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Stephen Munzer
University of California, Los Angeles
  1. A Theory of Property.Stephen R. Munzer - 1990 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book represents a major new statement on the issue of property rights. It argues for the justification of some rights of private property while showing why unequal distributions of private property are indefensible. Three features of the book are especially salient: it offers a challenging new pluralist theory of justification; the argument integrates perceptive analyses of the great classical theorists Aristotle, Locke, Hegel and Marx with a discussion of contemporary philosophers such as Nozick and Rawls; and the author moves (...)
     
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  2. An Uneasy Case Against Property Rights in Body Parts*: STEPHEN R. MUNZER.Stephen R. Munzer - 1994 - Social Philosophy and Policy 11 (2):259-286.
    This essay deals with property rights in body parts that can be exchanged in a market. The inquiry arises in the following context. With some exceptions, the laws of many countries permit only the donation, not the sale, of body parts. Yet for some years there has existed a shortage of body parts for transplantation and other medical uses. It might then appear that if more sales were legally permitted, the supply of body parts would increase, because people would have (...)
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    What is Stemness?Yan Leychkis, Stephen R. Munzer & Jessica L. Richardson - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 40 (4):312-320.
    This paper, addressed to both philosophers of science and stem cell biologists, aims to reduce the obscurity of and disagreements over the nature of stemness. The two most prominent current theories of stemness—the entity theory and the state theory—are both biologically and philosophically unsatisfactory. Improved versions of these theories are likely to converge. Philosophers of science can perform a much needed service in clarifying and formulating ways of testing entity and state theories of stemness. To do so, however, philosophers should (...)
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    New Essays in the Legal and Political Theory of Property.Stephen R. Munzer (ed.) - 2001 - Cambridge University Press.
    There has always been much controversy surrounding property rights in legal and political philosophy. Thinkers such as Plato, Locke, Kant, Hegel and Marx have all offered different views on the idea of property. This collection of essays, written by some of the most eminent scholars in the field, examines the most central issues of property theory from a variety of perspectives. The essays discuss whether property may be dissipated or used imprudently with impunity, and analyse how a person's property should (...)
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  5. The Moral Criticism of Law.Stephen R. Munzer & David A. J. Richards - 1977 - Rutgers University.
     
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    Innocence.Stephen R. Munzer - 2012 - Faith and Philosophy 29 (2):125-143.
    There are at least five types of innocence. Innocence of various, but not all, types can be possessed, then lost, and later still regained or even surpassed. The most important of these I call “mature innocence,” which is a confirmed state of character, attained reflectively and by an individual’s exercise of effort and agency, that is highly resistant to sin and moral wrongdoing. Mature innocence can be either a secular or a specifically Christian ideal. To surpass mature innocence is to (...)
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    Transplantation, Chemical Inheritance, and the Identity of Organs.Stephen R. Munzer - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (2):555-570.
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    Self-Abandonment and Self-Denial Quietism, Calvinism, and the Prospect of Hell.Stephen R. Munzer - 2005 - Journal of Religious Ethics 33 (4):747-781.
    Self-abandonment and self-denial are, respectively, Catholic and hyper-Calvinist analogues of each other. Roughly, each requires the surrendering of a person to God's will and providence through faith, hope, and love. Should the self-abandoning/self-denying individual accept his or her own damnation if that be God's will? This article, which is virtually alone in discussing the Catholic and Reformed Protestant traditions together, answers "No." The unqualified self-abandonment present in quietism and the radical self-denial of Samuel Hopkins are perverse and irrational responses to (...)
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    Beggars of God: The Christian Ideal of Mendicancy.Stephen R. Munzer - 1999 - Journal of Religious Ethics 27 (2):305 - 330.
    In contemporary Western societies, public begging is associated with economic failure and social opprobrium--the lot of street people. So Christians may be puzzled by the fact that an interpretation of the imitation of Christ in the late Middle Ages elevated religious mendicancy into an ideal form of life. Although voluntary religious begging cannot easily be resurrected as a Christian ideal today, the author argues that a radical attitude and practice of trust, self-abandonment, and acknowledgment of dependence on God can be (...)
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    Aristotle's Biology and the Transplantation of Organs.Stephen R. Munzer - 1993 - Journal of the History of Biology 26 (1):109-129.
    It would be redundant to repeat the general thesis and specific claims advanced in the introduction. Yet in concluding I should like to draw attention to several broader themes that run through the article. One is that understanding Aristotle's biology demands attention to his psychology and metaphysics as well as to what some readers may regard as his strictly biological writings.Another is that Aristotle's views on homonymy and potentiality.
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  11. A Theory of Property.Stephen R. Munzer - 1991 - Mind 100 (2):300-302.
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    Commons, Anticommons, and Community in Biotechnological Assets.Stephen R. Munzer - 2009 - Theoretical Inquiries in Law 10 (1):271-298.
    I argue for three theses: T1 — Access to scientific knowledge can be used to reinforce existing scientific communities and sometimes generate new ones. T2 — Community can be used to generate scientific knowledge, patent reform, scientific research, medical diagnostics, and trade secrets and occasionally patents. T3 — On the spectrum from commons to semicommons to private property to anticommons, an anticommons can arise if a biotechnological asset is fuzzily defined. I defend these propositions against objection and establish the fertility (...)
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  13. Intuition and Security in Moral Philosophy.Stephen R. Munzer - 1984 - [University of Michigan, Department of Law].
     
