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  1. Unprincipled Virtue: An Inquiry Into Moral Agency.Nomy Arpaly - 2002 - Oxford University Press.
    Nomy Arpaly rejects the model of rationality used by most ethicists and action theorists. Both observation and psychology indicate that people act rationally without deliberation, and act irrationally with deliberation. By questioning the notion that our own minds are comprehensible to us--and therefore questioning much of the current work of action theorists and ethicists--Arpaly attempts to develop a more realistic conception of moral agency.
  2. In Praise of Desire.Nomy Arpaly & Timothy Schroeder - 2013 - Oxford University Press.
    Joining the debate over the roles of reason and appetite in the moral mind, In Praise of Desire takes the side of appetite. Acting for moral reasons, acting in a praiseworthy manner, and acting out of virtue are simply acting out of intrinsic desires for the right or the good.
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    Unprincipled Virtue.Nomy Arpaly - 2003 - The Journal of Ethics 8 (2):201-204.
    Nomy Arpaly rejects the model of rationality used by most ethicists and action theorists. Both observation and psychology indicate that people act rationally without deliberation, and act irrationally with deliberation. By questioning the notion that our own minds are comprehensible to us--and therefore questioning much of the current work of action theorists and ethicists--Arpaly attempts to develop a more realistic conception of moral agency.
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    Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will.Nomy Arpaly - 2006 - Princeton University Press.
    Perhaps everything we think, feel, and do is determined, and humans--like stones or clouds--are slaves to the laws of nature. Would that be a terrible state? Philosophers who take the incompatibilist position think so, arguing that a deterministic world would be one without moral responsibility and perhaps without true love, meaningful art, and real rationality. But compatibilists and semicompatibilists argue that determinism need not worry us. As long as our actions stem, in an appropriate way, from us, or respond in (...)
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  5. Moral Worth.Nomy Arpaly - 2002 - Journal of Philosophy 99 (5):223.
    I argue that a right action has moral worth if and only if it is done for the right reasons - that is, for its right-making features. The reasons the agent acts on have to be identical to the reasons for which the action is right. I argue that Kantians are wrong in thinking that a right action has moral worth iff it is done because the agent thinks it is right, giving examples of morally worthy actions that are done (...)
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    Unprincipled Virtue.Nomy Arpaly - 2007 - Philosophical Studies 134 (3):433-439.
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  7. On Acting Rationally Against One's Best Judgment.Nomy Arpaly - 2000 - Ethics 110 (3):488-513.
    I argue that akrasia is not always significantly irrational. To be more precise, I argue that an agent is sometimes more rational for being akratic then she would have been for being enkratic or strong-willed.
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  8. Praise, Blame and the Whole Self.Nomy Arpaly & Timothy Schroeder - 1999 - Philosophical Studies 93 (2):161-188.
    What is that makes an act subject to either praise or blame? The question has often been taken to depend entirely on the free will debate for an answer, since it is widely agreed that an agent’s act is subject to praise or blame only if it was freely willed, but moral theory, action theory, and moral psychology are at least equally relevant to it. In the last quarter-century, following the lead of Harry Frankfurt’s (1971) seminal article “Freedom of the (...)
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  9. Why Epistemic Partiality is Overrated.Nomy Arpaly & Anna Brinkerhoff - 2018 - Philosophical Topics 46 (1):37-51.
    Epistemic partialism is the view that friends have a doxastic duty to overestimate each other. If one holds that there are no practical reasons for belief, we will argue, one has to deny the existence of any epistemic duties, and thus reject epistemic partialism. But if it is false that one has a doxastic duty to overestimate one’s friends, why does it so often seem true? We argue that there is a robust causal relationship between friendship and overestimation that can (...)
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  10. Contours of Agency: Essays on Themes From Harry Frankfurt.Nomy Arpaly - 2004 - Mind 113 (452):744-747.
  11. Duty, Desire and the Good Person: Towards a Non‐Aristotelian Account of Virtue.Nomy Arpaly - 2014 - Philosophical Perspectives 28 (1):59-74.
