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Lawrence C. Becker
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  1. A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - Princeton University Press.
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    Disability, Difference, Discrimination: Perspectives on Justice in Bioethics and Public Policy.Anita Silvers, David Wasserman, Mary B. Mahowald & Lawrence C. Becker - 1999 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    How should we respond to individuals with disabilities? What does it mean to be disabled? Over fifty million Americans, from neonates to the fragile elderly, are disabled. Some people say they have the right to full social participation, while others repudiate such claims as delusive or dangerous. In this compelling book, three experts in ethics, medicine, and the law address pressing disability questions in bioethics and public policy. Anita Silvers, David Wasserman, and Mary B. Mahowald test important theories of justice (...)
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    Reciprocity.Lawrence C. Becker - 1986 - Routledge.
    The tendency to reciprocate – to return good for good and evil for evil – is a potent force in human life, and the concept of reciprocity is closely connected to fundamental notions of ‘justice’, ‘obligation’ or ‘duty’, ‘gratitude’ and ‘equality’. In _Reciprocity_, first published in 1986,_ _Lawrence Becker presents a sustained argument about reciprocity, beginning with the strategy for developing a moral theory of the virtues. He considers the concept of reciprocity in detail, contending that it is a basic (...)
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  4. Reciprocity, Justice, and Disability.Lawrence C. Becker - 2005 - Ethics 116 (1):9-39.
  5. Property Rights : Philosophic Foundations.Lawrence C. Becker - 1977 - Routledge.
    _Property Rights: Philosophic Foundations,_ first published in 1977, comprehensively examines the general justifications for systems of private property rights, and discusses with great clarity the major arguments as to the rights and responsibilities of property ownership. In particular, the arguments that hold that there are natural rights derived from first occupancy, labour, utility, liberty and virtue are considered, as are the standard anti-property arguments based on disutility, virtue and inequality, and the belief that justice in distribution must take precedence over (...)
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    A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1998 - Princeton University Press.
    The question addressed by this book is what, if anything, stoic ethics would be like today if stoicism had had a continuous history to the present day as a plausible and coherent set of philosophical commitments and methods. The book answers that question by arguing that most of the ancient doctrines of Stoic ethics remain defensible today, at least when ancient Stoicism's cosmological commitments are replaced by modern scientific ones.
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    Reciprocity.Michael Davis & Lawrence C. Becker - 1988 - Philosophical Review 97 (3):432.
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  8. Reciprocity.Lawrence C. Becker - 1986 - Ethics 98 (2):379-389.
     
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  9. Encyclopedia of Ethics.Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker - 1993 - Ethics 103 (4):807-810.
     
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  10. Encyclopedia of Ethics.Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.) - 1992 - Routledge.
    The editors, working with a team of 325 renowned authorities in the field of ethics, have revised, expanded, and updated this classic encyclopedia. Along with the addition of 150 new entries, all of the original articles have been newly peer-reviewed and revised, bibliographies have been updated throughout, and the overall design of the work has been enhanced for easier access to cross-references and other reference features. New entries include * Aristotelian Ethics * Avicenna * Bad Faith * Beneficence * Categorical (...)
     
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  11. Criminal Attempt and the Theory of the Law of Crimes.Lawrence C. Becker - 1974 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 3 (3):262-294.
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    Good Lives: Prolegomena*: LAWRENCE C. BECKER.Lawrence C. Becker - 1992 - Social Philosophy and Policy 9 (2):15-37.
    A philosophical essay under this title faces severe rhetorical challenges. New accounts of the good life regularly and rapidly turn out to be variations of old ones, subject to a predictable range of decisive objections. Attempts to meet those objections with improved accounts regularly and rapidly lead to a familiar impasse — that while a life of contemplation, or epicurean contentment, or stoic indifference, or religious ecstasy, or creative rebellion, or self-actualization, or many another thing might count as a good (...)
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  13. The Labor Theory of Property Acquisition.Lawrence C. Becker - 1976 - Journal of Philosophy 73 (18):653-664.
    This symposium paper for the APA analyzes Locke's labor theory of property acquisition as a formal argument – or set of alternative arguments – and shows how several of them are indeed sound, if appropriately limited by what amounts to a social welfare proviso. That proviso is, however, strong enough to limit the acquisition of private property in a significant way. The argument here anticipates fuller and more decisive ones in later work by the same author.
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  14. From the Editor.Lawrence C. Becker - 1995 - Ethics 105 (2).
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  15. The Neglect of Virtue.Lawrence C. Becker - 1975 - Ethics 85 (2):110-122.
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    A New Stoicism.Paula Gottlieb & Lawrence C. Becker - 2000 - Philosophical Review 109 (1):92.
    The aim of Becker’s book is to bring stoicism up to date and to defend a contemporary stoic ethical theory against the prejudices of the skeptical modern reader. Becker imagines what would have happened if stoicism had had a continuous history from ancient times to the present. Since the stoics are thoroughgoing naturalists, according to Becker, they would have incorporated the insights of modern biology and psychology into their theory. They would have abandoned their teleological view of the universe and (...)
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  17. The Finality of Moral Judgments: A Reply to Mrs. Foot.Lawrence C. Becker - 1973 - Philosophical Review 82 (3):364-370.
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    Human Being: The Boundaries of the Concept.Lawrence C. Becker - 1975 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 4 (4):334-359.
  19. Introduction to a Symposium on Morality and Literature.Lawrence C. Becker - 1988 - Ethics 98 (2):223-224.
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    The Obligation to Work.Lawrence C. Becker - 1980 - Ethics 91 (1):35-49.
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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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    Places for Pluralism: Introduction to a Symposium on Pluralism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1992 - Ethics 102 (4):707-719.
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    Habilitation, Health, and Agency: A Framework for Basic Justice.Lawrence C. Becker - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
    This book argues for adopting a new account of the circumstances of justice ("the habilitation framework") for philosophical theories of basic justice. It proposes a concept of basic health as a metric for such theories, and healthy agency as a target for them. It does not, however, propose a specific distributive rule or set of distributive principles. Nor does it propose a specific type of theory to pursue (e.g., utilitarian, contractarian, etc.). The book is thus meant to be largely theory-independent (...)
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  24. The Moral Basis of Property Rights.Lawrence C. Becker - 1980 - In Pennock & Chapman (ed.), Property. pp. 187--220.
  25. The Encyclopedia of Ethics.Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.) - 1992 - Garland Publishing.
     
