Robert Myers

Department of Philosophy

Professor
Chair

Office: Ross Building, S438
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77575
Emailrmyers@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.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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Area of Specialization

Philosophy

Degrees

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


Research Interests

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

All Publications

Books

Self-Governance and Cooperation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999, Pp. 179. (Paperback edition, 2003.)

Book Chapters

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

Journal Articles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Proceedings

“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.

“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.

Book Reviews

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

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

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

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

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


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.

Area of Specialization

Philosophy

Degrees

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

Research Interests:

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

All Publications

Books

Self-Governance and Cooperation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999, Pp. 179. (Paperback edition, 2003.)

Book Chapters

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

Journal Articles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Proceedings

“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.

“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.

Book Reviews

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

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

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

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

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