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Eric Mack
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  1. Self-Ownership, Freedom and Equality.Eric Mack - 1995 - Philosophy 72 (281):478-482.
  2. The Natural Right of Property.Eric Mack - 2010 - Social Philosophy and Policy 27 (1):53-78.
    The two main theses of are: (i) that persons possess an original, non-acquired right not to be precluded from making extra-personal material their own (or from exercising discretionary control over what they have made their own); and (ii) that this right can and does take the form of a right that others abide by the rules of a (justifiable) practice of property which facilitates persons making extra-personal material their own (and exercising discretionary control over what they have made their own). (...)
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    The Self-Ownership Proviso: A New and Improved Lockean Proviso.Eric Mack - 1995 - Social Philosophy and Policy 12 (1):186-218.
  4. Defining Textual Entailment.Daniel Z. Korman, Eric Mack, Jacob Jett & Allen H. Renear - forthcoming - Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.
    Textual entailment is a relationship that obtains between fragments of text when one fragment in some sense implies the other fragment. The automation of textual entailment recognition supports a wide variety of text-based tasks, including information retrieval, information extraction, question answering, text summarization, and machine translation. Much ingenuity has been devoted to developing algorithms for identifying textual entailments, but relatively little to saying what textual entailment actually is. This article is a review of the logical and philosophical issues involved in (...)
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    Self-Ownership, Freedom and Equality.Eric Mack - 1995 - Ethics 107 (3):517-520.
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  6. Self-Ownership, Marxism, and Egalitarianism: Part II: Challenges to the Self-Ownership Thesis.Eric Mack - 2002 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 1 (2):237-276.
    Part I of this essay supports the anti-egalitarian conclusion that individuals may readily become entitled to substantially unequal extra-personal holdings by criticizing end-state and pattern theories of distributive justice and defending the historical entitlement doctrine of justice in holdings. Part II of this essay focuses on a second route to the anti-egalitarian conclusion. This route combines the self-ownership thesis with a contention that is especially advanced by G.A. Cohen. This is the contention that the anti-egalitarian conclusion can be inferred from (...)
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    John Locke.Eric Mack - 2009 - Continuum.
    The second volume in the Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers.
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  8. Self-Ownership, Marxism, and Egalitarianism: Part I: Challenges to Historical Entitlement.Eric Mack - 2002 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 1 (1):75-108.
    This two-part article offers a defense of a libertarian doctrine that centers on two propositions. The first is the self-ownership thesis according to which each individual possesses original moral rights over her own body, faculties, talents, and energies. The second is the anti-egalitarian conclusion that, through the exercise of these rights of self-ownership, individuals may readily become entitled to substantially unequal extra-personal holdings. The self-ownership thesis remains in the background during Part I of this essay, while the anti-egalitarian conclusion is (...)
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    Self-Ownership, Marxism, and Egalitarianism.Eric Mack - 2002 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 1 (1):75-108.
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    The Self-Ownership Proviso: A New and Improved Lockean Proviso*: Eric Makc.Eric Mack - 1995 - Social Philosophy and Policy 12 (1):186-218.
    In this essay I propose to explicate and defend a new and improved version of a Lockean proviso—the self-ownership proviso . I shall presume here that individuals possess robust rights of self-ownership. I shall take it that each individual has strong moral claims over the elements which constitute her person, e.g., her body parts, her talents, and her energies. However, in the course of the essay, I shall be challenging what I take to be the standard conception of self-ownership and (...)
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    Elbow Room for Self-Defense.Eric Mack - 2016 - Social Philosophy and Policy 32 (2):18-39.
    :This essay contrasts two approaches to permissible self-defensive killing. The first is the forfeiture approach; the second is the elbow room for self-defense approach. The forfeiture approach comes in many versions — not all of which make prominent use of the word “forfeiture.” However, all versions presume that the permissibility of X killing Y depends entirely on there being some feature of Y in virtue of which Y has become liable to be killed, that is, in virtue of which Y (...)
