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  1. Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts. [REVIEW]Ryan Nichols - 2007 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (1):165-166.
    Ryan Nichols - Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts: Papers on the Culture of the Mind - Journal of the History of Philosophy 45:1 Journal of the History of Philosophy 45.1 165-166 Muse Search Journals This Journal Contents Reviewed by Ryan Nichols California State University, Fullerton Alexander Broadie, editor. Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts: Papers on the Culture of the Mind. The Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid, Vol. 5. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State (...)
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    Diagnosing Bias in Philosophy of Religion.Paul Draper & Ryan Nichols - 2013 - The Monist 96 (3):420-446.
    Work in philosophy of religion exhibits at least four symptoms of poor health: it is too partisan, too polemical, too narrow in its focus, and too often evaluated using criteria that are theological or religious instead of philosophical. Our diagnosis is that, because of the emotional and psychosocial aspects of religion, many philosophers of religion suffer from cognitive biases and group influence. We support this diagnosis in two ways. First, we examine work in psychology on cognitive biases and their affective (...)
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    Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception.Ryan Nichols - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    Nichols offers the first comprehensive interpretation of the eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher Thomas Reid's theory of perception - by far the most important feature of his philosophical system. Nichols's consummate knowledge of Reid's texts, lively examples, and plainspoken style make this book especially readable. It will be the definitive analysis for a long time to come.
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    Visible Figure and Reid's Theory of Visual Perception.Ryan Nichols - 2002 - Hume Studies 28 (1):49-82.
  5. Why Should We Study the History of Philosophy?Ryan Nichols - 2006 - Metaphilosophy 37:34-52.
    Assume for the sake of argument that doing philosophy is intrinsically valuable, where ‘doing philosophy’ refers to the practice of forging arguments for and against the truth of theses in the domains of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, etc. The practice of the history of philosophy is devoted instead to discovering arguments for and against the truth of ‘authorial’ propositions, i.e. propositions that state the belief of some historical figure about a philosophical proposition. I explore arguments to think that doing history of (...)
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    A Genealogy of Early Confucian Moral Psychology.Ryan Nichols - 2011 - Philosophy East and West 61 (4):609-629.
    The project is to traverse with quite novel questions, and as though with new eyes, the enormous, distant, and so well hidden land of morality—of morality that has actually existed, actually been lived.This essay offers a contribution to the consilience of the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences in accord with naturalism (in a spirit closer to Slingerland 2008 than Wilson 1998). Human beings have a shared nature produced by evolutionary history and modified by culture, where 'culture' refers to "information (...)
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    Natural Philosophy and its Limits in the Scottish Enlightenment.Ryan Nichols - 2007 - The Monist 90 (2):233-250.
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    Thomas Reid on Reidian Religious Belief Forming Faculties.Ryan Nichols & Robert Callergård - 2011 - Modern Schoolman 88 (3):317-335.
    The role of epistemology in philosophy of religion has transformed the discipline by diverting questions away from traditional metaphysical issues and toward concerns about justification and warrant. Leaders responsible for these changes, including Plantinga, Alston and Draper, use methods and arguments fromScottish Enlightenment figures. In general theists use and cite techniques pioneered by Reid and non-theists use and cite techniques pioneered by Hume, a split reduplicated among cognitive scientists of religion, with Justin Barrett and Scott Atran respectively framing their results (...)
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    Reidis Inheritance From Locke, and How He Overcomes It.Ryan Nichols - 2003 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 41 (4):471-491.
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    Thomas Reid.Gideon Yaffe & Ryan Nichols - 2009 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Reid on Fictional Objects and the Way of Ideas.Ryan Nichols - 2002 - Philosophical Quarterly 52 (209):582-601.
    I argue that Reid adopts a form of Meinongianism about fictional objects because of, not in spite of, his common sense philosophy. According to 'the way of ideas', thoughts take representational states as their immediate intentional objects. In contrast, Reid endorses a direct theory of conception and a heady thesis of first-person privileged access to the contents of our thoughts. He claims that thoughts about centaurs are thoughts of non-existent objects, not thoughts about mental intermediaries, adverbial states or general concepts. (...)
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    Early Confucianism is a System for Social-Functional Influence and Probably Does Not Represent a Normative Ethical Theory.Ryan Nichols - 2015 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 14 (4):499-520.
    To the question “What normative ethical theory does early Confucianism best represent?” researchers in the history of early Confucian philosophy respond with more than half a dozen different answers. They include sentimentalism, amoralism, pragmatism, Kantianism, Aristotelian virtue theory, care ethics, and role ethics. The lack of consensus is concerning, as three considerations make clear. First, fully trained, often leading, scholars advocate each of the theories. Second, nearly all participants in the debate believe that the central feature of early Confucianism is (...)
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  13. Space, Individuation and the Identity of Indiscernibles: Leibniz's Triumph Over Strawson.Ryan Nichols - 1999 - Studia Leibnitiana 31 (2):181-195.
    Im Anschluß an die Erörterung einiger Voraussetzungen der Metaphysik Strawsons benenne ich dessen Hauptargument gegen Leibniz: Sobald wir die Rolle recht verstehen, welche die Perspective spielt, die individualisierenden Akten jeweils zugrunde liegen kann, erkennen wir sofort, daß Leibniz Strawsons Theorie der Individualisierung dadurch untergraben könnte, daß er jene Pramissen attackiert. Den Spieß drehe ich dann um und zeige, daß nicht nur Strawsons Einwand gegen Leibniz' Konzeption von Individualität untauglich bleibt, vielmehr die eigene Theorie auch keine adäquate Antwort auf eine Modifikation (...)
     
