rmyers


Robert Myers

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Department of Philosophy

Professor
Chair

Office: Ross Building, S431
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77575
Email: rmyers@yorku.ca
Primary website: http://www.yorku.ca/rmyers/


My early work was mainly concerned to develop a theory that would reveal impartial beneficence, prerogatives and restrictions to be equally fundamental components of morality.

More recently, I have been working on metaethical questions concerning the possible objectivity of value, and especially on the question whether philosophers have been hindered in their thinking here by inadequate conceptions of what desires are.

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Degrees

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Queen's University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

, Theoretical Ethics, Related issues in Philosophy of Action and Epistemology, Political Philosophy
Books

Publication
Year

Donald Davidson's Triangulation Argument (with Claudine Verheggen). New York: Routledge, 2016.

2016

Self-Governance and Cooperation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. (Paperback edition, 2003.)

1999

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"Holism in Action", in C. Verheggen, ed., Witgenstein and Davidson on Language, Thought, and Action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

2017

"Interpretation and Value", in A Companion to Davidson, E. Lepore and K. Ludwig, eds., Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

2013

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Paul Hurley, Beyond Consequentialism, reviewed in Ethics 121 (Jan. 2011), pp. 444-449.

2011

Robert Nozick, Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World, reviewed in Philosophy of the Social Sciences 33 (December 2003), pp. 514-518.

2003

Robert Adams, Finite and Infinite Goods, reviewed in Ethics 112 (January 2002), pp. 351-354.

2002

Peter Rijpkema, State Perfectionism and Personal Freedom, reviewed in Ethics 107 (Oct. 1996), p. 178.

1996

David Cooper, Value Pluralism and Ethical Choice, reviewed in Ethics 105 (Jan. 1995), p. 447.

1995

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Desires and Normative Truths: A Holist's Response to the Sceptics." Mind 121 (April 2012), pp. 375-406.

2012

“Cooperating to Promote the Good,” Analyse und Kritik (2011), pp. 123-139.

2011

“Reply to Anton Leist: Keeping Constructivism in Its Place,” Analyse und Kritik (2011), pp. 149-153.

2011

“Finding Value in Davidson,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 34 (March 2004), pp. 107-136.

2004

“The Inescapability of Moral Reasons,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (June 1999), pp. 281-307.

1999

“On the Explanation, the Justification and the Interpretation of Action,” Nous 29 (June 1995), pp. 212-231.

1995

“Prerogatives and Restrictions from the Cooperative Point of View,” Ethics 105 (Oct. 1994), pp. 128-152.

1994

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“Davidson on Desire and Value,” in Language and World, V. Munz, K. Puhl, J. Wang, eds., Proceedings of the 32nd International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, 2009.

2009

“Radical Interpretation and Moral Theory,” in The Role of Pragmatics in Contemporary Philosophy, P. Weingartner, G. Schurz and G. Dorn, eds., Proceedings of the 20th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, 1997, pp. 661-665.

1997


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2020 GS/PHIL6390 3.0 M Philosophy of Action SEMR



My early work was mainly concerned to develop a theory that would reveal impartial beneficence, prerogatives and restrictions to be equally fundamental components of morality.

More recently, I have been working on metaethical questions concerning the possible objectivity of value, and especially on the question whether philosophers have been hindered in their thinking here by inadequate conceptions of what desires are.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Queen's University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

, Theoretical Ethics, Related issues in Philosophy of Action and Epistemology, Political Philosophy

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"Holism in Action", in C. Verheggen, ed., Witgenstein and Davidson on Language, Thought, and Action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

2017

"Interpretation and Value", in A Companion to Davidson, E. Lepore and K. Ludwig, eds., Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

2013

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Paul Hurley, Beyond Consequentialism, reviewed in Ethics 121 (Jan. 2011), pp. 444-449.

2011

Robert Nozick, Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World, reviewed in Philosophy of the Social Sciences 33 (December 2003), pp. 514-518.

2003

Robert Adams, Finite and Infinite Goods, reviewed in Ethics 112 (January 2002), pp. 351-354.

2002

Peter Rijpkema, State Perfectionism and Personal Freedom, reviewed in Ethics 107 (Oct. 1996), p. 178.

1996

David Cooper, Value Pluralism and Ethical Choice, reviewed in Ethics 105 (Jan. 1995), p. 447.

1995

Books

Publication
Year

Donald Davidson's Triangulation Argument (with Claudine Verheggen). New York: Routledge, 2016.

2016

Self-Governance and Cooperation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. (Paperback edition, 2003.)

1999

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Desires and Normative Truths: A Holist's Response to the Sceptics." Mind 121 (April 2012), pp. 375-406.

2012

“Cooperating to Promote the Good,” Analyse und Kritik (2011), pp. 123-139.

2011

“Reply to Anton Leist: Keeping Constructivism in Its Place,” Analyse und Kritik (2011), pp. 149-153.

2011

“Finding Value in Davidson,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 34 (March 2004), pp. 107-136.

2004

“The Inescapability of Moral Reasons,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (June 1999), pp. 281-307.

1999

“On the Explanation, the Justification and the Interpretation of Action,” Nous 29 (June 1995), pp. 212-231.

1995

“Prerogatives and Restrictions from the Cooperative Point of View,” Ethics 105 (Oct. 1994), pp. 128-152.

1994

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“Davidson on Desire and Value,” in Language and World, V. Munz, K. Puhl, J. Wang, eds., Proceedings of the 32nd International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, 2009.

2009

“Radical Interpretation and Moral Theory,” in The Role of Pragmatics in Contemporary Philosophy, P. Weingartner, G. Schurz and G. Dorn, eds., Proceedings of the 20th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, 1997, pp. 661-665.

1997


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2020 GS/PHIL6390 3.0 M Philosophy of Action SEMR