    This paper presents an account of the virtuous person, which I take to be the same as the good person. I argue that goodness in a person is based on her desires. Contra Aristotelians, I argue that one does not need wisdom to be good. There can be a perfectly good person with mental retardation or autism. Contra Kantians, I argue that the sense of duty - which does exist! - is compatible with a desire-based moral psychology.
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  12. Consciousness and Moral Responsibility, by Levy, Neil: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, Pp. Xv + 157, £27.50. [REVIEW]Nomy Arpaly - 2015 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):829-831.
  13. Open-Mindedness as a Moral Virtue.Nomy Arpaly - 2011 - American Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):75.
    Open-mindedness appears to be a cognitive disposition: an open-minded person is disposed to gain, lose, and revise beliefs in a particular, reasonable way. It is also a moral virtue, for we blame, for example, the man who quickly comes to think a new neighbor untrustworthy because he drives the wrong car or wears the wrong clothes—for his closed-mindedness. How open–mindedness could be a moral virtue is a puzzle, though, because exercises of moral virtues are expressions of moral concern, whereas gaining, (...)
     
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  14. Review: Comments on "Lack of Character" by John Doris. [REVIEW]Nomy Arpaly & John Doris - 2005 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (3):643-647.
  15. How It is Not "Just Like Diabetes": Mental Disorders and the Moral Psychologist.Nomy Arpaly - 2005 - Philosophical Issues 15 (1):282–298.
    Many psychiatrists tell their clients that any mental disorder is ‘‘a disease, just like diabetes’’. This slogan appears to suggest that mental states and behavior that are classified ‘‘mental disorders’’ are somehow radically different from other mental states and behaviors—both when it comes to simply understanding people and when it comes to moral assessments of mental states and of actions. After all, mental illness is just like diabetes, while other human conditions are not. That sounds like a huge difference. I (...)
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    I—On Benevolence.Nomy Arpaly - 2018 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 92 (1):207-223.
    It is widely agreed that benevolence is not the whole of the moral life, but it is not as widely appreciated that benevolence is an irreducible part of that life. This paper argues that Kantian efforts to characterize benevolence, or something like it, in terms of reverence for rational agency fall short. Such reverence, while credibly an important part of the moral life, is no more the whole of it than benevolence.
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  17. Unprincipled Virtue—Synopsis.Nomy Arpaly - 2007 - Philosophical Studies 134 (3):429-431.
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    Which Autonomy.Nomy Arpaly - 2004 - In M. O.’Rourke J. K. Campbell (ed.), Freedom and Determinism. MIT Press. pp. 173--188.
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    A Casual Theory of Acting for Reasons.Nomy Arpaly & Timothy Schroeder - 2015 - American Philosophical Quarterly 52 (2):103-114.
    Amanda works in a library, and a patron asks for her help in learning about duty-to- rescue laws in China. She throws herself into the task, spending hours on retrieving documents from governmental and non-governmental sources, getting electronic translations, looking for literature on Scandinavian duty-to-rescue laws that mention Chinese laws for comparison, and so on. Why? She likes to gain this sort of general knowledge of the world; perhaps the reason she works so hard is that she is learning fascinating (...)
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  20. Alienation and Externality.Timothy Schroeder & Nomy Arpaly - 1999 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (3):371-387.
    Harry Frankfurt introduces the concept of externality. Externality is supposed to be a fact about the structure of an agent's will. We argue that the pre-theorethical basis of externality has a lot more to do with feelings of alienation than it does with the will. Once we realize that intuitions about externality are guided by intuitions about feelings of alienation surprising conclusions follow regarding the structure of our will.
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    Comments on Emotions, Values, and Agency by Christine Tappolet.Nomy Arpaly - 2018 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 97 (2):520-524.
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  22. Précis of In Praise of Desire.Nomy Arpaly & Timothy Schroeder - 2014 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (2):490-495.
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    Replies to Critics.Nomy Arpaly & Timothy Schroeder - 2014 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (2):509-515.
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    Comments on Talking to Our Selves by John Doris.Nomy Arpaly - 2018 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 97 (3):753-757.
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  25. The Constitution of Agency: Essays on Practical Reason and Moral Psychology. [REVIEW]Nomy Arpaly - 2011 - Philosophical Review 120 (4):607-609.
