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Constantine Sandis
University of Hertfordshire
  1. Introduction : Hegel and Contemporary Philosophy of Action.Arto Laitinen & Constantine Sandis - 2010 - In Arto Laitinen & Constantine Sandis (eds.), Hegel on Action. Palgrave-Macmillan.
    The aim of this book is to provide an in-depth account of Hegel’s writings on human action as they relate to contemporary concerns in the hope that it will encourage fruitful dialogue between Hegel scholars and those working in the philosophy of action. During the past two decades, preliminary steps towards such a dialogue were taken, but many paths remain uncharted. The book thus serves as both a summative document of past interaction and a promissory note of things to come. (...)
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  2. Symposium. The Apology Ritual.Christopher Bennett, Edgar Maraguat, J. M. Pérez Bermejo, Antony Duff, J. L. Martí, Sergi Rosell & Constantine Sandis - 2012 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 31 (2).
    Symposium on Christopher Bennet's The Apology Ritual. A Philosophical Theory of Punishment [Cambridge University Press, 2008].
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  3. Verbal Reports and ‘Real’ Reasons: Confabulation and Conflation.Constantine Sandis - 2015 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (2):267-280.
    This paper examines the relation between the various forces which underlie human action and verbal reports about our reasons for acting as we did. I maintain that much of the psychological literature on confabulations rests on a dangerous conflation of the reasons for which people act with a variety of distinct motivational factors. In particular, I argue that subjects frequently give correct answers to questions about the considerations they acted upon while remaining largely unaware of why they take themselves to (...)
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  4. The Things We Do and Why We Do Them.Constantine Sandis - 2012 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    Machine generated contents note: -- Doing the Things We Do * The Reasons for which We Act * The Objects of Action Explanation * Things That Move Us to Act * Various Explananda, Various Explanantia * Agents and Their Actions * Causation in Action Individuation.
     
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  5. The Experimental Turn and Ordinary Language.Constantine Sandis - 2010 - Essays in Philosophy 11 (2):181-96.
  6. Reasons and Causes: Causalism and Non-Causalism in the Philosophy of Action.Giuseppina D'Oro & Constantine Sandis (eds.) - 2013 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    To mark the 50th anniversary of Donald Davidson's 'Actions, reasons and causes', eight philosophers with distinctive and contrasting views revisit and update the reasons/causes debate.Their essays are preceded by a historical introduction which traces current debates to their roots in the philosophy of history and social science, linking the rise of causalism to a metaphysical backlash against the linguistic turn. Both historically grounded and topical, this volume will be of great interest to both students and scholars in the philosophy of (...)
     
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    Hegel on Purpose.Arto Laitinen & Constantine Sandis - 2019 - Hegel Bulletin 40 (3):444-463.
    In this paper we propose a new interpretation of Hegel's views on action and responsibility, defending it against its most plausible exegetical competitors.1 Any exposition of Hegel will face both terminological and substantive challenges, and so we place, from the outset, some interpretative constraints. The paper divides into two parts. In part one, we point out that Hegel makes a number of distinctions which any sensible account of responsibility should indeed make. Our aim here is to show that Hegel at (...)
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    “Music to the Ears of Weaklings”: Moral Hydraulics and the Unseating of Desire.Louise R. Chapman & Constantine Sandis - forthcoming - Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofía.
    Psychological eudaimonism (PE) is the view that we are constituted by a desire to avoid the harmful. This entails that coming to see a prospective or actual object of pursuit as harmful to us will unseat our positive evaluative belief about (and coinstantiated desire for) that object (§I). There is more than one way that such an 'unseating' of desire may be caused on an intellectualist picture (§II). This paper arbitrates between two readings of Socrates' 'attack on laziness' in the (...)
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  9. Can Action Explanations Ever Be Non-Factive?Constantine Sandis - 2013 - In David Bakhurst, Margaret Olivia Little & Brad Hooker (eds.), Thinking About Reasons: Themes From the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy. Oxford University Press. pp. 29.
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  10. Philosophy of Action: An Anthology.Jonathan Dancy & Constantine Sandis (eds.) - 2015 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _The Philosophy of Action: An Anthology_ is an authoritative collection of key work by top scholars, arranged thematically and accompanied by expert introductions written by the editors. This unique collection brings together a selection of the most influential essays from the 1960s to the present day. An invaluable collection that brings together a selection of the most important classic and contemporary articles in philosophy of action, from the 1960’s to the present day No other broad-ranging and detailed coverage of this (...)
     
