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  1. Nils Holtug & Human Gene Therapy (forthcoming). Down the Slippery Slope. Bioethics.
     
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  2. Nils Holtug (2012). Genethics. In Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Stig Andur Pedersen & Vincent F. Hendricks (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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  3. Nils Holtug (2012). Prioritarianism and Population Ethics. Iride 25 (1):45-56.
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  4. Nils Holtug (2012). Teoria della prioritá di chi sta peggio ed etica delle popolazioni. Iride 25 (65):45-56.
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  5. Nils Holtug (2011). Equality and the Treatment-Enhancement Distinction. Bioethics 25 (3):137-144.
    In From Chance to Choice, Allen Buchanan, Dan Brock, Norman Daniels and Daniel Wikler propose a new way of defending the moral significance of the distinction between genetic treatments and enhancements. They develop what they call a ‘normal function model’ of equality of opportunity and argue that it offers a ‘limited’ defence of this distinction. In this article, I critically assess their model and the support it (allegedly) provides for the treatment-enhancement distinction. First, I argue that there is a troubling (...)
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  6. Nils Holtug (2011). Killing and the Time-Relative Interest Account. Journal of Ethics 15 (3):169-189.
    Jeff McMahan appeals to what he calls the “Time-relative Interest Account of the Wrongness of Killing” to explain the wrongness of killing individuals who are conscious but not autonomous. On this account, the wrongness of such killing depends on the victim’s interest in his or her future, and this interest, in turn, depends on two things: the goods that would have accrued to the victim in the future; and the strength of the prudential relations obtaining between the victim at the (...)
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  7. Nils Holtug (2011). The Cosmopolitan Strikes Back: A Critical Discussion of Miller on Nationality and Global Equality. Ethics and Global Politics 4 (3).
    According to David Miller, we have stronger obligations towards our co-nationals than we have towards non-nationals. While a principle of equality governs our obligations of justice within the nation-state, our obligations towards non-nationals are governed by a weaker principle of sufficiency. In this paper, I critically assess Miller’s objection to a traditional argument for global egalitarianism, according to which nationalist and other deviations from equality rely on factors that are arbitrary from a moral point of view. Then I critically discuss (...)
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  8. Nils Holtug (2010). Persons, Interests, and Justice. OUP Oxford.
    In our lives, we aim to achieve welfare for ourselves, that is, to live good lives. But we also have another, more impartial perspective, where we aim to balance our concern for our own welfare against a concern for the welfare of others. This is a perspective of justice. Nils Holtug examines these two perspectives and the relations between them. -/- The first part of the book is concerned with prudence; more precisely, with what the necessary and sufficient conditions are (...)
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  9. Nils Holtug (2009). Equality, Priority and Global Justice. Journal of Global Ethics 5 (3):173 – 179.
    Derek Parfit has argued that prioritarianism “naturally” has global scope, i.e. naturally applies to everyone, irrespective of his or her particular national, state or other communal affiliation. In that respect, it differs from e.g. egalitarianism. In this article, I critically assess Parfit's argument. In particular, I argue that it is difficult to draw conclusions about the scope of prioritarianism simply from an inspection of its structure. I also make some suggestions as to what it would take to argue that prioritarianism (...)
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  10. Nils Holtug (2009). Who Cares About Identity?. In. In David Wasserman & Melinda Roberts (eds.), Harming Future Persons. Springer. 71--92.
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  11. Nils Holtug (2007). Animals : Equality for Animals. In Jesper Ryberg, Thomas S. Petersen & Clark Wolf (eds.), New Waves in Applied Ethics. Palgrave Macmillan.
     
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  12. Nils Holtug (2007). A Note on Conditional Egalitarianism. Economics and Philosophy 23 (1):45-63.
    Roughly, according to conditional egalitarianism, equality is non-instrumentally valuable, but only if it benefits at least one individual. Some political theorists have argued that conditional egalitarianism has the important virtue that it allows egalitarians to avoid the so-called objection. However, in the present article I argue that conditional egalitarianism does not offer the egalitarian a plausible escape route from this objection. First, I explain the levelling down objection and suggest some particular concerns from which it derives its force. Then I (...)
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  13. Nils Holtug (2007). Prioritarianism. In Nils Holtug & Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (eds.), Egalitarianism: New Essays on the Nature and Value of Equality. Clarendon Press. 125--156.
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  14. Nils Holtug & Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (2007). An Introduction to Contemporary Egalitarianism. In Nils Holtug & Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (eds.), Egalitarianism: New Essays on the Nature and Value of Equality. Clarendon Press. 1--37.
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  15. Nils Holtug & Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (eds.) (2007). Egalitarianism: New Essays on the Nature and Value of Equality. Clarendon Press.
    The contributors to the volume are: Richard Arneson, Linda Barclay, Thomas Christiano, Nils Holtug, Susan Hurley, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Dennis McKerlie, ...
