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    Philosophy Makes No Progress, So What Is the Point of It?John Shand - 2017 - Metaphilosophy 48 (3):284-295.
    Philosophy makes no progress. It fails to do so in the way science and mathematics make progress. By “no progress” is meant that there is no successive advance of a well-established body of knowledge—no views are definitively established or definitively refuted. Yet philosophers often talk and act as if the subject makes progress, and that its point and value lies in its doing so, while in fact they also approach the subject in ways that clearly contradict any claim to progress. (...)
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    Philosophy and Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy.John Shand - 1993 - Mcgill-Queen's University Press.
    Philosophy and Philosophers is an important introduction to Western philosophy aimed at those who are unfamiliar with the nature of philosophy and its history. It is organized around the main schools of philosophical thought and ranges from ancient Greece, through the explosion of ideas in the seventeenth century, to the Enlightenment and the challenge of twentieth-century philosophy. In each chapter John Shand assesses the contribution of a single philosopher, paying particular attention to the key areas of the theory of knowledge, (...)
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    Love As If.John Shand - 2011 - Essays in Philosophy 12 (1):2.
    The primary focus here is romantic love, but it may be applied to other cases of love such as those within a family. The first issue is whether love is a non-rational occurrence leading to a state of affairs to which the normative constrains of reason do not apply. If one assumes that reasons are relevant to determining love, then the second issue is the manner in which love is and should be reasonable and governed by the indications of reason. (...)
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    Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing.John Shand - 2016 - Think 15 (43):103-115.
    The answer to the question of why there is Something rather than Nothing is that there has to be Something and that Nothing is impossible. There cannot not be Something so there cannot be Nothing. The paper justifies this conclusion, while also explaining why we might believe there may be Nothing. In the course of this, the so-called subtraction-argument is shown to be inadequate and question-begging.
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    Putting Animals & Humans To Sleep.John Shand - 2018 - Philosophy Now 129:34-35.
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    Consciousness: Removing the Hardness and Solving the Problem.John Shand - 2021 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 77 (4):1279-1296.
    The ‘hard’ problem of consciousness is the seemingly intractable one of explaining the properties of consciousness in terms of the properties of physical objects. This is often seen mistakenly as a metaphysical problem, whereby the properties of physical things are of such a nature and so unlike mental properties that it is difficult to understand how the physical could ever explain consciousness. This view of the physical is not however the true reason for the hardness of the problem, rather it (...)
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    Limits, Perspectives, and Thought.John Shand - 2009 - Philosophy 84 (3):429-435.
    Imagine a universe without human beings. Now imagine a universe devoid of any creatures like human beings, beings who could think about the universe and in so doing consider it as divided up into different kinds of things that could be objects of understanding. Now imagine – this is harder – your not being there, or anyone else, to imagine such a universe. Next think about setting about describing in physical laws such a universe in line with a completist physicalist (...)
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  8. How Believing in an AFTERLIFE Can RUIN Your Life.John Shand - 2011 - Philosophy Now 84:21-21.
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    Arguing Well.John Shand - 2000 - Routledge.
    Arguing Well is a lucid introduction to the nature of good reasoning, how to test and construct successful arguments. It assumes no prior knowledge of logic or philosophy. The book includes an introduction to basic symbolic logic. Arguing Well introduces and explains: * The nature and importance of arguments * What to look for in deciding whether arguments succeed or fail * How to construct good arguments * How to make it more certain that we reason when we should The (...)
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    A Refutation of the Existence of God.John Shand - 2010 - Think 9 (26):61 - 79.
    The following argument presents a refutation of the existence of God under a certain description, which, it will be maintained, is the only description that most traditional monotheists could accept. Therefore, either God, as defined by traditional monotheism, does not exist or something that might be called ‘God’ exists, but would not be acceptable to monotheism as truly being God. Either way, God does not exist. 1.
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    Grayling, Feyerabend and the constancy of sense.John Shand - 1986 - Analysis 46 (4):211.
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  12. A Valuable And Meaningful Individual Life.John Shand - 2011 - Journal of Philosophy of Life 1:74-83.
    Analogously the determinants of the value and meaning of an artwork are fundamentally the same as for an individual life. In both the value and meaning are determined by the parts, in their particularity and in their configuration, as well as, respectively, the subjective contribution of the person whose life it is and whomsoever observes the artwork. However, a person and his life are inextricably linked in a way an observer and an artwork are not. We should learn caution from (...)
     
