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  1. Colin Bird, Fraternity From Smith to Tawney.
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  2. Colin Bird (2013). Coercion and Public Justification. Politics, Philosophy and Economics:1470594-13496073.
    According to recently influential conceptions of public reasoning, citizens have the right to demand of each other ‘public justifications’ for controversial political action. On this view, only arguments that all reasonable citizens can affirm from within their diverse ethical standpoints can count as legitimate justifications for political action. Both proponents and critics often assume that the case for this expectation derives from the special justificatory burden created by the systematically coercive character of political action. This paper challenges that assumption. While (...)
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  3. Colin Bird (2013). Dignity as a Moral Concept. Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2):150-176.
    Although dignity figures prominently in modern ethical discourse, and in the writings of moral and political philosophers writing today, we still lack a clear account of how the concept of dignity might be implicated in various forms of moral reasoning. This essay tries to make progress on two fronts. First, it attempts to clarify the possible roles the concept of dignity might play in moral discourse, with particular reference to Hart's distinction between positive and critical morality. Second, it offers a (...)
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  4. Colin Bird (2013). Does Religion Deserve Our Respect? Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 (3):268-282.
    This article enumerates several different possible construals of the idea that religion is owed respect. It asks: 1. how religion might be an object of respect; 2. what sorts of respect religion might command; and 3. whose respect might be at stake in complaints about and demands for religious recognition. By distinguishing various ways in which these questions can be interpreted, the discussion aims to introduce some clarity to a notoriously controversial and knotty area of public discussion. Although the article (...)
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  5. Colin Bird (2012). Shapiro , Ian . The Real World of Democratic Theory . Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011. Pp. 291. $75.00 (Cloth). [REVIEW] Ethics 122 (2):440-444.
  6. Colin Bird (2011). Political Theory and Ordinary Language: A Road Not Taken. Polity 43.
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  7. Colin Bird (2010). Ethics and Analytic Philosophy. In Duncan Bell (ed.), Ethics and World Politics. Oxford University Press.
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  8. Colin Bird (2010). Mutual Respect and Civic Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (1):112-128.
    Contemporary theories of civic education frequently appeal to an ideal of mutual respect in the context of ethical, ethical and religious disagreement. This paper critically examines two recently popular criticisms of this ideal. The first, coming from a postmodern direction, charges that the ideal is hypocritical in its effort to be maximally impartial and fair. The second, which I associate with such 'new atheists' as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, argues that notions of mutual respect pose a threat to such (...)
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  9. Colin Bird (2010). Self-Respect and the Respect of Others. European Journal of Philosophy 18 (1):17-40.
    Abstract: This paper examines the claim that agents' self-respect depends on receiving appropriate respect from others. It concentrates on a particular version of the claim defended by Avishai Margalit. The paper argues that Margalit's arguments fail to explain why the rival stoic view, that agents ultimately retain responsibility for their own self-respect, is incorrect.
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  10. Colin Bird (2007). Harm Versus Sovereignty: A Reply to Ripstein. Philosophy and Public Affairs 35 (2):179–194.
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  11. Colin Bird (2007). John Rawls, Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy:Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy. Ethics 117 (4):784-790.
  12. Kate Abramson, Donald Ainslie, Lilli Alanen, Julia Annas, Margaret Atherton, Carla Bagnoli, Donald Baxter, Martin Bell, Richard Bett & Colin Bird (2006). Hume Studies Referees, 2005-2006. Hume Studies 32 (2):391-393.
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  13. Colin Bird (2006). An Introduction to Political Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
    Providing a comprehensive introduction to political philosophy, this book combines discussion of historical and contemporary figures, together with numerous real-life examples. It ranges over an unusually broad range of topics in the field, including the just distribution of wealth, both within countries and globally; the nature and justification of political authority; the meaning and significance of freedom; arguments for and against democratic rule; the problem of war; and the grounds for toleration in public life. It also offers an accessible, non-technical (...)
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  14. Colin Bird (2006). John Christman and Joel Anderson, Eds., Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism: New Essays:Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism: New Essays. Ethics 116 (3):578-582.
  15. Colin Bird (2004). Status, Identity, and Respect. Political Theory 32 (2):207-232.
    This essay critically examines the idea that "identity " or "difference " might be proper objects of principles of respect. The author suggests that this idea makes sense only at the cost of the egalitarianism to which its adherents usually subscribe. The essay also shows that liberal interpretations of respect can evade this problem and reaches this conclusion on the basis of an analysis of the concept of respect and its connections with notions of status.
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  16. Colin Bird (2003). Raymond Geuss, History and Illusion in Politics:History and Illusion in Politics. Ethics 113 (4):879-882.
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  17. Colin Bird (2001). Book Review. Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility David Schmidtz Robert E. Goodin. [REVIEW] Mind 110 (438):549-552.
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  18. Colin Bird (2000). The Possibility of Self-Government. American Political Science Review 94 (3):563-577.
    M z ,f any have suggested that the findings of social choice theory demonstrate that there can be no "will of the people." This has subversive implications for our intuitive concept of self-government. I explore the relation between the notion of a "social will," that of self-government, and the impossibility theorems of social choice theory. I conclude that although the concept of the social will is essential to that of self-government, the findings of social choice theory do not cast doubt (...)
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  19. Colin Bird (1999). The Myth of Liberal Individualism. Cambridge University Press.
    This book challenges us to look at liberal political ideas in a fresh way.
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  20. Colin Bird (1996). Mutual Respect and Neutral Justification. Ethics 107 (1):62-96.
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