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  1. Coercion and Public Justification.Colin Bird - 2013 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics (3):1470594-13496073.
    According to recently influential conceptions of public reasoning, citizens have the right to demand of each other ‘public justifications’ for controversial political action. On this view, only arguments that all reasonable citizens can affirm from within their diverse ethical standpoints can count as legitimate justifications for political action. Both proponents and critics often assume that the case for this expectation derives from the special justificatory burden created by the systematically coercive character of political action. This paper challenges that assumption. While (...)
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    Mutual Respect and Neutral Justification.Colin Bird - 1996 - Ethics 107 (1):62-96.
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    Dignity as a Moral Concept.Colin Bird - 2013 - Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2):150-176.
    Although dignity figures prominently in modern ethical discourse, and in the writings of moral and political philosophers writing today, we still lack a clear account of how the concept of dignity might be implicated in various forms of moral reasoning. This essay tries to make progress on two fronts. First, it attempts to clarify the possible roles the concept of dignity might play in moral discourse, with particular reference to Hart's distinction between positive and critical morality. Second, it offers a (...)
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  4. Self‐Respect and the Respect of Others.Colin Bird - 2010 - European Journal of Philosophy 18 (1):17-40.
    Abstract: This paper examines the claim that agents' self-respect depends on receiving appropriate respect from others. It concentrates on a particular version of the claim defended by Avishai Margalit. The paper argues that Margalit's arguments fail to explain why the rival stoic view, that agents ultimately retain responsibility for their own self-respect, is incorrect.
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    Status, Identity, and Respect.Colin Bird - 2004 - Political Theory 32 (2):207-232.
    This essay critically examines the idea that "identity " or "difference " might be proper objects of principles of respect. The author suggests that this idea makes sense only at the cost of the egalitarianism to which its adherents usually subscribe. The essay also shows that liberal interpretations of respect can evade this problem and reaches this conclusion on the basis of an analysis of the concept of respect and its connections with notions of status.
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  6. Harm Versus Sovereignty: A Reply to Ripstein.Colin Bird - 2007 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 35 (2):179–194.
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    Why Not Marx?Colin Bird - 2014 - Critical Review 26 (3-4):259-282.
    ABSTRACTTomasi's case for “market democracy” stands or falls, not on its credentials as a genuinely “liberal” argument—a consideration to which he attaches undue importance—but on the plausibility of his arguments about the value of “self-authorship.” Free Market Fairness fails to explain adequately why self-authorship, as Tomasi construes it, is as normatively significant as he thinks it is, and why, even if it has that normative importance, citizens should agree that taking it seriously requires them to endorse his intended political recommendations. (...)
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    Shapiro, Ian. The Real World of Democratic Theory. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011. Pp. 291. $75.00.Colin Bird - 2012 - Ethics 122 (2):440-444.
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    The Myth of Liberal Individualism.Colin Bird - 1999 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book challenges us to look at liberal political ideas in a fresh way. Colin Bird examines the assumption, held both by liberals and by their strongest critics, that the values and ideals of the liberal political tradition cohere around a distinctively 'individualist' conception of the relation between individuals, society and the state. He concludes that the formula of 'liberal individualism' conceals fundamental conflicts between liberal views of these relations, conflicts that neither liberals nor their critics have adequately recognized. His (...)
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    Mutual Respect and Civic Education.Colin Bird - 2010 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (1):112-128.
    Contemporary theories of civic education frequently appeal to an ideal of mutual respect in the context of ethical, ethical and religious disagreement. This paper critically examines two recently popular criticisms of this ideal. The first, coming from a postmodern direction, charges that the ideal is hypocritical in its effort to be maximally impartial and fair. The second, which I associate with such 'new atheists' as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, argues that notions of mutual respect pose a threat to such (...)
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    An Introduction to Political Philosophy.Colin Bird - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
    Providing a comprehensive introduction to political philosophy, this 2006 book combines discussion of historical and contemporary figures, together with numerous real-life examples. It ranges over an unusually broad range of topics in the field, including the just distribution of wealth, both within countries and globally; the nature and justification of political authority; the meaning and significance of freedom; arguments for and against democratic rule; the problem of war; and the grounds for toleration in public life. It also offers an accessible, (...)
