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  1. Douglas Lavin (2013). Must There Be Basic Action? Noûs 47 (2):273-301.
    The idea of basic action is a fixed point in the contemporary investigation of the nature of action. And while there are arguments aimed at putting the idea in place, it is meant to be closer to a gift of common sense than to a hard-won achievement of philosophical reflection. It first appears at the stage of innocuous description and before the announcement of philosophical positions. And yet, as any decent magician knows, the real work so often gets done in (...)
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  2. Wlodek Rabinowicz, Toni Rønnow‐Rasmussen, Douglas Lavin, Rachana Kamtekar, Joshua Gert, Elijah Millgram, David Copp & Stephen M. Gardiner (2004). 10. Peter Singer, One World: The Ethics of Globalization Peter Singer, One World: The Ethics of Globalization (Pp. 634-638). [REVIEW] Ethics 114 (3).
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    Matthew Boyle & Douglas Lavin (2010). Goodness and Desire. In Sergio Tenenbaum (ed.), Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good. Oxford University Press. pp. 161--201.
  4. Douglas Lavin (2004). Practical Reason and the Possibility of Error. Ethics 114 (3):424-457.
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    Douglas Lavin (2016). Action as a Form of Temporal Unity: On Anscombe’s Intention. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 45 (5-6):609-629.
    The aim of this paper is to display an alternative to the familiar decompositional approach in action theory, one that resists the demand for an explanation of action in non-agential terms, while not simply treating the notion of intentional agency as an unexplained primitive. On this Anscombean alternative, action is not a worldly event with certain psychological causes, but a distinctive form of material process, one that is not simply caused by an exercise of reason but is itself a productive (...)
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  6. Douglas Lavin (2014). Other Wills: The Second-Person in Ethics. Philosophical Explorations 17 (3):279-288.
    Other wills: the second-person in ethics. . ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/13869795.2014.941907.
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  7. Douglas Lavin (2008). Review of Stephen Darwall, The Second Person Standpoint: Morality, Respect, and Accountability. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (1).
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    Douglas Lavin (2013). Über Das Problem des Handelns. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 61 (3):357-372.
    “On the Problem of Action” contrasts two conceptions of the task of action theory: the dominant conception, which I call the decompositional approach, and an alternative, non-decompositional approach that is implicit in the tradition of action theory descending from Aristotle. Decompositionalists seek to characterize intentional action as a composite of something inward and something outward, bound together by some generic kind of causal relation. I show that this approach is committed to characterizing action in terms that treat the agent’s own (...)
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    George Pavlakos, Niko Kolodny, Ulrike Heuer & Douglas Lavin (2011). Three Comments on Joseph Raz's Conception of Normativity. Jurisprudence 2 (2):329-378.
    This section is a discussion of Joseph Raz's Conception of Normativity introduced by Georgios Pavlakos.
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