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    Learning and Conceptual Content in Reid's Theory of Perception.Ryan Nichols - 2002 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (4):561-590.
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    Elliott Sober: Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? Philosophical Essays on Darwin's Theory. [REVIEW]Charles H. Pence, Hope Hollocher, Ryan Nichols, Grant Ramsey, Edwin Siu & Daniel John Sportiello - 2011 - Philosophy of Science 78 (4):705-709.
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    Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology.Ryan Nichols - 2001 - Hume Studies 27 (2):349-352.
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    Hypothesis-Testing of the Humanities: The Hard and Soft Humanities As Two Emerging Cultures.Ryan Nichols - 2015 - Southwest Philosophy Review 31 (1):1-19.
    Scholars employing ossified ‘close reading’ methods generate countless articles that drop down into a gravity vortex, circling themselves for a self-referential eternity. After arguing that the study of texts in the humanities, especially literature and philosophy, makes no progress, I set this controversy in the light of a distinction between the Soft and Hard Humanities. This is not an a priori argument from an ivory tower. Rather than tell, I show. I present data from the testing of a hypothesis drawn (...)
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    Spectres of False Divinity: Hume's Moral Atheism. [REVIEW]Ryan Nichols - 2012 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 10 (1):117-120.
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    Ames, Roger, Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary. [REVIEW]Craig K. Ihara & Ryan Nichols - 2012 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (4):521-526.
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    Reading Hume's Dialogues.Ryan Nichols - 2004 - Teaching Philosophy 27 (1):69-71.
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    Actions, Their Effects and Preventable Evil.Ryan Nichols - 1999 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 46 (3):127-145.
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    Holden, Thomas. 2010. Spectres of False Divinity: Hume's Moral Atheism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. $50. ISBN: 0199579946. [REVIEW]Ryan Nichols - 2012 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 10 (1):117-120.
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    Introduction to Virtue and Control: Lessons From East and West.Heather Battaly & Ryan Nichols - 2016 - Journal of Moral Education 45 (2):113-116.
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    Why is the History of Philosophy Worth Our Study?Ryan Nichols - 2006 - Metaphilosophy 37 (1):34-52.
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    Moral Motivation and Christian Theism.Ryan Nichols - 2004 - Faith and Philosophy 21 (2):175-194.
    John Hare’s central objections to secular theories of motivation arise via his ‘hateful nephew’ example, which, I argue, obscures important issues of scope:Who must be motivated (some/all)?How frequently must they be motivated (most/all of the time)?What is the extent of their motivation (act/tend to act)?Hare must adopt the stronger readings of these questions if his case against secular accounts of motivation is to succeed. But holding any account of motivationto such standards is misguided. Furthermore, Hare’s own theistic account of motivation (...)
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    Review of Terence Cuneo and René van Woudenberg: The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Reid[REVIEW]Ryan Nichols - 2005 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 3 (1):83-93.
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    A Sense of Shame Among the Virtues.Ryan Nichols - 2016 - Journal of Moral Education 45 (2):166-178.
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    Review of A. Broadie (Ed.), Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts: Papers on the Culture of the Mind[REVIEW]Ryan Nichols - 2007 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (1):165-166.
    Ryan Nichols - Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts: Papers on the Culture of the Mind - Journal of the History of Philosophy 45:1 Journal of the History of Philosophy 45.1 165-166 Muse Search Journals This Journal Contents Reviewed by Ryan Nichols California State University, Fullerton Alexander Broadie, editor. Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts: Papers on the Culture of the Mind. The Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid, Vol. 5. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State (...)
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    :The Cambridge Companion to the Thomas Reid.Ryan Nichols - 2005 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 3 (1):83-93.
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  30. Advances in Religion, Cognitive Science, and Experimental Philosophy.Helen De Cruz & Ryan Nichols (eds.) - 2016 - Bloomsbury Academic.
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  31. Book Review. [REVIEW]Ryan Nichols - 2012 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 10 (1):117-119.
     
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  32. Critical Notice.Ryan Nichols - 2005 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 3 (1):83-93.
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  33. Philosophy Through Science Fiction: A Coursebook with Readings.Ryan Nichols, Nicholas D. Smith & Fred Miller (eds.) - 2008 - Routledge.
    _Philosophy Through Science Fiction_ offers a fun, challenging, and accessible way in to the issues of philosophy through the genre of science fiction. Tackling problems such as the possibility of time travel, or what makes someone the same person over time, the authors take a four-pronged approach to each issue, providing · a clear and concise introduction to each subject · a science fiction story that exemplifies a feature of the philosophical discussion · historical and contemporary philosophical texts that investigate (...)
     
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  34. Reading Hume’s Dialogues: A Veneration for True Religion. [REVIEW]Ryan Nichols - 2004 - Teaching Philosophy 27 (1):69-71.
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  35. Review: Spectres of False Divinity: Hume's Moral Atheism. [REVIEW]Ryan Nichols - 2012 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 10 (1):117-120.
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  36. Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts: Papers on the Culture of the Mind. [REVIEW]Ryan Nichols - 2007 - Journal of the History of Ideas 45:165-166.
    Ryan Nichols - Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts: Papers on the Culture of the Mind - Journal of the History of Philosophy 45:1 Journal of the History of Philosophy 45.1 165-166 Muse Search Journals This Journal Contents Reviewed by Ryan Nichols California State University, Fullerton Alexander Broadie, editor. Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts: Papers on the Culture of the Mind. The Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid, Vol. 5. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State (...)
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