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    Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World.Iddo Landau - 2017 - Oup Usa.
    Is life meaningless? Does life have enough meaning to make it feel worthwhile? If we think our lives lack meaning, what can we do about it? Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World answers these and other difficult questions, while confronting head-on famous, recurrent theories that insist on life's meaninglessness. Landau shows us how to single out what is meaningful, explains why we sometimes fail to recognize meaning, and suggests ways in which we can resensitize ourselves to it.
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  2. Immorality and the Meaning of Life.Iddo Landau - 2011 - Journal of Value Inquiry 45 (3):309-317.
  3. The Meaning of Life Sub Specie Aeternitatis.Iddo Landau - 2011 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (4):727 - 734.
    Several philosophers have argued that if we examine our lives in context of the cosmos at large, sub specie aeternitatis, we cannot escape life's meaninglessness. To see our lives as meaningful, we have to shun the point of view of the cosmos and consider our lives only in the narrower context of the here and now. I argue that this view is incorrect: life can be seen as meaningful also sub specie aeternitatis. While criticizing arguments by, among others, Simon Blackburn, (...)
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    Standards, Perspectives, and the Meaning of Life: A Reply to Seachris. [REVIEW]Iddo Landau - 2014 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17 (3):457-468.
    IntroductionIn a recent article in this journal, Joshua W. Seachris (2012) argues that the distinction I make between perspectives and standards in sub specie aeternitatis arguments for the meaninglessness of life does not hold for a salient component of the sub specie aeternitatis perspective: the ontological-normative component. In this article I suggest that Seachris’s argument is problematic in a number of ways and ought to be rejected.BackgroundVarious authors, such as Albert Camus (1969, p. 78), Nicholas Rescher (1990, p. 153) and (...)
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  5. An Argument for Marriage.Iddo Landau - 2004 - Philosophy 79 (3):475-481.
    This paper replies to two arguments against marriage presented by Dan Moller (Philosophy 78, 2003: 79–91). One of Moller's arguments examines several ways in which the marriage promise could be explained, and shows that none of them is viable. The other argument suggests that marriage may not be a worthwhile enterprise since marriages frequently fail, in that they become loveless or end up in divorce. I argue that the marriage promise can be explained in a way unconsidered by Moller, which (...)
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    Why has the Question of the Meaning of Life Arisen in the Last Two and a Half Centuries?Iddo Landau - 1997 - Philosophy Today 41 (2):263-269.
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    Conceptualizing Great Meaning in Life: Metz on the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.Iddo Landau - 2013 - Religious Studies 49 (4):505-514.
    This article is a reply to Thaddeus Metz's (2011). I suggest that Metz's theory is too broad since it entails that merely understanding Einstein's or Darwin's views can make a life highly meaningful. Furthermore, it is unclear whether , toward which highly meaningful lives are oriented, may or may not be necessary conditions to , how completely the former should explain the latter, and whether Metz's account is indeed non-consequentialist. While acknowledging the importance of Metz's contribution, I consider alternative directions (...)
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    Objectivism, Hybridism, and Meaning in Life: Reply to Evers and van Smeden.Iddo Landau - 2017 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 55 (3):306-313.
    In a recent article in this journal, Daan Evers and Gerlinde Emma van Smeden () defend Wolf's hybridism against objectivist counterexamples advanced by Metz, Smuts, and Bramble. They also offer their own new hybridism, which they take to be even less vulnerable to such counterexamples. In this paper, I argue that Evers and van Smeden's defense of their and Wolf's hybridizing from objectivist counterexamples is problematic and that they do not, in fact, succeed in meeting the challenge the objectivist counterexamples (...)
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    Benatar on the Badness of All Human Lives.Iddo Landau - 2021 - Philosophia 49 (1):333-345.
