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  1. The Sacrificial Ram and the Swan Queen: Mimetic Theory Fades to Black.Brian Collins - 2013 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 20:207-237.
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  2. The Head Beneath the Altar: Hindu Mythology and the Critique of Sacrifice.Brian Collins - 2014 - Michigan State University Press.
    In the beginning, says the ancient Hindu text the _Rg Veda_, was man. And from man’s sacrifice and dismemberment came the entire world, including the hierarchical ordering of human society. _The Head Beneath the Altar _is the first book to present a wide-ranging study of Hindu texts read through the lens of René Girard’s mimetic theory of the sacrificial origin of religion and culture. For those interested in Girard and comparative religion, the book also performs a careful reading of Girard’s (...)
     
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    Adding Substance to the Debate: Descartes on Freedom of the Will.Brian Collins - 2013 - Essays in Philosophy 14 (2):218-238.
    It is widely accepted by commentators that Descartes believed in freedom of the will, but it is fiercely debated whether he accepted a libertarian or compatibilist notion of freedom. With this paper I argue that an examination of Descartes’ conception of ‘substance,’ specifically his distinction between divine substance and created substance, is a fruitful source for the debate regarding Descartes on freedom of the will. I argue that the commentators who read Descartes as a libertarian are forced to focus on (...)
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    A Utilitarian Account of Political Obligation.Brian Collins - 2014 - Dissertation, The University of Iowa
    One of the core issues in contemporary political philosophy is concerned with `political obligation.' Stated in an overly simplified way, the question being asked when one investigates political obligation is, "What, if anything, do citizens owe to their government and how are these obligations generated if they do exist?" The majority of political philosophers investigating this issue agree that a political obligation is a moral requirement to act in certain ways concerning political matters. Despite this agreement about the general nature (...)
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    A Unique Metaphysical Problem for Moral Realism.Brian Collins - 2013 - Southwest Philosophy Review 29 (1):257-265.
    The standard moral realist response to the charge of “queerness” has been a type of companions in guilt defense. This response asserts that moral properties are no more queer than other abstract properties and since most people accept these other abstract properties into their ontology then they ought to also accept moral properties. Moral realists contend that moral properties face no special problem. In this paper, I argue that moral properties do face a unique problem – the moral realist1 is (...)
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    Energy, Transport, Environment and the Policy Challenge.Brian Collins - 2010 - Emergence: Complexity and Organization 12:77-80.
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    Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability.Brian H. Collins - 2013 - Philosophy East and West 63 (1):92-95.
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    A Measure of Cultural Competence as an Ethical Responsibility: Quick‐Racial and Ethical Sensitivity Test.Selcuk R. Sirin, Lauren Rogers‐Sirin & Brian A. Collins - 2010 - Journal of Moral Education 39 (1):49-64.
    This article presents the psychometric qualifications of a new video-based measure of school professionals' ethical sensitivity toward issues of racial intolerance in schools. The new scale, titled the Quick-Racial and Ethical Sensitivity Test is based on the ethical principles commonly shared by school-based professional organisations and James Rest's model of moral decision making. The validation of the measure is established through two separate studies: one conducted with 238 school professionals, including teachers, administrators, psychologists, coaches and others who work in diverse (...)
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  9. Ardor. [REVIEW]Brian Collins - 2015 - The Bulletin of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion 46:11-13.
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