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  1.  40
    C'Zar Bernstein (2015). Gun Violence Agnosticism. Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):232-246.
    In this paper, I shall argue that the evidence supports, at the very best for the anti-gun side, agnosticism about the negative criminogenic effects of gun ownership. Given the plausible proposition that there is at least a prima facie moral right (a right that can be outweighed given sufficiently weighty considerations) to keep and bear arms, I argue that agnosticism supports the proposition that there ought to be a legal right to keep and bear arms.
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    Timothy Chambers (2015). Review of "Debating Christian Theism". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):298-315.
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    Ryan Marshall Felder (2015). Review of "Cooperation and its Evolution". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):323-338.
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    Timothy Hsiao (2015). Against Gun Bans and Restrictive Licensing. Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):180-203.
    Arguments in favor of an individual moral right to keep and bear firearms typically appeal to the value of guns as a reasonable means of self-defense. This is, for the most part, an empirical claim. If it were shown that allowing private gun ownership would lead to an overall net increase in crime or other social harms, then the strength of a putative right to own a gun would be diminished. But would it be defeated completely? I do not think (...)
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    Michael Kocsis (2015). Gun Ownership and Gun Culture in the United States of America. Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):154-79.
    Almost everyone agrees that gun ownership is part of the complex fabric of values and traditions that comprise American society. All sides in the gun ownership debate understand that firearms are embedded deeply in America’s society and culture. But whereas for some the right to own guns is a non-negotiable promise guaranteed constitutionally, for others it is far more an element of the American experience than is desirable. This essay examines three arguments which have not usually received full treatment in (...)
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  6. Maximiliano Korstanje (2015). Review of "The Next Decade". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):316-322.
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  7. Vincent C. Müller (2015). Gun Control: A European Perspective. Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):247-261.
    From a European perspective the US debate about gun control is puzzling because we have no such debate: It seems obvious to us that dangerous weapons need tight control and that ‘guns’ fall under that category. I suggest that this difference occurs due to different habits that generate different attitudes and support this explanation with an analogy to the habits about knives. I conclude that it is plausible that individual knife-people or gun-people do not want tight regulatory legislation—but tight knife (...)
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    Howard Ponzer (2015). Limited Government and Gun Control. Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):204-216.
    In the following, the author presents a case for federally mandated gun control regulations. Specifically, the author argues—with reference to The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—that the principle of limited government often used against federal gun control laws actually provides legitimate justification for them. The aim is to persuade gun advocates to accept such regulations from their own point of view.
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    Christopher A. Riddle (2015). On Risk & Responsibility: Gun Control and the Ethics of Hunting. Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):217-231.
    This article explores gun control and the ethics of hunting and suggests that hunting ought not to be permitted, and not because of its impact on those animals that are hunted, but because of the risk other humans are subjected to as a result of some being permitted to own guns for mere preference satisfaction. This article examines the nature of freedom, its value, and how responsibility for the exercising of that freedom ought to be regarded when it involves subjecting (...)
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    Christopher A. Riddle (2015). Philosophy & Gun Control: Introduction. Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):149-153.
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    Steven Ross (2015). Review of "Being Realistic About Reasons". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 16 (2):262-297.
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    Peter H. Denton (2015). Philosophy of Democracy: Introduction. Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):1-2.
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    Peter H. Denton (2015). The End of Democracy. Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):70-88.
    Democracy in the 21st century is exhibiting some radical discontinuities in terms of its forms and institutions and needs to be rethought, if we wish to have a sustainable future. Democracy increasingly will be shaped by three realities: the demise of the nation state; the failure of representational liberal democracy; and the radical impacts of resource insufficiency and climate change. Yet if no government, however tyrannical, survives for long except by consent of the people, then that consent can serve as (...)
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    Peter H. Denton (2015). Review of "Partiality". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):89-91.
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    Fuat Gursozlu (2015). Democracy and the Square: Recognizing the Democratic Value of the Recent Public Sphere Movements. Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):26-42.
    The paper considers the democratic value of the recent public sphere movements—from Occupy Wall Street to Taksim Gezi Park, from Tahrir Square to Sofia. It argues that the mainstream models of democracy fail to grasp the significance of these movements and the emergent political forms within these movements due to their narrow account of politics and democracy. To fully grasp the democratic value of recent public sphere movements, we should approach them from an agonistic perspective. Once democratic politics is (...)
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    Maximiliano E. Korstanje (2015). Review of "Cuando Los Mundos Convergen, Terrorismo, Narcotráfico y Migración Post 9/11. [When the Worlds Converge: Terrorism, Narco-Traffic and Migration Post 9/11]". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):92-94.
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    Maximiliano E. Korstanje (2015). Review of "The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Authorized Edition.". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):95-100.
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    Jean-Marie Makang (2015). Review of "The Morality of War ". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):106-114.
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  19. HollyGale Millette (2015). Porous Protest and Rhetorical Performance: Democratic Transformation at Occupy. Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):43-56.
    What follows considers whether harnessing word and action constitutes a transformative democratic performance. In this, I am not seeking to replace the Aristotelian concept of performance, nor its transformative aspect, but I do ask how appropriate it is to confine mimetic acts of protest to an Aristotelian dialectic. The “efficacy debate” is a central issue for practitioners and scholars of political performance and I shall not question the truth of such claims that to be a performance the event must transform (...)
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    Gordy Mower (2015). Review of "Locke's Moral Man". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):101-105.
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    Cyril-Mary Pius Olatunji (2015). Beneath the Rots in Post-Colonial Africa: A Reply to Henry Kam Kah and Okori Uneke. Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):57-69.
    This paper attempts a response to two suggestions regarding the roots of and solutions to Africa’s social, economic and political concerns. Rather than trying to provide answers to the question “who should be blamed for the quagmires of Africa?”, the paper tries to provide further explanations of the problems using a specific case study of two pan-African scholars, Henry Kam Kah and Okori Uneke. Although their suggestions about the situation of Africa have received popular acceptance among scholars, this paper disputes (...)
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    Michael S. Perry (2015). Four Dimensions of Democracy. Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):3-25.
    Democracy is rule of the people, but this tells us little, and lack of conceptual clarity creates confusion and undermines productive discussion. This paper explores four dimensions of democracy, articulating ways we can think about and apply the concept. The first concerns who we mean by the people, and here a state is more democratic when its body-politic is more inclusive. The other three concern what it means for the people to rule, and pertain to the theoretical principle of democracy, (...)
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    Steven Ross (2015). Review of "Impassioned Belief". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 16 (1):115-148.
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