Nicole Hassoun Carnegie Mellon University
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  • PhD, University of Arizona, 2007.

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  1. Nicole Hassoun (forthcoming). An Aspect of Variable Population Comparisons: Does Adding a Rich Person to a Population Reduce Poverty? Economics and Philosophy.
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  2. Nicole Hassoun (forthcoming). Consumption. Handbook of Global Ethics.
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  3. Nicole Hassoun (forthcoming). Coercion, Legitimacy, and Individual Freedom in Advance. Journal of Philosophical Research.
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  4. Nicole Hassoun (forthcoming). Global Justice in a Globalizing World. New Waves in Ethics.
  5. Nicole Hassoun & D. Wong (forthcoming). Conserving Nature: Preserving Identity. Journal of Chinese Philosophy.
    Fundamental approaches to environmental ethics currently seem polarized between two broad varieties: the “conservationist” approach on which we should conserve the environment when it is in our interest to do so and the “preservationist” approach on which we should preserve the environment even when it is not in our interest to do so. The first approach obviously has a broader potential audience and is invoked even by preservationists when they seek to marshal the broadest possible support for environmental protection. For (...)
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  6. N. Hassoun (2014). Beyond Globalization and Global Justice: Development Theory and Practice. Analysis 74 (1):119-134.
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  7. N. Hassoun (2014). Summary. Analysis 74 (1):87-90.
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  8. Nicole Hassoun (2014). Raz on the Right to Autonomy. European Journal of Philosophy 22 (1):96-109.
    : In The Morality of Freedom, Joseph Raz argues against a right to autonomy. This argument helps to distinguish his theory from his competitors'. For, many liberal theories ground such a right. Some even defend entirely autonomy-based accounts of rights. This paper suggests that Raz's argument against a right to autonomy raises an important dilemma for his larger theory. Unless his account of rights is limited in some way, Raz's argument applies against almost all (purported) rights, not just a right (...)
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  9. Gillian Brock & Nicole Hassoun (2013). Distance, Moral Relevance Of. In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  10. Immaculada de Melo Martin, Valentina Urbanek, David Frank, William Kabasenche, Nicholas Agar, S. Matthew Liao, Anders Sandberg, Rebecca Roache, Allen Thompson, Stephen Jackson, Donald S. Maier, Nicole Hassoun, Benjamin Hale, Sune Holm & Scott Simmons (2013). Designer Biology: The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems. Lexington Books.
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  11. Nicole Hassoun (2012). Cabrera , Luis . The Practice of Global Citizenship . New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. 328. $95.00 (Cloth); $31.99 (Paper). [REVIEW] Ethics 122 (3):594-598.
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  12. Nicole Hassoun (2012). Globalization and Culture. Culture and Dialogue 2 (2):73-98.
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  13. Nicole Hassoun (2012). Globalization and Global Justice: Shrinking Distance, Expanding Obligations. Cambridge University Press.
    Machine generated contents note: Part I: Introduction: globalization and global justice; 1. The human rights argument; 2. The coercive global institutional system; 3. Legitimacy and global justice; Part II: Introduction to Part II: seeing the water for the sea; 4. Libertarian obligations to the poor?; 5. Empirical evidence and the case for foreign aid; 6. Free trade and poverty; 7. Making free trade fair; Conclusion: expanding obligations.
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  14. Nicole Hassoun (2012). Global Health Impact: A Basis for Labeling and Licensing Campaigns? Developing World Bioethics 12 (3):121-134.
    Most of the world's health problems afflict poor countries and their poorest inhabitants. There are many reasons why so many people die of poverty-related causes. One reason is that the poor cannot access many of the existing drugs and technologies they need. Another, is that little of the research and development (R&D) done on new drugs and technologies benefits the poor. There are several proposals on the table that might incentivize pharmaceutical companies to extend access to essential drugs and technologies (...)
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  15. Nicole Hassoun (2012). Measuring Global Health Impact: Incentivizing Research and Development of Drugs for Neglected Diseases. Developing World Bioethics 12 (3):121-134.
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  16. Nicole Hassoun (2012). On Human Rights by James Griffin. Journal of Philosophy 109 (7):462-468.
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  17. Nicole Hassoun (2012). Some Reflections on The Moral Dimensions of Human Rights: A Review of Carl Wellman's The Moral Dimensions of Human Rights by Nicole Hassoun. [REVIEW] Jurisprudence 3 (1):253-262.
  18. Nicole Hassoun (2012). The Problem of Debt-for-Nature Swaps From a Human Rights Perspective. Journal of Applied Philosophy 29 (4):359-377.
