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  1. added 2015-01-29
    Tracy B. Strong (forthcoming). Glory and the Law in Hobbes. European Journal of Political Theory:1474885114567347.
    A central argument of the Leviathan has to do with the political importance of education. Hobbes wants his book to be taught in universities and expounded much in the manner that Scripture was. Only thus will citizens realize what is in their hearts as to the nature of good political order. Glory affects this process in two ways. The pursuit of glory by a citizen leads to political chaos and disorder. On the other hand, God’s glory is such that one (...)
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    Deane‐Peter Baker (2015). Epistemic Uncertainty and Excusable Wars. Philosophical Forum 46 (1):55-69.
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    Fuat Gursozlu (2014). Political Liberalism and the Formative Political Elements. Review Journal of Political Philosophy 11:55-81.
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    Enzo Rossi (forthcoming). Can Realism Move Beyond a Methodenstreit? [REVIEW] Political Theory.
    Is there more to the recent surge in political realism more than just a debate on how best to continue doing what political theorists are already doing? I use two recent books, by Michael Freeden and Matt Sleat, as a testing ground for realism’s claims about its import on the discipline. I argue that both book take realism beyond the Methodenstreit, though each in a different direction: Freeden’s takes us in the realm of meta-metatheory, Sleat’s is a genuine exercise in (...)
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    Fabian Freyenhagen (forthcoming). Honneth on Social Pathologies: A Critique. Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory.
    Over the last two decades, Axel Honneth has written extensively on the notion of social pathology, presenting it as a distinctive critical resource of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, in which tradition he places himself, and as an alternative to the mainstream liberal approaches in political philosophy. In this paper, I review the developments of Honneth's writing on this notion and offer an immanent critique, with a particular focus on his recent major work "Freedom's Right". Tracing the use of, and problems (...)
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    L. Kall & K. Zeiler (2014). Bodily Relational Autonomy. Journal of Consciousness Studies 21 (9-10):100-120.
    Conceptions of autonomy in western philosophy and ethics have often centred on self-governance and self-determination. However, a growing bulk of literature also questions such conceptions, including the understanding of the autonomous self as a self-governing independent individual that chooses, acts, and lives in accordance with her or his own values, norms, or sense of self. This article contributes to the critical interrogation of selfhood, autonomy, and autonomous decision making by combining a feminist focus on relational dimensions of selfhood and autonomy (...)
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    Lara Denis (2014). Kant on Moral Autonomy. [REVIEW] Kantian Review 19 (2):327-332.
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    Neil Levy (2014). The Best of All Possible Paternalisms? Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (5):304-305.
    I am grateful to the commentators, for their kind words and for their probing challenges. They range in the views they express, from those who seem to think I have not gone far enough in questioning the value of autonomy to those who think I have not challenged it at all. Given this diversity, it seems best to address their remarks sequentially.J D Trout is sympathetic to my project, and highlights his own work which supports it.1 Indeed, Trout's work—together with (...)
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    Neil Otte, Brian Donohue & Barry Smith (2014). An Ontological Approach to Territorial Disputes. In Semantic Technology in Intelligence, Defense and Security, CEUR, vol. 1304. CEUR. 2-9.
    Disputes over territory are a major contributing factor to the disruption of international relations. We believe that a cumulative, integrated, and continuously updated resource providing information about such disputes in an easily accessible form would be of benefit to intelligence analysts, military strategists, political scientists, and also to historians and others concerned with international disputes. We propose an ontology-based strategy for creating such a resource. The resource will contain information about territorial disputes, arguments for and against claims pertaining to sovereignty, (...)
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    José Artur Quilici-Gonzalez, Mariana Claudia Broens, Maria Eunice Quilici-Gonzalez & Guiou Kobayashi (2014). Complexity and Information Technologies: An Ethical Inquiry Into Human Autonomous Action. Scientiae Studia 12 (SPE):161-179.
