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    The Economy of Esteem: An Essay on Civil and Political Society.Geoffrey Brennan & Philip Pettit - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
    This groundbreaking book revisits the writings of classic theorists in an effort re-evaluate the importance and influence the psychology of esteem has on the economy. The authors explore ways the economy of esteem may be reshaped to improve overall social outcomes and offer new ways of thinking about how society works and may be made to work.
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  2. Explaining Norms (Paperback).Geoffrey Brennan, Lina Eriksson, Robert E. Goodin & Nicholas Southwood - 2013 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Norms are a pervasive yet mysterious feature of social life. In Explaining Norms, four philosophers and social scientists team up to grapple with some of the many mysteries, offering a comprehensive account of norms: what they are; how and why they emerge, persist and change; and how they work.
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  3. Restrictive Consequentialism.Philip Pettit & Geoffrey Brennan - 1986 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 64 (4):438 – 455.
    paper offers both explication and defence. Standard consequentialism is a theory of decision. It attempts to identify, for any set of alternative options, that which it is right that an agent should..
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    Conservative Value.Geoffrey Brennan & Alan Hamlin - 2016 - The Monist 99 (4):352-371.
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  5. The Reason of Rules: Constitutional Political Economy.Geoffrey Brennan & James M. Buchanan - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    Societies function on the basis of rules. These rules, rather like the rules of the road, coordinate the activities of individuals who have a variety of goals and purposes. Whether the rules work well or ill, and how they can be made to work better, is a matter of major concern. Appropriately interpreted, the working of social rules is also the central subject matter of modern political economy. This book is about rules - what they are, how they work, and (...)
     
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    Feasibility in Optimizing Ethics.Geoffrey Brennan - 2013 - Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2):314-329.
    Doing the best we can in the world as it is requires that appropriate account be taken of The object of this essay is to examine what amounts to feasibilitydesirability considerations.feasibilitycoming in degrees objects that the advisee controls feasibility ofought-implies-can” principle, a point of departure that frames feasibility considerations in a dismissive or otherwise inadequate way.
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  7. Feasibility in Action and Attitude.Geoffrey Brennan & Nicholas Southwood - 2007 - In J. Josefsson D. Egonsson (ed.), Hommage à Wlodek. Philosophical Papers Dedicated to Wlodek Rabinowicz.
    The object of this paper is to explore the intersection of two issues. The first concerns the role that feasibility considerations play in constraining normative claims – claims, say, about what we (individually and collectively) ought to do and to be. The second concerns whether normative claims are to be understood as applying only to actions in their own right or also non-derivatively to attitudes. In particular, we argue that actions and attitudes may be subject to different feasibility constraints – (...)
     
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  8. Social Norms, The Invisible Hand, and the Law.Jonny Anomaly & Geoffrey Brennan - 2014 - University of Queensland Law Journal 33 (2).
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    Unveiling the Vote.Philip Pettit & Geoffrey Brennan - 1990 - British Journal of Political Science 20 (3):311-333.
    The case for secrecy in voting depends on the assumption that voters reliably vote for the political outcomes they want to prevail. No such assumption is valid. Accordingly, voting procedures should be designed to provide maximal incentive for voters to vote responsibly. Secret voting fails this test because citizens are protected from public scrutiny. Under open voting, citizens are publicly answerable for their electoral choices and will be encouraged thereby to vote in a discursively defensible manner. The possibility of bribery, (...)
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    The Feasibility Issue.Geoffrey Brennan & Philip Pettit - 2005 - In Frank Jackson & Michael Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 258--279.
  11. Is There a Duty to Vote?Loren E. Lomasky & Geoffrey Brennan - 2000 - Social Philosophy and Policy 17 (1):62.
    The genre of public service advertisements that appear with two- and four-year cyclical regularity is familiar. Cameras pan across scenes of marines hoisting the flag on Iwo Jima, a bald eagle soaring in splendid flight, rows of grave markers at Arlington. The somber-voiced announcer remonstrates: “ They did their part; now you do yours.” Once again it is the season to fulfill one's civic duty, to vote.
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  12. Hands Invisible and Intangible.Geoffrey Brennan & Philip Pettit - 1993 - Synthese 94 (2):191 - 225.
