Written Work


Descartes’s Method of Doubt, Princeton University Press, 2002. Paperback edition, 2003.

Edited Book

With John Carriero, The Blackwell Companion to Descartes, Blackwell Publishing, 2008.


With Ruth Mattern, “Reinterpreting Descartes on the Notion of the Union of Mind and Body,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 16 (1978), pp. 23-32.

“The Possibility of Prudence,” Philosophical Studies, 43 (1983), pp. 253-266.

“Hume’s Skepticism about Causal Inferences,” The Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 64 (1983), pp. 3-18.

Reprinted in Hume: General Philosophy, ed. David Owen (Ashgate Publishing), 2000.

“Skepticism and the Cartesian Circle,” The Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 14 (1984), pp. 593-615.

“Adequate Causes and Natural Change in Descartes’s Philosophy,” in Human Nature and Natural Knowledge, ed. Alan Donagan, Anthony Perovich, and Michael Wedin (D. Reidel), 1986, pp. 107-127.

Reprinted in Essays on Early Modern Philosophers, ed. Vere Chappell (Garland Press), 1991.

“Necessity and Physical Laws in Descartes’s Philosophy,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 68 (1987), pp. 205-221.

“Hume’s Ideas about Necessary Connection,” Hume Studies, 13 (1987), pp. 217-244.

“What Does the Scientist of Man Observe?” Hume Studies, 18:2 (1992), pp. 155-168. (Invited contribution.)

“The Method of Doubt,” in The Rationalists, ed. Derk Pereboom (Rowman and Littlefield), 1999, pp. 1-18.

“Explaining General Terms,” Hume Studies, 26:2 (2000), pp. 279-289. (Invited contribution.)

“Hume’s Naturalism about Cognitive Norms,” Philosophical Topics, 31:2 (2003), pp. 1-19.

“Cartesian Skeptics,” in Pyrrhonian Skepticism, ed. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Oxford University Press), 2004, pp. 25-39.

“The Inquiry in the Treatise,” The Philosophical Review, 113:4 (2004), pp. 537-556.

“Descartes’s Meditations,” in Central Works of Philosophy, ed. John Shand (Acumen Publishing), 2005, pp. 15-36.

“Hume’s Voyage,” in Passions, Practices, and Persons, ed. Joyce Jenkins, Jennifer Whiting, and Christopher Williams (Notre Dame University Press), 2005, pp. 174-191.

“Dreamers and Madmen,” in The History of Early Modern Philosophy, ed. Christia Mercer and Eileen O'Neill (Oxford University Press), 2005, pp. 1-23.

“Impression and Ideas,” in The Blackwell Guide to Hume’s “A Treatise of Human Nature”, ed. Saul Traiger (Blackwell Publishing), 2005, pp. 43-58.

“‘Our Aim in All Our Studies’,” in The New Hume Debate, second edition, ed. Rupert Read and Kenneth Richman (Routledge), 2007, pp. 198-210.

“Self-Knowledge,” in The Blackwell Companion to Descartes, ed. Janet Broughton and John Carriero (Blackwell Publishing), 2008, pp. 179-195.

“Hume’s Explanation of Causal Inference,” in Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy, ed. Paul Hoffman, David Owen, and Gideon Yaffe (Broadview Press), 2008, pp. 289-305.

“Hume’s Naturalism and his Skepticism,” in The Blackwell Companion to Hume, ed. Elizabeth Radcliffe (Blackwell Publishing), 2008, pp. 425-440.

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