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  1. added 2017-05-26
    Aggregating Out of Indeterminacy: Social Choice Theory to the Rescue.Brian Kogelmann - 2017 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 16 (2):210-232.
    This article explores public reason liberalism’s indeterminacy problem, a problem that obtains when we admit significant diversity into our justificatory model. The article argues first that Gerald Gaus’s solution to the indeterminacy problem is unsatisfactory and second that, contra Gaus’s concerns, social choice theory is able to solve public reason’s indeterminacy problem. Moreover, social choice theory can do so in a way that avoids the worries raised against Gaus’s solution to the indeterminacy problem as well as the worries Gaus himself (...)
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    Fairness and Family Background.Bertil Tungodden, Erik Ø Sørensen, Kjell G. Salvanes, Alexander W. Cappelen & Ingvild Almås - 2017 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 16 (2):117-131.
    Fairness preferences fundamentally affect individual behavior and play an important role in shaping social and political institutions. However, people differ both with respect to what they view as fair and with respect to how much weight they attach to fairness considerations. In this article, we study the role of family background in explaining these heterogeneities in fairness preferences. In particular, we examine how socioeconomic background relates to fairness views and to how people make trade-offs between fairness and self-interest. To study (...)
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    Citizenship, Reciprocity, and the Gendered Division of Labor: A Stability Argument for Gender Egalitarian Political Interventions.Schouten Gina - 2017 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 16 (2):174-209.
    Despite women’s increased labor force participation, household divisions of labor remain highly unequal. Properly implemented, gender egalitarian political interventions such as work time regulation, dependent care provisions, and family leave initiatives can induce families to share work more equally than they currently do. But do these interventions constitute legitimate uses of political power? In this article, I defend the political legitimacy of these interventions. Using the conception of citizenship at the heart of political liberalism, I argue that citizens would accept (...)
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    Children as Negative Externalities?Serena Olsaretti - 2017 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 16 (2):152-173.
    Egalitarian theories assume, without defending it, the view that the costs of children should be shared between non-parents and parents. This standard position is called into question by the Parental Provision view. Drawing on the familiar idea that people should be held responsible for the consequences of their choices, the Parental Provision view holds that under certain conditions egalitarian justice requires parents to pay for the full costs of their children, as it would be unfair for non-parents to bear the (...)
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    Fair Care: Elder Care and Distributive Justice.Elizabeth Brake - 2017 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 16 (2):132-151.
    Caring relationships and material caregiving are politically significant goods that should be distributed according to principles of justice. I argue that, within Rawlsian liberalism, care should be considered a primary good and propose a third principle of justice requiring access to the social and legal supports of caring relationships. I examine what social and legal institutions supporting care might require, with particular attention to allowing the infirm elderly and persons with disabilities access to caring relationships. I propose the formation of (...)
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    Symposium on Justice, the Family, and Public Policy.Andrew Williams - 2017 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 16 (2):115-116.
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    Should Corporations Have A Right To Finance Political Campaigns?Law Yoav HammerCorresponding authorCollege of - 2017 - Law and Ethics of Human Rights 11 (1).
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    Cultural Conflicts: A Deflationary Approach.Anna Elisabetta Galeotti - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-19.
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    Corporate Crime and Plea Bargains.Uriel ProcacciaCorresponding authorWachtell Lipton, Law Katz Professor Emeritus of Corporate & Economics Eyal WinterSilverzweig Professor of - 2017 - Law and Ethics of Human Rights 11 (1).
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    The Right to Ignore: An Epistemic Defense of the Nature/Culture Divide.Maria Kronfeldner - forthcoming - In Richard Joyce (ed.), Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 210-224.
    This paper addresses whether the often-bemoaned loss of unity of knowledge about humans, which results from the disciplinary fragmentation of science, is something to be overcome. The fragmentation of being human rests on a couple of distinctions, such as the nature-culture divide. Since antiquity the distinction between nature (roughly, what we inherit biologically) and culture (roughly, what is acquired by social interaction) has been a commonplace in science and society. Recently, the nature/culture divide has come under attack in various ways, (...)
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    Transcending the Human/Non-Human Divide.Madina Tlostanova - 2017 - Angelaki 22 (2):25-37.
    This article focuses on the analysis of the geo-politics and body-politics of being, and perception as the key concepts in the decolonial option grounded in the spatiality and corporeality of our cognitive and perceptive mechanisms. Revived spatiality refers in this case not only to a physical space that we inhabit but also to our bodies as specific spatial entities – the privileged white male bodies or the damned, non-white, dehumanized and often gendered and sexualized bodies from the underside of modernity. (...)
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    Biohacking Gender.Malatino Hilary - 2017 - Angelaki 22 (2):179-190.
    This essay explores how, for many minoritized peoples, cyborg ontology is experienced as dehumanizing rather than posthumanizing. Rereading Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto through a decolonial, transfeminist lens, it explores the implications of Haraway’s assertion that cyborg subjectivity is the “illegitimate offspring of militarism and patriarchal capitalism” by examining the modern/colonial development and deployment of microprosthetic hormonal technologies – so often heralded as one of the technologies ushering in a queer, posthuman, post-gender future – as mechanisms of gendered and racialized subjective control (...)
