The article locates Emerson’s emphasis on the limits of language within the context of (...)
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    The Bush Doctrine, Democratization, and Humanitarian Intervention
    A Just War Critique.
    Andrew Fiala - 2007 - Theoria 54 (114):28-47.
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    Linguistic Nationalism and Linguistic Diversity in German Idealism: Locating Hegel Between Fichte and Humboldt.Andrew Fiala - 2004 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (1):159-183.
    Hegel did not have an adequate appreciation of linguistic diversity. This lapse is linked to Hegel’s Eurocentric view of history and culture. Hegel’s view of language is considered within the context of Leibniz’s hope for a universal philosophical language, the metacritique of Kant, and Fichte’s linguistic nationalism. Hegel overcomes the sort of nationalism found in Fichte. And Hegel aspires toward the universal while recognizing the importance of concrete historical language. However, he does not achieve the sort of appreciation of linguistic (...)
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    Peace, Love, & Happiness.Andrew Fiala - 2014 - Philosophy Now 105:14-15.
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    “How Would You Like to Be Him?”: The Golden Rule, Third Person Descriptions, and Virtue Ethics.Andrew Fiala - 2009 - The Pluralist 4 (2):24-37.
    From The Pluralist 4:2, 24-37. Copyright 2009 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Used with permission of the University of Illinois Press.
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    Toleration and the Limits of the Moral Imagination.Andrew Fiala - 2003 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 10 (2):33-40.
    This essay discusses one source of toleration: a modest recognition of the limits of our ability to imagine the situation of the other. It further connects this with both respect for the autonomy of the other and the moral need to engage the other in dialogue. The conclusion is that toleration is important in light of the ubiquity of failures of the moral imagination. It considers several examples of the failure of the moral imagination, including a discussion of the Hindu (...)
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    Twenty Years of Philosophy in the Contemporary World.Andrew Fiala & José-Antonio Orosco - 2013 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 20 (2):87-101.
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    Editor’s Introduction.Andrew Fiala - 2007 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 14 (2):1-2.
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    The Irony of Political Philosophy.Andrew Fiala - 1998 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 5 (1):11-19.
    Political philosophy is a paradoxical attempt to bring reason to bear upon a subject matter that is irrational. This problem has been side-stepped by many contemporary political thinkers. Political theorists like Iris Young, Michael Sandel, Jean Elshtain, Robert Bork, and Richard Peterson acknowledge that contemporary political life, with its lack of democratic participation and its undemocratic, bureaucratic institutions, is undergoing a legitimation crisis. These theorists offer philosophical analyses of this crisis in order to arrive at its rational resolution. This approach (...)
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    God, Reason, and Ethics: Love and the Good Samaritan.Andrew Fiala - 2008 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 15 (2):72-81.
    This paper examines the relation between ethics and religion in light of Ralph Ellis’ critique of religious fundamentalism. It argues against the recent revival of Divine Command ethics. It claims that love is in fact a central value and experience for the ethical life. But it maintains that Ralph Ellis’ humanistic approach to love is preferable to a religious approach. This argument is articulated with reference to theodicy and the problem of evil. The paper concludes that the condition of finitude (...)
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    Political Skepticism and Anarchist Themes in the American Tradition.Andrew Fiala - 2013 - European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 5 (2).
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    Across the Tradition of Philosophy.Andrew Fiala - 2004 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (1):159-183.
    Hegel did not have an adequate appreciation of linguistic diversity. This lapse is linked to Hegel’s Eurocentric view of history and culture. Hegel’s view of language is considered within the context of Leibniz’s hope for a universal philosophical language, the metacritique of Kant, and Fichte’s linguistic nationalism. Hegel overcomes the sort of nationalism found in Fichte. And Hegel aspires toward the universal while recognizing the importance of concrete historical language. However, he does not achieve the sort of appreciation of linguistic (...)
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    Tolerance, Civility, and Cognitive Development.Andrew Fiala - unknown
    Page 21-36, Religion in Schools: Negotiating the New Commons by Michael D. Waggoner, 2013, reproduced by permission of Rowman & Littlefield https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781475801613/Religion-in-the-Public-Schools-Negotiating-the-New-Commons. All rights reserved. Please contact the publisher for permission to copy, distribute or reprint.
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    Morality, Memory, and Memorial Day.Andrew Fiala - unknown
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    Practical Pacifism and the War on Terror.Andrew Fiala - 2002 - The Humanist 62 (6):14-16.
    Analyzes the reason violence, war and terrorism are evil. Definition of violence; Discussion on the question of higher purposes in the context of war; Description of terrorists' acts as war crimes; Arguments for a humanist approach to violence.
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    Team Spirit, Team Chemistry, and Neuroethics.Andrew Fiala - 2017 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 11 (3):357-369.
    This paper examines the phenomenon of team spirit from a neurobiological point of view. It argues that ethical judgment should be involved in understanding and evaluating the idea. Adopting a liberal individualist point of view helps us understand the phenomenology of team spirit, while also helping us to articulate a critique of communitarian approaches that celebrate the sort of de-individuation that occurs in team spirit. The paper recognizes further complexity in terms of cross-cultural issues, as well as the tendency to (...)
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    Fichte and the Ursprache.Andrew Fiala - 2008 - In Daniel Breazeale & Tom Rockmore (eds.), After Jena: New Essays on Fichte's Later Philosophy. Northwestern University Press.
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    King Preached Nonviolence, Too.Andrew Fiala - unknown
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    Citizenship and Preemptive War: The Lesson From Iraq. [REVIEW]Andrew Fiala - 2006 - Human Rights Review 7 (4):19-37.
    This paper argues that citizens should be wary of a policy of Reformed Preemption such as is found in the National Security Strategy of the United States. This policy is too permissive with regard to the use of force and it suffers from epistemological difficulties. The war in Iraq is examined in an effort to see how the new policy of Reformed Preemption will be employed in practice. This case shows us two risks of the new policy: it permits wars (...)
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    Transformative Pacifism in Theory and Practice: Gandhi, Buber, and the Dream of a Great and Lasting Peace.Andrew Fiala - 2016 - Dialogue and Universalism 26 (4):133-148.
    Pacifists imagine a “great peace,” to borrow a phrase from Martin Buber. This great peace will uphold justice and respect for humanity. It will not efface difference or negate liberty and identity. The great peace will be a space in which genuine dialogue can flourish—in which we can encounter one another as persons, listen to one another, embrace our common humanity, and acknowledge our differences. The great peace is much more than the absence of war. It is holistic, organic, dialogical, (...)
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  48. Sami Pihlström, Naturalizing the Transcendental: A Pragmatic View Reviewed By.Andrew Fiala - 2004 - Philosophy in Review 24 (6):430-432.
     
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    Sacrifice, Abandonment, and Historical Nihilism.Andrew Fiala - 2015 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 9 (1):51-70.
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    Criticizing Common Sense About War and Posthumous Harm.Andrew Fiala - unknown
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