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Russ Shafer-Landau
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  1. Moral Realism: A Defence.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
    Moral Realism is a systematic defence of the idea that there are objective moral standards. Russ Shafer-Landau argues that there are moral principles that are true independently of what anyone, anywhere, happens to think of them. His central thesis, as well as the many novel supporting arguments used to defend it, will spark much controversy among those concerned with the foundations of ethics.
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  2. The Moral Fixed Points: New Directions for Moral Nonnaturalism.Terence Cuneo & Russ Shafer-Landau - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 171 (3):399-443.
    Our project in this essay is to showcase nonnaturalistic moral realism’s resources for responding to metaphysical and epistemological objections by taking the view in some new directions. The central thesis we will argue for is that there is a battery of substantive moral propositions that are also nonnaturalistic conceptual truths. We call these propositions the moral fixed points. We will argue that they must find a place in any system of moral norms that applies to beings like us, in worlds (...)
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  3. Evolutionary Debunking, Moral Realism, and Moral Knowledge.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2012 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 7 (1).
    This paper reconstructs what I take to be the central evolutionary debunking argument that underlies recent critiques of moral realism. The argument claims that given the extent of evolutionary influence on our moral faculties, and assuming the truth of moral realism, it would be a massive coincidence were our moral faculties reliable ones. Given this coincidence, any presumptive warrant enjoyed by our moral beliefs is defeated. So if moral realism is true, then we can have no warranted moral beliefs, and (...)
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    Moral Realism: A Defense.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (1):265-269.
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  5. A Defence of Categorical Reasons.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2009 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 109 (1pt2):189-206.
    In this paper I offer two arguments designed to defend the existence of categorical reasons, which I define as those justifying considerations that obtain independently of their relation to an agent's commitments. The first argument is based on certain paradigm cases meant to reveal difficulties for practical instrumentalism—the view, as I define it here, that categorical reasons do not exist, because all reasons must serve the commitments of the agents to whom they apply. The second argument relies on considerations of (...)
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  6. The Fundamentals of Ethics.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    Introduction -- Part I: The good life -- Hedonism : its powerful appeal -- Is happiness all that matters? -- Getting what you want -- Problems for the desire theory -- Part II: Doing the right thing -- Morality and religion -- Natural law theory -- Psychological egoism -- Ethical egoism -- Consequentialism : its nature and attractions -- Consequentialism : its difficulties -- The kantian perspective : fairness and justice -- The kantian perspective : autonomy and respect -- The (...)
     
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  7. Three Problems for Schroeder's Hypotheticalism. [REVIEW]Russ Shafer-Landau - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 157 (3):435-443.
    Three problems for Schroeder’s Humean theory of reasons.
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  8. Ethics as Philosophy : A Defense of Ethical Nonnaturalism.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2006 - In Terry Horgan & Mark Timmons (eds.), Metaethics After Moore. Oxford University Press.
     
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  9. A Defense of Motivational Externalism.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2000 - Philosophical Studies 97 (3):267-291.
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  10. Ethical Disagreement, Ethical Objectivism and Moral Indeterminacy.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1994 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (2):331-344.
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  11. Moral Judgement and Normative Reasons.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1999 - Analysis 59 (1):33-40.
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  12. Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?Russ Shafer-Landau - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
    Since September 11, 2001, many people in the United States have been more inclined to use the language of good and evil, and to be more comfortable with the idea that certain moral standards are objective (true independently of what anyone happens to think of them). Some people, especially those who are not religious, are not sure how to substantiate this view. Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? provides a basis for exploring these doubts and ultimately defends the objectivity of (...)
     
