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    Book Review:Liberalism, Community, and Culture. Will Kymlicka. [REVIEW]James P. Sterba - 1992 - Ethics 103 (1):152-.
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    Is a Good God Logically Possible?James P. Sterba - 2019 - Springer Verlag.
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    Is a Good God Logically Possible?James P. Sterba - 2020 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 87 (3):203-208.
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    From Rationality to Equality.James P. Sterba - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
    James P. Sterba offers something that philosophers have long sought: an argument showing that morality is rationally required. Furthermore he argues that morality requires substantial equality. Even libertarian perspectives, which would seem to require minimal enforcement of morality, are shown to lead to a requirement of equality.
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    The Moral Foundation of Rights.James P. Sterba - 1992 - Noûs 26 (2):246-247.
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    Three Challenges to Ethics: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Multiculturalism.James P. Sterba - 2000 - Oxford University Press.
    In this unique work, James P. Sterba argues that traditional ethics has yet to confront the three significant challenges posed by environmentalism, feminism, and multiculturalism. He maintains that while traditional ethics has been quite successful at dealing with the problems it faces, it has not addressed the possibility that its solutions to these problems are biased in favor of humans, men, and Western culture. In Three Challenges to Ethics: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Multiculturalism, Sterba examines each of these challenges. In the (...)
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    The Triumph of Practice Over Theory in Ethics: An Introduction.James P. Sterba - 2005 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 19 (2):265-269.
    In this introduction, I summarize the main themes of my book, particularly those that my critics have focused on in their papers that follow. I also argue that I could not have reached the conclusions that I have if I hadn’t employed a peacemaking rather than a warmaking way of doing philosophy. I provide a characterization of a peacemaking way of doing philosophy and show how the conclusions of my book depend on doing philosophy in that way.
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    Replies.James P. Sterba - 2020 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 87 (3):223-228.
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    Am I My Parents' Keeper? An Essay on Justice Between the Young and the Old.James P. Sterba & Norman Daniels - 1992 - Philosophical Review 101 (2):479.
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    From Biocentric Individualism to Biocentric Pluralism.James P. Sterba - 1995 - Environmental Ethics 17 (2):191-207.
    Drawing on and inspired by Paul Taylor’s Respect for Nature, I develop a view which I call “biocentric pluralism,” which, I claim, avoids the major criticisms that have been directed at Taylor’s account. In addition, I show that biocentric pluralism has certain advantages over biocentric utilitarianism (VanDeVeer) and concentric circle theories (Wenz and Callicott).
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  11. From Liberty to Welfare.James P. Sterba - 1994 - Ethics 105 (1):64-98.
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    Ethics: The Big Questions.James P. Sterba (ed.) - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    As with the first edition, Utilitarian, Kantian, and Aristotelian viewpoints are all well represented here, and this second edition features updated sections throughout—including eighteen new readings—and an entirely new section on multiculturalism. Presents students with a unique focus on three main challenges to ethics: feminism, environmentalism, and multiculturalism Pedagogical focus on the 'big questions' motivates student interest Collects readings on all key traditional theoretical and practical questions in ethics.
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  13. Controversies in Feminism.James P. Sterba, Claudia Card, Jane Flax, Virginia Held, Ellen Klein, Janet Kournay, Michael Levin, Martha Nussbaum & Rosemarie Tong - 2000 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Feminism was born in controversy and it continues to flourish in controversy. The distinguished contributors to this volume provide an array of perspectives on issues including: universal values, justice and care, a feminist philosophy of science, and the relationship of biology to social theory.
     
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  14. How to Make People Just: A Practical Reconciliation of Alternative Conceptions of Justice.James P. Sterba - 1988 - Rowman & Littlefield.
    To find more information about Rowman and Littlefield titles, please visit www.rowmanlittlefield.com.
     
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    Justice for Here and Now.James P. Sterba - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book conveys the breadth and interconnectedness of questions of justice - a rarity in contemporary moral and political philosophy. James P. Sterba argues that a minimal notion of rationality requires morality, and that a minimal libertarian morality requires the welfare and equal opportunity endorsee by welfare liberals and the equality endorsed by socialists, as well as a full feminist agenda. Feminist, racial, homosexual, and multicultural justice, are also shown to be mutually supporting. The author further shows the compatibility between (...)
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  16. Abortion, Distant Peoples, and Future Generations.James P. Sterba - 1980 - Journal of Philosophy 77 (7):424-440.
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    From Rationality to Equality.James P. Sterba - 2014 - The Journal of Ethics 18 (3):239-241.
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    Utilitarianism as a Public Philosophy.James P. Sterba - 1995 - Ethics 108 (1):223-225.
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  19. Are Liberty and Equality Compatible?Jan Narveson & James P. Sterba - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    Are the political ideals of liberty and equality compatible? This question is of central and continuing importance in political philosophy, moral philosophy, and welfare economics. In this book, two distinguished philosophers take up the debate. Jan Narveson argues that a political ideal of negative liberty is incompatible with any substantive ideal of equality, while James P. Sterba argues that Narveson's own ideal of negative liberty is compatible, and in fact leads to the requirements of a substantive ideal of equality. Of (...)
