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    Should we tolerate holocaust denial?
    Res Publica 13 (1): 9-28. 2007.
    Holocaust denial (HD) is the activity of denying the occurrence of key events and processes which constitute the Holocaust. Should it be tolerated? HD brings into particularly sharp focus many difficult questions faced by defenders of content-neutral liberal principles protecting freedom of expression. I argue that there are insufficient grounds for the legal prohibition of HD, but that society has the right and the duty to expel and exclude deniers from the Academy.
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    Runaway climate change: A justice-based case for precautions
    Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (2): 187-203. 2009.
    From the paper's conclusion: "In conclusion, I have distinguished between two Rawlsian arguments for the SPP [strong precautionary principle] with respect to CCCs [climate change catastrophes]. Although both are persuasive, ultimately the “unbear-able strains” argument provides the most powerful categorical grounds for takingprecautionary action against CCCs. Overall, I have argued that the nature of CCCs requires us to take drastic precautions against further CC that could lead us to passthe ti…Read more
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    Introduction: Beyond toleration?
    with Dario Castiglione
    Res Publica 7 (3): 223-230. 2001.
    Although tolerance is widely regarded as a virtue of both individuals and groups that modern democratic and multiculturalist societies cannot do without, there is still much disagreement among political thinkers as to what tolerance demands, or what can be done to create and sustain a culture of tolerance. The philosophical literature on toleration contains three main strands. (1) An agreement that a tolerant society is more than a modus vivendi; (2) discussion of the proper object(s) of tolerat…Read more
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    This is ethical theory * by Jan Narveson
    Analysis 71 (2): 397-399. 2011.
    (No abstract is available for this citation)
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    Democracy, Equality and Toleration
    Journal of Ethics 11 (2): 125-146. 2007.
    In this paper I comment on a recent “letter” by Burleigh Wilkins addressed to nascent egalitarian democracies which offers advice on the achievement of religious toleration. I argue that while Wilkins’ advice is sound as far as it goes, it is nevertheless underdeveloped insofar as his letter fails to distinguish two competing conceptions of toleration – liberal-pluralist and republican-secularist – both of which are consistent with the advice he offers, but each of which yields very different po…Read more
  •  51
    The Ethics of Climate Governance (edited book)
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2015.
    A major collection of innovative new work by emerging and established scholars on the critical topic of ethics for climate governance, offering a wholly original proposal for reform to climate governance.
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    Exclusion rules and self-respect
    Journal of Value Inquiry 34 (4): 491-505. 2000.
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    Should We Tolerate Climate Change Denial?
    Midwest Studies in Philosophy 40 (1): 205-216. 2016.
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    Climate change justice: getting motivated in the last chance saloon
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (2): 195-213. 2011.
    A key reason for pessimism with respect to greenhouse gas emissions reduction relates to the ?motivation problem?, whereby those who could make the biggest difference prima facie have the least incentive to act because they are most able to adapt: how can we motivate such people (and thereby everyone else) to accept, indeed to initiate, the changes to their lifestyles that are required for effective emissions reductions? This paper offers an account inspired by Rawls of the good of membership of…Read more
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    Issues in Political Theory (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2008.
    This is a unique political theory textbook that invites students to apply the concepts they encounter to real world politics. Each chapter includes a 2,000 word case study to highlight the theories that have been discussed. The lucid and elegant contributions by leading thinkers enables engagement with the subject at its sharp end without any compromise in accessibility. This is essential reading for all political theory students from beginners onwards. Online Resource Centre The book is accom…Read more
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    Cosmopolitan hope
    In Gillian Brock & Harry Brighouse (eds.), The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism, Cambridge University Press. pp. 243--249. 2005.
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    Self-respect and the stepford wives
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 97 (3). 1997.
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    Endangering humanity: an international crime?
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 47 (2-3): 395-415. 2017.
    In the Anthropocene, human beings are capable of bringing about globally catastrophic outcomes that could damage conditions for present and future human life on Earth in unprecedented ways. This paper argues that the scale and severity of these dangers justifies a new international criminal offence of ‘postericide’ that would protect present and future people against wrongfully created dangers of near extinction. Postericide is committed by intentional or reckless systematic conduct that is fit …Read more
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    Vertical Toleration as a Liberal Idea
    Social Theory and Practice 39 (1): 1-18. 2013.
    This paper argues that the direct, vertical toleration of certain types of citizen by the Rawlsian liberal state is appropriate and required in circumstances in which these types of citizen pose a threat to the stability of the state. By countering the claim that vertical toleration is redundant given a commitment to the Rawlsian version of the liberal democratic ideal, and by articulating a version of that ideal that shows this claim to be false, the paper reaffirms the centrality of vertical t…Read more
  •  14
    Desire-frustration and moral sympathy
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 80 (4). 2002.
    This Article does not have an abstract
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    Introduction: Climate change and liberal priorities
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (2): 91-97. 2011.
    No abstract
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    The Justice and Legitmacy of Geoengineering
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1-7. forthcoming.
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    The Panglossian politics of the geoclique
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1-16. forthcoming.
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    Toleration as Recognition (review)
    Philosophical Quarterly 55 (219): 378-380. 2005.
    In this 2002 book, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti examines the most intractable problems which toleration encounters and argues that what is really at stake is not religious or moral disagreement but the unequal status of different social groups. Liberal theories of toleration fail to grasp this and consequently come up with normative solutions that are inadequate when confronted with controversial cases. Galeotti proposes, as an alternative, toleration as recognition, which addresses the problem of a…Read more
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    Contemporary liberal political justification is often accused of preaching to the converted: liberal principles are acceptable only to people already committed to liberal values. Catriona McKinnon addresses this important criticism by arguing that self-respect and its social conditions should be placed at the heart of the liberal approach to justification. A commitment to self-respect delivers a commitment to the liberal values of toleration and public reason, but self-respect itself is not an e…Read more
  • The Culture of Toleration in Diverse Societies
    with Dario Castiglione
    Philosophical Quarterly 54 (216): 487-489. 2004.
  • Why should we be tolerant? What does it mean to ‘live and let live’? What ought to be tolerated and what not? Catriona McKinnon presents a comprehensive, yet accessible introduction to toleration in her new book. Divided into two parts, the first clearly introduces and assesses the major theoretical accounts of toleration, examining it in light of challenges from scepticism, value pluralism and reasonableness. The second part applies the theories of toleration to contemporary debates such as fem…Read more
  • Self-Respect and the Stepford Wives: Graduate Paper from the Joint Session 1996
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 97 (3): 325-330. 1997.