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    Making Morality: Pragmatist Reconstruction in Ethical Theory.Todd Lekan - 2003 - Vanderbilt University Press.
    In this new contribution to moral theory, Todd Lekan argues for a pragmatist conception of morality as an evolving, educational, and fallible practice of everyday life. Drawing on the work of John Dewey, Lekan asserts that moral norms are neither timeless truths nor subjective whims, but habits transmitted through practices. Like the habits that make up medicine or engineering, moral habits are subject to rational evaluation and change according to new challenges and circumstances.
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    Pragmatist Metaethics: Moral Theory as a Deliberative Practice.Todd Lekan - 2006 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (2):253-271.
    The paper defends a pragmatist account of metaethics that challenges the standard view of justificatory structure at the heart of many rule-based normative ethical theories. The standard view of justificatory structure assumes that deliberation must be constrained by antecedent justificatory procedures. I consider some of the radical implications of the pragmatist idea that deliberation is the conceptual context within which to interpret, evaluate, and explain moral justification.
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  3. Strenuous Moral Living.Todd Lekan - 2007 - William James Studies 2.
    In this paper I seek to make sense of James's account of strenuous moral living, and the role that theological belief plays in the strenuous life. I will show that some of his arguments for the moral necessity of belief in the "theological postulate" are not tenable, and that his case is stronger if his conclusion is weakened to the claim that theological belief may be necessary for some, but not all serious moral agents. I suggest that by drawing on (...)
     
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    Disabilities and Educational Opportunity: A Deweyan Approach.Todd Lekan - 2009 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (2):214-230.
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    James Campbell's Experiencing William James.Todd Lekan - 2019 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 55 (1):51.
    Jim Campbell's new book Experiencing William James: Belief in a Pluralistic World is one of the best philosophical examinations of all areas of William James' work through a close sympathetic attention to the James texts themselves. Campbell writes well and demonstrates a deep familiarity with James' corpus. Moreover, Campbell has a good command of the writings of James' interlocutors and venerable commentators. I recommend keeping a bookmark on the endnotes. They constitute an entire bonus text, reminding me of James' own (...)
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    Friendship as an Impersonal Value.Todd Lekan - 2010 - Southwest Philosophy Review 26 (1):71-79.
    This paper defends a broadly Aristotelean account of character friendship that maintains that the impersonal value of acquiring a virtuous character is the ultimate basis for our reasons for caring about friends. This view of friendship appears to conflict with the entrenched intuition that viewing our connections to particular friends as merely contingent occasions for the cultivation of virtue is alienating and undesirable. I argue that far from being an alienating feature of character friendships, a focused appreciation of the contingent (...)
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    Integrating Justice and Care in Animal Ethics.Todd Lekan - 2004 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 21 (2):183–195.
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    A Reconstruction of James's Normative Ethics: Response to Talisse and Aikin.Todd Lekan - 2012 - William James Studies 9 (1).
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    Who Are Moral Philosophers? Ethics William James Style.Todd Lekan - 2018 - The Pluralist 13 (1):81.
    many of william james's ethical writings celebrate appreciation and respect for diverse ways of life. For example, in the essay "On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings", James argues that it is a worthy endeavor to strive to overcome blindness to alien values in order to appreciate their rich diversity. In the essay "The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life", he defends an inclusivity principle enjoining us to create a world that allows for the greatest diversity of ideals and demand (...)
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    Appreciating the Impersonal in Emerson (That's What Friends Are For).Todd Lekan - 2007 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 21 (2):91 - 105.
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    Doing Things for Reasons.Todd Lekan - 2005 - Review of Metaphysics 58 (4):878-879.
    It does seem that beliefs and desires slip back into such “externalist” accounts of reasons precisely when we ask the question of why something is a reason for a person. That the threatening tornado is a reason for you to speed is plausibly tied to your desire not to die and your belief that speeding is the best way to avoid dying in this situation. Bittner agrees that people are “reason selectors,” meaning that a state becomes a reason for an (...)
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    Ideals, Practical Reason, and Pessimism: Dewey's Reconstruction of Means and Ends.Todd M. Lekan - 1998 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 34 (1):113 - 147.
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    A Jamesian Approach to Environmental Ethics.Todd Lekan - 2012 - Contemporary Pragmatism 9 (1):5-24.
    James's moral philosophy is a valuable resource for environmental philosophy because it reveals and impugns some deep, unhelpful assumptions about the relationship between moral theory and the moral life. In particular, James's ethics demonstrates that the debates in environmental ethics are better regarded as disputes about ideals of the kind of self and world we want, rather than as disputes over abstract propositions about the intrinsic value of nature.
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    Recovering Integrity: Moral Thought in American Pragmatism by Stuart Rosenbaum.Todd Lekan - 2016 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 52 (3):469-476.
    Stuart Rosenbaum’s book Recovering Integrity: Moral Thought in American Pragmatism is a creative and daring exploration of a pragmatist account of integrity as a central moral value. Rosenbaum offers an expansive treatment of integrity connecting it to wide-ranging topics: racism, religious intolerance, suicide, environmental values, the problem of induction, and contemporary quantum mechanics. Given this diversity, I confine my remarks to what I regard as central insights of the book as well as a few disagreements that I have with Rosenbaum. (...)
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    The Normative Force of Genealogy in Ethics.Todd Lekan - 1997 - International Philosophical Quarterly 37 (1):83-93.
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    The Marriage of Ideals and Strenuous Actions: Exploring William James' Account of Significant Life.Todd Lekan - 2016 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 52 (4):576.
    In the title of the essay by the same name, James gives this answer to the question “What Makes a Life Significant:” “The solid meaning of life is always the same eternal thing—the marriage, namely, of some unhabitual ideal, however special, with some fidelity, courage, and endurance; with some man’s or woman’s pains.—And, whatever or wherever that life may be, there will always be the chance for that marriage to take place.”1 Significant lives, therefore, are comprised of two married components: (...)
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