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  1. Ronnie Hawkins (forthcoming). Facing Up to Complexity: Implications for Our Social Experiments. Science and Engineering Ethics:1-40.
    Biological systems are highly complex, and for this reason there is a considerable degree of uncertainty as to the consequences of making significant interventions into their workings. Since a number of new technologies are already impinging on living systems, including our bodies, many of us have become participants in large-scale “social experiments”. I will discuss biological complexity and its relevance to the technologies that brought us BSE/vCJD and the controversy over GM foods. Then I will consider some of the complexities (...)
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  2. Ronnie Hawkins (2013). Your Money or Your Life: Using Nietzsche's Critique of Mechanism and Platonism to Defend the Biosphere. In S. Campbell & P. Bruno (eds.), The Science, Politics, and Ontology of Life-Philosophy. Bloomsbury. 31.
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  3. Ronnie Hawkins (2012). Metamorphoses of the Zoo. Environmental Ethics 34 (1):99-102.
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  4. Ronnie Hawkins (2009). Extending Plumwood's Critique of Rationalism Through Imagery and Metaphor. Ethics and the Environment 14 (2):pp. 99-113.
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  5. Ronnie Hawkins (2008). Heresy-Hammering, Group Selection, And Epistemic Responsibility. Florida Philosophical Review 1 (1):189-212.
    The way in which the theory of “group selection” was treated as a heresy in evolutionary biology during the latter part of the twentieth century is considered as itself being an emergent group phenomenon, and some possible reasons why this particular theory had to be repudiated by the dominant group are explored. Then the process of “heresy-hammering” in general is examined as a behavior that can block important feedback, allowing the group to engage in a form of collective selfdeception, and (...)
     
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  6. Ronnie Zoe Hawkins (2008). Darwin and Design. Environmental Ethics 27 (2):209-212.
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  7. Ronnie Hawkins (2007). Animal Ethics. Environmental Ethics 29 (2):219-222.
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  8. Ronnie Zoe Hawkins (2006). Introduction: Beyond Nature/Culture Dualism: Let's Try Co-Evolution Instead of "Control". Ethics and the Environment 11 (2):1-11.
  9. Ronnie Zoe Hawkins (2005). Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose? Environmental Ethics 27 (2):209-212.
  10. Ronnie Hawkins (2004). Purposiveness Is Not Paradoxical: All Living Organisms Are Teleological And That's The Origin Of All "Value" From Amoebas To Humans. Florida Philosophical Review 4 (1):64-67.
     
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  11. Val Plumwood, Ronnie Hawkins & Victoria Davion (2003). Call For Papers (Extended). Ethics and the Environment 8:2.
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  12. Ronnie Hawkins (2002). Ethics and Evolutionary Continuity: Comments on De Waal, Lyons, Moran, and Kraemer. Between the Species 13 (2):1.
  13. Ronnie Zoe Hawkins (2002). Seeing Ourselves as Primates. Ethics and the Environment 7 (2):60-103.
    : There has been a marked expansion in our human knowledge in recent decades, and much of this new information about ourselves and our world has yet to be integrated into our human self-image. I maintain that understanding how we fit within the spectrum of lifeforms as the primates that we are will enable us to take a more active role in choosing ecologically responsible behavior and will allow us to address more effectively our major problems of overpopulation, overconsumption, and (...)
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  14. Ronnie Hawkins (2001). Cultural Whaling, Commodification, and Culture Change. Environmental Ethics 23 (3):287-306.
    Whaling is back on the international stage as pro-whaling interests push to reopen commercial whaling by overturning the moratorium imposed in 1986. Proponents of ending the ban are using two strategies: (1) appealing to public sentiment that supports indigenous subsistence whaling by attempting to cloak commercial whaling in the same guise and (2) maintaining that reopening commercial whaling is the “scientific” option. I reject both ploys, and instead shift the focus for global debate to scrutinizing the industrial economic model that (...)
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  15. Ronnie Hawkins (2001). Stem Cell Research And Respect For Life. Florida Philosophical Review 1 (1):49-62.
    This paper queries why we are more reluctant to perform stem cell research on human than on nonhuman embryos, given their remarkable similarities together with the former's greater promise for addressing human illnesses. I begin by examining two leading arguments for prohibiting stem cell research on human embryos. The first type of argument suggests that we should not interfere with the potential for human life. This argument, advanced in different ways by both utilitarians and religious believers, inadequately grapples with the (...)
     
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  16. Ronnie Hawkins (2000). The Millennium Bug - in Retrospect. Ethics, Place and Environment 3 (3):299 – 301.
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  17. Ronnie Hawkins (1999). Waiting for the Millennium Bug. Philosophy and Geography 2 (2):267 – 274.
    With increasing appreciation that the Y2K problem may turn out to have unpredictable and potentially far-reaching effects, we are faced with what in some ways resembles the looming global ecological crisis, only this time what is at stake are not vital ecosystem services but rather the vital structures of our highly complex socially constructed reality—and this time we have a date-certain deadline for the onset of the crisis. Regardless of what actually happens when the calendar turns from 1999 to 2000, (...)
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  18. Ronnie Zoe Hawkins (1998). Ecofeminism and Nonhumans: Continuity, Difference, Dualism, and Domination. Hypatia 13 (1):158 - 197.
    The dualistic structures permeating western culture emphasize radical discontinuity between humans and nonhumans, but receptive attention to nonhuman others discloses both continuity and difference prevailing between other forms of life and our own. Recognizing that agency and subjectivity abound within nature alerts us to our potential for dominating and oppressing nonhuman others, as individuals and as groups. Reciprocally, seeing ourselves as biological beings may facilitate reconstructing our social reality to undo such destructive relationships.
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