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  1. Edmund F. Byrne (forthcoming). In Lieu of a Sovereignty Shield, Multinational Corporations Should Be Responsible for the Harm They Cause. Journal of Business Ethics.
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  2. Edmund F. Byrne (2014). Towards Enforceable Bans on Illicit Businesses: From Moral Relativism to Human Rights. Journal of Business Ethics 119 (1):119-130.
    Many scholars and activists favor banning illicit businesses, especially given that such businesses constitute a large part of the global economy. But these businesses are commonly operated as if they are subject only to the ethical norms their management chooses to recognize, and as a result they sometimes harm innocent people. This can happen in part because there are no effective legal constraints on illicit businesses, and in part because it seems theoretically impossible to dispose definitively of arguments that support (...)
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  3. Edmund F. Byrne (2012). Appropriating Resources: Land Claims, Law, and Illicit Business. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 106 (4):453-466.
    Business ethicists should examine ethical issues that impinge on the perimeters of their specialized studies (Byrne 2011 ). This article addresses one peripheral issue that cries out for such consideration: the international resource privilege (IRP). After explaining briefly what the IRP involves I argue that it is unethical and should not be supported in international law. My argument is based on others’ findings as to the consequences of current IRP transactions and of their ethically indefensible historical precedents. In particular I (...)
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  4. Edmund F. Byrne (2011). Business Ethics Should Study Illicit Businesses: To Advance Respect for Human Rights. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 103 (4):497-509.
    Business ethics should include illicit businesses as targets of investigation. For, though such businesses violate human rights they have been largely ignored by business ethicists. It is time to surmount this indifference in view of recent international efforts to define illicit businesses for regulatory purposes. Standing in the way, however, is a meta-ethical question as to whether any business can be declared unqualifiedly immoral. In support of an affirmative answer I address a number of counter-indications by comparing approaches to organized (...)
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  5. Edmund F. Byrne (2011). Trade Barriers to the Public Good. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 15 (3):235-237.
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  6. Edmund F. Byrne (2010). Commentary on Lawrence Blum's. Social Philosophy Today 19:239-241.
  7. Edmund F. Byrne (2010). The U.S. Military-Industrial Complex is Circumstantially Unethical. Journal of Business Ethics 95 (2):153 - 165.
    Business ethicists should examine not only business practices but whether a particular type of business is even prima facie ethical. To illustrate how this might be done I here examine the contemporary U.S. defense industry. In the past the U.S. military has engaged in missions that arguably satisfied the just war self-defense rationale, thereby implying that its suppliers of equipment and services were ethical as well. Some recent U.S. military missions, however, arguably fail the self-defense rationale. At issue, then, is (...)
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  8. Edmund F. Byrne (2010). Why and How Secular Society Should Accommodate Religion: A Philosophical Proposal. Edwin Mellen Press.
    Introduction -- Part I: Religion under secular statecraft -- Rationalist restrictions on public discourse -- Reasonable limits on religious freedom -- The hidden dangers of civil religion -- Part II: State/religion border control -- Religion-state relations in U.S. courts -- Rulings concerning religion-state relations -- Rulings on religion-state relations in education -- Alternative schooling in America -- Part III: Religious groups and the public sphere -- The political importance of interest groups -- The moral need for groups in a modern (...)
     
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  9. Edmund F. Byrne (2009). Just War Theory and Peace Studies. Teaching Philosophy 32 (3):297-304.
    Scholarly critiques of the just war tradition have grown in number and sophistication in recent years to the point that available publications now provide the basis for a more philosophically challenging Peace Studies course. Focusing on just a few works published in the past several years, this review explores how professional philosophers are reclaiming the terrain long dominated by the approach of political scientist Michael Walzer. On center stage are British philosopher David Rodin’s critique of the self-defensejustification for war and (...)
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  10. Edmund F. Byrne (2008). Erratum: Assessing Arms Makers' Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics 83 (3):363 -.
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  11. Edmund F. Byrne (2008). Why Politics Needs Religion: The Place of Religious Arguments in the Public Square, by Brendan Sweetman. Teaching Philosophy 31 (2):192-196.
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  12. Edmund F. Byrne (2008). Why Politics Needs Religion. Teaching Philosophy 31 (2):192-196.
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  13. Edmund F. Byrne (2007). Assessing Arms Makers' Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics 74 (3):201 - 217.
