Philosophical Topics

Sample articles from recent and forthcoming volumes:

Stereotyping: The Multifactorial View by Katherine Puddifoot. Volume 45, No. 1 (Spring 2017) (Download PDF)

Robert Stern, Hegelianism vs. Spinozism? A. W. Moore on Hegel. Volume 43, Nos. 1 and 2. (Spring/Fall 2015) (Download PDF)

Stephen Mulhall, Adrian Moore’s Wittgenstein: Oxford Symposium on The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things, May 18, 2013. Volume 43, Nos. 1 and 2. (Spring/Fall 2015) (Download PDF)

Wayne Martin, Fichte’s Wild Metaphysical Yarn. Volume 43, Nos. 1 and 2. (Spring/Fall 2015) (Download PDF)

Robin Le Poidevin, Moore’s Conception of Metaphysics. Volume 43, Nos. 1 and 2. (Spring/Fall 2015) (Download PDF)

David R. Cerbone, Making Sense of Phenomenological Sense-Making: On Moore on Husserl. Volume 43, Nos. 1 and 2. (Spring/Fall 2015) (Download PDF)

Sarah McGrath (Princeton), “Moral Realism without Convergence”, in Moral Disagreement, guest edited by John K. Davis, 38, 2 (Fall 2010), pp. 59-86.  (Download PDF)

Denis McManus (Southampton), “Austerity, Psychology, and the Intelligibility of Nonsense”, forthcoming in Contemporary Tractatus, a volume of papers growing out of the Contemporary Tractatus conference sponsored by the Auburn University Department of Philosophy in March, 2011.  (Download DOC)


Volume 46, Issue 1 – Spring 2018
Can Beliefs Wrong?
Issue Editors Rima Basu and Mark Schroeder

Contributors: Rima Basu, Simon Keller, Nomy Arpaly, Anna Brinkerhoff, Kate Nolfi, Sarah K. Paul, Jennifer M. Morton, Berislav Marušić, Stephen White, Mark Schroeder, Kristie Dotson, Endre Begby, Ryan Preston-Roedder.

Volume 45, Issue 2 – Fall 2017
Philosophy of Language
Issue Editor Jason Stanley

Contributors: Luvell Anderson, Keota Fields, Justin Khoo, Carlotta Pavese, Brian Rabern, Jennifer M. Saul, Una Stojnic, Eric Swanson, Lynne Tirrell

Volume 45, Issue 1 – Spring 2017
Epistemology and Cognition
Edited by Jack C. Lyons and Chris Tucker

Contributors: Richard Fumerton, Alvin Goldman, Peter J. Graham, Hilary Kornblinth, Gary Lupyan, Lisa Miracchi, Ram Neta, Katherine Puddifoot, Lance J. Rips, Patrick Rysiew

Volume 44, Issue 2 – Spring 2017
New Directions in the Philosophy of Perception
Edited by Christopher S. Hill and Brian P. McLaughlin

Contributors: David J. Bennett, Robert Briscoe, Berit Brogaard, John Campbell, E. J. Green, Gary Hatfield, Christopher S. Hill, Geoffrey Lee, Brian P. McLaughlin, Jessie Munton, Nico Orlandi, Ian Phillips, Robert Schwartz, Lu Teng

Volume 44, Issue 1 – Spring 2017
Essays on the Philosophy of Frederick Stoutland
Edited by Martin Gustafsson

Contributors: Lilli Alanen, Stina Bäckström, James Conant, Tomas Ekenberg, Anton Ford, Dorothea Frede, Martin Gustafsson, Elinor Hållén, Lars Hertzberg, Jennifer Hornsby, Jeff Malpas, Will Small, Lisa Van Alstyne

Volume 43, Issue 1-2 – Spring 2017
The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Responses to A. W. Moore with His Replies
Edited by Edward Minar

Contributors: Pamela Sue Anderson, Anita Avramides, David R. Cerbone, Manuel Dries, Sebastian Gardner, Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Susan James, Kelly Dean Jolley, P. J. E. Kail, Gary Kemp, Robin Le Poidevin, Paul Lodge, Wayne Martin, Denis McManus, Joseph Melia, A. W. Moore, Stephen Mulhall, Graham Priest, Joseph K. Schear, Robert Stern, Thomas Uebel, James Williams, Catherine Wilson

Volume 42, Issue 2 – Spring 2016
Contemporary Tractatus
Edited by Edward Minar

Contributors: Edmund Dain, Cora Diamond, Eli Friedlander, Martin Gustafsson, Kelly Dean Jolley, Oskari Kuusela, Denis McManus, Jean-Philippe Narboux, Thomas Ricketts, Sanford Shieh, Jônadas Techio.

