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  1. Philosophy's New Challenge: Experiments and Intentional Action.Ángel Pinillos, Nick Smith, G. Shyam Nair, Cecilea Mun & Peter Marchetto - 2011 - Mind and Language 26 (1):115-139.
    Experimental philosophers have gathered impressive evidence for the surprising conclusion that philosophers' intuitions are out of step with those of the folk. As a result, many argue that philosophers' intuitions are unreliable. Focusing on the Knobe Effect, a leading finding of experimental philosophy, we defend traditional philosophy against this conclusion. Our key premise relies on experiments we conducted which indicate that judgments of the folk elicited under higher quality cognitive or epistemic conditions are more likely to resemble those of the (...)
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    Philosophy's New Challenge: Experiments and Intentional Action.N. Ángel Pinillos, Nick Smith, G. Shyam Nair, Cecilea Mun & Peter Marchetto - 2011 - Mind and Language 26 (1):115-139.
    Experimental philosophers have gathered impressive evidence for the surprising conclusion that philosophers' intuitions are out of step with those of the folk. As a result, many argue that philosophers' intuitions are unreliable. Focusing on the Knobe Effect, a leading finding of experimental philosophy, we defend traditional philosophy against this conclusion. Our key premise relies on experiments we conducted which indicate that judgments of the folk elicited under higher quality cognitive or epistemic conditions are more likely to resemble those of the (...)
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  3. Adorno Vs. Levinas: Evaluating Points of Contention. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - 2007 - Continental Philosophy Review 40 (3):275-306.
    Although Adorno and Levinas share many arguments, I attempt to sharpen and evaluate their disagreements. Both held extreme and seemingly opposite views of art, with Adorno arguing that art presents modernity’s highest order of truth and Levinas denouncing it as shameful idolatry. Considering this striking difference brings to light fundamental substantive and methodological incompatibilities between them. Levinas’ assertion of the transcendence of the face should be understood as the most telling point of departure between his and Adorno’s critiques of instrumental (...)
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    The Categorical Apology.Nick Smith - 2005 - Journal of Social Philosophy 36 (4):473–496.
    Much of our private and public ethical discourse occurs in the giving, receiving, or demanding of an apology, yet we suffer deep confusion regarding what an apology actually is. Most of us have never made explicit precisely what we expect from a full apology and therefore apologizing has become a vague and clumsy ritual. Full apologies can be morally and emotionally powerful, but, as with most valuable things, frauds masquerade as the genuine article. These semblances of apologies often deceive and (...)
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    Expressivism in Brandom and Taylor.Nick Smith - 2010 - In James Williams (ed.), Postanalytic and Metacontinental: Crossing Philosophical Divides. Continuum. pp. 145--156.
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    The Splinter in Your Ear: Noise as the Semblance of Critique.Nick Smith - unknown
    Noise appears to critique the prevailing cognitive and social habits of modernity by providing concrete and particular art objects that demand attention and jar us from one-dimensional life. Noise sounds, for a moment, like a true alternative not only to contemporary music but to a whole way of thinking through abstract generalisation and living through commercial mediation. Understood in this way, noise makes sense. Once noise is no longer inscrutable, however, it is assimilated into popular culture and becomes a commercial (...)
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    Framed: Utilitarianism and Punishment of the Innocent.Guyora Binder & Nick Smith - unknown
    The most widely repeated retributivist argument against the utilitarian theory of punishment is that utilitarianism permits punishment of the innocent. While defenders of utilitarianism have shown that a publicly announced policy of punishing the innocent is unlikely to serve utility, critics have insisted that utilitarianism morally obliges officials to deceive the public by framing the innocent. Yet philosophers and legal scholars have heretofore failed to test this claim against the writings of the theory's originators. We directly examine the writings of (...)
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    Dialectical Retributivism: Why Apologetic Offenders Deserve Reductions in Punishment Even Under Retributive Theories.Nick Smith - forthcoming - Philosophia:1-18.
    This paper makes the counterintuitive argument that apologetic offenders in both criminal and noncriminal contexts deserve reductions in punishment even according to retributive theories of justice. I argue here that accounting for post-offense apologetic meanings can make retributivism more fair and consistent much in the same way that considering pre-offense behavior such as culpable mental states like premeditation provide a more holistic and accurate view of the badness of the offense at issue. On my view, retributivists should endorse the general (...)
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    When Selling Your Soul Isn’T Enough.Nick Smith - 2004 - Social Theory and Practice 30 (4):599-612.
    Georg Simmel wamed in 1900 that capitalism creates not only a market economy but also a market culture in which money becomes the central and absolute value.' Some cultural critics seem to take the root of all evil claim seriously, asserting with rhetorical flourishes filled with normative hyperbole that commodification is the primary cause of all social problems. Our anxieties about money, however, are often vague and tempered by our sense that it appears to be more or less the best (...)
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    Vertebrate Genome Evolution: A Slow Shuffle or a Big Bang?Nick G. C. Smith, Robert Knight & Laurence D. Hurst - 1999 - Bioessays 21 (8):697-703.
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    Introduction.Nick Smith - 1952 - Tulane Studies in Philosophy 1:5-19.
    Although they might not express themselves in quite this way, non-philosophers tend to think that mereological composition is a vague matter : sometimes it occurs, sometimes it does not, and sometimes it sort of occurs. For example, when I am building a boat, at first the timbers that I have acquired for the job do not jointly compose an entity; in the end they do—they compose the boat that I have built; and in between they sort of or more or (...)
