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Bob Brecher
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    Torture and the Ticking Bomb.Bob Brecher (ed.) - 2007 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    This timely and passionate book is the first to address itself to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz’s controversial arguments for the limited use of interrogational torture and its legalisation. Argues that the respectability Dershowitz's arguments confer on the view that torture is a legitimate weapon in the war on terror needs urgently to be countered Takes on the advocates of torture on their own utilitarian grounds Timely and passionately written, in an accessible, jargon-free style Forms part of the provocative and (...)
  2. Torture and the Ticking Bomb.Bob Brecher - 2007 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    This timely and passionate book is the first to address itself to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz’s controversial arguments for the limited use of interrogational torture and its legalisation. Argues that the respectability Dershowitz's arguments confer on the view that torture is a legitimate weapon in the war on terror needs urgently to be countered Takes on the advocates of torture on their own utilitarian grounds Timely and passionately written, in an accessible, jargon-free style Forms part of the provocative and (...)
  3. Which values? And whose? A reply to Fulford.Bob Brecher - 2011 - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 17 (5):996-998.
    Fulford’s discussion of ‘values-based practice’ as a model for medical ethics is deeply puzzling. First, it remains unclear what exactly he takes values to be or how tyhey can be based in clinical skills. Second, his proposal does not make it clear whose values these are supposed to be. I conclude that his attempt in effect to take the morality out of ethics fails.
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    The Fantasy of the Ticking Bomb Scenario.Bob Brecher - 2007 - In Torture and the Ticking Bomb. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 14–39.
    This chapter contains section titled: Dershowitz's Argument and the Ticking Bomb Who Tortures? Effectiveness and Time Knowledge and Necessity The Ticking Bomb Scenario: Conclusion.
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    Our obligation to the dead.Bob Brecher - 2002 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 19 (2):109–119.
    Can we have a real obligation to the dead, just as we do to the living, or is such a notion merely sentimental or metaphorical? Starting with the example of making a promise, I try to show that we can, since the dead, as well as the living, can have interests, not least because the notion of a person is, in part, a moral construction. ‘The dead’, then, are not merely dead, but particular dead persons, members of something like the (...)
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    Getting what you want?: a critique of liberal morality.Bob Brecher - 1998 - London: Routledge.
    Getting What You Want? offers a critique of liberal morality and an analysis of its understanding of the individual as a 'wanting thing'.
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    Why Patronize Feminists? A Reply to Stove on Mill.Bob Brecher - 1993 - Philosophy 68 (265):397 - 400.
  8. Rational rationing?Bob Brecher - 2008 - Clinical Ethics 3 (2):53-54.
    Triage-like procedures for solving the problems of rationing cannot work. And anyway, why should health- and medical workers carry the can for the economic and political decisions of their managers and our politicians? To foist rationing decisions onto them is a political con-trick, a deliberate attempt to deflect managerial and political responsibility elsewhere. Those on the front line should simply toss a coin; expalin to patients’ friends and relatives that that’s what they’re doing and why; and go public that that's (...)
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  9. The politics of professional ethics.Bob Brecher - 2010 - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 16 (2):351-355.
    In order to illustrate how terms of reference themselves, such as those announced by ‘professional ethics’, delimit and distort moral consideration I start with an extended discussion of how Just War Theory operates to do this; and go on to discuss ‘the power of naming’ with reference to the British attack on Iraq. Having thus situated my approach to the politics of professional ethics in a broader political context I offer a critique of ‘professional’ ethics in terms of what is (...)
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  10. The Family and Neoliberalism: Time to Revive a Critique.Bob Brecher - 2012 - Ethics and Social Welfare 6 (2):157-167.
    I argue that the family remains integral to neoliberal capitalism. First, I identify two tensions in the neoliberals' advocacy of the traditional family: that the ?family values? advocated run directly counter to the homo economicus of the ?free market?; and the fact that the increasingly strident rhetoric of the family belies its decreasing popularity. The implications of these tensions for how we might think of the family, I then propose, suggest that earlier critiques are worth revisiting for what they have (...)
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  11. Understanding the holocaust-The uniqueness debate.Bob Brecher - 1999 - Radical Philosophy 96:17-28.
     
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  12. Descartes' causal argument for the existence of God.Bob Brecher - 1976 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 7 (3):418 - 432.
