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Seana Shiffrin
University of California, Los Angeles
  1. Paternalism, Unconscionability Doctrine, and Accommodation.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2000 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 29 (3):205-250.
    The unconscionability doctrine in contract law enables a court to decline to enforce a contract whose terms are seriously one-sided, exploitative, or otherwise manifestly unfair. It is often criticized for being paternalist. The essay argues that the characterization of unconscionability doctrine as paternalist reflects common but misleading thought about paternalism and obscures more important issues about autonomy and social connection. The defense responds to another criticism: that unconscionability doctrine is an inappropriate, because economically inefficient, egalitarian tool. The final part discusses (...)
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  2. Promising, Intimate Relationships, and Conventionalism.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2008 - Philosophical Review 117 (4):481-524.
    The power to promise is morally fundamental and does not, at its foundation, derive from moral principles that govern our use of conventions. Of course, many features of promising have conventional components—including which words, gestures, or conditions of silence create commitments. What is really at issue between conventionalists and nonconventionalists is whether the basic moral relation of promissory commitment derives from the moral principles that govern our use of social conventions. Other nonconventionalist accounts make problematic concessions to the conventionalist's core (...)
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  3. The Story of West Virginia Board of Education V. Barnette.Seana Valentine Shiffrin & Vincent Blasi - 2009 - In Michael Dorf (ed.), Constitutional Law Stories, 2nd ed. Foundation Press.
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  4. The Divergence of Contract and Promise.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2007 - Harvard Law Review 120 (3):708-753.
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  5. Could Breach of Contract Be Immoral?Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2009 - Michigan Law Review 107 (8):1551-1568.
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  6. Incentives, Motives, and Talents.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2010 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 38 (2):111-142.
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    Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2014 - Princeton University Press.
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  8. Race, Labor, and the Fair Equality of Opportunity Principle.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2004 - Fordham Law Review 1643-1675 (2004) 72 (5):1643-1675.
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  9. Harm and Its Moral Significance.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2012 - Legal Theory 18 (3):357-398.
    Standard, familiar models portray harms and benefits as symmetrical. Usually, harm is portrayed as involving a worsening of one's situation, and benefits as involving an improvement. Yet morally, the aversion, prevention, and relief of harms seem, at least presumptively, to matter more than the provision, protection, and maintenance of comparable and often greater benefits. Standard models of harms and benefits have difficulty acknowledging this priority, much less explaining it. They also fail to identify harm accurately and reliably. In this paper, (...)
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  10. What Is Really Wrong With Compelled Association?Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2005 - Northwestern University Law Review 99 (2):839-888.
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  11. Speech, Death, and Double Effect.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2003 - NYU Law Review 78 (3):1135-1185.
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  12. The Incentives Argument for Intellectual Property Protection.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2008 - In A. Gosseries, A. Marciano & A. Strowel (eds.), Intellectual Property and Theories of Justice. Palgrave McMillan.
  13. Immoral, Conflicting and Redundant Promises.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2011 - In R. Jay Wallace, Rahul Kumar & Samuel Freeman (eds.), Reasons and Recognition: Essays on the Philosophy of T.M. Scanlon. Oxford University Press.
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  14. Egalitarianism, Choice-Sensitivity, and Accommodation.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2004 - In Philip Pettit (ed.), Reason and Value: Themes from the Work of Joseph Raz. Oxford Univ. Press. pp. 270--302.
  15. Intellectual Property.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2007 - In Robert Goodin, Philip Pettit & Thomas Pogge (eds.), A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy. Blackwell.
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  16. A Thinker-Based Approach to Freedom of Speech.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2011 - Constitutional Commentary 27 (2):283-307.
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  17. Lockean Theories of Intellectual Property.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2001 - In Stephen R. Munzer (ed.), New Essays in the Political Theory of Property. Cambridge Univ. Press.
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  18. Reply to Critics.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2011 - Constitutional Commentary 27 (2):417-438.
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    I—Learning About Deception From Lawyers.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2019 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 93 (1):69-90.
    Legal domains concerned with deception often recognize and regulate cases of negligent deception. The philosophical discussion of deception should follow suit, shifting from an exclusive focus on deception-as-wrongful-manipulation to a broader panorama that includes negligent deception and contemplates cases in which negligent deception may be wrong even when intentional deception about the same information may be permissible. Interesting philosophical questions then arise about what distinguishes negligent deception from mere misunderstandings and mistakes. Those questions require further thought about how relationships involve (...)
