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    The Rationality of Political Experimentation.Gregory Robson - 2020 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 20 (1):67-98.
    Theorists from John Stuart Mill to Robert Nozick have argued that citizens can gain insight into the demands of justice by experimenting with diverse forms of political life. I consider the rationa...
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    To Profit Maximize, or Not to Profit Maximize?: For Firms, This Is A Valid Question.Gregory Robson - 2019 - Economics and Philosophy 2 (35):307-320.
    According to an influential argument in business ethics and economics, firms are normatively required to maximize their contributions to social welfare, and the way to do this is to maximize their profits. Against Michael Jensen's version of the argument, I argue that even if firms are required to maximize their social welfare contributions, they are not necessarily required to maximize their profits. I also consider and reply to Waheed Hussain's ‘personal sphere’ critique of Jensen. My distinct challenge to Jensen seems (...)
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    Two Underappreciated Reasons to Value Political Tradition.Gregory Robson - 2020 - Journal of Value Inquiry 54 (4):519-538.
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  4. Two Psychological Defenses of Hobbes’s Claim Against the “Fool”.Gregory J. Robson - 2015 - Hobbes Studies 28 (2):132-148.
    _ Source: _Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 132 - 148 A striking feature of Thomas Hobbes’s account of political obligation is his discussion of the Fool, who thinks it reasonable to adopt a policy of selective, self-interested covenant breaking. Surprisingly, scholars have paid little attention to the potential of a psychological defense of Hobbes’s controversial claim that the Fool behaves irrationally. In this paper, I first describe Hobbes’s account of the Fool and argue that the kind of Fool most worth (...)
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    Magistrates, Mobs, and Moral Disagreement: Countering the Actual Disagreement Challenge to Moral Realism.Gregory Robson - 2021 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 51 (6):416-435.
    I defend convergentist realism from counterarguments that appeal to apparently deep and widespread moral disagreement. Pace recent claims by antirealists, I first argue that scenarios such as the prominent “Magistrate and the Mob” case betray cognitive defects in subjects, such as partiality, that we would not find in ideal agents. After this, I defend three reasons to expect cross-cultural disagreement on moral cases even if convergentist realism is true. These defusing explanations concern individual and group moral development and the moral (...)
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  6. Reconsidering the Necessary Beings of Aquinas’s Third Way.Gregory J. Robson - 2012 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4 (1):219--241.
    Surprisingly few articles have focused on Aquinas’s particular conception of necessary beings in the Third Way, and many scholars have espoused inaccurate or incomplete views of that conception. My aim in this paper is both to offer a corrective to some of those views and, more importantly, to provide compelling answers to the following two questions about the necessary beings of the Third Way. First, how exactly does Aquinas conceive of these necessary beings? Second, what does Aquinas seek to accomplish (...)
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    What We Owe the Global Poor: In Defense of a Moderate Principle of Sacrifice.Gregory Robson - 2013 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 27 (2):251-263.
    Peter Singer’s 1971 essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” sparked a surge in interest among philosophers in the obligations of the global rich beneficently to assist the global poor. Richard Miller argues that Singer’s account is too demanding and proposes his Principle of Sympathy as an alternative to it. I first argue against Miller’s view and, in particular, his insistence that the value of pursuing worthwhile goals that are close to one’s heart significantly weakens one’s obligation to assist the least well-off. (...)
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  8. The Threat of Comprehensive Overstimulation in Modern Societies.Gregory J. Robson - 2017 - Ethics and Information Technology 19 (1):69-80.
    Members of modern, digital societies experience a tremendous number and diversity of stimuli from sources such as computers, televisions, other electronic media, and various forms of advertising. In this paper, I argue that the presence of a wide range of stimulating items in modern societies poses a special risk to the welfare of members of modern societies. By considering the set of modern stimuli in a more comprehensive way than normative theorists have done so far—as part of a complex system (...)
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    The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom.Gregory J. Robson - 2021 - Philosophical Quarterly 71 (4):fiaa215.
    The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom. Edited by Bissell Roger E., Chris Matthew Sciabarra, & Edward W. Younkins.. Pp. 376. Hardback/Paperback/eBook: Price $120.00/42.99/40.50. ISBN: 9781498592116.).
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    Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates, Edited by Michael Weber and Kevin Vallier.Gregory Robson - 2020 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 17 (3):367-370.
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    Punishment: A Costly Signal?Gregory Robson - 2017 - Journal of Philosophy 114 (4):208-219.
    In “Punishment as a Costly Signal of Reform,” Jim Staihar argues that prisons should provide inmates with opportunities to sacrifice in ways that signal their genuine reform to others. I first show why Staihar’s program would be valuable, but only in restricted contexts. I then argue that costly signaling programs will usually be either not sufficiently costly to be taken seriously by the signal’s receivers or not rational for inmates in harsh prison environments to complete. Next, I consider the worry (...)
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  12. Social Media Firms, Echo Chambers, and the Good Life.Gregory Robson - forthcoming - In Technology Ethics: A Philosophical Introduction and Readings.
  13. The Duty to Be Transparent When Supporting Laws in Public Discourse.Gregory Robson - forthcoming - Social Theory and Practice.
  14. Technology Ethics: A Philosophical Introduction and Readings.Gregory Robson (ed.) - forthcoming - New York, NY, USA: Routledge.
     
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  15. The Ontological Proof: Kant's Objections, Plantinga's Reply.Gregory Robson - 2012 - Kant Studies Online 2012 (1).
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    Review of Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society by James R. Otteson. [REVIEW]Gregory J. Robson - 2021 - Journal of Business Ethics 172 (1):191-193.
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  17. A Better Basis for Liberal Equality? Waldron's Locke and the Rawlsian Alternative.Gregory J. Robson - 2012 - Locke Studies 12:149-182.
     
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    On Lawrence C. Becker’s “The Neglect of Virtue”.Gregory J. Robson - 2015 - Ethics 125 (4):1151-1153.
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