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Professor. BA (Queen's '79), MA (Waterloo '81), PhD (Toronto '86).
Telephone: (902) 494-3539
Office: Room 1136, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building
Interests: Philosophy of language and science, epistemology, metaethics, decision and action theory, metaphysics.
"Intransitive Preferences, Vagueness, and the Structure of Procrastination", in Chrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White, eds., The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 68-86.
"The Mutual Limitation of Needs as Bases of Moral Entitlements: A Solution to Braybrooke's Problem", in Sue Sherwin and Peter Schotch, eds., Engaged Philosophy: Essays in Honour of David Braybrooke (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), pp. 77-99.
"Who Owns Me, Me or my Mother? How to Escape Okin's Problem for Nozick's and Narveson's Theory of Entitlement", in Malcolm Murray, ed., Liberty, Games and Contracts: Jan Narveson and the Defence of Libertarianism (Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2007), pp. 157-171.
"Review of G.F. Schueler, Reasons and Purposes: Human Rationality and the Teleological Explanation of Action (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)", in Philosophical Books Vol. 48 No. 1 (January 2007), pp. 86-88.
"Prudence and the Temporal Structure of Practical Reasons", in Christine Tappolet and Sarah Stroud, Eds., Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality (Oxford: Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2003), pp. 230-250.
"Prudence and the Reasons of Rational Persons," Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 79, No. 3 (September 2001), pp. 346-365.
"Categorically Rational Preferences and the Structure of Morality," in Peter Danielson, Ed., Modeling Rationality, Morality and Evolution; Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science, Volume 7 (New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 282-301.
"Partial Convergence and Approximate Truth," The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 45, No. 1, March (1994a), pp. 153-170.
"Could God Have Made the Big Bang? (On Theistic Counterfactuals)," Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, XXXIII (1994b), pp. 3-20.
"Persons and the Satisfaction of Preferences: Problems in the Rational Kinematics of Values," The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XC, No. 4 (April 1993), pp. 163-180.
"Preference-Revision and the Paradoxes of Instrumental Rationality," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 22, No. 4 (December 1992a), pp. 503-530.
"Buridan and the Circumstances of Justice (On the Implications of the Rational Unsolvability of Certain Co-ordination Problems)," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 73, No. 2 (1992b), pp. 150-173.
"Co-Operative Solutions to the Prisoner's Dilemma," Philosophical Studies, 64 (1991a), pp. 309-321.
"Preference's Progress: Rational Self-Alteration and the Rationality of Morality," Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, XXX (1991b), pp. 3-32.
"McClennen's Early Co-operative Solution to the Prisoner's Dilemma," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, XXIX (1991c), pp. 341-358.
"Retaliation Rationalized: Gauthier's Solution to the Deterrence Dilemma," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 72 (1991d), pp. 9-32.
"Ideal Moral Codes," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, XXVIII (1990), pp. 389-408.
"Modality, Mechanism, and Translational Indeterminacy," Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, XXVIII (1989a), pp. 391-399.
"Two Gauthiers?," Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, XXVIII (1989b), pp. 43-61.
"Libertarian Agency and Rational Morality: Action-Theoretic Objections to Gauthier's Dispositional Solution of the Compliance Problem," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, XXVI (1988a), pp. 499-525.
"The Impossibility of Quine's Indeterminacy Thesis," in Venant Cauchy, ed., Philosophy and Culture: Proceedings of the XVIIth World Congress of Philosophy, (Montreal: Editions du Beffroi; Editions Montmorency, 1988b), Volume III, Philosophy of Language, Section 7, pp. 22-26.
"Gerald Vision On Indexicals," (with Julia Colterjohn), Analysis, 47 (New Series No. 213) (1987), pp. 58-60.
"Rationalizing Naturalism: Commentary on `Naturalizing Rationality', by Hilary Kornblith," in Naturalism and Rationality, Newton Garver and Peter H. Hare, editors (Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books, 1986) (Proceedings of the SUNY at Buffalo Conference on Rationality and Naturalism), pp. 135-139.
Review of Frederic Schick, Having Reasons: An Essay On Rationality and Sociality, The Queen's Quarterly, 92 (1985), pp. 630-631.
"How to Put Reality Into Language," in Science vs. Reality: A Debate, (Proceedings of the Dalhousie Conference on Scientific Realism), a special issue of The Dalhousie Review, 64 (1984), pp. 522-528.
Review of Martin Hollis and Steven Lukes (eds.), Rationality and Relativism, The Queen's Quarterly, 91 (1984), pp. 461-463.