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David Boonin
University of Colorado, Boulder
  1. The Non-Identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People.David Boonin - 2014 - Oxford University Press.
    David Boonin presents a new account of the non-identity problem: a puzzle about our obligations to people who do not yet exist. He provides a critical survey of solutions to the problem that have been proposed, and concludes by developing an unorthodox alternative solution, one that differs fundamentally from virtually every other approach.
     
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  2. The Problem of Punishment.David Boonin - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    In this book, David Boonin examines the problem of punishment, and particularly the problem of explaining why it is morally permissible for the state to treat those who break the law in ways that would be wrong to treat those who do not? Boonin argues that there is no satisfactory solution to this problem and that the practice of legal punishment should therefore be abolished. Providing a detailed account of the nature of punishment and the problems that it generates, he (...)
     
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  3. A Defense of Abortion.David Boonin - 2002 - Cambridge University Press.
    David Boonin has written the most thorough and detailed case for the moral permissibility of abortion yet published. Critically examining a wide range of arguments that attempt to prove that every human fetus has a right to life, he shows that each of these arguments fails on its own terms. He then explains how even if the fetus does have a right to life, abortion can still be shown to be morally permissible on the critique of abortion's own terms. Finally (...)
     
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  4. How to Solve the Non-Identity Problem.David Boonin - 2008 - Public Affairs Quarterly 22 (2):129-159.
  5. Better to Be.David Boonin - 2012 - South African Journal of Philosophy 31 (1):10-25.
    Suppose a couple knows that if they conceive a child, the child’s life on the whole will contain a million units of pleasure and a hundred units of pain. Call this the Lucky Couple. If the Lucky Couple decides to conceive, will their act of conceiving harm the resulting child? Most people would say no. To harm a person is to make things worse for that person than they would otherwise be. If the Lucky Couple conceives a child, the child (...)
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    Robbing PETA to Spay Paul: Do Animal Rights Include Reproductive Rights?David Boonin - 2003 - Between the Species 13 (3):1.
  7. Same-Sex Marriage and the Argument From Public Disagreement.David Boonin - 1999 - Journal of Social Philosophy 30 (2):251–259.
  8. How to Argue Against Active Euthanasia.David Boonin - 2000 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 17 (2):157–168.
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    Should Race Matter?: Unusual Answers to the Usual Questions.David Boonin - 2011 - Cambridge University Press.
    In this book, philosopher David Boonin attempts to answer the moral questions raised by five important and widely contested racial practices: slave reparations, affirmative action, hate speech restrictions, hate crime laws and racial profiling. Arguing from premises that virtually everyone on both sides of the debates over these issues already accepts, Boonin arrives at an unusual and unorthodox set of conclusions, one that is neither liberal nor conservative, color conscious nor color blind. Defended with the rigor that has characterized his (...)
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    Book ReviewsDavid Schmidtz,. Person, Polis, Planet: Essays in Applied Philosophy.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Pp. 272. $74.00. [REVIEW]David Boonin - 2009 - Ethics 119 (2):382-386.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes.David Boonin & Tom Sorell - 1998 - Philosophical Review 107 (3):491.
    The aim of this volume is to "serve as a reference work for students and nonspecialists" and to provide "the most convenient, accessible guide to Hobbes available." As with any such anthology, the quality of the individual contributions and the degree to which they contribute to these goals vary somewhat from paper to paper. But on the whole, the work succeeds admirably and constitutes a valuable resource for those interested in learning more about the great English philosopher. Space does not (...)
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    Benjamin Eidelson, Discrimination and Disrespect.David Boonin - 2017 - Ethics 128 (1):240-245.
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    Rights, Duties and the Body: Law and Ethics of the Maternal-Fetal Conflict.David Boonin - 2004 - Philosophical Review 113 (4):582-584.
    Suppose a woman chooses to carry a pregnancy to term. What duties should she be understood to have with respect to the fetus? If she is informed that a vaginal delivery will pose significant risks to its life or health, for example, is she obligated to submit to a caesarean section procedure on its behalf?
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  14. Animal, Vegetable, or Woman?: A Feminist Critique of Ethical Vegetarianism.David Boonin - 2002 - Environmental Ethics 24 (4):429-432.