    The notion of a spontaneous social order, an order in human affairs which operates without the intervention of any directly ordering mind, has a natural fascination for social and political theorists. This paper provides a taxonomy under which there are two broadly contrasting sorts of spontaneous social order. One is the familiar invisible hand; the other is an arrangement that we describe as the intangible hand. The paper is designed to serve two main purposes. First, to provide a pure account (...)
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  13. Against Reviving Republicanism.Geoffrey Brennan & Loren Lomasky - 2006 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 5 (2):221-252.
    University of Virginia, USA, lel3f{at}virginia.edu ' + u + '@' + d + ' '//--> The strategy of this article is to consider republicanism in contrast with liberalism. We focus on three aspects of this contrast: republicanism’s emphasis on ‘social goods’ under various conceptualizations of that category; republicanism’s emphasis on political participation as an essential element of the ‘good life’; and republicanism’s distinctive understanding of freedom (following the lines developed by Pettit). In each case, we are skeptical that what republicanism (...)
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  14. Discounting the Future, yet Again.Geoffrey Brennan - 2007 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 6 (3):259-284.
    discounting the future' is one on which philosophers and economists have divergent professional views. There is a lot of talking at cross-purposes across the disciplinary divide here; but there is a fair bit of confusion (I think) within disciplines as well. My aim here is essentially clarificatory. I draw several distinctions that I see as significant: • between inter-temporal and intergenerational questions • between price (discount rate) and quantity (inter-temporal and intergenerational allocations) as the ethically relevant magnitude, and • between (...)
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  15. The Hidden Economy of Esteem.Geoffrey Brennan & Philip Pettit - 2000 - Economics and Philosophy 16 (1):77-98.
    A generation of social theorists have argued that if free-rider considerations show that certain collective action predicaments are unresolvable under individual, rational choice – unresolvable under an arrangement where each is free to pursue their own relative advantage – then those considerations will equally show that the predicaments cannot be resolved by recourse to norms (Buchanan, 1975, p. 132; Heath, 1976, p. 30; Sober and Wilson, 1998, 156ff; Taylor, 1987, p. 144). If free-rider considerations explain why people do not spontaneously (...)
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    Practical Conservatism.Geoffrey Brennan & Alan Hamlin - 2016 - The Monist 99 (4):336-351.
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    The Impartial Spectator Goes to Washington: Toward a Smithian Theory of Electoral Behavior: Geoffrey Brennan & Loren Lomasky.Geoffrey Brennan - 1985 - Economics and Philosophy 1 (2):189-211.
    When economists pay homage to the wisdom of the distant past it is more likely that a work two decades old is being admired than one two centuries old. Economics is a science, and the sciences are noteworthy for their digestion and assimilation of the work of previous generations. Contributions remain only as accretions to the accepted body of knowledge; the writings and the writers disappear almost without trace. A conspicuous exception to this rule of professional cannibalization is Adam Smith. (...)
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    Self-Esteem.Geoffrey Brennan - 2018 - In Thomas Christiano, Ingrid Creppell & Jack Knight (eds.), Morality, Governance, and Social Institutions: Reflections on Russell Hardin. Springer Verlag. pp. 57-83.
    The aim of this chapter is to apply the analytic apparatus developed in Brennan and Pettit for the case of social esteem to the case of self-esteem. The thought is that whereas the standard social case involves actor and observer being different persons, in the self-esteem case the actor and the observer are the same person. Attention is thereby directed to the distinctive features of the actor as an observer of her own ‘performance’ in relevant esteem domains. This ‘reflective’ case (...)
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  19. Conservatism, Idealism and Cardinality.Geoffrey Brennan & Alan Hamlin - 2006 - Analysis 66 (4):286–295.
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    Bargaining Over Beliefs.Robert E. Goodin & Geoffrey Brennan - 2001 - Ethics 111 (2):256-277.
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    Esteem, Identifiability and the Internet.Geoffrey Brennan & Philip Pettit - 2004 - Analyse & Kritik 26 (1):139-157.
    The desire for esteem, and the associated desire for good reputation, serve an important role in ordinary social life in disciplining interactions and supporting the operation of social norms. The fact that many Internet relations are conducted under separate dedicated e-identities may encourage the view that Internet relations are not susceptible to these esteem-related incentives. We argue that this view is mistaken. Certainly, pseudonyms allow individuals to moderate the effects of disesteem---either by changing the pseudonym to avoid the negative reputation, (...)
