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Profile: Alexander Brown (University of East Anglia)
  1.  108 DLs
    Alexander Brown (2014). What Should Egalitarians Believe If They Really Are Egalitarian? A Reply to Martin O'Neill. European Journal of Political Theory 13 (4):453-469.
    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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    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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    Alexander Brown (2006). Equality of Opportunity for Education: One-Off or Lifelong? Journal of Philosophy of Education 40 (1):63–84.
    Adult education has long been the Cinderella of the education system. This is not helped by the fact that there is currently an impasse between employers, government and individuals over who should finance such training. So what, if anything, can philosophers do to help resolve the normative question of who ought to pay, setting aside for the moment the practical question of how this might be put into effect? An important strand of contemporary egalitarian philosophy argues that equality of opportunity (...)
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    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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    Alexander Brown (2005). Luck Egalitarianism and Democratic Equality. Ethical Perspectives 12 (3):293-340.
    The paper critically examines a series of objections to luck egalitarianism raised by Elizabeth Anderson in her essay “What is the Point of Equality?” According to Anderson, current egalitarian writing has come to be dominated by the distinction between choice and brute luck and that strict adherence to this distinction will mean treating some people in ways we have other egalitarian reasons not to want to treat them.A case is made for moving the debate on by adopting a pluralistic view (...)
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    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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    Alexander Brown (2008). Review of Paul Gomberg's "How to Make Opportunity Equal: Race and Contributive Justice". [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (1).
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    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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    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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    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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    Alexander Brown (2011). Justifying Compensation for Frustrated Legitimate Expectations. Law and Philosophy 30 (6):699-728.
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    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.
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    Alexander Brown (2009). J.S. Mill and Violations of Good Manners. Philosophy Now 76:12-14.
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    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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    Alexander Brown (2004). Science and Systems: New Directions in Space History. [REVIEW] Metascience 13 (1):53-58.
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    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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    Alexander Brown (2010). On the Public Reason of the Society of Peoples. Public Reason 2 (1).
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    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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    Alexander Brown (2006). Access to Educational Opportunities—One-Off or Lifelong. Journal of Philosophy of Education 40 (1):63-84.
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