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    Hume Studies Referees 2005–2006.Kate Abramson, Donald Ainslie, Lilli Alanen, Julia Annas, Margaret Atherton, Carla Bagnoli, Donald Baxter, Martin Bell, Richard Bett & Colin Bird - 2006 - Hume Studies 32 (2):391-393.
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    Book ReviewsJohn Christman,, and Joel Anderson,, Eds. Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism: New Essays.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. 383. $85.00. [REVIEW]Colin Bird - 2006 - Ethics 116 (3):578-582.
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    Book ReviewsRaymond Geuss,. History and Illusion in Politics.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Pp. 175. $55.00. [REVIEW]Colin Bird - 2003 - Ethics 113 (4):879-882.
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    Book Review: Liberalism with Excellence, by Matthew Kramer. [REVIEW]Colin Bird - 2019 - Political Theory 47 (2):286-293.
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    Book ReviewsJohn Rawls,. Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. Pp. 496. $35.00. [REVIEW]Colin Bird - 2007 - Ethics 117 (4):784-790.
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    Book Review. Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility David Schmidtz Robert E. Goodin. [REVIEW]Colin Bird - 2001 - Mind 110 (438):549-552.
  18. Coercion and Public Justification.Colin Bird - 2014 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 13 (3):189-214.
    According to recently influential conceptions of public reasoning, citizens have the right to demand of each other ‘public justifications’ for controversial political action. On this view, only arguments that all reasonable citizens can affirm from within their diverse ethical standpoints can count as legitimate justifications for political action. Both proponents and critics often assume that the case for this expectation derives from the special justificatory burden created by the systematically coercive character of political action. This paper challenges that assumption. While (...)
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    Does Religion Deserve Our Respect?Colin Bird - 2013 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 (3):268-282.
    This article enumerates several different possible construals of the idea that religion is owed respect. It asks: 1. how religion might be an object of respect; 2. what sorts of respect religion might command; and 3. whose respect might be at stake in complaints about and demands for religious recognition. By distinguishing various ways in which these questions can be interpreted, the discussion aims to introduce some clarity to a notoriously controversial and knotty area of public discussion. Although the article (...)
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  20. Ethics and Analytic Philosophy.Colin Bird - 2010 - In Duncan Bell (ed.), Ethics and World Politics. Oxford University Press.
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    Fraternity From Smith to Tawney.Colin Bird - manuscript
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    Mutual Respect and Civic Education.Colin Bird - 2010 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (1):112-128.
    Contemporary theories of civic education frequently appeal to an ideal of mutual respect in the context of ethical, ethical and religious disagreement. This paper critically examines two recently popular criticisms of this ideal. The first, coming from a postmodern direction, charges that the ideal is hypocritical in its effort to be maximally impartial and fair. The second, which I associate with such ‘new atheists’ as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, argues that notions of mutual respect pose a threat to such (...)
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    Political Theory and Ordinary Language: A Road Not Taken.Colin Bird - 2011 - Polity 43.
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  24. The Myth of Liberal Individualism.Colin Bird - 2001 - Mind 110 (437):171-174.
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    Raymond Geuss, History and Illusion in Politics:History and Illusion in Politics.Colin Bird - 2003 - Ethics 113 (4):879-882.
  26. Civic Liberalism.Thomas Spragens, Stephen Macedo, Joseph Hamburger, Colin Bird, Andrew Levine & Bert van den Brink - 2003 - Political Theory 31 (1):125-135.
  27. The Possibility of Self-Government.Colin Bird - 2000 - American Political Science Review 94 (3):563-577.
    M z ,f any have suggested that the findings of social choice theory demonstrate that there can be no "will of the people." This has subversive implications for our intuitive concept of self-government. I explore the relation between the notion of a "social will," that of self-government, and the impossibility theorems of social choice theory. I conclude that although the concept of the social will is essential to that of self-government, the findings of social choice theory do not cast doubt (...)
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