    This paper presents a critique of David Benatar’s arguments on the badness of all human lives. I argue that even if Benatar is right that there is an asymmetry between the good and the bad in life so that each “unit” of bad is indeed more effective than each “unit” of good, lives in which there is a lot of good and only little bad are still overall good. Even if there are more unfulfilled than fulfilled desires in life, a (...)
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  10. Violence and Postmodernism: A Conceptual Analysis.Iddo Landau - 2010 - Reason Papers 32:67-73.
     
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  11. Is Philosophy Androcentric?Iddo Landau - 2006 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    In this book, Landau looks at the title’s question and concludes that none of the arguments for viewing philosophy as pervasively androcentric ultimately stand up to rational scrutiny, while the ones that show it to be non-pervasively androcentric do not undermine it in the way that many critics have supposed: “Philosophy emerges, in almost all of its parts, as human rather than male, and most parts and aspects of it need not be rejected or rewritten.".
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    Problems with Feminist Standpoint Theory in Science Education.Iddo Landau - 2008 - Science & Education 17 (10):1081-1088.
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    Is Meaning in Life Constituted by Value or Intelligibility?Iddo Landau - 2021 - Philosophical Papers 50 (1-2):211-234.
    Several authors have recently argued that intelligibility, rather than value, constitutes life’s meaning. In this paper I criticize the intelligibility view by offering examples of cases in which i...
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    Externalism, Internalism, and Meaningful Lives.Iddo Landau - 2021 - Ratio 34 (2):137-146.
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    The “Why Be Moral?” Question and the Meaning of Life.Iddo Landau - 2015 - In Robert Louden & Beatrix Himmelmann (eds.), Why Be Moral? De Gruyter. pp. 159-172.
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    Should Marital Relations Be Non‐Hierarchical?Iddo Landau - 2012 - Ratio 25 (1):51-67.
    The paper explores an egalitarian norm widely accepted today, which I call the Marital Non‐Hierarchy Standard. According to this standard, marital relationships should be non‐hierarchical; neither partner may be more dominant than the other. The Marital Non‐Hierarchy Standard is exceptional: in almost all associations, including many financial, professional, educational and recreational ones, in almost all spheres of life, some hierarchies, within certain limits, are widely believed to be morally legitimate. I argue that in marital relations, too, some hierarchies should be (...)
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    Neurology, Psychology, and the Meaning of Life: On Thagard's The Brain and the Meaning of Life.Iddo Landau - 2013 - Philosophical Psychology 26 (4):604-618.
    The Brain and the Meaning of Life Paul Thagard Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010 274 pages, ISBN: 9780691142722 (hbk): $29.95 This paper criticizes central arguments in Paul Thagard's The Brain and the Meaning of Life, concluding, contrary to Thagard, that there is very little that we can learn from brain research about the meaning of life. The paper offers a critical review of Thagard's argument against nihilism and his argument that it is love, work, and play, rather than other activities, (...)
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    Feminist Criticisms of Metaphors in Bacon's Philosophy of Science.Iddo Landau - 1998 - Philosophy 73 (1):47-61.
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    Foundationless Freedom and Meaninglessness of Life in Sartre's: Being and Nothingness.Iddo Landau - 2012 - Sartre Studies International 18 (1):1-8.
    This paper critically examines Sartre's argument for the meaninglessness of life from our foundationless freedom. According to Sartre, our freedom to choose our values is completely undetermined. Hence, we cannot rely on anything when choosing and cannot justify our choices. Thus, our freedom is the foundation of our world without itself having any foundation, and this renders our lives absurd. Sartre's argument presupposes, then, that although we can freely choose all our values we have a meta-value that we cannot choose: (...)
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    Two Arguments for the Badness and Meaninglessness of Life.Iddo Landau - 2020 - Journal of Value Inquiry 54 (3):429-442.
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    Foundationless Freedom and Meaninglessness of Life in Sartre's: Being and Nothingness.Iddo Landau - 2012 - Sartre Studies International 18 (1):1-8.
