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Jonathan Dancy
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  1. Ethics Without Principles.Jonathan Dancy - 2004 - Oxford University Press.
    In this much-anticipated book, Jonathan Dancy offers the only available full-scale treatment of particularism in ethics, a view with which he has been associated for twenty years. Dancy now presents particularism as the view that the possibility of moral thought and judgement does not in any way depend on an adequate supply of principles. He grounds this claim on a form of reasons-holism, holding that what is a reason in one case need not be any reason in another, and maintaining (...)
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  2. Practical Reality.Jonathan Dancy - 2000 - Oxford University Press.
    Practical Reality is a lucid original study of the relation between the reasons why we do things and the reasons why we should. Jonathan Dancy maintains that current philosophical orthodoxy bowdlerizes this relation, making it impossible to understand how anyone can act for a good reason. By giving a fresh account of values and reasons, he finds a place for normativity in philosophy of mind and action, and strengthens the connection between these areas and ethics.
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  3. Moral Reasons.Jonathan Dancy - 1993 - Blackwell.
    This book attempts to place a realist view of ethics (the claim that there are facts of the matter in ethics as elsewhere) within a broader context. It starts with a discussion of why we should mind about the difference between right and wrong, asks what account we should give of our ability to learn from our moral experience, and looks in some detail at the different sorts of ways in which moral reasons can combine to show us what we (...)
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  4. Practical Reality.Jonathan Dancy - 2000 - Philosophy 78 (305):414-425.
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    Practical Shape: A Theory of Practical Reasoning.Jonathan Dancy - 2018 - Oxford University Press.
    Jonathan Dancy aims to establish the possibility of reasoning to action, by showing how similar it is to reasoning to belief. He offers a general theory of reasoning, which smoothly admits the differences there may be between the two types, while also considering the possibility of reasoning to hope, to fear, to doubt, and to intention.
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    Practical Reality.Jonathan Dancy - 2003 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 67 (2):436-443.
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  7. Moral Reasons.Jonathan Dancy - 1994 - Philosophy 69 (267):114-116.
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  8. An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology.Jonathan Dancy - 1985 - Blackwell.
    Introduction As its title indicates, this book is intended to provide an introduction to the main topics currently discussed under the rather unclear ...
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  9. Moral Particularism.Jonathan Dancy - 2009 - In Edward N. Zalta (ed.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University.
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  10. Arguments From Illusion.Jonathan Dancy - unknown
  11. Ethical Particularism and Morally Relevant Properties.Jonathan Dancy - 1983 - Mind 92 (368):530-547.
  12. Enticing Reasons.Jonathan Dancy - 2004 - In R. Jay Wallace, Philip Pettit, Samuel Scheffler & Michael Smith (eds.), Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz. Clarendon Press. pp. 91-118.
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  13. Intuition and Emotion.Jonathan Dancy - 2014 - Ethics 124 (4):787-812.
    I start with a brief look at what the classic British intuitionists (Ewing, Broad, Ross) had to say about the relation between judgment and emotion. I then look at some more recent work in the intuitionist tradition and try to develop a conception of moral emotion as a form of practical seeming, suggesting that some moral intuitions are exactly that sort of emotion. My general theme is that the standard contrast between intuition and emotion is a mistake and that intuitionism (...)
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  14. Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology.Jonathan Dancy - 1985 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 179 (4):649-649.
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    Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology.Marie McGinn & Jonathan Dancy - 1986 - Philosophical Quarterly 36 (145):574.
  16. Should We Pass the Buck?Jonathan Dancy - 2000 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 47:159-173.
    My topic is the relation between the right and the good. I introduce it by relating some aspects of the debate between various British intuitionists in the first half of the present century. In Principia Ethica G. E. Moore claimed that to be right is to be productive of the greatest good. He wrote ‘This use of “right”, as denoting what is good as a means, whether or not it be also good as an end, is indeed the use to (...)
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  17. Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology.Jonathan Dancy - 1985 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 49 (2):329-329.
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    The Particularist's Progress.Jonathan Dancy - unknown
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  19. In Defense of Thick Concepts.Jonathan Dancy - 1995 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 20 (1):263-279.
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    A Companion to Epistemology.Jonathan Dancy & Ernest Sosa (eds.) - 1992 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Epistemology - the theory of knowledge and of justified belief - has always been of central importance in philosophy. Progress in other areas of philosophical research has often depended crucially on epistemological presuppositions. This Companion, with well over 250 articles ranging from summary discussions to major essays on topics of current controversy, is the first complete reference work devoted to the subject. All the main theoretical positions in epistemology are discussed and analysed, tougher with the different categories of knowledge itself (...)
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  21. On Moral Properties.Jonathan Dancy - 1981 - Mind 90 (359):367-385.
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    Should We Pass the Buck?Jonathan Dancy - 2000 - In Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen & Michael J. Zimmerman (eds.), Recent Work on Intrinsic Value. Springer. pp. 33--44.
  23. Normativity.Jonathan Dancy (ed.) - 2000 - Blackwell.
    This volume is built on the papers given at the 1998" Ratio" conference on normativity.
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  24. The Role of Imaginary Cases in Ethics.Jonathan Dancy - 1985 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 66 (1-2):141.
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    Knowledge and the State of Nature: An Essay in Conceptual Synthesis.Jonathan Dancy - 1992 - Philosophical Quarterly 42 (168):393-395.
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    Enticing Reasons.Jonathan Dancy - 2004 - In C. Nimtz & A. Beckermann (eds.), Philosophy - Science - Scientific Philosophy. Main lectures and colloquia of GAP 5, Fifth International Congress for the Society of Analytical Philosophy. pp. 10-32.
