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Lori Watson
University of San Diego
  1. The Tyranny -- Or the Democracy -- Of the Ideal?Blain Neufeld & Lori Watson - 2018 - Cosmos + Taxis 5 (2):47-61.
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    Is Feminist Political Liberalism Possible?Christie Hartley & Lori Watson - 2010 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 5 (1):121.
    Is a feminist political liberalism possible? Political liberalism’s regard for a wide range of comprehensive doctrines as reasonable makes some feminists skeptical of its ability to address sex inequality. Indeed, some feminists claim that political liberalism maintains its position as a political liberalism at the expense of securing substantive equality for women. We claim that political liberalism’s core commitments actually restrict all reasonable political conceptions of justice to those that secure genuine substantive equality for all, including women and other marginalized (...)
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  3. Pornography.Lori Watson - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (7):535-550.
    This article provides an overview of the key philosophical themes and debates in discussions of pornography. In particular, I consider the major positions on how pornography ought to be defined, when (and if ) it should be regulated, whether it is best understood as speech (or action), whether there is evidence that is it harmful. I argue in favor of what is known as the civil rights approach to pornography, as reflected in the work of Catharine MacKinnon.
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    Feminism, Religion, and Shared Reasons: A Defense of Exclusive Public Reason.Christie Hartley & Lori Watson - 2009 - Law and Philosophy 28 (5):493 - 536.
    The idea of public reason is central to political liberalism's aim to provide an account of the possibility of a just and stable democratic society comprised of free and equal citizens who nonetheless are deeply divided over fundamental values. This commitment to the idea of public reason reflects the normative core of political liberalism which is rooted in the principle of democratic legitimacy and the idea of reciprocity among citizens. Yet both critics and defenders of political liberalism disagree over whether (...)
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  5. Schwarzenbach, Sibyl A. On Civic Friendship: Including Women in the State. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. Pp. Xi+288. $89.50 ; $29.50. [REVIEW]Lori Watson - 2011 - Ethics 122 (1):207-212.
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    Philosophical Debates About Prostitution: State of the Question.Lori Watson - 2019 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 57 (2):165-193.
    This article aims to present “the state of the question” concerning prostitution. The “state of the question” has a double meaning. On the one hand, it can mean the state of the debate. Treating it as such, one might be inclined to describe and evaluate the various positions by the conclusions they offer, e.g. for or against decriminalization, for or against the Nordic Model, etc. On the other hand, a deeper sense of “the state of the question” concerns what question (...)
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    Political Liberalism, Marriage and the Family.Christie Hartley & Lori Watson - 2012 - Law and Philosophy 31 (2):185-212.
    Can and should political liberals recognize and otherwise support legal marriage as a matter of basic justice? In this article, we offer a general account of how political liberals should evaluate the issue of whether the legal recognition of marriage is a matter of basic justice. And, we develop and examine some public reason arguments that, given the fundamental interests of citizens, could justify various forms of legal marriage in some contexts. In particular, in certain conditions, the recognition of some (...)
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    Book ReviewsCheshire Calhoun,. Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet: Lesbian and Gay Displacement.New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pp. 160. $32.00. [REVIEW]Lori Watson - 2003 - Ethics 113 (2):396-400.
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    Pornography and Public Reason.Lori Watson - 2007 - Social Theory and Practice 33 (3):467-488.
    This paper has two major goals: First, I argue that Catharine MacKinnon’s and Andrea Dworkin’s anti-pornography activism was an act of public reason and their arguments public reasons arguments. Thus, MacKinnon’s argument that pornography is best understood as a practice of sex discrimination is a public reason argument—and so can be defended as grounded in liberal political principles. Political liberalism, as I defend it, can support MacKinnon’s approach to pornography as embodied in a civil rights ordinance. By way of contrast, (...)
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    Phil Studies Introduction, for Pacific APA Special Issue.Lori Watson - 2018 - Philosophical Studies 175 (5):1011-1012.
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    Comments on Michael Slote's Moral Sentimentalism.Lori Watson - 2011 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (s1):142-147.
    I present two challenges to the theory of moral sentimentalism that Michael Slote defends in his book. The first challenge aims to show that there are cases in which we empathize with an agent and yet judge her actions to be morally wrong. If such cases are plausible, then we have good reason to doubt Slote's claim that moral judgments are an affective attitude of warmth or chill and, thus, are purely sentiments. The second challenge is more of a suggestion. (...)
