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    Seumas Miller (2001). Social Action: A Teleological Account. Cambridge University Press.
    Social action is central to social thought. This centrality reflects the overwhelming causal significance of action for social life, the centrality of action to any account of social phenomena, and the fact that conventions and normativity are features of human activity. This book provides philosophical analyses of fundamental categories of human social action, including cooperative action, conventional action, social norm governed action, and the actions of the occupants of organizational roles. A distinctive feature of the book is that it applies (...)
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    Seumas Miller (2010). The Moral Foundations of Social Institutions: A Philosophical Study. Cambridge University Press.
    Part A: Theory -- A teleological account of institutions -- The moral foundations of institutions -- Individual autonomy : agency and structure -- Collective moral responsibility -- Institutional corruption -- Part B: Applications -- The professions -- Welfare institutions -- The university -- The police -- The business corporation -- Institutions and information and communication technology -- Government.
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  3. Seumas Miller & Ian A. Gordon (2014). Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators_ presents applied philosophical analyses of the ethical issues that arise for police detectives and other investigators in contemporary society. Explores ethical issues relating to investigative independence, rights of victims and suspects, use of informants, entrapment, privacy and surveillance, undercover operations, deception, and suspect interviewing Represents the first monograph providing a detailed consideration of ethical issues in police investigations Features authorship by an applied philosopher specializing in police ethics, and a former UK (...)
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  4. Seumas Miller & Ian A. Gordon (2014). Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators_ presents applied philosophical analyses of the ethical issues that arise for police detectives and other investigators in contemporary society. Explores ethical issues relating to investigative independence, rights of victims and suspects, use of informants, entrapment, privacy and surveillance, undercover operations, deception, and suspect interviewing Represents the first monograph providing a detailed consideration of ethical issues in police investigations Features authorship by an applied philosopher specializing in police ethics, and a former UK (...)
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  5. Seumas Miller & Ian A. Gordon (2014). Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators_ presents applied philosophical analyses of the ethical issues that arise for police detectives and other investigators in contemporary society. Explores ethical issues relating to investigative independence, rights of victims and suspects, use of informants, entrapment, privacy and surveillance, undercover operations, deception, and suspect interviewing Represents the first monograph providing a detailed consideration of ethical issues in police investigations Features authorship by an applied philosopher specializing in police ethics, and a former UK (...)
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    Seumas Miller & Michael J. Selgelid (2007). Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences. Science and Engineering Ethics 13 (4):523-580.
    The dual-use dilemma arises in the context of research in the biological and other sciences as a consequence of the fact that one and the same piece of scientific research sometimes has the potential to be used for bad as well as good purposes. It is an ethical dilemma since it is about promoting good in the context of the potential for also causing harm, e.g., the promotion of health in the context of providing the wherewithal for the killing of (...)
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    Seumas Miller (2006). Collective Moral Responsibility: An Individualist Account. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 30 (1):176–193.
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  8. Seumas Miller & John Weckert (2000). Privacy, the Workplace and the Internet. Journal of Business Ethics 28 (3):255 - 265.
    This paper examines workplace surveillance and monitoring. It is argued that privacy is a moral right, and while such surveillance and monitoring can be justified in some circumstances, there is a presumption against the infringement of privacy. An account of privacy precedes consideration of various arguments frequently given for the surveillance and monitoring of employees, arguments which look at the benefits, or supposed benefits, to employees as well as to employers. The paper examines the general monitoring of work, and the (...)
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  9. Seumas Miller & Pekka Makela (2005). The Collectivist Approach to Collective Moral Responsibility. Metaphilosophy 36 (5):634-651.
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  10. Jonathan Pickering, Steve Vanderheiden & Seumas Miller (2012). “If Equity’s in, We're Out”: Scope for Fairness in the Next Global Climate Agreement. Ethics and International Affairs 26 (4):423-443.
    At the United Nations climate change conference in 2011, parties decided to launch the “Durban Platform” to work towards a new long-term climate agreement. The decision was notable for the absence of any reference to “equity”, a prominent principle in all previous major climate agreements. Wealthy countries resisted the inclusion of equity on the grounds that the term had become too closely yoked to developing countries’ favored conception of equity. This conception, according to wealthy countries, exempts developing countries from making (...)
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    Seumas Miller (2014). Police Detectives, Criminal Investigations and Collective Moral Responsibility. Criminal Justice Ethics 33 (1):21-39.
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  12. Seumas Miller & Ian A. Gordon (2014). Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators_ presents applied philosophical analyses of the ethical issues that arise for police detectives and other investigators in contemporary society. Explores ethical issues relating to investigative independence, rights of victims and suspects, use of informants, entrapment, privacy and surveillance, undercover operations, deception, and suspect interviewing Represents the first monograph providing a detailed consideration of ethical issues in police investigations Features authorship by an applied philosopher specializing in police ethics, and a former UK (...)
     
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  13. Seumas Miller (2005). Is Torture Ever Morally Justifiable? International Journal of Applied Philosophy 19 (2):179-192.
