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by Joel Marks
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
University of New Haven

Bioethics Center Scholar
Yale University


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Traitors to Their Kind. (scifi novel)
North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2017.

Hard Atheism and the Ethics of Desire: An Alternative to Morality.
London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2015.

Ethics without Morals.**
New York: Routledge, 2013.

It's Just a Feeling: The Philosophy of Desirism.**
North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2013.

Bad Faith: A Philosophical Memoir.**
North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2013.

Ought Implies Kant: A Reply to the Consequentialist Critique.***
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.

West Haven, CT: University of New Haven Press, 2002 (expanded edition).

From the Theoretical to the Personal:
Stories for and by Students about Ethics
Self-published, 2000.

Moral Moments: Very Short Essays on Ethics.****
Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000.

Emotions in Asian Thought: A Dialogue in
Comparative Philosophy
(Contributor and
Co-Editor with Roger T. Ames).
Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995.

Gerard Hoffnung: A Festschrift (Contributor
and Co-Editor with David E.E. Sloane).
Special issue (Vol. XXI) of
Essays in Arts and Sciences
(University of New Haven),
October, 1992.

The Ways of Desire: New Essays in
Philosophical Psychology on the Concept of
(Editor and Contributor).
Chicago: Precedent Publishing, 1986.

The World as I Feel It: What It Is Like to be Me.
Unpublished ms., in private circulation, 2017.


* Add the following note on page 5 after 'Alas, this “entire range” includes contradictories; hence these perspectives cannot be used to form a coherent whole': 'Nevertheless, as Gibson (see Note 5 above) also argued, our necessarily perspectival situation does not preclude significant progress in correctly and wholly perceiving reality. Again, for Gibson, seeing perspectives, at least in the sensory realm, is actually an achievement and not at all what we naturally see. A paradigmatic example for him was looking at a person and seeing, not, say, a flat front, but an entire 3D body, backside included. There is “information in the light” for that, not for a cardboard cutout. Furthermore, we are active observers; and so even if we might mistake a real-live human being for a cardboard cutout were our head held stock still and under dim illumination, our typical looking is while moving around, so that a range of perspectives and conditions of observing becomes instantly available to us and is naturally integrated without liability to illusion or even the need to intellectually infer from 2D to 3D.'

** about the trilogy

*** corrigenda

**** corrigenda: Replace the second and third instances of "Alois" on page 43 with "Johann."