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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. Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2014 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.
    To understand one another as individuals and to fulfill the moral duties that require such understanding, we must communicate with each other. We must also maintain protected channels that render reliable communication possible, a demand that, Seana Shiffrin argues, yields a prohibition against lying and requires protection for free speech. This book makes a distinctive philosophical argument for the wrong of the lie and provides an original account of its difference from the wrong of deception. Drawing on legal as well (...)
  3. 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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  4. 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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    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 instincts, (...)
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  6. The Divergence of Contract and Promise.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2007 - Harvard Law Review 120 (3):708-753.
     
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  7. Incentives, motives, and talents.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2010 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 38 (2):111-142.
  8. 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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  9. A Thinker-Based Approach to Freedom of Speech.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2011 - Constitutional Commentary 27 (2):283-307.
     
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    Democratic Law.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2021 - New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Edited by Niko Kolodny, Richard Rexford Wayne Brooks, Anna Stilz & Hannah Ginsborg.
    The book defends the intimate connection between democracy and law by focusing on how democracy permits us to be co-authors of our common community through the use of law. It argues that democratically forged laws are articulate public commitments we make to one another and they are uniquely capable of conveying our mutual respect for one another. For this reason, democratic law is morally imperative and morally inspirational.
  11. Moral Autonomy and Agent-Centred Options.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 1991 - Analysis 51 (4):244 - 254.
  12. Could Breach of Contract be Immoral?Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2009 - Michigan Law Review 107 (8):1551-1568.
     
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  13. 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.
  14. 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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  15. Moral Overridingness and Moral Subjectivism.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 1999 - Ethics 109 (4):772-794.
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  16. Intellectual Property.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2007 - In Robert E. Goodin, Philip Pettit & Thomas Pogge (eds.), A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 653–668.
    Intellectual property theory grapples with intriguing questions about the political and personal significance of our mental labour and creativity, the metaphysics of art and expression, the justifications for private property, and conflicts between property and free expression rights. This chapter begins with an introduction to the nature of intellectual property, comparing intellectual property to physical property. It continues with an overview of some arguments for, and criticisms of, the legal protection of intellectual property, and concludes with some ethical issues about (...)
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  17. 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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  18. 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.
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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. 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.
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    Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law: On Lying, Morality, and the Law.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2014 - Princeton University Press.
    To understand one another as individuals and to fulfill the moral duties that require such understanding, we must communicate with each other. We must also maintain protected channels that render reliable communication possible, a demand that, Seana Shiffrin argues, yields a prohibition against lying and requires protection for free speech. This book makes a distinctive philosophical argument for the wrong of the lie and provides an original account of its difference from the wrong of deception. Drawing on legal as well (...)
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  23. What Is Really Wrong With Compelled Association?Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2005 - Northwestern University Law Review 99 (2):839-888.
     
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  24. Reparations for U.S. Slavery and Justice over Time.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2009 - In David Wasserman & Melinda Roberts (eds.), Harming Future Persons. Springer.
  25. Seana Valentine Shiffrin.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 1999 - Legal Theory 5 (2):117-148.
     
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  26. 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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  27. Speech, Death, and Double Effect.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2003 - NYU Law Review 78 (3):1135-1185.
     
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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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  29. Inducing Moral Deliberation: On the Occasional Virtues of Fog.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2010 - Harvard Law Review 123 (5):1214-1246.
     
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  30. Methodology in Free Speech Theory.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2011 - Virginia Law Review 97 (3):549-558.
     
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  31. 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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  32. Egalitarianism, Choice-Sensitivity, and Accomodation.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2004 - In R. Jay Wallace, Philip Pettit, Samuel Scheffler & Michael Smith (eds.), Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz. Clarendon Press.
     
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  33. Reply to Critics.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2011 - Constitutional Commentary 27 (2):417-438.
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    Reliance arguments, democratic law, and inequity.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2023 - Jurisprudence 14 (3):317-347.
    The reversal of Roe v. Wade raises the prospect that other due process guarantees upon which individuals have organised their lives, including the constitutional rights to same-sex intimacy and marriage, will be overturned. These potential upheavals in the hard-won legal infrastructure of basic social status call for a careful look at reliance arguments for sustaining constitutional precedent. When does reliance on a judicial decision provide reason for a court to sustain a precedent in the face of substantial doubts or convictions (...)
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  35. 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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    Burdens on deliberative freedom.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2021 - Jurisprudence 12 (4):575-578.
    Sophia Moreau contends that an important dimension of the wrong of discrimination lies in burdens on deliberative freedom.1 Discrimination may burden deliberative freedom by limiting or otherwise b...
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    The Tanner Lectures on Human Values.Rosa Braidotti, Radhika Coomaraswamy, Richard Kraut, Dorothy E. Roberts, Seana Valentine Shiffrin, Melanne Verveer & Mark Matheson (eds.) - 2018 - Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press.
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    The Norton Introduction to Philosophy.Gideon Rosen, Alex Byrne, Joshua Cohen & Seana Valentine Shiffrin (eds.) - 2015 - New York: W. W. Norton.
    Edited by a team of four leading philosophers, The Norton Introduction to Philosophy introduces students to contemporary perspectives on major philosophical issues and questions. This text features an impressive array of readings, including 25 specially-commissioned essays by prominent philosophers. A student-friendly presentation, a handy format, and a low price make The Norton Introduction to Philosophy as accessible and affordable as it is up-to-date.
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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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    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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    Autonomy, Beneficence, and the Permanently Demented.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2004 - In Justine Burley (ed.), Dworkin and His Critics. Malden, MA, USA: Blackwell. pp. 193–217.
    This chapter contains section titled: I II III Acknowledgement.
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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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    Compelled Association, Morality, and Market Dynamics.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2007 - Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 41 (1):317-328.
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  44. Constitutional balancing and state interests.Seana Valentine Shiffrin - 2021 - In Democratic Law. Oxford University Press.
     
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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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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