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    Ayn Rand and the Problem of Punishment.David Boonin - 2013 - Reason Papers 35 (1):58-67.
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    Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life.David Boonin - 2000 - Social Theory and Practice 26 (2):347-352.
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    Reductio Ad Absurdum Objections and the Dis‐Integration Argument Against Merely Instrumental Sex.David Boonin - 2013 - Journal of Social Philosophy 44 (3):233-249.
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    The Limits of Kindness, Written by Caspar Hare.David Boonin - 2017 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 14 (2):244-247.
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    Competition and Capitalism.David Boonin - 1988 - Critical Review 2 (2-3):183-188.
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    Hobbes and the Paradoxes of Political Origins.John Locke and the Origins of Private Property: Philosophical Explorations of Individualism, Community, and Equality.David Boonin & Matthew H. Kramer - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (1):146.
    Each of these two volumes grew out of what was originially intended to be a single chapter in a larger study of seventeenth-century liberalism. Although there is a strong degree of stylistic and methodological continuity between the two, neither book presupposes any familiarity with the other. I will therefore consider them separately.
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    Hobbes and the Paradoxes of Political Origins.John Locke and the Origins of Private Property: Philosophical Explorations of Individualism, Community, and Equality.David Boonin - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (1):146-151.
    Each of these two volumes grew out of what was originially intended to be a single chapter in a larger study of seventeenth-century liberalism. Although there is a strong degree of stylistic and methodological continuity between the two, neither book presupposes any familiarity with the other. I will therefore consider them separately.
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    Animal, Vegetable, or Woman?: A Feminist Critique of Ethical Vegetarianism. [REVIEW]David Boonin - 2002 - Environmental Ethics 24 (4):429-432.
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  23. Beyond Roe: Why Abortion Should Be Legal--Even If the Fetus is a Person.David Boonin - 2019 - Oup Usa.
    Most arguments for or against abortion focus on one question: is the fetus a person? In this provocative and important book, David Boonin defends the claim that even if the fetus is a person with the same right to life you and I have, abortion should still be legal, and most current restrictions on abortion should be abolished.
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  24. Dead Wrong: The Ethics of Posthumous Harm.David Boonin - 2019 - Oxford University Press.
    It is possible for an act to wrongfully harm a person, even if that person is dead. David Boonin explains the puzzle of posthumous harm and examines its ethical implications for such issues as posthumous organ removal, posthumous publication of private documents, damage to graves, and posthumous punishment.
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  25. Thomas Hobbes and the Science of Moral Virtue.David Boonin - 1994 - Cambridge University Press.
    In Leviathan Thomas Hobbes defines moral philosophy as 'the science of Virtue and Vice', yet few modern readers take this description seriously. Moreover, it is typically assumed that Hobbes' ethical views are unrelated to his views of science. Influential modern interpreters have portrayed Hobbes as either an amoralist, or a moral contractarian, or a rule egoist, or a divine command theorist. David Boonin-Vail challenges all these assumptions and presents a new, and very unorthodox, interpretation of Hobbes's ethics. He shows that (...)
     
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  26. What's Wrong?: Applied Ethicists and Their Critics.David Boonin & Graham Oddie (eds.) - 2004 - Oxford University Press.
    What's Wrong?: Applied Ethicists and Their Critics is a thorough and engaging introduction to applied ethics that covers virtually all of the issues in the field. Featuring more than ninety-five articles, it addresses standard topics--such as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, world hunger, and animal rights--and also delves into cutting-edge areas like cloning, racial profiling, same-sex marriage, prostitution, and slave reparations. The volume includes seminal essays by prominent philosophers (Robert Nozick, James Rachels, Peter Singer, and Judith Jarvis Thomson) alongside work by (...)
     
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  27. Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy.David Boonin (ed.) - 2018 - Palgrave Macmillan.
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  28. Book Reviews-Moral Status: Obligations to Persons and Other Living Things.Mary Anne Warren & David Boonin - 1999 - Bioethics 13 (1):81-83.
     
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