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    Letting Go of “Natural Kind”. Towards a Multidimensional Framework of Non-Arbitrary Classification.David Ludwig - forthcoming - Philosophy of Science.
    This article uses the case study of ethnobiological classification to develop a positive and a negative thesis about the state of natural kind debates. On the one hand, I argue that current accounts of natural kinds can be integrated in a multidimensional framework that advances understanding of classificatory practices in ethnobiology. On the other hand, I argue that such a multidimensional framework does not leave any substantial work for the notion ”natural kind” and that attempts to formulate a general account (...)
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    A Multidimensional Account of Democratic Legitimacy: How to Make Robust Decisions in a Non-Idealized Deliberative Context.Enrico Biale & Federica Liveriero - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-21.
    This paper analyses the possibility of granting legitimacy to democratic decisionmaking procedures in a context of deep pluralism. We defend a multidimensional account according to which a legitimate system needs to grant, on the one hand, that citizens should be included on an equal footing and acknowledged as reflexive political agents rather than mere beneficiaries of policies, and, on the other hand, that their decisions have an epistemic quality. While Estlund’s account of imperfect epistemic proceduralism might seem to embody a (...)
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    The Socratic Turn: Knowledge of Good and Evil in an Age of Science.Paul Diduch - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory.
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    Book Review: Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice, by David Scott. [REVIEW]Robert Nichols - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):426-430.
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    Book Review: Sovereignty, Property and Empire, 1500-2000, by Andrew Fitzmaurice. [REVIEW]Debjani Bhattacharyya - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):416-419.
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    Detroit to Flint and Back Again: Solidarity Forever.Michael D. Doan, Ami Harbin & Sharon Howell - 2017 - Critical Sociology 43.
    For several years the authors have been working in Detroit with grassroots coalitions resisting Emergency Management. In this essay, we focus on how community groups in Detroit and Flint advanced common struggles for clean, safe, affordable water as a human right, particularly during the period of 2014 to 2016. We explore how, through a series of direct interventions – including public meetings and international gatherings, independent journalism and social media, community-based research projects, and citizen-led policy initiatives – these groups contributed (...)
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    Book Review: New Demons: Rethinking Power and Evil Today, by Simona Forti. [REVIEW]Adriana Cavarero - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):430-434.
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    Criticism, Justification, and Learning.Danny Frederick - manuscript
    Open versus closed minds and the transformation of universities from places of education into places of indoctrination. A one-page summary.
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    Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates.Olof Pettersson - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory.
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    The Making and Maintenance of Human Rights in an Age of Skepticism.Abram Trosky - forthcoming - Human Rights Review.
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    Democratic Deliberation, Respect and Personal Storytelling.Valeria Ottonelli - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-18.
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    Ingenious Citizenship: Recrafting Democracy for Social Change.Bogdan Popa - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory.
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    The Struggle for Democracy: Paradoxes of Progress and the Politics of Change.Joel Alden Schlosser - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory.
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    Doctors with Borders? An Authority-Based Approach to the Brain Drain.Alfonso Donoso & Alejandra Mancilla - 2017 - South African Journal of Philosophy 36 (1):69-77.
    According to the brain drain argument, there are good reasons for states to limit the exit of their skilled workers (more specifically, healthcare workers), because of the negative impacts this type of migration has for other members of the community from which they migrate. Some theorists criticise this argument as illiberal, while others support it and ground a duty to stay of the skilled workers on rather vague concepts like patriotic virtue, or the legitimate expectations of their state and co-citizens. (...)
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    The Public Space of Agonistic Reconciliation: Witnessing and Prefacing in the TRC of Canada.Bohle Darren - 2017 - Constellations 24 (1).
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    The Turn to Acknowledgment in Recognition Theory.Adam Smith - 2017 - Constellations 24 (1).
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  29. added 2017-05-17
    Two Concepts of Basic Equality.Kirby Nikolas - forthcoming - Res Publica:1-22.
    It has become somewhat a commonplace in recent political philosophy to remark that all plausible political theories must share at least one fundamental premise, ‘that all humans are one another's equals’. One single concept of ‘basic equality’, therefore, is cast as the common touchstone of all contemporary political thought. This paper argues that this claim is false. Virtually all do indeed say that all humans are ‘equals’ in some basic sense. However, this is not the same sense. There are not (...)
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    Democratic Respect and Compromise.Christian F. Rostbøll - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-17.
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    Why We Are Not Moral Equals.Stan Husi - forthcoming - Journal of Ethics:1-27.
    Faith in the universal moral equality of people enjoys close to unanimous consensus in present moral and political philosophy. Yet its philosophical justification remains precarious. The search for the basis of equality encounters insurmountable difficulties. Nothing short of a miracle seems required to stabilize universal equality in moral status amidst a vast space of distinctions sprawling between people. The difficulties of stabilizing equality against differentiation are not specific to any particular choice regarding the basis of equality. To show this, I (...)