    This paper critically examines Sartre's argument for the meaninglessness of life from our foundationless freedom. According to Sartre, our freedom to choose our values is completely undetermined. Hence, we cannot rely on anything when choosing and cannot justify our choices. Thus, our freedom is the foundation of our world without itself having any foundation, and this renders our lives absurd. Sartre's argument presupposes, then, that although we can freely choose all our values we have a meta-value that we cannot choose: (...)
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    Sexual Harassment as "Wrongful Communication".Iddo Landau - 2003 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 33 (2):225-234.
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    Sartre’s Absolute Freedom in Being and Nothingness: The Problems Persist.Iddo Landau - 2012 - Philosophy Today 56 (4):463-473.
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    Are You Entitled to Affirmative Action?Iddo Landau - 1997 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 11 (2):17-22.
  25. To Kill a Mandarin.Iddo Landau - 2005 - Philosophy and Literature 29 (1):89-96.
    IN LE P È R E GO R I O T, Balzac has the main character, Rastignac, ask his friend Bianchon whether he would agree to the killing of a Chinese Mandarin in far-away China if this would yield Bianchon a great fortune. After some joking, Bianchon answers negatively.1 For Rastignac, this thought experiment is connected to a practical dilemma: he is deliberating whether to agree that a man he has never seen, and who has done Rastignac no harm, should (...)
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    Problems in Levinas.Iddo Landau - 2021 - The European Legacy 26 (5):455-465.
    Emmanuel Levinas is one of the most elaborately discussed moral philosophers of recent decades, and his philosophy has many adherents. I believe, however, that the scholarly literature on his work...
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    On the Marginalization of Feminist Philosophy.Iddo Landau - 2010 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (4):551-568.
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    The Law and Sexual Harassment - The Law of Sexual Harassment: A CritiqueMane Hajdin Selinsgrove, Pa.: Susquehanna University Press, 2002. 271 Pp. [REVIEW]Iddo Landau - 2005 - Business Ethics Quarterly 15 (3):531-536.
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    Viktor Frankl on All People’s Freedom to Find Their Lives Meaningful.Iddo Landau - 2019 - Human Affairs 29 (4):379-386.
    According to Viktor Frankl, although people are not always free to choose the conditions in which they find themselves, they are always free to choose their attitude towards these conditions and, thus, are always free to find their lives meaningful. This basic tenet of Frankl’s theory is also often repeated approvingly in the secondary literature. I argue that the claim is wrong; not all people are free to find their lives meaningful. Counterexamples include people who suffer from severe depression or (...)
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    Mistakes About the Meaning of Life.Iddo Landau - 2018 - The Philosophers' Magazine 81:45-50.
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  31. Book Review. [REVIEW]Iddo Landau - 2006 - Iyyun 55:337-341.
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  32. Haack on Preferential Hiring.Iddo Landau - 2007 - In Cornelis De Waal (ed.), Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions: The Philosopher Responds to Critics. Prometheus Books.
     
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    Is Philosophy Androcentric?Iddo Landau - 2006 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    In this book, Landau looks at the title’s question and concludes that none of the arguments for viewing philosophy as pervasively androcentric ultimately stand up to rational scrutiny, while the ones that show it to be non-pervasively androcentric do not undermine it in the way that many critics have supposed: “Philosophy emerges, in almost all of its parts, as human rather than male, and most parts and aspects of it need not be rejected or rewritten.".
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  34. Oxford Handbook on Meaning in Life.Iddo Landau (ed.) - forthcoming - Oxford University Press.
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  35. Thinking and Personal Existence: Does Descartes Succeed in Proving He Exists?Iddo Landau - 1994 - Diálogos. Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 29 (63).
     
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  36. The Nights of Cabiria as a Camusian Existentialist Text.Iddo Landau - 2012 - Film and Philosophy 16:53-69.
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    Sexual Harassment and the "Repetition Requirement".Iddo Landau - 2004 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 34 (1):79-83.