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  19. Nicole Hassoun & S. Subramanian (2012). Variable Population Poverty Comparisons. Journal of Development Economics 98 (2):238-241.
    This paper demonstrates that the property of Replication Invariance, generally considered to be an innocuous requirement for the extension of fixed-population poverty comparisons to variable-population contexts, is incompatible with other plausible variable- and fixed-population axioms. This fact raises questions about what constitutes an appropriate headcount assessment of poverty, in terms of whether one should focus on the proportion, or the absolute numbers, of the population in poverty. This observation, in turn, has important implications for tracking poverty and setting targets for (...)
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  20. Mark Schroeder, Jonathan Way, Gregg Strauss, Tim Willenken, Matthew Talbert, Angela M. Smith, James A. Montmarquet, Nicole Hassoun, Virginia Held & Nicholas Wolterstorff (2012). 10. Robert S. Taylor, Reconstructing Rawls: The Kantian Foundations of Justice as Fairness Robert S. Taylor, Reconstructing Rawls: The Kantian Foundations of Justice as Fairness (Pp. 632-637). [REVIEW] Ethics 122 (3).
     
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  21. Nicole Hassoun (2011). Free Trade, Poverty, and Inequality. Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (1):5-44.
    Anyone familiar with The Economist knows the mantra: Free trade will ameliorate poverty by increasing growth and reducing inequality. This paper suggests that problems underlying measurement of poverty, inequality, and free trade provide reason to worry about this argument. Furthermore, the paper suggests that better evidence is necessary to establish that free trade is causing inequality and poverty to fall. Experimental studies usually provide the best evidence of causation. So, the paper concludes with a call for further research into the (...)
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  22. Nicole Hassoun (2011). The Anthropocentric Advantage? Environmental Ethics and Climate Change Policy. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (2):235-257.
    Environmental ethicists often criticize liberalism. For many liberals embrace anthropocentric theories on which only humans have non?instrumental value. Environmental ethicists argue that such liberals fail to account for many things that matter or provide an ethic sufficient for addressing climate change. These critics suggest that many parts of nature ? e.g. non?human individuals, other species, ecosystems and the biosphere ? often these critics also hold that concern for some parts of nature does not always trump concern for others. This article (...)
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  23. Nicole Hassoun (2010). Global Poverty and Individual Responsibility: An Adequate Account. [REVIEW] Human Rights Review 11 (2):277-280.
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  24. Nicole Hassoun (2010). Making the Case for Foreign Aid. Public Affairs Quarterly 24 (1):1-20.
    This paper addresses an important methodological question for a recent debate in global justice: What types of data are necessary for settling normative debates about foreign aid? Recently, several philosophers have considered the case for foreign aid and have concluded that foreign aid is either ineffective or counter-productive. This paper considers what kinds of evidence those doing applied philosophy must use to support different claims about aid’s efficacy. Then, using some of the best available data, this paper makes a strong (...)
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  25. Nicole Hassoun (2010). The Anthropocentric Advantage. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 13.
    Environmental ethicists often criticize liberalism. For, many liberals embrace anthropocentric theories on which only humans have non-instrumental value. Environmental ethicists argue that such liberals fail to account for many things that matter or provide an ethic sufficient for addressing climate change. These critics suggest that many parts of nature -- non-human individuals, other species, ecosystems and the biosphere have a kind of value beyond what they contribute to human freedom (or other things of value). This article suggests, however, that if (...)
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  26. Nicole Hassoun (2009). Free Trade and the Environment. Environmental Ethics 31 (1):51-66.
    What should environmentalists say about free trade? Many environmentalists object to free trade by appealing the “Race to the Bottom Argument.” This argument is inconclusive, but there are reasons to worry about unrestricted free trade’s environmental effects nonetheless; the rules of trade embodied in institutions such as the World Trade Organization may be unjustifiable. Programs to compensate for trade-related environmental damage, appropriate trade barriers, and consumer movements may be necessary and desirable. At least environmentalists should consider these alternatives to unrestricted (...)
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  27. Nicole Hassoun (2009). Meeting Need. Utilitas 21 (3):250-275.
    This paper considers the question ‘How should institutions enable people to meet their needs in situations where there is no guarantee that all needs can be met?’ After considering and rejecting several simple principles for meeting needs, it suggests a new effectiveness principle that 1) gives greater weight to the needs of the less well off and 2) gives weight to enabling a greater number of people to meet their needs. The effectiveness principle has some advantage over the main competitors (...)
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  28. Nicole Hassoun (2009). Review of Roderick T. Long, Tibor R. Machan (Eds.), Anarchism/Minarchism: Is a Government Part of a Free Country?. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (4).
