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Nicholas Vrousalis
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    Exploitation, Vulnerability, and Social Domination.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2013 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 41 (2):131-157.
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    Exploitation as Domination: A Response to Arneson.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2016 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 54 (4):527-538.
    In a recent paper in this journal, Richard Arneson criticizes the domination account of exploitation and attributes it to me and Allen Wood. In this paper, I defend the domination account against Arneson's criticisms. I begin by showing that the domination view is distinct from the vulnerability-based view defended by Wood. I also show that Alan Wertheimer's influential account of exploitation is congenial to the domination view. I then argue that Arneson's own fairness-based view of exploitation generates false negatives and (...)
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    Republic of Equals.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2018 - Philosophical Review 127 (1):125-130.
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  4. G. A. Cohen's Vision of Socialism.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2010 - The Journal of Ethics 14 (3-4):185-216.
    This essay is an attempt to piece together the elements of G. A. Cohen's thought on the theory of socialism during his long intellectual voyage from Marxism to political philosophy. It begins from his theory of the maldistribution of freedom under capitalism, moves onto his critique of libertarian property rights, to his diagnosis of the “deep inegalitarian” structure of John Rawls' theory and concludes with his rejection of the “cheap” fraternity promulgated by liberal egalitarianism. The paper's exegetical contention is that (...)
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    G. A. Cohen on Exploitation.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2014 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 13 (2):151-164.
    This paper argues that Cohen’s early work on Marxism, and his work in political philosophy, entails commitment to a distributive paradigm, that is, the view that exploitation obtains only if distributive injustice obtains. Cohen’s early espousal of that paradigm is explicitly reaffirmed in his defence of luck egalitarianism. The paper argues that Cohen’s distributive paradigm is neither the only defensible theory of exploitation, nor indeed the most plausible. It also shows that Cohen himself had doubts about the distributive paradigm, and (...)
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    Workplace Democracy Implies Economic Democracy.Nicholas Vrousalis - forthcoming - Journal of Social Philosophy.
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    Exploitation: A Primer.Nicholas Vrousalis - forthcoming - Philosophy Compass.
    This paper reviews the recent literature on exploitation. It distinguishes between three main species of exploitation theory: teleology-based accounts, respect-based accounts, and freedom-based accounts. It then addresses the implications of each.
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    G. A. Cohen’s Vision of Socialism.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2010 - Journal of Ethics 14 (3-4):185-216.
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    Smuggled Into Existence: Nonconsequentialism, Procreation, and Wrongful Disability. [REVIEW]Nicholas Vrousalis - 2013 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (3):589-604.
    The wrongful disability problem arises whenever a disability-causing, and therefore (presumptively) wrongful, procreative act is a necessary condition for the existence of a person whose life is otherwise worth living. It is a problem because it seems to involve no harm, and therefore no wrongful treatment, vis-à-vis that person. This essay defends the nonconsequentialist, rights-based, account of the wrong-making features of wrongful disability. It distinguishes between the person-affecting restriction, roughly the idea that wrongdoing is always the wronging of some person, (...)
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    Against the Will Theory of Rights. [REVIEW]Nicholas Vrousalis - 2010 - Res Publica 16 (4):415-423.
    This paper recasts an old objection to the will theory in the light of recent attempts to defend that theory, notably by Nigel Simmonds and Hillel Steiner. It enlists the idea of duties of care—effectively restrictions over legal officials’ discretionary exercise of powers—to form a dilemma for such theorists: either legal officials’ discretion over powers is restricted by duties of care for the unempowerable, or it is not. If their discretion is unrestricted, then the will theory is insensitive to the (...)
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    Capital Without Wage-Labour: Marx’s Modes of Subsumption Revisited.Nicholas Vrousalis - forthcoming - Economics and Philosophy:1-28.
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    Libertarian Socialism.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2011 - Social Theory and Practice 37 (2):211-226.
    Socialists believe that equality, community, and economic democracy can only be achieved by a system of joint ownership in the means of production. These property rights do not, as such, pass judgment as to what rights individuals have to their own person. Libertarians believe that individual liberty and autonomy are only coextensive with a set of stringent rights to the person and its powers. These property rights do not, as such, pass judgment as to what rights individuals have to the (...)
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    Libertarian Socialism: A Better Reconciliation Between Equality and Self-Ownership.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2011 - Social Theory and Practice 37 (2):211-226.
    Socialists believe that equality, community, and economic democracy can only be achieved by a system of joint ownership in the means of production. These property rights do not, as such, pass judgment as to what rights individuals have to their own person. Libertarians believe that individual liberty and autonomy are only coextensive with a set of stringent rights to the person and its powers. These property rights do not, as such, pass judgment as to what rights individuals have to the (...)
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    The Logic of Estrangement: Reason in an Unreasonable Form, Julius Sensat. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, Xi + 213 Pages. [REVIEW]Nicholas Vrousalis - 2018 - Economics and Philosophy 34 (2):282-289.
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    Imperialism, Globalization and Resistance.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2016 - Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric 9 (1).
    Imperialism is the domination of one state by another. This paper sketches a nonrepublican account of domination that buttresses this definition of imperialism. It then defends the following claims. First, there is a useful and defensible distinction between colonial and liberal imperialism, which maps on to a distinction between what I will call coercive and liberal domination. Second, the main institutions of contemporary globalization, such as the WTO, the IMF, the World Bank, etc., are largely the instruments of liberal imperialism; (...)
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    Between Insensitivity and Incompleteness: Against the Will Theory of Rights.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2010 - Res Publica 16 (4):415-423.
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  17. Lamentation in the Face of Historical Necessity.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2011 - In Axel Gosseries & Yannick Vanderborght (eds.), Arguing about Justice: Essays for Phillippe Van Parijs. Presses Universitaires de Louvain. pp. 367-376.
    Marxists are committed to the elimination of exploitation of man by man. But they also believe that, for long stretches of history, exploitation is historically necessary. These two claims are in practical tension. As Engels would have it, this tension causes 'the leader of an extreme party' attempting premature revolution to be 'irrevocably lost'. This brief note argues against a Marxist attempt to alleviate this tension and sketches the moral predicament of revolutionists faced with it. Historical materialism entails a pantragic (...)
     
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  18. The Political Philosophy of G. A. Cohen.Nicholas Vrousalis - 2015 - Bloomsbury Academic.