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    Reliance.Matthew Noah Smith - 2010 - Noûs 44 (1):135-157.
    A version of this paper is forthcoming in Nous.
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    Practical Imagination and its Limits.Matthew Noah Smith - 2010 - Philosophers' Imprint 10 (3):1-20.
    It is common to talk about options, where an option is a course of action an agent can take. A course of action, in turn, is that which can be the object of intention. It has not often been noticed in the literature, though, that there are two ways to understand what makes something an option: first, an option just is some course of action physically open (or, to be maximally liberal, logically open) to an agent; second, an option just (...)
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    The Law as a Social Practice: Are Shared Activities at the Foundations of Law?Matthew Noah Smith - 2006 - Legal Theory 12 (3):265-292.
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    The Importance of What They Care About.Matthew Noah Smith - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 165 (2):297-314.
    Many forms of contemporary morality treat the individual as the fundamental unit of moral importance. Perhaps the most striking example of this moral vision of the individual is the contemporary global human rights regime, which treats the individual as, for all intents and purposes, sacrosanct. This essay attempts to explore one feature of this contemporary understanding of the moral status of the individual, namely the moral significance of a subject’s actual affective states, and in particular her cares and commitments. I (...)
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    One Dogma of Philosophy of Action.Matthew Noah Smith - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (8):2249-2266.
    An oft-rehearsed objection to the claim that an intention can give one reasons is that if an intention could give us reasons that would allow an agent to bootstrap herself into having a reason where she previously lacked one. Such bootstrapping is utterly implausible. So, intentions to φ cannot be reasons to φ. Call this the bootstrapping objection against intentions being reasons. This essay considers four separate interpretations of this argument and finds they all fail to establish that non-akratic, nonevil, (...)
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    Book Review: Understanding Autism: Parents, Doctors, and the History of a Disorder. [REVIEW]Matthew Smith - 2012 - History of the Human Sciences 25 (3):154-159.
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    Political Obligation and the Self.Matthew Noah Smith - 2013 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 86 (2):347-375.
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    Dignity, Rank, and Rights By Jeremy Waldron.Matthew Noah Smith - 2014 - Analysis 74 (4):740-743.
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    Terrorism, Shared Rules and Trust.Matthew Noah Smith - 2008 - Journal of Political Philosophy 16 (2):201–219.
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  10. Ideas of Justice: Positive.Matthew Smith - manuscript
    We use the term “justice” in many different ways. In this essay, I consider justice only as it used in Anglo-American political and legal theory. In this realm of discourse, all forms of justice consist of non-utilitarian allocative principles, i.e., principles governing, to put it as broadly as possible, who gets how much of what. Some may wish to treat utilitarian principles as principles of justice. As a matter of nomenclatural pedantry, this is surely reasonable. But, perhaps as a consequence (...)
     
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  11. Rethinking Revolution.Matthew Smith - manuscript
    This paper argues for a rehabilitation of philosophical engagement with the question of whether revolution can be justified. Such a renewed engagement with the problem of revolution appears to be stymied by the intuition that we have strong moral arguments ruling out revolution in almost every case. I aim to show that we should abandon this intuition. I will argue that standard arguments against revolution are not strong enough to warrant the relative inattention the question of the justifiability revolution has (...)
     
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  12. 1. The Accommodation Thesis.Matthew Noah Smith - unknown
    How ought we to respond to other people caring about whatever it is that they care about – even if they care about things that are obviously not careworthy?2 For example, if my neighbor cares about collecting antique decorative saltshakers and I think this is an idiotic pastime, how ought I to respond to this? My thesis is that I should respond by accommodating his cares.3 I describe accommodation as follows: [Accommodation] A accommodates B’s caring about F by adjusting her (...)
     
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    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age. [REVIEW]Matthew Smith - 2009 - Identity in the Information Society 2 (3):369-373.
    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Delete: the virtue of forgetting in the digital age Content Type Journal Article DOI 10.1007/s12394-010-0039-x Authors Matthew L. Smith /, International Development Research Centre Ottawa Canada Journal Identity in the Information Society Online ISSN 1876-0678 Journal Volume Volume 2 Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 3.
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    Rethinking Sovereignty, Rethinking Revolution.Matthew Smith - 2008 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 36 (4):405-440.
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    Kurt A. Schreyer, Shakespeare's Medieval Craft: Remnants of the Mysteries on the London Stage. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014. Pp. Xv, 258; 9 Black-and-White Figures. $49.95. ISBN: 978-0-8014-5290-1. [REVIEW]Matthew J. Smith - 2015 - Speculum 90 (3):851-852.
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    Officials and Subjects in Gardner’s Law as a Leap of Faith.Matthew Noah Smith - 2014 - Law and Philosophy 33 (6):795-811.
    In his collection of essays, Law as a Leap of Faith, John Gardner lucidly develops a powerful account of legal positivism, primarily via a careful interrogation of H. L. A. Hart’s work, with a particular focus on Hart’s most important text, The Concept of Law. In this essay, I raise a question regarding the significance of legal subjects’ understanding of themselves as legal subjects. I claim that as Gardner fills out the picture of what it takes to have an ideal (...)
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  17. This Paper Argues That Reliance is a Distinctive Psychologiocal Attitude That has Both Belief-Like and Desire-Like Properties.Matthew Smith - manuscript
     
