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Melissa Burchard
University of North Carolina, Asheville
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    Abandoning Certainty in Favor of Moral Imagination.Melissa Burchard - 2016 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 23 (2):12-23.
    I argue that rule-based decision-making models are desired because thought to create certainty. I then raise a number of problems with this assumption. Desiring certainty, and relying on rules to obtain it, leads to inconsistency in decision-making, and atrophy of moral imagination. I draw a parallel between Dworkin’s principles-based models in legal theory and Beauchamp and Childress’ in medical ethics. These models are more successful because they can account for more moral intuitions, and do not encourage us to hide our (...)
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  2. Feminist Jurisprudence.Melissa Burchard - 2004 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    What’s My Line? Gender, Performativity, and Bisexual Identity.Melissa Burchard - 2006 - Radical Philosophy Today 3:91-99.
    Although gay and lesbian theory may posit homosexuality as an oppositional challenge to heteronormativity, the author argues that homosexuality and heterosexuality share a common structure of desire that is based upon choosing the gender of one’s partner from only one gender in a binary gender framework. For this reason, the author introduces the term ‘monosexual’ to designate any sexual orientation, whether homosexual or heterosexual, which makes a single gender category into an exclusive criterion for selecting partners. As an alternative to (...)
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