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  1. Loren Lomasky (2013). Is It Wrong to Eat Animals? Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2):177-200.
    Eating meat appeals, but the cost is measured in millions of slaughtered animals. This has convinced many that vegetarianism is morally superior to a carnivorous diet. Increasingly, those who take pleasure in consuming animals find it a guilty pleasure. Are they correct? That depends on the magnitude of harm done to food animals but also on what sort of a good, if any, meat eating affords people. This essay aims to estimate both variables and concludes that standard arguments for moral (...)
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  2. Loren E. Lomasky (2011). Contract, Covenant, Constitution. Social Philosophy and Policy 28 (1):50-71.
    Contract is the dominant model for political philosophy's understanding of government grounded on the consent of the governed. However, there are at least five disabilities attached to classical social contract theory: the grounding contract never actually occurred; its provisions are vague and contestable; the stringency of the obligation thereby established is dubious; trans-generational consent is questionable; interpretive methods for giving effect to the contract are ill-specified. By contrast, the biblical story of the covenant Israel embraces at Sinai is shown to (...)
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  3. Loren E. Lomasky (2011). Liberty After Lehman Brothers. Social Philosophy and Policy 28 (2):135-165.
    The financial Crunch of 2008 was easily explained by both the left and right–too easily. Each insisted that events thoroughly confirmed its own long-held views and utterly refuted those of the opposed camp. This essay argues that there are indeed new lessons to be drawn from the Crunch, lessons that involve balancing the bounty of the Invisible Hand against perils of the Prisoner's Dilemma. Liberal moral imperatives are traced to variables of Personal Choice and External Cost that are typically in (...)
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  4. Loren Lomasky & Kyle Swan (2009). Wealth and Poverty in the Liberal Tradition. The Independent Review 13 (4):493-510.
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  5. Loren E. Lomasky (2008). The Paradox of Association. Social Philosophy and Policy 25 (2):182-200.
    Individuals care deeply about with whom they associate and on what terms. A liberty to avoid entanglement in the disfavored designs of others is counterposed by an entitlement not to be excluded from valued modes of activity. These interests generate not one but two freedoms of association, the former negative and the latter positive. Often they conflict. This essay begins by setting out several respects in which negative free association is crucial to a liberal order and then examines several pleas (...)
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  6. Loren E. Lomasky (2007). Liberalism Beyond Borders. Social Philosophy and Policy 24 (1):206-233.
    While citizens of developed countries enjoy lives of unmatched affluence, over a billion people struggle to subsist on incomes of less than $1/day. Can't we conclude that their poverty constitutes a glaring injustice? The answer almost certainly is yes—but not because some countries are rich, nor because of inadequate levels of redistribution. Liberal political theory traditionally maintains that persons are rights-holders, and the primary duty owed them is noninterference. Corrupt and tyrannical governments flagrantly violate the liberty rights of their captive (...)
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  7. Geoffrey Brennan & Loren Lomasky (2006). Against Reviving Republicanism. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 5 (2):221-252.
    University of Virginia, USA, lel3f{at}virginia.edu ' + u + '@' + d + ' '//--> The strategy of this article is to consider republicanism in contrast with liberalism. We focus on three aspects of this contrast: republicanism’s emphasis on ‘social goods’ under various conceptualizations of that category; republicanism’s emphasis on political participation as an essential element of the ‘good life’; and republicanism’s distinctive understanding of freedom (following the lines developed by Pettit). In each case, we are skeptical that what republicanism (...)
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  8. Elizabeth Fenton & Loren Lomasky (2005). Dispensing with Liberty: Conscientious Refusal and the "Morning-After Pill". Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30 (6):579 – 592.
    Citing grounds of conscience, pharmacists are increasingly refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception, or the "morning-after pill." Whether correctly or not, these pharmacists believe that emergency contraception either constitutes the destruction of post-conception human life, or poses a significant risk of such destruction. We argue that the liberty of conscientious refusal grounds a strong moral claim, one that cannot be defeated solely by consideration of the interests of those seeking medication. We examine, and find lacking, five arguments for requiring (...)
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  9. Loren E. Lomasky (2005). Libertarianism at Twin Harvard. Social Philosophy and Policy 22 (1):178-199.
    In this essay Loren Lomasky wryly proposes that the views of Rawls and Nozick might not be as radically divergent as is conventionally supposed. To demonstrate this proposition, Lomasky invents “Twin Harvard” counterparts of Rawls and Nozick. The twist is that Twin Rawls turns out to be a leading libertarian theorist while Twin Nozick endorses a regime of sweeping redistribution. In each case the position follows from familiar elements in the theories of their respective, real-world counterparts. Lomasky concludes that Twin (...)
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  10. Loren Lomasky (2001). Randy Barnett, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law:The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law. Ethics 111 (4):789-791.
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  11. Loren Lomasky (2000). Liberty and Welfare Goods: Reflections on Clashing Liberalisms. [REVIEW] Journal of Ethics 4 (1-2):99-113.
