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    Bright Lines in Juvenile Justice
    Journal of Political Philosophy 29 (3): 330-352. 2021.
    Journal of Political Philosophy, EarlyView.
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    Incomplete Ideal Theory
    Social Theory and Practice 45 (4): 501-524. 2019.
    What is the best way to make sustained societal progress over time? Non-ideal theory done on its own faces the problem of second best, but ideal theory seems unable to cope with disagreement about how to make progress. If ideal theory gives up its claims to completeness, then we can use the method of incompletely theorized agreements to make progress over time.
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    Effective Altruism: How Big Should the Tent Be?
    Public Affairs Quarterly 32 (4): 269-287. 2018.
    The effective altruism movement (EA) is one of the most influential philosophically savvy movements to emerge in recent years. Effective Altruism has historically been dedicated to finding out what charitable giving is the most overall-effective, that is, the most effective at promoting or maximizing the impartial good. But some members of EA want the movement to be more inclusive, allowing its members to give in the way that most effectively promotes their values, even when doing so isn’t overa…Read more
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    Ideal Theory and "Ought Implies Can"
    Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 99 (4): 869-890. 2018.
    When we can’t live up to the ultimate standards of morality, how can moral theory give us guidance? We can distinguish between ideal and non-ideal theory to see that there are different versions of the voluntarist constraint, ‘ought implies can.’ Ideal moral theory identifies the best standard, so its demands are constrained by one version. Non-ideal theory tells us what to do given our psychological and motivational shortcomings and so is constrained by others. Moral theory can now both provide…Read more
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    Abortion and miscarriage
    Philosophical Studies 174 (5): 1217-1226. 2017.
    Opponents of abortion sometimes hold that it is impermissible because fetuses are persons from the moment of conception. But miscarriage, which ends up to 89 % of pregnancies, is much deadlier than abortion. That means that if opponents of abortion are right, then miscarriage is the biggest public-health crisis of our time. Yet they pay hardly any attention to miscarriage, especially very early miscarriage. Attempts to resolve this inconsistency by adverting to the distinction between killing an…Read more