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    Gerald Lang & Rob Lawlor (2013). In Defense of Batman: Reply to Bradley. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy:1-7.
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  2. Rob Lawlor (2006). Taurek, Numbers and Probabilities. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (2):149 - 166.
    In his paper, “Should the Numbers Count?" John Taurek imagines that we are in a position such that we can either save a group of five people, or we can save one individual, David. We cannot save David and the five. This is because they each require a life-saving drug. However, David needs all of the drug if he is to survive, while the other five need only a fifth each.Typically, people have argued as if there was a choice to (...)
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    Rob Lawlor (2016). Ambiguities and Asymmetries in Consent and Refusal: Reply to Manson. Bioethics 30 (5):353-357.
    John Harris claims that is it ‘palpable nonsense’ to suggest that ‘a child might competently consent to a treatment but not be competent to refuse it.’ In ‘Transitional Paternalism: How Shared Normative Powers Give Rise to the Asymmetry of Adolescent Consent and Refusal’ Neil Manson aims to explain away the apparent oddness of this asymmetry of consent and refusal, by appealing to the idea of shared normative powers, presenting joint bank accounts as an example. In this article, I will argue (...)
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    Rob Lawlor (2015). Freezing Eggs in a Warming World. Utilitas 27 (4):425-444.
    Most discussions of population control focus on how many children people should have, but ignore issues to do with the timing, so there is little discussion of the value of delaying childbearing. Once we recognize that delaying childbearing can have a significant impact on the size of the population, and, therefore, on CO2e emissions, our perspective on egg freezing changes significantly. In this article, I argue that, if we focus on future generations in general, rather than focusing only on the (...)
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    Rob Lawlor (2009). The Rejection of Scalar Consequentialism. Utilitas 21 (1):100-116.
    In Alastair Norcross argues that scalar consequentialism is the most plausible form of consequentialism, but his arguments are flawed: he is simply mistaken when he suggests that there is a problem with deriving absolutes like right and wrong from gradable properties such as goodness; he cannot justify his claim that the choice of a threshold will always be arbitrary; and his argument only shows that the consequentialist doesn't care about permissibility. Furthermore, I argue that, although Norcross was right to claim (...)
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    Rob Lawlor (2015). Questioning the Significance of the Non-Identity Problem in Applied Ethics. Journal of Medical Ethics 41 (11):893-896.
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    Gerald Lang & Rob Lawlor (forthcoming). Numbers Scepticism, Equal Chances, and Pluralism: Taurek Revisited. Politics, Philosophy and Economics:1470594-15618967.
    The ‘standard interpretation’ of John Taurek’s argument in ‘Should the Numbers Count?’ imputes two theses to him: first, ‘numbers scepticism’, or scepticism about the moral force of an appeal to the mere number of individuals saved in conflict cases; and second, the ‘equal greatest chances’ principle of rescue, which requires that every individual has an equal chance of being rescued. The standard interpretation is criticized here on a number of grounds. First, whilst Taurek clearly believes that equal chances are all-important, (...)
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    Rob Lawlor (2011). Organ Sales Needn't Be Exploitative (but It Matters If They Are). Bioethics 25 (5):250-259.
    This paper considers two arguments that are common in the literature on organ sales. First, organ sales are exploitative and therefore should not be permitted. Second, it doesn't matter whether organ sales are exploitative or not; the only thing that matters is that we do what is in the interests of those who need to be protected.In this paper, I argue that both of these arguments are too simplistic. My intention, however, is not to argue for or against organ sales. (...)
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  9. Rob Lawlor (2009). Shades of Goodness: Gradability, Demandingness and the Structure of Moral Theories. Palgrave Macmillan.
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    Rob Lawlor & Gerald Lang (2016). Numbers Scepticism, Equal Chances and Pluralism: Taurek Revisited. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 15 (3):298-315.
