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  1. Parsing Macpherson: The Last Rites of Locke the Possessive Individualist.Hugh Breakey - 2014 - Theoria 80 (1):62-83.
    C.B. Macpherson's “Possessive Individualist” reading of Locke is one of the most radical and influential interpretations in the history of exegesis. Despite a substantial critical response over the past five decades, Macpherson's reading remains orthodox in various circles in the humanities generally, particularly in legal studies, and his interpretation of several crucial passages has unwittingly been followed even by his sharpest critics within Lockean scholarship. In order to present the definitive rebuttal to this interpretation, and so finally to lay it (...)
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  • The Essential Tension in Science and Democracy.David Guston - 1993 - Social Epistemology 7 (1):3 – 23.
    Abstract In Democracy in America, de Tocqueville makes two claims about scientific inquiry in democracies: first, that in the abstract there is nothing essential about democracies that prevents them from achieving in science; and second, that in practice democracies will bend science toward practical applications. This paper will examine the nature of the compatibility of science with democracy within a literature roughly called ?liberal social thought?, using de Tocqueville's claims as an organizing principle. In assessing the first claim, the paper (...)
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  • Nicholas Wolterstorff's Justice: Rights and Wrongs: An Introduction.Paul Weithman - 2009 - Journal of Religious Ethics 37 (2):179-192.
    This introduction sets the stage for four papers on Nicholas Wolterstorff's Justice: Rights and Wrongs , written by Harold Attridge, Oliver O'Donovan, Richard Bernstein, and myself. In his book, Wolterstorff defends an account of human rights. The first section of this introduction distinguishes Wolterstorff's account of rights from the alternative account of rights against which he contends. The alternative account draws much of its power from a historical narrative according to which theory and politics supplanted earlier ways of thinking about (...)
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