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  11. Book ReviewsPhilip Pettit, ;, Samuel Scheffler, ; and Michael Smith,, Eds. Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz.Oxford: Clarendon, 2004. Pp. 448. $74.00. [REVIEW]Constantine Sandis - 2006 - Ethics 116 (2):435-440.
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  12. Hume and the Debate on 'Motivating Reasons'.Constantine Sandis - 2009 - In Charles Pigden (ed.), Hume on Motivation and Virtue. Palgrave-Macmillan.
    This paper argues for a novel interpretation of Hume's account of motivation, according to which beliefs can (alone) motivate action though not by standing as reasons which normatively favour it. It si then suggested that a number of contemporary debates about concerning the nature of reasons for action could benefit from such an approach.
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  13. Contextualist Vs. Analytic History of Philosophy: A Study in Socrates: Sandis Contextualist Vs. Analytic History.Constantine Sandis - 2009 - Think 8 (22):101-105.
    I here respond to James Warren and John Shand's replies to my paper ‘In Defence of Four Socratic Doctrines’ by questioning the supremacy of contextualist history of philosophy over the so-called ‘analytic’ approach.
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    New Essays on the Explanation of Action. [REVIEW]Constantine Sandis - 2010 - Analysis 70 (1):193-196.
    The anthology contains twenty-two essays and is divided into two parts. The essays are, in the main, critical responses to aspects of what has come to be known in action theory as the ‘Standard View’ – the view that traces back to Donald Davidson's contribution to twentieth-century philosophy of action. The view under criticism treats actions as bodily movements caused in a non-deviant way by belief–desire pairs, construes these belief–desire pairs as the primary reasons for the actions that they cause, (...)
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  15. Reasons and Purposes: Human Rationality and the Teleological Explanation of Action. [REVIEW]Constantine Sandis - 2004 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (2):223-225.
  16. A Companion to the Philosophy of Action.Timothy O'Connor & Constantine Sandis (eds.) - 2010 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    A Companion to the Philosophy of Action offers a comprehensive overview of the issues and problems central to the philosophy of action. The first volume to survey the entire field of philosophy of action (the central issues and processes relating to human actions). Brings together specially commissioned chapters from international experts. Discusses a range of ideas and doctrines, including rationality, free will and determinism, virtuous action, criminal responsibility, Attribution Theory, and rational agency in evolutionary perspective. Individual chapters also cover prominent (...)
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  17. New Essays on the Explanation of Action.Constantine Sandis (ed.) - 2009 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    A solid cast of contributors present the first collection of essays on the Philosophy of Action.
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    The Doing and the Deed: Action in Normative Ethics.Constantine Sandis - 2017 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 80:105-126.
    This essay is motivated by the thought that the things we do are to be distinguished from our acts of doing them. I defend a particular way of drawing this distinction before proceeding to demonstrate its relevance for normative ethics. Central to my argument is the conviction that certain ongoing debates in ethical theory begin to dissolve once we disambiguate the two concepts of action in question. If this is right, then the study of action should be accorded a far (...)
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  19. The Objects of Action Explanation.Constantine Sandis - 2012 - Ratio 25 (3):326-344.
    This paper distinguishes between various different conceptions of behaviour and action before exploring an accompanying variety of distinct things that ‘action explanation’ may plausibly amount to viz. different objectives of action explanation. I argue that a large majority of philosophers are guilty of conflating many of these, consequently offering inadequate accounts of the relation between actions and our reasons for performing them. The paper ends with the suggestion that we would do well to opt for a pluralistic understanding of action (...)
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  20. Hume’s Scepticism and Realism.Constantine Sandis - 2009 - Hume Studies 35 (1-2):240-242.
  21. Dancy Cartwright: Particularism in the Philosophy of Science. [REVIEW]Constantine Sandis - 2006 - Acta Analytica 21 (2):30-40.
    This paper aims to explore the space of possible particularistic approaches to Philosophy of Science by examining the differences and similarities between Jonathan Dancy’s moral particularism—as expressed in both his earlier writings (e.g., Moral Reasons , 1993), and, more explicitly defended in his book Ethics without Principles (2004)—and Nancy Cartwright’s particularism in the philosophy of science, as defended in her early collection of essays, How the Laws of Physics Lie (1983), and her later book, The Dappled World: A Study of (...)
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  22. A Just Medium: Empathy and Detachment in Historical Understanding.Constantine Sandis - 2011 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (2):179-200.
    This paper explores the role of empathy and detachment in historical explanation by comparing Collingwood and Hume's philosophies of history to Brecht and Stanislavki's theories of theatre. I argue that Collingwood's notion of re-enactment shares much more with Hume and Brecht than it does with Stanislavski. This enables a just medium between rationalistic and empathetic accounts of historical understanding, as recently put forth by Mark Bevir and Karsten Stueber respectively.
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    The Man Who Mistook His Handlung for a Tat: Hegel on Oedipus and Other Tragic Thebans.Constantine Sandis - 2010 - Hegel Bulletin 31 (2):35-60.
    Throughout his work Hegel distinguishes between the notion of an act from the standpoint of the agent and that of all other standpoints. He terms the formerHandlung and the latterTat. This distinction should not be confused with the contemporary one between action andmerebodily movement. For one, bothHandlungandTatare aspects of conduct that results from the will,viz. Tun. Moreover, Hegel's taxonomy is motivated purely by concerns relating to modes of perception. So whereas theorists such as Donald Davidson assert thatallactions are events that (...)
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    Philosophy, In a Sense.Constantine Sandis - 2020 - The Philosophers' Magazine 88:6-8.
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  25. Philosophy for Younger People: A Polemic.Constantine Sandis - 2004 - Philosophical Pathways.
    Recent years have seen a high increase in the teaching of Philosophy in schools. Programs such as Pathways Schools in Australia International Society for Philosophers, since 2003), 'Philosophy in Schools' in the UK (Royal Institute of Philosophy, since 1999), and 'Philosophy for Children' in the USA, Australia, and the UK (International Council for Philosophical Inquiry since 1985 & Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education since 1993) are spreading around the world. Within a decade of its introduction Philosophy (...)
     