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    Giovanna Borradori, Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - 2003 - Continental Philosophy Review 36 (3):335-343.
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    The Entwinement of Reason and Violence: The Frankfurt School.Nick Smith - 1994 - Cogito 8 (3):241-248.
  14. Charles Taylor, Strong Hermeneutics and the Politics of Difference.Nick Smith - 1994 - Radical Philosophy 68.
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    Introduction to the Special Issue on Continental Philosophy of Law.Nick Smith - 2009 - Continental Philosophy Review 42 (1):1-4.
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    Justification and Application: Remarks on Discourse Ethics.Nick Smith - 1994 - Cogito 8 (3):288-290.
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    Apologies in Law.Nick Smith - unknown
    In 2008 I published I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies with Cambridge University Press. I Was Wrong provides a nuanced framework for the ethical meanings of apologies from individuals and collectives, considering along the way the historical and cultural traditions that inform modern acts of contrition. I have discussed I Was Wrong on NPR, CNN, BBC, CBC, Philosophy Talk, and various other national and international programs.I am now working on the follow-up book, tentatively titled Apologies in Law and also (...)
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    Commodification in Law: Ideologies, Intractabilities, and Hyperboles. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - 2009 - Continental Philosophy Review 42 (1):101-129.
    In this paper I first aim to identify, from a perspective mindful of both analytic and Continental traditions, the central normative issues at stake in the various debates concerning commodification in law. Although there now exists a wealth of thoughtful literature in this area, I often find myself disoriented within the webs of moral criteria used to analyze the increasingly ubiquitous practice of converting legal goods into monetary values. I therefore attempt to distinguish and organize these often conflated conceptual distinctions (...)
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    Kantian Restorative Justice?Nick Smith - 2010 - Criminal Justice Ethics 29 (1):54-69.
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    Making Adorno’s Ethics and Politics Explicit.Nick Smith - 2003 - Social Theory and Practice 29 (3):487-498.
    Review essay of Making Adorno's Ethics and Politics Explicit, Social Theory and Practice 29/3 (2003): 487-498.
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    Why Hardcore Goes Soft: Adorno, Japanese Noise, and the Extirpation of Dissonance.Nick Smith - unknown
    I argue that Japanese noise could only become meaningful and articulate at a time when thought and language have become somehow inarticulate. I very briefly recount T.W. Adorno's controversial claims that we live in a wholly abstract and instrumental world, where each object we encounter holds meaning only as 1) a representative of the class to which it belongs and 2) a tool for our use. As is now the convention in Adorno scholarship and cultural studies generally, I name ordering (...)
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    Commentary: The Penitent and the Penitentiary: Questions Regarding Apologies in Criminal Law.Nick Smith - 2008 - Criminal Justice Ethics 27 (2):2-85.
    Apologies in Law will consider apologies in various legal contexts, but in this commentary outline what I consider the most significant questions arising regarding expressions of contrition within criminal justice.
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    The Utility of Popper's Philosophy in Biology.Nick Smith & Mike Mogie - 2000 - Bioessays 22 (3):309-309.
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    Incommensurability and Alterity in Contemporary Jurisprudence.Nick Smith - unknown
    The argument and purpose of this comment will be to cross-pollinate value incommensurability theory and Levinasian deconstruction so as to begin to develop a social and legal theory that (1) is motivated by an ethical commitment to the irreducibility of human subjects, institutions, and goods and (2) negotiates between those incommensurable subjects and values through democratic procedural mechanisms. This hybridization of the two schools of thought will provide ethical grounding for legal incommensurability theorists, and political grounding for Levinasian critical theory.
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    Adorno: Disenchantment and Ethics: Adorno: A Critical Reader. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - 2003 - Social Theory and Practice 29 (3):487.
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    Review of Giovanna Borradori's. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - unknown
    Review of Giovanna Borradori's Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida.
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    Social Power and the Domination of Nature.Nick Smith - 1993 - History of the Human Sciences 6 (3):101-110.
    Axel Honneth, The Critique of Power: Reflective Stages in a Critical Social Theory, translated by Kenneth Baynes. Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press, 1991. £24.75, xxxii + 340 pp., 0 262 08202 0.
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    Questions for a Reluctant Jurisprudence of Alterity.Nick Smith - 2008 - In Desmond Manderson (ed.), Essays on Levinas and Law: A Mosaic. Palgrave-Macmillan.
    Levinas and Adorno both refuse to translate their stringent ethical convictions into a programmatic social theory because translating their theories of non-identity into models of governance would necessarily perpetrate, en masse, the very subsumptive violence they denounce. Although Levinas and Adorno have come to provide ethical guidance to Continental philosophers, their outright refusal to be drawn into applied theory has caused innumerable difficulties for progressive theorists compelled by their critiques of instrumental reason but handcuffed by their skepticism toward practical reform. (...)
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  29. Ancient Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary.Nick Smith, Fritz Allhoff & Anand Jayprakash Vaidya (eds.) - 2008 - Wiley-Blackwell.
  30. Critical Theory; Of Critical Theory and its Theorists. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - 1995 - Radical Philosophy 73.
     
