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    An Essay on Belief and Acceptance.Louis P. Pojman - 1995 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (2):496-498.
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    Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong.Louis P. Pojman - 1990 - Wadsworth Publishing Company.
    Penned by one of contemporary philosophys most skilled and ardent philosophy teachers, ETHICS: DISCOVERING RIGHT AND WRONG is a rigorous textual overview of the fundamental objectives and outlooks of ethical theory. Concise yet comprehensive, this text draws on many examples from classical and contemporary sources. Written in an engaging and conversational manner, DISCOVERING RIGHT AND WRONG challenges students to develop their own moral theories and competently to reason through ethical problems for themselves.
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  3. Faith Without Belief?Louis Pojman - 1986 - Faith and Philosophy 3 (2):157-176.
    For many religious people there is a problem of doubting various credal statements contained in their religions. Often propositional beliefs are looked upon as necessary conditions for salvation. This causes great anxiety in doubters and raises the question of the importance of belief in religion and in life in general. It is a question that has been neglected in philosophy of religion and theology. In this paper I shall explore the question of the importance of belief as a religious attitude (...)
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    Ethical Theory: Classical and Contemporary Readings.Louis P. Pojman - 1995 - Wadsworth.
    Part I: WHAT IS ETHICS? Plato: Socratic Morality: Crito. Suggestions for Further Reading. Part II: ETHICAL RELATIVISM VERSUS ETHICAL OBJECTIVISM. Herodotus: Custom is King. Thomas Aquinas: Objectivism: Natural Law. Ruth Benedict: A Defense of Ethical Relativism. Louis Pojman: A Critique of Ethical Relativism. Gilbert Harman: Moral Relativism Defended. Alan Gewirth: The Objective Status of Human Rights. Suggestions for Further Reading. Part III: MORALITY, SELF-INTEREST AND FUTURE SELVES. Plato: Why Be Moral? Richard Taylor: On the Socratic Dilemma. David Gauthier: Morality and (...)
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    Believing and Willing.Louis P. Pojman - 1985 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 15 (March):37-56.
    It is widely held that we can obtain beliefs and withhold believing propositions directly by performing an act of will. This thesis is sometimes identified with the view that believing is a basic act, an act which is under our direct control. Descartes holds that the will is limitless in relation to belief acquisition and that we must be directly responsible for our beliefs, especially our false beliefs, for otherwise we could draw the blasphemous conclusion that God is responsible for (...)
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    Religious Belief and the Will.Louis P. Pojman - 1986 - Routledge and Kegan Paul.
  7. The Case Against Affirmative Action.Louis P. Pojman - 1998 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (1):97-115.
    Affirmative Action is becoming the most controversial social issue of our day. In this essay I examine nine arguments on the moral status of Affirmative Action. I distinguish between weak Affirmative Action, which seeks to provide fair opportunity to all citizens from strong Affirmative Action, which enjoins preferential treatment to groups who have been underrepresented in social positions. I conclude that while weak Affirmative Action is morally required, strong Affirmative Action is morally wrong.
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  8. Religious Belief and the Will.Louis P. Pojman - 1986 - Religious Studies 25 (1):131-134.
     
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    Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology.Louis P. Pojman - 2000 - Mayfield.
    Covering the major issues of the field succinctly and lucidly, this text takes an analytically rigorous approach and makes it accessible in presentation. Pojman writes from an impartial perspective, presenting various options and points of view while guiding students in their own search for truth over these often emotion-laden, crucial issues.
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  10. The Death Penalty: For and Against.Jeffrey Reiman & Louis P. Pojman - 1997 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Two distinguished social and political philosophers take opposing positions in this highly engaging work. Louis P. Pojman justifies the practice of execution by appealing to the principle of retribution while Jeffrey Reiman argues that although the death penalty is a just punishment for murder, we are not morally obliged to execute murderers.
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  11. Equality: Selected Readings.Louis P. Pojman & Robert Westmoreland (eds.) - 1997 - Oup Usa.
