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  1. Reginald Williams (2011). Same-Sex Marriage and Equality. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (5):589-595.
    Some argue that same-sex marriage is not an equal rights issue because, where same-sex marriage is illegal, heterosexuals and homosexuals have the exact same right to marry—i.e., the right to marry one adult of the opposite sex. I dispute this argument by pointing out that while societies that prohibit same-sex marriage equally permit individual heterosexuals and homosexuals to marry one adult of the opposite sex, same-sex couples in such societies are denied an important right that opposite-sex couples enjoy—i.e., the right (...)
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  2. Reginald Williams (2011). The Case Against Theism. Think 10 (29):49-50.
    Many people claim that you can't prove or disprove God's existence. But why would anybody think you could? What's such a proof or disproof supposed to look like?
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  3. Reginald Williams (2010). Risse and Zeckhauser on Racial Profiling: A Reply. Utilitas 22 (2):228-231.
    This article criticizes Mathias Risse and Richard Zeckhauser's recent utilitarian defense of racial profiling. I use a novel thought-experiment to argue that even if a negative phenomenon could be reduced by profiling members of certain groups who happen to be disproportionately associated with it, the practice can be implausible. Specifically, I explore the possibility that in a given society, platinum blondes have a higher per capita incidence of a serious sexually transmitted disease, D. And I argue that doctors and health (...)
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  4. Reginald Williams (2010). Race, Class, and Ontology. Think 9 (24):85-89.
    Many who write on race consider it an ‘illusion’. Others argue that race is real, even if socially constructed, because the notion of race, and the categorizing of people in terms of race, has greatly affected their lives. This paper criticizes a reason that is often given for thinking that race is an illusion: the fact that there is no biological basis of race. I defend two primary claims. First, while there is no biological basis for membership in a socio-economic (...)
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  5. Reginald Williams (2009). Illegal Immigration: A Case for Residency. Public Affairs Quarterly 23 (4):309-323.
    This paper argues that illegal migrant laborers who are currently in the United States should be granted permanent residency if they have contributed to its economy for a certain period of time, which I will not attempt to specify, and if they have not committed any serious crimes in the country . My argument is theoretical and tentative. For some of my points would benefit from empirical support, but there are no definitive statistics on the relevant issues. The aim, accordingly, (...)
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  6. Reginald Williams (2008). Abortion, Potential, and Value. Utilitas 20 (2):169-186.
    This article challenges an important argument in the abortion debate, according to which at least early abortions are acceptable because they do not terminate the actual existence of something of moral significance (i.e., a ), but rather prevent a potentially significant entity from becoming actual, which happens whenever one uses contraceptives. This article argues that insofar as we see something as morally significant or valuable, we tend to think it wrong to deliberately terminate its actual existence and to deliberately prevent (...)
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  7. Reginald Williams (2008). Gender, Evil, and God: A Dialogue. Think 6 (16):93-99.
    Reginald Williams offers a novel approach to the problem of evil.
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  8. Reginald Williams (2008). Morality and Privilege. Journal of Moral Philosophy 5 (1):118-135.
    This paper discusses, from a moral psychology perspective, the putative fact that many people's socio-economic status makes it difficult for them to live what their philosophical thinking suggests is a fully moral life—an under-appreciated fact, or better phenomenon, that I call 'culturo-socio-divergence'. Section 1 explicates my distinction between 'culture' and 'society' . Section 2 highlights some ways in which the culture and society in America can be seen as divergent, and section 3 discusses the significance of this divergence for moral (...)
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  9. Reginald Williams (2008). Nagel and Intelligent Design. Philosophy and Public Affairs 36 (26):187-205.
    Thomas Nagel has recently discussed whether intelligent design theory is scientific and should be taught in public schools alongside the theory of evolution . Nagel writes: I do not regard divine intervention as a possibility, even though I have no other candidates. Yet I recognize that this is because of an aspect of my overall worldview that does not rest on empirical grounds or any other kind of rational grounds…. [S]omeone who can offer serious scientific reasons to doubt the adequacy (...)
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  10. Reginald Williams (2005). Affirmative Action, the 'May the Best Person Win' Intuition, and Mill's The Subjection of Women. Public Affairs Quarterly 19 (1):65-80.
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  11. Reginald Williams (20011). Combatting Long-Term Global Poverty: A Thought Piece. Poverty and Public Policy 3 (2):article 8 (on line).
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