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  26. Dretske on the Causation of Behavior.Constantine Sandis - 2008 - Behavior and Philosophy 36:71-86.
    In two recent articles and an earlier book Fred Dretske appeals to a distinction between triggering and structuring causes with the aim of establishing that psychological explanations of behavior differ from non-psychological ones. He concludes that intentional human behavior is triggered by electro-chemical events but structured by representational facts. In this paper I argue that while this underrated causalist position is considerably more persuasive than the standard causalist alternative, Dretske’s account fails to provide us with a coherent analysis of intentional (...)
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  27. When Did the Killing Occur?Constantine Sandis - 2006 - Daimon: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 37:179-186.
  28. The Silver Rule of Acting Under Uncertainty.Constantine Sandis & Nassim N. Taleb - 2014 - The Philosophers' Magazine 66:84-88.
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  29. From Anticausalism to Causalism and Back.Giuseppina D'Oro & Constantine Sandis - 2013 - In Giuseppina D'Oro & Constantine Sandis (eds.), Reasons and Causes: Causalism and Anticausalism in the Philosophy of Action. Palgrave. pp. 7-48.
     
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  30. Alasdair MacIntyre, Ethics of Politics: Selected Essays (Vol. 2) Reviewed By.Constantine Sandis - 2008 - Philosophy in Review 28 (1):49-51.
     
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    “If Some People Looked Like Elephants and Others Like Cats”: Wittgenstein on Understanding Others and Forms of Life.Constantine Sandis - 2015 - Nordic Wittgenstein Review 4:131-153.
    This essay introduces a tension between the public Wittgenstein’s optimism about knowledge of other minds and the private Wittgenstein’s pessimism about understanding others. There are three related reasons which render the tension unproblematic. First, the barriers he sought to destroy were metaphysical ones, whereas those he struggled to overcome were psychological. Second, Wittgenstein’s official view is chiefly about knowledge while the unofficial one is about understanding. Last, Wittgenstein’s official remarks on understanding themselves fall into two distinct categories that don’t match (...)
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  32. The Public Expression of Penitence.Constantine Sandis - 2012 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 31 (2):141-152.
     
