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  1. Tara A. Smith, Why Originalism Won't Die - Common Mistakes in Competing Theories of Judicial Interpretation.
    In the debate over proper judicial interpretation of the law, the doctrine of Originalism has been subjected to numerous, seemingly fatal criticisms. Despite the exposure of flaws that would normally bury a theory, however, Originalism continues to attract tremendous support, seeming to many to be the most sensible theory on offer. This paper examines its resilient appeal (with a particular focus on Scalia's Textualism).By surveying and identifying the fundamental weaknesses of three of the leading alternatives to Originalism (Popular Will theory, (...)
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  2. Michael S. Berliner, Andrew Bernstein, Harry Binswanger, Tore Boeckmann, Jeff Britting, Debi Ghate, Onkar Ghate, Allan Gotthelf, Edwin A. Locke, Shoshana Milgram, Leonard Peikoff, Richard Ralston, Gregory Salmieri, Tara Smith, Mary Ann Sures & Darryl Wright (2009). Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Lexington Books.
    This is the first scholarly study of Atlas Shrugged, covering in detail the historical, literary, and philosophical aspects of Ayn Rand's magnum opus. Topics explored in depth include the history behind the novel's creation, publication, and reception; its nature as a romantic novel; and its presentation of a radical new philosophy.
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  3. Tara Smith (2008). Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist. Business Ethics Quarterly 18 (1):117-126.
    Ayn Rand is well known for advocating egoism, but the substance of that instruction is rarely understood. Far from representing the rejection of morality, selfishness, in Rand's view, actually demands the practice of a systematic code of ethics. This book explains the fundamental virtues that Rand considers vital for a person to achieve their objective well-being: rationality, honesty, independence, justice, integrity, productiveness, and pride. Tracing Rand's account of the value and harmony of human beings' rational interests, Smith examines what each (...)
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  4. Tara Smith (2008). The Importance of the Subject in Objective Morality: Distinguishing Objective From Intrinsic Value. Social Philosophy and Policy 25 (1):126-148.
    This essay contends that the debate between subjectivism and objectivism in ethics is better understood as a dispute among three alternatives: subjectivism, objectivism, and intrinsicism. Ayn Rand has identified intrinsicism in, by, and of as the doctrine that is actually operative in many defenses of moral objectivity. What intrinsicism fails to appreciate, however, is the significant role of the subject, the person to whom and for whom anything can be valuable.
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  5. Tara Smith (2005). Egoistic Friendship. American Philosophical Quarterly 42 (4):263 - 277.
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  6. Michael S. Berliner, Andrew Bernstein, Jeff Britting, Dina Garmong, Onkar Ghate, John Lewis, Scott McConnell, Shoshana Milgram, Richard E. Ralston, John Ridpath, Tara Smith & Jena Trammell (2004). Essays on Ayn Rand's We the Living. Lexington Books.
    Ayn Rand's first novel, We the Living, offers an early form of the author's nascent philosophy—the philosophy Rand later called Objectivism. Robert Mayhew's collection of entirely new essays brings together pre-eminent scholars of Rand's writing. In part a history of We the Living, from its earliest drafts to the Italian film later based upon it, Mayhew's collection goes on to explore the enduring significance of Rand's first novel as a work both of philosophy and of literature.
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  7. Tara Smith (2004). Morality Without the Wink. Journal of Philosophical Research 29:315-331.
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  8. Tara Smith (2004). Social" Objectivity and the Objectivity of Value. In Peter K. Machamer & Gereon Wolters (eds.), Science, Values, and Objectivity. University of Pittsburgh Press. 143--171.
  9. Tara Smith (2003). Money Can Buy Happiness. Reason Papers 26:7-20.
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  10. Tara Smith (2003). The Metaphysical Case for Honesty. Journal of Value Inquiry 37 (4):517-531.
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  11. Tara Smith (2001). Gotthelf, Allan. On Ayn Rand. Review of Metaphysics 54 (3):654-655.
