Vittorio Bufacchi

University College Cork
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    Empirical Philosophy: Theory and Practice
    International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1): 39-52. 2004.
    This article takes the first steps towards a new approach in applied philosophy, in the hope to encourage an idea of philosophy as a more empirical subject. Part I will provide an overview of the nature and scope of applied philosophy, followed in Part II by a critical evaluation of the “top-down” methodology still popular with many applied philosophers. Part III will then describe the basic axioms of “empirical philosophy,” explaining how the empirical approach differs from the top-down approac…Read more
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    This chapter explores the philosophical nature of social injustice in contemporary Ireland. By appealing to four key concepts in contemporary political philosophy, this chapter will expose the tension between Ireland’s strong economy, currently growing faster than any other country in the European Union, and the persistent unacceptable levels of poverty and inequality in all aspects of Irish society. There are three parts to the main thesis advanced in this chapter. First, to defend the politica…Read more
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    Empirical Philosophy: Theory and Practice
    International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1): 39-52. 2004.
    This article takes the first steps towards a new approach in applied philosophy, in the hope to encourage an idea of philosophy as a more empirical subject. Part I will provide an overview of the nature and scope of applied philosophy, followed in Part II by a critical evaluation of the “top-down” methodology still popular with many applied philosophers. Part III will then describe the basic axioms of “empirical philosophy,” explaining how the empirical approach differs from the top-down approac…Read more
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    Democratic justice and contractarian injustice
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 20 (2): 222-230. 2017.
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    Hens, Ducks and Human Rights in China
    with Xiao Ouyang
    Philosophy Now 118 9-11. 2017.
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    Colonialism, Injustice, and Arbitrariness
    Journal of Social Philosophy 48 (2): 197-211. 2017.
    The current debate on why colonialism is wrong overlooks what is arguably the most discernible aspect of this particular historical injustice: its exreme violence. Through a critical analysis of the recent contributions by Lea Ypi, Margaret Moore and Laura Valentini, this article argues that the violence inflicted on the victims and survivors of colonialism reveals far more about the nature of this historical injustice than generally assumed. It is the arbitrary nature of the power relations bet…Read more
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    Beyond unity in plurality: Rethinking the pluralist legacy
    Contemporary Political Theory 9 (4): 458-476. 2010.
    This article is a critical analysis of the pluralist legacy in modern political discourse. The article argues that this legacy imposes conceptual constraints on empirical and normative inquiry into current forms of human belonging and interaction, a predicament most evident today in the field of global political theory. It is argued that this is due to a lasting preoccupation in the pluralist legacy with the vexed question of unity in plurality. The article analyzes the pluralist legacy historic…Read more