  29. Nicole Hassoun (2009). The Duty to Disclose (Even More) Adverse Clinical Trial Results. American Journal of Bioethics 9 (8):33-34.
  30. Nicole Hassoun (2008). Coercion, Legitimacy, and Individual Freedom: A Reply to Sondernholm. American Philosophical Quarterly 45 (2):191-198.
    In “World Poverty and Individual Freedom” (WPIF) I argue that the global order – because it is coercive – is obligated to do what it can to ensure that its subjects are capable of autonomously agreeing to its rule. This requires helping them meet their basic needs. In “World Poverty and Not Respecting Individual Freedom Enough” Jorn Sonderholm asserts that this argument is invalid and unsound, in part, because it is too demanding. This article explains why Sonderholm’s critique is mistaken (...)
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  31. Nicole Hassoun (2008). Free Trade, Poverty, and the Environment. Public Affairs Quarterly 22 (4):353-380.
  32. Nicole Hassoun (2008). Nanotechnology, Enhancement, and Human Nature. Nanoethics 2 (3):289-304.
    Is nanotechnology-based human enhancement morally permissible? One reason to question such enhancement stems from a concern for preserving our species. It is harder than one might think, however, to explain what could be wrong with altering our own species. One possibility is to turn to the environmental ethics literature. Perhaps some of the arguments for preserving other species can be applied against nanotechnology-based human enhancements that alter human nature. This paper critically examines the case for using two of the strongest (...)
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  33. Nicole Hassoun (2008). World Poverty and Individual Freedom. American Philosophical Quarterly 45 (2): 191-198.
  34. Nicole Hassoun & Uriah Kriegel (2008). Consciousness and the Moral Permissibility of Infanticide. Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (1):45–55.
    In this paper, we present a conditional argument for the moral permissibility of some kinds of infanticide. The argument is based on a certain view of consciousness and the claim that there is an intimate connection between consciousness and infanticide. In bare outline, the argument is this: it is impermissible to intentionally kill a creature only if the creature is conscious; it is reasonable to believe that there is some time at which human infants are conscious; therefore, it is reasonable (...)
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  35. Nicole Hassoun & Uriah Kriegel (2008). The Moral Permissibility of Infanticide. Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (1):45-55.
    In this paper, we present a conditional argument for the moral permissibility of some kinds of infanticide. The argument is based on a certain view of consciousness and the claim that there is an intimate connection between consciousness and infanticide. In bare outline, the argument is this: it is impermissible to intentionally kill a creature only if the creature is conscious; it is reasonable to believe that there is some time at which human infants are not conscious; therefore, it is (...)
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  36. Nicole Hassoun (2005). Other Published and Working Papers. Various and Unpublished.
  37. Nicole Hassoun (2005). The Case for Renewable Energy and a New Energy Plan. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic andSocial Sustainability 1 (5):197-208.
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  38. Nicole Hassoun & David Schmidtz (2005). Searching for Sustainability. Environmental Ethics 27 (1):93-96.
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  39. Nicole Hassoun, Making Free Trade Fair.
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  40. Nicole Hassoun, Another Mere Addition Paradox? Some Reflections on Variable Population Poverty Measurement.
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  41. Nicole Hassoun, Empirical Evidence and the Case for Foreign Aid.
    This paper addresses an important methodological question for a recent debate in global justice: What types of data are necessary for settling normative debates about foreign aid? Recently, several philosophers have considered the case for foreign aid and have concluded that foreign aid is either ineffective or counter-productive. This paper considers what kinds of evidence those doing applied philosophy must use to support different claims about aid’s efficacy. Then, using some of the best available data, this paper makes a strong (...)
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  42. Nicole Hassoun & S. Subramanian, On Some Problems of Variable Population Poverty Comparisons.
    This note demonstrates that the property of Replication Invariance, generally considered to be an innocuous requirement for the extension of fixed-population poverty comparisons to variable- population contexts, is incompatible with other plausible variable-population axioms in the presence of specific canonical fixed-population axioms.
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  43. Nicole Hassoun, Coercion, Legitimacy, and Global Justice.
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  44. Nicole Hassoun, Libertarian Welfare Rights.
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  45. Nicole Hassoun, Human Rights, Needs, and Autonomy.
    All people have human rights and there is a close connection between human rights, needs, and autonomy. Accounting for this connection is difficult on many of the traditional rights theories. On many traditional theories, human rights protect individuals’ important interests. These theories are well suited to account for the fact that human rights protect individuals from dire need. Even the non-autonomous have some needs, which constitute some of their important interests. But because these theories sometimes say autonomy is not constitutive (...)
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  46. Nicole Hassoun, The Minimally Good Human Life Account of Needs.
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