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    Law as Rational Constraint: Nicomachean Ethics X 9.George Duke - 2020 - Ancient Philosophy 40 (2):369-387.
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    Plato’s Gorgias and the Power of Λόγος.George Duke - 2018 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 100 (1):1-18.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie Jahrgang: 99 Heft: 4 Seiten: 1-18.
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  3. Post-Analytic Philosophy : Overcoming the Divide.George Duke, Elena Walsh, Jack Reynolds & James Chase - 2010 - In James Williams, Jack Reynolds, James Chase & Edwin Mares (eds.), Postanalytic and Metacontinental: Crossing Philosophical Divides. Continuum.
    This essay uses citational analyses to argue that most of the philosophers considered "postanalytic" - Wittgenstein, McDowell, Davidson, and Rorty - are not, in fact, genuine figures of rapprochement, since the particular essays cited, and/or the background literature that is cited, are not shared in common between the standard-bearing analytic and continental journals.
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    Strong Popular Sovereignty and Constitutional Legitimacy.George Duke - 2017 - European Journal of Political Theory 19 (3):354-374.
    Recent critiques of attempts to ground constitutional legitimacy in the constituent power of a strong popular sovereign have tended to focus upon the tension between strong popular sovereignty and...
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    The Aristotelian Spoudaios as Ethical Exemplar in Finnis's Natural Law Theory.George Duke - 2013 - American Journal of Jurisprudence 58 (2):183-204.
    One provocative but frequently overlooked feature of John Finnis’s natural law theory is its appeal to the normative role of the Aristotelian spoudaios (the mature person of practical reasonableness). Finnis’s account of the basic requirements of practical reasonableness and defense of the methodological device of “focal meaning” both have recourse to Aristotle’s claim that, in ethics and politics, things should be judged in terms of how they appear to the mature practically reasonable person. The current paper examines the normative role (...)
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    Dummett and the Problem of Abstract Objects.George Duke - 2013 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 32 (1):61-75.
    One major difficulty confronting attempts to clarify the epistemological and ontological status of abstract objects is determining the sense, if any, in which such entities may be characterised as mind and language independent. Our contention is that the tolerant reductionist position of Michael Dummett can be strengthened by drawing on Husserl's mature account of the constitution of ideal objects and mathematical objectivity. According to the Husserlian position we advocate, abstract singular terms pick out weakly mind-independent sedimented meaning-contents. These meaning-contents serve (...)
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    Husserl and the Problem of Abstract Objects.George Duke & Peter Woelert - 2016 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97 (1):27-47.
    One major difficulty confronting attempts to clarify the epistemological and ontological status of abstract objects is determining the sense, if any, in which such entities may be characterised as mind and language independent. Our contention is that the tolerant reductionist position of Michael Dummett can be strengthened by drawing on Husserl's mature account of the constitution of ideal objects and mathematical objectivity. According to the Husserlian position we advocate, abstract singular terms pick out weakly mind-independent sedimented meaning-contents. These meaning-contents serve (...)
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    Aristotle and the Authoritativeness of Politikē.George Duke - 2014 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (4):631-654.
    This paper explores the normative implications of Aristotle's concept of politikē and demonstrates its relevance to contemporary debates on legitimate political authority. Section one of the paper provides historical and interpretative background on Aristotle's conception of politikē. The second section examines the central normative role that the common good plays in Aristotle's account of politikē and claims that its capacity to play this role points in the direction of a less exclusionary politics than is suggested by Book 1 of the (...)
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  9. Gadamer and Political Authority.George Duke - 2014 - European Journal of Political Theory 13 (1):25-40.
    The rehabilitation of the concept of authority is one of the more contentious positions advocated by Gadamer in Truth and Method. Habermas in particular challenged the universality of Gadamer’s hermeneutic project by presenting this rehabilitation as a conservative legitimation of prevailing prejudices which truncates the role of critical reflection. Given that Gadamer’s primary focus is upon the ramifications of the Enlightenment dichotomy between reason and authority for historical hermeneutics, however, and that his examples are drawn primarily from educational domains, the (...)