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    Economizing on Virtue.Geoffrey Brennan & Alan Hamlin - unknown
    Our central aim is to explore the ideas involved in the claim that certain institutional structures economize on virtue and, in particular, to explore the widely held idea that reliance on institutions that economize on virtue may undermine virtue itself. We explore these ideas both by discussing alternative conceptions of virtue and economizing, and by constructing a simple model of the relationship between a specific institutional structure that may be said to economize on virtue and the emergence of virtue. "There (...)
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  23. Philosophy, Politics, & Economics.Jonny Anomaly, Geoffrey Brennan, Michael Munger & Geoffrey Sayre-McCord - 2015 - Oxford University Press.
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    Do Normative Facts Matter... To What is Feasible?Geoffrey Brennan & Geoffrey Sayre-McCord - 2016 - Social Philosophy and Policy 33 (1-2):434-456.
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    The Myth of Ownership [Paper In: Book Symposium, Liam Murphy and Thomas Nagel. The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice (2002)].Geoffrey Brennan - 2005 - Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 30 (2005):129.
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    What Should the Voter Know? Epistemic Trust in Democracy.Michael Baurmann & Geoffrey Brennan - 2009 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 79 (1):159-186.
    Alvin Goldman develops the concept of “core voter knowledge” to capture the kind of knowledge that voters need to have in order that democracy function successfully. As democracy is supposed to promote the people's goals, core voter knowledge must, according to Goldman, first and foremost answer the question which electoral candidate would successfully perform in achieving that voter's ends. In our paper we challenge this concept of core voter knowledge from different angles. We analyse the dimensions of political trustworthiness and (...)
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    Constitutional Political Economy: The Political Philosophy of Homo Economicus?Geoffrey Brennan & Alan Hamlin - 1995 - Journal of Political Philosophy 3 (3):280–303.
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    Market Failure: Compared to What?Geoffrey Brennan - unknown
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    Common Minds: Themes From the Philosophy of Philip Pettit.Geoffrey Brennan (ed.) - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    Beyond program explanation -- Mental causation on the program model -- Can hunter-gatherers hear color? -- Structural irrationality -- Freedom, coercion, and discursive control -- Conversability and deliberation -- Petit's molecule -- Contestatory citizenship : deliberative denizenship -- Crime, responsibility, and institutional design -- Disenfranchised silence -- Joining the dots.
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    Esteem, Identifiability, and the Internet1.Geoffrey Brennan & Philip Pettit - 2008 - In M. J. van den Joven & J. Weckert (eds.), Information Technology and Moral Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 175.
  31. Markets and Economic Theory.Jonny Anomaly & Geoffrey Brennan - 2013 - In Byron Kaldis (ed.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Sage Publications.
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    Book Review. [REVIEW]Geoffrey Brennan - 1998 - Economics and Philosophy 14 (2):339-342.
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    Book ReviewsJohn Broome.Geoffrey Brennan - 2002 - Ethics 112 (3):599-602.
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    Conservatism, Idealism and Cardinality.Geoffrey Brennan & Alan Hamlin - 2006 - Analysis 66 (4):286-295.
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    Economics and Ethics.Geoffrey Brennan & Daniel Moseley - 2013 - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell.
    We identify three points of intersection between economics and ethics: the ethics of economics, ethics in economics and ethics out of economics. These points of intersection reveal three types of conversation between economists and moral philosophers that have produced, and may continue to produce, fruitful exchange between the disciplines.
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  36. Freedom, Government and Economics.Geoffrey Brennan - 1992 - Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies 9 (1):15-19.
    This paper sets out the way in which economists think about the role of government in the affairs of persons, and to indicate how Christian affections might bear on such questions. As economics sees it, the central issue at stake here revolves around the working properties of two alternative mechanisms for reaching social decisions-the decentralized mechanism characteristic of markets on the one hand; and the centralized or “collective” mechanisms characteristic of politics, on the other. This issue is itself an analytic (...)
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  37. Globalización y diversas formas de democracia.Geoffrey Brennan - 2006 - Isonomía. Revista de Teoría y Filosofía Del Derecho 25:7-22.
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    Keeping Company with Seabright.Geoffrey Brennan - 2011 - Biological Theory 6 (2):106-112.
