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  1. Passion and Virtue in Descartes.Byron Williston & André Gombay (eds.) - 2003 - Humanity Books.
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    The Sublime Anthropocene.Byron Williston - 2016 - Environmental Philosophy 13 (2):155-174.
    In the Anthropocene, humanity has been forced to a self-critical reflection on its place in the natural order. A neglected tool for understanding this is the sublime. Sublime experience opens us up to encounters with ‘formless’ nature at the same time as we recognize the inevitability of imprinting our purposes on nature. In other words, it is constituted by just the sort of self-critical stance towards our place in nature that I identify as the hallmark of the Anthropocene ‘collision’ between (...)
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  3. The Importance of Self-Forgiveness.Byron Williston - 2012 - American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (1):67 - 80.
    To self-forgive is to foreswear specific self-directed negative attitudes, attitudes that result from an agent’s recognition of his own moral failing. What does this foreswearing process involve? When is it justified? And what is the relation between self-forgiveness and interpersonal forgiveness? I will make two arguments in an attempt to answer these questions. First, self-forgiveness essentially involves a process of shaming whose ultimate goal is restoration of the wrongdoer’s goodness. Second, if a wrongdoer is to merit the forgiveness of his (...)
     
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    Blaming Agents in Moral Dilemmas.Byron Williston - 2006 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (5):563-576.
    Some philosophers – notably Bernard Williams, Martha Nussbaum and Ruth Barcan Marcus – argue that agents in moral dilemmas are blameworthy whatever they do. I begin by uncovering the connection these philosophers are presupposing between the agent’s judgement of wrongdoing and her tendency to self-blame. Next, I argue that while dilemmatic choosers cannot help but see themselves as wrongdoers, they both can and should divorce this judgement from an ascription of self-blame. As I argue, dilemmatic choosers are morally sui generis (...)
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    Akrasia and the Passions in Descartes.Byron Williston - 1999 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 7 (1):33 – 55.
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    Moral Progress and Canada's Climate Failure.Byron Williston - 2011 - Journal of Global Ethics 7 (2):149 - 160.
    In a recent letter to Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, British columnist and climate change gadfly George Monbiot pleaded with Canada to clean up its greenhouse gas emissions act. The letter appeared just a week before the Copenhagen climate conference. In it, Monbiot alleged that Canada's newly acquired status as oil superpower threatens to ?brutalize? the country, as it has other oil-rich countries (Monbiot, G. 2009. Please, Canada, clean up your act, The Globe and Mail, November 30, A15). (...)
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    Descartes’s Meditations. [REVIEW]Byron Williston - 2006 - Dialogue 45 (1):203-205.
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    Self-Deception and the Ethics of Belief: Locke’s Critique of Enthusiasm.Byron Williston - 2002 - Philo 5 (1):62-83.
    Locke’s critique of enthusiastic religion is an attempt to undermine a form of supernaturalist belief. In this paper, I argue for a novel interpretation of that critique. By opening up a middle path between the views of John Passmore and Michael Ayers, I show that Locke is accusing the enthusiast of being a self-deceived believer. First, I demonstrate the manner in which a theory of self-deception squares with Locke’s intellectualist epistemology. Second, I argue that Locke thinks he can show that (...)
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    A Tapestry of Concealments in Advance.Byron Williston - forthcoming - Environmental Philosophy.
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    The Sublime Anthropocene in Advance.Byron Williston - forthcoming - Environmental Philosophy.
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    The Question Concerning Geo-Engineering.Byron Williston - 2017 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 21 (2/3):199-221.
    The Anthropocene, as we encounter it now, is the age in which we can no longer avoid postnaturalism, that is, a view of the ‘environment’ as largely ‘built.’ This means that we exist in a highly technologically mediated relationship to the rest of the earth system. But because the Anthropocene has barely emerged this time is best thought of as a transition phase between two epochs, i.e., it is ‘the end-Holocene.’ The end-Holocene is essentially a period of ecological crisis, the (...)
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  12. Andrew Cutrofello, The Owl at Dawn: A Sequel to Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit Reviewed By.Byron Williston - 1995 - Philosophy in Review 15 (6):389-391.
     
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    “Complete Nihilism” in Nietzsche.Byron Williston - 2001 - Philosophy Today 45 (4):357-369.
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    The Epistemic Problem of Cartesian Passions.Byron Williston - 2003 - International Philosophical Quarterly 43 (3):309-332.
    For Descartes, the passions are the key to the good life. But he is also wary of the extent to which they may lead us astray. As I argue, there is reason to be skeptical that Descartes himself provides a satisfying resolution of this tension in the Passions of the Soul. The problem concerns our ability to interpret and work through intra-subjective passional conflicts. Descartes seems almost obsessed with the problem of such conflicts in this text. What he needs to (...)
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    Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene Clive Hamilton Cambridge: Polity Press, 2017, XIV + 185 Pp. [REVIEW]Byron Williston - forthcoming - Dialogue:1-2.
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    Enlightenment Shadows Lloyd Genevieve Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. V + 185 Pp. £30.00. [REVIEW]Byron Williston - 2014 - Dialogue 53 (2):356-358.
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    Reasons for Action and the Motivational Gap.Byron Williston - 2005 - Journal of Value Inquiry 39 (3-4):309-324.
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    Descartes on Love and/as Error.Byron Williston - 1997 - Journal of the History of Ideas 58 (3):429-444.
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    No Title Available: Dialogue.Byron Williston - 2006 - Dialogue 45 (1):203-205.
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  20. Peter Sedgwick, Descartes to Derrida: An Introduction to European Philosophy Reviewed By.Byron Williston - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (2):147-149.
     
