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  1. The Unity of William James's Thought.Wesley Cooper - 2002 - Vanderbilt University Press.
    Wesley Cooper opposes the traditional view of William Jamesís philosophy which dismissed it as fragmented or merely popular, arguing instead that there is a systematic philosophy to be found in James's writings. His doctrine of pure experience is the binding thread that links his earlier psychological theorizing to his later epistemological, religious, and pragmatic concerns.
     
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  2. The Unity of William James's Thought.Wesley Cooper - 2003 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 39 (2):324-330.
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  3. Tracking, Reliabilism, And Possible Worlds.Wesley Cooper - 2004 - Minerva 8:114-131.
    Robert Nozick’s tracking account of knowledge is defended against Colin McGinn’s criticisms bydrawing on David Deutsch’s ’multiverse’ conception of possible worlds. Knowledge on the trackingaccount requires a ’method’ or ’way’ of believing. Exploiting this feature undercuts the apparent force of McGinn’s counter-examples.
     
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    Singer, Beth J. Pragmatism, Rights, and Democracy.Wesley Cooper - 2002 - Review of Metaphysics 56 (1):202-204.
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    Buridan’s Ass and Other Dilemmas: A Decision-Value Approach.Wesley Cooper & Guillermo Barron - 2000 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 7 (2/3):21-31.
    The dilemma confronted by Buridan’s Ass leads into a problem about nil-preference situations, to which there is a solution in the literature that is inspired by Alan Turing: we have evolved with a computational module in our brains that comes into play in such situations by picking a random action among the alternatives that detennines the subject’s choice. We relate these Buridan’s Ass situations to a larger, theoretically interesting category in which there is no alternative that is decisively superior to (...)
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  6. Nozick, Ramsey, and Symbolic Utility.Wesley Cooper - 2008 - Utilitas 20 (3):301-322.
    I explore a connection between Robert Nozick's account of decision value/symbolic utility in The Nature of Rationality and F. P. Ramsey's discussion of ethically neutral propositions in his 1926 essay , a discussion that Brian Skyrms in Choice and Chance credits with disclosing deeper foundations for expected utility than the celebrated Theory of Games and Economic Behavior of von Neumann and Morgenstern. Ramsey's recognition of ethically non-neutral propositions is essential to his foundational work, and the similarity of these propositions to (...)
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    Decision-Value Utilitarianism.Wesley Cooper - 2008 - Polish Journal of Philosophy 2 (2):39-50.
    A decision value alternative is proposed to the various formulations of the principle of utility, which counsel maimization of expected utility as utility is variously conceived. Decision value factors expected utility into causal expected utility and evidential expected utility, and it adds a third factor --- symbolic utility. This latter introduces deontological and a ‘perceived value’ elements into calculations of utility. It also suggests a solution to a lingering problem in population ethics, the so-called Repugnant Conclusion that consequentialist thinking demands (...)
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    Pragmatism and Radical Empiricism.Wesley Cooper - 1999 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 42 (3-4):371 – 383.
    A rational reconstruction of James's doctrine of pure experience is attempted, showing how it can be formulated in terms of a Ramsey sentence so that its credibility is comparable to contemporary functionalism about the mind. Whereas functionalism treats only mental predicates as theoretical terms and quantifies over physical objects, Jamesian 'global-functionalism' treats both mental and physical predicates as theoretical terms and quantifies over pure experience. Rehabilitated in this way, the doctrine of pure experience is a fit partner for Jamesian pragmatism. (...)
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  9. Andrew Reynolds, Peirce's Scientific Metaphysics: The Philosophy of Chance, Law, and Evolution Reviewed By.Wesley Cooper - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (5):364-367.
     
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  10. Doris Olin, Ed., William James: Pragmatism In Focus. [REVIEW]Wesley Cooper - 1993 - Philosophy in Review 13:329-332.
     
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  11. Geoffrey Scarre, "Logic and Reality in the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill". [REVIEW]Wesley E. Cooper - 1991 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 29 (1):133.
  12. New Essays on John Stuart Mill and Utilitarianism.Wesley E. Cooper, Kai Nielsen & Steven C. Patten - 1979 - Canadian Association for Publishing in Philosophy.
     
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  13. Nozick, Parfit, and Platonic Glasses.Wesley Cooper - 2008 - Sorites 20:98-116.
    The Closest-Continuer schema of identity is distinguished here from the Closest-Continuer theory of personal identity, the latter applying the former to personal identity by reference to the self's self-defining activity. Nozick's «Platonic glasses» mode of conceptualizing personal identity is defended against Parfit's objections and extended beyond hypothetical branching to the actual branching hypothesized by the «no-collapse» theories of quantum mechanics. The reader may wish to consult Lev Vaidman's Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy essay, «Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics», for an accessible (...)
     