    In this article, we discuss, from a complex systems perspective, possible implications of the rising dependency between autonomous human social/individual action, ubiquitous computing, and artificial intelligent systems. Investigation is made of ethical and political issues related to the application of ubiquitous computing resources to autonomous decision-making processes and to the enhancement of human cognition and action. We claim that without the feedback of fellow humans, which teaches us the consequences of our actions in real everyday life, the indiscriminate use of (...)
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    John Christman (2012). Ben Colburn, Autonomy and Liberalism. [REVIEW] Journal of Moral Philosophy 9 (1):134-136.
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    George Pavlakos (2011). Constitutional Rights, Balancing and the Structure of Autonomy. Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 24 (1):129-153.
    The question of the character of constitutional rights norms is complex and admits of no easy answer. Without reducing the complexity of the issue, I attempt in this paper to formulate some clear views on the matter. I shall argue that constitutional rights reasoning is a species of rational practical reasoning that combines both balancing and the grounds as to why balancing is appropriate . Absent the latter type of reason, the application of constitutional principles remains a pure instance of (...)
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    Claire E. Rasmussen (2011). The Autonomous Animal: Self-Governance and the Modern Subject. Univ of Minnesota Press.
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    Catriona Mackenzie & Jacqui Poltera, Narrative Identity and Autonomy.
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    Jinmei Yuan (2003). How to Read Dewey and Confucius: My Comments on Dr. Erin M. Cline’s Paper “Autonomy or Approprlateness? Contrasting Selves in the Democracy of the Dead”. Southwest Philosophy Review 19 (2):93-96.
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    Michael W. Howard (1986). Dilemmas of Pluralist Democracy: Autonomy Vs. Control. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 39 (4):761-763.
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    Neera Badhwar (1983). Love, Politics, and Autonomy. Reason Papers 9:21-28.
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    Seyla Benhabib (1982). Communicative Ethics and Moral Autonomy. Journal of Philosophy 79 (11):715-716.
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    John Rawls (1980). Rational and Full Autonomy. Journal of Philosophy 77 (9):515-535.
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    Humphrey Palmer (1978). Recurring Questions and Autonomy. Reason Papers 4:83-87.
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    Dan Demetriou (forthcoming). Honor Ethics for Executives and Leaders. In George Washington Leadership Institute curriculum, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mt. Vernon.
    Requested essay for George Washington Leadership Institute curriculum, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mt. Vernon. -/- Honor is often equated with integrity, dignity, courage, and unimpeachable reputation. But what is the underlying essence of honor that explains those associations? This essay provides a framework for thinking about honor, and explores a theory of honor that understands it in terms of agonism—that is, as an ethic regulating our pursuit of prestige according to principles of fair (...)
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    Yitzhak Y. Melamed (forthcoming). Idolatry. In Aaron Sewgal & Daniel Frank (eds.), Debates in Jewish Philosophy - Past and Present. Routledge.
    The current paper aims at merely charting a brief outline of Jewish philosophical attitudes toward idolatry. In its first part, I discuss some chief trends in Rabbinic approach toward idolatry. In the second part, I examine the role of idolatry in the philosophy of religion of Moses Maimonides and Benedict de Spinoza, two towering figures of medieval and early modern Jewish philosophy. In the third and last part, I address the relevance of the notion of idolatry to contemporary Jewish life, (...)
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    Lisa Herzog & Andrew Walton (2014). Qualified Market Access and Inter-Disciplinarity. Ethics and Global Politics 7 (2):83-94.
    This note offers reflections on qualified market access —the practice of linking trade agreements to values such as human rights, labour standards, or environmental protection. This idea has been suggested by political theorists as a way of fulfilling our duties to the global poor and of making the global economic system more just, and it has influenced a number of concrete policies, such as European Union trade policies. Yet, in order to assess its merits tout court, different perspectives and disciplines (...)
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    Frederic Will (2009). Language, Time, and Die Tat: What Do I Remember When I Remember That My Wife Said to Get Milk on the Way Home? Cultura 6 (1):156-168.