    Louis Pojman and Robert Westmoreland have compiled the best material on the subject of equality, ranging from classical works by Aristotle, Hobbes and Rousseau to contemporary works by John Rawls, Thomas Nagel, Michael Walzer, Harry Frankfurt, Bernard Williams and Robert Nozick; and including such topics as: the concept of equality; equal opportunity; Welfare egalitarianism; resources; equal human rights and complex equality.
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    The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature.Louis P. Pojman & Lewis Vaughn (eds.) - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    Featuring new selections chosen by coeditor Lewis Vaughn, the third edition of Louis P. Pojman's The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature brings together an extensive and varied collection of ninety-one classical and contemporary readings on ethical theory and practice. Integrating literature with philosophy in an innovative way, the book uses literary works to enliven and make concrete the ethical theory or applied issues addressed in each chapter. Literary works by Camus, Hawthorne, Hugo, Huxley, Ibsen, Le Guin, (...)
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  13. Are Human Rights Based on Equal Human Worth?Louis P. Pojman - 1992 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (3):605-622.
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    The Moral Status of Affirmative Action.Louis P. Pojman - 1992 - Public Affairs Quarterly 6 (2):181-206.
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    Terrorism, Human Rights, and the Case for World Government.Louis P. Pojman - 2006 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    One of the nation's leading military ethicists, Louis P. Pojman argues that globalism and cosmopolitanism motivate the need for greater international cooperation based on enforceable international law. The best way to realize the promises of globalism and cogent moral arguments for cosmopolitanism, Pojman contends, is through the establishment of a World Government.
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    Equality and Desert.Louis Pojman - 1997 - Philosophy 72 (282):549 - 570.
    Justice is a constant and perpetual will to give every man his due. The principles of law are these: to live virtuously, not to harm others, to give his due to everyone. Jurisprudence is the knowledge of divine and human things, the science of the just and the unjust. Law is the art of goodness and justice. By virtue of this [lawyers] may be called priests, for we cherish justice and profess knowledge or goodness and equity, separating right from wrong (...)
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    The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature.Lewis Vaughn & Louis Pojman (eds.) - 2000 - Oup Usa.
    Now in its fourth edition, Louis P. Pojman and Lewis Vaughn's acclaimed The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature brings together an extensive and varied collection of eighty-five classical and contemporary readings on ethical theory and practice. Integrating literature with philosophy in an innovative way, the book uses literary works to enliven and make concrete the ethical theory or applied issues addressed. Literary works by Angelou, Camus, Hawthorne, Huxley, Ibsen, Le Guin, Melville, Orwell, Styron, Tolstoy, and many (...)
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  18. Faith, Doubt and Belief, or Does Faith Entail Belief?Louis Pojman - 2003 - In Richard M. Gale & Alexander R. Pruss (eds.), The Existence of God. pp. 1--15.
  19. On Equal Human Worth: A Critique of Contemporary Egalitarianism.Louis Pojman - 1997 - In Louis P. Pojman & Robert Westmoreland (eds.), Equality: Selected Readings. Oup Usa. pp. 296.
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    Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings.Louis P. Pojman & James Fieser (eds.) - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    Now in a third edition, Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings is a highly acclaimed, topically organized collection that covers five major areas of philosophy--theory of knowledge, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, freedom and determinism, and moral philosophy. Editor Louis P. Pojman enhances the text's topical organization by arranging the selections into a pro/con format to help students better understand opposing arguments. He also includes accessible introductions to each chapter, subsection, and individual reading, a unique feature for an (...)
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    Philosophy: The Quest for Truth.Louis P. Pojman & Lewis Vaughn (eds.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    Praised for its accessibility and comprehensiveness, Philosophy: The Quest for Truth provides an excellent selection of classical and contemporary readings on nineteen key problems in philosophy. Louis P. Pojman has carefully organized the essays in each section so that they present pro/con dialogues that allow students to compare and contrast the philosophers' positions. Topics covered include the nature of philosophy, the existence of God, immortality, knowledge, the mind-body question, personal identity, free will and determinism, ethics, political philosophy, and the meaning (...)
