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  1. Scott A. Anderson, Coercion as Enforcement.
    This essay provides a positive account of coercion that avoids significant difficulties that have confronted most other recent accounts. It enters this territory by noting a dispute over whether coercion has to manipulate the will of the coercee, or whether direct force inhibiting action (such as manhandling or imprisoning) is itself coercive. Though this dispute may at first seem a mere matter of taxonomic categorization, I argue that this dispute reflects an important divergence in thought about the nature of coercion. (...)
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  2. Scott Anderson (2013). On Sexual Obligation and Sexual Autonomy. Hypatia 28 (1):122-141.
    In this paper, I try to make sense of the possibility of several forms of voluntarily undertaken “sexual obligation.” The claim that there can be sexual obligations is liable to generate worries with respect to concerns for gender justice, sexual freedom, and autonomy, especially if such obligations arise in a context of unjust background conditions. This paper takes such concerns seriously but holds that, despite unjust background circumstances, some practices that give rise to ethical sexual obligations can actually ameliorate some (...)
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  3. Scott A. Anderson (2013). Vittorio Bufacchi , Social Injustice . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (4):259-263.
  4. Scott A. Anderson (2011). On the Immorality of Threatening. Ratio 24 (3):229-242.
    A plausible explanation of the wrongfulness of threatening, advanced most explicitly by Mitchell Berman, is that the wrongfulness of threatening derives from the wrongfulness of the act threatened. This essay argues that this explanation is inadequate. We can learn something important about the wrongfulness of threatening (with implications for thinking about coercion) by comparing credible threats to some other claims of impending harm. A credible bluff threat to do harm is likely to be more and differently wrongful than making intentionally (...)
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  5. Scott Anderson (2010). The Enforcement Approach to Coercion. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 5 (1).
    This essay differentiates two approaches to understanding the concept of coercion, and argues for the relative merits of the one currently out of fashion. The approach currently dominant in the philosophical literature treats threats as essential to coercion, and understands coercion in terms of the way threats alter the costs and benefits of an agent’s actions; I call this the “pressure” approach. It has largely superseded the “enforcement approach,” which focuses on the powers and actions of the coercer rather than (...)
     
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  6. Arash Abizadeh, Brooke Ackerly, Andrew Altman, Scott A. Anderson, Daniel Attas, Michael Bacon, Marcia Baron, Mark Bernstein, Benjamin Bradley & Nicholas Buccola (2009). Recognition of Reviewers. Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (4):457-460.
  7. Scott Anderson, Coercion. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  8. Scott Anderson (2008). Of Theories of Coercion, Two Axes, and the Importance of the Coercer. Journal of Moral Philosophy 5 (3):394-422.
    Recent accounts of coercion can be mapped onto two different axes: whether they focus on the situation of the coercee or the activities of the coercer; and whether or not they depend upon moral judgments in their analysis of coercion. Using this analysis, I suggest that almost no recent theories have seriously explored a non-moralized, coercer-focused approach to coercion. I offer some reasons to think that a theory in this underexplored quadrant offers some important advantages over theories confined to the (...)
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  9. Scott A. Anderson (2008). Privacy Without the Right to Privacy. The Monist 91 (1):81-107.
  10. Christa Acampora, Anita Allen, Andrew Altman, Paul Anand, Scott Anderson, Robin Andreasen, Scott Arnold, Birmingham Elizabeth Ashford, Kim Atkins & Ludvig Beckman (2007). Recognition of Reviewers. Journal of Social Philosophy 38 (4):507-510.
  11. Scott A. Anderson (2005). Sex Under Pressure: Jerks, Boorish Behavior, and Gender Hierarchy. [REVIEW] Res Publica 11 (4):349-369.
    Pressuring someone into having sex would seem to differ in significant ways from pressuring someone into investing in one’s business or buying an expensive bauble. In affirming this claim, I take issue with a recent essay by Sarah Conly (‘Seduction, Rape, and Coercion’, Ethics, October 2004), who thinks that pressuring into sex can be helpfully evaluated by analogy to these other instances of using pressure. Drawing upon work by Alan Wertheimer, the leading theorist of coercion, she argues that so long (...)
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  12. Scott A. Anderson (2004). Alan Wertheimer, Consent to Sexual Relations:Consent to Sexual Relations. Ethics 115 (1):178-183.
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  13. Scott A. Anderson (2003). Sabina Alkire, Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction:Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction. Ethics 113 (3):678-680.
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  14. Scott A. Anderson (2002). Prostitution and Sexual Autonomy: Making Sense of the Prohibition of Prostitution. Ethics 112 (4):748-780.
  15. Ruth Chang, Allen Buchanan, Mathias Risse, Scott A. Anderson & Thaddeus Metz (2002). 10. Nenad Miscevic, Ed., Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict: Philosophical Perspectives Nenad Miscevic, Ed., Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict: Philosophical Perspectives (Pp. 843-846). [REVIEW] Ethics 112 (4).
     
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