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  1. Boredom.W. O'Brien - 2014 - Analysis 74 (2):236-244.
    The author proposes an analysis of boredom. The analysis he proposes is that boredom is an unpleasant mental state consisting of weariness, restlessness, and lack of interest, where certain causal relations exist among the components. He goes on to elaborate on and defend his analysis, concluding with some thoughts on the idea that boredom has some grand metaphysical significance.
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  2. Boredom.Wendell O'Brien - 2018 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Boredom: A History of Western Philosophical Perspectives The essayist Joseph Epstein has remarked, "Boredom is after all part of consciousness, and about consciousness the neurologists still have much less to tell us than do the poets and the philosophers." Although not a major topic for Western philosophers, some important Western philosophers have spoken of it, … Continue reading Boredom →.
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    Selling Appropriate Development Vs. Selling-Out Rural Communities: Empowerment and Control in Indigengous Knowledge Discourse. [REVIEW]William E. O'Brien & Cornelia Butler Flora - 1992 - Agriculture and Human Values 9 (2):95-102.
    This paper looks at the languages of empowerment and control as they are expressed by authors writing about “indigenous knowledge.” We performed a content analysis on CIKARD News, a newsletter dealing with the concept of indigenous knowledge. This concept has become increasingly prominent in the discourse of alternative development, addressing issues of ecological sustainability and the empowerment of the rural poor. However, mediated by institutions that perpetuate global and local power asymmetries, the empowering potential of indigenous knowledge may be bypassed. (...)
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    Meaning and Mattering.Wendell O'Brien - 1996 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 34 (3):339-360.
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  5. The Challenge of War: A Christian Realist Perspective.William V. O'Brien - 1992 - In Jean Bethke Elshtain (ed.), Just War Theory. New York University Press. pp. 169--196.
     
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  6. Meaning of Life, The: Early Continental and Analytic Perspectives.Wendell O'Brien - 2014 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    The Meaning of Life: Early Continental and Analytic Perspectives The question of the meaning of life is one that interests philosophers and non-philosophers alike. The question itself is notoriously ambiguous and possibly vague. In asking about the meaning of life, one may be asking about the essence of life, about life's purpose, about whether and […].
     
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  7. Toward Understanding Original Sin in Augustine's "Confessions".William J. O'Brien - 1974 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 49 (4):436-446.
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    The Permissibility of Happiness in a World of Suffering.Wendell O'Brien - 2014 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 21 (2):26-38.
    There is a rather disturbing argument that it is wrong for us ever to smile and be glad, in light of our knowledge of horrors happening everywhere all the time. The paper's primary aim is to respond to the challenge this argument presents and to see what can be said for being happy in spite of it. Drawing from the works of Tolstoy, Joseph Butler, and others, the author develops two or three lines of response to the argument against happiness. (...)
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    Judgments of Character.Wendell O'brien - 1992 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 7 (2):15-18.
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    Just War, Limited War and Vietnam.William O'Brien - 1973 - Journal of Social Philosophy 4 (1):16-18.
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    The Existential Phenomenology of Simone de Beauvoir.Wendy O'Brien & Lester Embree - 2001 - Springer Verlag.
    While earlier research considered Simone de Beauvoir in the perspectives of Existentialism or Feminism, this work is the first to emphasize her reflective and descriptive approach and the full range of issues she addresses. There are valuable chapters and sections that are historical and/or comparative, but most of the contents of this work critically examine Beauvoir's views on old age, biology, gender, ethics, ethnicity, and politics. Besides their systematic as well as historical significance, these chapters show her philosophy as on (...)
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    Thoreau and the Animals.Wendell O'Brien - 2006 - Between the Species 13 (6):6.
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    Butler and the Authority of Conscience.Wendell O'Brien - 1991 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 8 (1):43 - 57.
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