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  1. Alexander Brown (forthcoming). Principles of Stakes Fairness in Sport. Politics, Philosophy and Economics:1470594-14523525.
    Fairness in sport is not just about assigning the top prizes to the worthiest competitors. It is also about the way the prize structure itself is organised. For many sporting competitions, although it may be acceptable for winners to receive more than losers, it can seem unfair for winners to take everything and for losers to get nothing. Yet this insight leaves unanswered some difficult questions about what stakes fairness requires and which principles of stakes fairness are appropriate for particular (...)
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  2. Alexander Brown (forthcoming). What Should Egalitarians Believe If They Really Are Egalitarian? A Reply to Martin O'Neill. European Journal of Political Theory:1474885113506710.
    In his article, ‘What Should Egalitarians Believe?’, Martin O’Neill argues, amongst other things, that egalitarians should reject both Telic and Deontic Egalitarianism and that they should adopt in their place a version of Non-Intrinsic Egalitarianism, specifically, the Pluralist Non-Intrinsic Egalitarian View. The central purpose of my article is to challenge O’Neill’s assumption that he can defend each of the various propositions that make up his position simultaneously. I do this with two arguments. First, I argue that in order to justify (...)
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  3. Alexander Brown (2012). Rawls, Buchanan, and the Legal Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations. Social Theory and Practice 38 (4):617-644.
    The article responds to an overlooked objection put by Allen Buchanan to John Rawls’s theory of justice: that implementing the Difference Principle over time may require gross and frequent disruptions of people’s framing and execution of long-term plans. Having strengthened Buchanan’s objection to resolve significant weaknesses in his main counterexample, I argue that the best response to this objection draws on the concept of the rule of law, specifically, the legal doctrine of legitimate expectations, which can be found in English, (...)
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  4. Alexander Brown (2011). Justifying Compensation for Frustrated Legitimate Expectations. Law and Philosophy 30 (6):699-728.
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  5. Alexander Brown (2011). On Behalf of J. S. Mill's 'Assumption of Infallibility' Argument. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (5):857-873.
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  6. Alexander Brown (2011). Should a Just Society Neutralise Luck? The Philosophers' Magazine 55 (55):87-92.
    What is it that makes the involuntarily unemployed, those suffering from genetic disorders and congenital illnesses, and the victims of unforeseen natural disasters the rightful recipients of assistance?
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  7. Alexander Brown (2011). The Slavery of the Not So Talented. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (2):185-196.
    The article sets forth Ronald Dworkin’s efforts to avert the slavery of the talented within his theory of equality, so that they are not forced to work full-time at one type of job, but then criticises Dworkin for failing to apply similar concerns to not so talented workers. It argues that he overlooks the problem of the slavery of the not so talented that results from the tough rules he proposes for dealing with insurance payouts. Finally, it tries to show (...)
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  8. Alexander Brown (2010). On the Public Reason of the Society of Peoples. Public Reason 2 (1).
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  9. Alexander Brown (2009). J.S. Mill and Violations of Good Manners. Philosophy Now 76:12-14.
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  10. Alexander Brown (2009). Personal Responsibility: Why It Matters. Continuum.
    Introduction -- What is personal responsibility? -- Ordinary language -- Common conceptions -- What do philosophers mean by responsibility? -- Personally responsible for what? -- What do philosophers think? part I -- Causes -- Capacity -- Control -- Choice versus brute luck -- Second-order attitudes -- Equality of opportunity -- Deservingness -- Reasonableness -- Reciprocity -- Equal shares -- Combining criteria -- What do philosophers think? part II -- Utility -- Self-respect -- Autonomy -- Human flourishing -- Natural duties and (...)
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  11. Alexander Brown (2008). The Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006: A Millian Response. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 11 (1):1-24.
  12. Alexander Brown (2008). Are There Any Global Egalitarian Rights? Human Rights Review 9 (4):435-464.
    This article considers whether or not there are any global egalitarian rights through a critical examination of the political philosophy of Ronald Dworkin. Although Dworkin maintains that equal concern is the special and indispensable virtue of sovereigns and the hallmark of a fraternal political community, it is far from obvious whether the demands of equality stop at state borders. While some scholars in the field—most notably Thomas Pogge—posit the existence of negative rights in relation to social and economic inequalities at (...)
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  13. Alexander Brown (2008). Review of Paul Gomberg's "How to Make Opportunity Equal: Race and Contributive Justice&Quot;. [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (1).
  14. Alexander Brown (2008). Paul Gomberg, How to Make Opportunity Equal: Race and Contributive Justice. [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (1):113 - 116.
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  15. Alexander Brown (2007). An Egalitarian Plateau? Challenging the Importance of Ronald Dworkin's Abstract Egalitarian Rights. Res Publica 13 (3):255-291.
    Ronald Dworkin’s work on the topic of equality over the past twenty-five years or so has been enormously influential, generating a great deal of debate about equality both as a practical aim and as a theoretical ideal. The present article attempts to assess the importance of one particular aspect of this work. Dworkin claims that the acceptance of abstract egalitarian rights to equal concern and respect can be thought to provide a kind of plateau in political argument, accommodating as it (...)
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  16. Alexander Brown (2006). Access to Educational Opportunities—One-Off or Lifelong. Journal of Philosophy of Education 40 (1):63-84.
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  17. Alexander Brown (2006). Equality of Opportunity for Education: One-Off or Lifelong? Journal of Philosophy of Education 40 (1):63–84.
  18. Alexander Brown (2005). If We Value Individual Responsibility, Which Policies Should We Favour? Journal of Applied Philosophy 22 (1):23–44.
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  19. Alexander Brown (2005). Luck Egalitarianism and Democratic Equality. Ethical Perspectives 12 (3):293-340.
  20. Alexander Brown (2004). Science and Systems: New Directions in Space History. [REVIEW] Metascience 13 (1):53-58.
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