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    Social Action: A Teleological Account.Seumas Miller - 2001 - Cambridge University Press.
    Social action is central to social thought. This centrality reflects the overwhelming causal significance of action for social life, the centrality of action to any account of social phenomena, and the fact that conventions and normativity are features of human activity. This book provides philosophical analyses of fundamental categories of human social action, including cooperative action, conventional action, social norm governed action, and the actions of the occupants of organizational roles. A distinctive feature of the book is that it applies (...)
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    Whither the University? Universities of Technology and the Problem of Institutional Purpose.Seumas Miller - 2019 - Science and Engineering Ethics 25 (6):1679-1698.
    There is a need to provide an appropriate normative conception of the modern university: a conception which identifies its unifying purposes and values and, thereby, gives direction to institutional role occupants, governments, public policymakers and other would-be institutional designers. Such a conception could admit differences between modern universities; differences, for example, between so-called universities of technology and other universities. Indeed, it is preferable to frame the issue at the level of higher education or university systems rather than at the level (...)
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    Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences.Seumas Miller & Michael J. Selgelid - 2007 - Science and Engineering Ethics 13 (4):523-580.
    The dual-use dilemma arises in the context of research in the biological and other sciences as a consequence of the fact that one and the same piece of scientific research sometimes has the potential to be used for bad as well as good purposes. It is an ethical dilemma since it is about promoting good in the context of the potential for also causing harm, e.g., the promotion of health in the context of providing the wherewithal for the killing of (...)
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  4. Collective Moral Responsibility: An Individualist Account.Seumas Miller - 2006 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 30 (1):176–193.
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    The Moral Foundations of Social Institutions: A Philosophical Study.Seumas Miller - 2009 - Cambridge University Press.
    In this book, Seumas Miller examines the moral foundations of contemporary social institutions. Offering an original general theory of social institutions, he posits that all social institutions exist to realize various collective ends, indeed, to produce collective goods. He analyses key concepts such as collective responsibility and institutional corruption. Miller also provides distinctive special theories of particular institutions, including governments, welfare agencies, universities, police organizations, business corporations, and communications and information technology entities. These theories are philosophical and, thus, foundational and (...)
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  6. The Collectivist Approach to Collective Moral Responsibility.Seumas Miller & Pekka Makela - 2005 - Metaphilosophy 36 (5):634-651.
  7. Privacy, the Workplace and the Internet.Seumas Miller & John Weckert - 2000 - Journal of Business Ethics 28 (3):255 - 265.
    This paper examines workplace surveillance and monitoring. It is argued that privacy is a moral right, and while such surveillance and monitoring can be justified in some circumstances, there is a presumption against the infringement of privacy. An account of privacy precedes consideration of various arguments frequently given for the surveillance and monitoring of employees, arguments which look at the benefits, or supposed benefits, to employees as well as to employers. The paper examines the general monitoring of work, and the (...)
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    Against the Collective Moral Autonomy Thesis.Seumas Miller - 2007 - Journal of Social Philosophy 38 (3):389–409.
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    Joint Epistemic Action and Collective Moral Responsibility.Seumas Miller - 2015 - Social Epistemology 29 (3):280-302.
    In this paper, I explore the relationship between joint epistemic action and collective moral responsibility. Here, we need to distinguish between the genus, joint action, and an important species of joint action which I introduced in some earlier work, namely, joint epistemic action. In the case of the latter, but not necessarily the former, participating agents have epistemic goals, e.g. the acquisition of knowledge. The notion of joint action per se is a familiar one in the philosophical literature, albeit I (...)
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  10. “If Equity's In, We're Out”: Scope for Fairness in the Next Global Climate Agreement.Jonathan Pickering, Steve Vanderheiden & Seumas Miller - 2012 - Ethics and International Affairs 26 (4):423-443.