Volume 42, Issue 1 – Spring 2014
The Second Person
Edited by James Conant and Sebastian Rödl

Contributors: Fabian Börchers, Stephen Darwall, Monika Dullstein, Anton Ford, Wolfram Gobsch, Adrian Haddock, David Lauer, Benjamin McMyler, Alexandra Newton, Sebastian Rödl, Glenda Satne, Will Small, Jeremy Wanderer, and Ariel Zylberman.

Volume 41, Number 2

Issue Topic: Envisioning Plurality: Feminist Perspectives on Pluralism in
Ethics, Politics, and Social Theory

Issue Editors: Jean Keller, Bonnie Mann

Contributors: Paria Gashtili, Kim Q. Hall, Fulden Ibrahimhakkioglu, Shari Stone-Mediatore , Scott L. Pratt, Alison Reiheld, Lisa Tessman, Jennifer Lisa Vest, Allison Weir, Shay Welch

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Volume 41, Number 1

Issue Topic: Happiness

Issue Editors: Edoardo Zamuner
Timothy O’Leary, University of Hong Kong

Contributors: Carlotta Capuccino, Timothy Chappell, Chris Fraser, David B. Wong, Lorraine Besser-Jones, Julien A. Deonna, Fabrice Teroni, Sabine Döring, Eva-Maria Düringer, Antti Kauppinen, Jason R. Raibley, Laura Sizer, Edoardo Zamuner

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Volume 40, Number 2

Issue Topic: Consciousness

Guest Editor: Richard Brown

This volume includes papers from participants of the 4th Online Consciousness Conference held February 17th through March 2nd 2012 at Consciousness Online. The essays range over issues in self-knowledge and mental state ascriptions, physicalism and conceivability arguments, and higher-order theories of consciousness. The contributors are Peter Carruthers, Logan Fletcher, Brendan Ritchie, James Dow, Myrto Mylopolous, Mark Phelan, Wesley Buckwalter, Justin Sytsma, Barbara Montero, Janet Levin, Miguel Angel Sebastian, Richard Brown, and Pete Mandik.

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Volume 40, Number 1
Issue Topic: Rethinking Inequality
Issue Editors: Monique Deveaux and Patti Tamara Lenard
Rising economic inequality in advanced industrialized states — its causes and consequences — is a problem much studied by social epidemiologists, urban studies scholars, economists, sociologists, and political scientists.  Yet, philosophers, even social and political philosophers, are not known for grappling with research and empirical data from the “hard” social sciences. Contributions to this issue of Philosophical Topics, edited by Monique Deveaux and Patti Tamara Lenard, take the evidence of rising inequality and its harms seriously and consider the implications for egalitarian political and moral theory. Contributors include: Richard Arneson, Nyla R. Branscombe, Derrick Darby, Joseph Fishkin, Alex Gourevitch, Erin I. Kelly, Eszter Kollar, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Kristi A. Olson, Daniele Santoro, and Fabian Schuppert.

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Volume 39, Number 2
Issue Topic: Hannah Arendt
Issue Editors: Irene McMullin and Karin Fry
This issue of Philosophical Topics is dedicated to the work of Hannah Arendt and demonstrates the  disciplinary breadth and applicability to recent world-political events that characterize her thought – touching on topics as diverse as the Iraq war, education, the nature of temporality and memory, genocide, Pragmatism, and the conflict between the public and the private domains. The collection focuses on central as well as rarely explored themes in her work, providing both an overview of contemporary Arendt scholarship and a window into the complexity and continuing relevance of this thinker’s extraordinary body of work. The issue is edited by Irene McMullin and Karin Fry. Contributors include: Roger Berkowitz, Daniel Cole, Karin Fry, Liisi Keedus, Heath Massey, Irene McMullin, Natalie Nenadic, Serena Parekh, Fanny Söderbäck, and Robin Weiss.

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Volume 39, Number 1
Issue Topic: Embodiment

Explorations of the ways in which the mind is embedded in its environment, embodied, and enactive have been a central strand in recent philosophy of mind.  Papers explore issues surrounding the embodiment of cognition, consciousness, and intentionality from a variety of perspectives.  Authors include Shaun Gallagher, Robert Hanna, Julian Kiverstein, Barbara Gail Montero, Mark Rowlands, Robert D. Rupert, Lawrence A. Shapiro, Shannon Spaulding, and Evan Thompson and Diego Cosmelli.

