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  1. Gopal Sreenivasan (2013). Equality, Opportunity, Ambiguity. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 13 (1):1470594-13496071.
    I distinguish four different interpretations of ‘equality of opportunity.’ We get four interpretations because a neglected ambiguity in ‘opportunity’ intersects a well-known ambiguity in ‘equality.’ The neglected ambiguity holds between substantive and non-substantive conceptions of ‘opportunity’ and the well-known ambiguity holds between comparative and non-comparative conceptions of ‘equality.’ Among other things, distinguishing these four interpretations reveals how misleading ‘equal opportunity for advantage’ formulations of luck egalitarianism can be. These formulations are misleading in so far as they obscure the difference between (...)
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  2. Gopal Sreenivasan (2013). 13 The Situationist Critique of Virtue Ethics. In Daniel C. Russell (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics. Cambridge University Press. 290.
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  3. Gopal Sreenivasan (2012). A Human Right to Health? Some Inconclusive Scepticism. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 86 (1):239-265.
    This paper offers four arguments against a moral human right to health, two denying that the right exists and two denying that it would be very useful (even if it did exist). One of my sceptical arguments is familiar, while the other is not.The unfamiliar argument is an argument from the nature of health. Given a realistic view of health production, a dilemma arises for the human right to health. Either a state's moral duty to preserve the health of its (...)
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  4. Gopal Sreenivasan (2010). Duties and Their Direction. Ethics 120 (3):465-494.
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  5. Erik J. Wielenberg, Gopal Sreenivasan, Mark van Roojen, Edward S. Hinchman, Judith Lichtenberg & John Brunero (2010). 10. David Sobel and Steven Wall, Eds., Reasons for Action David Sobel and Steven Wall, Eds., Reasons for Action (Pp. 631-635). [REVIEW] Ethics 120 (3).
     
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  6. Gopal Sreenivasan (2009). Ethics and Epidemiology: The Income Debate. Public Health Ethics 2 (1):45-52.
    Gopal Sreenivasan, 201 West Duke Building, Box 90743, Durham NC USA 27708. Email: gopal.sreenivasan{at}duke.edu ' + u + '@' + d + ' '//--> Abstract This paper reviews the epidemiological debate between the relative income hypothesis and the absolute income hypothesis. The dispute between these rival hypotheses has to do with whether an adequate account of the relationship between income and life expectancy (...)
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  7. Gopal Sreenivasan (2009). Ethics and Epidemiology: Residual Health Inequalities. Public Health Ethics 2 (3):244-249.
    This paper examines the fairness of avoidable inequalities in health. It contrasts two approaches to this question, a direct approach and an indirect approach. Most of the discussion focuses on the indirect approach advocated by Daniels, Kennedy and Kawachi (2000). Their argument that avoidable inequalities in health are not unfair when their causes are otherwise fair is criticised on two counts. First, it encounters a surprising difficulty when one attends carefully to the point at which ethics intersects with epidemiology here. (...)
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  8. Gopal Sreenivasan (2009). Disunity of Virtue. Journal of Ethics 13 (2-2):195 - 212.
    This paper argues against the unity of the virtues, while trying to salvage some of its attractive aspects. I focus on the strongest argument for the unity thesis, which begins from the premise that true virtue cannot lead its possessor morally astray. I suggest that this premise presupposes the possibility of completely insulating an agent’s set of virtues from any liability to moral error. I then distinguish three conditions that separately foreclose this possibility, concentrating on the proposition that there is (...)
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  9. Gopal Sreenivasan, Justice, Inequality, and Health. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  10. Hans-Johan Glock, Judith Baker, Eliza Block, Sarah Buss, Sara Rachel Chant, Zachary Ernst, Gopal Sreenivasan & Sungho Choi (2008). Index of MIND Vol. 117 Nos 1–4, 2008. Mind 117:468.
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  11. Gopal Sreenivasan (2008). Character and Consistency: Still More Errors. Mind 117 (467):603-612.
    This paper continues a debate among philosophers concerning the implications of situationist experiments in social psychology for the theory of virtue. In a previous paper (2002), I argued among other things that the sort of character trait problematized by Hartshorne and May's (1928) famous study of honesty is not the right sort to trouble the theory of virtue. Webber (2006) criticizes my argument, alleging that it founders on an ambiguity in "cross-situational consistency" and that Milgram's (1974) obedience experiment is immune (...)