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    Self-Ownership and the Right of Property.Eric Mack - 1990 - The Monist 73 (4):519-543.
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    Self-Ownership, Marxism, and Egalitarianism.Eric Mack - 2002 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 1 (2):237-276.
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    Non-Absolute Rights and Libertarian Taxation.Eric Mack - 2006 - Social Philosophy and Policy 23 (2):109-141.
    Rights-oriented libertarian theory asserts the existence of robust individual rights - including robust rights of property. If these property rights are absolute, then it seems that all taxation is theft. However, it also seems that, if an individual is (faultlessly) in dire straits, it is permissible for him to seize or trespass in order to escape from those straits. It does seem that in this sense property rights are non-absolute. This essay examines what contribution this non-absoluteness of rights makes to (...)
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    Deontic Restrictions Are Not Agent-Relative Restrictions.Eric Mack - 1998 - Social Philosophy and Policy 15 (2):61.
    The primary purpose of this essay is to offer a critique of a particular program within moral and political philosophy. This program can be stated quite succinctly. It is to account for agents' being subject to deontic restrictions on the basis of their possession of agent-relative reasons for acting in accordance with those restrictions. Needless to say, the statement of this program requires some further explication. Specifically, two claims require explanation: the reasons individuals have for or against engaging in particular (...)
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  16. What is Left in Left-Libertarianism?Eric Mack - 2009 - In Stephen De Wijze, Matthew H. Kramer & Ian Carter (eds.), Hillel Steiner and the Anatomy of Justice: Themes and Challenges. Routledge.
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    An Essay on Rights.Eric Mack - 1994 - Ethics 106 (1):194-197.
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  18. Libertarianism.Eric Mack - 2011 - In George Klosko (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
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    Bad Samaritanism and the Causation of Harm.Eric Mack - 1980 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 9 (3):230-259.
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    In Defense of the Jurisdiction Theory of Rights.Eric Mack - 2000 - The Journal of Ethics 4 (1-2):71-98.
    This essay critically examines three theories of moral rights, theBenefit, the Interest, and the Choice theories. The Interest andChoice theories attempt to explain how rights can be more robustthan seems possible on the Benefit theory. In particular, moralrights are supposed to be resistant to trade-offs to supportprincipled anti-paternalism, to constitute a distinct dimensionof morality, and to provide right holders with a range ofdiscretionary choice. I argue that these and other featuresare better yet provided by a fourth theory of moral rights, (...)
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    Prerogatives, Restrictions, and Rights.Eric Mack - 2005 - Social Philosophy and Policy 22 (1):357-393.
    I offer a defense of the moral side-constraints to which Robert Nozick appeals in Anarchy, State and Utopia but for which he fails to provide a sustained justification. I identify a line of anti-consequentialist argumentation which is present in Nozick and which, in the terminology of Samuel Scheffler, moves first to affirm a personal prerogative which allows the individual not to sacrifice herself for the sake of the best overall outcome and second moves on to affirm restrictions (i.e., moral side-constraints) (...)
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    In Defense of Blackmail.Eric Mack - 1982 - Philosophical Studies 41 (2):273 - 284.
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    Isaiah Berlin and the Quest for Liberal Pluralism.Eric Mack - 1993 - Public Affairs Quarterly 7 (3):215-230.
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    Personal Integrity, Practical Recognition, and Rights.Eric Mack - 1993 - The Monist 76 (1):101-118.
    The intuitive core of moral individualism is the belief in the supreme moral importance of the individual. The task of the advocate of moral individualism is to provide a coherent explication of what is encompassed within this moral importance—an explication which extends and rationally reinforces the original intuitive core. My view is that there are two distinct, albeit fundamentally complementary, facets within a well-articulated doctrine of moral individualism. These two facets correspond to the common division of ethical theory into the (...)
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    Moral Individualism: Agent-Relativity and Deontic Restraints*: Eric Mack.Eric Mack - 1989 - Social Philosophy and Policy 7 (1):81-111.
