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  1. added 2015-02-26
    Anna Jurkevics (forthcoming). Hannah Arendt Reads Carl Schmitt’s The Nomos of the Earth: A Dialogue on Law and Geopolitics From the Margins. European Journal of Political Theory:1474885115572837.
    Many studies have deduced subterranean dialogues between Hannah Arendt and Carl Schmitt from indirect evidence. This article uses new evidence from marginalia in Arendt’s copy of Nomos of the Earth and finds that she formed, but never published, an incisive critique of Schmitt’s geopolitics. Through an analysis of Arendt’s comments on the topics of soil, conquest, and contract, I show that Arendt deemed Schmitt’s theory to be imperialist and in contradiction with itself. Her reading of Schmitt prompts important new questions (...)
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    David Golemboski (forthcoming). The Impartiality of Smith’s Spectator: The Problem of Parochialism and the Possibility of Social Critique. European Journal of Political Theory:1474885115572921.
    Amartya Sen has argued that contractarian theories of justice inevitably fall victim to the problem of parochialism, for the reason that they rely on a problematically narrow conception of impartiality. Sen finds a corrective model of impartiality in Adam Smith’s figure of the impartial spectator. In this essay, I argue that Sen’s invocation of the spectator to resolve the problem of parochialism is unfounded, as the impartial spectator is fundamentally a product of socialization that serves to propagate conventional moral norms. (...)
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    Cindy L. Holder (2001). Rethinking Groups: Groups, Group Membership and Group Rights. Dissertation, The University of Arizona
    Is there something special about group rights? Many would say "yes". For some, only certain kinds of groups---ones that are oppressed, or play a special role in well-being---may have rights. For others, the kind of group is not as important as the group's culture and internal structure. At the very least, many argue, group rights ought to be more restricted than individualistic ones. For these reasons, arguing the merits of a group right is often thought to require a theory of (...)
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    Raymond Aaron Younis (1998). Michael Haneke: "Funny Games". Cinema Papers 138:38-40.
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    Raymond Aaron Younis (1998). Nationhood and Decolonization (The English Patient). Literature/Film Quarterly 26 (1).
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    James W. Nickel (1996). Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights by Will Kymlicka. Journal of Philosophy 93 (9):480-482.
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    Raymond Aaron Younis (1997-1998). Race Representation and Nation. Australian Canadian Studies 15 (2):43-65.
  8. added 2015-02-22
    David Jenkins (forthcoming). Denying Reciprocity. European Journal of Political Theory:1474885115569513.
    When individuals receive benefits as a result of the burdens assumed by other people, they are expected to make a return in similar form. To do otherwise is considered as a failure to treat those other people with appropriate respect. It is this which justifies the expectation that individuals share in the labour that is necessary to preserve just institutions and productive practices that characterise complex schemes of social cooperation. In this paper, I argue that where benefits do not meet (...)
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    Anca Gheaus (2015). Unfinished Adults and Defective Children: On the Nature and Value of Childhood. Journal for Ethics and Social Philosophy 9 (1):1-21.
    Traditionally, most philosophers saw childhood as a state of deficiency and thought that its value was entirely dependent on how successfully it prepares individuals for adulthood. Yet, there are good reasons to think that childhood also has intrinsic value. Children possess certain intrinsically valuable abilities to a higher degree than adults. Moreover, going through a phase when one does not yet have a “self of one’s own,” and experimenting one’s way to a stable self, seems intrinsically valuable. I argue that (...)
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    Paolo Silvestri (2012). The Ideal of Good Government in Luigi Einaudi's Thought and Life: Between Law and Freedom. In , Good government, Governance and Human Complexity. Luigi Einaudi’s Legacy and Contemporary Society. Olschki. 55-95.
    I will argue here that Einaudi's thought reveals an awareness that the question of freedom has to do with two inter-related problems: the relation of individuals or communities with their respective limits and the question of going beyond these limits. Limits are to be understood here in the meaning of the foundation or conditions of possibility both of institutions (economic, political and juridical) and of thought and human action.
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    Hannes Rusch, Joost M. Leunissen & Mark van Vugt (forthcoming). Historical and Experimental Evidence of Sexual Selection for War Heroism. Evolution and Human Behavior.
    We report three studies which test a sexual selection hypothesis for male war heroism. Based on evolutionary theories of mate choice we hypothesize that men signal their fitness through displaying heroism in combat. First, we report the results of an archival study on US-American soldiers who fought in World War II. We compare proxies for reproductive success between a control sample of 449 regular veterans and 123 surviving Medal of Honor recipients of WWII. Results suggest that the heroes sired more (...)
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    Roger Wertheimer (2015). Jus Ante Bellum. In George Lucas (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics. 54-68.
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    Peter Olsthoorn (2015). Honor: A Phenomenology. Contemporary Political Theory 14 (1):e31.