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    Innate Ideas and Immortality in Descartes and Locke.John Shand - 2004 - Locke Studies 4:47-58.
    This paper traces the connections between the assertion or denial of innate ideas, and the possibility of the soul being immortal, in the contrasting cases of Descartes and Locke. Descartes and Locke disagree about whether there are innate ideas and the nature of the soul, but they agree that the soul is immortal. The issue explored is which theory of the mind, Descartes's or Locke's, is in the best position to contend that we to survive death, and indeed exist immortally. (...)
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    Futile Definitions.John Shand - 2008 - Think 6 (17-18):129-137.
    Settling definitions is often seen as a central tool for clarifying concepts, and answering questions. Examples might be , or . A common way of answering such questions is by formulating necessary and sufficient conditions for a thing to be of a certain sort. It is this form of real definition that is of concern here.
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    Thought Against Defeat.John Shand - 2004 - The Philosophers' Magazine 25 (25):48-49.
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    Fear of the Future.John Shand - 2007 - Think 5 (15):45-53.
    Here is an unusual and intriguing philosophical response to current concerns about global warming.
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    Sandis in Defence of Four Socratic Doctrines.John Shand - 2008 - Think 6 (17-18):103-107.
    John Shand also critically discusses Sandis' preceding paper.
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    A Companion to Nineteenth Century Philosophy (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy).John Shand (ed.) - 2019 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Investigate the challenging and nuanced philosophy of the long nineteenth century from Kant to Bergson Philosophy in the nineteenth century was characterized by new ways of thinking, a desperate searching for new truths. As science, art, and religion were transformed by social pressures and changing worldviews, old certainties fell away, leaving many with a terrifying sense of loss and a realization that our view of things needed to be profoundly rethought. The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy covers the developments, setbacks, (...)
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    Central Issues of Philosophy.John Shand (ed.) - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Comprising 20 free-standing chapters written by specialists in their respective fields, _Central Issues of Philosophy_ provides novice readers with the ideal accessible introduction to all of philosophy's core issues. An accessible introduction to the central issues of philosophy Organized around key philosophical issues - ranging from truth, knowledge and reality to free will, ethics and the existence of God Provides beginning students with the information and skills to delve deeper into philosophical fields of study Each chapter is written by an (...)
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  20. Colin Wilson as Philosopher.John Shand & Gary Lachman - 1996
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  21. Central Works of Philosophy, Vol. 5: The Twentieth Century: Quine and After.John Shand (ed.) - 2006 - Acumen Publishing.
    About the Author:John Shand is an associate lecturer in philosophy at The Open University.
     
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  22. Central Works of Philosophy, Volume 1: Ancient and Medieval.John Shand - 2004 - Mcgill-Queen's University Press.
    About the Author:John Shand is an associate lecturer in philosophy at The Open University.
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  23. Central Works of Philosophy, Volume 4: The Twentieth Century: Moore to Popper.John Shand - 2005 - Mcgill-Queen's University Press.
    About the Author:John Shand is an associate lecturer in philosophy at The Open University.
     
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  24. Central Works of Philosophy V4: Twentieth Century: Moore to Popper.John Shand - 2005 - Routledge.
    Central Works of Philosophy is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's Republic to the present day, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its central ideas, and an assessment of the work's importance. Together (...)
     
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  25. Central Works of Philosophy V2: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.John Shand - 2005 - Routledge.
    Central Works of Philosophy is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's Republic to Quine's Word and Object, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers, each of them primary texts studied at undergraduate level. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its (...)
     
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  26. Central Works of Philosophy V1: Ancient and Medieval.John Shand - 2004 - Routledge.
    This collection of essays showcases the most important and influential philosophical works of the ancient and medieval period, roughly from 600 BC to AD 1600. Each chapter takes a particular work of philosophy and discusses its proponent, its content and central arguments. These are: Plato's Republic; Aristotle' Nichomachean Ethics; Lucretius' On the Nature of the Universe; Sextus Emperiicus' Outlines of Pyrrhonism; Plotinus' The Enneads; Augustine's City of God; Anselm's Proslogion; Aquinas' Summa Theologia; Duns Scotus' Ordinatio; William of Ockham's Summa Logicae.
     
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  27. Central Works of Philosophy V1: Ancient and Medieval.John Shand - 2004 - Routledge.
    This collection of essays showcases the most important and influential philosophical works of the ancient and medieval period, roughly from 600 BC to AD 1600. Each chapter takes a particular work of philosophy and discusses its proponent, its content and central arguments. These are: Plato's Republic; Aristotle' Nichomachean Ethics; Lucretius' On the Nature of the Universe; Sextus Emperiicus' Outlines of Pyrrhonism; Plotinus' The Enneads; Augustine's City of God; Anselm's Proslogion; Aquinas' Summa Theologia; Duns Scotus' Ordinatio; William of Ockham's Summa Logicae.
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  28. Central Works of Philosophy V3: Nineteenth Century.John Shand - 2005 - Routledge.
    Central Works of Philosophy is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's Republic to the present day, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its central ideas, and an assessment of the work's importance. Together (...)
     
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  29. Central Works of Philosophy V4: Twentieth Century: Moore to Popper.John Shand - 2005 - Routledge.
    "Central Works of Philosophy" is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's "Republic" to the present day, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its central ideas, and an assessment of the work's importance. Together (...)
     
