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  1. Eva Feder Kittay, Carol Gilligan, Annette C. Baier, Michael Stocker, Christina H. Sommers, Kathryn Pyne Addelson, Virginia Held, Thomas E. Hill Jr, Seyla Benhabib, George Sher, Marilyn Friedman, Jonathan Adler, Sara Ruddick, Mary Fainsod, David D. Laitin, Lizbeth Hasse & Sandra Harding (1989). Women and Moral Theory. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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    George Sher (2009). Who Knew?: Responsibility Without Awareness. Oxford University Press.
    Unlike most other discussion of responsibility, which focus on the idea that to be responsible, agents must in some sense act voluntarily, this book focuses on ...
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  3. George Sher (2005). In Praise of Blame. OUP Usa.
    Blame is an unpopular and neglected notion: it goes against the grain of a therapeutically-oriented culture and has been far less discussed by philosophers than such related notions as responsibility and punishment. This book seeks to show that neither the opposition nor the neglect is justified. The book's most important conclusion is that blame is inseperable from morality itself - that any considerations that justify us in accepting a set of moral principles must also call for the condemnation of those (...)
     
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  4. George Sher (2001). But I Could Be Wrong. Social Philosophy and Policy 18 (2):64.
    My aim in this essay is to explore the implications of the fact that even our most deeply held moral beliefs have been profoundly affected by our upbringing and experience—that if any of us had had a sufficiently different upbringing and set of experiences, he almost certainly would now have a very different set of moral beliefs and very different habits of moral judgment. This fact, together with the associated proliferation of incompatible moral doctrines, is sometimes invoked in support of (...)
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    George Sher (1989). Desert. Princeton University Press.
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  6. George Sher (1975). Justifying Reverse Discrimination in Employment. Philosophy and Public Affairs 4 (2):159-170.
  7. George Sher (2006). Out of Control. Ethics 116 (2):285-301.
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  8. George Sher (2009). Who Knew?: Responsiblity Without Awareness. Oxford University Press Usa.
    To be responsible for their acts, agents must both perform those acts voluntarily and in some sense know what they are doing. Of these requirements, the voluntariness condition has been much discussed, but the epistemic condition has received far less attention. In Who Knew? George Sher seeks to rectify that imbalance. The book is divided in two halves, the first of which criticizes a popular but inadequate way of understanding the epistemic condition, while the second seeks to develop a more (...)
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  9. George Sher (1979). Effort, Ability, and Personal Desert. Philosophy and Public Affairs 8 (4):361-376.
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  10. George Sher (1980). What Makes a Lottery Fair? Noûs 14 (2):203-216.
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    George Sher (2005). Transgenerational Compensation. Philosophy and Public Affairs 33 (2):181–200.
  12. Bruce Ackerman, Richard J. Arneson, Ronald W. Dworkin, Gerald F. Gaus, Kent Greenawalt, Vinit Haksar, Thomas Hurka, George Klosko, Charles Larmore, Stephen Macedo, Thomas Nagel, John Rawls, Joseph Raz & George Sher (2003). Perfectionism and Neutrality: Essays in Liberal Theory. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Editors provide a substantive introduction to the history and theories of perfectionism and neutrality, expertly contextualizing the essays and making the collection accessible.
     
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    George Sher (2015). Consciousness and Moral Responsibility, by Neil Levy. Mind 124 (496):1328-1332.
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  14. George Sher (1989). Three Grades of Social Involvement. Philosophy and Public Affairs 18 (2):133-157.
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  15. George Sher (1999). Diversity. Philosophy and Public Affairs 28 (2):85–104.
  16. George Sher (1981). Ancient Wrongs and Modern Rights. Philosophy and Public Affairs 10 (1):3-17.
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    George Sher (1997). Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics. Cambridge University Press.
    Many people, including many contemporary philosophers, believe that the state has no business trying to improve people's characters, elevating their tastes, or preventing them from living degraded lives. They believe that governments should remain absolutely neutral when it comes to the consideration of competing conceptions of the good. One fundamental aim of George Sher's book is to show that this view is indefensible. A second complementary aim is to articulate a conception of the good that is worthy of promotion by (...)
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  18. George Sher (2010). Real-World Luck Egalitarianism. Social Philosophy and Policy 27 (1):218-232.
    Luck egalitarians maintain that inequalities are always unjust when they are due to luck, but are not always unjust when they are due to choices for which the parties are responsible. In this paper, I argue that the two halves of this formula do not fit neatly together, and that we arrive at one version of luck egalitarianism if we begin with the notion of luck and interpret responsible choice in terms of its absence, but a very different version if (...)
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    George Sher (2005). Kantian Fairness. Philosophical Issues 15 (1):179–192.
    It is widely thought to be unfair to hold people responsible, or to blame or punish them, for wrongful acts or omissions that are beyond their control. Because this principle is often taken to support incompatibilism, and because it has led many to deny the possibility of moral luck, we might expect its normative underpinnings to have been carefully scrutinized. However, surprisingly, they have not. In the current paper, I will try to fill this gap by first reconstructing, and then (...)
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    George Sher (2008). Who's in Charge Here?: Reply to Neil Levy. Philosophia 36 (2):223-226.
    In his response to my essay “Out of Control,” Neil Levy contests my claims that (1) we are often responsible for acts that we do not consciously choose to perform, and that (2) despite the absence of conscious choice, there remains a relevant sense in which these actions are within our control. In this reply to Levy, I concede that claim (2) is linguistically awkward but defend the thought that it expresses, and I clarify my defense of claim (1) by (...)
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    George Sher (2003). On the Decriminalization of Drugs. Criminal Justice Ethics 22 (1):30-33.
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  22. Stephen Darwall, George Sher, Michael Ridge, François Schroeter & Christian List (2006). 10. Philip Pettit, Samuel Scheffler, and Michael Smith, Eds., Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz Philip Pettit, Samuel Scheffler, and Michael Smith, Eds., Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz (Pp. 435-440). [REVIEW] Ethics 116 (2).
     
