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  1. Michael Watkins & Sheldon Wein, Truth, Art, and Knowledge (A Commentary on James O YoungÂ's Art and Knowledge).
    While much of James O. Young’s Art and Knowledge is devoted to showing how works of art might be of cognitive value, we will focus on a prior claim, defended in the first chapter of Art and Knowledge, that “art” ought to be defined such that only works with cognitive value count as artworks. We begin by noting that it is not very clear—despite the considerable attention Young devotes to the matter—just what it is for an artwork to have cognitive (...)
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  2. Sheldon Wein, A Humean Theory of Distributive Justice for a New Century.
    This paper suggests a strategy for constructing a contemporary Humean theory of distributive justice which would serve to ground what I call an entrepreneurial welfare state. It is argued that blending David Hume's insights about the origins and purposes of justice with Ronald Dworkin's insurance-based reasoning supporting his equality of resources model of distributive justice will yield a state which, as a matter of justice, encourages its members to engage in entrepreneurial activities and which protects them from the worst (...)
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  3. Sheldon Wein, Plato's Moral Psychology.
    The first serious account of justice Plato considers in the Republic is the contractarian account.(1) It holds that is always instrumentally rational for one to further her own interests and in that certain situations (exemplified by the prisoners dilemma) it is more rational to forego one's own interests (providing others do so also) than to behave in a straight-forwardly rational way. The rules allowing one to escape prisoner's dilemmas—the rules it is rational to accept providing all others accept them also—are (...)
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  4. Sheldon Wein, Page 0 of 25.
    This paper surveys the various leading options as a metric for measuring the level of development in a society. It is then argued that the appropriate metric will be value-laden in a (fairly) rich sense. One metric is then shown to have substantial advantages in this regard.
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  5. Sheldon Wein, A Basic Goods Approach to International Corporate Responsibility: The Case of Hiring in Developing Nations.
    Consider the following problem. A multinational corporation is expanding its operations to a developing country. The developing country in question is now a democracy or is in the process of becoming one, it has a (fairly) independent and corruption-free judiciary (or is in the process of establishing one), its human rights record, while not perfect, is improving, and its bureaucracy and police are not now terribly corrupt. But not too long ago, none of these things were true. A few years (...)
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  6. Sheldon Wein (2011). IUDs, STIs, and DNA : Reconsidering Hume's Modesty Proposal. In Adrianne Leigh McEvoy (ed.), Sex, Love, and Friendship: Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love: 1993-2003. Rodopi.
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  7. Sheldon Wein (1997). Jan Narveson and John T. Sanders, Eds., For and Against the State: New Philosophical Readings Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 17 (2):122-124.
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  8. William L. Barthelemy & Sheldon Wein (1996). Development Officers and Discrimination. Journal of Philosophical Research 21:433-443.
    This paper deals with what a government funded development agency should do when a developing country imposes restrictions on the development process which discriminate on the basis of gender against some members of the development agency’s staff. The conclusion is that there are circumstances in which development agencies should continue their work in the face of gender discrimination but they should not instigate development projects if doing so would involve them in gender discrimination. A set of procedures for a development (...)
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  9. Sheldon Wein (1991). A Hobbesian Foundation for Welfare Rights. Social Philosophy Today 6:15-28.
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  10. Sheldon Wein (1988). Humean Minds and Moral Theory. Philosophy Research Archives 14:229-236.
    Grant that Hume is a contractarian. Justice then arises from more basic features of humans and their circumstances. Among these more basic features from which justice arises Hume includes (in addition to self-interest narrowly construed) the widely held passions of benevolence and sympathy. But it is mysterious why he included them in his contractarian theory for the derivation of justice does not need them, and may even be weaker with them included. This paper suggests that Hume’s philosophy of mind, in (...)
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  11. Sheldon Wein (1988). Libertarianism and Welfare Rights. Social Philosophy Today 1:157-165.
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  12. Sheldon Wein (1988). Michel Resnik, Choices: An Introduction to Decision Theory Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 8 (1):39-39.
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  13. Lanning Sowden & Sheldon Wein (1987). Justice and Rationality: Doubts About the Contractarian and Utilitarian Approaches. Philosophia 17 (2):127-140.
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  14. Sheldon Wein (1987). Rights and Needs. Dialogue 26 (01):55-.
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  15. Sheldon Wein (1987). Robert E. Goodin, Protecting the Vulnerable: A Reanalysis of Our Social Responsibilities Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 7 (3):103-104.
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  16. Sheldon Wein (1986). Mary Midgley, Wickedness: A Philosophical Essay Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 6 (4):169-171.
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  17. Sheldon Wein (1986). Plato and the Social Contract. Philosophy Research Archives 12:67-77.
    This paper argues that Plato’s version of the contractarian theory of justice is superior to all other statements of that theory. The conditions any adequate theory of justice must meet are outlined and it is shown how contractarian theories attempt to meet these conditions. The great contractarian theories---those of Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Rawls, and Gauthier---are shown not to provide an adequate account of the nature of justice. The source of these failures is identified and, finally, it is shown that Plato’s (...)
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  18. Sheldon Wein (1985). Problems with Contractarianism. Journal of Social Philosophy 16 (3):48-59.
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  19. Sheldon Wein (1985). Sacrificing Persons for the General Welfare: A Comment on Sayward. Journal of Value Inquiry 19 (1):77-79.
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  20. Sheldon Wein (1984). Liberal Egalitarianism. Philosophy Research Archives 10:67-115.
    This paper provides a systematic statement of Ronald Dworkin’s political (as opposed to legal) philosophy. Dworkin’s defence of democratic institutions constrained by civil rights is shown to be linked to his defence of the economic market constrained by economic welfare rights. The theory is defended against attacks from H.L.A. Hart and L. Haworth. The possibility that the theory can be given a Kantian grounding is explored.
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  21. Sheldon Wein (1984). Rights Theodore M. Benditt Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1982. Pp. Ix, 148. $22.50. [REVIEW] Dialogue 23 (04):732-734.
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  22. Sheldon Wein (1983). Are Being and Unity the Genera of All Things? The Modern Schoolman 61 (1):49-52.
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  23. Sheldon Wein (1980). A Reply To Morgan. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 7 (1):46-50.
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