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    Raymond Aaron Younis (2011). Internationalization, Blended Learning, Diverse Cultures. International Journal of Arts and Sciences 4 (8):2011.
  15. added 2015-02-19
    Cristian Timmermann & Henk van den Belt (2012). Climate Change, Intellectual Property Rights and Global Justice. In Thomas Potthast & Simon Meisch (eds.), Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Ethical Perspectives on Land Use and Food Production. Wageningen Academic Publishers. 75-79.
    International negotiations on anthropogenic climate change are far from running smoothly. Opinions are deeply divided on what are the respective responsibilities of developed and developing countries with regard to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the alleviation of the negative effects of global warming. A major bone of contention concerns the role of intellectual property rights (especially patents) in the development and diffusion of climate-friendly technologies. While developing countries consider IPRs as a formidable barrier to the rapid transfer and (...)
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    Sune Lægaard (forthcoming). Multiculturalism and Contextualism: How is Context Relevant for Political Theory? European Journal of Political Theory:1474885114562975.
    Many political theorists of multiculturalism describe their theories as “contextualist.” But it is unclear what “contextualism” means and what difference it makes for political theory. I use a specific prominent example of a multiculturalist discussion, namely Tariq Modood’s argument about “moderate secularism,” as a test case and distinguish between different senses of contextualism. I discuss whether the claim that political theory is contextual in each sense is novel and interesting, and whether contextualism is a distinct feature of political theory of (...)
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    Christine Straehle (forthcoming). Is There a Right to Surrogacy? Journal of Applied Philosophy.
    Access to surrogacy is more often than not cast in the language of rights. Here, I examine what kind of form such a right could take. I distinguish between surrogacy as a right to assisted procreation, and surrogacy as a contractual right. I find the first interpretation implausible: it would give rise to claims against the state that no state can fulfill, namely the provision of sufficient surrogates to satisfy the need. Instead, I argue that the right to surrogacy can (...)
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    Robert L. Holmes (2015). The Metaethics of Pacifism and Just War Theory. Philosophical Forum 46 (1):3-15.
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    Cheyney Ryan (2015). Pacifism(S). Philosophical Forum 46 (1):17-39.
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    Andrew Alexandra (2015). Liability, War, and Peace. Philosophical Forum 46 (1):41-53.
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    Raymond Aaron Younis (1996). Songs of Travail, Songs of Enchantment. In Peter F. Alexander Ruth Hutchison & Deryck Schreuder (eds.), Africa Today. Humanities Research Centre ANU. 233-245.
  22. added 2015-02-18
    Raymond Aaron Younis (1995). The Last "Post". In Michel Griifith James Tulip & Raymond Aaron Younis Elaine Lindsay (eds.), Religion Literature and the Arts. 348-359.
  23. added 2015-02-18
    Marvin Farber (1984). The Search for a Alternative Philosophical Perspectives of Subjectivism and Marxism.
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    Robert A. Wilson & Joshua St Pierre, Eugenics and Disability.
    In the intersection between eugenics past and present, disability has never been far beneath the surface. Perceived and ascribed disabilities of body and mind were one of the core sets of eugenics traits that provided the basis for institutionalized and sterilization on eugenic grounds for the first 75 years of the 20th-century. Since that time, the eugenic preoccupation with the character of future generations has seeped into what have become everyday practices in the realm of reproductive choice. As Marsha Saxton (...)
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    Dotan Leshem (2014). The Distinction Between the Economy and Politics in Aristotle's Thought and the Rise of the Social. Constellations 21 (4).
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    Bryan Lueck (2014). Democratic Inheritance and the Problem of Normativity: A Review Essay of Samir Haddad’s Derrida and the Inheritance of Democracy. [REVIEW] SCTIW Review 11 (1):1-6.
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    Martha Fineman (2004). The Autonomy Myth a Theory of Dependency.
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    Philip L. Quinn (2002). God’s Call: Moral Realism, God’s Commands, and Human Autonomy. [REVIEW] International Philosophical Quarterly 42 (1):120-122.
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    Sander Lee (1995). “Never Again”: The Protection of International Human Rights. Social Philosophy Today 11:113-123.
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    Larry S. Temkin (1993). Inequality. Oxford University Press.
    In this book Larry Temkin examines the concepts of equality and inequality, and addresses one particular question in depth: how can we judge between different sorts of inequality? When is one inequality worse than another? Temkin shows that there are many different factors underlying and influencing our egalitarian judgments and that the notion of inequality is surprisingly complex. He looks at inequality as applied to individuals and to groups, and at the standard measures of inequality employed by economists and others, (...)
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    Robert Paul Wolff (1973). The Autonomy of Reason a Commentary on Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals.
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    Martin O'Neill (2015). Turning the Tide on Tax. In Daisy-Rose Srblin (ed.), Values Added: Rethinking Tax for the 21st Century. Fabian Society. 11-16.
