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| Baier | Gendler | Teichman | Zagzebski |


Baier, A.

Baier,# A. C. (1987). Commodious Living. Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology  72 (2): 157- 185

Kw: ethics; honor; human nature; social ethics

Hobbes takes the true morality to consist in obedience to dictates of reason that secure peace and commodious living. One of these, the fifth, requires 'compleasance,' (sic) or mutual accommodation, and he says those who keep it are the 'commodi'. Commodious or sociable living is part of the moral goal, and sociability part of the necessary means. Reason, for Hobbes, itself depends upon speech and the mutual accommodation involved in that "noblest invention of all other." The dictates of reason do not initiate human sociability, but presuppose and protect it.


Gendler, T.

Gendler,# T. (2000). The Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance. Journal of Philosophy 97 (2):55-81

Kw: Belief; imagination

What I call the puzzle of imaginative resistance is the puzzle of explaining our comparative difficulty in imagining fictional worlds that we take to be morally deviant. I argue: (1) that imaginative resistance is a widespread feature of our engagement with fiction; (2) that the primary source of imaginative resistance is not (as previous commentators have suggested) our inability to imagine morally (and otherwise) deviant situations, but our unwillingness to do so; and that (3) this unwillingness is explicable if imagining involves something in between belief and mere supposition.

Teichman, J.

Teichman,# J. (1971). Perception and Causation. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 71: 29- 41

Kw: Causation; epistemology; metaphysics; perception

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Zagzebski, L.

Zagzebski,# L. (1999) What is knowledge? In The Blackwell Guide to Epistemology, Greco and Sosa, eds. Oxford: Blackwell. 92-116

Kw: knowledge, belief, justification

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