University of Arizona
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 1999
Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America
  • Democratic Collective Decision Making: Equality and Justice
    Dissertation, The University of Arizona. 1999.
    Democratic procedures allow us to decide as a society what to do. We intuitively embrace the ideal of a democratic state. But do we need democracy? Some argue that the social institutions we need to live well legitimately evolve through the spontaneous and decentralized activity of free individuals, thereby making democratic decisions unnecessary. But because unjust inequalities in power inevitably develop through the evolution of property regimes and market systems, there are strong moral reaso…Read more
  • An egalitarian case against executive privilege
    Journal of Information Ethics 12 (1): 34-44. 2003.
  • The Concept of Moral Obligation (review)
    Dialogue 37 (4): 805-806. 1998.
    How are we to understand the claim that, morally speaking, one ought to do the best one can? We must, of course, refer at some point to a substantive moral theory to flesh out the evaluative term “best,” and much of moral philosophy is devoted to defending one or another such theory. But Michael Zimmerman proposes that moral theorizing may be usefully served by a prior and separate metaethical enterprise—viz., a formal analysis of the concept of moral obligation. This analysis is undertaken in Z…Read more
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    Democracy as a non–instrumentally just procedure
    Journal of Political Philosophy 11 (1). 2003.