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  21. Tad M. Schmaltz, Radical Cartesianism: The French Reception of Descartes Reviewed By.Byron Williston - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (4):282-284.
     
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    Humanism with a Human Face: Intimacy and the Enlightenment Howard B. Radest Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996, Xi + 212 Pp., $59.95. [REVIEW]Byron Williston - 1998 - Dialogue 37 (4):849-.
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  23. Joyce Jenkins, Jennifer Whiting and Christopher Williams, Eds., Persons and Passions: Essays in Honour of Annette Baier Reviewed By.Byron Williston - 2006 - Philosophy in Review 26 (5):358-360.
     
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  24. David Goicoechea, Ed., The Nature and Pursuit of Love: The Philosophy of Irving Singer Reviewed By.Byron Williston - 1995 - Philosophy in Review 15 (2):105-106.
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    Descartes's Meditations: An Introduction Catherine Wilson Cambridge Introductions to Key Philosophical Texts New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003, Xii + 271pp., $55.00, $20.00 Paper. [REVIEW]Byron Williston - 2006 - Dialogue 45 (1):203.
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    Integrity and the Virtues of Reason: Living a Convincing Life Greg Scherkoske Cambridge University Press, 2013; V + 213 Pp. $99.00. [REVIEW]Byron Williston - 2014 - Dialogue 53 (3):577-579.
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    Daniel Innerarity , The Future and its Enemies: In Defense of Political Hope . Reviewed By.Byron Williston - 2014 - Philosophy in Review 34 (1-2):46-48.
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    Is Descartes the Archinternalist?Byron Williston - 2004 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 21 (4):357 - 375.
  29. Gary Fuller, Robert Stecker and John P. Wright, Eds., John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding In Focus Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Byron Williston - 2001 - Philosophy in Review 21 (4):259-261.
     
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  30. Canadian Environmental Philosophy.C. Tyler DesRoches, Frank Jankunis & Byron Williston (eds.) - 2019 - Mcgill-Queen's University Press.
    Canadian Environmental Philosophy is the first collection of essays to take up theoretical and practical issues in environmental philosophy today, from a Canadian perspective. The essays cover various subjects, including ecological nationalism, the legacy of Grey Owl, the meaning of “outside” to Canadians, the paradigm shift from mechanism to ecology in our understanding of nature, the meaning and significance of the Anthropocene, the challenges of biodiversity protection in Canada, the conservation status of crossbred species in the age of climate change, (...)
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  31. A Tapestry of Concealments.Byron Williston - 2018 - Environmental Philosophy 15 (2):237-254.
    The Good Anthropocene is a position taken up by a diverse collection of writers, social scientists, and philosophers. Their claim is that the Anthropocene should be embraced as a more or less positive development in the history of our species. This paper pushes back against the narrative of the Good Anthropocene. But rather than confront its advocates directly, I will come at the contest obliquely. I present a Heideggerian interpretation of Annie Proulx’s Barkskins, a multi-generational novel centered on the deforestation (...)
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  32. Complete Nihilism.Byron Williston - 2001 - In John Richardson & Brian Leiter (eds.), Nietzsche. Oxford University Press. pp. 4--1.
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  33. Dreams And Freedom.Byron Williston - 2002 - Florida Philosophical Review 2 (1):46-52.
  34. Environmental Ethics for Canadians.Byron Williston (ed.) - 2015 - Oxford University Press Canada.
    Designed for second- and third-year university and college courses on environmental ethics or philosophy and the environment, Environmental Ethics for Canadians 2e is a comprehensive introduction to the core ethical questions shaping contemporary environmental debates.
     
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  35. Humanism with a Human Face. [REVIEW]Byron Williston - 1998 - Dialogue 37 (4):849-850.
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  36. Stephen Gaukroger, Descartes' System of Natural Philosophy Reviewed By.Byron Williston - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (2):107-110.
     
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  37. Stephen Gaukroger, Descartes' System of Natural Philosophy. [REVIEW]Byron Williston - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23:107-110.
     
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  38. The Anthropocene Project: Virtue in the Age of Climate Change.Byron Williston - 2015 - Oxford University Press UK.
    The recent Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggested that continuing inaction on climate change presents a significant threat to social stability. This book examines the reasons for the inaction highlighted by the IPCC and suggests the normative bases for overcoming it.
     
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  39. William R. Reddy, The Navigation of Emotion Reviewed By.Byron Williston - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (5):358-360.
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  40. William R. Reddy, The Navigation of Emotion. [REVIEW]Byron Williston - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22:358-360.
     
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