London School of Economics
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
PhD, 1976
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    Consider the following examples of behavior by Smith: 1. Smith, seated at her restaurant table, gives an order to the waiter; 2. Smith gets into a cab and names a destination; 3. Smith agrees to Jones's suggestion that they go back to Jones's apartment for a few drinks; 4. Smith casts her vote in some election. In each of these instances what can Smith be understood as consenting to? Is she consenting to pay the bill for whatever meal she orders; pay the fare for the journey to her named destina…Read more
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    Sex for sale
    Cogito 3 (1): 47-51. 1989.
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    A Brief Tribute to Stephen Mills
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 9 (4): 499-500. 2001.
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    The moral and political status of children
    Philosophical Quarterly 54 (216): 490-492. 2004.
    The book contains original essays by distinguished moral and political philosophers on the topic of the moral and political status of children. It covers the themes of children's rights, parental rights and duties, the family and justice, and civic education.
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    Radical Philosophy 41 43. 1985.
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    Children, multiculturalism and education
    In David Archard & Colin M. Macleod (eds.), The Moral and Political Status of Children, Oxford University Press. pp. 150--158. 2002.
    There are three possible justifications of the claim cultural communities make for their right to transmit an identity to their children. A group strategy and a parenting strategy are both defective. More promising is the view that there is value to children in the sharing of a familial life. But parental authority is limited by the requirement that children acquire sufficient autonomy. Some multicultural policies are thus not ruled out by the recognition of the need to accommodate children's in…Read more
  • Ross Harrison, Democracy
    Radical Philosophy. forthcoming.
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    Membership and Justice
    Theoria 49 (99): 7-25. 2002.
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    Political disagreement, legitimacy, and civility
    Philosophical Explorations 4 (3). 2001.
    For many contemporary liberal political philosophers the appropriate response to the facts of pluralism is the requirement of public reasonableness, namely that individuals should be able to offer to their fellow citizens reasons for their political actions that can generally be accepted.This article finds wanting two possible arguments for such a requirement: one from a liberal principle of legitimacy and the other from a natural duty of political civility. A respect in which conversational res…Read more
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    Freedom not to be free
    Philosophical Quarterly 40 (161): 453. 1990.
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    Liberalism and Prostitution * By PETER DE MARNEFFE
    Analysis 70 (3): 595-597. 2010.
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    I criticise the ‘liberal’view of the proper relationship between the family and State, namely that, although the interests of the child should be paramount, parents are entitled to rights of both privacy and autonomy which should be abrogated only when the child suffers a specifiable harm. I argue that the right to bear children is not absolute, and that it only grounds a right to rear upon an objectionable proprietarian picture of the child as owned by its producer. If natural parents have any …Read more
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    What should judges do?
    The Philosophers' Magazine 27 49-50. 2004.
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    Procreation and Parenthood offers new and original essays by leading philosophers on some of the main ethical issues raised by these activities.
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    Exploited consent
    Journal of Social Philosophy 25 (3): 92--101. 1994.
    The article considers whether a professional's sexual relations with a client are wrong, even if the client's consent is not coerced, incapacitated or manipulated, the impartial conduct of professional affairs is not interfered with, and there are no damaged third parties. It argues that consent may be ``exploited'' if it is forthcoming only due to the occupancy of respective positions within an unequal relationship whose scope excludes such intimacy. The article explains the use of the term, ex…Read more
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    Selling yourself: Titmuss's argument against a market in blood (review)
    The Journal of Ethics 6 (1): 87-102. 2002.
    This article defends Richard Titmuss''s argument, and PeterSinger''s sympathetic support for it, against orthodoxphilosophical criticism. The article specifies thesense in which a market in blood is ``dehumanising'''' ashaving to do with a loss of ``imagined community'''' orsocial ``integration'''', and not with a loss of valued or``deeper'''' liberty. It separates two ``domino arguments''''– the ``contamination of meaning'''' argument and the``erosion of motivation'''' argument which support, i…Read more
  • JJ Clarke, Oriental Enlightenment
    Radical Philosophy. forthcoming.
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    Apply within
    The Philosophers' Magazine 39 50-52. 2007.