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  1. J. Robert Loftis (2008). “What a Strange Little Man”: Baltar the Tyrant? In Jason T. Eberl (ed.), Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Knowledge Here Begins Out There. Wiley-Blackwell. 29--39.
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  2. J. Robert Loftis (2007). The Other Value in the Debate Over Genetically Modified Organisms. Journal of Philosophical Research 32 (Supplement):151-162.
    I claim that differences in the importance attached to economic liberty are more important in debates over the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture than disagreements about the precautionary principle. I will argue this point by considering a case study: the decision by the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to grant nonregulated status to Roundup Ready soy. I will show that the unregulated release of this herbicide-resistant crop would not be acceptable morally unless one places (...)
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  3. J. Robert Loftis (2005). Germ-Line Enhancement of Humans and Nonhumans. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 15 (1):57-76.
    : The current difference in attitude toward germ-line enhancement in humans and nonhumans is unjustified. Society should be more cautious in modifying the genes of nonhumans and more bold in thinking about modifying our own genome. I identify four classes of arguments pertaining to germ-line enhancement: safety arguments, justice arguments, trust arguments, and naturalness arguments. The first three types are compelling, but do not distinguish between human and nonhuman cases. The final class of argument would justify a distinction between human (...)
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  4. J. Robert Loftis (2005). The Aesthetics of Natural Environments. Environmental Ethics 27 (4):429-432.
    Book review of Allen Carlson & Arnold Berleant (eds.) 2004. The Aesthetics of Natural Environments. Orchard Park: NY: Broadview Press.
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  5. J. Robert Loftis (2003). Three Problems for the Aesthetic Foundations of Environmental Ethics. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 10 (2):41-50.
    This essay takes a critical look at aesthetics as the basis for nature preservation, presenting three reasons why we should not rely on aesthetic foundations to justify the environmentalist program. First, a comparison to other kinds of aesthetic value shows that the aesthetic value of nature can provide weak reasons foraction atbest. Second, not everything environmentalists want to protect has positive aesthetic qualities. Attempts have been made to get around this problem by developing a reformist attitude towards natural aesthetics. I (...)
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  6. J. Robert Loftis (2000). Mathieu Marion, Wittgenstein, Finitism, and the Foundations of Mathematics Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 20 (2):132-134.
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  7. J. Robert Loftis (1999). Byong-Chul Park, Phenomenological Aspects of Wittgenstein's Philosophy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 19 (4):277-278.
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  8. J. Robert Loftis (1998). Adam Morton and Stephen Stich, Eds., Benacerraf and His Critics Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 18 (1):48-49.
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