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    Back-Door Lies and Promising Under Coercion.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - forthcoming - Mind.
    I’m grateful to Professors Langton and Owens for their probing comments and to Mind for providing the occasion for this exchange. Both Langton and Owens helpfully push me to tackle interesting problems that I did not wrestle with in the book. I am game to try to answer them, but some of my responses are tentative and roughly hewn, offered more in the spirit of exploratory conversation than firm conviction.
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  21. Reparations for U.S. Slavery and Justice Over Time.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2009 - In David Wasserman & Melinda Roberts (eds.), Harming Future Persons. Springer.
  22. 10. Nicholas Rescher, Objectivity: The Obligations of Impersonal Reason Nicholas Rescher, Objectivity: The Obligations of Impersonal Reason (Pp. 917-919). [REVIEW]Tamar Schapiro, A. John Simmons, Seana Valentine Shiffrin, Sarah Buss, Julia Driver, G. F. Schueler, James Montmarquet, Mark van Roojen & Samantha Brennan - 1999 - Ethics 109 (4).
  23. Moral Autonomy and Agent-Centred Options.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 1991 - Analysis 51 (4):244 - 254.
  24. Moral Overridingness and Moral Subjectivism.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 1999 - Ethics 109 (4):772-794.
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  25. Are Contracts Promises? (Pre-Publication Version).Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2012 - In Andrei Marmor (ed.), Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law. Routledge.
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    Autonomy, Beneficence, and the Permanently Demented.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2004 - In Ronald Dworkin & Justine Burley (eds.), Dworkin and His Critics: With Replies by Dworkin. Blackwell.
  27. Inducing Moral Deliberation: On the Occasional Virtues of Fog.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2010 - Harvard Law Review 123 (5):1214-1246.
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    Lying, Reciprocity, and Free Speech – A Reply to Eight Critics.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2019 - Law and Philosophy 38 (5-6):555-597.
    In this article, I reply to eight critics of my book Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law. The topics include lying, promising, reciprocity, free speech, and the testimonial duties of institutions.
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  29. Methodology in Free Speech Theory.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2011 - Virginia Law Review 97 (3):549-558.
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  30. Seana Valentine Shiffrin.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 1999 - Legal Theory 5 (2):117-148.
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  31. Must I Mean What You Think I Should Have Said?Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2012 - Virginia Law Review 98 (1):159-176.
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    Chapter One. Lies and the Murderer Next Door.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2015 - In Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law. Princeton University Press. pp. 5-46.
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    Chapter Three. A Thinker-Based Approach to Freedom of Speech.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2015 - In Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law. Princeton University Press. pp. 79-115.
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    Chapter Four. Lying and Freedom of Speech.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2015 - In Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law. Princeton University Press. pp. 116-156.
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    Promise?Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2012 - In Marmor Andrei (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law. Routledge.
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    Caution About Character Ideals and Capital Punishment: A Reply to Sorell.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2002 - Criminal Justice Ethics 21 (2):35-39.
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    Compelled Association, Morality, and Market Dynamics.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2007 - Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 41 (1):317-328.
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    Are Credit Card Late Fees Unconstitutional?Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2006 - William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 15 (2):457-500.
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    Chapter Two. Duress and Moral Progress.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2015 - In Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law. Princeton University Press. pp. 47-78.
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    Chapter Five. Accommodation, Equality, and the Liar.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2015 - In Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law. Princeton University Press. pp. 157-181.
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    Introduction.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2015 - In Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law. Princeton University Press. pp. 1-4.
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    Developments in the Law–DNA Evidence and the Criminal Defense.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 1995 - Harvard Law Review 108 (1):1557-1582.
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    Chapter Six. Sincerity and Institutional Values.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2015 - In Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law. Princeton University Press. pp. 182-224.
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    Index.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2015 - In Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law. Princeton University Press. pp. 225-234.
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    Acknowledgments.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2015 - In Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law. Princeton University Press.
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  46. The Norton Introduction to Philosophy.Gideon Rosen, Alex Byrne, Joshua Cohen & Seana Valentine Shiffrin (eds.) - 2015 - W. W. Norton.
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    Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2015 - Princeton University Press.
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