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    A unified framework for addiction: Vulnerabilities in the decision process.A. David Redish, Steve Jensen & Adam Johnson - 2008 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (4):415-437.
    The understanding of decision-making systems has come together in recent years to form a unified theory of decision-making in the mammalian brain as arising from multiple, interacting systems (a planning system, a habit system, and a situation-recognition system). This unified decision-making system has multiple potential access points through which it can be driven to make maladaptive choices, particularly choices that entail seeking of certain drugs or behaviors. We identify 10 key vulnerabilities in the system: (1) moving away from homeostasis, (2) (...)
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    Reconciling reinforcement learning models with behavioral extinction and renewal: Implications for addiction, relapse, and problem gambling.A. David Redish, Steve Jensen, Adam Johnson & Zeb Kurth-Nelson - 2007 - Psychological Review 114 (3):784-805.
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    Good and Evil Actions: A Journey Through Saint Thomas Aquinas.Steven J. Jensen - 2010 - Catholic University of America Press.
    *Tackles the Thomistic debate surrounding the inherent good and evil of human actions*.
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    Knowing the natural law: from precepts and inclinations to deriving oughts.Steven J. Jensen - 2015 - Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press.
    The problem -- The text -- Inclinations -- Good -- Nature -- The will -- Ought -- Obligation -- Principles -- Action.
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    Efficacious Grace and Free Will: Six Inadequate Arguments.Steven J. Jensen - 2023 - Nova et Vetera 21 (1):115-146.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Efficacious Grace and Free Will:Six Inadequate ArgumentsSteven J. JensenDuring the de auxiliis controversies, the idea of efficacious grace was used extensively as an attempt to explain the manner in which God infallibly achieves his will at the level of supernatural grace. One meaning of efficacious grace has often been considered inconsistent with the idea of free will. The inconsistency—if there is any—depends upon a particular meaning, according to which (...)
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    Aquinas’s Original Discovery.Steven J. Jensen - 2018 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 92 (1):73-95.
    According to Michael Barnwell, Aquinas’s explanation of the first cause of moral evil is inadequate. Against Barnwell’s criticisms, this article defends Aquinas, according to whom the first cause of moral evil is the failure to consider the moral rule. According to Barnwell, the ignorance found within Aquinas’s explanation must remove moral responsibility; Barnwell also points out that the failure to consider the moral rule does not explain the sinfulness of the action. Underlying Barnwell’s criticisms are certain presuppositions and oversights. First, (...)
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    Aquinas’s Original Discovery.Steven J. Jensen - 2018 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 92 (1):73-95.
    According to Michael Barnwell, Aquinas’s explanation of the first cause of moral evil is inadequate. Against Barnwell’s criticisms, this article defends Aquinas, according to whom the first cause of moral evil is the failure to consider the moral rule. According to Barnwell, the ignorance found within Aquinas’s explanation must remove moral responsibility; Barnwell also points out that the failure to consider the moral rule does not explain the sinfulness of the action. Underlying Barnwell’s criticisms are certain presuppositions and oversights. First, (...)
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    Addiction as vulnerabilities in the decision process.A. David Redish, Steve Jensen & Adam Johnson - 2008 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (4):461-487.
    In our target article, we proposed that addiction could be envisioned as misperformance of a decision-making machinery described by two systems (deliberative and habit systems). Several commentators have argued that Pavlovian learning also produces actions. We agree and note that Pavlovian action-selection will provide several additional vulnerabilities. Several commentators have suggested that addiction arises from sociological parameters. We note in our response how sociological effects can change decision-making variables to provide additional vulnerabilities. Commentators generally have agreed that our theory provides (...)
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    Is Continence Enough?Steven Jensen - 2004 - Christian Bioethics 10 (2-3):161-176.
    The ideal of virtue demands not only right choice and right behavior but also right desire in the emotions. Homosexual desire, then, even if it does not result in overt homosexual behavior, is contrary to virtue, and the completion of virtue demands right desire. If a homosexual has no plan to marry, then right desire implies only the removal of homosexual desire and not the revival of heterosexual desire at which reorientation therapy aims. On the other hands, if a homosexual (...)
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  10. Allowing and the Failure to Act.Steven J. Jensen - 2024 - American Philosophical Quarterly 61 (3):279-291.
    This article aims to defend the thesis—originally defended by Alan Donagan but rejected by Philippa Foot and most others—that the doing/allowing distinction is based upon the difference between acting and failing to act. The paper restricts its focus to the second aspect of this thesis: that every allowing is most fundamentally a failure to act. Foot rejects the thesis because of cases of ‘enabling harm’—such as removing a respirator—in which the agent allows some harm by way of doing something. The (...)
