• As an alternative to an instrumentalist view of the natural world in political practices and institutions—a view that conceives of nature as an aggregated of resources to merely serve human interests and needs—this article advances an account of a new politics for a more-than-human world. It proposes a different understanding of the nonhuman within the sphere of the political which both impacts upon the extension of the political community—who should be included in the demos—as well as upon the …Read more
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    I revisit the divide between environmental and animal ethics and explore the role that territory—a recently theorized subject in political theory—could play in this dispute. Specifically, I contend that a concept of state territory and territorial rights informed by values shared by environmental and animal ethics would greatly strengthen the case of non-anthropocentric ethics against the pervasive form of anthropocentrism that shapes current state policies and institutions. I propose what I dub…Read more
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    Representing Non-Human Interests
    Environmental Values 26 (5): 607-628. 2017.
    In environmental ethics, the legal and political representation of non-humans is a widespread aspiration. Its supporters see representative institutions that give voice to non-humans' interests as a promising strategy for responding to the illegitimate worldwide exploitation of non-human beings. In this article I engage critically with those who support this form of representation, and address two issues central to any account concerned with the legal and political representation of non-human li…Read more
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    Doctors with Borders? An Authority-based Approach to the Brain Drain
    South African Journal of Philosophy 36 (1): 69-77. 2017.
    According to the brain drain argument, there are good reasons for states to limit the exit of their skilled workers (more specifically, healthcare workers), because of the negative impacts this type of migration has for other members of the community from which they migrate. Some theorists criticise this argument as illiberal, while others support it and ground a duty to stay of the skilled workers on rather vague concepts like patriotic virtue, or the legitimate expectations of their state and …Read more
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    ABSTRACT In this article I explore whether liberal retributive justice should be conceived of either individualistically or holistically. I critically examine the individualistic account of retributive justice and suggest that the question of retribution – i.e., whether and when punishment of an individual is compatible with just treatment of that individual – must be answered holistically. By resorting to the ideal of sensitive reasons, a model of legitimacy at the basis of our best normative m…Read more
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    A Hegelian Liberal Theory of the Penal Law Content Type Journal Article Category Book Review Pages 219-224 DOI 10.1007/s11572-011-9119-8 Authors Alfonso Donoso, Pontificia Universidad Cat’olica de Chile, ICP, Santiago, Chile Journal Criminal Law and Philosophy Online ISSN 1871-9805 Print ISSN 1871-9791 Journal Volume Volume 5 Journal Issue Volume 5, Number 2
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    One of the first things striking readers of Criminal Law Conversations is its unusual methodology. The editors of this volume have put together 31 conversations around as many cutting edge and influential articles. This article considers critically some discussions representative of each of the book’s three parts: Principles, Doctrine, Administration and provide a glimpse of the richness and variety of Criminal Law Conversations