    At the United Nations climate change conference in 2011, parties decided to launch the “Durban Platform” to work towards a new long-term climate agreement. The decision was notable for the absence of any reference to “equity”, a prominent principle in all previous major climate agreements. Wealthy countries resisted the inclusion of equity on the grounds that the term had become too closely yoked to developing countries’ favored conception of equity. This conception, according to wealthy countries, exempts developing countries from making (...)
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    Shared Intention is Not Joint Commitment.Matthew Kopec & Seumas Miller - 2018 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 13 (2):179-189.
    Margaret Gilbert has long defended the view that, roughly speaking, agents share the intention to perform an action if and only if they jointly commit to performing that action. This view has proven both influential and controversial. While some authors have raised concerns over the joint commitment view of shared intention, including at times offering purported counterexamples to certain aspects of the view, straightforward counterexamples to the view as a whole have yet to appear in the literature. Here we provide (...)
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    Joint Abilities, Joint Know-How and Collective Knowledge.Seumas Miller - 2019 - Social Epistemology 34 (3):197-212.
    In this article, I introduce and analyze the notion of joint abilities; a species of ability possessed by agents who perform joint actions of a certain kind. Joint abilities are abilitie...
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    Social Institutions.Seumas Miller - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Joint Action.Seumas Miller - 1992 - Philosophical Papers 21 (3):275-297.
  15. Is Torture Ever Morally Justifiable?Seumas Miller - 2005 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 19 (2):179-192.
    In this paper I argue that torture is morally justified in some extreme emergencies. However, I also argue that notwithstanding the moral permissibility of torture in some extreme emergencies, torture ought not to be legalised or otherwise institutionalised.
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    Assertions, Joint Epistemic Actions and Social Practices.Seumas Miller - 2016 - Synthese 193 (1):71-94.
    In this paper I provide a theory of the speech act of assertion according to which assertion is a species of joint action. In doing so I rely on a theory of joint action developed in more detail elsewhere. Here we need to distinguish between the genus, joint action, and an important species of joint action, namely, what I call joint epistemic action. In the case of the latter, but not necessarily the former, participating agents have epistemic goals, e.g., the (...)
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    Intentions, Ends and Joint Action.Seumas Miller - 1995 - Philosophical Papers 24 (1):51-66.
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    Joint Epistemic Action: Some Applications.Seumas Miller - 2018 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 35 (2):300-318.
    The notion of a joint action is a familiar one in the philosophical literature. Moreover, the notion of epistemic action has recently been discussed in the literature. Elsewhere I have suggested that these two notions can be brought together to yield the notion of joint epistemic action and provided a relational individualist analysis of joint epistemic actions. In this article I extend this analysis and show how this extended analysis applies to different kinds of important epistemic institutional phenomena: voting in (...)
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  19. Against Collective Agency.Seumas Miller - 2002 - In Georg Meggle (ed.), Social Facts and Collective Intentionality. Philosophische Forschung / Philosophical research. Dr. Hänsel-Hohenhausen. pp. 273--98.
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    Police Detectives, Criminal Investigations and Collective Moral Responsibility.Seumas Miller - 2014 - Criminal Justice Ethics 33 (1):21-39.
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    Torture.Seumas Miller - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  22. Judith Jarvis Thomson on Killing in Self-Defence.Seumas Miller - 2001 - Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics 3 (2).
     
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  23. Ethical Theory, “Common Morality,” and Professional Obligations.Andrew Alexandra & Seumas Miller - 2009 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 30 (1):69-80.
    We have two aims in this paper. The first is negative: to demonstrate the problems in Bernard Gert’s account of common morality, in particular as it applies to professional morality. The second is positive: to suggest a more satisfactory explanation of the moral basis of professional role morality, albeit one that is broadly consistent with Gert’s notion of common morality, but corrects and supplements Gert’s theory. The paper is in three sections. In the first, we sketch the main features of (...)
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  24. Noble Cause Corruption in Politics.Seumas Miller - 2007 - In Igor Primoratz (ed.), Politics and Morality. Palgrave-Macmillan.