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  14. Ositivism, Cerebralism And Voluntarism In William James.Wesley Cooper - 2006 - Minerva 10:1-27.
    James’s positivism is different from Comte’s, Clifford’s, and the logical positivists’. Notably, itpresupposes a difference between natural–scientific inquiries and the metaphysical inquiry he callsradical empiricism. Equally importantly, the positivism of James’s great book, The Principles ofPsychology, studies the cerebral conditions of the will. This cerebralism is necessary background forunderstanding James’s voluntarism, the will–to–believe doctrine that came later. James’s positivismgoes hand–in–hand with his value pluralism; they are responsible for different domains of inquiry,natural-scientific and ethical, respectively. It is a mistake to impose (...)
     
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  15. Pragmatism in the 21st Century.Wesley Cooper - 2008 - William James Studies 3.
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  16. Robert Nozick, The Nature of Rationality. [REVIEW]Wesley Cooper - 1994 - Philosophy in Review 14:195-198.
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  17. William Joseph Gavin, William James and the Reinstatement of the Vague Reviewed By.Wesley E. Cooper - 1993 - Philosophy in Review 13 (4):153-155.
     
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  18. Warren P. Fraleigh, Right Actions in Sport: Ethics for Contestants. [REVIEW]Wesley Cooper - 1985 - Philosophy in Review 5:5-7.
     
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    Moral Realism, Social Construction, and Realism, Social Construction, and Communal Ontology.Wesley Cooper & Augustine Frimpong-Mansoh - 2000 - South African Journal of Philosophy 19 (2):119-131.
    The paper examines two forms of naturalistic moral realism, “Micro-structure realism” and “Reason realism”. The latter, as we defend it, locates the objectivity of moral facts in socially constructed reality, but the former, as exemplified by David Brink\'s model of naturalistic moral realism, secures the objectivity of moral facts in their micro- structure and a nomic supervenience relationship. We find MSR\'s parity argument for this account of moral facts implausible; it yields a relation ship between moral facts and their natural- (...)
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    Parfit, Heroic Death, and Symbolic Utility.Wesley Cooper - 2002 - Journal of Social Philosophy 33 (2):221–239.
    In Reasons and Persons Derek Parfit defends the principle that it is not irrational to perform an action one believes to be morally right, even if it is no tin one’s self-interest. He calls this principle CP2 and formulates it as follows: -/- "There is at least one desire that is not irrational, and is no less rational than the bias in one’s own favor. This is a desire to do what is in the interests of other people, when this (...)
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  21. Robert Nozick, Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World. [REVIEW]Wesley Cooper - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (4):293-296.
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  22. Robert Nozick, The Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations. [REVIEW]Wesley Cooper - 1993 - Philosophy in Review 13:47-50.
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    The Construction of Professional Reality: Implications for Professional Ethics.Wesley Cooper - 1996 - Professional Ethics, a Multidisciplinary Journal 5 (1/2):63-85.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Peirce.Wesley Cooper - 2007 - Review of Metaphysics 60 (4):875-878.
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    The Construction of Professional Reality.Wesley Cooper - 1996 - Professional Ethics 5 (1/2):63-85.
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    Moral Realism, Social Construction, and Communal Ontology.Wesley Cooper & Augustine Frimpong-Mansoh - 2005 - South African Journal of Philosophy 19 (2):120-131.
    The paper examines two forms of naturalistic moral realism, “Micro-structure realism” and “Reason realism” . The latter, as we defend it, locates the objectivity of moral facts in socially constructed reality, but the former, as exemplified by David Brink\'s model of naturalistic moral realism, secures the objectivity of moral facts in their micro- structure and a nomic supervenience relationship. We find MSR\'s parity argument for this account of moral facts implausible; it yields a relation ship between moral facts and their (...)
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  27. Daniel Little, Varieties of Social Explanation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science Reviewed By.Wesley E. Cooper - 1994 - Philosophy in Review 14 (3):186-189.
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    Logic and Reality in the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill.Wesley E. Cooper - 1991 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 29 (1):145-147.
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    Hobbesian Moral and Political Theory.Wesley Cooper - 1989 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):491-507.
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    Tp [\ Canadian (Q\ JJJournal of£| Philosophy.Nicholas Asher, Graciela De Pierris, Paul Gomberg, Robert E. Goodin, Charles W. Mills, Jordan Howard Sobel, Andrew Levine, Frank Cunningham, W. J. Waluchow & Wesley Cooper - 1989 - Philosophy 19 (3).
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    Pragmatism, Rights, and Democracy. [REVIEW]Wesley Cooper - 2002 - Review of Metaphysics 56 (1):202-203.
    This is a collection of papers that develops implications of Singer’s book Operative Rights. Her theory of rights assigns a central role to community as the “context and condition of individuality and identity as well as rights,” but she considers herself “to belong to the Pragmatist tradition” in view of her debt to George Herbert Mead and John Dewey.
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  32. Robert Nozick, The Nature of Rationality Reviewed By.Wesley E. Cooper - 1994 - Philosophy in Review 14 (3):195-198.
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  33. Warren P. Fraleigh, Right Actions in Sport: Ethics for Contestants Reviewed By.Wesley E. Cooper - 1985 - Philosophy in Review 5 (1):5-7.
     