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    Against Professional Ethics.Bob Brecher - 2004 - Philosophy of Management 4 (2):3-8.
    I argue that the current popularity of ‘ethics’ in general, and the extension of ‘professional ethics’ in particular, masks an increasingly unethical culture. Furthermore, attempts to codify ethics encourage a rule-governed approach, thus misunderstanding the nature of ethical practice and — whether or not inadvertently — serving to protect the professions from ethical considerations rather than the opposite.
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    Aquinas on Anselm.Bob Brecher - 1974 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 23:63-66.
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    Aquinas on Anselm.Bob Brecher - 1974 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 23:63-66.
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    Democracy and Social Justice.Bob Brecher - 2011 - Studies in Social Justice 5 (2):145-147.
  17. Holocaust.Bob Brecher - 2013 - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    In Defence of Reason.Bob Brecher - 1992 - The Personalist Forum 8 (1):35-40.
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    Instructions for authors.Bob Brecher - 1999 - Res Publica 5 (1):109-112.
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    Introduction.Bob Brecher - 2007 - In Torture and the Ticking Bomb. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 1–13.
    This chapter contains section titled: What is Torture? Dershowitz on Interrogational Torture Why Write about Torture? The Agenda.
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    Kant’s Dialectic.Bob Brecher - 1974 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 23:265-267.
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    Moral Cognitivism: ‘Motivation’ and Agency.Bob Brecher - 2020 - Kritike 14 (2):37-53.
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    Moral Obligation and Everyday Advice.Bob Brecher - 2005 - South African Journal of Philosophy 24 (2):109-120.
    A major obstacle in the way of any rationalistic understanding of morality is that the moral ‘ought' obliges action: and on the (neo-)Humean view, action is thought to require affect. If, however, one could show that “ordinary” practical reasons are by themselves action-guiding, then moral reasons – a particular sort of practical reasons – also have no need of desire to “move” us to act. So how does the practical ‘ought' work? To answer that, we need to ask what exactly (...)
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    Morality, Professions and Ideals: A Response to Paul Griseri.Bob Brecher - 2005 - Philosophy of Management 5 (3):79-81.
    Paul Griseri’s generous response to my ‘Against Professional Ethics’1 offers an interesting point of view and there is much on which we agree. But we continue to differ about the nature of the primacy of morality, the possibility of a ‘general idea of professionalism’ and — perhaps — about Kant’s Categorical Imperative.
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  25. Narratives of Power: Demagogues, Politics and Morality at the Start of the 21st Century.Bob Brecher & Vicente Ordóñez - 2019 - Araucaria 21 (42).
    One way of characterising the present political conjuncture - worldwide, not just in Europe and North America - is to point to the rise to power of politicians best described as demagogues. Trump, Duterte, Putin, Modi, as well as the leaders of Europe's neo-fascist racists have in common not just certain policies and attitudes, but, significantly, a political style: that of the demagogue. Thinking through that term, ‘demagogue', is instructive in helping us to understand this phenomenon, no less historically than (...)
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    Paper four: How should we think about resource allocation?Bob Brecher - 1996 - Health Care Analysis 4 (1):37-40.
    What is immediately striking about the general problem of how to allocate resources equitably is that although the task cannot be done, it nevertheless requires to be done. Imperfection is the most we can hope for. But of course some instances of imperfection are considerably worse than others: and those evidenced in all too much of the thinking of medical specialists, whether in the current discussion concerning cancer care or, for instance, by those involved in the management of kidney transplants (...)
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    Proslogion II and III, A Third Interpretation of Anselm’s Argument.Bob Brecher - 1974 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 23:314-317.
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    Practical Reasoning: A Guide for the Perplexed: Katrien Schaubroeck: The Normativity of What We Care About: A Love-based Theory of Practical Reasons. Leuven University Press, Leuven, 2013, 207 pp.Bob Brecher - 2014 - Res Publica 20 (3):323-326.
    Despite its title, this is an extremely useful book: the first four of its five chapters expound the standard range of theories of practical reasoning more clearly and accurately than one might have thought possible. A measure of Schaubroeck’s authoritative handling of her material is her ability to navigate the peaks, troughs and crevasses of the myriad variations of ‘internalism’ and ‘externalism’ without inducing either vertigo or fury. Thus she patiently guides the reader through the stupefying obstacles along the route (...)