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Volume 38, Number 2
Issue Topic: Moral Disagreement

Issue Editor: John K. Davis

Disagreement has long been important to moral philosophy; according to the argument from disagreement, persistent moral disagreement is evidence that moral realism is false, thus either relativism, expressivism, or error-theory are true.  However, the moral disagreement debate is now expanding to new issues, including questions about moral epistemology and peer disagreement, whether cognitivism can accommodate the phenomenon of persistent disagreement without relativism, and whether the demands of morality can be reconciled with epistemic humility in the face of peer disagreement.  –Moral Disagreement– collects eight new papers on these and related topics by Tim Dare, John K. Davis, Christopher W. Gowans, Sarah McGrath, C. Thi Nguyen, Denis Robinson, Christine Swanton, and Folke Tersman.

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Volume 38, Number 1
Issue Topic: Ethics

Philosophical Topics 38(1), “Ethics”, features papers on a variety of topics in ethics. Contributions explore the relations between moral theory and moral practice and the nature of moral discourse in relation to moral disagreement and conflicts of value.
Contributors include: Christopher Cowley (University College Dublin), Alice Crary (New School for Social Research), Cora Diamond (Virginia), Joshua Gert (William & Mary), David Levy (Edinburgh), Judith Lichtenberg (Georgetown), Sabina Lovibond (Worcester College, Oxford), Nigel Pleasants (Exeter), Duncan Richter (Virginia Military Institute), and Kieran Setiya (Pittsburgh).

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Volume 37, Number 2
Issue Topic: Global Gender Justice
Guest Editor: Alison M. Jaggar, University of Colorado
Issues of global gender justice, because of their virtually universal extent, possess great moral and political urgency. As a result, they present new challenges in political philosophy, both with respect to specific ways in which contemporary global institutions and policies have disparate and burdensome consequences for specific groups of women and with respect to questions of how elements of gender bias may affect central categories used in discussions of global justice. The papers in this volume address many dimensions of these challenges. Contributors include Brooke Ackerly, Linda Alcoff, Gillian Brock, Thom Brooks, Ann Ferguson, Alison Jaggar, Eva Kittay, Ruth Macklin, Vandana Shiva, and Rachel Silvey. A critical introduction by Professor
Jaggar is included.

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Volume 37, Number 1
Issue Topic: Perception and Intentionality.
Guest editor: Alan Thomas, University of Kent
This volume includes essays on a variety of issues growing out of John McDowell’s influential Mind and World. These issues include the nature and content of perception, the role of imagination therein, the conditions for a “minimal empiricism,” and the nature of the self. Contributors are David Bain, Paul Coates, Richard Gaskin, Adrian Haddock, Marie McGinn, Michael
Morris, Paul Snowdon, Alan Thomas, and Rachel Wiseman.

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Volume 36, Number 1
Pragmatism and Contemporary Philosophy
Guest Editor: Steven Levine, University of Massachusetts-Boston
This issue charts the variety of ways that pragmatism is being taken up by contemporary thought and thus demonstrates the continuing vitality of this tradition. The volume includes articles by Barry Allen, Richard J. Bernstein, William Blattner, Russell Goodman, Susan Haack, Philip Kitcher, David Macarthur, Sami Pihlström, and others.

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Volume 36, Number 2
On Between Saying and Doing
Papers commenting on Robert Brandom’s 2006 Locke Lectures, now published as Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism. Commentators are John McDowell, John MacFarlane, Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer, Huw Price, Jaroslav Peregrin, and Sebastian Rödl. Also included are an overview essay by Brandom and his responses to the commentators and additional essays on topics related to his work.