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    A Discourse on Property: John Locke and His Adversaries.Lawrence C. Becker - 1982 - Ethics 92 (2):361-362.
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  27. A Symposium on Trust.Karen Jones, Russell Hardin & Lawrence C. Becker - 1996 - Ethics 107 (1):4-61.
     
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    Analogy in Legal Reasoning.Lawrence C. Becker - 1973 - Ethics 83 (3):248-255.
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    A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (3):737-740.
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  30. A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1998 - Philosophy 74 (287):126-128.
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    A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 2000 - Mind 109 (435):559-562.
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    A Definition of Philosophy.Lawrence C. Becker - 1977 - Metaphilosophy 8 (2-3):249-252.
  33. Social Contract.Lawrence C. Becker - 1992 - In Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ethics. Garland Publishing. pp. 2--1170.
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    Foreknowledge and Predestination.Lawrence C. Becker - 1972 - Mind 81 (321):138-141.
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    An Introduction to the Law of Restitution.Lawrence C. Becker - 1988 - Ethics 98 (2):397-398.
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    Against the Supposed Difference Between Historical and End-State Theories.Lawrence C. Becker - 1982 - Philosophical Studies 41 (2):267 - 272.
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    Virtue, Health, and Eudaimonistic Psychology.Lawrence C. Becker - manuscript
    This unpublished paper from 2004 argues that the agenda for positive psychology laid out by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman in their massive work Character Strengths and Virtues: a Handbook and Classification (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004) might be improved by making several conceptual changes: 1) by developing general concepts of virtue (singular), and of positive health to clarify the relationships between specific virtues and competing conceptions of positive health; 2) by aligning the project more firmly with eudaimonistic accounts (...)
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  38. A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1999 - Princeton University Press.
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    A Note on Religious Experience Arguments: LAWRENCE C. BECKER.Lawrence C. Becker - 1971 - Religious Studies 7 (1):63-68.
    When philosophers speak of the inconclusiveness of arguments for the existence of God, they often do so as if they were talking about a matter of principle—as if it were in principle impossible to prove God's existence, that every proof was in principle inconclusive. Of course, rebutals of the cosmological, ontological, and teleological arguments are usually designed to show that these types of arguments are in principle inconclusive. But one supposes that religious experience arguments are not all in such difficulties. (...)
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    Book Review:Causation in the Law. H. L. A. Hart, Tony Honore. [REVIEW]Lawrence C. Becker - 1987 - Ethics 97 (3):664-.
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    Community, Dominion, and Membership.Lawrence C. Becker - 1992 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 30 (2):17-43.
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    Review: Too Much Property. [REVIEW]Lawrence C. Becker - 1992 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 21 (2):196 - 206.
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    Axiology, Deontology, and Agent Morality: The Need for Coordination. [REVIEW]Lawrence C. Becker - 1972 - Journal of Value Inquiry 6 (3):213-220.
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    Introduction to a Symposium on Impartiality and Ethical Theory.Lawrence C. Becker - 1991 - Ethics 101 (4):698-700.
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    Human Health and Stoic Moral Norms.Lawrence C. Becker - 2003 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 28 (2):221 – 238.
    For the philosophy of medicine, there are two things of interest about the stoic account of moral norms, quite apart from whether the rest of stoic ethical theory is compelling. One is the stoic version of naturalism: its account of practical reasoning, its solution to the is/ought problem, and its contention that norms for creating, sustaining, or restoring human health are tantamount to moral norms. The other is the stoic account of human agency: its description of the intimate connections between (...)
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    What Is and What Ought to Be Done. [REVIEW]Lawrence C. Becker - 1983 - Review of Metaphysics 36 (4):954-955.
    This brief, elegantly written book puts forward a view of normative reasoning--a view White calls "corporatism"--based upon an analogy with certain views about reasoning in the empirical sciences. Duhem and Quine have argued that an empirical statement is not tested, accepted, or rejected in isolation from other beliefs. Rather, it is seen in the context of a web of related beliefs, assumptions, and sense experiences--even relevant laws of logic--and the testing process is essentially the process of deciding which, of all (...)
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    Introduction.Lawrence C. Becker - 1988 - Ethics 98 (2):223 - 224.
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    Ethics and the Rule of Law.Lawrence C. Becker - 1986 - Review of Metaphysics 40 (1):133-134.
    This book is a systematic introduction to the outlines of contemporary analytical and normative jurisprudence, intended for use in introductory courses in which philosophy of law plays a role. It is clearly written, concise, and organized in a way that fits with major books of readings in philosophy of law.
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    Freewill and Responsibility. Anthony Kenny.Lawrence C. Becker - 1980 - Ethics 90 (2):313-314.
  50. Property: Cases, Concepts, Critiques.Lawrence C. Becker & Kipnis (eds.) - 1984 - Prentice-Hall.
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