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    Solving the Problem of Creeping Minimalism.Matthew Simpson - 2018 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 48 (3-4):510-531.
    In this paper I discuss the so-called problem of creeping minimalism, the problem of distinguishing metaethical expressivism from its rivals once expressivists start accepting minimalist theories about truth, representation, belief, and similar concepts. I argue that Dreier’s ‘explanation’ explanation is almost correct, but by critically examining it we not only get a better solution, but also draw out some interesting results about expressivism and non-representationalist theories of meaning more generally.
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    Deflationism and Truthmaking.Matthew Simpson - 2019 - Synthese 198 (4):3157-3181.
    This paper is about the relationship between truthmaking—one of the pillars of contemporary metaphysics—and deflationism about truth—one of the main contenders in the debate about truth, and a key component of the broad anti-metaphysical philosophical approach known as pragmatism. Many philosophers have argued that deflationism and truthmaking are incompatible or in conflict in some interesting way. Some take this to count against deflationism, others to count against truthmaking. In this paper I argue that deflationism and truthmaking are compatible in most (...)
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    What is Global Expressivism?Matthew Simpson - 2020 - Philosophical Quarterly 70 (278):140-161.
    Global expressivism is the radical view that we should never think of any of our language and thought as representing the world. While interesting, global expressivism has not yet been clearly formulated, and its defenders often use unexplained terms of art to characterise their view. I fix this problem by carefully and clearly exploring the different ways in which we can interpret globalism. I reject almost all of them either because they are implausible or because they are bad interpretations of (...)
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    Defending Truthmaker Non‐Maximalism.Matthew Simpson - 2014 - Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 3 (4):288-291.
    Jago argues that truthmaker non-maximalism, the view that some but not all truths require truthmakers, is vulnerable to a challenge from truths which ascribe knowledge of propositions about things which don't exist. Such truths, Jago argues, can only be dealt with using maximalist resources. I argue that Jago's point relies on the claim that the relevant truths require truthmakers, a point that non-maximalists can coherently and plausibly deny. Moreover, I argue that by making use of a safety account of knowledge, (...)
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    MacBride on Truth in Truthmaking.Matthew Simpson - 2016 - Analysis 76 (1):19-26.
    Fraser MacBride has argued that deflationism about truth makes the truthmaker principle, that every truth has a truthmaker, implausible. This is because on a deflationary view, the truthmaker principle is a mere abbreviation of a conjunction of claims which have no independent motivation. In this article, I argue that this claim is false: deflationism does not entail that the truthmaker principle is a mere abbreviation of such a conjunction, because the claims MacBride focuses on are in fact irrelevant to the (...)
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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau: A Friend of Virtue (Review).Matthew Simpson - 2004 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (4):497-498.
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    Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Rousseau and The Social Contract (Review).Matthew Simpson - 2005 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (3):364-364.
    Matthew Simpson - Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Rousseau and The Social Contract - Journal of the History of Philosophy 43:3 Journal of the History of Philosophy 43.3 364 Christopher Bertram. Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Rousseau and The Social Contract. London: Routledge, 2004. Pp. ix + 214. Paper, $15.95. The main problem with the interpretation of Rousseau's political thought today is that his theories rarely fit into the categories that define contemporary philosophy. He was neither a liberal nor a communitarian, neither (...)
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    Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy (Review). [REVIEW]Matthew Simpson - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2):332-333.
    From the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s the most influential American philosopher of the twentieth century treated the students of Harvard University to a course on the history of modern political philosophy stretching roughly from Hobbes to Marx. John Rawls’ lectures and lecture notes have now been carefully edited by Samuel Freeman into a magnificently odd book.As in the earlier collection of his class material, Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy , Rawls’ approach to the history of political thought is (...)
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  9. A Paradox of Sovereignty in Rousseau's Social Contract.Matthew Simpson - 2006 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (1):45-56.
    One unique part of Rousseau's Social Contract is his argument that a just society must have a specific constitutional arrangement of powers centred around what he calls the Sovereign and the Prince. This makes his philosophy different from other contractualists, such as Hobbes and Locke, who think that the principles of good government are compatible with any number of institutional structures. Rousseau's constitutional theory is thus significant in a way that has no parallel in Hobbes or Locke. More to the (...)
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  10. A Paradox of Sovereignty in the Social Contract.".Matthew Simpson - 2006 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (1):47-58.
     
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    Book ReviewsRandy E Barnett,. Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty.Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004. Pp. 366. $32.50 ; $18.95. [REVIEW]Matthew Simpson - 2005 - Ethics 116 (1):214-216.
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    Book ReviewsRussell Hardin,. David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. 260. $49.50. [REVIEW]Matthew Simpson - 2008 - Ethics 118 (3):549-553.
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    Book Reviews Neuhouser, Frederick . Rousseau's Theodicy of Self‐Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition . New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Pp. 279. $70.00 (Cloth). [REVIEW]Matthew Simpson - 2009 - Ethics 119 (4):777-782.
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    Book ReviewsBrian Skyrms,. The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Pp. 149. $55.00 ; $20.00. [REVIEW]Matthew Simpson - 2004 - Ethics 115 (1):166-169.
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    Creeping Minimalism and Subject Matter.Matthew Simpson - 2020 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (6):750-766.
    The problem of creeping minimalism concerns how to tell the difference between metaethical expressivism and its rivals given contemporary expressivists’ acceptance of minimalism about truth and related concepts. Explanationism finds the difference in what expressivists use to explain why ethical language and thought has the content it does. I argue that two recent versions of explanationism are unsatisfactory and offer a third version, subject matter explanationism. This view, I argue, captures the advantages of previous views without their disadvantages and gives (...)
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    Cheryl Misak, Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers.Matthew Simpson - 2021 - Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 9 (2).
    A review of Cheryl Misak's biography of Frank Ramsey.
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    Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy (Review).Matthew Simpson - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2):pp. 332-333.
    From the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s the most influential American philosopher of the twentieth century treated the students of Harvard University to a course on the history of modern political philosophy stretching roughly from Hobbes to Marx. John Rawls’ lectures and lecture notes have now been carefully edited by Samuel Freeman into a magnificently odd book.As in the earlier collection of his class material, Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy , Rawls’ approach to the history of political thought is (...)
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    Waking From Dysconsciousness: Assessing Racism in Three University Classrooms.Connie Titone, Edward Fierros, Krista Malott, Matthew Simpson & Gregory LaLuna - 2014 - Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 24 (2):3-26.
    This research provides suggestions for identifying and addressing university students’ perceptions of systemic inequities related to racism and racial privilege.Suggestions are derived from findings of a confirmatory study conducted by the authors in three university classrooms. The project was motivated by theauthors’ on-going commitment to the struggle to eradicate racism and all of its deleterious effects, predicated on the early work of Dr. Joyce King and her conceptof dysconscious racism. The university students’ levels of dysconsciousness regarding systemic inequities related to (...)
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