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  1. There is no such thing as an unjust initial acquisition.Edward Feser - 2005 - Social Philosophy and Policy 22 (1):56-80.
    Critics of Robert Nozick's libertarian political theory often allege that the theory in general and its account of property rights in particular lack sufficient foundations. A key difficulty is thought to lie in his account of how portions of the world which no one yet owns can justly come to be initially acquired. But the difficulty is illusory, because the concept of justice does not meaningfully apply to initial acquisition in the first place. Moreover, the principle of self-ownership provides a (...)
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  2. Existential Inertia and the Five Ways.Edward Feser - 2011 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 85 (2):237-267.
    The “existential inertia” thesis holds that, once in existence, the natural world tends to remain in existence without need of a divine conserving cause. Critics of the doctrine of divine conservation often allege that its defenders have not provided arguments in favor of it and against the rival doctrine of existential inertia. But in fact, when properly understood, the traditional theistic arguments summed up in Aquinas’s Five Ways can themselves be seen to be (or at least to imply) arguments against (...)
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    Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics.Edward Feser (ed.) - 2013 - New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
    Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics is a collection of new and cutting-edge essays by prominent Aristotle scholars and Aristotelian philosophers on themes in ontology, causation, modality, essentialism, the metaphysics of life, natural theology, and scientific and philosophical methodology. Though grounded in careful exegesis of Aristotle's writings, the volume aims to demonstrate the continuing relevance of Aristotelian ideas to contemporary philosophical debate. The contributors are Robert Bolton, Stephen Boulter, David Charles, Edward Feser, Lloyd Gerson, Gyula Klima, Kathrin Koslicki, E. J. Lowe, (...)
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    Teleology: A Shopper’s Guide.Edward Feser - 2010 - Philosophia Christi 12 (1):142-159.
    Teleology features prominently in recent discussions in the philosophy of mind, action theory, philosophy of biology, and in the dispute between Intelligent Design theorists and Darwinian naturalists. Unfortunately, discussants often talk past each other and oversimplify the issues, failing to recognize the differences between the several theories of teleology philosophers have historically put forward, and the different natural phenomena that might be claimed to be teleological. This paper identifies five possible theories of teleology, and five distinct levels of nature at (...)
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  5. The New Atheists and the Cosmological Argument.Edward Feser - 2013 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 37 (1):154-177.
  6. Classical natural law theory, property rights, and taxation.Edward Feser - 2010 - Social Philosophy and Policy 27 (1):21-52.
    Classical natural law theory derives moral conclusions from the essentialist and teleological understanding of nature enshrined in classical metaphysics. The paper argues that this understanding of nature is as defensible today as it was in the days of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. It then shows how a natural law theory of the grounds and content of our moral obligations follows from this understanding of nature, and how a doctrine of natural rights follows in turn from the theory of natural (...)
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  7. Between Aristotle and William Paley: Aquinas's Fifth Way.Edward Feser - 2013 - Nova et Vetera 11 (3).
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  8. Personal identity and self-ownership.Edward Feser - 2005 - Social Philosophy and Policy 22 (2):100-125.
    Defenders of the thesis of self-ownership generally focus on the “ownership” part of the thesis and say little about the metaphysics of the self that is said to be self-owned. But not all accounts of the self are consistent with robust self-ownership. Philosophical accounts of the self are typically enshrined in theories of personal identity, and the paper examines various such theories with a view to determining their suitability for grounding a metaphysics of the self consistent with self-ownership. As it (...)
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    Hayek on tradition.Edward Feser - unknown - Journal of Libertarian Studies 17 (1):17-56.
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  10. Self-Ownership, Abortion, and the Rights of Children: Toward a More Conservative Libertarianism.Edward Feser - 2018 - Journal of Libertarian Studies 3:91-114.
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  11. Kripke, Ross, and the Immaterial Aspects of Thought.Edward Feser - 2013 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 87 (1):1-32.
    James Ross developed a simple and powerful argument for the immateriality of the intellect, an argument rooted in the Aristotelian-Scholastic tradition while drawing on ideas from analytic philosophers Saul Kripke, W. V. Quine, and Nelson Goodman. This paper provides a detailed exposition and defense of the argument, filling out aspects that Ross left sketchy. In particular, it elucidates the argument’s relationship to its Aristotelian-Scholastic and analytic antecedents, and to Kripke’s work especially; and it responds to objections or potential objections to (...)
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    The Neo‐Classical Challenge to Classical Theism.Edward Feser - 2022 - Philosophy Compass 17 (8).
    Philosophy Compass, Volume 17, Issue 8, August 2022.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Hayek.Edward Feser (ed.) - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
    F. A. Hayek was among the most important economists and political philosophers of the twentieth century. He is widely regarded as the principal intellectual force behind the triumph of global capitalism, an 'anti-Marx' who did more than any other recent thinker to elucidate the theoretical foundations of the free market economy. His account of the role played by market prices in transmitting economic knowledge constituted a devastating critique of the socialist ideal of central economic planning, and his famous book The (...)
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    Hayek on social justice: Reply to Lukes and Johnston.Edward Feser - 1997 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 11 (4):581-606.
    Hayek's attack on the ideal of social justice, though long ignored by political theorists, has recently been the subject of a number of largely unsympathetic studies (those of Lukes and Johnston being the most recent) in which his critique is dismissed as at best simply mistaken and at worst frivolous. The responses to Hayek's case against social justice, however, fail to draw any blood, for they do not seriously deal with Hayek's central claim that the very notion of social justice (...)
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  15. Swinburne's tritheism.Edward C. Feser - 1997 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 42 (3):175-184.
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  16. The Role of Nature in Sexual Ethics.Edward Feser - 2013 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 13 (1):69-76.
    Traditional natural law theory grounds morality in human nature. In particular, it defines what is good for us in terms of the ends for the sake of which our natural faculties exist. For the traditional natural law theorist, our sexual faculties have two natural ends, procreative and unitive, and what is good for us in the context of sexuality is therefore defined in terms of these ends. The article provides an overview of this approach to sexual morality and its implications, (...)
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  17. Self-ownership, abortion, and the rights of children: Toward a more conservative libertarianism.Edward Feser - 2004 - Journal of Libertarian Studies 18 (3):91œ114.
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    The God of a Philosopher.Edward Feser - 2019 - In Brian Besong & Jonathan Fuqua (eds.), Faith and Reason: Philosophers Explain Their Turn to Catholicism. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. pp. 27-52.
  19. From Aristotle to John Searle and Back Again: Formal Causes, Teleology, and Computation in Nature.Edward Feser - 2016 - Nova et Vetera 14 (2):459-494.
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    In Defense of Aristotle’s Revenge.Edward Feser - 2020 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 94 (3):483-492.
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    Hayek, social justice, and the market: Reply to Johnston.Edward Feser - 1998 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 12 (3):269-281.
    David Johnston 's Rejoinder to my defense of Hayek's critique of social justice, though it has the merit of attempting to deal with Hayek's claim that the very idea of social justice is incoherent, fails to undermine that defense. Johnston 's suggested counterexample to Hayek's claim that talk of an injustice presupposes an agency responsible for the injustice is not even prima facie plausible; he overlooks crucial disanalogies between the pursuit of social justice and the pursuit of other social goals; (...)
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  22. Real Essentialism.Edward Feser - 2010 - Faith and Philosophy 27 (4):482-486.
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    The metaphysical foundations of natural rights.Edward Feser - 2011 - In Thomas Cushman (ed.), Handbook of Human Rights. Routledge. pp. 23.
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    Philosophy of Mind: A Comprehensive Introduction. By William Jaworski. [REVIEW]Edward Feser - 2014 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 88 (3):603-606.
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    David E. Alexander, Goodness, God, and Evil , 155 pp., p/b, £17.96. [REVIEW]Edward Feser - 2016 - Ratio 29 (1):106-113.
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  26. Reply to Block on Libertarianism is Unique.Edward Feser - 2010 - Journal of Libertarian Studies 22 (1):261-272.
     