    -/- According to Paul Seabright, “the unplanned but sophisticated coordination of modern economies is a remarkable fact that needs an explanation.” In this paper, I explore what is remarkable about modern economies and investigate what Seabright identifies as the aspect “that needs an explanation.” Essentially, Seabright is interested in the fact that modern economies require a great deal in the way of trustworthy behavior (and trust) in order to function well—and these trust relations must operate specifically among “strangers”! The puzzle (...)
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    Lessons for Ethics From Economics?Geoffrey Brennan - 2008 - Philosophical Issues 18 (1):249-271.
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    L'economia nascosta della stima.Geoffrey Brennan & Philip Pettit - 2017 - Società Degli Individui 58:99-123.
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    Nicolas Olsson‐Yaouzis Ideology, Rationality, and Revolution: An Essay on the Persistence of Oppression. Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, 2012. 176 Pp. Isbn 978‐91‐7447‐532‐6. [REVIEW]Geoffrey Brennan - 2014 - Theoria 80 (1):104-112.
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  42. No Title Available: Reviews.Geoffrey Brennan - 1998 - Economics and Philosophy 14 (2):339-342.
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    PPE: An Appraisal.Geoffrey Brennan, Alan Hamlin & Hartmut Kliemt - 2010 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 9 (4):363-365.
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    PPE: An Institutional View.Geoffrey Brennan - 2010 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 9 (4):379-397.
    One way of responding to the question of what PPE is involves mobilizing the tools that PPE involves. That is the exercise attempted in this article. The object is to use PPE as a method to analyze PPE as a subject matter. PPE is, whatever else, an interdisciplinary enterprise; so the point of departure involves analyzing the role and properties of disciplines within the institutional organization of enquiry. The basic idea is that enquiry is governed by a ‘division of epistemic (...)
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    Real world theory, complacency, and aspiration.Geoffrey Brennan & Geoffrey Sayre-McCord - forthcoming - Philosophical Studies:1-20.
    Just how realistic about human nature and real possibilities must a theory of justice, or a moral theory, more generally, be? Lines have been drawn, with some holding that idealizing away from reality is indispensable and others maintaining that utopian thinking is not just useless but irrelevant. In Utopophobia David Estlund defends the value of utopian theory. At his most modest, Estlund claims that it is a legitimate approach, not ruled out of court by anti-idealists on entirely inadequate grounds—merely “by (...)
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    Self-Esteem and Social Esteem: Is Adam Smith Right?Geoffrey Brennan - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (3):302-315.
    In Part III of The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith declares that people desire to be both esteemed and to be esteem-worthy, but that the latter desire both does and ought to take priority. The main object of this paper is to challenge that priority claim—mainly in its descriptive aspect. If that claim were true, then: agents would be at pains to eliminate any distortions in their self-evaluations; and the effects of the size and the character of audience on (...)
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    The Division of Epistemic Labour.Geoffrey Brennan - 2010 - Analyse & Kritik 32 (2):231-246.
    The paper mobilizes Adam Smith's treatment of the division of labour in relation to the production, consumption and exchange of knowledge. One aspect of this mobilization deals with the epistemic demands that exchange makes on its participants. The other deals with increasing returns in the provision of knowledge itself, treating knowledge creation as just another example of specialization and exchange. These two aspects come together in relation to the epistemic demands associated with assessing knowledge quality. These demands differ according to (...)
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  48. Tax Ethics.Geoffrey Brennan & George Tsai - forthcoming - In Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Kimberley Brownlee & David Coady (eds.), Blackwell Companion to Applied Philosophy. Blackwell.
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    The Economy of Privacy: Institutional Design in the Economy of Esteem.Geoffrey Brennan - 2008 - The Monist 91 (1):23-51.
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    The Logic of Electoral Preference: Response to Saraydar and Hudelson: Geoffrey Brennan & Loren Lomasky.Geoffrey Brennan - 1987 - Economics and Philosophy 3 (1):131-138.
    How may we best understand the motivational structure that stands behind individuals' acts of voting? In “The Impartial Spectator Goes to Washington” we suggested that expressive concerns swamp narrowly consequential motivations, in contradistinction to normal market transactions in which the priority is reversed. A striking consequence of this fact is that individuals will be led to vote for outcomes that they would reject were they in a position to act decisively. In this regard we found the moral psychology Adam Smith (...)
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