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  1. Wittgensteinian Fideism.Kai Nielsen - 1982 - In Steven M. Cahn & David Shatz (eds.), International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Oxford University Press. pp. 191-.
    Wittgenstein did not write on the philosophy of religion. But certain strands of his later thought readily lend themselves to what I call Wittgensteinian Fideism. There is no text that I can turn to for an extended statement of this position, but certain remarks made by Winch, Hughes, Malcolm, Geach, Cavell, Cameron and Coburn can either serve as partial statements of this position, or can be easily used in service of such a statement. Some of their contentions will serve as (...)
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    Wittgensteinian Fideism: PHILOSOPHY.Kai Nielsen - 1967 - Philosophy 42 (161):191-209.
    Wittgenstein did not write on the philosophy of religion. But certain strands of his later thought readily lend themselves to what I call Wittgensteinian Fideism. There is no text that I can turn to for an extended statement of this position, but certain remarks made by Winch, Hughes, Malcolm, Geach, Cavell, Cameron and Coburn can either serve as partial statements of this position, or can be easily used in service of such a statement. Some of their contentions will serve as (...)
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  3. There is No Dilemma of Dirty Hands.Kai Nielsen - 2007 - In Igor Primoratz (ed.), Politics and Morality. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 1-7.
     
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    After the Demise of the Tradition: Rorty, Critical Theory, and the Fate of Philosophy.Kai Nielsen - 1991 - Westview Press.
    Addressing the end-of-philosophy debate and the challenge it presents to contemporary philosophy, this book draws on Wittgenstein, Quine, Davidson, Habermas and Foucault, among others. It develops the implications of Richard Rorty's arguments in particular.
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    Ethics Without God.Kai Nielsen - 1973 - Prometheus Books.
    Argues that morality can exist without religion, suggests that values and principles of conduct emerge from life, and examines the consequences of moral absolutism.
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    Science, Morality and Feminist Theory.Marsha Hanen & Kai Nielsen (eds.) - 1987 - University of Calgary Press.
  7. Radical Egalitarian Justice: Justice As Equality.Kai Nielsen - 1979 - Social Theory and Practice 5 (2):209-226.
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    Relativism and Wide Reflective Equilibrium.Kai Nielsen - 1993 - The Monist 76 (3):316-332.
    The method of appealing to considered judgments in Wide Reflective Equilibrium has been thought to have unwelcome relativistic or ethnocentric implications. This belief, which is widely held, is, I shall argue, mistaken. Wide Reflective equilibrium has no such untoward implications. I shall first specify what I am talking about in speaking of relativism, then generally characterize WRE, then deploy some central arguments for it and finally try to show that it has no relativistic implications.
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    Why Be Moral?Kai Nielsen - 1989 - Prometheus Books.
    Noted philosopher Kai Nielsen offers an answer to this fundamental question - a question that reaches in to grasp at the very heart of ethics itself. Essentially, this innocent inquiry masks a confusion that so many of us get caught in as we think about moral issues. We fail to realize that there is a difference between judging human behavior within an ethical context, or set of moral principles, and justifying the principles themselves. According to Nielsen, it is precisely this (...)
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    Contemporary Critiques of Religion.Kai Nielsen - 1971 - London: Macmillan.
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    Naturalism Without Foundations.Kai Nielsen - 1996 - Prometheus Books.
    This volume considers in depth and carefully a cluster of issues central to contemporary philosophical and social scientific investigation while utilising methods and conceptualisations at the very cutting edge of philosophy.
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    Against Moral Conservativism.Kai Nielsen - 1972 - Ethics 82 (3):219-231.
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    Secession: The Case of Quebec.Kai Nielsen - 1993 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 10 (1):29-43.
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    Marx and Morality.Kai Nielsen & Steven C. Patten - 1984 - Philosophical Review 93 (2):306-308.
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  15. Cultural Nationalism, Neither Ethnic nor Civic.Kai Nielsen - 1996 - Philosophical Forum 28 (1-2):42-52.
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    On Needing a Moral Theory: Rationality, Considered Judgements and the Grounding of Morality.Kai Nielsen - 1982 - Metaphilosophy 13 (2):97–116.
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    Cosmopolitan Nationalism.Kai Nielsen - 1999 - The Monist 82 (3):446-468.