    My goal in this essay is to say something helpful about the philosophical foundations of deontic restraints, i.e., moral restraints on actions that are, roughly speaking, grounded in the wrongful character of the actions themselves and not merely in the disvalue of their results. An account of deontic restraints will be formulated and offered against the backdrop of three related, but broader, contrasts or puzzles within moral theory. The plausibility of this account of deontic restraints rests in part on how (...)
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    Scanlon as Natural Rights Theorist.Eric Mack - 2007 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 6 (1):45-73.
    This article examines the character of Scanlon’s contractualism as presented in What We Owe to Each Other . I offer a range of reasons for thinking of Scanlon’s contractualism as a species of natural rights theorizing. I argue that to affirm the principle that actions are wrongful if and only if they are disallowed by principles that people could not reasonably reject is equivalent to affirming a natural right (of an admittedly non-standard sort) against being subject to such reasonably disallowed (...)
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    Problematic Arguments in Randian Ethics.Eric Mack - 2003 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 5 (1):1 - 66.
    Mack critically surveys a range of arguments characteristic of Randian writings in ethics (including Craig Biddle's Loving Life). He focuses on "the Shuffle," a set of argumentative moves in which there is illicit shifting back and forth between causal and conceptual understandings and defenses of claims of the form: Man's survival requires man's behaving in manner X (e.g., being rational, being productive). Mack concludes that much Randian argumentation is deeply flawed and urges admirers to discriminate between Rand's genuine individualist ethical (...)
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  28. Rights, Liberties, and Expectations: A Reply to Sterba and Markie.Eric Mack - 1979 - Ethics 89 (3):301-305.
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    Inside Public Reason: A Review Essay of Gerald Gaus, The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bounded World , P 621.Eric Mack - 2013 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 7 (2):389-402.
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    Distributive Justice and the Tensions of Lockeanism.Eric Mack - 1983 - Social Philosophy and Policy 1 (1):132.
    An ongoing tension exists within the Lockean tradition in political philosophy between the claim that each individual is the “Proprietor of his own Person” and the claim that nature is “that which God gave to Mankind in common.” The former claim points to a realm of discrete individual entitlements only formally equal in the sense of each individual having jurisdiction over his own person and not over any other person, while the latter points either to a collective entitlement to nature (...)
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    Locke’s Arguments for Natural Rights.Eric Mack - 1980 - Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 11 (1):51-60.
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    In Defense of Individualism.Eric Mack - 1999 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2 (2):87-115.
    This paper offers a programmatic philosophical articulation of moral and political individualism. This individualism consists of two main components: value individualism and rights individualism. The former is the view that, for each individual, the end which is of ultimate value is his own well-being. Each individual's well-being has ultimate agent-relative value and the only ultimate values are these agent-relative values. The latter view is that individuals possess moral jurisdiction over themselves, i.e., rights of self-ownership. These rights (along with other rights (...)
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    Moral Individualism: Agent-Relativity and Deontic Restraints.Eric Mack - 1989 - Social Philosophy and Policy 7 (1):81.
    My goal in this essay is to say something helpful about the philosophical foundations of deontic restraints, i.e., moral restraints on actions that are, roughly speaking, grounded in the wrongful character of the actions themselves and not merely in the disvalue of their results. An account of deontic restraints will be formulated and offered against the backdrop of three related, but broader, contrasts or puzzles within moral theory. The plausibility of this account of deontic restraints rests in part on how (...)
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    Inside Public Reason: A Review Essay of Gerald Gaus, The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bounded World (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2011), P 621 (Book Review). [REVIEW]Eric Mack - 2013 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 7 (2):389-402.
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    Three Ways to Kill Innocent Bystanders: Some Conundrums Concerning the Morality of War.Eric Mack - 1985 - Social Philosophy and Policy 3 (1):1.