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  31. Habermas: A Critical Introduction. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - 1996 - Radical Philosophy 76.
     
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    I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies.Nick Smith - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    Apologies can be profoundly meaningful, yet many gestures of contrition - especially those in legal contexts - appear hollow and even deceptive. Discussing numerous examples from ancient and recent history, I Was Wrong argues that we suffer from considerable confusion about the moral meanings and social functions of these complex interactions. Rather than asking whether a speech act 'is or is not' an apology, Smith offers a highly nuanced theory of apologetic meaning. Smith leads us though a series of rich (...)
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  33. Justification and Application: Remarks on Discourse Ethics. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - 1994 - Cogito 8 (3):288-290.
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  34. Jürgen Habermas: Critic in the Public Sphere; The Role of Ethics in Social Theory: Essays From a Habermasian Perspective. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - 1993 - Radical Philosophy 63.
     
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  35. Justice Through Apologies: Remorse, Reform, and Punishment.Nick Smith - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    In this follow up to I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies, Nick Smith expands his ambitious theories of categorical apologies to civil and criminal law. After rejecting court-ordered apologies as unjustifiable humiliation, this book explains that penitentiaries were originally designed to bring about penance - something like apology - and that this tradition has been lost in the assembly line of mass incarceration. Smith argues that the state should modernize these principles and techniques to reduce punishments for offenders who (...)
     
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  36. Punishment.Nick Smith - manuscript
    @FP=Punishment in the contemporary United States is a massive and costly enterprise. As of 2001, approximately 5.6 million living adult residents of the United States had served time in a federal or state prison. In that same year, federal, state, and local governments in the United States spent $57 billion punishing these individuals, which does not include $72 billion to provide police protections and $38 billion to maintain the court system. An American resident is more than eight times more likely (...)
     
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  37. Rehabilitation.Nick Smith - manuscript
    @FP= Although rehabilitation is often considered a type of punishment for criminal offenders, its objectives are therapeutic rather than punitive. While some theories of punishment claim that criminals deserve to suffer for their crimes, the rehabilitative ideal views criminal behavior more like a disease that should be treated with scientific methods available to cure the offender. Many convicts suffer from mental and physical illness, drug addiction, and limited opportunities for economic success and these problems increase the likelihood that they will (...)
     
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  38. Taylor, Charles, Strong Hermeneutics and the Politics of Difference.Nick Smith - 1994 - Radical Philosophy 68:19-27.
     
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  39. The Force of Reason: An Introduction to Habermas’ Theory of Communicative Action. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - 1991 - Radical Philosophy 59.
     
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  40. The Limits of Disenchantment. [REVIEW]Nick Smith - 1996 - Radical Philosophy 80.
     
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  41. The Spirit of Modernity and its Fate: Jürgen Habermas.Nick Smith - 1992 - Radical Philosophy 60.
     
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