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    Believing and Willing.Louis P. Pojman - 1985 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 15 (1):37-55.
    It is widely held that we can obtain beliefs and withhold believing propositions directly by performing an act of will. This thesis is sometimes identified with the view that believing is a basic act, an act which is under our direct control. Descartes holds that the will is limitless in relation to belief acquisition and that we must be directly responsible for our beliefs, especially our false beliefs, for otherwise we could draw the blasphemous conclusion that God is responsible for (...)
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  23. Kierkegaard on Faith and Freedom.Louis P. Pojman - 1990 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 27 (1/2):41 - 61.
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    What Do We Deserve?: A Reader on Justice and Desert.Louis P. Pojman & Owen McLeod (eds.) - 1998 - Oxford University Press.
    The concept of desert, which once enjoyed a central place in political and ethical theory, has been relegated to the margins of much of contemporary theory, if not excluded altogether. Recently a renewed interest in the topic has emerged, and several philosophers have argued that the notion merits a more central place in political and ethical theory. Some of these philosophers contend that justice exists to the extent that people receive exactly what they deserve, while others argue that desert should (...)
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    The Logic of Subjectivity.Louis P. Pojman - 1981 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 19 (1):73-83.
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    Merit: Why Do We Value It?Louis Pojman - 1999 - Journal of Social Philosophy 30 (1):83-102.
  27. Relativism.Louis P. Pojman - 1999 - In Robert Audi (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 790.
     
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  28. A Critique of Contemporary Egalitarianism: A Christian Perspective.Louis P. Pojman - 1991 - Faith and Philosophy 8 (4):481-504.
    Theories of equal human rights have experienced an exponential growth during the past thirty or forty years. From declarations of human rights, such as the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to arguments about the rights of fetuses versus the rights of women, to claims and counter claims about the rights of minorities to preferential hiring, the rights of animals to life and well-being, and the rights of trees to be preserved, the proliferation of rights affects every phase of (...)
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    Belief and Will.Louis P. Pojman - 1978 - Religious Studies 14 (1):1 - 14.
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    Kierkegaard on Faith and History.Louis P. Pojman - 1982 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 13 (2):57 - 68.
  31. What do we deserve? A Reader on Justice and Desert.Louis P. Pojman & Owen Mcleod - 2001 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 191 (3):393-393.
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  32. Moral Saints and Moral Heroes.Louis P. Pojman - unknown
    In 1941 Father Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish friar from Warsaw was arrested for publishing anti-Nazi pamphlets and sentenced to Auschwitz. There he was beaten, kicked by shiny leather boots, and whipped by his prison guards. After one prisoner successfully escaped, the prescribed punishment was to select ten other prisoners who were to die by starvation. As ten prisoners were pulled out of line one by one, Fr. Kolbe broke out from the ranks, pleading with he Commandant to be allowed to (...)
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    Belief and Will: LOUIS P. POJMAN.Louis P. Pojman - 1978 - Religious Studies 14 (1):1-14.
    It is a widely held belief that one can will to believe, disbelieve, and withhold belief concerning propositions. It is sometimes said that we have a duty to believe certain propositions. These theses have had a long and respected history. In one form or another they receive the support of a large number of philosophers and theologians who have written on the relationship of the will to believing. In the New Testament Jesus holds his disciples responsible for their beliefs, reprimands (...)
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  34. Faith, Hope and Doubt.Louis Pojman - forthcoming - Philosophy of Religion.
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    Gilbert Harman's Internalist Moral Relativism.Louis P. Pojman - 1990 - Modern Schoolman 68 (1):19-39.
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  36. In Defense of the Death Penalty.Louis P. Pojman - 1997 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 11 (2):11-16.
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    Race and Crime a Response to Michael Levin and Laurence Thomas.Louis P. Pojman - 1993 - Journal of Social Philosophy 24 (1):152-154.
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    Are Human Rights Based on Equal Human Worth?Louis P. Pojman - 1992 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (3):605-622.
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    Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology (5th Edition).Michael C. Rea & Louis P. Pojman (eds.) - 2007 - Wadsworth.