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  11. Do circumstances give species?Steven J. Jensen - 2006 - The Thomist 70 (1):1-26.
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    A defense of physicalism.Steven John Jensen - 1997 - The Thomist 61 (3):377-404.
  13. A long discussion regarding Steven A. Long's interpretation of the moral species.Steven Jensen - 2003 - The Thomist 67 (4):623-643.
     
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    Agent relative ethics.Steven Jensen - 2023 - New York, NY: Routledge.
    Agent Relative Ethics asks what the world would look like if we adopted agent relativity wholeheartedly, clinging to no shred of absolute morality. Alastair MacIntyre's haunting image of a post-apocalyptic world, in which our knowledge of ethics has been fragmented, poses a contrast between modern morality and ancient ethics. The two stand divided along the fault line of the nature of the good. Modern ethics has placed its stake in the absolute good, while ancient ethics rests upon the foundation of (...)
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    Causal Constraints on Intention.Steven J. Jensen - 2014 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 14 (2):273-293.
    Christopher Tollefsen, relying on the new natural law theory, has suggested that in the Phoenix abortion case, the action might be characterized simply as removing the baby rather than killing the baby. Tollefsen and other proponents of the new natural law theory fail to give proper weight to the observable facts of the world around us, and thereby tend to ignore the importance of observable causes in shaping the character of our intentions and our actions. An appreciation of the role (...)
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    Distributism and Evangelical Protestants.Steven Jensen - 1998 - The Chesterton Review 24 (4):560-562.
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    Exterior Actions as Signs of Intention.Steven Jensen - 2008 - Semiotics:730-734.
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    Getting Inside the Acting Person.Steven J. Jensen - 2010 - International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (4):461-471.
    John Finnis claims that in order to judge actions we must approach them from the perspective of the acting person, so that the moral evaluation of actions appears to become private. This paper examines Elizabeth Anscombe’s claim that interior intentions can be discovered through exterior actions. Because deliberation is shaped by the causal features of the world, these causal structures can, when viewed from the outside, serve as a window into the private life of the mind. Therefore, we can usually (...)
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    Goods of Consequence and Goods of Virtue.Steven J. Jensen - 1997 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 71:179-187.
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    Goods of Consequence and Goods of Virtue.Steven J. Jensen - 1997 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 71:179-187.
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    Living the good life: a beginner's Thomistic ethics.Steven J. Jensen - 2013 - Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press.
    Ethics and the good life -- Reason and the emotions -- Conscience and choice -- Loving and choosing -- Doing right and desiring right -- Virtue and the emotions -- Justice -- Injustice -- Intrinsically evil actions -- Virtue and truth -- Practical wisdom -- Ethics and knowledge -- Ethics and happiness.
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    Omissions and their causes.Steven Jensen - 2013 - Acta Philosophica 22 (1):117-134.
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    Of Gnome and Gnomes.Steven J. Jensen - 2008 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82 (3):411-428.
    The virtue of higher discernment (gnome) is able to discern when a particular rule must be set aside for some higher principle. Aquinas compares the failure of a particular principle to the production of monsters or defective animals. Most of those who treat of the exceptions to rules ignore this analogy, yet it provides important insights into the virtue of gnome and exceptions to rules. A defective animal is a monster only in relation to the particular cause of the power (...)
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    Of Gnome and Gnomes.Steven J. Jensen - 2008 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82 (3):411-428.
    The virtue of higher discernment (gnome) is able to discern when a particular rule must be set aside for some higher principle. Aquinas compares the failure of a particular principle to the production of monsters or defective animals. Most of those who treat of the exceptions to rules ignore this analogy, yet it provides important insights into the virtue of gnome and exceptions to rules. A defective animal is a monster only in relation to the particular cause of the power (...)
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    Our Search With Socrates for Moral Truth.Steven J. Jensen - 2016 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (4):751-753.
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    Proto-Sin.Steven J. Jensen - 2019 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 93 (1):161-171.
    Michael Barnwell has helpfully clarified his criticisms of Aquinas’s explanation of proto-sins. In this response, I further clarify my own defense of Aquinas. Although the sinner lacks one rule, he has at hand another: he is aware that if he chooses, then he must have the rule of his action. This rule is conditional, that is, he is not obliged—categorically—to have the rule at hand; rather, he is obliged to have the rule only if he chooses. An additional clarification concerns (...)
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    Phoenix Rising from the Ashes.Steven J. Jensen - 2020 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 20 (3):525-544.
