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  1. Stephen Kershnar (forthcoming). Immigrants and Welfare. Public Affairs Quarterly.
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  2. Stephen Kershnar (forthcoming). Private Property Rights and Autonomy. Public Affairs Quarterly.
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  3. Stephen Kershnar (2014). Gratitude Toward Veterans: Why Americans Should Not Be Very Grateful to Veterans. Lexington Books.
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  4. Stephen Kershnar (2013). Hellman , Deborah . When Is Discrimination Wrong? Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. Pp. 216. $39.95 (Cloth); $17.95 (Paper). [REVIEW] Ethics 123 (2):374-377.
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  5. Stephen Kershnar (2012). The Morality of Faking Orgasms: Deception in a Dishonest World. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (1):85-104.
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  6. Stephen Kershnar (2011). For Permitting Hazing. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (1):87-106.
    In this essay, I argue that colleges and universities should permit hazing. I argue that if hazing is wrong, then it wrongs someone and if it wrongs someone then it violates someone’s right. Hazing does not violate someone’s right when the person who is hazed gives informed consent. I then argue that because hazing is permissible, colleges should permit it. I consider and respond to objections that hazing is wrong for reasons that are not right-based. Here I consider objections relating (...)
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  7. Stephen Kershnar (2011). For Torture: A Rights-Based Defense. Lexington Books.
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  8. Stephen Kershnar (2011). The Most-Valuable-Player Problem Remains Unsolved. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 38 (2):167-174.
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  9. Stephen Kershnar (2010). A Complex Experiential Account of Pleasure. Journal of Value Inquiry 44 (2):153-165.
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  10. Stephen Kershnar (2009). Desert and Virtue: A Theory of Intrinsic Value. Lexington Books.
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  11. Stephen Kershnar (2009). Sex, Discrimination, and Violence: Surprising and Unpopular Results in Applied Ethics. University Press of America.
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  12. Stephen Kershnar (2009). Some Difficult Intuitions for the Principle of Universality. Utilitas 21 (4):478-488.
    The Principle of Universality asserts that a part retains its intrinsic value regardless of the whole in which it is a part or even whether it is part of a whole. The idea underlying this principle is that the intrinsic value of a thing supervenes on its intrinsic properties. Since the intrinsic properties remain unchanged so does the thing’s intrinsic value. In this article, I argue that, properly understood, the Principle of Universality can handle seemingly troublesome intuitions about the relative (...)
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  13. Whitley Kaufman, At Nuyen & Stephen Kershnar (2008). Symposium on Punishment. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 22 (1).
     
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  14. Stephen Kershnar (2008). Desert Tracks Character Alone. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 22 (1):71-88.
    In this paper, I argue that character alone grounds desert. I begin by arguing that desert is grounded by a person’s character, action, or both. In the second section, I defend the claim that character grounds desert. My argument rests on intuitions that other things being equal, it would be intrinsically better for virtuous persons to flourish and vicious persons suffer than vice versa. In the third section, I argue that actions do not ground desert. I give three arguments in (...)
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  15. Stephen Kershnar (2008). Rape Fantasies and Virtue. Public Affairs Quarterly 22 (3):253-268.
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  16. Stephen Kershnar (2008). Solving the Most Valuable Player Problem. Journal of Social Philosophy 39 (1):141–159.
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  17. Stephen Kershnar (2008). The Time of Intrinsic Value. Journal of Value Inquiry 42 (3):317-329.
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  18. Stephen Kershnar (2007). For Discrimination Against Women. Law and Philosophy 26 (6):589 - 625.
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  19. Stephen Kershnar (2007). Race as a Factor in University Admissions. Law and Philosophy 26 (5):437-463.
    In two recent cases, Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306. (2003) and Gratz v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 244. (2003), the Supreme Court held that the Equal Protection Clause permitted state schools to use race-sensitive admissions in order to obtain the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body. The diversity-based argument for race-sensitive admissions, scholarships, awards, and other opportunities at universities should have been rejected because it does not consider the full range of costs and benefits and because the (...)
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  20. Stephen Kershnar (2006). Hurka's Theory of Virtue. Philosophia 34 (2):159-168.
    Thomas Hurka has put forth a powerful account of virtue. The account rests on a specification of intrinsically good mental states and then explains what unifies them. On his account, virtue and desert also share the same structure. His theory of virtue has some difficulties that threaten the structure that unifies it. First, Hurka's account cannot provide a principled account of virtue and vice when they are constituted by attitudes toward things are not intrinsically good (e.g., nonexistent state of affairs). (...)
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  21. Stephen Kershnar (2006). The Trilemma of Desert. Public Affairs Quarterly 20 (3):219-233.
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  22. S. Kershnar (2005). The Injustice of Hell. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 58 (2):103 - 123.
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  23. Stephen Kershnar (2005). Assassination and the Immunity Theory. Philosophia 33 (1-4):129-147.
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  24. Stephen Kershnar (2005). For Interrogational Torture. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 19 (2):223-241.
    Interrogational torture is torture that is done in order to gain information. It is wrong if it either wrongs the person being interrogated or is a free-floating wrong. In the relevant cases, interrogational torture need not wrong the person being interrogated. This is because in many cases it doesn’t, and is known not to, infringe on the tortured person’s moral rights. It is not clear whether interrogational torture is a free-floating wrong since we lack confidence in judging whether it violates (...)
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  25. Stephen Kershnar (2005). Giving Capitalists Their Due. Economics and Philosophy 21 (1):65-87.
    In general, capitalists deserve profits and losses for their contribution to the general welfare. Market imperfections and the range of permissible prices (at least within the boundaries of exploitation) prevent the alignment from being a direct one, but the connection generally holds. In the context of the market, this thesis preserves the central place of moral responsibility in moral desert. It also satisfies the fittingness and proportionality conditions of moral desert and provides a backward-looking and pre-institutional ground of it. In (...)
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  26. Stephen Kershnar (2005). The Moral Status of Sexual Fantasies. Public Affairs Quarterly 19 (4):301-315.
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  27. Neil Feit & Stephen Kershnar (2004). Explaining the Geometry of Desert. Public Affairs Quarterly 18 (4):273-298.
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  28. Neil Feit & Stephen Kershnar (2004). Public Aefairs Quarterly. Public Affairs Quarterly 18:273.
     
