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    Samuel Duncan (2016). The Nature of the Emotions and the Ethics of Cosmetic Psychopharmacology. Public Affairs Quarterly 30 (1).
    Most of the literature on the ethics of psychopharmacology has focused on the question of whether altering our emotions by using drugs is somehow inauthentic. In this essay I argue that this focus on authenticity is misplaced and that the more important question concerns the nature of the emotions themselves. I show that what one takes the emotions to be is possibly the most important factor in deciding whether or not psychopharmacology is morally problematic and, if so, why. I illustrate (...)
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    Samuel Keith Duncan (2016). Interpreting Huizinga Through Bourdieu: A New Lens for Understanding the Commodification of the Play Element in Society and Its Effects on Genuine Community. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 12 (1):37-66.
    This article explores the transformation of play in the sport field by combining Johan Huizinga’s historical observations of play with Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of field, capital and habitus, using Australian football in the AFL as a case study. By developing this theory, this analysis provides a means of understating how the economic and media fields have transformed play, which has ultimately weakened the community. Furthermore, by interpreting Huizinga’s observations using Bourdieu’s concepts, I have provided Huizinga’s observations with a theoretical framework (...)
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    Samuel Duncan (2011). “There is None Righteous”: Kant on the Hang Zum Bösen and the Universal Evil of Humanity. Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (2):137-163.
    This paper offers a new interpretation of the propensity to evil and its relation to Kant's claim that the human race is universally evil. Unlike most of its competitors, the interpretation presented here neither trivializes Kant's claims about the universal evil of humanity nor attributes a position to him that is incompatible with his repeated insistence that we are blameworthy for actions only when we could have acted differently. This interpretation also accounts for a number of otherwise bewildering claims in (...)
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    Samuel Duncan (2015). Hegel on Rectitude and “Virtue as Such”. Southern Journal of Philosophy 53 (4):405-426.
    Many philosophers read Hegel as rejecting Kant's ethics of duty and advocating a more or less Aristotelian conception of virtue. However, in the Philosophy of Right Hegel sharply criticizes the ancient conception of virtue, or “virtue proper,” in his terms, and distinguishes it from a more modern concept of virtue, which he calls “rectitude.” In this paper I argue that interpretations that overlook or downplay the significance of the distinction between rectitude and virtue proper are wrong, and I also put (...)
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  5. Samuel Duncan (2011). Kant on Freedom, Reason, and Moral Evil. Dissertation, Proquest
     
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