Ginet received his BA from Occidental College in 1954, and his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1960 with a dissertation entitled "Reasons, Causes, and Free Will". He joined the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell in 1971 and retired in 1999. Before Cornell, Ginet was a faculty member of various universities, including Ohio State University, University of Michigan, and University of Rochester.
- Knowledge, Perception, and Memory (1975), Kluwer Academic Print on Demand. ISBN 90-277-0574-7, ISBN 978-90-277-0574-7
- On Action (1990), Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-38818-X, 9780521388184
- "Might We Have No Choice?" in Freedom and Determinism, ed. K. Lehrer (1966).
- "An Incoherence in the Tractatus," Canadian Journal of Philosophy (1973).
- "Wittgenstein's Claim that there Could Not Be Just One Occasion of Obeying a Rule," in Essays on Wittgenstein in Honour of G.H.von Wright, Acta Philosophica Fennica (1976).
- "Performativity," Linguistics and Philosophy (1979).
- "Contra Reliabilism," The Monist (1985).
- "The Fourth Condition," in Philosophical Analysis, ed. D.F. Austin (1988).
- "Dispositionalism: A Defense Against Kripke's Criticisms," Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XVII (1992).
- "In Defense of the Principle of Alternative Possibilities: Why I Don't Find Frankfurt's Argument Convincing," in Tomberlin ed., Philosophical Perspectives 10: Metaphysics (1996).
- "Freedom, Responsibility, and Agency," The Journal of Ethics I, pp. 85–98.