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    Moral Rules.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1997 - Ethics 107 (4):584-611.
    The traditional conception of ethical theory sees it as the project of developing a coherent set of rules from which one can infer all determinate moral verdicts. I am not optimistic about the prospects for constructing such a theory. To explain this pessimism, we need to understand what moral rules are and what roles they might play in ethical theory.
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  14. Foundations of Ethics: An Anthology.Russ Shafer-Landau & Terence Cuneo (eds.) - 2006 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    A substantial collection of seminal articles, Foundations of Ethics covers all of the major issues in metaethics. Covers all of the major issues in metaethics including moral metaphysics, epistemology, moral psychology, and philosophy of language. Provides an unparalleled offering of primary sources and expert commentary for students of ethical theory. Includes seminal essays by ethicists such as G.E. Moore, Simon Blackburn, Gilbert Harman, Christine Korsgaard, Michael Smith, Bernard Williams, Jonathan Dancy, and many other leading figures of ethical theory.
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  15. Moral and Theological Realism: The Explanatory Argument.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (3):311-329.
    There are striking parallels, largely unexplored in the literature, between skeptical arguments against theism and against moral realism. After sketching four arguments meant to do this double duty, I restrict my attention to an explanatory argument that claims that we have most reason to deny the existence of moral facts (and so, by extrapolation, theistic ones), because such putative facts have no causal-explanatory power. I reject the proposed parity, and offer reasons to think that the potential vulnerabilities of moral realism (...)
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    Replies to Critics.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2005 - Philosophical Studies 126 (2):313-329.
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    Precis of Moral Realism: A Defence.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2005 - Philosophical Studies 126 (2):263-267.
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    Liberalism and Paternalism.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2005 - Legal Theory 11 (3):169-191.
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    Vegetarianism, Causation and Ethical Theory.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1994 - Public Affairs Quarterly 8 (1):85-100.
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    The Failure of Retributivism.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1996 - Philosophical Studies 82 (3):289 - 316.
  21. Vagueness, Borderline Cases and Moral Realism.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1995 - American Philosophical Quarterly 32 (1):83 - 96.
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    Moral Judgement and Moral Motivation.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1998 - Philosophical Quarterly 48 (192):353-358.
    I criticize an important argument of Michael Smith, from his recent book The Moral Problem (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994). Smith's argument, if sound, would undermine one form of moral externalism 2013 that which insists that moral judgements only contingently motivate their authors. Smith claims that externalists must view good agents as always prompted by the motive of duty, and that possession of such a motive impugns the goodness of the agent. I argue (i) that externalists do not (ordinarily) need to assign (...)
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    Moral Realism: A Defence.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2004 - Mind 113 (452):778-782.
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    Can Punishment Morally Educate?Russ Shafer-Landau - 1991 - Law and Philosophy 10 (2):189 - 219.
    Over the past ten years or so, there has been a renewed interest in the moral education theory of punishment. The attractions of the theory are numerous, not least of which is that it offers hopes for a breakthrough in the apparently intractable debate between deterrence theorists and retributivists. Nevertheless, I believe there are severe problems with recent formulations of the theory. First, contemporary educationists all place great emphasis on autonomy, yet fail to show how continued respect for autonomy is (...)
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    Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Vol. 3.Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.) - 2006 - Oxford University Press.
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    Audi's Intuitionism. [REVIEW]Russ Shafer-landau - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (1):250–261.
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    The Philosopher’s Role.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2017 - Stance 10:93-107.
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  28. Error Theory and the Possibility of Normative Ethics.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2005 - Philosophical Issues 15 (1):107-120.
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    Retributivism and Desert.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2000 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 81 (2):189–214.
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    Oxford Studies in Metaethics: Volume 4.Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    This is a periodical publication devoted to original philosophical work on the foundations of ethics and includes study being carried out at the intersections ...
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    Supervenience and Moral Realism.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1994 - Ratio 7 (2):145-152.
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    Moral Realism: A Defence.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2006 - Philosophical Review 115 (4):536-539.
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    The Meaning of Moral Disagreements.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (59):83-89.
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  34. Ethical Theory: An Anthology.Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.) - 2007 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Ethical Theory: An Anthology_ is an authoritative collection of key essays by top scholars in the field, addressing core issues including consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics, as well as traditionally underrepresented topics such as moral knowledge and moral responsibility. Brings together seventy-six classic and contemporary pieces by renowned philosophers, from classic writing by Hume and Kant to contemporary writing by Derek Parfit, Susan Wolf, and Judith Jarvis Thomson Guides students through key areas in the field, among them consequentialism, deontology, contractarianism, (...)
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  35. Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Volume 2.Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.) - 2007 - Oxford University Press UK.
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    Oxford Studies in Metaethics: Volume 1.Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.) - 2006 - Oxford University Press.
    The contents of the inaugural volume of Oxford Studies in Metaethics nicely mirror the variety of issues that make this area of philosophy so interesting. The volume opens with Peter Railton's exploration of some central features of normative guidance, the mental states that underwrite it, and its relationship to our reasons for feeling and acting. In the next offering, Terence Cuneo takes up the case against expressivism, arguing that its central account of the nature of moral judgments is badly mistaken. (...)
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  37. Moral Motivation and Moral Judgment.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1998 - Philosophical Quarterly 48:353-8.
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    Through the Moral Maze.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1997 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (2):482-485.
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    Autonomy, Value, and Conditioned Desire, Robert Noggle.Russ Shafer-Landau & Michael R. Martin - 1995 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 73 (1).
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    The Meaning of Moral Disagreements.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 59:83-89.
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    On the Evaluation of Rationality.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2003 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 41 (S1):137-140.
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    Comments: On the Evaluation of Rationality.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2003 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 41 (Supplement):137-140.
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    Knowing Right From Wrong.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2001 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 79 (1):62 – 80.
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    Review: Replies to Critics. [REVIEW]Russ Shafer-Landau - 2005 - Philosophical Studies 126 (2):313 - 329.
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    The Good in the Right by Robert Audi.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (1):250-261.
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    Ethical Disagreement, Ethical Objectivism and Moral Indeterminacy.Russ Shafer-Landau - 1994 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (2):331-344.
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    Brill Online Books and Journals.Fabian Freyenhagen & Russ Shafer-Landau - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (3).
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    Review of Joel Feinberg, Problems at the Root of Law[REVIEW]Russ Shafer-Landau - 2003 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003 (9).
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  50. Metaethics: Critical Concepts in Philosophy.Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.) - 2008 - Routledge.
    Metaethics is the branch of knowledge that considers the foundational issues of morality, and deals especially with the nature of ethical statements. Philosophers doing metaethics ask vital and fundamental questions such as these: • is morality merely conventional, or are there objective standards of right and wrong? • how can we gain moral knowledge? • why should we be moral? • can there be a science of morality? Over the past thirty years, there has been a great surge of interest (...)
     
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