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  12. Tara Smith (2001). Leon Trakman, and Sean Gatien, Rights and Responsibilities:Rights and Responsibilities. Ethics 112 (1):185-188.
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  13. Tara Smith (2000). Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Viable Values examines the most basic foundations of value and morality, demonstrating the shortcomings of major traditional views and proposing that morality is grounded in the objective requirements of human life. Smith argues that morality depends on a proper understanding of the concept of values, and that values depend on the alternative of life or death. She proposes that human beings need to be moral in order to live, explaining how life is the standard of morality, how flourishing is the (...)
     
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  14. Tara Smith (1999). Justice as a Personal Virtue. Social Theory and Practice 25 (3):361-384.
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  15. Tara Smith (1998). Intrinsic Value: Look-Say Ethics. [REVIEW] Journal of Value Inquiry 32 (4):539-553.
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  16. Tara Smith (1998). The Practice of Pride. Social Philosophy and Policy 15 (01):71-.
    Pride has been denounced as one of the seven deadly sins and praised as the crown of the virtues. Perhaps because of the difficulty of navigating between these appraisals, pride has not been paid very much attention by ethicists. Moreover, pride is so familiar as a feeling that the suggestion that it could be a virtue may seem misplaced.
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  17. Tara Smith (1998). Rights, Wrongs, and Aristotelian Egoism: Illuminating the Rights/Care Dichotomy. Journal of Social Philosophy 29 (2):5-14.
    Since the recent work of Carol Gilligan, Nel Noddings, and others, it has become commonplace in moral philosophy to employ a dichotomy between an ethics of “Care” and an ethics of “Rights.” Gilligan claims that men and women view moral issues in fundamentally divergent ways. Responses to moral problems tend to divide along lines emphasizing respect for rights, in the case of men, and caring for others, in the case of women. Inspired by these findings, several authors have classified moral (...)
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  18. Tara Smith (1997). Reconsidering Zero-Sum Value: It's How You Play the Game. Journal of Social Philosophy 28 (2):128-139.
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  19. Tara Smith (1997). Tolerance & Forgiveness: Virtues or Vices? Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (1):31-41.
  20. Tara Smith (1996). An Essay on Rights. Philosophical Books 37 (1):66-68.
  21. Tara Smith (1995). Rights Conflicts: The Undoing of Rights. Journal of Social Philosophy 26 (2):139-156.
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  22. Tara Smith (1993). Rights, Friends, and Egoism. Journal of Philosophy 60 (3):144-148.
  23. Tara Smith (1993). Terrorism and Collective Responsibility. Philosophical Books 34 (1):58-59.
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  24. Tara Smith (1992). On Deriving Rights to Goods From Rights to Freedom. Law and Philosophy 11 (3):217 - 234.
    This paper examines a particular type of argument often employed to defend welfare rights. This argument contends that welfare rights are a necessary supplement to liberty rights because rights to freedom become hollow when their bearers are not able to take advantage of their freedom. Rights to be provided with certain goods are thus a natural outgrowth of a genuine concern to protect freedom.I argue that this reasoning suffers from two fatal flaws. First, it rests on an erroneous notion of (...)
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  25. Tara Smith (1992). Why a Teleological Defense of Rights Needn't Yield Welfare Rights. Journal of Social Philosophy 23 (3):35-50.
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  26. Tara Smith (1991). Why Do I Love Thee? Southwest Philosophy Review 7 (1):47-57.
  27. Tara Smith (1990). The Inflation of Rights. Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University
    In recent decades, we have seen a remarkable proliferation of the kinds of moral rights that people are thought to have. While many of these new rights have gained sizable support, the theoretical underpinnings of all rights have remained uncertain. The danger in the growth of rights claims is that we may weaken rights. As more and more desirable goods are demanded as people's "rights," the actual protection which rights afford is diminished. Abundant rights will bump up against one another, (...)
     
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  28. Tara Smith (1987). Moral Realism: Blackburn's Response to the Frege Objection. Southern Journal of Philosophy 25 (2):221-228.
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