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    Reparation, responsibility and the memory game.Bob Brecher - 2006 - Res Publica 12 (2):213-221.
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    Rorty through the looking-glass.Bob Brecher - 1997 - Res Publica 3 (1):105-114.
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    Surrogacy, Liberal Individualism and the Moral Climate.Bob Brecher - 1987 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture Series 22:183-197.
    I attempt in this paper to do two things: to offer some comments about recent discussions of the suggested institutionalization of surrogacy agreements; and in doing so, to draw attention to a range of considerations which liberals tend to omit from their moral assessments. The main link between these concerns is the idea that what people want is a fundamental justification (other things being equal, of course) for their getting it. I believe that this idea is profoundly mistaken; yet it (...)
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    Torture and its Apologists.Bob Brecher - 2014 - In Andrew I. Cohen & Christopher H. Wellman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 22--260.
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    The Consequences of Normalizing Interrogational Torture.Bob Brecher - 2007 - In Torture and the Ticking Bomb. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 40–74.
    This chapter contains section titled: Some Clarifications Three Positive Claims about the Consequences of Legalizing Interrogational Torture The Institutionalization of Interrogational Torture A Torturous Society.
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    Torture, Death and Philosophy.Bob Brecher - 2007 - In Torture and the Ticking Bomb. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 75–88.
    This chapter contains section titled: Torture Torture, Death and Interrogation Why No Decent Society Can Torture Torture, the “War on Terror” and Intellectual Irresponsibility But What if Torture Really is the Only Possible Way to Avoid Catast rophe? Two Final Points.
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    The moronic inferno.Bob Brecher - 1998 - Res Publica 4 (2):241-250.
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    The new order of war.Bob Brecher - 2010 - New York: Rodopi.
    That much goes without saying. What is controversial, however, is how we might understand and respond to these new wars. This book offers a new approach.
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    Weaponising Freedom of Speech: Gavan Titley: Is Free Speech Racist? Cambridge: Polity Press, 2020, 155 pp.Bob Brecher - 2020 - Res Publica 27 (1):151-154.
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    What would a socialist health service look like?Bob Brecher - 1997 - Health Care Analysis 5 (3):217-225.
    A socialist health service cannot be a socialist island in a sea of capitalism, as the record of the British National Health Service shows. Nonetheless, since health is a basic need, it can be a key component of the advocacy of socialism. I propose two central socialist principles. On the basis of these I suggest that a socialist health system would emphasise care rather than service; insist on democratic structures and control of resources; and require the prohibition of private medicine.
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    Transgenerational obligations: Twenty-first century germany and the holocaust.Doris Schroeder & Bob Brecher - 2003 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (1):45–57.
    Has history assigned special obligations to Germans that can transcend generation borders? Do the grandchildren of Holocaust perpetrators or the grandchildren of inactive bystanders carry any obligations that are only related to their ancestry? These questions will be at the centre of this investigation. It will be argued that five different models of justification are available for or against transgenerational obligations, namely liberalism, the unique evil argument, the psychological view, a form of consequentialist pragmatism and the community-based approach. Only two (...)
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  40. The politics of medical and health ethics: Collapsing goods and the moral climate. [REVIEW]Bob Brecher - 2006 - Journal of Value Inquiry 40 (2-3):359-370.
    In responding to Thomas Magnell's notion of 'collapsing goods', I draw attention to how medical and health ethics practices are not innocent, but political; and to suggest something about their relation to the moral climate. More specifically, I show that to take them as innocent, or as politically neutral, is not only a misunderstanding, but one that is likely to impact on the moral climate as well as being already a reflection of it. Ethics, and the various practices and understandings (...)
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    Ethics, Management and Mythology by Michael Loughlin. [REVIEW]Bob Brecher - 2003 - Philosophy of Management 3 (1):66-68.
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    Kant’s Dialectic. [REVIEW]Bob Brecher - 1974 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 23:265-267.
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    Kant’s Dialectic. [REVIEW]Bob Brecher - 1974 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 23:265-267.
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    Aquinas on Anselm. [REVIEW]Bob Brecher - 1974 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 23:63-66.
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    Aquinas on Anselm. [REVIEW]Bob Brecher - 1974 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 23:63-66.
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    What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. [REVIEW]Bob Brecher - 2012 - Ethics and Social Welfare 8 (4):425-426.