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Vol 35, Numbers 1 and 2

Guest Editors Eric Funkhouser (University of Arkansas) and Barry Ward (University of Arkansas)
This double issue on metaphysics has two sets of themes, each central in contemporary analytic metaphysics. The first emphasizes concerns with methodology. The second involves kinds and related issues, embracing such topics as essentialism, reduction, natural properties, and the nature of particular kinds such as disease and species. Authors on the methodology of metaphysics include Michael Dickson (University of South Carolina); Janice Dowell (University of Nebraska) and Sean Foran (Bowling Green State University); Matti Eklund (Cornell University); Ned Hall (Harvard University); Daniel Nolan (University of Nottingham); Alan Sidelle (University of Wisconsin); Chris Swoyer (University of Oklahoma); and Peter van Inwagen (University of Notre Dame). Authors on kinds include Alexander Bird (University of Bristol); Ronald Endicott (North Carolina State University); Carl Gillett (Northern Illinois University); Marc Lange (University of North Carolina); Barry Loewer (Rutgers University); David Robb (Davidson College); Scott Soames (University of Southern California); Amie Thomasson (University of Miami); Robert Wilson (University of Alberta), Matthew Barker (University of Wisconsin) and Ingo Brigandt (University of Alberta); and Gene Witmer (University of Florida).

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Volume 34, Numbers 1 & 2
Analytic Kantianism

Issue Editor: James Conant
Contributors: Robert Brandom, Eli Friedlander, Michael Friedman, Hannah Ginsborg, Arata Hamawaki, Andrea Kern, Michael Kremer, Thomas Land, Thomas Lockhart, Béatrice Longuenesse, John McDowell, A.W. Moore, Sebastian Rödl, and Clinton Tolley.

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Volume 33, Number 1

Contributors: Tyler Burge, Alex Byrne, John Campbell, Jonathan Cohen, David Hilbert, James John, Jack Lyons, Mohan Matthen, Alva Noë, Susanna Siegel, Paul F. Snowdon, Charles Travis, and William H. Warren.

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Volume 33, Number 2

Issue Editors: Randall Havas and Edward Minar
Contributors: Maria Alvarez, Jessica N. Berry, Richard Bett, Robert Guay, Randall Havas, Brian Leiter, David Owen, Bernard Reginster, Aaron Ridley, Richard Schacht, and Tracy B. Strong

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Volume 32, Number 1 & 2

Guest editor John M. Fischer

Contributors: Richard J. Arneson, Michael E. Bratman, John Ross Churchill, Randolph Clarke, Andrew Eshleman, Carl Ginet, Christopher Grau, Ishtiyaque Haji, Noa Latham, Michael McKenna, Alfred R. Mele, Dana Nelkin, Timothy O’Connor, Marina Oshana, Derk Pereboom, Paul Russell, Ira M. Schnall, Angela M. Smith, Daniel Speak, Galen Strawson, Manuel Vargas, Kadri Vihvelin, R. Jay Wallace, Henrik Walter, and Gideon Yaffe.

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Volume 31, Numbers 1 & 2
Modern Philosophy

These eighteen essays focus on the founders of modern philosophy, including the rationalists, the empiricists, and Kant.

John Broughton, John Carriero, Edwin Curley, Michael Della Rocca, Don Garrett, Paul Guyer, Gary Hatfield, Nicholas Jolley, Patricia Kitcher, Samuel Level, Paul Lodge, Louis E. Loeb, Marleen Rosemond, Donald Rutherford, Alison Simmons, James van Cleve, Allen Wood Gideon Yaffe

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Volume 30, Number 1
Identity and Individuation

Joseph Almog, Lynne Rudder Baker, John Hawthorne, Mark Heller, Eli Hirsch, Mark Johnston, Joel Katzav, Eric T. Olson, Carol Rovane, Nathan Salmon, Alan Sidelle, Theodore Sider, and Dean W. Zimmerman

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Volume 29, Numbers 1 & 2
The Philosphy of Alvin Goldman
Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He works primarily in epistemology, philosophy of the cognitive sciences, and the philosphy of mind.

Issue Editors:
Christopher Hill, Hilary Kornbluth, and Tom Senor

William P. Alston, Robert Audi, Laurence BonJour, Thomas Christiano, Paul M. Churchland, Jules L. Coleman, Martin Davies, Alvin Goldman, Robert M. Gordon, Jane Heal, David Henderson, Terry Horgan Philip Kitcher, Larry Laudan, Brian Leiter, William G. Lycan, Shaun Nichols,  Frederick F. Schmitt, Ernest Sosa, Dan Sperber, Stephen Stich, Tony Stone, Barry Stroud, Jonathan M. Weinberg

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Volume 28, Number 2

Dorit Bar-On, John Campbell, Tim Crane, Kevin Falvey, Andre Gallois, Brie Gertler, Michael S. Gordon, Eric Lormand, Shaun Nichols, David Rosenthal, Eric Schwitzgebel, Sydney Shoemaker, Robert Van Gulick

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