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    Does "Equal Moral Status" Add Anything to Right Reason?Jeremy Waldron - forthcoming - American Political Science Association 2004.
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    Harvesting the Uncollected Fruits of Other People’s Intellectual Labour.Cristian Timmermann - forthcoming - Acta Bioethica 23.
    Intellectual property regimes necessarily create artificial scarcity leading to wastage, both by blocking follow-up research and hindering access to those who are only able to pay less then the actual retail price. After revising the traditional arguments to hinder access to people’s intellectual labour we will examine why we should be more open to allow free-riding of inventive efforts, especially in cases where innovators have not secured the widest access to the fruits of their research and failed to cooperate with (...)
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    Humour and Equal Respect.Telfer Elizabeth - forthcoming - .
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    Habermas and Taylor on Religious Reasoning in a Liberal Democracy.H. Andrew Tsz Wan - 2017 - The European Legacy 23:1-17.
    This article compares Habermas’s and Taylor’s approach to the role of religious language in a liberal democracy. It shows that the difference in their approach is not simply in their theories of religious language. The contrast lies deeper, in their incompatible moral theories: Habermas’s universal discourse ethics vs Taylor’s communitarian substantive ethics. I also explore William Rehg’s defence of discourse ethics by conceding that it is based on a metavalue of rational consensus. However, I argue that Habermas’s and Rehg’s discourse (...)
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    Humanity Without Dignity: Moral Equality, Respect, and Human Rights.Sangiovanni Andrea - 2017 - Harvard University Press.
    Name any valued human trait intelligence, wit, charm, grace, strength and you will find an inexhaustible variety and complexity in its expression among individuals. Yet we insist that such diversity does not provide grounds for differential treatment at the most basic level. Whatever merit, blame, praise, love, or hate we receive as beings with a particular past and a particular constitution, we are always and everywhere due equal respect merely as persons.But why? Most who attempt to answer this question appeal (...)
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    Persons as Free and Equal: Examining the Fundamental Assumption of Liberal Political Philosophy.Mats Volberg - 2013 - Revista Diacrítica 27 (2):15-39.
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    Moral Status of Enhanced Beings: What Do We Owe the Gods?J. Savulescu - 2009 - Human Enhancement.
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    Does Every Normative Theory of Social Arrangement Demand Equality of Something? Re-Examining Amartya Sen’s Writings on Equality.Alexander Brown - 2006 - Imprints 9:211-249.
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    Feminist Contractarianism.J. Hampton - 2006 - In . Cambridge University Press.
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    The Human Prejudice.Bernard Williams - 2006 - Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline.
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    Response to Critics.Jeremy Waldron - 2005 - The Review of Politics 67 (3):495-513.
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    Locke: Religion: Equality.Michael P. Zuckert - 2005 - The Review of Politics 67 (3):419-431.
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    Equality Revisited.Christopher J. Peters - 1997 - Harvard Law Review 110 (6):1210-1264.
    In legal, political, and philosophical discourse, and indeed in everyday life, equality often plays the role of a normatively significant prescriptive principle, a principle that provides reasons for action. Professor Peters, however, joins Peter Westen and others who argue that the traditional statement of prescriptive equality - equals are entitled to equal treatment - is normatively empty because it is a tautology. Like Professor Westen, Professor Peters notes that this traditional principle translates into a statement of simple redundancy: people entitled (...)
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    "Prescriptive Equality": Two Steps Forward.Kent Greenawalt - 1997 - Harvard Law Review 110 (6):1265-1290.
    In this Response to Professor Peters, Professor Greenawalt argues that prescriptive equality does have meaningful normative force. Prescriptive equality plays a reinforcing role when it agrees with nonegalitarian justice and is not incoherent when it pulls against nonegalitarian justice. Specifically, when one individual has been treated better than is required by nonegalitarian justice, a similarly situated and significantly related individual who is aware of that treatment may merit equivalent treatment because of widespread and deep-seated feelings about equality.
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    The Idea of Equality Revisited.J. Elster - 1995 - World, Mind, and Ethics, Cambridge, Cup.
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    Reply to Mackie.R. M. Hare - 1989 - In . Oxford University Press.
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    Rights, Utility, and Universalization.J. L. Mackie - 1984 - Utility and Rights.
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    How Empty Is the Idea of Equality.Kent Greenawalt - 1983 - Columbia Law Review 83:1167.
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    The Empty Idea of Equality.Westen Peter - 1982 - Harvard Law Review 95 (3):537-596.
    The principle of equality - that likes should be treated alike - has been a fixture of Western thought for thousands of years. In this Article, Professor Westen argues that the endurance of the principle is due to the fact that it is empty of content. For the principle to have meaning, it must incorporate some external values that determine which persons and treatments are alike, but once these external values are found, the principle of equality is superfluous. Worse, equality (...)
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