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    Liberalism, Community, and Culture.Wesley Cooper - 1993 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (3):433-451.
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    An Eldritch Tale: Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and the Self.Wesley Cooper - 2008 - Philo 11 (2):133-144.
    This essay continues Kafka’s tale of a human being who metamorphoses into a beetle. The tale is developed in the light of some recent theory about personal identity and rational choice, particularly Robert Nozick’s Closest-Continuer theory and Mark Johnston’s Relativism about the self. These are potentially complementary conceptions of relativity about the self, Nozick’s focusing on the individual’s ‘metric’ as a criterion of personal continuity, Johnston’s on social standards. When the individually authentic determination about ‘closeness’ coincides with the community’s standards (...)
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    James's Theory of Mental Causation.Wesley E. Cooper - 1994 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 30 (2):349 - 370.
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    R. Noziek, Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World.Wesley Cooper - 2002 - Philosophical Inquiry 24 (3-4):145-146.
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    Review: Ruth Anna Putnam, Ed., The Cambridge Companion to William James:The Cambridge Companion to William James. [REVIEW]Wesley Cooper - 1999 - Ethics 109 (2):457-459.
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    Tracking, Reliabilism, and Possible Worlds.Wesley Cooper - 2004 - Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 8 (1).
    Robert Nozick’s tracking account of knowledge is defended against Colin McGinn’s criticisms by drawing on David Deutsch’s ’multiverse’ conception of possible worlds. Knowledge on the tracking account requires a ’method’ or ’way’ of believing. Exploiting this feature undercuts the apparent force of McGinn’s counter-examples.
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    An Eldritch Tale: Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and the Self.Wesley Cooper - 2008 - Philo 11 (2):133-144.
    This essay continues Kafka’s tale of a human being who metamorphoses into a beetle. The tale is developed in the light of some recent theory about personal identity and rational choice, particularly Robert Nozick’s Closest-Continuer theory and Mark Johnston’s Relativism about the self. These are potentially complementary conceptions of relativity about the self, Nozick’s focusing on the individual’s ‘metric’ as a criterion of personal continuity, Johnston’s on social standards. When the individually authentic determination about ‘closeness’ coincides with the community’s standards (...)
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    William James's Moral Theory.Wesley Cooper - 2003 - Journal of Moral Education 32 (4):411-422.
    James's moral theory, primarily as set out in ?The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life? (in his The Will To Believe (1897)), is presented here as having a two-level structure, an empirical or historical level where progress toward greater moral inclusiveness is central, and a metaphysical or end-of-history level?James's ?kingdom of heaven??characterised by universal agreement on moral content that is likely to be pluralistic, including deontological elements in a broadly consequentialist endeavour to attain the greatest good, by the lights of (...)
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  42. Michael Walzer, Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality Reviewed By.Wesley E. Cooper - 1985 - Philosophy in Review 5 (5):227-230.
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    Critical Notice.Wesley Cooper - 1989 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):491-507.
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    Positivism, Cerebralism and Voluntarism in William James.Wesley Cooper - 2006 - Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 10 (1).
    James’s positivism is different from Comte’s, Clifford’s, and the logical positivists’. Notably, it presupposes a difference between natural–scientific inquiries and the metaphysical inquiry he calls radical empiricism. Equally importantly, the positivism of James’s great book, The Principles of Psychology, studies the cerebral conditions of the will. This cerebralism is necessary background for understanding James’s voluntarism, the will–to–believe doctrine that came later. James’s positivism goes hand–in–hand with his value pluralism; they are responsible for different domains of inquiry, natural-scientific and ethical, respectively. (...)
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    James's God.Wesley E. Cooper - 1995 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 16 (3):261 - 277.
  46. Doris Olin, Ed., William James: Pragmatism In Focus Reviewed By.Wesley E. Cooper - 1993 - Philosophy in Review 13 (6):329-332.
     
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    Critical Notice.Wesley Cooper - 1993 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (3):433-451.
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  48. Robert Nozick, The Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations Reviewed By.Wesley E. Cooper - 1993 - Philosophy in Review 13 (1):47-50.
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    Review: The Cambridge Companion to Peirce. [REVIEW]Wesley Cooper - 2007 - Review of Metaphysics 60 (4):875-878.
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    Comments on Farr's Paper (I) Sir Karl Popper: Tributes and Adjustments.John King-Farlow & Wesley E. Cooper - 1983 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 13 (2):177-182.