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  1. Robert F. Card (2007). Conscientious Objection and Emergency Contraception. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):8 – 14.
    This article argues that practitioners have a professional ethical obligation to dispense emergency contraception, even given conscientious objection to this treatment. This recent controversy affects all medical professionals, including physicians as well as pharmacists. This article begins by analyzing the option of referring the patient to another willing provider. Objecting professionals may conscientiously refuse because they consider emergency contraception to be equivalent to abortion or because they believe contraception itself is immoral. This article critically evaluates these reasons and concludes that (...)
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    Robert F. Card (2011). Conscientious Objection, Emergency Contraception, and Public Policy. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 36 (1):53-68.
    Defenders of medical professionals’ rights to conscientious objection (CO) regarding emergency contraception (EC) draw an analogy to CO in the military. Such professionals object to EC since it has the possibility of harming zygotic life, yet if we accept this analogy and utilize jurisprudence to frame the associated public policy, those who refuse to dispense EC would not have their objection honored. Legal precedent holds that one must consistently object to all forms of the relevant activity. In the case at (...)
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    Robert F. Card (2016). In Defence of Medical Tribunals and the Reasonability Standard for Conscientious Objection in Medicine. Journal of Medical Ethics 42 (2):73-75.
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    Robert F. Card (2014). Reasonability and Conscientious Objection in Medicine: A Reply to Marsh and an Elaboration of the Reason‐Giving Requirement. Bioethics 28 (6):320-326.
    In this paper I defend the Reasonability View: the position that medical professionals seeking a conscientious exemption must state reasons in support of their objection and allow those reasons to be subject to evaluation. Recently, this view has been criticized by Jason Marsh as proposing a standard that is either too difficult to meet or too easy to satisfy. First, I defend the Reasonability View from this proposed dilemma. Then, I develop this view by presenting and explaining some of the (...)
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    Robert F. Card (2012). Is There No Alternative? Conscientious Objection by Medical Students. Journal of Medical Ethics 38 (10):602-604.
    Recent survey data gathered from British medical students reveal widespread acceptance of conscientious objection in medicine, despite the existence of strict policies in the UK that discourage conscientious refusals by students to aspects of their medical training. This disconnect demonstrates a pressing need to thoughtfully examine policies that allow conscience objections by medical students; as it so happens, the USA is one country that has examples of such policies. After presenting some background on promulgated US conscience protections and reflecting on (...)
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    Robert F. Card (2007). Inconsistency and the Theoretical Commitments of Hooker's Rule-Consequentialism. Utilitas 19 (2):243-258.
    Rule-consequentialism is frequently regarded as problematic since it faces the following powerful dilemma: either rule-consequentialism collapses into act-consequentialism or rule-consequentialism is inconsistent. Recent defenders of this theory such as Brad Hooker provide a careful response to this objection. By explicating the nature and theoretical commitments of rule-consequentialism, I contend that these maneuvers are not successful by offering a new way of viewing the dilemma which retains its force even in light of these recent discussions. The central idea is that even (...)
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  7. Robert F. Card (2000). Infanticide and the Liberal View on Abortion. Bioethics 14 (4):340–351.
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    Robert F. Card (2002). Using Case Studies to Develop Critical Thinking Skills in Ethics Courses. Teaching Ethics 3 (1):19-27.
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    Robert F. Card (2004). Consequentialist Teleology and the Valuation of States of Affairs. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 7 (3):253-265.
    Elizabeth Anderson claims that states of affairs are merely extrinsically valuable, since we value them only in virtue of the intrinsically valuable persons in those states of affairs. Since it considers states of affairs to be the sole bearers of intrinsic value, Anderson argues that consequentialism is incoherent because it attempts to globally maximize extrinsic value. I respond to this objection by distinguishing between two forms of consequentialist teleology and arguing that Anderson''s claim is either harmless or her argument for (...)
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    Robert F. Card (2010). Situationist Social Psychology and J. S. Mill's Conception of Character. Utilitas 22 (4):481-493.
    The situationist challenge to global character traits claims that on the basis of findings in social psychology, we should only accept at most the existence of local or context-sensitive traits. In this article I explore a neglected area of J. S. Mill's work to outline an account of context-sensitive traits. This account of traits, coupled with a sophisticated consequentialist ethical framework, suggests an interesting view on which persons govern the circumstances of their actions (to the extent possible) in order to (...)
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    Robert F. Card (2004). Consequentialism, Teleology, and the New Friendship Critique. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 85 (2):149-172.
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    Robert F. Card (2004). Pure Aretaic Ethics and Character. Journal of Value Inquiry 38 (4):473-484.
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    Robert F. Card (2006). Two Puzzles for Marquis's Conservative View on Abortion. Bioethics 20 (5):264–277.
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    Robert F. Card (2008). Scouring the Scourge: Spontaneous Abortion and Morality. American Journal of Bioethics 8 (7):27 – 29.
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  15. Robert F. Card (2001). "Gender, Justice Within the Family, and the Commitments of Rawlsian Liberalism.". Public Affairs Quarterly 15:155-172.
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    Robert F. Card (2008). Response to Commentators on "Conscientious Objection and Emergency Contraception": Sex, Drugs and the Rocky Role of Levonorgestrel. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (10):W4 – W6.
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    Robert F. Card (2002). Intentions, the Nature of Fantasizing and Naughty Fantasies. Southwest Philosophy Review 18 (2):159-161.
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    Robert F. Card (2006). "Lessons (Not) Learned: Ethical Medical Treatment at the End of Life." . Philosophy Now 55:14-17.
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    Robert F. Card (2011). Gender, Justice Within the Family, and the Commitments of Liberalism. In Adrianne Leigh McEvoy (ed.), Sex, Love, and Friendship: Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love: 1993-2003. Rodopi
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    Robert F. Card (2005). Making Sense of the Diversity-Based Legal Argument for Affirmative Action. Public Affairs Quarterly 19 (1):11-24.
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    Robert F. Card (2009). Federal Provider Conscience Regulation: Unconscionable. Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (8):471-472.
    This paper argues that the provider conscience regulation recently put into place in the USA is misguided. The rule is too broad in the scope of protection it affords, and its conception of what constitutes assistance in the performance of an objectionable procedure reveals that it is unworkable in practice. Furthermore, the regulation wrongly treats refusal of other reproductive services as on a par with conscientious objection to participation in abortion. Finally, the rule allows providers to refuse even to discuss (...)
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    Robert F. Card (2005). Individual Responsibility Within Organizational Contexts. Journal of Business Ethics 62 (4):397-405.
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    Robert F. Card (2004). Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life. Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (2):225-228.
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  24. Robert F. Card (2014). Conscientious Objection, Institutional Conscience, and Pharmacy Practice. Journal of Pharmacy Practice 27:174-77.
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  25. Robert F. Card (ed.) (2004). Critically Thinking About Medical Ethics. Pearson.
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  26. Robert F. Card (2004). Genetic Information, Health Insurance, and Rawlsian Justice. In Critically Thinking About Medical Ethics. Pearson 288-94.
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  27. Robert F. Card (1997). Moral Decision-Making: Consequentialism and Character. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Bernard Williams has argued that on a consequentialist moral theory, individuals cannot possess what he calls "integrity." I argue that one central strand of this criticism concerns how persons must think about life-shaping decisions. I interpret "integrity" as a pattern of continuity in an agent's moral decision-making. In order to have integrity an agent must possess a stable character which unifies one's choices. Since a sophisticated consequentialist moral structure can properly value the having of a character on the basis of (...)
     
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