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    M. V. Dougherty (2002). Thomas Aquinas and Divine Command Theory. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 76:153-164.
    Nearly all attempts to include Aquinas among the class of divine command theorists have focused on two kinds of texts: those exhibiting Aquinas’s treatment of the apparent immoralities of the patriarchs (e.g., Abraham’s intention to kill Isaac), and those pertaining to Aquinas’s discussion of the divine will. In the present paper, I lay out a third approach unrelated to these two. I argue that Aquinas’s explicit endorsement of one ethical proposition as self-evident throughout his writings is sufficient justification to include (...)
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    M. V. Dougherty (2004). Irrationality of the Irrationality Argument Against Suicide. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 4 (3):489-493.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2005). Alasdair MacIntyre. Review of Metaphysics 58 (3):678-680.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2002). The Importance of Cartesian Triangles: A New Look at Descartes's Ontological Argument. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 10 (1):35 – 62.
    In this paper, I argue that commentators have missed a significant clue given by Descartes in coming to understand his 'ontological' proof for the existence of God. In both the analytic and synthetic presentations of the proof throughout his writings, Descartes notes that the proof works 'in the same way' as a particular geometrical proof. I explore the significance of such a parallel, and conclude that Descartes could not have intended readers to think that the argument consists of some kind (...)
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    M. V. Dougherty (2012). The Problem of Negligent Omissions. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (1):161-163.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2004). Aristotle's Four Truth Values. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12 (4):585-609.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2014). Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola, Concordia, and the Canon Law Tradition. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 88:181-196.
    Giovanni Pico della Mirandola is best known for his Oratio, one of many works containing his promise to prove that the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle are in agreement. Pico never fulfilled this promise, however, and commentators have at times derided Pico’s concordist project. The present paper argues that Pico’s notion of concordia was at least partly inspired by a jurisprudential habit derived from his early training in canon law. After examining Pico’s explicit but dispersed statements on concordia, I then (...)
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    M. V. Dougherty (2002). Two Possible Sources for Pico's Oratio. Vivarium 40 (2):219-241.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2007). Equivocation and the Socratic Elenchus. Ancient Philosophy 27 (1):25-29.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2007). Equivocation and the Socratic Elenchus: Another Look at Republic I. Ancient Philosophy 27 (1):25-29.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2012). Schall, James V. The Modern Age. Review of Metaphysics 66 (2):382-384.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2004). Moral Dilemmas and Moral Luck. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78:233-246.
    In recent years, Alasdair MacIntyre and others have observed an increasing interest on the part of contemporary ethicists regarding the question of whetherinnocent agents ever find themselves in moral dilemmas. This present-day support for the existence of moral dilemmas for innocent agents has spawned a re-reading of canonical ethical texts in the history of philosophy. The point of departure for the present paper is one particularly contentious battleground of this ongoing historical retrieval, namely, the ethical writings of Thomas Aquinas. I (...)
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    M. V. Dougherty (2006). Thomas Aquinas on the Manifold Senses of Self-Evidence. Review of Metaphysics 59 (3):601 - 630.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2008). Ghazālī and Metaphorical Predication in the Third Discussion of the Tahāfut Al-Falāsifa. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82 (3):391-409.
    Ghazālī’s The Incoherence of the Philosophers is an unusual philosophical work for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the author’s explicit disavowalof any of the conclusions contained within it. The present essay examines some of the hermeneutical challenges that face readers of the work and offers anexegetical account of the much-neglected Third Discussion, which examines a key point of Neoplatonic metaphysics. The paper argues that Ghazālī’s maintaining of the incompatibility of metaphysical creationism and Neoplatonic emanationism should (...)
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    M. V. Dougherty (2003). On the Alleged Subalternate Character of Sacra Doctrina in Aquinas. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77:101-110.
    Largely uncontested among interpreters of Aquinas is the claim that the Angelic Doctor presents sacra doctrina as a subalternated science. To be sure, in fourtexts of the Thomistic corpus Aquinas broaches the subject of subalternation in discussions of whether sacra doctrina can be a science. I contend that the appeal to subalternation in these discussions is not to defend sacra doctrina as a subalternated science, but is rather to defend the possibility of arriving at scientific conclusions when an act of (...)
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    M. V. Dougherty (2005). Descartes's Demonstration of the Impossibility of Error in the Apprehension of Simples. History of Philosophy Quarterly 22 (2):129 - 142.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2005). Aquinas on the Self-Evidence of the Articles of Faith. Heythrop Journal 46 (2):167–180.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2001). Perplexity Simpliciter and Perplexity Secundum Quid. International Philosophical Quarterly 41 (4):469-480.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2013). Rosental, Creighton. Lessons From Aquinas: A Resolution of the Problem of Faith and Reason. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 66 (3):599-600.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2015). Human Action in Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham by Thomas M. Osborne, Jr. Journal of the History of Philosophy 53 (2):331-332.
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    M. V. Dougherty (2004). The Comparative Set Fallacy. Argumentation 18 (2):213-222.
    This paper argues for the validity of inferences that take the form of: A is more X than B; therefore A and B are both X. After considering representative counterexamples, it is claimed that these inferences are valid if and only if the comparative terms in the inference are taken from no more than one comparative set, where a comparative set is understood to be comprised of a positive, comparative, and superlative, represented as {X, more X than, most X}. In (...)
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    M. V. Dougherty (2011). Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. In H. Lagerlund (ed.), Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy. Springer. pp. 423--426.
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  23. M. V. Dougherty (ed.) (2015). Aquinas's Disputed Questions on Evil: A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press.
    Thomas Aquinas's Disputed Questions on Evil is a careful and detailed analysis of the general topic of evil, including discussions on evil as privation, human free choice, the cause of moral evil, moral failure, and the so-called seven deadly sins. This collection of ten, specially commissioned new essays, the first book-length English-language study of Disputed Questions on Evil, examines the most interesting and philosophically relevant aspects of Aquinas's work, highlighting what is distinctive about it and situating it in relation not (...)
     
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  24. M. V. Dougherty (2013). Moral Dilemmas in Medieval Thought: From Gratian to Aquinas. Cambridge University Press.
    The history of moral dilemma theory often ignores the medieval period, overlooking the sophisticated theorizing by several thinkers who debated the existence of moral dilemmas from 1150 to 1450. In this book Michael V. Dougherty offers a rich and fascinating overview of the debates which were pursued by medieval philosophers, theologians and canon lawyers, illustrating his discussion with a diverse range of examples of the moral dilemmas which they considered. He shows that much of what seems particular to twentieth-century moral (...)
     
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    M. V. Dougherty (ed.) (2007). Pico Della Mirandola: New Essays. Cambridge University Press.
    This volume provides a comprehensive presentation of the philosophical work of the fifteenth-century Renaissance thinker Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. In essays specially commissioned for this book, a distinguished group of scholars presents the central topics and texts of Pico's literary output. Best known as the author of the celebrated 'Oration on the Dignity of Man', Pico also wrote several other prominent works. They include an influential diatribe against astrology, an ambitious metaphysical treatise attempting to reconcile Platonic and Aristotelian metaphysical views, (...)
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  26. M. V. Dougherty (2008). Question of Human Nature in the Oratio. In Pico Della Mirandola: New Essays. Cambridge University Press.
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