     
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    Reconciling Public Reason and Religious Values.James P. Sterba - 1999 - Social Theory and Practice 25 (1):1-28.
    Philosophers who hold that religious considerations should play some role in public debate over fundamental issues have criticized Rawls’s ideal of public reason for being too restrictive in generally ruling out such considerations. In response, Rawls has modified his ideal so as to explicitly allow a role for religious considerations in public debate (others, such as Robert Audi, have also offered accounts of public reason along similar lines). Nevertheless, some critics of Rawls’s ideal of public reason, such as Nicholas Wolterstorff, (...)
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    Understanding Evil: American Slavery, the Holocaust, and the Conquest of the American Indians:Vessels of Evil: American Slavery and the Holocaust. Laurence Mordekhai Thomas.James P. Sterba - 1996 - Ethics 106 (2):424-.
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    Gewirth: Critical Essays on Action, Rationality, and Community.Anita Allen, Lawrence C. Becker, Deryck Beyleveld, David Cummiskey, David DeGrazia, David M. Gallagher, Alan Gewirth, Virginia Held, Barbara Koziak, Donald Regan, Jeffrey Reiman, Henry Richardson, Beth J. Singer, Michael Slote, Edward Spence & James P. Sterba - 1998 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    As one of the most important ethicists to emerge since the Second World War, Alan Gewirth continues to influence philosophical debates concerning morality. In this ground-breaking book, Gewirth's neo-Kantianism, and the communitarian problems discussed, form a dialogue on the foundation of moral theory. Themes of agent-centered constraints, the formal structure of theories, and the relationship between freedom and duty are examined along with such new perspectives as feminism, the Stoics, and Sartre. Gewirth offers a picture of the philosopher's theory and (...)
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    From Biocentric Individualism to Biocentric Pluralism.James P. Sterba - 1995 - Environmental Ethics 17 (2):191-207.
    Drawing on and inspired by Paul Taylor’s Respect for Nature, I develop a view which I call “biocentric pluralism,” which, I claim, avoids the major criticisms that have been directed at Taylor’s account. In addition, I show that biocentric pluralism has certain advantages over biocentric utilitarianism and concentric circle theories.
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    The Welfare Rights of Distant Peoples and Future Generations: Moral Side Constraints on Social Policy.James P. Sterba - 1981 - Social Theory and Practice 7 (1):99-119.
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    A Biocentrist Strikes Back.James P. Sterba - 1998 - Environmental Ethics 20 (4):361-376.
    Biocentrists are criticized (1) for being biased in favor of the human species, (2) for basing their view on an ecology that is now widely challenged, and (3) for failing to reasonably distinguish the life that they claim has intrinsic value from the animate and inanimate things that they claim lack intrinsic value. In this paper, I show how biocentrism can be defended against these three criticisms, thus permitting biocentrists to justifiably appropriate the salutation, “Let the life force (or better (...)
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    Reconciling Anthropocentric and Nonanthropocentric Environmental Ethics.James P. Sterba - 1994 - Environmental Values 3 (3):229 - 244.
    I propose to show that when the most morally defensible versions of an anthropocentric environmental ethics and a nonanthropocentric ethics are laid out, they would lead us to accept the same principles of environmental justice.
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    The Welfare Rights of Distant Peoples and Future Generations: Moral Side Constraints on Social Policy.James P. Sterba - 1981 - Social Theory and Practice 7 (1):99-119.
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    Explaining Asymmetry: A Problem for Parfit.James P. Sterba - 1987 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 16 (2):188-192.
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    Completing the Kantian Project: From Rationality to Equality.James P. Sterba - 2008 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 82 (2):47 - 83.
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    Replies to Bagnoli, MacIntosh, and Talbott.James P. Sterba - 2014 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 28 (1):205-214.
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    How to Achieve Global Justice.James P. Sterba - 2005 - Journal of Global Ethics 1 (1):53 – 68.
    In this paper, I argue that even a libertarian ideal of liberty, which initially seems opposed to welfare rights, can be seen to require a right to a basic needs minimum that extends to distant peoples and future generations and is conditional upon the poor doing whatever they reasonably can to meet their own basic needs, including bringing their population growth under control. Given that, as I have argued elsewhere, welfare liberal, socialist, communitarian and feminist political ideals can be easily (...)
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    Defending Affirmative Action, Defending Preferences.James P. Sterba - 2003 - Journal of Social Philosophy 34 (2):285–300.
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    Biocentrism Defended.James P. Sterba - 2011 - Ethics, Policy and Environment 14 (2):167 - 169.
    Ethics, Policy & Environment, Volume 14, Issue 2, Page 167-169, June 2011.
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    22 Kantians and Utilitarians and the Moral Status of Nonhuman Life.James P. Sterba - forthcoming - Environmental Ethics: The Big Questions.
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    Responses to Allen, Appiah, and Lawson.James P. Sterba - 2011 - The Journal of Ethics 15 (3):291-306.