    In his "Reply to Iddo Landau," Edmund Wall responds to the author’s critique of some of the views expressed in his "Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Communication." The present article concentrates on what the author takes to be the main problem in Wall’s definition: by requiring that any act, even if intentional and cruel in nature, needs to be repeated to count as sexual harassment, Wall allows too much leeway and renders permissible a wide range of intentional, mean, and harmful actions (...)
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    John Kleinig, Simon Keller, and Igor Primoratz, The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate. Chichester, UK: John Wiley, 2015. ISBN 978-0-470-65885-7, £23.50, Pbk. [REVIEW]Iddo Landau - 2017 - Journal of Value Inquiry 51 (1):193-197.
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    On the Definition of Sexual Harassment.Iddo Landau - 1999 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 77 (2):216 – 223.
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    An Answer of Behalf of Guanilo.Iddo Landau - 1992 - Philosophy and Theology 7 (1):81-96.
    The ontological proof is wrong because it can be used to prove not only the existence of God, but also of imaginary entities such as spirits of stones and trees. etc. It is faulty because it proves too much; it can be used to prove not only the existence of God, but also the existence of a vast number of imaginary entities to the existence of which theists would not like to commit themselves.
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    Two Notions of Objectification.Iddo Landau - 2007 - Philosophy Today 51 (3):312-319.
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    Thaddeus Metz, Meaning in Life: An Analytic Study. . Pp. Xi+269. £35.00 . ISBN 978 0 19 959931 8.Iddo Landau - 2014 - Religious Studies 50 (3):399-403.
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    Krishnamurti's Insistence on Pathless Enlightenment: A Critique.Iddo Landau - 2019 - Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion 24:31-55.
    This paper offers a critique of Krishnamurti’s Truth Is A Pathless Land doctrine, according to which all mystical mystical organizations and all mystical techniques, such as meditation, Koans, and Sufi whirling, obstruct rather than enhance mystical illumination. The paper criticizes both the empirical and the theoretical arguments Krishnamurti presents for this doctrine. It suggests that this doctrine is problematic even on the metaphorical level and that its ramifications confuse means with ends. Further, Krishnamurti's own program does not succeed in attaining (...)
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    Ethics and Sex.Iddo Landau - 2000 - Social Theory and Practice 26 (3):527-529.
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    How Androcentric is Western Philosophy?Iddo Landau - 1996 - Philosophical Quarterly 46 (182):48-59.
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    Smuts, Aaron. Welfare, Meaning and Worth. New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. 168. $140.00.Iddo Landau - 2018 - Ethics 129 (1):140-144.
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    Good Women and Bad Men: A Bias in Feminist Research.Iddo Landau - 1997 - Journal of Social Philosophy 28 (1):141-150.
    The variety of feminist thought has produced many fruitful discussions and debates. Liberal, radical, postmodern, psychoanalytic, and other feminists have criticized each others' work and underlying presuppositions. The aim of this paper is to point out a prejudice which has not yet received sufficient attention, although it lies at the base of a fair amount of feminist research: the bias that whereas men are bad and aggressive, women are good and peaceful. Although as an explicit view this contention has been (...)
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    Iddo Landau Responds.Iddo Landau - 2007 - Philosophy and Literature 31 (1):158-161.
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    After Postmodernism: Meaning of Life and Education.Iddo Landau - 2018 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 50 (14):1539-1540.
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    Modernism, Postmodernism and Politics.Iddo Landau - 1995 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 10 (1):39-45.
    Many modernists and postmodernists have adduced moral and political considerations in attacking the views of the other side and defending their own. In the face of the multiplicity of these claims and the ardor with which they are expressed, it is surprising that no attempts have been made to systematically examine the nature and validity of the arguments, nor to ask whether it is useful to engage in them at all. This paper provides such an analysis and demonstrates that in (...)
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