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  27. Aristotle's revenge: the metaphysical foundations of physical and biological science.Edward Feser - 2019 - Neunkirchen-Seelscheid, Germany: Editiones Scholasticae.
    Actuality and potentiality, substantial form and prime matter, efficient causality and teleology are among the fundamental concepts of Aristotelian philosophy of nature. Aristotle's Revenge argues that these concepts are not only compatible with modern science, but are implicitly presupposed by modern science. Among the many topics covered are: the metaphysical presuppositions of scientific method; the status of scientific realism; the metaphysics of space and time; the metaphysics of quantum mechanics; reductionism in chemistry and biology; the metaphysics of evolution; neuroscientific reductionism. (...)
     
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    Five Proofs of The Existence of God.Edward Feser - 2017 - Ignatius Press.
    This book provides a detailed, updated exposition and defense of five of the historically most important (but in recent years largely neglected) philosophical proofs of God’s existence: the Aristotelian, the Neo-Platonic, the Augustinian, the Thomistic, and the Rationalist. It also offers a thorough treatment of each of the key divine attributes—unity, simplicity, eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, perfect goodness, and so forth—showing that they must be possessed by the God whose existence is demonstrated by the proofs. Finally, it answers at length all (...)
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  29. Neo-scholastic essays.Edward Feser - 2015 - South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine's Press.
    In a series of publications over the course of a decade, Edward Feser has argued for the defensibility and abiding relevance to issues in contemporary philosophy of Scholastic ideas and arguments, and especially of Aristotelian-Thomistic ideas and arguments. This work has been in the vein of what has come to be known as "analytical Thomism," though the spirit of the project goes back at least to the Neo-Scholasticism of the period from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the (...)
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  30. Palmer, Tom G. Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice. Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 2009. [REVIEW]Edward Feser - 2011 - Reason Papers 33:207-211.
  31. Scientism: Prospects and Problems ed. by Jeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels, and René van Woudenberg.Edward Feser - 2019 - Review of Metaphysics 73 (2):363-364.
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  32. The teleological foundations of human rights.Edward Feser - 2022 - In Tom P. S. Angier, Iain T. Benson & Mark Retter (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Natural Law and Human Rights. Cambridge University Press.
     
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    Précis of Aristotle’s Revenge.Edward Feser - 2020 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 94 (3):459-461.
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    Armand Marie Leroi. The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science. 502 pp., figs., bibl., index. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. £9.99. [REVIEW]Edward Feser - 2017 - Isis 108 (3):684-685.
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    Qualia: Irreducibly subjective but not intrinsic.Edward Feser - 2001 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 8 (8):3-20.
    The indirect realist theory of our knowledge of the external world which Russellian philosophers of mind have appealed to in formulating and defending a unique version of the mind-brain identity theory can be applied also to the formulation and defence of a unique version of functionalism. On the view that results, qualia turn out to be features which do not exist over and above the natural world , and are irreducibly subjective but are non-intrinsic properties of brain states . This (...)
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    Charles Bolyard and Rondo Keele: Later Medieval Metaphysics: Ontology, Language, and Logic.Edward Feser - 2015 - Metaphysica 16 (1).
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  37. Robert Nozick.Edward Feser - 2003 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.