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  16. Nils Holtug (2006). Book Review: Weighing Lives. [REVIEW] Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (1):115-118.
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  17. Nils Holtug (2003). Good for Whom? Theoria 69 (1-2):4-20.
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  18. Nils Holtug (2003). Welfarism – The Very Idea. Utilitas 15 (02):151-.
    According to outcome welfarism, roughly, the value of an outcome is fundamentally a matterof the individual welfare it contains. I assess various suggestions as to how to spell out this idea more fully on the basis of some basic intuitions about the content and implications of welfarism. I point out that what are in fact different suggestions are often conflated and argue that none fully captures the basic intuitions. I then suggest that what this means is that different doctrines of (...)
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  19. Nils Holtug (2002). The Harm Principle. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 5 (4):357-389.
    According to the Harm Principle, roughly, the state may coerce a person only if it can thereby prevent harm to others. Clearly, this principle depends crucially on what we understand by harm. Thus, if any sort of negative effect on a person may count as a harm, the Harm Principle will fail to sufficiently protect individual liberty. Therefore, a more subtle concept of harm is needed. I consider various possible conceptions and argue that none gives rise to a plausible version (...)
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  20. Nils Holtug (2001). On the Value of Coming Into Existence. Journal of Ethics 5 (4):361-384.
    In this paper I argue that coming into existence can benefit (or harm) aperson. My argument incorporates the comparative claim that existence canbe better (or worse) for a person than never existing. Since these claimsare highly controversial, I consider and reject a number of objectionswhich threaten them. These objections raise various semantic, logical,metaphysical and value-theoretical issues. I then suggest that there is animportant sense in which it can harm (or benefit) a person not to comeinto existence. Again, I consider and (...)
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  21. Nils Holtug (2001). The Harm Principle and Genetically Modified Food. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 14 (2):168-178.
    It is suggested that the Harm Principle can be viewedas the moral basis on which genetically modified (GM) food iscurrently regulated. It is then argued (a) that the concept ofharm cannot be specified in such a manner as to render the HarmPrinciple a plausible political principle, so this principlecannot be used to justify existing regulation; and (b) that evenif the Harm Principle were a plausible political principle, itcould not be used alone in the regulation of GM food, since itdoes not (...)
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  22. Nils Holtug (2000). Against Deontology. SATS 1 (2):125-141.
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  23. Nils Holtug (1999). Utility, Priority and Possible People. Utilitas 11 (01):16-.
    This paper discusses what the so-called Priority View implies regarding possible people. It is argued that this view is plausible when applied to fixed populations, but that, when applied to the issue of possible people, it faces certain difficulties. If it is claimed that possible people fall within the scope of the Priority View, we are led to the repugnant conclusion (and other counter-intuitive conclusions) at a faster pace than we are by, e.g., utilitarianism. And if it is claimed that (...)
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  24. Nils Holtug (1998). Egalitarianism and the Levelling Down Objection. Analysis 58 (2):166–174.
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  25. Nils Holtug (1997). Altering Humans—The Case For and Against Human Gene Therapy. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 6 (2):157-174.
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  26. Kurt Bayertz & Nils Holtug (1996). Genetics. Technological Intervention in Human Reproduction as a Philosophical Problem. Bioethics-Oxford 10 (2):173-175.
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  27. Anna P. Folker, Nils Holtug, Annette B. Jensen, Klemens Kappel, Jesper K. Nielsen & Michael Norup (1996). Experiences and Attitudes Towards End‐of‐Life Decisions Amongst Danish Physicians. Bioethics 10 (3):233-249.
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  28. Anna P. Folker, Nils Holtug, Annette B. Jensen, Klemens Kappel & Jesper K. Nielsen Andmichael Norup (1996). Experiences and Attitudes Towards End-of-Life Decisions Amongst Danish Physicians. Bioethics 10 (3):233–249.
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  29. Nils Holtug & Peter Sandøe (1996). Who Benefits?— Why Personal Identity Does Not Matter in a Moral Evaluation of Germ‐Line Gene Therapy. Journal of Applied Philosophy 13 (2):157-166.
  30. Nils Holtug & Klemens Kappel (1994). Barnets tarv. Philosophia:67-81.
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  31. Klemens Kappel & Nils Holtug (1994). Empirisk etik. Philosophia:51-66.
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  32. Nils Holtug (1993). Human Gene Therapy: Down the Slippery Slope? Bioethics 7 (5):402-419.
    The strength of a slippery slope argument is a matter of some dispute. Some see it as a reasonable argument pointing out what probably or inevitably follows from adopting some practice, others see it as essentially a fallacious argument. However, there seems to be a tendency emerging to say that in many cases, the argument is not actually fallacious, although it may be unsubstantiated. I shall not try to settle this general discussion, but merely seek to assess the strength of (...)
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  33. Nils Holtug (1992). Heideggers's Concept of Truth: Semantics and Relativism. Danish Yearbook of Philosophy 27.
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