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  1. Robert Mayer (forthcoming). The Cost of Usury. Business Ethics Journal Review:44-49.
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  2. Robert Mayer (2013). Erotic Nihilism in Late Imperial Russia: The Case of Mikhail Artsybashev's Sanin. By Otto Boele. The European Legacy 18 (2):245-246.
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  3. Robert Mayer (2013). When and Why Usury Should Be Prohibited. Journal of Business Ethics 116 (3):513-527.
    Usury ceilings seem indefensible. Their opponents insist these caps harm the consumers they are intended to help. Low ceilings are said to prevent the least advantaged agents from accessing legal credit and drive them into the black market, where prices are higher and collection methods are harsher. But in this paper, I challenge these arguments and show that the benefits of interest-rate limitations in the most expensive credit markets clearly outweigh the costs. The test case is payday lending. Deregulated pricing (...)
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  4. Robert Mayer (2012). Book Reviews Grant , Ruth W. Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives New York: Russell Sage Foundation; Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012. Pp. 202. $24.95 (Cloth). [REVIEW] Ethics 123 (1):154-158.
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  5. Robert Mayer (2011). The Right to Exploit: Parasitism, Scarcity, Basic Income, Gijs van Donselaar. Oxford University Press, 2009. Ix + 195 Pages. [REVIEW] Economics and Philosophy 27 (1):69-75.
  6. Robert Mayer (2010). One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: On Lars Lih's Lenin. Historical Materialism 18 (3):47-63.
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  7. Robert Mayer (2007). Sweatshops, Exploitation, and Moral Responsibility. Journal of Social Philosophy 38 (4):605–619.
  8. Robert Mayer (2007). What's Wrong with Exploitation? Journal of Applied Philosophy 24 (2):137–150.
    This paper offers a new answer to an old question. Others have argued that exploitation is wrong because it is coercive, or degrading, or fails to protect the vulnerable. But these answers only work for certain cases; counterexamples are easily found. In this paper I identify a different answer to the question by placing exploitation within the larger family of wrongs to which it belongs. Exploitation is one species of wrongful gain, and exploiters always gain at the expense of others (...)
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  9. Robert Mayer (2005). Guestworkers and Exploitation. Review of Politics 67 (2):311--334.
    Are guest-worker programs exploitative? Egalitarian and neoclassical theories of exploitation agree that they always are. But these judgments are too indiscriminate. Privileged guests are the exception, and the exception points toward a more sensitive standard for identifying exploitation. This more sensitive standard, the sufficiency theory of exploitation, is used to analyze several guest-worker programs. Even when guest-worker programs are exploitative, it is argued that the unfairness should be tolerated if the exploitation is modest, not severe, and if the most likely (...)
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  10. Robert Mayer (2003). Payday Loans and Exploitation. Public Affairs Quarterly 17 (3):197--217.
    This paper uses the example of payday loans to identify two standards of exploitation that better accord with intuitions about taking unfair advantage than neoclassical or neo-Marxian exploitation theory. These two standards are derived from ongoing policy debates about the regulation of payday loans. The sufficiency standard is more restrictive than relative-advantage theory, but the latter indicates when exceptions to the prohibition on exploitation should be made for the sake of the disadvantaged party.
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  11. Robert Mayer (2001). Michael Walzer, Industrial Democracy, and Complex Equality. Political Theory 29 (2):237-261.
  12. Robert Mayer (2000). Is There a Moral Right to Workplace Democracy? Social Theory and Practice 26 (2):301-325.
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  13. Robert Mayer (1999). Lenin and the Jacobin Identity in Russia. Studies in East European Thought 51 (2):127-154.
    By what process was the Jacobin identity transplanted into nineteenth-century Russian radical culture? According to the conventional account, the Jacobin label was coined by proponents like Zainevskij and Tkaev. Lenin, in turn, is said to have derived his Jacobin identity from them, thus revealing the non-Marxian source of his political ideas. This article contests that interpretation through a study of the origin and spread of the Jacobin terminology in post-emancipation Russia. I show that the Jacobin identity in Russia was invented (...)
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  14. Robert Mayer (1999). Lenin and the Practice of Dialectical Thinking. Science and Society 63 (1):40 - 62.
    What did Lenin mean when he claimed to be thinking dialectically about questions of political practice? Renewed interest has been expressed in this subject, but the tendency of most studies is to treat Lenin's dialectic as a metaphysical doctrine consisting of universal laws such as transformation into opposite, and so forth. Emphasizing Lenin's Hegel Notebooks, commentators have argued that his tactical innovations after 1914 were simply applications of these dialectical laws. Examination of Lenin's conception of the dialectic as set forth (...)
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  15. Robert Mayer (1997). Lenin, Hegel and Western Marxism: A Critical Study. History of European Ideas 23 (2-4):137-141.
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  16. Robert Mayer (1997). Plekhanov, Lenin and Working-Class Consciousness. Studies in East European Thought 49 (3):159-185.
    According to the prevailing scholarly view, made popular by Neil Harding, Lenin is said to have derived his well-known theory of working-class consciousness in What Is To Be Done? from G. V. Plekhanov, the father of Russian Marxism. Is this article I demonstrate, however, that Plekhanov and Lenin disagreed quite sharply on this question. Plekhanov did not believe that workers would fail to develop a socialist consciousness in the absence of external intervention. Indeed, Plekhanov was a thorough-going optimist about proletarian (...)
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  17. Robert Mayer (1997). The Quest for Evolutionary Socialism: Eduard Bernstein and Social Democracy. History of European Ideas 23 (2-4):137-141.
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  18. Robert Mayer & Alan Shandro (1997). What Is Not to Be Done: Lenin, Marxism and the Proletariat. Science and Society 61 (3):367 - 382.
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  19. Robert Mayer (1996). The Status of a Classic Text: Lenin's What Is To Be Done? After 1902. History of European Ideas 22 (4):307-320.
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  20. Robert Mayer (1994). Lenin, Kautsky and Working-Class Consciousness. History of European Ideas 18 (5):673-681.
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  21. Robert Mayer (1993). Lenin and the Concept of the Professional Revolutionary. History of Political Thought 14 (2):249-263.
     
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  22. Robert Mayer (1993). The Dictatorship of the Proletariat From Plekhanov to Lenin. Studies in East European Thought 45 (4):255 - 280.
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  23. Robert Mayer (1987). The Internal Machinery Displayed: The Heart of Midlothian and Scott's Apparatus for the Waverley Novels. Clio 17 (1):1-20.
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