    "Die Tat" concerns the effort to recapture a particular memory. In searching to recover that memory trace the writer discovers that the memory datum itself diffuses and breaks up into the present remembering action of the one who remembers. The essay anatomizes that process of diffusion, and tries to come up with a definition of memory.
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    Mark A. Sargent (2004). What’s Law Got to Do with It?: Introduction to the Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and the Law. Journal of Catholic Social Thought 1 (2):201-202.
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    Richard Oxenberg, Philosopher Kings and the Kingdom of Ends: On Democracy's Need for a Moral-Civic Pedagogy.
    The Athenian statesman Pericles makes one of the first, and most eloquent, statements concerning the meaning of democracy in his funeral oration of 430 B.C.E.: "Our constitution is called a democracy because power is in the hands not of a minority but of the whole people. When it is a question of settling private disputes, everyone is equal before the law; when it is a question of putting one person before another in positions of public responsibility, what counts is. . (...)
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    Micah Lott (2014). Labor Exploitation, Living Wages, and Global Justice: An Aristotelian Account. Journal of Catholic Social Thought 11 (2):329-359.
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    John J. Fitzgerald (2014). Together Again, Naturally?: Pope Benedict XVI and the Fourteenth Dalai Lama on Our Environmental Responsibility. Journal of Catholic Social Thought 11 (2):465-500.
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    Patchen Markell (forthcoming). Anonymous Glory. European Journal of Political Theory:1474885114567344.
    Hannah Arendt’s political theory is often understood to rest on a celebration of action, the memorable words and deeds of named individuals, over against the anonymous processes constitutive of ‘labor’ and ‘society’. Yet at key moments in The Human Condition and The Origins of Totalitarianism, Arendt seems to signal a different relationship between political action and anonymity; and she does so in part via citations of the novels of William Faulkner. Using the apparently contradictory notion of ‘anonymous glory’ as a (...)
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    David Owen (forthcoming). Machiavelli’s Il Principe and the Politics of Glory. European Journal of Political Theory:1474885114567346.
    This article offers a reading of Machiavelli’s il Principe and its relationship to his Discorsi which defends, first, the coherence of Machiavelli’s appeal to the figure of the one-man ordinatore and, second, a republican interpretation of il Principe. Its particular focus is on the pivotal role played in Machiavelli’s text-act by ‘love of worldly glory’. It is argued, first, that it is through love of glory that Machiavelli can coherently aim to produce an effective one-man ordinatore and, second, that the (...)
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    Terence Rajivan Edward, The Right of Democracies to Sanction Other Democracies.
    Avia Pasternak argues for a right that democracies have to sanction other democracies. This paper reconstructs her argument and objects to one of its premises.
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    Hannes Rusch & Charlotte Störmer (forthcoming). An Evolutionary Perspective on War Heroism. Militaire Spectator.
    Humans are one of the most cooperative and altruistic species on the planet. At the same time, humans have a long history of violent and deadly intergroup conflicts, i.e. wars. Recently, contemporary evolutionary theorists have revived Charles Darwin’s idea that human in-group altruism and out-group hostility might have co-evolved. Groups with more cooperatively aggressive men, they suggest, were more likely to prevail in the frequent lethal quarrels of human pre-history, and these men, therefore, more likely to have passed on their (...)
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    Thomas Mulligan (forthcoming). On the Compatibility of Epistocracy and Public Reason. Social Theory and Practice.
    In "epistocratic" political arrangements, political influence is wielded by those who make superior political decisions because of their superior political knowledge. Many democrats--notably, David Estlund--concede that epistocracy might produce better political outcomes than democracy, but they argue that epistocracy cannot be justified under public reason. These objections are unsound because they violate a viability constraint: They are also fatal to democracy and all other plausible political arrangements. There is a problem with the public reason framework itself--a problem which can only (...)
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    Mitchell Aboulafia (forthcoming). George Herbert Mead. In Bryan S. Turner (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Wiley-Blackwell.
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    Robin Douglass (forthcoming). What’s Wrong with Inequality? Some Rousseauian Perspectives. European Journal of Political Theory:1474885114566132.