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    Constituting Politics: Power, Reciprocity, and Identity.Lori Watson - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (4):96-112.
    This essay considers whether liberal political theory has tools with which to count gender, and so gender relations, as political. Can liberal political theory count sub-ordination among the harms of sex inequality that the state ought to correct? Watson defends a version of deliberative democracy—liberalism—as able to place issues of social inequality in the form of hierarchical social identities at the center of its normative commitments, and so at the center of securing justice.
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    On Bauer's How to Do Things with Pornography.Lori Watson - 2018 - European Journal of Philosophy 26 (4):1427-1434.
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    Constituting Politics: Power, Reciprocity, and Identity.Lori Watson - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (4):96-112.
    : This essay considers whether liberal political theory has tools with which to count gender, and so gender relations, as political. Can liberal political theory count subordination among the harms of sex inequality that the state ought to correct? Watson defends a version of deliberative democracy—liberalism—as able to place issues of social inequality in the form of hierarchical social identities at the center of its normative commitments, and so at the center of securing justice.
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    Book Notes. [REVIEW]Maria Victoria Costa, Lara Denis, Andrew Fisher, Lori Watson & and Burleigh T. Wilkins - 2004 - Ethics 114 (4):859-863.
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    After Identity.Lori Watson - 2011 - Social Theory and Practice 37 (2):358-363.
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    After Identity: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Gender. [REVIEW]Lori Watson - 2011 - Social Theory and Practice 37 (2):358-363.
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    Book Notes. [REVIEW]Jeremy D. Bendik‐Keymer, Thom Brooks, Daniel B. Cohen, Michael Davis, Sara Goering, Barbara V. Nunn, Michael J. Stephens, James C. Taggart, Roy T. Tsao & Lori Watson - 2003 - Ethics 113 (2):456-462.
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    Virtue in Political Thought: On Civic Virtue in Political Liberalism.Christie Hartley & Lori Watson - 2014 - In Kevin Timpe & Craig Boyd (eds.), Virtues and Their Vices. Oxford University Press. pp. 415.
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    Book Notes. [REVIEW]Grace A. Clement, Joshua M. Glasgow, Melissa M. Seymour, Doran Smolkin & Lori Watson - 2005 - Ethics 115 (4):854-858.
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    Book ReviewsCatharine A. MacKinnon, Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006. Pp. Vii+405. $35.00 ; $19.95. [REVIEW]Lori Watson - 2008 - Ethics 119 (1):191-195.
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    Margaret Urban Walker, Moral Contexts:Moral Contexts.Lori Watson - 2007 - Ethics 117 (3):585-588.
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    Book ReviewsMargaret Urban Walker,. Moral Contexts.Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003. Pp. Xi+221. $26.95.Lori Watson - 2007 - Ethics 117 (3):585-588.
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    Book Notes. [REVIEW]Richard Burgh, Chris Cuomo & Lori Watson - 2008 - Ethics 118 (2):378-381.
  25. Debating Pornography.Andrew Altman & Lori Watson - 2018 - Oup Usa.
    Pornography is everywhere, and it raises a host of difficult questions. What counts as pornography, first of all? When does material cross the line from being erotic to being objectionable? Where does a person's entitlement to sexual freedom end and another person's right not to feel objectified begin? How should rights be weighed against consequences in deciding what laws and policies ought to be adopted? Philosophers Andrew Altman and Lori Watson explore these and other issues in this succinct and readable (...)
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  26. Debating Sex Work.Jessica Flanigan & Lori Watson - 2019 - New York: Oup Usa.
    In this "for and against" book, ethicists Lori Watson and Jessica Flanigan debate the criminalization of sex work. Watson argues for a sex equality approach to prostitution in which buyers are criminalized and sellers are decriminalized, known as the Nordic Model. Flanigan argues that sex work should be fully decriminalized because decriminalization ensures respect for sex workers' and clients' rights, and is more effective than alternative policies.
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  27. Equal Citizenship and Public Reason: A Feminist Political Liberalism.Christie Hartley & Lori Watson - 2018 - Oup Usa.
    This book is a defense of political liberalism as a feminist liberalism. A novel and restrictive account of public reason is defended. Then it is argued that political liberalism's core commitments restrict reasonable conceptions of justice to those that secure genuine, substantive equality for women and other marginalized groups.
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