Category Archives: Working Papers

My Warmest Thanks, and One Final Bleg

I’d like to thank all of you who sent me comments on the RNR (“Foundations of a Nonideal Theory of Justice”) I posted here the other week. Almost all of you homed in on a problem with the Side-Constraint Principle … Continue reading

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RNR Help? “Foundations of a Nonideal Theory of Justice”

Hi everyone, I’ve been working on this paper for a number of years, and it is finally under revise-and-resubmit.  Given that I work in a very small department and am not great at networking, I could really use some help … Continue reading

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Working Paper: Foundations of a Nonideal Theory of Justice

Hello everyone.  I’ve been working on this paper for a few years now and I could really use some feedback.  Here’s a brief abstract: This paper systematically extends John Rawls’ original position to nonideal theory, showing how it is both … Continue reading

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Unsavory Implications of A Theory of Justice and The Law of Peoples: The Denial of Human Rights and the Justification of Slavery and Genocide

Dear all, I post here in pdf format a paper of mine in which I argue, well, that Rawls’s theory of justice implies the justification of slavery and genocide and is therefore an abysmal failure as far as reflective equilibrium … Continue reading

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Human Rights and Liberal Toleration

An updated (thanks for the comments!) working draft (now with citations/footnotes) of my ”Human Rights and Liberal Toleration” has been posted to SSRN.com.  http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1436125 I would be most grateful for additional comments and suggestions (to this site or to me directly).  An earlier and much shorter version was … Continue reading

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PPPS: “Does the Government Need to Know Your Sex?”

Here is my contribution to this podcast symposium; I’d like to add my thanks to Simon May for organizing this online event. In a number of states and countries, transgender activists and scholars are challenging the rules and regulations for altering … Continue reading

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Nickel on Rawls, Human Rights and Toleration

I have a conference length paper on Jim Nickel’s criticisms (from the second edition of “Making Sense of Human Rights”) of Rawls’s “ultraminimalist” conception of human rights in LoP. I seek readers’ comments both because I’d like to get a … Continue reading

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The Capabilities Approach, Religious Practices, and the Importance of Recognition

I have been working on a paper entitled “The Capabilities Approach, Religious Practices, and the Importance of Recognition” that looks into cases where Nussbaum’s capabilities approach and religious practices seem to clash. The paper can be downloaded free here. The … Continue reading

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Fairness, Democracy and Lotteries

Last night I gave a talk to the Moral Philosophy Seminar in Oxford, which received particularly good questions from Joseph Raz and John Broome (among others). As often, the paper has been posted for discussion on the blog Ethics-Etc (direct … Continue reading

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Why Libertarians Should Be Welfare Liberals

I came across a nice paper by John Simmons a while back on why libertarians should be actual consent theorists and decided that I could combine his argument with something derived from an argument I’ve got coming out in the … Continue reading

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Torture and the Ticking Time Bomb

I have just posted a version of my SPEP paper from last fall to SSRN, “One View of the Dungeon: The Ticking Time Bomb between Governmentality and Sovereignty” The paper is a critique of one of the standard justifications for … Continue reading

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Autonomy, Respect, and Arrogance in the Danish Cartoon Controversy

Autonomy, Respect, and Arrogance in the Danish Cartoon Controversy Hi everyone, I have been working for a while on a paper, which was provoked by the cartoons of Muhammad that were published in Denmark in 2005 and created an international … Continue reading

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Aristotle on the Ideal State, Spooner on Jurisprudence

My working paper “Inside and Outside Spooner’s Natural Law Jurisprudence” is online; abstract follows: Lysander Spooner, the foremost legal theorist of 19th century American radical liberalism, might seem to have defended two distinct and incompatible theories of the relation between … Continue reading

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Philosophical Libertarianism

I’ve been working for a while on a entry on libertarianism as a political philosophy for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. It’s meant to explain the theory and some of the most common objections to it to a undergraduate/graduate student … Continue reading

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Locke, IP, and Waste

As I indicated in my comments on an earlier thread about waste, I’ve been working on a paper about Locke’s waste proviso and its application to intellectual property law. Here is (what I hope to be) a pentultimate draft: Locke, … Continue reading

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Revolution Redux…

Hi Folks. This is my first post here and I hope I am playing it right. I noticed recently that people are not writing much on the right or obligation to revolution anymore. At first this seemed to be because … Continue reading

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An Argument for Fair Trade?

Hi, So I have this argument I’ve been thinking about for the conclusion that, theoretically, it is quite possible that Fair Trade will offer Pareto superior improvements for the poor. I’d love any thoughts. The argument makes the standard economic … Continue reading

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