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  30. Central Works of Philosophy V5: Twentieth Century: Quine and After.John Shand - 2006 - Routledge.
    Central Works of Philosophy is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's Republic to the present day, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its central ideas, and an assessment of the work's importance. Together (...)
     
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  31. Central Works of Philosophy V3: Nineteenth Century.John Shand - 2005 - Routledge.
    Central Works of Philosophy is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's Republic to the present day, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its central ideas, and an assessment of the work's importance. Together (...)
     
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  32. Central Works of Philosophy V2: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.John Shand - 2005 - Routledge.
    Central Works of Philosophy is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's Republic to Quine's Word and Object, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers, each of them primary texts studied at undergraduate level. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its (...)
     
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  33. Central Works of Philosophy V4: Twentieth Century: Moore to Popper.John Shand - 2005 - Routledge.
    "Central Works of Philosophy" is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's "Republic" to the present day, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its central ideas, and an assessment of the work's importance. Together (...)
     
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  34. Central Works of Philosophy V5: Twentieth Century: Moore to Popper.John Shand - 2006 - Routledge.
    Central Works of Philosophy is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's Republic to the present day, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its central ideas, and an assessment of the work's importance. Together (...)
     
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  35. Central Works of Philosophy V5: Twentieth Century: Quine and After.John Shand - 2006 - Routledge.
    Central Works of Philosophy is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's Republic to the present day, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its central ideas, and an assessment of the work's importance. Together (...)
     
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  36. Central Works of Philosophy, Volume 2: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century.John Shand - 2005 - Mcgill-Queen's University Press.
    About the Author:John Shand is an associate lecturer in philosophy at The Open University.
     
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  37. Central Works of Philosophy, Volume 3: The Nineteenth Century.John Shand - 2005 - Mcgill-Queen's University Press.
    About the Author:John Shand is an associate lecturer in philosophy at The Open University.
     
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  38. Philosophy and Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy.John Shand - 1993 - Routledge.
    This revised and updated edition of a standard work provides a clear and authoritative survey of the Western tradition in metaphysics and epistemology from the Presocratics to the present day. Aimed at the beginning student, it presents the ideas of the major philosophers and their schools of thought in a readable and engaging way, highlighting the central points in each contributor's doctrines and offering a lucid discussion of the next-level details that both fills out the general themes and encourages the (...)
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  39. Reviews: Reviews. [REVIEW]John Shand - 2010 - Philosophy 85 (2):307-310.
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    Legal Values in Western Society.Peter S. Stein, Peter Stein & John Shand - 1974 - Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press.
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    Thinking Fit.John Shand - 2003 - The Philosophers' Magazine 22:56-56.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Hume's Treatise.John Shand - 2016 - Philosophical Quarterly 66 (265):887-889.
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    Cooper Measures Up.John Shand - 2003 - The Philosophers' Magazine 24:59-59.
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    Nausea is the Only Truly Philosophical Novel.John Shand - 2016 - The Philosophers' Magazine 75:26-27.
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    Free Will and Subject.John Shand - 2015 - Polish Journal of Philosophy 9 (1):51-70.
    Traditionally formulated, the problem of free will cannot be solved. We may nevertheless be justifiably confident that we have free will. The traditional formulation makes a solution impossible by juxtaposing contradictory objective and subjective accounts of whether there is free will, between which accounts there is no third way to choose. However, the objective stance inherently denies the conditions under which free will is possible, namely that there are subjects, and is thus question-begging. It gives us no good reason for (...)
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    Ideas in Music.John Shand - 2018 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74 (4):1307-1328.
    It is often taken for granted that music, whatever else it is able to do, cannot articulate ideas. This paper aims to refute that formalist claim and present an anti-formalist one showing why thinking formalism true is based on a fallacy and involves a misunderstanding of ordinary language. By ‘idea’ is meant a view, and reflection on that view, which in the limiting case may be a worldview, a Weltanschauung. That in this sense ideas are articulated in music is to (...)
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    A Meaningful Life.John Shand - 2019 - Human Affairs 29 (4):434-444.
    There can be no such thing as the meaningful life, but only a meaningful life for a particular life as it is lived. Thus, there are meaningful lives, which are lives that make sense and are sufficiently aligned, these two characteristics being honed successively by the limits of a particular contingent form of life, a particular individual of that form of life, and a particular time in the life of that individual. Only the form of a meaningful life may be (...)
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    Readiness for Death: Sybil Speaks.John Shand - 2019 - Think 18 (51):123-136.
    While life has been increasing in length an increasing proportion of that life is in a state of poor health and decrepitude. Indeed, an increasing proportion of life is in that poor state because of its increased length. Medicine always fails to catch up, and increasingly so in providing a life of good health overall set by the end point of inevitable death. This requires a change in attitude from the zealous concentration on medical interventions whose chief aim is to (...)
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    Can Animals Be Moral?John Shand - 2014 - Philosophical Quarterly 64 (254):205-207.
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    Thought Against Defeat.John Shand - 2004 - The Philosophers' Magazine 25:48-49.
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