    In this article, I review Frederick Neuhouser’s latest book, Rousseau’s Critique of Inequality, while critically assessing the legacy of Rousseau’s ideas on inequality and amour-propre for contemporary political philosophy. I challenge the widely held notion that the account of equality set out in the Social Contract should be read as a remedy to the problems generated by amour-propre, and suggest that we have to turn to Rousseau’s other writings to reconstruct his own political remedies for these problems. I then draw (...)
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    Marco Verschoor (forthcoming). The Quest for the Legitimacy of the People A Contractarian Approach. Politics, Philosophy and Economics:1470594-14564506.
    This article addresses the problem of ‘the legitimacy of the people’, that is, what constitutes the legitimate demarcation of the political units within which democracy is practiced? It is commonplace among philosophers to argue that this problem cannot be solved by appeal to democratic procedure because every attempt to do so results in an infinite regress. Based on a social contract theoretical analysis of the problem, this view is rejected. Although contract theorists have ignored the problem of the legitimacy of (...)
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    Aboulafia (2002). Habermas und Mead: Über Universalität und Individualität (translation of Habermas and Mead: On Universality and Individuality). In Axel Honneth & Hans Joas (eds.), Kommunikatives Handeln.
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    Aboulafia (1984). From Domination to Recognition. In Carol Gould (ed.), Beyond Domination: New Perspectives on Women and Philosophy. 175-185.
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    Mitchell Aboulafia (1999). A (Neo) American in Paris: Bourdieu, Mead, and Pragmatism. In RIchard Shusterman (ed.), Bourdieu: A Critical Reader. 153-174.
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    Mitchell Aboulafia (1999). Law Professors Read Habermas. Denver University Law Review 76 (4):943-953.
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    Mitchell Aboulafia (1999). Social Experience and the World. In Lenore Langsdorf Andrew R. Smith (ed.), Classical American Pragmatism: Its Contemporary Vitality. 179-194.
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    Mitchell Aboulafia (1992). Mead and the Social Self. In R. Burch H. Saatkamp (ed.), Frontiers in American Philosophy. 102-111.
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    Aboulafia (1986). Foucault, Marxism and Critique. [REVIEW] Studies in Soviet Thought 31.
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    Mitchell Aboulafia (1983). Lukacs, Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory. [REVIEW] Studies in Soviet Thought 25 (2).
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    Brendan Hogan (forthcoming). Antonio Gramsci: A Humanist Reconstruction of Marxism. In J. Ward Regan (ed.), Great Books Written in Prison: Essays on Classic Works from Plato to Martin Luther King, Jr. MacFarland & Co. Inc.
  46. added 2015-01-14
    Piers Norris Turner (2015). Mill and the Liberal Rejection of Legal Moralism. History of Philosophy Quarterly 32 (1):79-99.
    This article examines John Stuart Mill's position as the principal historical opponent of legal moralism. I argue that inattention to the particular form of his opposition to legal moralism has muddied the interpretation of his liberty principle. Specifically, Mill does not endorse what I call the illegitimacy thesis, according to which appeals to harmless wrongdoings, whether or not they exist, are illegitimate in the justification of legal interference.
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    James L. Marsh (2014). Lonergan in the World: Self-Appropriation, Otherness, and Justice. University of Toronto.
  48. added 2015-01-13
    Brendan Hogan (forthcoming). Pragmatic Hegemony: Questions and Convergence. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 29 (1).
  49. added 2015-01-13
    James L. Marsh & Anna Brown (2012). Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought. Fordham University Press.
  50. added 2015-01-13
    James G. Hart (1992). The Person and the Common Life. Kluwer.
    A Husserl-based social ethics is within the noetic-noematic field as disclosed through various reductions. The focus is how at the passive and active levels a bsic sense of will is in play as well as the "telos" of subjectivity in terms of both a "godly" intersubjective ideal "we". This is inseparable form the disclosure of the full sense of person through an "absolute ought" and the "truth of will" wherein the common world and common goods are tied to an ideal (...)
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