    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a focal point for research aimed at extending business ethics to extra-corporate issues; and as a result many companies now seek to at least appear dedicated to one or another version of CSR. This has not affected the arms industry, however. For, this industry has not been discussed in CSR literature, perhaps because few CSR scholars have questioned this industry's privileged status as an instrument of national sovereignty. But major changes in the organization of (...)
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  14. Edmund F. Byrne (2007). Can Arms Be Sold Responsibly in the Global Market? Social Philosophy Today 23:103-114.
    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) research has ignored the arms industry, in large part because of political assumptions that tie this industry to nation-state sovereignty. Bypassing this obsolescent Westphalian world-view, I examine the US arms industry on the basis of CSR requirements regarding the environment, social equity, profitability, and use of political power. I find the arms industry fails each of these four CSR requirements. In response to the assertion that the arms industry should not be subject to CSR requirements because (...)
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  15. Edmund F. Byrne (2006). Leave No Oil Reserves Behind, Including Iraq's. Radical Philosophy Today 2006:39-54.
    Just war theory needs to become a real-time critique of government war propaganda in order to facilitate peace advocacy ante bellum. This involves countering asserted justificatory reasons with demonstrable facts that reveal other motives, thereby yielding reflective understanding which can be collectivized via electronic media. As a case in point, I compare here the publicly declared reasons for the U.S./U.K. invasion of Iraq in 2003 with reasons discussed internally months and even years before in government and think-tank documents. These sources (...)
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  16. Edmund F. Byrne (2006). The Philosophical Challenge of September 11. Teaching Philosophy 29 (3):269-271.
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  17. Edmund F. Byrne (2005). Violence and Democracy. Teaching Philosophy 28 (4):376-378.
  18. Edmund F. Byrne (2004). Joining Hands. Teaching Philosophy 27 (1):65-68.
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  19. Edmund F. Byrne (2004). Terrorism and International Justice. Teaching Philosophy 27 (2):181-184.
  20. Edmund F. Byrne (2004). The President of Good & Evil. Teaching Philosophy 27 (4):388-391.
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  21. Edmund F. Byrne (2004). The Post-9/11 State of Emergency: Reality Versus Rhetoric'. Social Philosophy Today 19:193-215.
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  22. Edmund F. Byrne (2004). The Philosopher's Voice: Philosophy, Politics, and Language in the Nineteenth Century (Review). Journal of Speculative Philosophy 18 (4):333-335.
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  23. Edmund F. Byrne (2003). Commentary on Lawrence Blum's "I'm Not a Racist, But…". Social Philosophy Today 19:239-241.
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  24. Edmund F. Byrne (2003). The Post-9/11 State Of Emergency. Social Philosophy Today 19:193-215.
    After the 9/11 attacks the U.S. administration went beyond emergency response towards imperialism, but cloaked its agenda in the rhetoric of fighting ‘terrorists’ and ‘terrorism.’ After distinguishing between emergency thinking and emergency planning, I question the administration’s “war on terrorism” rhetoric in three stages. First, upon examining the post-9/11 antiterrorism discourse I find that it splits into two agendas: domestic, protect our infrastructure; and foreign, select military targets. Second, I review (legitimate) approaches to emergency planning already in place. Third, after (...)
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  25. Edmund F. Byrne (2002). Business Ethics: A Helpful Hybrid in Search of Integrity. Journal of Business Ethics 37 (2):121 - 133.
    What sort of connection is there between business ethics and philosophy? The answer given here: a weak one, but it may be getting stronger. Comparatively few business ethics articles are structurally dependent on mainstream academic philosophy or on such sub-specialities thereof as normative ethics, moral theory, and social and political philosophy. Examining articles recently published in the Journal of Business Ethics that declare some dependence, the author finds that such declarations often constitute only a pro forma gesture which could be (...)
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  26. Edmund F. Byrne (2002). Comments On Phillip Cole's Philosophies Of Exclusion. Social Philosophy Today 18:185-189.
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  27. Edmund F. Byrne (2002). Praying for a Cure. Teaching Philosophy 25 (1):75-77.
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  28. Edmund F. Byrne (2002). Philosophies of Exclusion. Teaching Philosophy 25 (2):165-169.
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  29. Edmund F. Byrne (2002). Reviewing Academic Books: Are There Ethical Issues? Journal of Information Ethics 11 (1):57-65.
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  30. Edmund F. Byrne (2001). Introduction. Journal of Business Ethics 29 (4):287 - 288.
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  31. Edmund F. Byrne (2001). Religion and Human Rights. Teaching Philosophy 24 (1):384-387.