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    Peter A. French, Jeffrie G. Murphy & George Sher (1995). Responsibility Matters. Noûs 29 (2):248-259.
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    George Sher (2001). Blame for Traits. Noûs 35 (1):146–161.
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    George A. Sher (1975). Sentences in the Brain. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 36 (September):94-99.
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    George Sher (1999). [Book Review] Approximate Justice, Studies in Non-Ideal Theory. [REVIEW] Ethics 109 (3):675-678.
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    George Sher (2002). Blameworthy Action and Character. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2):381-392.
    A number of philosophers from Hume on have claimed that it does not make sense to blame people for acting badly unless their bad acts were rooted in their characters. In this paper, I distinguish a stronger and a weaker version of this claim. The claim is false, I argue, if it is taken to mean that agents can only be blamed for bad acts when those acts are manifestations of character flaws. However, what is both true and important is (...)
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    George Sher (1979). Reverse Discrimination, the Future, and the Past. Ethics 90 (1):81-87.
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    George Sher (2012). Talents and Choices. Noûs 46 (3):400-417.
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    George Sher (1979). Compensation and Transworld Personal Identity. The Monist 62 (3):378-391.
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    George Sher (1980). Moral Relativism Defended? Mind 89 (356):589-594.
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    George Sher (2002). Blameworthy Action and Character. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2):381 - 392.
    A number of philosophers from Hume on have claimed that it does not make sense to blame people for acting badly unless their bad acts were rooted in their characters. In this paper, I distinguish a stronger and a weaker version of this claim. The claim is false, I argue, if it is taken to mean that agents can only be blamed for bad acts when those acts are manifestations of character flaws. However, what is both true and important is (...)
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    George Sher (1999). Political Philosophy. Philosophical Review 108 (1):87-90.
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    George Sher (1993). Liberal Purposes by William A. Galston. Journal of Philosophy 90 (1):49-52.
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    George Sher & William J. Bennett (1982). Moral Education and Indoctrination. Journal of Philosophy 79 (11):665-677.
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    George Sher (1981). Subsidized Abortion: Moral Rights and Moral Compromise. Philosophy and Public Affairs 10 (4):361-372.
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    George Sher (1995). Rights, Neutrality, and the Oppressive Power of the State. Law and Philosophy 14 (2):185 - 201.
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    George Sher (2015). Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift, Family Values. Social Theory and Practice 41 (2):357-363.
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    George A. Sher (1977). Kripke, Cartesian Intuitions, and Materialism. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):227-38.
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    George Sher (1999). Punishment as Societal Defense. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (2):548-550.
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  41. George Sher (2005). Transgenerational Compensation. Philosophy and Public Affairs 33 (2):181-200.
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    George Sher (1996). My Profession and Its Duties. The Monist 79 (4):471-487.
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    George Sher (1977). Hare, Abortion, and the Golden Rule. Philosophy and Public Affairs 6 (2):185-190.
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    George Sher (1998). Ethics, Character, and Action. Social Philosophy and Policy 15 (1):1.
    According to one long-standing tradition, the organizing question of ethics is “What are we morally obligated to do?” However, many philosophers, inspired by an even older tradition, now urge a return to the question “What kind of person is it best to be?” According to these philosophers, the proper locus of evaluation is character rather than action, and the basic evaluative concept is virtue rather than duty. Following what has become common usage, I shall refer to the first approach as (...)
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    George Sher (1975). Charles Taylor on Purpose and Causation. Theory and Decision 6 (1):27-38.
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    George Sher (2009). Book Reviews Boonin, David . The Problem of Punishment . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Pp. X+299. [REVIEW] Ethics 119 (4):761-764.
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    George Sher (1983). Why the Past Matters. Philosophical Studies 43 (2):183 - 200.
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    George Sher (1995). Liberal Neutrality and the Value of Autonomy. Social Philosophy and Policy 12 (1):136-159.
    Many liberals believe that government should not base its decisions on any particular conception of the good life. Many believe, further, that this principle of neutrality is best defended through appeal to some normative principle about autonomy. In this essay, I shall discuss the prospects of mounting one such defense. I say only “one such defense” because neutralists can invoke the demands of autonomy in two quite different ways. They can argue, first, that because autonomy itself has such great value, (...)
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    George Sher (1977). Groups and Justice. Ethics 87 (2):174-181.
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    George Sher (1975). Armstrong on Impossible Desires. Philosophical Studies 28 (3):211 - 214.
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