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  1. Recent Work in Applied Virtue Ethics.Guy Axtell & Philip Olson - 2012 - American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (3):183-204.
    The use of the term "applied ethics" to denote a particular field of moral inquiry (distinct from but related to both normative ethics and meta-ethics) is a relatively new phenomenon. The individuation of applied ethics as a special division of moral investigation gathered momentum in the 1970s and 1980s, largely as a response to early twentieth- century moral philosophy's overwhelming concentration on moral semantics and its apparent inattention to practical moral problems that arose in the wake of significant social and (...)
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  2. Three Independent Factors in Epistemology.Guy Axtell & Philip Olson - 2006 - Contemporary Pragmatism 6 (2):89–109.
    We articulate John Dewey’s “independent factors” approach to moral philosophy and then adapt and extend this approach to address contemporary debate concerning the nature and sources of epistemic normativity. We identify three factors (agent reliability, synchronic rationality, and diachronic rationality) as each making a permanent contribution to epistemic value. Critical of debates that stem from the reductionistic ambitions of epistemological systems that privilege of one or another of these three factors, we advocate an axiological pluralism that acknowledges each factor as (...)
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    Knowing “Necro-Waste”.Philip R. Olson - 2016 - Social Epistemology 30 (3):326-345.
    Adopting a waste-directed study of the dead human body, and various practices of body preparation and body disposition in funerary contexts, I argue that necro-waste is a ubiquitous but largely unknown presence. To know necro-waste is to examine the ways in which the dead human body is embedded in particular personal, social, historical, political, and environmental contexts. This study focuses on funerary practices in the US and Canada, where embalming has been routinely practiced. Viewing dead human bodies as materials processed (...)
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    Putting Knowledge in its Place: Virtue, Value, and the Internalism/Externalism Debate.Philip Olson - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 159 (2):241-261.
    Traditionally, the debate between epistemological internalists and externalists has centered on the value of knowledge and its justification. A value pluralist, virtue-theoretic approach to epistemology allows us to accept what I shall call the insight of externalism while still acknowledging the importance of internalists’ insistence on the value of reflection. Intellectual virtue can function as the unifying consideration in a study of a host of epistemic values, including understanding, wisdom, and what I call articulate reflection. Each of these epistemic values (...)
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    Inquiry and Education: John Dewey and the Quest for Democracy (Review).Philip R. Olson - 2008 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 22 (3):pp. 227-229.
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    A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy (Review).Philip R. Olson - 2009 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (4):pp. 631-633.
    In this, his second book, Robert Talisse “attempts to make explicit the pragmatist roots and motivations of the concept of democracy” developed in his 2005 book, Democracy after Liberalism: Pragmatism and Deliberative Politics . Inspired by the work of the classical American pragmatist, Charles Sanders Peirce, Talisse defends a substantive, epistemic conception of democracy, which he calls “epistemic perfectionism.” Pragmatists, political philosophers, and social epistemologists alike will discover in this book a provocative synthesis of their respective inquiries, which Talisse wields (...)
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    Review Article Pragmatism's Founding Brothers.John Snarey & Philip Olson - 2003 - Journal of Moral Education 32 (1):91-95.
  8. Domesticating Deathcare: The Women of the U.S. Natural Deathcare Movement.Philip R. Olson - forthcoming - Journal of Medical Humanities.
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  9. Flush and Bone: Funeralizing Alkaline Hydrolysis in the United States.Philip Olson - 2014 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 39 (5):666-693.