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  33. Nietzsche’s Dance With Zarathustra.Constantine Sandis - 2012 - Philosophy Now 93:13-15.
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    Philosophy, In a Sense.Constantine Sandis - 2019 - The Philosophers' Magazine 85:10-12.
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  35. Chalmers, David J. The Character of Consciousness, Oxford University Press, 2010, 624 Pp. Cliteur, Paul. The Secular Outlook: In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 328 Pp. Cochran, Molly. The Cambridge Companion to Dewey, Cambridge Uni. [REVIEW]Fred Evans, Allan Gotthelf, James G. Lennox, Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza, Michael W. Austin, Timothy O'Connor, Constantine Sandis, Graham Oppy, Michael Scott & Roland Pierik - 2011 - Metaphilosophy 42 (3):0026-1068.
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  36. Stephen Mulhall, Philosophical Myths of the Fall Reviewed By.Constantine Sandis - 2007 - Philosophy in Review 27 (1):60-62.
     
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    Modern Moral Philosophy Before and After Anscombe.Constantine Sandis - forthcoming - Enrahonar: Quaderns de Filosofía.
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  38. Anthony SR Manstead, Nico Frijda, and Agneta Fischer, Eds., Feelings and Emotions: The Amsterdam Symposium Reviewed By.Constantine Sandis - 2005 - Philosophy in Review 25 (2):123-125.
     
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    One Fell Swoop.Constantine Sandis - 2015 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 9 (3):372-392.
    _ Source: _Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 372 - 392 In this essay I revisit some anti-causalist arguments relating to reason-giving explanations of action put forth by numerous philosophers writing in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s in what Donald Davidson dismissively described as a ‘neo-Wittgensteinian current of small red books’. While chiefly remembered for subscribing to what has come to be called the ‘logical connection’ argument, the positions defended across these volumes are in fact as diverse as they are (...)
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    Gilbert Ryle , Collected Papers Volume II: Collected Essays 1929-1968 . Reviewed By.Constantine Sandis - 2011 - Philosophy in Review 31 (6):455-457.
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  41. Julian Baggini, Philosophy: Key Themes Reviewed By.Constantine Sandis - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (6):373-375.
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  42. Hitchcock's Conscious Use of Freud's Unconscious.Constantine Sandis - 2009 - Europe's Journal of Psychology 3:56-81.
    This paper argues that Hitchcock's so-called 'Freudian' films (esp. Spellbound, Psycho, and Marnie) pay tribute to the cultural magnetism of Freud's ideas whist being critical of the tehories themselves.
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  43. In Defence of Four Socratic Doctrines.Constantine Sandis - 2008 - Think 6 (17-18):85-98.
  44. The Explanation of Action in History.Constantine Sandis - 2006 - Essays in Philosophy 7 (2):12.
    This paper focuses on two conflations which frequently appear within the philosophy of history and other fields concerned with action explanation. The first of these, which I call the Conflating View of Reasons, states that the reasons for which we perform actions are reasons why (those events which are) our actions occur. The second, more general conflation, which I call the Conflating View of Action Explanation, states that whatever explains why an agent performed a certain action explains why (that event (...)
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  45. Kinds of Reasons: An Essay in the Philosophy of Action – By Maria Alvarez.Constantine Sandis - 2011 - Ratio 24 (2):222-226.
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    Making Ourselves Understood.Constantine Sandis - 2019 - Wittgenstein-Studien 10 (1):241-259.
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    Philosophy, in a Sense.Constantine Sandis - 2019 - The Philosophers' Magazine 84:14-16.
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  48. The Limits of Ignorance: Nicholas Rescher: Ignorance: On the Wider Implications of Deficient Knowledge. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009, 160pp, £17.95 HB.Constantine Sandis - 2012 - Metascience 21 (2):483-484.
    The limits of ignorance Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-2 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9571-z Authors Constantine Sandis, Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford, OX2 9AT UK Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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    "Review of" Philosophy of History: A Guide for Students". [REVIEW]Constantine Sandis - 2007 - Essays in Philosophy 8 (2):10.
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  50. Hegel on Action.Arto Laitinen & Constantine Sandis (eds.) - 2010 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    This volume focuses on Hegel's philosophy of action in connection to current concerns. Including key papers by Charles Taylor, Alasdair MacIntyre, and John McDowell, as well as eleven especially commissioned contributions by leading scholars in the field, it aims to readdress the dialogue between Hegel and contemporary philosophy of action. Topics include: the nature of action, reasons and causes; explanation and justification of action; social and narrative aspects of agency; the inner and the outer; the relation between intention, planning, and (...)
     
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