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    The Aristotelian Legislator and Political Naturalism.George Duke - 2020 - Classical Quarterly 70 (2):620-638.
    Aristotle's assertion in Politics 1.2 that there is a natural impulse to form political communities is immediately contraposed with the claim that the person responsible for their foundation is the cause of the greatest of goods. The attribution of an essential role to the legislator as an efficient cause appears to clash, however, with Aristotle's political naturalism. If the polis exists by nature and humans are by nature political animals, then the question arises as to why active intervention by the (...)
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    Nietzsche, Culture and Education – Edited by Thomas E. Hart.George Duke - 2010 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (8):918-920.
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    Finnis on the Authority of Law and the Common Good.George Duke - 2013 - Legal Theory 19 (1):44-62.
    This paper seeks to elucidate the role played by the common good in John Finnis's arguments for a generic and presumptive moral obligation to obey the law.1 Finnis's appeal to the common good constitutes a direct challenge to liberal and philosophical anarchist denials of a generic and presumptive obligation to obey the law.2 It is questionable, however, whether Finnis has presented the strongest possible case for his position. In the first section I outline Finnis's account of the relationship between basic (...)
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    Abstract Singular Terms and Thin Reference.George Duke - 2012 - Theoria 78 (4):276-292.
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    Dummett and the Origins of Analytical Philosophy.George Duke - 2009 - Review of Metaphysics 63 (2):329-347.
    Michael Dummett has argued that the linguistic turn, initiated by Frege, is the decisive moment in the birth of the analytical tradition and what distinguishes that tradition from other movements. The thesis of the paper is that Dummett’s account of the origins of the analytical tradition understates the extent to which Frege’s work, and the linguistic turn more generally, are responses to antinomies in the modern philosophical project. An adequate characterisation of the origins of the analytic tradition presupposes an account (...)
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    The Syntactic Priority Thesis and Ontological Disputes.George Duke - 2012 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 42 (2):149-164.
    The syntactic priority thesis (henceforth SP) asserts that the truth of appropriate sentential contexts containing what are, by syntactic criteria, singular terms, is sufficient to justify the attribution of objectual reference to such terms (Wright, 1983, 24). One consequence that the neo-Fregean draws from SP is that it is through an analysis of the syntactic structure of true statements that 'ontological questions are to be understood and settled' (Wright, 1983, 25). Despite the significant literature on SP, little consideration has been (...)
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    Law’s Normative Point.George Duke - 2019 - Law and Philosophy 38 (1):1-27.
    This paper defends the explanatory priority for the general descriptive theory of law of an investigation into law’s normative point over an investigation of law’s other central features. The paper begins by clarifying the normative priority thesis and implications of the assertion that law has a normative point. It then develops, in Section II, two arguments in favour of the priority thesis. Section III demonstrates the explanatory power of the law’s normative point priority thesis by reference to the related, but (...)
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    Aristotle and Law: The Politics of Nomos.George Duke - 2019 - Cambridge University Press.
    In Aristotle and Law, George Duke argues that Aristotle's seemingly dispersed statements on law and legislation are unified by a commitment to law's status as an achievement of practical reason. This book provides a systematic exposition of the significance and coherence of Aristotle's account of law, and also indicates the relevance of this account to contemporary legal theory. It will be of great interest to scholars and students in jurisprudence, philosophy, political science and classics.
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    Dummett on Abstract Objects.George Duke - 2012 - London, England: Palgrave-Macmillan.
    This book offers an historically-informed critical assessment of Dummett's account of abstract objects, examining in detail some of the Fregean presuppositions whilst also engaging with recent work on the problem of abstract entities.
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  19. Sophists.George Duke - 2012 - In J. Feiser & B. Dowden (eds.), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    The Weak Natural Law Thesis and the Common Good.George Duke - 2016 - Law and Philosophy 35 (5):485-509.
