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  1. Propositional Gratitude.Sean McAleer - 2012 - American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (1):55-66.
    Philosophical writing on gratitude displays a pronounced preference for targeted gratitude (A’s being grateful to B for x) over propositional gratitude (A’s being grateful that p), treating the latter as a poor, less interesting cousin of the former, when it treats it at all. This paper challenges and attempts to rectify the relegation of propositional gratitude to second-class status. It argues that propositional gratitude is not only not reducible to targeted gratitude but indeed is more basic than it and that (...)
     
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    “Friedman’s Stockholder Theory of Corporate Moral Responsibility.Sean McAleer - 2003 - Teaching Business Ethics 7 (4):437-51.
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    The Ethics of Pitcher’s Retaliation in Baseball.Sean McAleer - 2009 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 36 (2009) 36 (1):50-65.
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    Aristotle's Function Argument.Sean McAleer - 2011 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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    Kant and Aristotle on the Difficulty of Moral Knowledge: Lessons From the Doctrine of Virtue.Sean McAleer - 2005 - Studies in the History of Ethics:1-43.
  6. Friendship, Perception, and Referential Opacity in Nicomachean Ethics IX.9.Sean McAleer - 2013 - Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 16:362-374.
    This essay reconstructs and evaluates Aristotle's argument in Nicomachean Ethics IX.9 that the happy person needs friends, in which Aristotle combines his well-known claim that friends are other selves with the claim that human perception is meta-perceptual: the perceiving subject perceives its own existence. After exploring some issues in the logic of perception, the essay argues that Aristotle's argument for the necessity of friends is invalid since perception-verbs create referentially opaque contexts in which the substitution of co-referential terms fails.
     
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  7. John Huston’s Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Environmental Virtue Ethics.Sean McAleer - 2004 - Film and Philosophy 8:30-41.
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    An Aristotelian Account of Virtue Ethics: An Essay in Moral Taxonomy.Sean McAleer - 2007 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 88 (2):208–225.
    I argue that a virtue ethics takes virtue to be more basic than rightness and at least as basic as goodness. My account is Aristotelian because it avoids the excessive inclusivity of Martha Nussbaum's account and the deficient inclusivity of Gary Watson's account. I defend the account against the objection that Aristotle does not have a virtue ethics by its lights, and conclude with some remarks on moral taxonomy.
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    Pettit's Non-Iteration Constraint.Sean Mcaleer - 2008 - Utilitas 20 (1):59-64.
    I discuss Philip Pettit’s argument that appreciation is not a proper response to value because it fails to satisfy the non-iteration constraint, according to which, where V is a value and R is a response to value, R-ing V must not be distinct from R-ing R-ing V. After motivating the non-iteration constraint and conceding that appreciation fails to satisfy the constraint, I argue that the consequentialist’s preferred response to value, promotion, also violates the constraint, leaving Pettit with a dilemma: if (...)
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    Baxley , Anne Margaret . Kant's Theory of Virtue: The Value of Autocracy . New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. Xvi+189. $85.00 (Cloth). [REVIEW]Sean McAleer - 2011 - Ethics 122 (1):174-178.
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    The Value of Living Well by Mark LeBar. [REVIEW]Sean McAleer - 2015 - Review of Metaphysics 68 (3):667-669.
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    Four Solutions to the Alleged Incompleteness of Virtue Ethics.Sean McAleer - 2010 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 4 (3):1-20.
    In "Virtue and Right" Robert Johnson argues that virtue ethics that accept standards such as Virtuous Agent (A's x-ing is right in circumstances c iff a fully virtuous agent would x in c) are incomplete, since they cannot account for duties of moral self-improvement. This paper offers four solutions to the problem of incompleteness: the first discards Virtuous Agent and counts actions as wrong iff a vicious person would perform them; the second retains Virtuous Agent but counts self-improving actions as (...)
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    Caught in a Eutrapelia: Kraut on Aristotle on Wit.Sean McAleer - 2015 - Journal of Philosophical Research 40:297-312.
    In “Doing Without Morality” Richard Kraut argues that Aristotle does not work with moral concepts such as moral rightness and duty. One of his arguments is that Aristotle treats wit as a virtue of character but not a moral virtue in Nicomachean Ethics IV.8 and that this treatment should be extended to all the virtues of character. Though sympathetic to his conclusion, I offer three reasons for thinking that wit is ill-suited to play the role in which Kraut casts it: (...)
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    Caught in a Eutrapelia.Sean McAleer - 2015 - Journal of Philosophical Research 40:297-312.
    In “Doing Without Morality” Richard Kraut argues that Aristotle does not work with moral concepts such as moral rightness and duty. One of his arguments is that Aristotle treats wit as a virtue of character but not a moral virtue in Nicomachean Ethics IV.8 and that this treatment should be extended to all the virtues of character. Though sympathetic to his conclusion, I offer three reasons for thinking that wit is ill-suited to play the role in which Kraut casts it: (...)
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    Aristotle's Powers and Responsibility for Nature.Sean McAleer - 2013 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (4):812-815.
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    The Ethics of Pitcher Retaliation in Baseball.Sean McAleer - 2009 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 36 (1):50-65.
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    Aristotle's Powers of Responsibility for Nature, by Stephan Millett: Bern: Peter Lang, 2011, Pp. 303, US $87.95 [Paperback]. [REVIEW]Sean McAleer - 2013 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (4):812-815.
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  18. Atheism and Twelve Step Spirituality.Sean McAleer - 2014 - In Jerome A. Miller Nicholas Plants (ed.), Sobering Wisdom: Philosophical Explorations of Twelve Step Spirituality. University of Virginia Press. pp. 78087.
    The chapter argues that atheism need pose no hurdle to practicing the Twelve Steps given the importance of action over belief in Twelve Step spirituality. The chapter proposes two theologically anti-realist approaches, fictionalism and reductionism, that provide philosophical coherence to an atheist practicing the Twelve Steps and concludes with a discussion of the virtue of theological open-mindedness.
     
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  19. Kant and Virtue Ethics.Sean McAleer - 2001 - Dissertation, Syracuse University
    In Kant and Virtue Ethics I argue that while Kant himself does not have a virtue ethics, a virtue ethics that is recognizably Kantian is a genuine possibility. In Chapter One I criticize Martha Nussbaum's and Gary Watson's accounts of virtue ethics, and offer my own, according to which an ethical theory is a virtue ethics just in case it takes virtue to be more basic than rightness and at least as basic as goodness. I next consider and reject the (...)
     
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  20. Self-Knowledge, Self-Deception, and Retaliation: Lessons From The Limey and The Godfather.Sean McAleer - 2008 - Film and Philosophy 12:89-104.
     
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  21. The Virtues of Humor : What The Office Can Teach Us About Aristotle's Ethics (UK).Sean McAleer - 2008 - In Jeremy Wisnewski (ed.), The Office and Philosophy: Scenes From the Unexamined Life. Blackwell.
  22. When a Lie Ain't Just a Lie.Sean McAleer - 2013 - In David Bzdak Joanna Crosby & Seth Vannatta (eds.), The Wire and Philosophy. Open Court. pp. 59-69.
    The chapter argues that an agent's motive contributes to the rightness (wrongness) of an action by considering lies told by three different characters in the television series The Wire (McNulty, Sobotka, Templeton).
     
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