London School of Economics
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
PhD, 1976
  •  1
    What should judges do?
    The Philosophers' Magazine 27 49-50. 2004.
  • Political Liberalism (review)
    Radical Philosophy 66. 1994.
  • Tallyman (review)
    Radical Philosophy 41 34. 1985.
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    9. JUSTICE David Archard
    In Guillaume de Stexhe & Johan Verstraeten (eds.), Matter of Breath: Foundations for Professional Ethics, Peeters. pp. 3--147. 2000.
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    Whose body is it anyway|[quest]| Justice and the integrity of the person
    Contemporary Political Theory 9 (3): 345. 2010.
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    Philosophy and Pluralism
    Cambridge University Press. 1996.
    We inhabit a world of differences - cultural, religious, moral, philosophical. The question that preoccupies the contributors to this volume is whether the fact of difference - plurality - inevitably leads to the conclusion that there cannot be a single truth, even in moral matters. As befits a volume on pluralism, it brings together a wide variety of contributors with different backgrounds and distinctive skills and attitudes. The implications of plurality are examined with regard to religion, …Read more
  •  214
    Insults, Free Speech and Offensiveness
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 31 (2): 127-141. 2014.
    This article examines what is wrong with some expressive acts, ‘insults’. Their putative wrongfulness is distinguished from the causing of indirect harms, aggregated harms, contextual harms, and damaging misrepresentations. The article clarifies what insults are, making use of work by Neu and Austin, and argues that their wrongfulness cannot lie in the hurt that is caused to those at whom such acts are directed. Rather it must lie in what they seek to do, namely to denigrate the other. The causi…Read more
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    The morality of embryo use - by Louis M. Guenin
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (2): 212-214. 2009.
    No Abstract
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    Philosophy 71 (278): 628-631. 1996.
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    Dirty Hands and the Complicity of the Democratic Public
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (4): 777-790. 2013.
    The alleged problem of the dirty hands of politicians has been much discussed since Michael Walzer’s original piece (Walzer 1974). The discussion has concerned the precise nature of the problem or sought to dissolve the apparent paradox. However there has been little discussion of the putative complicity, and thus also dirtying of hands, of a democratic public that authorizes politicians to act in its name. This article outlines the sense in which politicians do get dirty hands and the degree to…Read more
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    Mary Midgley asserts that my argument concerning the problem of child-abuse was inappropriately framed in the language of rights, and neglected certain pertinent natural facts. I defend the view that the use of rights-talk was both apposite and did not misrepresent the moral problem in question. I assess the status and character of the natural facts Midgley adduces in criticism of my case, concluding that they do not obviously establish the conclusions she believes they do. Finally I briefly res…Read more
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    Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (3): 217-218. 2009.
    No Abstract
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    Recognition of Reviewers
    with Anita Allen, Elizabeth S. Anderson, Erik A. Anderson, Marcus Arvan, Linda Barclay, Marcia Baron, Daniel Bar-Tal, Debra Bergoffen, and Alyssa Bernstein
    Journal of Social Philosophy 42 (4): 341-345. 2011.
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    The Future of the Family
    Ethics and Social Welfare 6 (2): 132-142. 2012.
    Much is said about the decline of the family, often in connection with the prevalence of certain social problems. In this article I consider two kinds of fear: (i) that the traditional family is disappearing; (ii) that new forms of family emerging are, in some or other respect, not worthy of the title. In themselves, neither fear, I argue, should give rise to pressing ethical concerns as such. On fear (i): if by ?traditional family? we mean one whose adult members are heterosexuals, normally mar…Read more
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    Messy morality, the challenge of politics
    Contemporary Political Theory 9 (2): 253-256. 2010.
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    Whether children have rights is a debate that in recent years has spilled over into all areas of public life. It has never been more topical than now as the assumed rights of parents over their children is challenged on an almost daily basis. David Archard offers the first serious and sustained philosophical examination of children and their rights. Archard reviews arguments for and against according children rights. He concludes that every child has at least the right to the best possible upbri…Read more
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    Genetic Enhancement and Procreative Autonomy
    Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology 1 (1). 2007.
  • Letters: Response to Archard; Response to Elliott
    with Andrew Collier and Andrew Coates
    Radical Philosophy 58. 1991.
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    Filial morality
    Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 77 (3): 179-192. 1996.