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Vol 8, No 2 (2014)

Table of Contents

Ethics in Focus

The Ethics of Metaethics: On Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos PDF
Bernard G. Prusak 1-10
The Peculiar Flavor of Nagel’s Metaethics PDF
Regan Lance Reitsma 11-25
Explaining Value: Nagel on Normative Realism and the Teleology of Evolution PDF
Micah Lott 26-37
Dissolving the Debunker’s Puzzle PDF
Terence Cuneo 38-49
Evolution and Value PDF
Francisco J. Ayala 50-58


Does It Matter Whether Ecosystems Are Real? PDF
Robert Hudson 59-78
The Reality of Fictional Characters and the Cognitive Value of Literature: Some Surprising Insights from Philosophy PDF
Allison Jill Hepola 79-89


Presidential Statesmanship as Civic Education PDF
Jason Jividen 90-112
“It Must Develop Men”: Frederick Douglass and Education in Nineteenth-Century America PDF
Emily Hess 113-130
American Paideia: Public and Private Leadership and the Cultivation of Civic Virtue PDF
Jordan Barkalow 131-154

Book Reviews

Prusak, Bernard G. Parental Obligations and Bioethics: The Duties of a Creator. New York: Routledge, 2013). 162pp. $125.00 (cloth). ISBN: 978–0–415–70333–8. PDF
Jason T. Eberl 155-159