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January 20, 2007


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Well, you did say lurkers were allowed to post. At least they can recommend Pea Soupers without the charge of "log rolling":

David Sobel, 'Pain for Objectivists: the Case of Matters of Mere Taste', Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 8, 2005, 437-457;

Edward Harcourt, 'Quasi-Realism and Ethical Appearances', Mind, 114, 2005, 249-275.

I'm not sure I like the term "lurker." How about "interested spectator"?

If articles contributed to books count (do they?):

Ralph Wedgwood, "The Meaning of 'Ought,'" Oxford Studies in Metaethics, vol. 1, 2006, 127-160.

My two favourite articles from these two years are Niko Kolodny's 'Why Be Rational?' that was in Mind and Jamie Dreier's 'Metaethics and the Problem of Creeping Minimalism' in Philososophical Perspectives (not sure about the year of the latter 2004 or 2005? Jamie lists it as 2005 so I go with him).

Should have been more careful. Here they are:

Kolodny, Niko, 'Why Be Rational?', Mind, 114, 2005, 509-563.

Dreier, Jamie, 'Metaethics and the Problem of Creeping Minimalism, Philosophical Perspectives, 18, 2005, 23-44.

If we take ethics somewhat broadly the best ethics paper I read in 2005 was Simon Keller's "Patriotism as Bad Faith" in Ethics, Vol. 115 Issue 3, April 2005.

Parfit, Derek. 'Normativity', in Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.) Oxford studies in metaethics, vol. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006, pp. 325-380.

Bostrom, Nick & Toby Ord. 'The reversal test: eliminating status quo bias in applied ethics', Ethics, 2006, Vol. 116, No. 4, pp. 656-680.

I also liked Kolodny's paper. But since it's already mentioned, I'll cast a vote for "The Dif," by Kadri Vihvelin and Terrance Tomkow, Journal of Philosophy 102(4), 2005, pp. 183-205.

I also liked the Bostrom and Ord, as well as

David Enoch, "Why Idealize?" Ethics 115, 2005, 759-787.

So Jamie's 'Creeping Minimalism' paper went into print in November 2004 - you can read all about it in a discussion thread on Thoughts, Arguments, and Rants from December 2004. Most of the best papers I've read in the last two years aren't in print, yet, but I'd nominate Jamie's 'Negation for Expressivists', instead: Oxford Studies in Metaethics 1: 217-233.

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