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    Review of Daniel Shapiro, Is the Welfare State Justified?[REVIEW]Matthew Smith - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (2).
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    Review of S. A. Lloyd, Morality in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes: Cases in the Law of Nature[REVIEW]Matthew Noah Smith - 2010 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (12).
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    Book Review: Justice Beyond Borders: A Global Political Theory. [REVIEW]Matthew Smith - 2006 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (1):100-102.
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    Legal Truths and Falsities.Matthew Smith - 2009 - Ratio Juris 22 (1):95-109.
    This paper has a two-pronged thesis. First, laws should be understood as making factual claims about the moral order. Second, the truth or falsity of these claims depends as much on the content of the law as on whether the lawmaker has political authority. In particular, laws produced by legitimate authorities are successful as laws when they guide subjects’ behavior by giving subjects authoritative reasons for action. This paper argues that laws produced by legitimate authorities accomplish this task by being (...)
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    Religion and the Freedom-Weighted View: Reconsidering First Amendment Challenges to Laws Promoting Autonomy.Matthew A. Smith - unknown
    In this paper, I defend a novel view of the religion clauses. The historical origins of the clause suggest two competing conceptual interpretations: one which privileges religion (the religion-weighted view) and one which privileges freedom (the freedom-weighted view). I argue for the freedom-weighted view and explore the jurisprudential implications of both views. I also argue for the counterintuitive result that, if we accept the freedom-weighted view, Free Exercise challenges to certain laws promoting autonomy (freedom) in children are analytically incoherent. Because (...)
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  23. Justificatory Independence: Interpersonal Mutuality and the Authority of the Law.Matthew Smith - unknown
    Can the laws produced by patently illegitimate political institutions be authoritative, or are they like the rules of etiquette – rules we might have conclusive reasons to follow but which are not authoritative?[2] Exclude from the scope of this question laws that recapitulate or contradict independently valid moral principles and so are authoritative in virtue of their content. Let us instead query only whether laws that (i) do not recapitulate or contradict valid moral principles, and (ii) are products of illegitimate (...)
     
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    The Role of the Experimenter in Parapsychological Research.Matthew Smith - 2003 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 10 (6-7):6-7.
    A major challenge facing modern parapsychology continues to be the replicability of psi. Whilst some researchers appear to consistently obtain positive evidence for psi, others, equally consistently, appear to be less successful. Previous research has attempted to explain this so-called 'experimenter effect' in terms of both psychological variables and parapsychological variables . In this paper, both of these interpretations are considered, as are other possible interpretations . Research in this area emphasises the important role of the experimenter in parapsychology. The (...)
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  25. Justificatory Independence.Matthew Smith - manuscript
    This is paper argues for the view that rules produced by illegitimate authorities may nonetheless be authoritative for those to whom the rules are addressed. (draft only - please do not quote).
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  26. JUSTIFICATORY INDEPENDENCE AND INTERPERSONAL MUTUALITY. [REVIEW]Matthew Smith - unknown - /A.
    Can there be an obligation to obey laws produced by patently illegitimate political institutions, or are these laws like rules of etiquette – rules we might have reasons to follow but which we are not obligated to obey?2 Exclude from the scope of this question laws that recapitulate or contradict independently valid moral principles. Let us instead query only whether there is an obligation to obey laws that (i) do not recapitulate or contradict valid moral principles, and (ii) are products (...)
     
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  27. Film Reviews and Announcements From 1896: Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.Matthew Smith - 2001 - Lonergan Review 6:1.
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  28. Justice Beyond Borders: A Global Political Theory. [REVIEW]Matthew Smith - 2006 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (1):100-102.
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  29. Moving Toward the Modern: The Nationalist Imagery of Malik Al‑Shu‘Arā Bahār.Matthew C. Smith - 2016 - In William Granara, Roy P. Mottahedeh, Wheeler M. Thackston & Alireza Korangy (eds.), Essays in Islamic Philology, History, and Philosophy. De Gruyter. pp. 3-28.
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  30. Property Rights, Social Norms and the Law: A Natural Law Theory of Property.Matthew Noah Smith - 2004 - Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    The problem area of distributive justice includes at its core questions about what ought to be owned, how it can be owned and who ought to own it. A fundamental assumption behind recent attempts to address these questions is that the power to shape the property institutions of a society lies entirely in that society's laws. This view, I argue, is mistaken. In this dissertation I provide an account of how property institutions are related to other social practices in a (...)
     
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  31. Terrorism as Ethical Singularity.Matthew Smith - 2010 - Public Affairs Quarterly 24 (3):229-246.
    Virginia Held, in her thoughtful collection of essays How Terrorism Is Wrong, explores many facets of the moral significance of terrorism. Perhaps the most important contribution Held makes is a step toward a more rigorous contextualization of terrorism within the broader spectrum of violence, and in particular within the context of war. This welcome subtlety prompts the discussion of terrorism found in this essay. In particular, I eschew making any axiological or deontic judgments about terrorism and instead attempt to further (...)
     
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  32. Trust and Planning.Matthew Smith - manuscript
     
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    The Total Work of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace.Matthew Wilson Smith - 2007 - Routledge.
    Total work of art in an age of mechanical reproduction -- Total stage: Wagner's festspielhaus -- Total machine: the Bauhaus theatre -- Total montage: Brecht's reply to Wagner -- Total state: Riefenstahl's triumph of the will -- Total world: Disney's theme parks -- Total vacuum: Warhol's performances -- Total immersion: cyberspace.
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