Alonzo Fyfe came up with Desire Utilitarianism, aka Desirism, the theory of ethics I currently defend. Though Fyfe spent over a decade studying ethics at university, he has never published in a peer-reviewed philosophy journal.
This, for me, is the most frustrating and suspicious feature of desirism: there are literally no professional journal articles that explain or defend it. There’s just a popular-level book, a bunch of blog posts, and my own very incomplete F.A.Q.
In fact, I think it’s quite legitimate for people to simply dismiss the ethical theory I defend, saying “Yeah, whatever, come back to me when you’ve got some peer-reviewed articles on it.”
Still, Fyfe does occasionally engage contemporary ethics literature. (Actually, almost all of his writing is in the context of contemporary ethics literature, but he rarely cites the philosophers with whom he agrees and disagrees.)
So here it is: my index of Fyfe’s articles that actually cite the work of a professional philosopher:
- Citing Michael Smith: Smith on Parfit part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8b, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.
- Citing Peter Railton: Peter Railton, Beliefs, and Values; The Fully Informed Agent.
- Citing Paul Thagard: Desires and Ordinary Language; Morality and the Neurocomputational Model of Decision Making.
- Citing Richard Carrier: see here.
- Citing Chris Heathwood: see Hedonism, Desire Satisfaction, and a Good Life, Unstable Desires, Ill-Informed Desires, Irrational Desires, Intrinsically vs. Relationally Good Lives, The Value of Truth.