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    Comments on Lack of Character by John Doris.Nomy Arpaly - 2005 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (3):643-647.
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  27. Moral Psychology's Drinking Problem.Nomy Arpaly - 2016 - In Iskra Fileva (ed.), Questions of Character.
    Sometimes when a person acts while drunk we see her actions as not reflective of her character ("oh, she was just drunk"). At other times we see her actions as reflective of her "deep self" ("in vino veritas"). What is the difference between the two types of cases? This paper sketches a possible answer.
     
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  28. It Ain't Necessarily So.Nomy Arpaly - 2018 - Oxford Studies in Metaethics 13.
    While Neo-Aristotelians argue quite plausibly that it is hard to get to eudaemonia if one is wicked, I argue that they fail to show that the seeker of flourishing has a reason to become virtuous (as opposed to morally mediocre).
     
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  29. Review: Reply to Harman, Stroud and Mason: Nomy Arpaly. [REVIEW]Nomy Arpaly - 2007 - Philosophical Studies 134 (3):457 - 465.
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    Hamlet and the Utilitarians.Nomy Arpaly - 2000 - Philosophical Studies 99 (1):45-57.
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  31. The Utilitarian's Song.Nomy Arpaly - 2002 - Utilitas 14 (1):1.
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    Book ReviewsEdna Ullman‐Margalit,, Ed. Reasoning Practically.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pp. 200. $45.00.Nomy Arpaly - 2002 - Ethics 112 (4):878-880.
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    Philosophical Psychology Would Like to Thank the Following for Contributing to the Journal as Reviewers This Past Year: Fred Adams Kenneth Aizawa.Joshua Alexander, Mark Alicke, Holly Andersen, Michael Anderson, Kristin Andrews, István Aranyosi, Adam Arico, Nomy Arpaly, Robert Audi & Andrew R. Bailey - 2012 - Philosophical Psychology 25 (1):161-163.
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    Book Forum on In Praise of Desire.Nomy Arpaly & Timothy Schroeder - 2016 - Journal of Value Inquiry 50 (2):425-432.
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    Reply to Pippin.Nomy Arpaly - 2007 - Philosophical Explorations 10 (3):303 – 307.
    I argue that in his response to me Robert Pippin misrepresents my view of akrasia (partially because of what looks like his strong disbelief in the existence of akrasia) as well as expresses a false view of the way a generalizing moral theory is supposed to apply to specific cases. The last issue is related to particularism, which I turn to discuss, arguing that one familiar way in which it seems attractive is a misleading one.
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    Response to Swanton and Badhwar.Nomy Arpaly & Timothy Schroeder - 2016 - Journal of Value Inquiry 50 (2):445-448.
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    3 Ought Implies Can? An Argument From Epistemology.Nomy Arpaly - 2009 - In Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will. Princeton University Press. pp. 86-108.
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    2 Reason Responsiveness in a Deterministic World.Nomy Arpaly - 2009 - In Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will. Princeton University Press. pp. 40-85.
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    Book Forum on In Praise of Desire, Oxford University Press, 2013: Précis of In Praise of Desire.Nomy Arpaly & Timothy Schroeder - 2016 - Journal of Value Inquiry 50 (2):425-432.
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    1 Praise and Blame: Toward a New Compatibilism.Nomy Arpaly - 2009 - In Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will. Princeton University Press. pp. 9-39.
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    Contents.Nomy Arpaly - 2009 - In Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will. Princeton University Press.
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    INTERLUDE. The Science Fiction of Mind Design.Nomy Arpaly - 2009 - In Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will. Princeton University Press. pp. 109-116.
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    Acknowledgments.Nomy Arpaly - 2009 - In Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will. Princeton University Press.
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    Introduction.Nomy Arpaly - 2009 - In Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will. Princeton University Press. pp. 1-8.
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    4 When Cheap Will Just Won’T Do.Nomy Arpaly - 2009 - In Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will. Princeton University Press. pp. 117-138.
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    Bibliography.Nomy Arpaly - 2009 - In Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will. Princeton University Press. pp. 139-142.
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    Index.Nomy Arpaly - 2009 - In Merit, Meaning, and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will. Princeton University Press. pp. 143-148.
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