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  12. Gopal Sreenivasan, Sungho Choi, Harris Nover & Roger Crisp (2008). Index of MIND Vol. 117. Mind 117:468.
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  13. Gopal Sreenivasan (2007). Does Informed Consent to Research Require Comprehension? The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 1:85-93.
    According to the standard view of informed consent, a prospective subject's consent to participate in a research study is invalid if the individual fails to comprehend the information about the study standardly disclosed to him. I argue that this involves three mistakes. First, the standard view confuses an ethical aspiration with a minimum ethical standard. Second, it assigns the entire responsibility for producing comprehension in study participants to the investigators. Most importantly, the standard view requires the termination of many otherwise (...)
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  14. Gopal Sreenivasan (2007). Health and Justice in Our Non-Ideal World. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 6 (2):218-236.
    In this article, I explore some advantages of viewing well-being in terms of an individual's health status. Principally, I argue that this perspective makes it easier to establish that rich countries at least have an obligation to transfer 1 percent of their GDP to poor countries. If properly targeted at the fundamental determinants of health in developing countries, this transfer would very plausibly yield a disproportionate `bang for the buck' in terms of individual well-being. This helps to explain how the (...)
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  15. Gopal Sreenivasan (2007). Health Care and Equality of Opportunity. Hastings Center Report 37 (2):21-31.
  16. Gopal Sreenivasan (2007). Libertarianism Without Inequality. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (3):792-796.
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  17. Gopal Sreenivasan (2006). Shaun Nichols, Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment:Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment. Ethics 116 (4):800-805.
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  18. Gopal Sreenivasan & Solomon R. Benatar (2006). Challenges for Global Health in the 21st Century: Some Upstream Considerations. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 27 (1):3-11.
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  19. Gopal Sreenivasan (2005). A Hybrid Theory of Claim-Rights. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 25 (2):257-274.
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  20. Gopal Sreenivasan (2005). Does the Gats Undermine Democratic Control Over Health? Journal of Ethics 9 (1-2):269 - 281.
    This paper examines the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), which is one of the World Trade Organisations free trade agreements. In particular, I examine the extent to which the GATS unduly restricts the scope for national democratic choice. For purposes of illustration, I focus on the domestic health system as the subject of policy choice. I argue that signatories to the GATS effectively acquire a constitutional obligation to maintain a domestic health sector with a certain minimum degree of (...)
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  21. Gopal Sreenivasan (2002). Errors About Errors: Virtue Theory and Trait Attribution. Mind 111 (441):47-68.
    This paper examines the implications of certain social psychological experiments for moral theory—specifically, for virtue theory. Gilbert Harman and John Doris have recently argued that the empirical evidence offered by ‘situationism’ demonstrates that there is no such thing as a character trait. I dispute this conclusion. My discussion focuses on the proper interpretation of the experimental data—the data themselves I grant for the sake of argument. I develop three criticisms of the anti-trait position. Of these, the central criticism concerns three (...)
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  22. Gopal Sreenivasan (2002). International Justice and Health: A Proposal. Ethics and International Affairs 16 (2):81–90.
  23. Gopal Sreenivasan (2001). A Proliferation of Liberties. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (1):229–237.
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  24. Gopal Sreenivasan (2001). Opportunity Is Not the Key. American Journal of Bioethics 1 (2):1b-2b.
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  25. Gopal Sreenivasan (2001). Review: A Proliferation of Liberties. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (1):229 - 237.
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  26. Gopal Sreenivasan (2001). Understanding Alien Morals. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 62 (1):1-32.
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  27. Gopal Sreenivasan (2000). What is the General Will? Philosophical Review 109 (4):545-581.
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  28. Gopal Sreenivasan (1998). Interpretation and Reason. Philosophy and Public Affairs 27 (2):142–171.
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  29. Gopal Sreenivasan (1995). The Limits of Lockean Rights in Property. Oxford University Press.
    This book discusses Locke's theory of property from both a critical and an interpretative standpoint. The author first develops a comprehensive interpretation of Locke's argument for the legitimacy of private property, and then examines the extent to which the argument is really serviceable in defense of that institution. He contends that a purified version of Locke's argument--one that adheres consistently to the logic of Locke's text while excluding considerations extraneous to his logic--actually does establish the legitimacy of a form of (...)
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