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Mary Coleman
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  1. Directions of fit and the Humean theory of motivation.Mary Clayton Coleman - 2008 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86 (1):127 – 139.
    According to the Humean theory of motivation, a person can only be motivated to act by a desire together with a relevantly related belief. More specifically, a person can only be motivated to ϕ by a desire to ψ together with a belief that ϕ-ing is a means to or a way of ψ-ing. In recent writings, Michael Smith gives what has become a very influential argument in favour of the Humean claim that desire is a necessary part of motivation, (...)
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  2. Could There Be a Power World?Mary Clayton Coleman - 2010 - American Philosophical Quarterly 47 (2):161.
    Could there be a power world? That is to say, could there be a world consisting of nothing but dispositional properties? If there couldn't be, then, obviously, the actual world is not such a world. That is one reason why answering this question is important. However, even if one thinks it is already obvious that the actual world is not a power world, answering this question is still important, because whether there could be a power world depends, in part, on (...)
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  3. Spontaneous abortion and unexpected death: a critical discussion of Marquis on abortion.Mary Clayton Coleman - 2013 - Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (2):89-93.
    In his classic paper, ‘Why abortion is immoral’, Don Marquis argues that what makes killing an adult seriously immoral is that it deprives the victim of the valuable future he/she would have otherwise had. Moreover, Marquis contends, because abortion deprives a fetus of the very same thing, aborting a fetus is just as seriously wrong as killing an adult. Marquis’ argument has received a great deal of critical attention in the two decades since its publication. Nonetheless, there is a potential (...)
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    Korsgaard on Kant on the value of humanity.Mary Clayton Coleman - 2006 - Journal of Value Inquiry 40 (4):475-478.
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    Public Reasons and Practical Solipsism.Mary Clayton Coleman - 2005 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (3):317-336.
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  6. Conscious Fiction.Mary Clayton Coleman - 2006 - Philosophy and Literature 30 (1):299-309.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Philosophy and Literature 30.1 (2006) 299-309 [Access article in PDF] Conscious Fiction Mary Clayton Coleman Bard College Consciousness and the Novel: Connected Essays, by David Lodge; 320 pp. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002, $24.95 boards, $16.95 paper. Fictional Minds, by Alan Palmer; 275 pp. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2004, $45.00. Radiant Cool: A Novel Theory of Consciousness, by Dan Lloyd; 357 pp. Cambridge, Mass.: The (...)
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    Sobel, David , and Wall, Steven , eds. Reasons for Action . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 . Pp. 288. $90.00 (cloth).Mary Clayton Coleman - 2010 - Ethics 120 (3):631-635.
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    Constructivism in Ethics, edited by Carla Bagnoli.Mary Clayton Coleman - 2015 - Mind 124 (496):1231-1234.
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  9. Decisions in Action: Reasons, Motivation, and the Connection Between Them.Mary Clayton Coleman - 2001 - Dissertation, Harvard University
    In my dissertation I aim to further our understanding of practical reasons and practical reasoning. In chapter one I evaluate and reject the most commonly accepted accounts of practical reasons, viz., Objectivism and Humeanism. They each offer an account of the conditions under which we have reasons, but they cannot tell us why these conditions have normative significance for us. I also argue that we cannot use a claim about the relationship between reasons and motivation to determine the nature of (...)
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    The Constitution of Agency.Mary Clayton Coleman - 2012 - Review of Metaphysics 65 (3):660-661.