    1. Introduction This essay deals with the hard topic of the permissible killing of the innocent. The relevance of this topic to the morality of war is obvious. For even the most defensive and just wars, i.e., the most defensive and just responses to existing or imminent large-scale aggression, will inflict harm upon – in particular, cause the deaths of – innocent bystanders. 1 The most obvious and relevant example is that of innocent Soviet noncombatants who would be killed by (...)
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  36. Egoism and Rights.Eric Mack - 1973 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 54 (1):5.
     
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    Naked Racial Preference: The Case Against Affirmative Action.Eric Mack - 1997 - Ethics 107 (2):378-381.
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    Natural and Contractual Rights.Eric Mack - 1977 - Ethics 87 (2):153-159.
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    Equality, Benevolence, and Responsiveness to Agent-Relative Value.Eric Mack - 2002 - Social Philosophy and Policy 19 (1):314-341.
    Do differences in income or wealth matter, morally speaking? This essay addresses a broader issue than this question seems to pose. But this broader issue is, I believe, the salient philosophical issue which this question actually poses. Let me explain. Narrowly read, the question at hand is concerned only with inequality of income or wealth. It asks us to consider whether inequality of income or wealth as such is morally problematic. On this construal, the question invites us to consider whether (...)
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    Gauthier on Rights and Economic Rent.Eric Mack - 1992 - Social Philosophy and Policy 9 (1):171.
    David Gauthier's Morals by Agreement is an impressive — indeed, daunting — exercise in contractarian moral and political philosophy. The primary purpose of his treatise is to explicate practical rationality as constrained maximization and morality as compliance with these constraints. Gauthier offers an account of which constraints on straightforward utility maximization each rational individual will be prepared to accept and comply with on the condition that other individuals also will accept and comply with them as well as an explanation of (...)
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    Voluntaryism: The Political Thought of Auberon Herbert.Eric Mack - 1978 - Journal of Libertarian Studies 2 (4):299-309.
    Auberon Herbert was one of the distinctive figures in the profound and wideranging intellectual debate which took place during the late Victorian age. It was during this period, in the intellectual and social ferment of the 1880s and 1890s, that Herbert formulated and expounded voluntaryism, his system of "thorough" individualism. Carrying natural rights theory to its logical limits, Herbert demanded complete social and economic freedom for all non-coercive individuals and.
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    Hayek on Justice and the Market: A Reply to MacLeod.Eric Mack - 1983 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 13 (4):569 - 574.
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    Book Review:An Essay on Rights. Hillel Steiner. [REVIEW]Eric Mack - 1995 - Ethics 106 (1):194-.
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    Libertarianism untamed.Eric Mack - 1991 - Journal of Social Philosophy 22 (3):64-72.
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    Distributionism Versus Justice.Eric Mack - 1976 - Ethics 86 (2):145-153.
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    Introduction.Eric Mack - 1985 - Tulane Studies in Philosophy 33:1-8.
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    Lysander Spooner: Nineteenth-Century America's Last Natural Rights Theorist.Eric Mack - 2012 - Social Philosophy and Policy 29 (2):139-176.
    Research Articles Eric Mack, Social Philosophy and Policy, FirstView Article.
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    Commentary.Eric Mack - 1983 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 2 (2):35-38.
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    A Comment on Steiner on Presupposed Rights.Eric Mack - 1978 - Philosophical Studies 33 (4):423 - 424.
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    Three Ways to Kill Innocent Bystanders: Some Conundrums Concerning the Morality of War: Eric Mack.Eric Mack - 1985 - Social Philosophy and Policy 3 (1):1-26.
    1. Introduction This essay deals with the hard topic of the permissible killing of the innocent. The relevance of this topic to the morality of war is obvious. For even the most defensive and just wars, i.e., the most defensive and just responses to existing or imminent large-scale aggression, will inflict harm upon – in particular, cause the deaths of – innocent bystanders. 1 The most obvious and relevant example is that of innocent Soviet noncombatants who would be killed by (...)
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