     
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    Rationalising Conventions.Seumas Miller - 1990 - Synthese 84 (1):23 - 41.
    Conformity by an agent to a convention to which the agent is a party is rational only if the agent prefers to conform given the other parties conform and believes the others will conform. But this justification is inadequate; what, for example, is the justification for this belief? The required rational justification requires recourse to (a) preferences for general conformity (as opposed to merely conditional preferences for one's own conformity) and (b) procedures. An agent adopts a procedure when he chooses (...)
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    Terrorism and Collective Responsibility: A Response to Narveson and Rosenbaum.Seumas Miller - 2004 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (2):263-281.
    In this paper I consider the general view of terrorism put forward by Jan Narveson in his “Pacificism and Terrorism: Why We Should Condemn Both” and by Alan Rosenbaum in his “On Terrorism and the Just War: Some Philosophical Reflections.” This is the view that terrorism is morally indefensible. Contra Narveson and Rosenbaum, I argue that some forms of terrorism are morally defensible in some circumstances.In the first section of the paper I will discuss the definition of terrorism, including the (...)
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    Corruption.Seumas Miller - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  28. Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators.Seumas Miller & Ian A. Gordon - 2014 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators_ presents applied philosophical analyses of the ethical issues that arise for police detectives and other investigators in contemporary society. Explores ethical issues relating to investigative independence, rights of victims and suspects, use of informants, entrapment, privacy and surveillance, undercover operations, deception, and suspect interviewing Represents the first monograph providing a detailed consideration of ethical issues in police investigations Features authorship by an applied philosopher specializing in police ethics, and a former UK (...)
     
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    Collective Responsibility.Seumas Miller - 2001 - Public Affairs Quarterly 15 (1):65-82.
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    On Conventions.Seumas Miller - 1992 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 70 (4):435 – 444.
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    Collective Responsibility and Information and Communication Technology.Seumas Miller - 2008 - In M. J. van den Joven & J. Weckert (eds.), Information Technology and Moral Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 226.
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    Self‐Defence and Forcing the Choice Between Lives.Seumas Miller - 1992 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 9 (2):239-243.
    ABSTRACT In the standard case of justifiable killing in self‐defence one agent without provocation tries to kill a second agent and the second agent's only way to avoid death is to kill his attacker. It is widely accepted that such killings in self‐defence are morally justifiable, but it has proved difficult to show why this is so. Recently, Montague has put forward an account in terms of forcing a choice between lives, and Teichman has propounded a quasi‐Hobbesian rights‐based account of (...)
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    Institutions, Collective Goods and Moral Rights.Seumas Miller - 2003 - ProtoSociology 18:184-207.
    In this paper I offer a teleological account of social institutions. Specifically, I argue that: social institutions have as their defining purposes or ends the provision of collective goods, and; participants in social institutions have moral rights to such collective goods, and the moral rights in question are individual, and jointly held, moral rights.
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  34. Civilian Immunity, Forcing the Choice and Collective Responsibility.Seumas Miller - 2010 - In Igor Primoratz (ed.), Civilian Immunity in War. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Socializing Metaphysics: The Nature of Social Reality.Frederick F. Schmitt, Gary Ebbs, Margaret Gilbert, Sally Haslanger, Kevin Kimble, Ron Mallon, Seumas Miller, Philip Pettit, Abraham Sesshu Roth, John Searle, Raimo Tuomela & Edward Witherspoon - 2003 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Socializing Metaphysics supplies diverse answers to the basic questions of social metaphysics, from a broad array of voices. It will interest all philosophers and social scientists concerned with mind, action, or the foundations of social theory.
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    On Terrorism and Lost Rationality: Reply to Rosenbaum.Seumas Miller - 2006 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (1):173-176.
