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Brutalist non-naturalism and Hume's principle (2018)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (2018). Brutalist non-naturalism and Hume's principle. Dialectica, 72(3), 365-383. doi:10.1111/1746-8361.12235

Does moral non-naturalism have a problem with supervenience? That is, are necessary relations between moral and natural properties mysterious if those properties are distinct? Here I try to remove anxiety about the modal comments of moral non-natural... Read More

Music, essence and context (2018)
Zangwill, N. (in press). Music, essence and context. In R. Povilioniene, R. Stanevičiūtė, & N. Zangwill (Eds.), Essence and contextNew York: Springer Publishing Company

Self-belief and agency (2017)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (2017). Self-belief and agency. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 38(1), 35-52

I argue for the view that we all believe that we exist from the fact that the belief is a presupposition of some of our mental life. We cannot argue from perceptual experience, but we can argue from action. I defend an essentially active (or perhaps... Read More

Moral dependence and natural properties (2017)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (2017). Moral dependence and natural properties. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 91(1), 221-243. doi:10.1093/arisup/akx007

I explore the Because Constraint—the idea that moral facts depend on natural facts and that moral judgements ought to respect the dependence of moral facts on natural facts. I consider several issues concerning its clarification and importance.

Epistemic/non-epistemic dependence (2017)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (2018). Epistemic/non-epistemic dependence. Noûs, 52(4), 836-857. doi:10.1111/nous.12197

If someone knows something then there is something in virtue of which she knows it; and if someone justifiably believes something then there is something in virtue of which she is justified in believing it. That much is relatively uncontroversial. On... Read More

Hanslick's deleted ending (2017)
Journal Article
Landerer, C., & Zangwill, N. (2017). Hanslick's deleted ending. British Journal of Aesthetics, 57(1), 85-95. doi:10.1093/aesthj/ayw056

We question Mark Evan Bonds’ interpretation of the deleted ending of Eduard Hanslick’s On the Musically Beautiful. We argue that there is no evidence that it reveals a commitment to Pythagoreanism or Idealism. We supply an alternative explanation of... Read More

Contemplating musical essence (2016)
Journal Article
Landerer, C., & Zangwill, N. (2016). Contemplating musical essence. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 141(2), (483-494). doi:10.1080/02690403.2016.1216173. ISSN 0269-0403

Scepticism about Scepticism (2015)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (2016). Scepticism about Scepticism. Philosophy : the journal of the British Institute of Philosophical Studies, 91(1), 109-118. doi:10.1017/S0031819115000522

Skeptical arguments are intuitively gripping. Or at least they seem to be. They readily capture the imagination and curiosity of beginners in philosophy. The arguments are easy to state but seemingly impossible to answer. Furthermore there is a power... Read More

Logic as metaphysics (2015)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N., & Journal of Philosophy Inc., . (2015). Logic as metaphysics. The journal of philosophy, 112(10), 517-550. doi:10.5840/jphil20151121034

How should logic be understood? I outline and defend the view that I call “realism” about logic. This is a thesis with two elements: first, that certain logical constants are features or constituents of the world; and, second, that logical constants... Read More

Clouds of illusion in the aesthetics of nature (2013)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (2013). Clouds of illusion in the aesthetics of nature. Philosophical Quarterly, 63(252), (576-596). doi:10.1111/1467-9213.12050. ISSN 0031-8094

I defend extreme formalism about the aesthetics of inorganic nature. I outline the general issue over aesthetic formalism as it manifests itself in the visual arts. The main issue is over whether we need to know about the history of artworks in order... Read More

Negative properties (2011)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (2011). Negative properties. Noûs, 45(3), (528-556). doi:10.1111/j.1468-0068.2010.00776.x. ISSN 0029-4624

Normativity and the metaphysics of mind (2009)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (2010). Normativity and the metaphysics of mind. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 88(1), (21-39). doi:10.1080/00048400902739610. ISSN 0004-8402

I consider the metaphysical consequences of the view that propositional attitudes have essential normative properties. I argue that realism should take a weak rather than a strong form. I argue that expressivism cannot get off the ground. And I argue... Read More

The indifference argument (2006)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (2008). The indifference argument. Philosophical Studies, 138(1), (91-124). doi:10.1007/s11098-006-9000-0. ISSN 0031-8116

I argue against motivational internalism. First I recharacterise the issue over moral motivation. Second I describe the indifference argument against motivation internalism. Third I consider appeals to irrationality that are often made in the face of... Read More