    In this paper I argue that torture is morally justified in some extreme emergencies. However, I also argue that notwithstanding the moral permissibility of torture in some extreme emergencies, torture ought not to be legalised or otherwise institutionalised.
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    Seumas Miller (2007). Against the Collective Moral Autonomy Thesis. Journal of Social Philosophy 38 (3):389–409.
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    Seumas Miller (1995). Intentions, Ends and Joint Action. Philosophical Papers 24 (1):51-66.
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    Seumas Miller, Social Institutions. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Andrew Alexandra & Seumas Miller (2009). Ethical Theory, “Common Morality,” and Professional Obligations. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 30 (1):69-80.
    We have two aims in this paper. The first is negative: to demonstrate the problems in Bernard Gert’s account of common morality, in particular as it applies to professional morality. The second is positive: to suggest a more satisfactory explanation of the moral basis of professional role morality, albeit one that is broadly consistent with Gert’s notion of common morality, but corrects and supplements Gert’s theory. The paper is in three sections. In the first, we sketch the main features of (...)
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    Seumas Miller, Torture. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Seumas Miller (1992). Joint Action. Philosophical Papers 21 (3):275-297.
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    Seumas Miller (2016). Assertions, Joint Epistemic Actions and Social Practices. Synthese 193 (1):71-94.
    In this paper I provide a theory of the speech act of assertion according to which assertion is a species of joint action. In doing so I rely on a theory of joint action developed in more detail elsewhere. Here we need to distinguish between the genus, joint action, and an important species of joint action, namely, what I call joint epistemic action. In the case of the latter, but not necessarily the former, participating agents have epistemic goals, e.g., the (...)
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    Seumas Miller (1996). Needs, Moral Self-Consciousness, and Professional Roles. Professional Ethics 5 (1/2):43-61.
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    Seumas Miller (2001). Collective Responsibility. Public Affairs Quarterly 15 (1):65-82.
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    Seumas Miller (1990). Rationalising Conventions. Synthese 84 (1):23 - 41.
    Conformity by an agent to a convention to which the agent is a party is rational only if the agent prefers to conform given the other parties conform and believes the others will conform. But this justification is inadequate; what, for example, is the justification for this belief? The required rational justification requires recourse to (a) preferences for general conformity (as opposed to merely conditional preferences for one's own conformity) and (b) procedures. An agent adopts a procedure when he chooses (...)
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  24. Seumas Miller (2007). Noble Cause Corruption in Politics. In Igor Primoratz (ed.), Politics and Morality. Palgrave Macmillan
     
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    Seumas Miller (2016). Joint Epistemic Action: Some Applications. Journal of Applied Philosophy 33 (2):n/a-n/a.
    The notion of a joint action is a familiar one in the philosophical literature. Moreover, the notion of epistemic action has recently been discussed in the literature. Elsewhere I have suggested that these two notions can be brought together to yield the notion of joint epistemic action and provided a relational individualist analysis of joint epistemic actions. In this article I extend this analysis and show how this extended analysis applies to different kinds of important epistemic institutional phenomena: voting in (...)
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    Seumas Miller (2000). Collective Rights and Minority Rights. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (2):241-257.
    The main purpose of this paper is to argue that there are no minority moral rights. Rights claimed to be minority moral rights, such as land rights and hunting rights of indigenous peoples, and the political and language rights of some minority cultures, turn out to be either collective moral rights which are not also minority moral rights, or else to be merely (possibly morally justified) legal minority rights which are not also minority moral rights.
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    Seumas Miller (1992). On Conventions. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 70 (4):435 – 444.
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    Seumas Miller (1997). Individualism, Collective Responsibility and Corporate Crime. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 16 (4):19-46.
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    Seumas Miller, Corruption. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Seumas Miller (1987). Conventions, Expectations and Rationality. Southern Journal of Philosophy 25 (3):357-372.
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    Seumas Miller (2015). Joint Epistemic Action and Collective Moral Responsibility. Social Epistemology 29 (3):280-302.
    In this paper, I explore the relationship between joint epistemic action and collective moral responsibility. Here, we need to distinguish between the genus, joint action, and an important species of joint action which I introduced in some earlier work, namely, joint epistemic action. In the case of the latter, but not necessarily the former, participating agents have epistemic goals, e.g. the acquisition of knowledge. The notion of joint action per se is a familiar one in the philosophical literature, albeit I (...)
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    Seumas Miller (1998). Collective Responsibility, Armed Intervention and the Rwandan Genocide. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (2):223-238.
    In this paper I explore the notion of collective moral responsibility as it pertains both to nation-states contemplating humanitarian armed intervention in international social conflicts, and as it pertains to social groups perpetrating human rights violations in such conflicts. I take the Rwandan genocide as illustrative of such conflicts and make use of it accordingly. I offer an individualist account of collective moral responsibility, according to which collective moral responsibility is a species of joint responsibility.
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  33. Seumas Miller (2002). Against Collective Agency. In Georg Meggle (ed.), Social Facts & Collective Intentionality. Dr. Hänsel-Hohenhausen Ag 273--98.