  32. Edmund F. Byrne (2000). Thinking Like an Engineer. Teaching Philosophy 23 (3):306-309.
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  33. Edmund F. Byrne (1999). Democracy and Difference. Teaching Philosophy 22 (1):99-101.
  34. Edmund F. Byrne (1999). Give Peace a Chance: A Mantra for Business Strategy. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 20 (1):27 - 37.
    The journalistic device of applying military imagery to describe business strategies is appropriate insofar as businesses implicitly base their strategies on a military model whose origins lie in Social Darwinism. What this involves is an unexamined understanding that any means may be adopted to achieve corporate objectives. Recent workforce reductions are manifestations of this understanding; but so are practices associated with mergers and acquisitions and with government-effectuated takings. Regulation, rather than being overbroad, cannot contain these corporate excesses; and social pressure (...)
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  35. Edmund F. Byrne (1998). Business-Inflicted Harm. Social Philosophy Today 13:55-73.
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  36. Edmund F. Byrne (1998). Ethical Aspects of Information Technology. Teaching Philosophy 21 (2):198-200.
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  37. Edmund F. Byrne (1995). Public Goods and the Paying Public. Journal of Business Ethics 14 (2):117 - 123.
    This paper proposes a way to undercut anarchist objections to taxation without endorsing an authoritarian justification of government coercion. The argument involves public goods, as understood by economists and others. But I do not analyse options of autonomous prisoners and the like; for, however useful otherwise, these abstractions underestimate the real-world task of sorting out the prerogatives of and limits on ownership. Proceeding more contextually, I come to recommend a shareholder addendum to the doctrine of public goods. This recommendation involves (...)
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  38. Edmund F. Byrne (1995). The Two-Tiered Ethics of EDP. Journal of Business Ethics 14 (1):53 - 61.
    Ethical questions regarding access to and use of electronically generated data are (if asked) commonly resolved by distinguishing in Lockean fashion between raw (unworked) and refined (worked) data. The former is thought to belong to no one, the latter to the collector and those to whom the collector grants access. Comparative power separates free riders from rightful owners. The resulting two-tiered ethics of access is here challenged on the grounds that it inequitably establishes a rule of law for the strong (...)
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  39. Edmund F. Byrne (1994). Controlling Technology. Teaching Philosophy 17 (2):185-188.
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  40. Edmund F. Byrne (1993). Mark L. Greenberg and Lance Schacterle, Eds., Literature and Technology Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 13 (5):235-237.
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  41. Edmund F. Byrne (1993). The Compensatory Rights of Emerging Interests. Social Philosophy Today 8:397-416.
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  42. Edmund F. Byrne (1988). Building Community Into Property. Journal of Business Ethics 7 (3):171 - 183.
    American business's fascination with both laborsaving devices and low wage environments is causing not only structural unemployment and dissipation of the nation's industrial base but also the deterioration of abandoned host communities. According to individualist understandings of the right of private property, this deterioration is beyond sanction except insofar as it affects the property rights of others. But corporate stockholders and managers should not be considered the only owners of property the value of which is due in part to the (...)
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  43. Edmund F. Byrne (1985). Displaced Workers: America's Unpaid Debt. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 4 (1):31 - 41.
    The U.S. doctrine of employment-at-will, modified legislatively for protected groups, is being less harshly applied to managerial personnel. Comparable compensation is not otherwise available in the U.S. to workers displaced by technology. Nine pairs of arguments are presented to show how fundamentally management and labor disagree about a company's responsibility for its former employees. These arguments, born of years of labor-management debate, are kaleidoscopic claims about which side has what power. Ultimately, however, not even both together can solve without creative (...)
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  44. Edmund F. Byrne (1984). Displaced Workers. Bowling Green Studies in Applied Philosophy 6:74-87.
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  45. Edmund F. Byrne (1979). John M. Riteris 1935 - 1979. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 53 (2):223 -.
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  46. Edmund F. Byrne (1973). The Depersonalization of Violence: Reflections on the Future of Personal Responsibility. [REVIEW] Journal of Value Inquiry 7 (3):161-172.
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  47. Edmund F. Byrne (1969). Human Being and Being Human. New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts.
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  48. Edmund F. Byrne (1968). Probability and Opinion. The Hague, Martinus Nijhoff.
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  49. Edmund F. Byrne (1966). Situation et probabilité chez Saint Thomas d'Aquin. Revue Philosophique de Louvain 64 (84):525-549.
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