    I want, some might say, to have my cake and eat it too for I want to be both a cosmopolitan and a nationalist, and, congruently with that, I think liberals and socialists, depending on the societies in which they live, should be either cosmopolitan nationalists or people in sympathy with liberal nationalist projects where these projects have a legitimate point. This includes people like myself who are liberal socialists committed, as all socialists are, to socialist internationalism and the international (...)
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  18. Why Should I Be Moral? Revisited.Kai Nielsen - 1984 - American Philosophical Quarterly 21 (1):81 - 91.
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    Naturalism and Religion: Must Naturalistic Explanations Explain Religion Away?Kai Nielsen - 1998 - Philo 1 (1):45-62.
    There are, it is argued, conceptually and empirically adequate naturalistic explanations of religion that explain religion without explaining it away and without leaving out anything needed fully to comprehend religious phenomena. Moreover, naturalistic explanations arc sometimes also critiques of religion. This article concerns itself with a subspecies of such explanations through articulating and defending some naturalistic criticisms of the truth-claims of religion. The rationale is displayed for naturalistic thinkers going from truth-claim analyses to functional analyses and the central naturalistic explanations (...)
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  20. Globalization and Justice.Kai Nielsen - 2003 - Humanity Books.
    Will globalization promote or hinder social justice throughout the world? In this cogent analysis philosopher Kai Nielsen argues that in its present form capitalist globalization will only ensure that the rich get richer and the poor poorer. Noting that the ratio of the richest countries to the poorest has steadily grown larger under capitalism in the 20th century and that the total dollar value of the world economy has increased fivefold while the number of people living in poverty has doubled, (...)
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    On Taking Historical Materialism Seriously.Kai Nielsen - 1983 - Dialogue 22 (2):319-338.
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    Is "Why Should I Be Moral?" An Absurdity?Kai Nielsen - 1958 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 36 (1):25 – 32.
  23. Can There Be Progress in Philosophy?Kai Nielsen - 1987 - Metaphilosophy 18 (1):1–30.
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    Analytical Marxism: A Form of Critical Theory. [REVIEW]Kai Nielsen - 1993 - Erkenntnis 39 (1):1 - 21.
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    On Not Needing to Justify Equality.Kai Nielsen - 1988 - International Studies in Philosophy 20 (3):55-71.
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    On the Rationality of Groundless Believing.Kai Nielsen - 1981 - Idealistic Studies 11 (3):215-229.
    There are three remarks of Norman Malcolm’s with which I should like to begin. The first is his remark that.
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    Grounding Rights and a Method of Reflective Equilibrium.Kai Nielsen - 1982 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 25 (3):277 – 306.
    A method of reflective equilibrium is adumbrated and then used to test the adequacy of moral conceptions appealing to fundamental human rights against Nietzschean conceptions of morality which would reject such an appeal. There is an attempt here both to articulate and critically probe a distinctive moral methodology (the method of reflective equilibrium) and to examine skeptical challenges to a foundationalism which would ground morality in fundamental rights claims. I attempt a partial testing of such a moral methodology by examining (...)
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  28. Our Considered Judgements.Kai Nielsen - 1977 - Ratio (Misc.) 19 (1):39.
     
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  29. Wittgenstein and Wittgensteinians on Religion.Kai Nielsen - 2001 - In Robert L. Arrington & Mark Addis (eds.), Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion. Routledge. pp. 137--166.
     
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    An Un‐Rortyan Defence of Rorty's Pragmatism.Kai Nielsen - 1996 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 39 (1):71 – 95.
    An identification is made of the core metaphilosophical, philosophical, and intellectual history theses in Richard Rorty's pragmatism. Their rationale is displayed and it is argued that his metaphilosophical theses are very much dependent on certain of his non?metaphilosophical philosophical theses, most centrally his anti?representationalism. Questions emerge about the status and justification of these theses. Rorty, in his programmatic pronouncements, resists providing a vindication of them. Seeking to avoid what has been called performative contradictions, he regards it as sufficient to provide (...)
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    Alienation and Self-Realization.Kai Nielsen - 1973 - Philosophy 48 (183):21 - 33.