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    Kierkegaard on Purity of Heart.Stephen R. Munzer - 2016 - International Philosophical Quarterly 56 (3):315-336.
    Kierkegaard holds that purity of heart is to will one thing. But his treatment of despair, double-mindedness, and self-deception runs into difficulties over whether one can choose beliefs about oneself, which theories of the will could establish its unity, and whether the individual who fails to become pure of heart is blameworthy. Pace Kierkegaard, willing the good does not make immutable the person who so wills, and purity of heart should not be entirely will-based. This essay articulates a broad understanding (...)
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  15. New Essays in the Political Theory of Property.Stephen R. Munzer (ed.) - 2001 - Cambridge Univ. Press.
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  16. Nathan Glazer, "Affirmative Discrimination: Ethnic Inequality and Public Policy". [REVIEW]Stephen R. Munzer - 1976 - Theory and Decision 7 (4):331.
     
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    Property, Incorporation, and Projection.Stephen R. Munzer - 1989 - Noûs 23 (3):291-306.
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  18. Plants, Torts, and Intellectual Property.Stephen R. Munzer - 2006 - In J. W. Harris, Timothy Andrew Orville Endicott, Joshua Getzler & Edwin Peel (eds.), Properties of Law: Essays in Honour of Jim Harris. Oxford University Press.
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    Questioning Bonhoeffer on Temptation.Stephen R. Munzer - 2020 - Irish Theological Quarterly 85 (3):265-285.
    This article engages critically and constructively with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s biblical study ‘Temptation’ (1938). His study does not always do justice to the text of the New Testament or the theodicean and hamartiological issues pertaining to temptation. And his position that biblically temptation is not the testing of strength, but rather the loss of all strength and defenceless deliverance into Satan’s hands, is hard to defend. However, Bonhoeffer’s idea of Christ-reality undergirds his suggestion that all persons can find in Christ participation, (...)
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  20. Right Answers, Preexisting Rights, and Fairness.Stephen R. Munzer - 1977 - University of Georgia, School of Law].
     
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    Silence as a Christian Experience and Practice.Stephen R. Munzer - 2020 - Studia Monastica 62:253-274.
    Silence often plays a significant role in Christian experience and practice. However, the varieties of silence and the effects of silence for good and. bad merit examination. It is important to distinguish between physical, auditory, and metaphorical silence, and bet- ween experiencing silence as "quiet" and experiencing silence as keeping quiet . Silence can be an instrumental good as well as an expressive good, a concomitant good, or a constitutive good. Christian monks, theologians, and other thinkers sometimes identify experiences of (...)
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  22. The Commons and the Anticommons in the Law and Theory of Property.Stephen R. Munzer - 2005 - In Martin P. Golding & William A. Edmundson (eds.), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory. Blackwell.
     
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  23. Validity and Legal Conflicts.Stephen R. Munzer - 1973 - Yale Law Journal Co.].