ESSAYS

In these meager yet immodest expressions of the philosopher’s art, I have attempted to distill something of the essence of my encounter with great thinkers, past and present.  They were written to be contemplated and savored, ideally while enjoying some spirit equal to the endeavor.  Something of the sort found here, seems about right.

Ethical Instrumentalism

This was my first, and so far only, attempt at my own meta-ethic, what I preferred then to call a ‘philosophy of value’.  Perhaps my treatment of Blackburn here is more caricature than characterization, but it struck me as fitting at the time.  No doubt a matter of the student trying to elude the teacher’s shadow.  I’ll let posterity settle the extent of my success.  It appeared in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol 8, No 4, August 2005.

The Insignificance of Choice

Here is my assault on the hallowed halls of Reason and Morality, slinging what many of you would no doubt consider a question-begging conception of choice.  Found print in Moral Psychology Today: Essays on Values, Rational Choice, and the Will, David Chan, ed. Springer: Netherlands, 2008.

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