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  1. The Agentive Modalities.John Maier - 2013 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 87 (3):113-134.
    A number of philosophical projects require a proper understanding of the modal aspects of agency, or of what I call ‘the agentive modalities.’ I propose a general account of the agentive modalities, one which takes as its primitive the decision-theoretic notion of an option. I relate this account to the standard semantics for ‘can’ and to the viability of some positions in the free will debates.
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  2. Abilities.John Maier - 2010 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    In the accounts we give of one another, claims about our abilities appear to be indispensable. Some abilities are so widespread that many who have them take them for granted, such as the ability to walk, or to write one's name, or to tell a hawk from a handsaw. Others are comparatively rare and notable, such as the ability to hit a Major League fastball, or to compose a symphony, or to tell an elm from a beech. In either case, (...)
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  3. Ability, Modality, and Genericity.John Maier - 2018 - Philosophical Studies 175 (2):411-428.
    Accounts of ability in the philosophical literature have tended to be modal ones: claims about an agent’s abilities are understood in terms of what she does in certain non-actual scenarios. In contrast, a prominent account of ability ascriptions in the recent semantics literature appeals to genericity: claims about an agent’s abilities are understood in terms of what she generally manages to do. The latter account resolves some long-standing problems for modal accounts, but encounters problems of its own. I propose a (...)
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    Modal Predicates.John Maier - 2016 - Linguistics and Philosophy 39 (6):443-457.
    I propose a semantics for a class of English predicates characteristically associated with possibility. The central idea is that such predicates are typically associated with an ordering source, and that differences among them are due to differences in their ordering sources. The ‘dispositional predicates’ that have been central to philosophical discussions are shown to be derivable as a special case from this more general class.
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    Dispositions and Ergativity.John Maier - 2015 - Philosophical Quarterly 65 (260):381-395.
    Attempts to give necessary and sufficient conditions for demarcating ‘dispositional’ predicates (such as ‘is fragile’) from other predicates are generally acknowledged to fail. This leaves unresolved the question of what it is about paradigm instances of dispositional predicates in virtue of which their application to an object constitutes a disposition ascription. This essay proposes that dispositional predicates are generally derived from ergative verbs, those verbs that allow for certain entailments from transitive to intransitive forms (as ‘Sam broke the glass’ entails (...)
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    The Argument From Moral Responsibility.John Maier - 2013 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (2):249-267.
    There is a familiar argument for the falsity of determinism, an argument that proceeds from the claim that agents are morally responsible. A number of authors have challenged the soundness of this argument. I pose a different challenge, one that grants its soundness. The challenge is that, given certain plausible assumptions, one cannot know the conclusion of this argument on the basis of knowing its premises. That is, one cannot know that determinism is false on the basis of this argument (...)
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    Addiction is a Disability, and it Matters.John T. Maier - 2021 - Neuroethics 14 (3):467-477.
    Previous discussions of addiction have often focused on the question of whether addiction is a disease. This discussion distinguishes that question – the disease question – from the question of whether addiction is a disability. I argue that, however one answers the disease question, and indeed on almost any credible account of addiction, addiction is a disability. I then consider the implications of this view, or why it matters that addiction is a disability. The disease model of addiction has led (...)
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  8. Willing, Wanting, Waiting.John Maier - 2011 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (2):361-364.
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Volume 89, Issue 2, Page 361-364, June 2011.
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    How Physics Makes Us Free, by J. T. Ismael: New York: Oxford University Press, 2016, Pp. Xiv + 273, £19.99. [REVIEW]John Maier - 2018 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 96 (1):196-199.
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    Enki and the Theology of EriduMyths of Enki, the Crafty God.William W. Hallo, Samuel Noah Kramer & John Maier - 1996 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 116 (2):231.
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    Desert Songs: Western Images of Morocco and Moroccan Images of the West.Susan Gilson Miller & John Maier - 1998 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 118 (1):111.
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    Charles Olson and the Poetic Uses of Mesopotamian Scholarship.John R. Maier - 1983 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 103 (1):227-235.
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