Published Papers

“Why I Don’t Vote But You Go Right Ahead.” Paul Viminitz vs. Kent A. Peacock. To Vote or Not to Vote Debate. The Dalhousie Review86.1, Spring 2006, 27–35. 

“The Deer Hunter Paradox”, OSSA Conference Proceedings, University of Windsor, 1999. (Response to Viminitz, Jan Narveson).


In the first Russian Roulette scene in the Deer Hunter, do the circumstances giving rise to Mike’s and Nick’s “rebellion” merely document Kahneman-Tversky-type glitches in the reasoning of their Vietcong captors, or does the scene also reveal a genuine inadequacy in our current understanding of interactive rationality–the resolution of which would have profound implications for rational choice theory and its myriad applications? I argue the latter.

VIMINITZ, P. (2016). Getting the Baseline Right—or—Why I’m Right and Everyone Else is Wrong, in each of the Two Senses of ‘Why’. Dialogue,55(4), 739-757. doi:10.1017/S0012217316000676

Viminitz, Paul. “A defence of terrorism.” Journal of philosophical research 30.Supplement (2005): 397-408.

ABSTRACT: After the events of September 11, 2001, most Americans cannot understand why anyone would want to cause innocent persons such devastating harm. Few of us can understand, much less identify with, the ideas in the minds of terrorists who brought down the towers of the World Trade Center. In his paper, Paul Viminitz gives us a chilling look inside a type of reasoning that could be used to support terrorists’ actions. It is likely that, after the shock of the reasoning, few will find this defense of terrorism convincing, but Viminitz lays down the challenge to the reader to find the flaws in the reasoning.

“A Theory of War”, in Twentieth-Century Values, University Press of America, 2000. 

ABSTRACT: By virtue of what I call the Counterfeit White Flag Problem, a state of civil society and a state of war are shown to be both phenomenologically and epistemically indistinguishable. From this – or so I argue – it follows that all political categories are reducible, without remainder, to military ones. Having established this reducibility I then proceed to provide at least a sketch of how this reduction would go.

Viminitz, Paul. “A Proof that Libertarianism is Either False or Banal.” Liberalism. Springer, Dordrecht, 2000. 211-219.

Viminitz, Paul. “Pacifism, advocacy, and population dynamics.” Belgrade Philosophical Annual 25 (2012): 281-291.

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