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The missing link and the ambitions of epistemology (2019)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (in press). The missing link and the ambitions of epistemology. Metaphilosophy,

I argue that in seeking an account of what knowledge depends on we should embrace a pluralist account of the link belief and fact, and we need feel no anxiety that we should be seeking a unified account.

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

The yummy and the yucky: Expressive language and the agreeable (2018)
Journal Article
Zangwill, N. (2018). The yummy and the yucky: Expressive language and the agreeable. The Monist, 101(3), 294–308.

I probe the judgments of the agreeable that we make about food and drink. I first separate different concerns that we might have with food and drink. After that, I address expressive language by first sketching an evolutionary language-game-theoretic a... Read More

Music, essence and context (2018)
Book Chapter
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.

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.

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.

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

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. (2015). Logic as metaphysics. The journal of philosophy, 112(10), 517-550.

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.

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

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.

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

Moral dependence
Book Chapter
Zangwill, N. Moral dependence. The University of Hull