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  29. Stephen Kershnar (2004). Is Violation Pornography Bad for Your Soul? Journal of Social Philosophy 35 (3):349–366.
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  30. Stephen Kershnar (2004). Justice for the Past. State University of New York Press.
    Examines whether race-based programs and slavery reparations are justified.
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  31. Stephen Kershnar (2004). Moral Responsibility in a Maximally Great Being. Philo 7 (1):97-113.
    In this essay, I argue that if God is maximally great, then he is not morally responsible for avoiding evil. I indicate the strategy by which my argument can be extended to support the stronger thesis that God is not responsible for avoiding evil.
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  32. Stephen Kershnar (2004). Respect for Persons and the Harsh Punishment of Criminals. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1):103-121.
    In this paper, I explore whether harsh treatment fails to respect the criminal as a person. I focus on the most extreme treatment because if such treatment can satisfy the duty to respect a criminal as a person then less extreme cases (e.g., incarceration, fines, shaming practices) can also do so. I begin by filling out the notion of a duty to respect a person. Here I set out an account of autonomy and then show that it grounds the duty (...)
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  33. Stephen Kershnar (2004). Review of Alan Wertheimer, Consent to Sexual Relations. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (2).
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  34. Stephen Kershnar (2004). Review of Carl Cohen, James P. Sterba, Affirmative Action and Racial Preference. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (7).
  35. Stephen Kershnar (2004). Why Equal Opportunity is Not a Valuable Goal. Journal of Applied Philosophy 21 (2):159–172.
  36. Stephen Kershnar (2003). A Liberal Argument for Slavery. Journal of Social Philosophy 34 (4):510–536.
  37. Stephen Kershnar (2003). Experiential Diversity and Grutter. Public Affairs Quarterly 17 (2):159-170.
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  38. Stephen Kershnar (2003). The Duty to Hire the Most Qualified Applicant. Journal of Social Philosophy 34 (2):267–284.
  39. Stephen Kershnar (2002). The Inheritance-Based Claim to Reparations. Legal Theory 8 (2):243-267.
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  40. Stephen Kershnar (2002). The Structure of Rights Forfeiture in the Context of Culpable Wrongdoing. Philosophia 29 (1-4):57-88.
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  41. Context of Culpable Wrongdoing & Stephen Kershnar (2002). The Structure of Rights Forfeiture. Philosophia 29:57.
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  42. Stephen Kershnar (2001). The Case Against Reparations. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 8 (1):41-46.
    George Schedler raises interesting issues with regard to the amount of reparations owed for slavery, the parties who are owed reparations, and the standard for these reparations. His arguments, however, do not hold up upon analysis. His analysis of the case for the descendants of slaves being owed compensation seriously overestimates the case for such reparations. He does not identify the grounds for such compensation, i.e., either stolen inheritance or the descendants’ trustee-like control over the slave’s estate, and this results (...)
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  43. Stephen Kershnar (2001). The Moral Status of Harmless Adult-Child Sex. Public Affairs Quarterly 15 (2):111--132.
    Nonforcible adult-child sex is thought to be morally wrong in part because it is nonconsensual. In this paper, I argue against this notion. In particular, I reject accounts of the moral wrongfulness of adult-child sex that rest on the absence of consent, concerns about adult exploitation of children, and the existence of a morally primitive duty against such sex.
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  44. Stephen Kershnar & Neil Feit (2001). The Most Valuable Player. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 28 (2):193-206.
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  45. Stephen Kershnar (2000). A Defense of Retributivism. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (1):97-117.
    The moral theory justifying punishment will shape the debate over numerous controversial issues such as the moral permissibility of the death penalty, probation, parole, and plea bargaining, as well as issues about conditions in prison and access to educational opportunities in prison. In this essay I argue that the primary goal of the criminal justice system is to inflict suffering on, and only on, those who deserve it. If I am correct, the answer to issues involving the criminal justice system (...)
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  46. Stephen Kershnar (2000). Intrinsic Moral Value and Racial Differences. Public Affairs Quarterly 14 (3):205-224.
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  47. Stephen Kershnar (2000). Mercy, Retributivism, and Harsh Punishment. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (2):209-224.
    In this article I argue that mercy does not prevent the imposition of harsh punishment from being morally permissible. This article has two parts. In the first part, I argue that mercy is an imperfect duty, because only such a duty-type explains the attributes that are commonly ascribed to mercy. In the second part, I argue that mercy does not present a sufficient moral reason against the regular imposition of harsh punishment because it neither undermines nor systematically overrides or weakens (...)
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  48. Stephen Kershnar (2000). There Is No Moral Right to Immigrate to the United States. Public Affairs Quarterly 14 (2):141-158.
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  49. S. Kershnar (1999). Strong Affirmative Action Programs and Disproportionate Burdens. Journal of Value Inquiry 33 (2):201-209.
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  50. S. Kershnar & Ap Roark (1999). Retribution, Torture, and the Death Penalty. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 13 (1):47-68.
     
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