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  1. The free will of corporations.Kendy M. Hess - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 168 (1):241-260.
    Moderate holists like French, Copp :369–388, 2007), Hess, Isaacs and List and Pettit argue that certain collectives qualify as moral agents in their own right, often pointing to the corporation as an example of a collective likely to qualify. A common objection is that corporations cannot qualify as moral agents because they lack free will. The concern is that corporations are effectively puppets, dancing on strings controlled by external forces. The article begins by briefly presenting a novel account of corporate (...)
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  2. “If You Tickle Us….”: How Corporations Can Be Moral Agents Without Being Persons.Kendy M. Hess - 2013 - Journal of Value Inquiry 47 (3):319-335.
    I aim to disentangle two very important debates: one about whether corporations can be moral agents (and thus have moral obligations), one about whether corporations are persons (and thus entitled to certain rights and protections). Critics often conflate these two debates, arguing that moral agency entails personhood and then treating that entailment as a kind of reductio for claims of corporate moral agency. My primary purpose is to rebut the claim of entailment, demonstrating that even the highly sophisticated moral agency (...)
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    Because They Can: The Basis for the Moral Obligations of (Certain) Collectives.Kendy M. Hess - 2014 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 38 (1):203-221.
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    Does the Machine Need a Ghost? Corporate Agents as Nonconscious Kantian Moral Agents.Kendy M. Hess - 2018 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 4 (1):67-86.
    Does Kantian moral agency require phenomenal consciousness? More to the point, can firms be Kantian moral agents—bound by Kantian obligations—in the absence of consciousness? After sketching the mechanics of my account of corporate agents, I consider three increasingly demanding accounts of Kantian moral agency, concluding that corporate agents can meet each successively higher threshold. They can act on universalizable principles and treat humanity as an end in itself; give such principlesto themselves,treattheir own‘humanity’ as an end itself, and act out of (...)
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  5. The peculiar unity of corporate agents.Kendy M. Hess - 2018 - In Kendy Hess, Violetta Igneski & Tracy Lynn Isaacs (eds.), Collectivity: Ontology, Ethics, and Social Justice. Rowman & Littlefield International.
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  6. The Modern Corporation as Moral Agent.Kendy M. Hess - 2010 - Southwest Philosophy Review 26 (1):61-69.
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    Who's Responsible? (It's Complicated.) Assigning Blame in the Wake of the Financial Crisis.Kendy M. Hess - 2018 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 42 (1):133-155.
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    Re-bunking corporate agency.Kendy M. Hess - forthcoming - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy.
    My aim in this article is to rescue the holist position on corporate agency (CA) from indignities heaped upon it by friends and enemies alike. Two general criticisms strike at the core of the position: the charge of ‘material failures’ (that the corporate agent lacks a proper material presence) and the charge of illusion (that the intentionality of the corporate agent consists in the intentionality of the members). Both attack the holist position on metaphysical grounds, logically prior to any claims (...)
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    A House upon the Sand.Kendy M. Hess - 2010 - Philotheos 10:205-215.
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    Shifting the Burden.Kendy M. Hess - 2011 - Ethics, Policy and Environment 14 (2):159 - 162.
    Ethics, Policy & Environment, Volume 14, Issue 2, Page 159-162, June 2011.
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    The Fallacy of Corporate Moral Agency, by David Rönnegard. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015. 218 pp. ISBN 978-94-017-9756-6. [REVIEW]Kendy M. Hess - 2016 - Business Ethics Quarterly 26 (4):557-560.
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    Environmental Ethics: From Theory to Practice, by Marion Hourdequin. [REVIEW]Kendy M. Hess - 2016 - Teaching Philosophy 39 (1):85-90.
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    Group Agency: The Possibility, Design, and Status of Corporate Agents – By Christian List & Philip Pettit. [REVIEW]Kendy M. Hess - 2012 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 29 (2):165-167.
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    Review of Colleen Murphy, A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation[REVIEW]Kendy M. Hess - 2011 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (4).
    In a world rife with civic failure, we've seen an increasing interest in the question of how to restore civic communities after they have failed. Much of that answer must come from the social sciences, of course, but philosophy has an important contribution to make: it can provide a normative theory of political community, one that outlines the characteristics of a good political community. Without such a theory, we have no basis for the claim that reconciliation is desirable in the (...)
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    Review of “Neither Brain nor Ghost: A Nondualist Alternative to the Mind-Brain Identity Theory”. [REVIEW]Kendy M. Hess - 2009 - Essays in Philosophy 10 (1):10.
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    Review of Neither Brain nor Ghost: A Nondualist Alternative to the Mind-Brain Identity Theory, by Teed W. Rockwell. [REVIEW]Kendy M. Hess - 2009 - Essays in Philosophy 10 (1):144-151.
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