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    Lisa Rivera (2014). Coercion and Captivity. In Lori Gruen (ed.), The Ethics of Captivity. 248-271.
    This paper considers three modes of captivity with an eye to examining the effects of captivity on free agency and whether these modes depend on or constitute coercion. These modes are: physical captivity, psychological captivity, and social/legal captivity. All these modes of captivity may severely impact capacities a person relies on for free agency in different ways. They may also undermine or destroy a person’s identity-constituting cares and values. On a Nozick-style view of coercion, coercion amounts to conditional threats and (...)
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    Clare Chambers, David Miller & Nuffield College (2003). Equality and Autonomy for All? Liberalism, Feminism and Social Construction.
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    Claire Colebrook (1999). Ethics and Representation From Kant to Post-Structuralism. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Phillip Cole (1998). The Free, the Unfree and the Excluded a Treatise on the Conditions of Liberty.
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    Matthew Clayton (1997). Educating Liberals an Argument About Political Neutrality, Equality of Opportunity, and Parental Autonomy.
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    James Marshall (1996). Michel Foucault Personal Autonomy and Education.
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    R. T. Allen (1992). The Education of Autonomous Man.
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    Daniel M. Weinstock (1991). Autonomy, Critique and Proceduralism the Kantian Foundations of Contemporary Liberal Theory.
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    Luc Bovens (1990). Reasons for Preferences. Dissertation, University of Minnesota
    Jon Elster contrasts preference acquisition through sour grapes with preference acquisition through character planning. He claims that what distinguishes these psychological phenomena is that only the latter is autonomous and intentional. I argue against this view and propose an alternative account which runs parallel to Donald Davidson's analysis of weakness of the will. On my account, preference acquisition through character planning secures the coherence between preferences and the reasons for holding these preferences, while preference acquisition through sour grapes does not. (...)
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    Irving Thalberg (1983). Misconceptions of Mind and Freedom. University Press of America.
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    Peter G. Brown & Henry Shue (1981). Boundaries, National Autonomy and its Limits.
  44. added 2015-02-14
    C'Zar Bernstein, Timothy Hsiao & Matthew Palumbo (forthcoming). The Moral Right to Keep and Bear Firearms. Public Affairs Quarterly.
    The moral right to keep and bear arms is entailed by the moral right of self-defense. We argue that the ownership and use of firearms is a reasonable means of exercising these rights. Given their defensive value, there is a strong presumption in favor of enacting civil rights to keep and bear arms ranging from handguns to ‘assault rifles.’ Thus, states are morally obliged as a matter of justice to recognize basic liberties for firearm ownership and usage. Throughout this paper (...)
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    Nathan Widder (2006). What Was Enlightenment? [REVIEW] Political Theory 34 (2):256-265.
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    Douglas Rae (1978). The Citizen and the State. [REVIEW] Political Theory 6 (2):257-258.
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    Sarah K. Paul (forthcoming). Doxastic Self-Control. American Philosophical Quarterly 52 (2).
    Discusses the possibility of autonomy in our epistemic lives, and the importance of the concept of the first person in weathering fluctuations in our epistemic perspective over time.
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    Jonathan Salem-Wiseman (1998). Beyond the Artist-God? Mimesis, Aesthetic Autonomy, and the Project of Philosophical Modernity in Kant, Nietzsche and Heidegger. Dissertation, York University (Canada)
    In this dissertation, I examine the development of autonomy in the philosophical works of Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. After outlining the centrality of this development to what I call, following Robert Pippin, "philosophical modernity," I show that the figure of genius described in Kant's third Critique becomes the model for the "aesthetic" versions of autonomy articulated by Nietzsche and Heidegger under the names of "sovereignty" and "authenticity" respectively. According to these more recent formulations, autonomy is not understood as rational self-legislation, (...)
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    Joseph Ulric Neisser (1997). The Embodied Approach of Cognition: A Defense. Dissertation, Duke University
    I argue in defense of a new research program in cognitive science, which I call the embodied approach. This approach holds that cognition must be understood as the situated activity of an animal in an environment. The embodied approach supplements orthodox cognitive science by embedding computational processes in their physiological, ecological, and cultural contexts. Barbara Von Eckardt holds that cognitive science is a single theoretical project unified under the banner of computationalism, which explains cognition as the processing of discrete, text-like (...)
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    Ranjoo Herr (1992). Procedural Autonomy: An Account of Autonomy Compatible with Contingency. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo
    This dissertation is dedicated to developing a principle of autonomy that is suited to human rational agents situated in particular and contingent settings. In doing so, I start out by examining a very influential conception of autonomy which defines autonomy in terms of an agent's ability to "transcend" her particular and contingent life-situation. I call such a conception of autonomy deontological autonomy. I argue that there is an inherent inconsistency in the deontological approach since deontological autonomy cannot accommodate the inescapable (...)
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