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    Seumas Miller (2009). Retribution, Rehabilitation, and the Rights of Prisoners. Criminal Justice Ethics 28 (2):238-253.
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    Andrew Alexandra & Seumas Miller (1996). Needs, Moral Self-Consciousness, and Professional Roles. Professional Ethics, a Multidisciplinary Journal 5 (1):43-61.
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    Frederick F. Schmitt, Gary Ebbs, Margaret Gilbert, Sally Haslanger, Kevin Kimble, Ron Mallon, Seumas Miller, Philip Pettit, Abraham Sesshu Roth, John Searle, Raimo Tuomela & Edward Witherspoon (2003). Socializing Metaphysics: The Nature of Social Reality. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Socializing Metaphysics supplies diverse answers to the basic questions of social metaphysics, from a broad array of voices. It will interest all philosophers and social scientists concerned with mind, action, or the foundations of social theory.
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    Seumas Miller (2015). Joint Epistemic Action and Collective Moral Responsibility. Social Epistemology 29 (3):280-302.
    In this paper, I explore the relationship between joint epistemic action and collective moral responsibility. Here, we need to distinguish between the genus, joint action, and an important species of joint action which I introduced in some earlier work, namely, joint epistemic action. In the case of the latter, but not necessarily the former, participating agents have epistemic goals, e.g. the acquisition of knowledge. The notion of joint action per se is a familiar one in the philosophical literature, albeit I (...)
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    Seumas Miller (1999). Social Norms and Practical Reason. Educational Philosophy and Theory 31 (3):313–326.
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    Seumas Miller (2001). Collective Moral Responsibility for Omissions. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 20 (1):5-24.
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    Michael Collingridge & Seumas Miller (1997). Filial Responsibility and the Care of the Aged. Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (2):119–128.
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    Seumas Miller (2004). Terrorism and Collective Responsibility. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (2):263-281.
    In this paper I consider the general view of terrorism put forward by Jan Narveson in his “Pacificism and Terrorism: Why We Should Condemn Both” and by Alan Rosenbaum in his “On Terrorism and the Just War: Some Philosophical Reflections.” This is the view that terrorism is morally indefensible. Contra Narveson and Rosenbaum, I argue that some forms of terrorism are morally defensible in some circumstances.In the first section of the paper I will discuss the definition of terrorism, including the (...)
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  42. Seumas Miller (2001). Judith Jarvis Thomson on Killing in Self-Defence. Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics 3 (2).
     
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    Seumas Miller (2014). Mark Osiel: The End of Reciprocity: Terror, Torture and the Law of War. [REVIEW] Criminal Law and Philosophy 8 (3):659-669.
    Mark Osiel’s The End of Reciprocity: Terror, Torture and the Law of War provides detailed discussions of a number of important moral and legal issues arising for the United States in its ongoing response to the threats posed by the Al Qaeda terrorist network.Thanks to Andrew Alexandra for comments on this paper. The material in the first section of this critical review is derived from a short review of this book I wrote for the International Harvard Review vol. 31 no. (...)
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  44. Seumas Miller (2003). Social Institutions, Collective Goods and Individual Rights. Protosociology 18.
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    Seumas Miller (2006). On Terrorism and Lost Rationality. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (1):173-176.
    This article is a reply to Alan Rosenbaum’s reply to my reply to his orginal article on terrorism and collective responsibility. As before, and contra Rosenbaum, I argue that some forms of terrorism in some circumstances might be morally justified. This position is consistent with holding the terrorist acts of groups such as Hamas and al-Qaeda to be morally unjustifiable. An example of a possibly morally justifiable form of terrorism was that practised by the African National Congress in its armed (...)
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    Seumas Miller (1993). Killing in Self-Defense. Public Affairs Quarterly 7 (4):325-339.
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    Seumas Miller (1998). Corruption and Anti-Corruption in the Profession of Policing. Professional Ethics 6 (3/4):83-106.
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    Seumas Miller (2009). Research in Applied Ethics: Problems and Perspectives. Philosophia 37 (2):185-201.
    The last few decades have seen a dramatic increase in concern with matters of ethics in all areas of public life. This ‘applied turn’ in ethics raises important issues not only of focus, but also of methodology. Sometimes a moral end or moral feature is designed into an institution or technology; sometimes a morally desirable outcome is the fortuitous, but unintended, consequence of an institutional arrangement or technological invention. If designing-in ethics is the new methodological orientation for applied ethics, globalisation (...)
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    Seumas Miller (forthcoming). Colleotive Responsibility and Climate Change. Environmental Ethics.
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    Seumas Miller (1992). Self-Defence and Forcing the Choice Between Lives. Journal of Applied Philosophy 9 (2):239-243.
    ABSTRACT In the standard case of justifiable killing in self‐defence one agent without provocation tries to kill a second agent and the second agent's only way to avoid death is to kill his attacker. It is widely accepted that such killings in self‐defence are morally justifiable, but it has proved difficult to show why this is so. Recently, Montague has put forward an account in terms of forcing a choice between lives, and Teichman has propounded a quasi‐Hobbesian rights‐based account of (...)
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