    Among the numerous moral commodities that political orders can produceand protect, classical liberalism assigns primacy to liberty, understoodas noninterference. As the nineteenth century advanced into its secondhalf, this primacy was increasingly seen as myopic. A more defensibleliberalism will devote itself to a wider range of basic human interests:this critique gained virtually unanimous acceptance within the newliberalism. Yet, surprisingly, during the past two decades classicalliberalism seems to have enjoyed a resurrection. This essay arguesthat it is well merited, that the superficial plausibility (...)
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  12. Loren E. Lomasky & Geoffrey Brennan (2000). Is There a Duty to Vote? Social Philosophy and Policy 17 (01):62-.
    The genre of public service advertisements that appear with two- and four-year cyclical regularity is familiar. Cameras pan across scenes of marines hoisting the flag on Iwo Jima, a bald eagle soaring in splendid flight, rows of grave markers at Arlington. The somber-voiced announcer remonstrates: “ They did their part; now you do yours.” Once again it is the season to fulfill one's civic duty, to vote.
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  13. Loren Lomasky (1998). Michael M. Sandel, Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 18 (5):370-373.
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  14. Loren E. Lomasky (1998). Libertarianism as If (The Other 99 Percent of) People Mattered. Social Philosophy and Policy 15 (02):350-.
    In this essay I wish to consider the implications for theory and practice of the following two propositions, either or both of which may be controversial, but which will here be assumed for the sake of argument: Libertarianism is the correct framework for political morality. The vast majority of our fellow citizens disbelieve . 1.
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  15. Loren Lomasky (1997). Book Review:Oedipus at Fenway Park: What Rights There Are and Why There Are Any. Lloyd L. Weinreb. [REVIEW] Ethics 107 (3):534-.
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  16. Loren E. Lomasky (1995). Justice to Charity. Social Philosophy and Policy 12 (2):32-53.
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  17. Loren E. Lomasky (1994). Ventilating Issues of Life and Death: The Case of Helga Wanglie. Public Affairs Quarterly 8 (2):153-168.
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  18. Loren Lomasky (1992). Once Over Lightly. Hastings Center Report 22 (2):60-60.
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  19. Loren E. Lomasky (1991). Liberal Obituary?:Liberalisms: Essays in Political Philosophy. John Gray. Ethics 102 (1):140-.
  20. Loren E. Lomasky (1991). Review: Liberal Obituary? [REVIEW] Ethics 102 (1):140 - 154.
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  21. Gerald F. Gaus & Loren E. Lomasky (1990). Are Property Rights Problematic? The Monist 73 (4):483-503.
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  22. Loren E. Lomasky (1990). Are Property Rights Problematic? GERALD F. GAUS And. The Monist 73 (4).
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  23. Loren E. Lomasky (1990). But is It Liberalism? Critical Review 4 (1-2):86-105.
    THE LIBERTARIAN IDEA by Joseph Raz Oxford: Clarendon, 1986. 435 pp., $59.00 Joseph Raz's The Morality of Freedom offers a subtle and arrestingly original reconstruction of liberal theory. Raz argues that standard liberal linchpins such as neutrality, rights, equality, anti?perfectionism, subjective preference, and individualism fail adequately to ground a liberal order. Rather, he enshrines autonomy as the core value of a justifiable liberalism. Many of Raz's subsidiary arguments are insightful, yet his liberal structure ultimately founders. In large measure that is (...)
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  24. Loren E. Lomasky (1990). Liberal Autonomy. Philosophy and Theology 4 (3):297-309.
    Theorists increasingly tum to autonomy (rather than liberty per se) as a grounding value for liberalism. This is, I argue, an iII-advised strategy. If autonomy is understood to differ from (negative) liberty insofar as it demands from agents significantly greater feats of self-determination, then it is not clear that autonomy is worth having. And, irrespective of whether autonomy is judged to be valuable, autonomy-based liberalisms eilher prescribe essentially the same constraints as classical liberalism - and thus are poIitically innocuous - (...)
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  25. Loren E. Lomasky (1990). Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community. Oup Usa.
    This book presents the foundations of a liberal individualistic theory of rights, and explains what rights we have and do not have, why we have them, who is and who is not a holder of rights, and the place of rights within the overall structure of morality. The author argues for the moral importance of individual commitments to 'projects', and demonstrates the implications of this for a variety of problems and issues.
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  26. Richard P. Cunningham, Robert F. Nagel & Loren E. Lomasky (1989). Commentaries on the Issue. Criminal Justice Ethics 8 (1):27-34.
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  27. Loren E. Lomasky (1989). Socialism as Classical Political Philosophy. Social Philosophy and Policy 6 (02):112-.
    A small puzzle: the terms ‘capitalism’ and ‘socialism’ initially present themselves as contraries, the one affirming what the other rejects. However, once removed from the dictionary, they function otherwise. The theory of capitalism is very much contained within the science of economics . The positive theory of capitalistic institutions, but also its normative superstructure, rest most easily within the language and methodology of the economist. What distinguishes the free market? It is efficient ; allocation of factors of production are optimized (...)
