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Lawrence C. Becker
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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Reciprocity, Justice, and Disability.Lawrence C. Becker - 2005 - Ethics 116 (1):9-39.
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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 - 1998 - 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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  5. Reciprocity.Lawrence C. Becker - 1986 - Ethics 98 (2):379-389.
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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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  7. Encyclopedia of Ethics.Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker - 1993 - Ethics 103 (4):807-810.
     
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    A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1999 - Princeton University Press.
    Philosopher Lawrence Becker applies modern knowledge and psychology to the ancient stoic ethic system. In keeping with the ancients, Becker argues that virtue, not happiness, is the proper end of all activity. Moreover, he rejects the popular caricature of the stoic as a grave and emotionally detached figure, proposing instead, that stoic discipline is the very foundation not only of strength, but also of joy.
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    Reciprocity.Michael Davis & Lawrence C. Becker - 1988 - Philosophical Review 97 (3):432.
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    Encyclopedia of Ethics: A - K.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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    Human Being: The Boundaries of the Concept.Lawrence C. Becker - 1975 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 4 (4):334-359.
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    The Obligation to Work.Lawrence C. Becker - 1980 - Ethics 91 (1):35-49.
  14. 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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    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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    A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1999 - Princeton University Press.
    What would stoic ethics be like today if stoicism had survived as a systematic approach to ethical theory, if it had coped successfully with the challenges of modern philosophy and experimental science? A New Stoicism proposes an answer to that question, offered from within the stoic tradition but without the metaphysical and psychological assumptions that modern philosophy and science have abandoned. Lawrence Becker argues that a secular version of the stoic ethical project, based on contemporary cosmology and developmental psychology, provides (...)
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  17. The Neglect of Virtue.Lawrence C. Becker - 1975 - Ethics 85 (2):110-122.
  18. A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1998 - Philosophy 74 (287):126-128.
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  19. The Moral Basis of Property Rights.Lawrence C. Becker - 1980 - In Pennock & Chapman (ed.), Property. pp. 187--220.
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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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    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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    Places for Pluralism: Introduction to a Symposium on Pluralism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1992 - Ethics 102 (4):707-719.
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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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    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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  25. The Encyclopedia of Ethics.Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.) - 1992 - Garland Publishing.
     
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    Analogy in Legal Reasoning.Lawrence C. Becker - 1973 - Ethics 83 (3):248-255.
  27. Reciprocity and Social Obligation.Lawrence C. Becker - 1980 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 61 (4):411.
     
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  28. 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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    A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (3):737-740.
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  30. Property: Cases, Concepts, Critiques.Lawrence C. Becker & Kenneth Kipnis (eds.) - 1984 - Prentice-Hall.
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  31. From the Editor.Lawrence C. Becker - 1995 - Ethics 105 (2).
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  32. A Symposium on Trust.Karen Jones, Russell Hardin & Lawrence C. Becker - 1996 - Ethics 107 (1):4-61.
     
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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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    Foreknowledge and Predestination.Lawrence C. Becker - 1972 - Mind 81 (321):138-141.
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    A Definition of Philosophy.Lawrence C. Becker - 1977 - Metaphilosophy 8 (2-3):249-252.
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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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  37. The Finality of Moral Judgments: A Reply to Mrs. Foot.Lawrence C. Becker - 1973 - Philosophical Review 82 (3):364-370.
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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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    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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    A History of Western Ethics.Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.) - 1992 - Routledge.
    This is a newly revised and updated edition of A History of Western Ethics, a coherent and accessible overview of the most important figures and influential ideas of the history of ethics in the Western philosophical tradition. Written by eleven distinguished scholars, and including a glossary of key terms, this book is an essential reference for students and general readers alike.
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  41. Brain Death: Ethical Considerations. [REVIEW]Lawrence C. Becker - 1982 - Philosophical Review 91 (4):656-657.
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  42. 5. Following the Facts.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press. pp. 46-88.
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  43. 7. Happiness.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press. pp. 155-192.
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  44. Index.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press. pp. 253-264.
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  45. On Justifying Moral Judgments.Lawrence C. Becker - 1973 - Routledge.
    Much discussion of morality presupposes that moral judgments are always, at bottom, arbitrary. Moral scepticism, or at least moral relativism, has become common currency among the liberally educated. This remains the case even while political crises become intractable, and it is increasingly apparent that the scope of public policy formulated with no reference to moral justification is extremely limited. The thesis of On Justifying Moral Judgments insists, on the contrary, that rigorous justifications are possible for moral judgments. Crucially, Becker argues (...)
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  46. Social Trust and Human Communities. [REVIEW]Lawrence C. Becker - 2000 - Dialogue 39 (1):173-174.
    In her many articles on the subject, Trudy Govier has made a substantial contribution to the recent philosophical literature on trust—not only to the discussion kindled by Annette Baier's provocative article "Trust and Anti-Trust", but to the larger, much older, low-intensity discussion among social scientists and philosophers about the relation between trust and effective government, stable social relationships, and psychological health. This book is devoted to the varieties and uses of trust in various largely non-intimate social relationships, ranging from the (...)
     
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  47. Social Trust and Human CommunitiesTrudy Govier Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997, Xi + 289 Pp., $55.00, $19.95 Paper. [REVIEW]Lawrence C. Becker - 2000 - Dialogue 39 (1):173-175.
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  48. 1. The Conceit.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press. pp. 3-4.
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  49. 3. The Ruins of Doctrine.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press. pp. 8-34.
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  50. The Two Faces of Justice. [REVIEW]Lawrence C. Becker - 2007 - Social Theory and Practice 33 (3):507-513.
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