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    John Dewey and Environmental Philosophy: The Problem of Socrates in Modernity.Hugh P. McDonald - 2003 - State University of New York Press.
    A comprehensive look at how John Dewey's ethics can inform environmental issues.
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    Radical Axiology: A First Philosophy of Values.Hugh P. McDonald (ed.) - 2004 - Rodopi.
    This book treats values as the basis for all of philosophy, an approach distinct from critiquing theories of value and far rarer. “First Philosophy,” the effort to justify the foundations for a system of philosophy, is one of the main issues that divide philosophers today. McDonald’s philosophy of values is a comprehensive attempt to replace philosophies of “existence,” “being,” “experience,” the “subject,” or “language,” with a philosophy that locates value as most basic. This transformation is a radical move within Western (...)
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  3. Pragmatism and Environmentalism.Hugh P. McDonald - 2012 - Rodopi.
    The growing literature on Environmental Ethics has ballooned into a separate sub-field within philosophy, involving ethical studies concerning the value of other species, of ecosystems, and of the environment of all living things as a whole. Some consider Environmental Ethics to be a revolution in ethics which will completely change the human-centered orientation of morals and reorient it to include all species, ecosystems or the larger biosphere. This volume explores pragmatist approaches to ethics that can be used for environmental issues. (...)
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  4. Does Nature Exist? Towards a Critique of Nature and Naturalism.Hugh P. Mcdonald - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 44:63-72.
    To bring our topic within manageable limits, the attempt will be made to approach the philosophy of nature in a systematic manner. Borrowing the quantitative categories of one, some and all, nature will be treated as first as singular, then a whole or totality and finally discussed in terms of various distinctions which set nature apart as a part. Past philosophic treatments will be discussed when germane to this treatment, as an example of a particular view of nature. I will (...)
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    Dewey’s Naturalism.Hugh P. Mcdonald - 2002 - Environmental Ethics 24 (2):189-208.
    In the recent literature of environmental ethics, certain criticisms of pragmatism in general and Dewey in particular have been made, specifically, that certain features of pragmatism make it unsuitable as an environmental ethic. Eric Katz asserts that pragmatism is an inherently anthropocentric and subjective philosophy. Bob Pepperman Taylor argues that Dewey’s naturalism in particular is anthropocentric in that it concentrates on human nature. I challenge both of these views in the context of Dewey’s naturalism. I discuss his naturalism, his critique (...)
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  6. Principles: The Principles of Principles.Hugh P. McDonald - 2009 - The Pluralist 4 (3):98-126.
    In this essay, I will argue for the actuality of principles. Principles are normative in that they regulate the relation of actuality and potentiality as well as operate across time, from the past and present to the future. They may also apply across space, that is, that the same principle operates in different places in the same way, for example the laws of motion. Principles mean that change follows certain regularities. I will examine the modality of principles, the relation to (...)
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    Introduction.Hugh P. McDonald - 2012 - Contemporary Pragmatism 9 (1):1-3.
    This issue of Contemporary Pragmatism is devoted to pragmatism and environmental ethics. My introduction surveys the current situation at the intersection of these two fields, and the contributions of this issue's eleven articles.
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    The End of the End of History.Hugh P. McDonald - 2010 - Bajo Pallabro, Revista de Filosophia (5):253-268.
  9. Axiology.Hugh P. McDonald - 2008 - American Philosophy an Encyclopedia:66-68.
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    Creative Actualization: A Meliorist Theory of Values.Hugh P. McDonald (ed.) - 2011 - Rodopi.
    Introduction -- Creative actualization -- Modes of value -- Moral justification -- Creative actualization and the world -- Critical evaluation of metaphysical value theories -- Critical evaluation of subjective value theories -- Critical evaluation of relational value theories -- Conclusion : value hierarchies and value autonomy.
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  11. Does Nature Exist?Hugh P. McDonald - 2000 - Contemporary Philosophy (5 & 6).
     
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  12. Environmental Philosophy: A Revaluation of Cosmopolitan Ethics From an Ecocentric Standpoint.Hugh P. McDonald (ed.) - 2014 - Editions Rodopi.
    Environmental Philosophy: A Revaluation of Cosmopolitan Ethics from an Ecocentric Standpoint calls for a new approach to ethics. Starting from the necessity for all life of air, water, and food, the book revalues the relation of ethics and environmentalism. Using insights of the environmental ethicists, environmental ethics becomes the model for ethics as a whole. Humans are part of a larger environment. Cosmopolitanism should be revised in accord with environmental ethics. The book applies a new theory of values to the (...)
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    Political Philosophy and Ideology a Critique of Political Essentialism.Hugh P. McDonald - 1997 - University Press of Amer.
    This book is conceived as part of a systematic philosophy of values. Neither philosophies of value nor systematic philosophies are in fashion. It is hoped that this work will make a contribution toward their reappraisal. Classically, political philosophy was considered a part of philosophic systems, as the basic ideas of the philosophy applied to politics. Its relative neglect by the predominant school of philosophy in America and Britain has meant that certain ideas and issues in philosophy are in danger of (...)
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    Speculative Evaluations: Essays on a Pluralistic Universe.Hugh P. McDonald (ed.) - 2012 - Editions Rodopi.
    This book evaluates competing theories on speculative topics, such as nature, technology, space, time, and the relation of mind and matter. The general thesis is the actuality of principles in the form of laws, norms and other general principles in a plastic world, tying together the actualization of “oughts” and other principles. The result is a pluralistic universe, endorsing the pragmatic view of the world. The book examines nature, being, reality and other traditional issues in this light, critically evaluating many (...)
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    Can Environmental Ethics Become a First Philosophy?Hugh P. Mcdonald - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 4:75-83.
    I briefly discuss first philosophy (metaphysics), including different “paradigms’ of first philosophy in the history of Western philosophy. I then discuss the rise of environmental ethics as a new field of philosophy and the debate over anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric values. I suggest that ecocentric value theories could constitute a new first philosophy using the “paradigm” of value in first philosophy and why they should constitute a first philosophy.
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    Dewey’s Naturalism.Hugh P. Mcdonald - 2002 - Environmental Ethics 24 (2):189-208.
    In the recent literature of environmental ethics, certain criticisms of pragmatism in general and Dewey in particular have been made, specifically, that certain features of pragmatism make it unsuitable as an environmental ethic. Eric Katz asserts that pragmatism is an inherently anthropocentric and subjective philosophy. Bob Pepperman Taylor argues that Dewey’s naturalism in particular is anthropocentric in that it concentrates on human nature. I challenge both of these views in the context of Dewey’s naturalism. I discuss his naturalism, his critique (...)
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    "The Problem with" Brain".Hugh P. McDonald - 2005 - Contemporary Pragmatism 2 (2):93-126.
    Mind cannot be reduced to "brain states" since "brain" is a reconstruction from experience. I begin with the "identity" view and then consider less reductive physicalist views. I criticize the dualistic view, and argue for unique features of mind that separate it from anything physical, particularly perspective. I then argue for Mead's view of the formation and development of mind in a social context. The plasticity of minds, along with privacy of experience argue against identification with any physical correlate. I (...)
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