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    Fabian Wendt (2016). Political Authority and the Minimal State. Social Theory and Practice 42 (1):97-122.
    Robert Nozick and Eric Mack have tried to show that a minimal state could be just. A minimal state, they claim, could help to protect people’s moral rights without violating moral rights itself. In this article, I will discuss two challenges for defenders of a minimal state. The first challenge is to show that the just minimal state does not violate moral rights when taxing people and when maintaining a monopoly on the use of force. I argue that this challenge (...)
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    Fabian Wendt (2016). On Realist Legitimacy. Social Philosophy and Policy 32 (2):227-245.
    In the last ten or fifteen years, realism has emerged as a distinct approach in political theory. Realists are skeptical about the merits of abstract theories of justice. They regard peace, order, and stability as the primary goals of politics. One of the more concrete aims of realists is to develop a realist perspective on legitimacy. I argue that realist accounts of legitimacy are unconvincing, because they do not solve what I call the “puzzle of legitimacy”: the puzzle of how (...)
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    Fabian Wendt (2011). Nozick's Wilt Chamberlain Argument. In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell
    Presents Robert Nozick's Wilt Chamberlain argument in premise-conclusion form.
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    Fabian Wendt (2011). Slaves, Prisoners, and Republican Freedom. Res Publica 17 (2):175-192.
    Philip Pettit’s republican conception of freedom is presented as an alternative both to negative and positive conceptions of freedom. The basic idea is to conceptualize freedom as non-domination, not as non-interference or self-mastery. When compared to negative freedom, Pettit’s republican conception comprises two controversial claims: the claim that we are unfree if we are dominated without actual interference, and the claim that we are free if we face interference without domination. Because the slave is a widely accepted paradigm of the (...)
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    Fabian Wendt (2015). Justice and Political Authority in Left-Libertarianism. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 14 (3):316-339.
    From a left-libertarian perspective, it seems almost impossible for states to acquire political authority. For that reason, left-libertarians like Peter Vallentyne understandably hope that states without political authority could nonetheless implement left-libertarian justice. Vallentyne has argued that one can indeed assess a state’s justness without assessing its political authority. Against Vallentyne, I try to show that states without political authority have to be judged unjust even if they successfully promote justice. The reason is that institutions can be unjust independently from (...)
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    Fabian Wendt (2012). Wittwer, Ist es vernünftig, moralisch zu handeln? [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 (4):279-280.
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    Fabian Wendt (2012). Gaus, The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bounded World. [REVIEW] Utilitas 24 (04):548-551.
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    Fabian Wendt (2013). Universalisierbarkeit und öffentliche Rechtfertigung. Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 67 (4):587-609.
    The principle of public justification is a main principle of public reason liberalism, one of the most influential versions of contemporary liberalism. In Gerald Gaus’s version it claims that rules of social morality, state institutions and laws have to be justifiable to all citizens with their varying evaluative standards. To be justifiable, each and every citizen has to have sufficient reasons to accept the rules, institutions or laws from his or her own perspective. The principle of universalizability, in contrast, is (...)
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    Fabian Wendt (2013). Introduction: Compromising on Justice. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 16 (4):475-480.
    Introductory text for the CRISPP-special issue and Routledge-book on "Compromising on Justice". Also includes a summary of the articles by Steven Wall, Robert B. Talisse, Sune Lægaard, Daniel Weinstock, Enzo Rossi and Fabian Wendt.
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    Fabian Wendt (2013). Peace Beyond Compromise. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 16 (4):573-593.
    Our societies are marked not only by disagreements on the good life, but also by disagreements on justice. This motivates philosophers as divergent as John Gray and Chandran Kukathas to focus their normative political theories on peace instead of justice. In this article, I discuss how peace should be conceived if peace is to be a more realistic goal than justice, not presupposing any moral consensus. I distinguish two conceptions of peace to be found in the literature. One, ordinary peace, (...)
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