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  28. Loren E. Lomasky (1988). Agreeable Morality? Critical Review 2 (2-3):36-49.
    MORALS BY AGREEMENT by David Gauthier New York: Oxford University Press, 1986. 367 pp., $39.95.
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  29. Loren E. Lomasky (1988). Book Review:Making Sense of Human Rights: Philosophical Reflections on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. James W. Nickel. [REVIEW] Ethics 98 (3):585-.
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  30. Geoffrey Brennan & Loren E. Lomasky (1987). The Logic of Electoral Preference: Response to Saraydar and Hudelson. Economics and Philosophy 3 (01):131-.
    How may we best understand the motivational structure that stands behind individuals' acts of voting? In “The Impartial Spectator Goes to Washington” we suggested that expressive concerns swamp narrowly consequential motivations, in contradistinction to normal market transactions in which the priority is reversed. A striking consequence of this fact is that individuals will be led to vote for outcomes that they would reject were they in a position to act decisively. In this regard we found the moral psychology Adam Smith (...)
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  31. Loren E. Lomasky (1987). Public Money, Private Gain, Profit for All. Hastings Center Report 17 (3):5-7.
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  32. Loren Lomasky (1986). Edward Regis, Jr., Gewirth's Ethical Rationalism. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 6:81-84.
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  33. Loren Lomasky (1986). Reasons and Persons. By Derek Parfit. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1984. [REVIEW] Reason Papers 11:73-85.
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  34. Loren E. Lomasky (1986). Edward Regis, Jr., Gewirth's Ethical Rationalism Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 6 (2):81-84.
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  35. Geoffrey Brennan & Loren Lomasky (1985). The Impartial Spectator Goes to Washington: Toward a Smithian Theory of Electoral Behavior. Economics and Philosophy 1 (2):189-211.
    When economists pay homage to the wisdom of the distant past it is more likely that a work two decades old is being admired than one two centuries old. Economics is a science , and the sciences are noteworthy for their digestion and assimilation of the work of previous generations. Contributions remain only as accretions to the accepted body of knowledge; the writings and the writers disappear almost without trace. A conspicuous exception to this rule of professional cannibalization is Adam (...)
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  36. Geoffrey Brennan & Loren Lomasky (1984). Inefficient Unanimity. Journal of Applied Philosophy 1 (1):151-163.
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  37. James M. Buchanan & Loren E. Lomasky (1984). The Matrix of Contractarian Justice. Social Philosophy and Policy 2 (01):12-.
    There are no first principles etched in stone from which all moral philosophers must take their bearings. We must deliberately choose our point of departure in any attempt to respond to the question: “Must any defensible theory of justice incorporate both a commitment to personal liberty and to economic equality?” Basic to our own approach is a suspicion of seers and visionaries who espy an external source of values independent from human choices. We presuppose, instead, that political philosophy commences with (...)
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  38. Loren Lomasky (1984). Personal Projects as the Foundation for Basic Rights. Social Philosophy and Policy 1 (02):35-.
    A theory of basic moral rights ought to aim at telling us who the beings are that have rights and of what those rights consist. It may, however, seek to achieve that goal via an indirect route. In this paper I shall attempt a strategy of indirection. The first stage of the argument is a consideration of why moral theory can allow any place at all to rights. Acknowledging rights can be inconvenient. An otherwise desirable outcome is blocked if the (...)
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  39. Loren Lomasky (1983). A Refrutation of Utilitarianism. Journal of Value Inquiry 17 (4):259-279.
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  40. Loren Lomasky (1983). Philosophical Explanations. By Robert Nozick. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 1981. [REVIEW] Reason Papers 9:65-74.
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  41. Loren E. Lomasky (1983). Gift Relations, Sexual Relations and Freedom. Philosophical Quarterly 33 (132):250-258.
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  42. Loren Lomasky (1982). Earl E. Shelp, Ed., Justice and Health Care. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 2:142-146.
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  43. Loren E. Lomasky (1982). Earl E. Shelp, Ed., Justice and Health Care Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 2 (2/3):142-146.
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  44. Loren E. Lomasky (1981). Being a Person - Does It Matter? Philosophical Topics 12 (3):139-152.
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  45. Loren E. Lomasky (1981). Gewirth's Generation of Rights. Philosophical Quarterly 31 (124):248-253.
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  46. Loren E. Lomasky (1981). Medical Progress and National Health Care. Philosophy and Public Affairs 10 (1):65-88.
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  47. Loren E. Lomasky (1981). The Small but Crucial Role of Health Care Vouchers. Hastings Center Report 11 (4):40-42.
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  48. Loren E. Lomasky (1978). Is Actual Consequence Utilitarianism Incoherent? Southern Journal of Philosophy 16 (2):71-78.
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  49. Loren E. Lomasky (1975). Are Compatibilism and the Free Will Defense Compatible? Personalist 56 (4):385-388.
     
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  50. Loren E. Lomasky (1970). Leibniz and the Modal Argument for God's Existence. The Monist 54 (2):250-269.
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