    In my Responses, I take up the various definitional and justificatory challenges that Anita Allen, Anthony Appiah and Bill Lawson raise to my defense of affirmative action and I try to build bridges and remove the apparent disagreements between our views. In the process, I have found a way to replace race-based affirmative action with a non-race-based program which retains all the benefits that a race-based program can provide and secures additional benefits as well.
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    A Moral Obligation to Sacrifice Our Lives?James P. Sterba - 2013 - Journal of Social Philosophy 44 (2):108-109.
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    Responses to My Critics, Erin Kelly and B. C. Postow.James P. Sterba - 2005 - Journal of Social Philosophy 36 (3):397–405.
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    Global Justice for Humans or for All Living Beings and What Difference It Makes.James P. Sterba - 2005 - The Journal of Ethics 9 (1-2):283-300.
    I begin with an account of what is deserved in human ethics, an ethics that assumes without argument that only humans, or rational agents, count morally. I then take up the question of whether nonhuman living beings are also deserving and answer it in the affirmative. Having established that all individual living beings, as well as ecosystems, are deserving, I go on to establish what it is that they deserve and then compare the requirements of global justice when only humans (...)
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    Retributive Justice.James P. Sterba - 1977 - Political Theory 5 (3):349-362.
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    From Liberty to Welfare: An Update.James P. Sterba - 2000 - Social Theory and Practice 26 (3):465-478.
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    Ethical Egoism and Beyond.James P. Sterba - 1979 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 9 (1):91 - 108.
    Consider the case of Gary Gyges, an otherwise normal human being who, for reasons of personal gain, has embezzled $300,000 while working at People's National Bank and is in the process of escaping to the South Sea Islands where he will have the good fortune to live a pleasant life protected by the local authorities and untroubled by any qualms of conscience. If we assume that in the society from which Gyges is fleeing moral standards are generally observed, Gyges's behavior (...)
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    Environmental Justice: Reconciling Anthropocentric and Nonanthropocentric Ethics.James P. Sterba - 1994 - Environmental Values 3 (3):229-244.
    I propose to show that when the most morally defensible versions of an anthropocentric environmental ethics and a nonanthropocentric ethics are laid out, they would lead us to accept the same principles of environmental justice.
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    Review: Understanding Evil: American Slavery, the Holocaust, and the Conquest of the American Indians. [REVIEW]James P. Sterba - 1996 - Ethics 106 (2):424 - 448.
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    The Wolf Again in Sheep’s Clothing.James P. Sterba - 2003 - Social Theory and Practice 29 (2):219-232.
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    A Marxist Dilemma for Social Contract Theory.James P. Sterba - 1982 - American Philosophical Quarterly 19 (1):51 - 59.
    Marxist social contract theory gives rise to an unwelcome dilemma for would-Be contractarians. For either the state of nature choice situation confronting the parties to the social contract will be defined to include or to exclude the knowledge of the general facts of class conflict. But if, On the one hand, The state of nature choice situation is defined to include such knowledge (particularly the knowledge of the fundamental conflict between the proletariat and capitalist classes), Then it could be argued (...)
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    Justifying Morality: The Right and the Wrong Ways.James P. Sterba - 1987 - Synthese 72 (1):45 - 69.
    Contemporary philosophers offer three kinds of justification for morality. Some, following plato, claim that morality is justified by self-interest. Others, following hume as he is frequently interpreted, claim that morality is justified in terms of other-regarding interests, wants or intentions that people happen to have. And still others, following kant, claim that morality is justified in terms of the requirements of practical reason. In "the moral point of view" published in 1958 and in a series of articles continuing to the (...)
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    The Michigan Cases and Furthering the Justification for Affirmative Action.James P. Sterba - 2004 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1):1-12.
    In this paper, I endorse the decision of the Supreme Court of the U.S. in Bollinger v. Grutter (2003). I argue that the educational benefits of diversity are an important enough state interest to justify the use of racial preferences and that, especially due to the absence of race-neutral alternatives, this use of racial preferences is narrowly tailored to that state interest. However, I also indicate that I am willing to give up my support for diversity affirmative action in the (...)
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    How To Make People Just.James P. Sterba - 1989 - Social Philosophy Today 2:1-26.
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    Why the U.S. Must Immediately Withdraw From Iraq.James P. Sterba - 2005 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 19 (1):1-9.
    In this paper, I argue that the U.S. and its coalition partners should announce that they intend to completely withdraw from Iraq within six months or less. And if this announcement did bring a suspension or reduction of hostilities against them, then, I argue, they should leave even sooner. For the most part, my grounds for holding this view are based on the lack of a justification for going to war against Iraq in the first place. But part of the (...)
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    Reconciling Public Reason and Religious Values.James P. Sterba - 2001 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 11:117-128.
    Philosophers who hold that religious considerations should play some role in public debate over fundamental issues have criticized Rawls’s ideal of public reason for being too restrictive in generally ruling out such considerations. In response, Rawls has modified his ideal so as to explicitly allow a role for religious considerations in public debate. Nevertheless, some critics of Rawls’s ideal of public reason, such as Nicholas Wolterstorff, remain unsatisfied. In this paper, I will argue that once Rawls’s ideal of public reason (...)
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