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  1. Louis M. Guenin (2008). The Morality of Embryo Use. Cambridge University Press.
    Is it permissible to use a human embryo in stem cell research, or in general as a means for benefit of others? Acknowledging each embryo as an object of moral concern, Louis M.Guenin argues that it is morally permissible to decline intrauterine transfer of an embryo formed outside the body, and that from this permission and the duty of beneficence, there follows a consensus justification for using donated embryos in service of humanitarian ends. He then proceeds to show how this (...)
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  2. Louis M. Guenin (2007). Erratum. Philosophy 82 (319).
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  3. Louis M. Guenin (2005). Introduction. Synthese 145 (2):165-168.
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  4. Louis M. Guenin (2005). Intellectual Honesty. Synthese 145 (2):177 - 232.
    Engaging a listener’s trust imposes moral demands upon a presenter in respect of truthtelling and completeness. An agent lies by an utterance that satisfies what are herein defined as signal and mendacity conditions; an agent deceives when, in satisfaction of those conditions, the agent’s utterances contribute to a false belief or thwart a true one. I advert to how we may fool ourselves in observation and in the perception of our originality. Communication with others depends upon a convention or practice (...)
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  5. Louis M. Guenin (2003). Dialogue Concerning Natural Appropriation. Synthese 136 (3):321 - 336.
    Two utilitarian defenses, traceable to Bentham and Mill, arecommonly offered for patents. It is contended that patents induce innovation, and thatpatents induce disclosure of innovation. Patents on some or all of the human genomepose particular challenges for these defenses. In the first instance, patents on nucleotidesequences entail the perverse notion of human reproduction qua infringement. In the second place, when such patents are available (as is presently the case), the two defenses involve a counterfactual claim, viz., that if there were (...)
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  6. Louis M. Guenin (2001). The Set Theoretic Ambit of Arrow's Theorem. Synthese 126 (3):443 - 472.
    Set theoretic formulation of Arrow's theorem, viewedin light of a taxonomy of transitive relations,serves to unmask the theorem's understatedgenerality. Under the impress of the independenceof irrelevant alternatives, the antipode of ceteris paribus reasoning, a purported compilerfunction either breaches some other rationalitypremise or produces the effet Condorcet. Types of cycles, each the seeming handiwork of avirtual voter disdaining transitivity, arerigorously defined. Arrow's theorem erects adilemma between cyclic indecision anddictatorship. Maneuvers responsive theretoare explicable in set theoretic terms. None ofthese gambits rival in (...)
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  7. Louis M. Guenin (1997). Affirmative Action in Higher Education as Redistribution. Public Affairs Quarterly 11 (2):117-140.
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  8. Louis M. Guenin (1997). Alternative Dispute Resolution and Research Misconduct. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 6 (1):72-77.
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  9. Louis M. Guenin (1997). Distributive Justice in Competitive Access to Intercollegiate Athletic Teams Segregated by Sex. Studies in Philosophy and Education 16 (4):347-372.
    A theory of justice for the basic structure of society may constrain though not directly govern colleges. The principle of "equal opportunity" commonly applied to jobs either does or does not apply to varsity opportunities. If it applies, it interdicts sex discrimination but, one fallacious argument notwithstanding, it states no obligation to expend resources on new teams. If it does not apply, an analogue of Rawls's difference principle may appropriately constrain inequalities between the sexes. In either case the preferences of (...)
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  10. Louis M. Guenin (1996). Norms for Patents Concerning Human and Other Life Forms. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 17 (3).
    The rationale of patents on transgenic organisms leads to the startling notion of the human qua infringement. The moral reasons by which we may tenably reject such notion are not conclusive as to human life forms outside the body. A close look at recombinant DNA experimentation reveals ingenious processes, but not entities that the body lacks. Except for artificial genes, the genes of biotechnology are found on chromosomes, albeit nonconsecutively, and their uninterrupted transcripts appear in messenger RNA. An enhanced form (...)
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  11. Louis M. Guenin (1996). Public Science and Norms of Truthfulness. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 5 (03):325-.
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  12. Louis M. Guenin & Bernard D. Davis (1996). Scientific Reasoning and Due Process. Science and Engineering Ethics 2 (1):47-54.
    Recent public hearings on misconduct charges belie the conjecture that due process will perforce defeat informed scientific reasoning. One notable case that reviewed an obtuse description of experimental methods displays some of the subtleties of differentiating carelessness from intent to deceive. There the decision of a studious nonscientist panel managed to reach sensible conclusions despite conflicting expert testimony. The significance of such a result may be to suggest that to curtail due process would be both objectionable and unproductive.
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