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  1. Matthew Smith, Justificatory Independence.
    This is paper argues for the view that rules produced by illegitimate authorities may nonetheless be authoritative for those to whom the rules are addressed. (draft only - please do not quote).
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  2. Matthew Smith, Rethinking Revolution.
    This paper argues for a rehabilitation of philosophical engagement with the question of whether revolution can be justified. Such a renewed engagement with the problem of revolution appears to be stymied by the intuition that we have strong moral arguments ruling out revolution in almost every case. I aim to show that we should abandon this intuition. I will argue that standard arguments against revolution are not strong enough to warrant the relative inattention the question of the justifiability revolution has (...)
     
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  3. Matthew Smith, Trust and Planning.
     
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  4. Matthew Smith, This Paper Argues That Reliance is a Distinctive Psychologiocal Attitude That has Both Belief-Like and Desire-Like Properties.
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  5. Matthew A. Smith, Religion and the Freedom-Weighted View: Reconsidering First Amendment Challenges to Laws Promoting Autonomy.
    In this paper, I defend a novel view of the religion clauses. The historical origins of the clause suggest two competing conceptual interpretations: one which privileges religion (the religion-weighted view) and one which privileges freedom (the freedom-weighted view). I argue for the freedom-weighted view and explore the jurisprudential implications of both views. I also argue for the counterintuitive result that, if we accept the freedom-weighted view, Free Exercise challenges to certain laws promoting autonomy (freedom) in children are analytically incoherent. Because (...)
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  6. Matthew Smith (manuscript). JUSTIFICATORY INDEPENDENCE AND INTERPERSONAL MUTUALITY. [REVIEW] /A.
    Can there be an obligation to obey laws produced by patently illegitimate political institutions, or are these laws like rules of etiquette – rules we might have reasons to follow but which we are not obligated to obey?2 Exclude from the scope of this question laws that recapitulate or contradict independently valid moral principles. Let us instead query only whether there is an obligation to obey laws that (i) do not recapitulate or contradict valid moral principles, and (ii) are products (...)
     
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  7. Matthew Smith, Ideas of Justice: Positive.
    We use the term “justice” in many different ways. In this essay, I consider justice only as it used in Anglo-American political and legal theory. In this realm of discourse, all forms of justice consist of non-utilitarian allocative principles, i.e., principles governing, to put it as broadly as possible, who gets how much of what. Some may wish to treat utilitarian principles as principles of justice. As a matter of nomenclatural pedantry, this is surely reasonable. But, perhaps as a consequence (...)
     
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  8. Matthew Smith, Justificatory Independence: Interpersonal Mutuality and the Authority of the Law.
    Can the laws produced by patently illegitimate political institutions be authoritative, or are they like the rules of etiquette – rules we might have conclusive reasons to follow but which are not authoritative?[2] Exclude from the scope of this question laws that recapitulate or contradict independently valid moral principles and so are authoritative in virtue of their content. Let us instead query only whether laws that (i) do not recapitulate or contradict valid moral principles, and (ii) are products of illegitimate (...)
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  9. Matthew Noah Smith, 1. The Accommodation Thesis.
    How ought we to respond to other people caring about whatever it is that they care about – even if they care about things that are obviously not careworthy?2 For example, if my neighbor cares about collecting antique decorative saltshakers and I think this is an idiotic pastime, how ought I to respond to this? My thesis is that I should respond by accommodating his cares.3 I describe accommodation as follows: [Accommodation] A accommodates B’s caring about F by adjusting her (...)
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  10. Matthew Noah Smith (forthcoming). Dignity, Rank, and Rights By Jeremy Waldron. Analysis:anu075.
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  11. Matthew Noah Smith (2013). Political Obligation and the Self1. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 86 (2):347-375.
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  12. Matthew Noah Smith (2013). The Importance of What They Care About. Philosophical Studies 165 (2):297-314.
    Many forms of contemporary morality treat the individual as the fundamental unit of moral importance. Perhaps the most striking example of this moral vision of the individual is the contemporary global human rights regime, which treats the individual as, for all intents and purposes, sacrosanct. This essay attempts to explore one feature of this contemporary understanding of the moral status of the individual, namely the moral significance of a subject’s actual affective states, and in particular her cares and commitments. I (...)
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  13. Matthew Smith (2012). Book Review: Understanding Autism: Parents, Doctors, and the History of a Disorder. [REVIEW] History of the Human Sciences 25 (3):154-159.
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  14. Matthew Smith (2010). Reliance. Noûs 44 (1):135 - 157.
    A version of this paper is forthcoming in Nous.
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  15. Matthew Noah Smith (2010). Practical Imagination and its Limits. Philosophers' Imprint 10 (3):1-20.
    It is common to talk about options, where an option is a course of action an agent can take. A course of action, in turn, is that which can be the object of intention. It has not often been noticed in the literature, though, that there are two ways to understand what makes something an option: first, an option just is some course of action physically open (or, to be maximally liberal, logically open) to an agent; second, an option just (...)
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  16. Matthew Noah Smith (2010). Review of S. A. Lloyd, Morality in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes: Cases in the Law of Nature. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (12).
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  17. Matthew Smith (2009). Legal Truths and Falsities. Ratio Juris 22 (1):95-109.
    This paper has a two-pronged thesis. First, laws should be understood as making factual claims about the moral order. Second, the truth or falsity of these claims depends as much on the content of the law as on whether the lawmaker has political authority. In particular, laws produced by legitimate authorities are successful as laws when they guide subjects' behavior by giving subjects authoritative reasons for action. This paper argues that laws produced by legitimate authorities accomplish this task (i) by (...)
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  18. Matthew Smith (2009). Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age. [REVIEW] Identity in the Information Society 2 (3):369-373.
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  19. Matthew Smith (2008). Review of Daniel Shapiro, Is the Welfare State Justified?. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (2).
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  20. Matthew Smith (2008). Rethinking Sovereignty, Rethinking Revolution. Philosophy and Public Affairs 36 (4):405-440.
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  21. Matthew Noah Smith (2008). Terrorism, Shared Rules and Trust. Journal of Political Philosophy 16 (2):201–219.
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  22. Matthew Wilson Smith (2007). The Total Work of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace. Routledge.
    Total work of art in an age of mechanical reproduction -- Total stage: Wagner's festspielhaus -- Total machine: the Bauhaus theatre -- Total montage: Brecht's reply to Wagner -- Total state: Riefenstahl's triumph of the will -- Total world: Disney's theme parks -- Total vacuum: Warhol's performances -- Total immersion: cyberspace.
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  23. Matthew Smith (2006). Book Review: Justice Beyond Borders: A Global Political Theory. [REVIEW] Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (1):100-102.
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  24. Matthew Noah Smith (2006). The Law as a Social Practice. Legal Theory 12:265-292.
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  25. Matthew Noah Smith (2006). The Law as a Social Practice: Are Shared Activities at the Foundations of Law? Legal Theory 12 (3):265-292.
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  26. Matthew Smith (2003). The Role of the Experimenter in Parapsychological Research. Journal of Consciousness Studies 10 (6-7):6-7.
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  27. Matthew Smith (2001). Film Reviews and Announcements From 1896: Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. Lonergan Review 6:1.
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