    The ‘standard interpretation’ of John Taurek’s argument in ‘Should the Numbers Count?’ imputes two theses to him: first, ‘numbers scepticism’, or scepticism about the moral force of an appeal to the mere number of individuals saved in conflict cases; and second, the ‘equal greatest chances’ principle of rescue, which requires that every individual has an equal chance of being rescued. The standard interpretation is criticized here on a number of grounds. First, whilst Taurek clearly believes that equal chances are all-important, (...)
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    Rob Lawlor (2015). Questioning the Significance of the Non-Identity Problem in Applied Ethics: A Reply to Tony Hope. Journal of Medical Ethics 41 (11):899-900.
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    Rob Lawlor (2014). Organ Sales: Exploitative at Any Price? Bioethics 28 (4):194-202.
    In many cases, claims that a transaction is exploitative will focus on the details of the transaction, such as the price paid or conditions. For example, in a claim that a worker is exploited, the grounds for the claim are usually that the pay is not sufficient or the working conditions too dangerous. In some cases, however, the claim that a transaction is exploitative is not seen to rely on these finer details. Many, for example, claim that organ sales would (...)
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    Rob Lawlor (2015). Ambiguities and Asymmetries in Consent and Refusal: Reply to Manson. Bioethics 30 (4):n/a-n/a.
    John Harris claims that is it ‘palpable nonsense’ to suggest that ‘a child might competently consent to a treatment but not be competent to refuse it.’ In ‘Transitional Paternalism: How Shared Normative Powers Give Rise to the Asymmetry of Adolescent Consent and Refusal’ Neil Manson aims to explain away the apparent oddness of this asymmetry of consent and refusal, by appealing to the idea of shared normative powers, presenting joint bank accounts as an example. In this article, I will argue (...)
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    Rob Lawlor (2015). Delaying Obsolescence. Science and Engineering Ethics 21 (2):401-427.
    This paper argues that those who emphasise that designers and engineers need to plan for obsolescence are too conservative. Rather, in addition to planning for obsolescence, designers and engineers should also think carefully about what they could do in order delay obsolescence. They should so this by thinking about the design itself, thinking of ways in which products could be useful and appealing for longer before becoming obsolete, as well thinking about the wider context in terms of the marketing of (...)
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    Rob Lawlor (2004). Hooker's Ideal Code and the Sacrifice Problem. Social Theory and Practice 30 (4):583-587.
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    Rob Lawlor (2006). Luck, Evidence and War. Journal of Applied Philosophy 23 (3):247–257.
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    Rob Lawlor (2009). Review of Christopher Woodard, Reasons, Patterns, and Cooperation. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (2).
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    Rob Lawlor (2012). Underivitive Duty: British Moral Philosophers From Sidgwick to Ewing. Edited by Thomas Hurka. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2011. Pp. Viii + 225. Price £35.00.). [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 62 (248):638-640.
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    Rob Lawlor (2005). Review of Nicholas Rescher, Value Matters: Studies in Axiology. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (5).
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  20. Gerald Lang & Rob Lawlor (2016). Numbers Scepticism, Equal Chances and Pluralism Taurek Revisited. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 15 (3):298-315.
    The ‘standard interpretation’ of John Taurek’s argument in ‘Should the Numbers Count?’ imputes two theses to him: first, ‘numbers scepticism’, or scepticism about the moral force of an appeal to the mere number of individuals saved in conflict cases; and second, the ‘equal greatest chances’ principle of rescue, which requires that every individual has an equal chance of being rescued. The standard interpretation is criticized here on a number of grounds. First, whilst Taurek clearly believes that equal chances are all-important, (...)
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  21. Rob Lawlor (2012). The Ethical Treatment of Animals : The Moral Significance of Darwin's Theory. In Martin H. Brinkworth & Friedel Weinert (eds.), Evolution 2.0: Implications of Darwinism in Philosophy and the Social and Natural Sciences. Springer
     
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  22. Rob Lawlor (2006). Taurek, Numbers and Probabilities. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (2):149-166.
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