    Self-realizationist theories are among the classical attempts to develop a comprehensive normative ethical theory. Plato and Aristotle, in giving classical statements of such theories, argue that a man's distinctive happiness, a man's distinctive flourishing, will only be realized when he realizes himself, i.e. when he achieves to the fullest possible degree his distinctive function. And to achieve one's function is to develop to the full those capacities which are distinctive of the human animal. In doing this we are being most (...)
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    Considered Judgements Again.Kai Nielsen - 1982 - Human Studies 5 (1):109 - 118.
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  33. The Logical Status of `God'.Michael Durrant, Kai Nielsen & Ninian Smart - 1975 - Mind 84 (333):154-156.
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    Methods of Ethics:Wide Reflective Equilibrium and a Kind of Consequentialism.Kai Nielsen - 1994 - Journal of Social Philosophy 25 (2):57-72.
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    Philosophy and the Search for Wisdom.kai Nielsen - 1993 - Teaching Philosophy 16 (1):5-20.
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    On There Being Philosophical Knowledge.Kai Nielsen - 1990 - Theoria 56 (3):193-225.
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    Pragmatism as Atheoreticism: Richard Rorty.Kai Nielsen - 2005 - Contemporary Pragmatism 2 (1):1-34.
    This essay offers an account of Rorty's version of pragmatism after the so-called linguistic turn, including his attack on epistemology and metaphysics, his metaphilosophy, his theory of morality, and his political philosophy. Woven into this account of Rorty are some of the most important criticisms made of Rorty, and considerations about how Rorty has responded or could have responded.
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    Meta-Philosophy, Once Again.Kai Nielsen - 2012 - Philo 15 (1):55-96.
    I examine what I shall call meta-philosophy: a philosophical examination into what philosophy is, can be, should be, something of what it has been, what the point (if any) of it is and what, if anything, it can contribute to our understanding of and the making sense of our lives, including our lives individually and together, and of the social order in which we live.
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    Marxism and the Moral Point of View.Kai Nielsen - 1987 - American Philosophical Quarterly 24 (4):295 - 306.
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    Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory: How Should We Approach Questions of Global Justice?Kai Nielsen - 1985 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 2 (3):33-41.
  41. History of Ethics.Raziel Abelson & Kai Nielsen - 1967 - In Paul Edwards (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. New York: Macmillan. pp. 3--81.
     
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    On Deriving an Ought From an Is: A Retrospective Look.Kai Nielsen - 1979 - Review of Metaphysics 32 (3):487 - 514.
    ARGUMENT ABOUT whether in any significant sense we can derive an ought from an is has been persistent and intractable. Fifteen to twenty years ago it was orthodoxy in analytical philosophical circles to claim that for all their other differences Hume and Moore were right in agreeing that in no significant sense can we derive an ought from an is. At present there is no orthodoxy or even anything like a dominant view and, given our current understanding of how language (...)
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    Wisdom and Dilman on the Scope of Reason in Religion.Kai Nielsen - 1980 - Philosophical Investigations 3 (4):1-14.
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    Distrusting Reason.Kai Nielsen - 1976 - Ethics 87 (1):49-60.
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    Introduction : Cosmopolitisme et particularisme.Jocelyne Couture & Kai Nielsen - 2007 - Philosophiques 34 (1):3-15.
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    Liberal Reasonability a Critical Tool? Reflections After Rawls.Kai Nielsen - 1998 - Dialogue 37 (4):739-.
    RÉSUMÉ: Le recours au raisonnable est partout présent dans l’œuvre de John Rawls. Et cependant, le concept lui-même est souvent vu comme problématique et nombreux sont ceux qui pensent que le raisonnable ne saurait avoir la portée cruciale que Rawls lui attribue. Le concept est ici élucidé et certaines conceptualisations du raisonnable sont explicitées. L’auteur soutient que ces conceptualisations permettent au raisonnable de jouer le rôle-clé que Rawls en attend.
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    Principles of Rationality.Kai Nielsen - 1974 - Philosophical Papers 3 (2):55-89.
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    Social Science and Hard Data.Kai Nielsen - 1973 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 1 (1):115-143.
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    Is Global Justice Impossible?Kai Nielsen - 1998 - Res Publica 4 (2):131-166.
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    Persons, Morals and the Animal Kingdom.Kai Nielsen - 1978 - Man and World 11 (3-4):231-256.
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