    New natural law advocates are somewhat notorious for their loose action theory, having a track record of counterintuitive claims. In response to criticisms, advocates have entrenched, further defending their questionable action theory. This paper first rehearses the basic criticism against the new natural law action theory. It then examines four recent attempts to revive this action theory and finds these attempts wanting. Within these attempts, certain patterns arise. Given a certain means A to a goal C, a search is made (...)
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    Sophisticated Alienation.Steven J. Jensen - 2020 - Journal of Value Inquiry 54 (2):309-323.
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    Sin: a Thomistic psychology.Steven J. Jensen - 2018 - Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press.
    The enigma of an evil will -- The order of actions to the ultimate end -- The satisfaction of desire -- Venial sin -- The first moral act -- The shared good -- Sins of passion -- Weakness of will -- Sins from an evil will -- Sins of ignorance -- Omissions -- The first cause of moral evil -- Compatibilism or libertarianism -- Free decision -- Choose life.
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  30. The error of the passions.Steven J. Jensen - 2009 - The Thomist 73 (3):349-379.
     
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    The human person: a beginner's Thomistic psychology.Steven J. Jensen - 2018 - Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press.
    Sensation -- Skepticism -- Internal senses -- The emotions -- Mechanism -- Materialism and dualism -- Hylomorphism -- The problem of universal knowledge -- Reason -- Immortality -- Freedom -- The will -- Free decision -- Purpose.
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    Thomistic Perspectives?Steven J. Jensen - 2012 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (1):135-159.
    Martin Rhonheimer’s The Perspective of Morality: Philosophical Foundations of Thomistic Virtue Ethics offers a bold summary of Thomistic virtue ethics, laid upon some not-so-Thomistic foundations, culminating in questionable, perhaps even dangerous, conclusions concerning actions evil in themselves. As anintroduction to ethical thought, the book covers a wide range of topics, including happiness, freedom, the nature of human actions, the moral virtues, conscience, the principles of practical reason, consequentialism, Kantian ethics, and much more. For some of these topics Rhonheimer provides a (...)
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  33. The Roots of Transhumanism.Steven J. Jensen - 2014 - Nova et Vetera 12 (2).
     
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    The Role of Teleology in the Moral Species.Steven J. Jensen - 2009 - Review of Metaphysics 63 (1):3-27.
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    The Trouble with Secunda Secundae 64, 7.Steven Jensen - 2006 - Modern Schoolman 83 (2):143-162.
  36. When Evil Actions Become Good.Steven Jensen - 2007 - Nova et Vetera 5:747-764.
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    You Can Go Home Again: Adventures of a Contrary Life, by Gene Logsdon.Steve Jensen - 2000 - The Chesterton Review 26 (1/2):185-187.
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    “Reconciling reinforcement learning models with behavioral extinction and renewal: Implications for addiction, relapse, and problem gambling”: Correction.David A. Redish, Steve Jensen, Adam Johnson & Zeb Kurth-Nelson - 2009 - Psychological Review 116 (3):518-518.
  39. A Defense of Dignity: Creating Life, Destroying Life, and Proctecting the Rights of Conscience by Christopher Kaczor. [REVIEW]Steven J. Jensen - 2015 - Nova et Vetera 13 (1).
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    A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I Am A missional + evangelical + post/protestant + liberal/conservative + mystical/poetic + biblical + charismatic/contemplative + fundamentalist/calvinist + anabaptist/anglican + methodist + catholic + green + incarnational + depressed-yet-hopeful + emergent + unfinished Christian, by Brian D. McLaren. [REVIEW]Steven Jensen - 2008 - The Chesterton Review 34 (1/2):217-226.
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    America the Virtuous. [REVIEW]Steven J. Jensen - 2005 - Review of Metaphysics 58 (3):682-684.
    In America the Virtuous Claes G. Ryn alerts us to the danger of an imperialistic universalism, whose advocates he designates “neo-Jacobins” after their kinship to the French Jacobins, who wished to spread their gospel of equality to all of Europe; similarly, the neo-Jacobins wish to impose their utopian ideals of equality, democracy, and capitalism upon the whole world by means of the military might of the United States. Since the neo-Jacobins believe in one set of values that apply to all (...)
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    Equality and Tradition. [REVIEW]Steven J. Jensen - 2011 - Review of Metaphysics 64 (3):657-658.
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    The Problem of Negligent Omissions: Medieval Action Boethius and Anselm, Michael Barnwell. [REVIEW]Steven J. Jensen - 2012 - Modern Schoolman 89 (3-4):259-262.