    The weak natural law thesis asserts that any instance of law is either a rational standard for conduct or defective. At first glance, the thesis seems compatible with the proposition that the validity of a law within a legal system depends upon its sources rather than its merits. Mark C. Murphy has nonetheless argued that the weak natural law thesis can challenge this core commitment of legal positivism via an appeal to law’s function and defectiveness conditions. My contention in the (...)
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    Hobbes on Political Authority, Practical Reason and Truth.George Duke - 2014 - Law and Philosophy 33 (5):605-627.
    The role of sovereign authority in Hobbes' political philosophy is to establish peace and stability by serving as a definitive and unambiguous source of law. Although these broad outlines of Hobbes' account of political authority are uncontentious, matters quickly become more complicated once one seeks its normative basis. This much is evident from recent debates on the normative status of the laws of nature and the related issue as to whether Hobbes is better categorised as an incipient legal positivist or (...)
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    Constant’s Liberal Theory of Popular Sovereignty.George Duke - 2021 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 29 (5):848-870.
    In Principes de Politique, Benjamin Constant offers a blueprint for later liberal attempts to retain a commitment to popular sovereignty, while moderating its absolutist tendencies and assoc...
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    Inherent Constraints on Constituent Power.George Duke - 2020 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 40 (4):795-818.
    This article argues that recent attempts to domesticate the concept of constituent power by appeal to inherent liberal-democratic constraints on its exercise are untenable. The article first outlines the conceptual background and some of the underlying motivations for the inherent constraints thesis. It then critically examines two attempts to defend the inherent constraints thesis, by reference to liberal and democratic principles respectively. These attempts, I contend, rest on a conflation of strong and weak popular sovereignty and assumptions about political legitimacy (...)
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    The Sophists (Ancient Greek).George Duke - 2012 - In J. Feiser & B. Dowden (eds.), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. pp. 1--14.
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    The Planning Theory and Natural Law.George Duke - 2015 - Law and Philosophy 34 (2):173-200.
    The practical, normative dimension of planning is a plausible source of the ‘family resemblances’ noted by a number of legal theorists between Scott Shapiro’s Planning Theory and natural law jurisprudence. Foremost among these resemblances is Shapiro’s contention that the law, necessarily, has a moral aim. The moral aim thesis is at first glance surprising given Shapiro’s intention to defend exclusive legal positivism and unequivocal rejection of what he takes to be the core commitments of natural law theory. Shapiro’s claim, however, (...)
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  26. Between Constituent Power and Constituent Authority.George Duke & Elisa Arcioni - 2022 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 42 (1):345-365.
    This review article offers a critical appraisal of Joel Colón-Ríos’s Constituent Power and the Law. It argues that while Colón-Ríos’s book is undoubtedly a major advance in scholarship on constituent power, it leaves the reader wanting more illumination in its treatment of the relationship between the descriptive and the normative dimensions of the concept.
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    Aquinas, Kant, and the Eclipse of Practical Reason.George Duke - 2016 - Review of Metaphysics 69 (4):709-738.
    Contemporary debates on the nature and scope of practical reason are often framed in terms of the viewpoints of a few major figures in the history of philosophy. Whereas advocates of skeptical or procedural approaches to practical reason generally seek historical support from Hume, defenders of more substantive conceptions of practical rationality tend to draw inspiration from Aristotle or Kant. This paper argues that it is in fact the work of Aquinas which offers the best material for a defense of (...)
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    The Search for the Nature of Law.George Duke - 2014 - Jurisprudence 5 (1):182-190.
    The Search for the Nature of Law: A Review of Wil Waluchow and Stefan Sciaraffa , Philosophical Foundations of the Nature of Law.
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    Pavlos Kontos , Evil in Aristotle, Cambridge: Cambrige University Press, 2018, 276 Pp.Evil in Aristotle. [REVIEW]George Duke - 2019 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 101 (4):616-619.
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    Pavlos Kontos , Evil in Aristotle, Cambridge: Cambrige University Press, 2018, 276 Pp. [REVIEW]George Duke - 2019 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 101 (4):616-619.
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