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  27. Moral Perception.Jonathan Dancy - unknown
    I start by examining Robert Audi's positive suggestions about moral perception, and then attempt to point out some challengeable assumptions that he seems to make, and to consider how things might look if those assumptions are abandoned.
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  28. Reasons and Rationality.Jonathan Dancy - 2009 - In Simon Robertson (ed.), Spheres of Reason. Oxford University Press. pp. 93--112.
  29. Two Conceptions of Moral Realism.Jonathan Dancy & Christopher Hookway - 1986 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 60 (1):167 - 205.
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    Perceptual Knowledge.Jonathan Dancy (ed.) - 1988 - Oxford University Press.
    This volume presents articles on epistemology and the theory of perception and introduces readers to the various problems that face a successful theory of perceptual knowledge. The contributors include Robert Nozick, Alvin Goldman, H.P. Grice, David Lewis, P.F. Strawson, Frank Jackson, David Armstrong, Fred Dretske, Roderick Firth, Wilfred Sellars, Paul Snowdon, and John McDowell.
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    From Thought to Action.Jonathan Dancy - 2014 - Oxford Studies in Metaethics 9.
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  32. Are There Organic Unities?Jonathan Dancy - unknown
  33. Why There Is Really No Such Thing as the Theory of Motivation.Jonathan Dancy - 1995 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 95:1-18.
    To the extent, then, that we set our face against admitting the truth of Humeanism in the theory of motivation, to that extent we are probably going to feel that there is no such thing as the theory of motivation, so conceived, at all. And that will be the position that this paper is trying to defend, though not only for this reason. It might seem miraculous that so much can be extracted from the little distinction with which we started, (...)
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  34. Two Conceptions of Moral Realism.Jonathan Dancy - 1998 - In James Rachels (ed.), Ethical Theory 1: The Question of Objectivity. Oxford University Press.
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  35. Acting in Ignorance.Jonathan Dancy - 2011 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (3):345-357.
    This paper considers and rejects the arguments that have been given in favour of the view that one can only act for the reason that p if one knows that p . The paper contrasts it with the view I hold, which is that one can act for the reason that p even if it is not the case that p.
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  36. Can a Particularist Learn the Difference Between Right and Wrong?Jonathan Dancy - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1:59-72.
    This paper is an attempt to answer the charge that extreme moral particularism is unable to explain the possibility of moral concepts and our ability to acquire them. This charge is based on the claim that we acquire moral concepts from experience of instances, and that the sorts of similarities that there must be between the instances are ones that only a generalist can countenance. I argue that this inference is unsound.
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    Intention and Permissibility.T. M. Scanlon & Jonathan Dancy - 2000 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes 74:301-338.
    [T. M. Scanlon] It is clearly impermissible to kill one person because his organs can be used to save five others who are in need of transplants. It has seemed to many that the explanation for this lies in the fact that in such cases we would be intending the death of the person whom we killed, or failed to save. What makes these actions impermissible, however, is not the agent's intention but rather the fact that the benefit envisaged does (...)
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    Intention and Permissibility.T. M. Scanlon & Jonathan Dancy - 2000 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 74:301-338.
    It is clearly impermissible to kill one person because his organs can be used to save five others who are in need of transplants. It has seemed to many that the explanation for this lies in the fact that in such cases we would be intending the death of the person whom we killed, or failed to save. What makes these actions impermissible, however, is not the agent's intention but rather the fact that the benefit envisaged does not justify an (...)
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  39. The Logical Conscience.Jonathan Dancy - 1977 - Analysis 37 (2):81 - 84.
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  40. Defending the Right.Jonathan Dancy - unknown
    In this paper I consider what might be my best response to various difficulties and challenges that emerged at a conference held at the University of Kent in December 2004, the contributions to which are given in the same volume. I comment on Crisp's distinction between ultimate and non-ultimate reasons, and reply to McKeever and Ridge on default reasons, and to Norman on the idea of a reason for action. I don't here consider what other particularists might want to say; (...)
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    II—Jonathan Dancy: Moral Perception.Jonathan Dancy - 2010 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 84 (1):99-117.
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    On How to Act - Disjunctively.Jonathan Dancy - 2008 - In Adrian Haddock & Fiona Macpherson (eds.), Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge. Oxford University Press. pp. 262--282.
  43. Perceptual knowledge.Jonathan Dancy - 1989 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 179 (4):647-649.
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    Ifs.Jonathan Dancy - 1983 - Philosophical Quarterly 33 (130):96-98.
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    Reading Parfit.Jonathan Dancy (ed.) - 1997 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _ Reading Parfit _ brings together some of the most distinguished scholars in the field to discuss and critique Derek Parfit's outstanding work, _ Reasons and Persons, _.
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    Are There Organic Unities?Jonathan Dancy - unknown
    Argues against G. E. Moore’s conception of organic unities, attempting to replace it with a conception more amenable to particularism. Considers the possibility of a form of default value acceptable to particularism. Ends by contrasting the views expressed here with those of Kagan.
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  47. Two Conceptions of Moral Realism.Jonathan Dancy & Christopher Hookway - 1986 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes 60:167-205.
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    Defending Particularism.Jonathan Dancy - 1999 - Metaphilosophy 30 (1&2):25-32.
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    An Unprincipled Morality.Jonathan Dancy - unknown
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    The Presidential Address: Why There Is Really No Such Thing as the Theory of Motivation.Jonathan Dancy - 1995 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 95:1 - 18.
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