    This anthology includes 75 articles in nine areas of philosophy of religion. These areas include: traditional arguments for the existence of God; on the validity of religious experience; the problem of evil and other atheological arguments; the attributes of God; miracles and revelation; death and immortality; faith and reason; religious pluralism; and ethics and religion. The articles are arranged in a coherent framework, with the presentation of each area progressing from the classical to the contemporary and treated in a dialectic (...)
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    The Case for World Government.Louis P. Pojman - 2006 - Journal of Philosophical Research 31:59-80.
    The world is becoming an ever-shrinking global village in which the events of one neighborhood tend to reverberate through the whole. In this essay I examine the best arguments available for both nationalist commitments and for moral cosmopolitanism and then try to reconcile them within a larger framework of institutional cosmopolitanism or World Government. My thesis is that in an international Hobbesian world like ours, increasingly threatened by global problems related to the environment, trade, injustice, crime, migration, health, terrorism, and (...)
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    Kant's Perpetual Peace and Cosmopolitanism.Louis P. Pojman - 2005 - Journal of Social Philosophy 36 (1):62–71.
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    Straw Man or Straw Theory?: A Reply to Albert Mosley.Louis P. Pojman - 1998 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (2):169-180.
    I respond to Albert Mosley’s critique that I only attack straw men arguments against affirmative action by showing both that his own argument is a version of one of these “straw men” and that his objections to my arguments can be rebutted.
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    Christianity and Philosophy in Kierkegaard's Early Papers.Louis P. Pojman - 1983 - Journal of the History of Ideas 44 (1):131.
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    Is Contemporary Moral Theory Founded on a Misunderstanding?Louis P. Pojman - 1991 - Journal of Social Philosophy 22 (2):49-59.
    [Christianity] has enriched philosophy with far more definite and purer concepts than it had been able to furnish before; but which, once they are there, are freely assented to by Reason and are assumed as concepts to which it could well have come of itself and which it could and should have introduced…. Even the Holy One of the Gospel must first be compared with our ideal of moral perfection, before we can recognize him as such [Immanuel Kant, Critique of (...)
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    Classics of Philosophy.Louis P. Pojman (ed.) - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
    Classics of Philosophy, 2/e, is the most comprehensive anthology of writings in Western philosophy in print. Spanning 2500 years of thought, it is ideal for introduction to philosophy and history of philosophy courses that are structured chronologically. More than seventy works by forty-two philosophers as well as fragments from the Pre-Socratics are included, offering students and general readers alike an extensive and economical collection of the major works of the Western tradition. This anthology contains the most important writings from Thales (...)
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    Equality.Louis P. Pojman - 1999 - Journal of Philosophical Research 24:193-245.
    The dominant contemporary political theory is egalitarianism, yet egalitarians seldom give a clear justification of their position. In this paper I examine such questions as, What is egalitarianism all about? What is so attractive about equality? And what is the proper criterion? What do egalitarians want to equalize and why? My primary hypothesis is that current egalitarian theories either illicitly attempt to derive substantive conclusions from formal notions or, if they are substantive, are beset with weighty objections. A corollary is (...)
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    Kierkegaard on Justification of Belief.Louis P. Pojman - 1977 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 8 (2):75 - 93.
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    Ethics: Religious and Secular: On the Metaphysical Basis of Morality.Louis P. Pojman - 1992 - Modern Schoolman 70 (1):1-30.
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    Kierkegaard, Subjectivity and Paradox: A Response to Gregory Schufreider. [REVIEW]Louis P. Pojman - 1981 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (3):165 - 169.
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    Kierkegaard's Philosophy of Religion.Louis Pojman - 1999 - International Scholars Publications.
    The plan of this study is founded on a hypothesis that there is an overall argument in the Climacus writings : 1) There are two opposing ways to approach the truth: the objective and the subjective ways, 2) The objective way fails, 3) Hence the only appropriate way to the truth is the subjective way, 4) Christianity is the subjective way of life that meets all conditions for the highest subjectivity, 5) Hence Christianity is the appropriate way to reach the (...)
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