    This article is a reply to Alan Rosenbaum’s reply to my reply to his orginal article on terrorism and collective responsibility. As before, and contra Rosenbaum, I argue that some forms of terrorism in some circumstances might be morally justified. This position is consistent with holding the terrorist acts of groups such as Hamas and al-Qaeda to be morally unjustifiable. An example of a possibly morally justifiable form of terrorism was that practised by the African National Congress in its armed (...)
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    Filial Responsibility and the Care of the Aged.Michael Collingridge & Seumas Miller - 1997 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (2):119–128.
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    Collective Responsibility, Armed Intervention and the Rwandan Genocide.Seumas Miller - 1998 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (2):223-238.
    In this paper I explore the notion of collective moral responsibility as it pertains both to nation-states contemplating humanitarian armed intervention in international social conflicts, and as it pertains to social groups perpetrating human rights violations in such conflicts. I take the Rwandan genocide as illustrative of such conflicts and make use of it accordingly. I offer an individualist account of collective moral responsibility, according to which collective moral responsibility is a species of joint responsibility.
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    Needs, Moral Self-Consciousness, and Professional Roles.Andrew Alexandra & Seumas Miller - 1996 - Professional Ethics, a Multidisciplinary Journal 5 (1):43-61.
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    Needs, Moral Self-Consciousness, and Professional Roles.Seumas Miller - 1996 - Professional Ethics 5 (1/2):43-61.
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    Research in Applied Ethics: Problems and Perspectives.Seumas Miller - 2009 - Philosophia 37 (2):185-201.
    The last few decades have seen a dramatic increase in concern with matters of ethics in all areas of public life. This ‘applied turn’ in ethics raises important issues not only of focus, but also of methodology. Sometimes a moral end or moral feature is designed into an institution or technology; sometimes a morally desirable outcome is the fortuitous, but unintended, consequence of an institutional arrangement or technological invention. If designing-in ethics is the new methodological orientation for applied ethics, globalisation (...)
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    Morality and Justice: Reading Boylan's 'a Just Society'.John-Stewart Gordon, Michael Boylan, Robert Paul Churchill, James A. Donahue, Marcus Duwell, Dale Jacquette, Tanja Kohen, Christopher Lowry, Seumas Miller, Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, Johann-Christian Poder, Edward H. Spence, Udo Schuklenk, Wanda Teays & Rosemarie Tong (eds.) - 2009 - Lexington Books.
    The essays in this book engage the original and controversial claims from Michael Boylan's A Just Society. Each essay discusses Boylan's claims from a particular chapter and offers a critical analysis of these claims. Boylan responds to the essays in his lengthy and philosophically rich reply.
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    Conventions, Expectations and Rationality.Seumas Miller - 1987 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 25 (3):357-372.
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    Killings By, and Of, Police.Seumas Miller - 2020 - Criminal Justice Ethics 39 (1):91-94.
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    Individualism, Collective Responsibility and Corporate Crime.Seumas Miller - 1997 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 16 (4):19-46.
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    The Corruption of Financial Benchmarks: Individual and Collective Responsibility in the Global Banking Sector.Seumas Miller - 2018 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 42 (1):248-269.
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    Collective Rights and Minority Rights.Seumas Miller - 2000 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (2):241-257.
    The main purpose of this paper is to argue that there are no minority moral rights. Rights claimed to be minority moral rights, such as land rights and hunting rights of indigenous peoples, and the political and language rights of some minority cultures, turn out to be either collective moral rights which are not also minority moral rights, or else to be merely (possibly morally justified) legal minority rights which are not also minority moral rights.
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    Integrity Systems and Professional Reporting in Police Organizations.Seumas Miller - 2010 - Criminal Justice Ethics 29 (3):241-257.
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    Collective Moral Responsibility for Omissions.Seumas Miller - 2001 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 20 (1):5-24.
  50. Truth and Reference in Fictional Discourse.Seumas Miller - 1992 - South African Journal of Philosophy 11 (1):1-4.
     
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