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    The Place of Philosophy in Bioethics Today
    with Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Sean Aas, Jessica Flanigan, S. Matthew Liao, Alex London, Wayne Sumner, and Julian Savulescu
    American Journal of Bioethics 1-12. forthcoming.
    In some views, philosophy’s glory days in bioethics are over. While philosophers were especially important in the early days of the field, so the argument goes, the majority of the work in bioethic...
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    A Less Perfect Union
    Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 63 (4): 616-622. 2020.
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    Concepts at the Bedside: Variations on the Theme of Autonomy
    Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 62 (2): 257-272. 2019.
    Let’s start with three cases of refusal of treatment.[A] 24-year old graduate student is brought to the emergency room by a friend. Previously in good health, he is complaining of a severe headache and stiff neck. Physical examination shows a somnolent patient without focal neurologic signs but with a temperature of 39.5 degrees centigrade and nuchal rigidity. Examination of spinal fluid reveals cloudy fluid with a white blood cell count of 2000; Gram stain of the fluid shows many Gram-positive …Read more
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    Changing the Question
    Hastings Center Report 49 (2): 9-16. 2019.
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    The Different Moral Bases of Patient and Surrogate Decision‐Making
    Hastings Center Report 48 (1): 37-41. 2018.
    My topic is a problem with our practice of surrogate decision-making in health care, namely, the problem of the surrogate who is not doing her job—the surrogate who cannot be reached or the surrogate who seems to refuse to understand or to be unable to understand the clinical situation. The analysis raises a question about the surrogate who simply disagrees with the medical team. One might think that such a surrogate is doing her job—the team just doesn't like how she is doing it. My analysis ra…Read more
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    Zur Rechtfertigung einer Konzeption des guten Lebens beim frühen Marx
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 50 (3). 2002.
  • Marx’s Attempt to Leave Philosophy
    Science and Society 66 (2): 282-287. 1998.
  • Utopia and Critique
    Dissertation, Harvard University. 1985.
    Recently political philosophers have shown an interest in describing our society's understanding of its social ideals. In this context it is appropriate to examine Marx's attack on utopia, for that attack brings out the issues facing any attempt to found a political philosophy--particularly one with a socially critical intent--on the description of an ideal. ;The dissertation is concerned with the status of such a description. How can it be shown that the description does not proceed from a stan…Read more
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    Styles of selfishness
    In Garry Hagberg & Walter Jost (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature, Wiley-blackwell. 2010.
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    Lord Jim and moral judgment: Literature and moral philosophy
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 56 (3): 265-281. 1998.
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    Hypothetical consent and moral force
    Law and Philosophy 10 (3). 1991.
    This article starts by examining the appeal to hypothetical consent as used by law and economics writers. I argue that their use of this kind of argument has no moral force whatever. I then briefly examine, through some remarks on Rawls and Scanlon, the conditions under which such an argument would have moral force. Finally, I bring these considerations to bear to criticize the argument of judge Frank Easterbrook's majority opinion in Flamm v. Eberstadt.
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    Losing Dignity
    Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 52 (3): 454-457. 2009.
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    On Noncoercive Establishment
    Political Theory 33 (6): 812-839. 2005.
    In this essay, I raise the question of whether some degree of noncoercive state support for religious conceptions (broadly understood) should be left to the majoritarian branch ofgovernment. I argue that the reason not to do so is that such state support would alienate many citizens. However to take this as a sufficient reason to constrain the majoritarian branch is to accept the thesis that not being alienated from one's polity is a significant part of the human good. Those who would prohibit e…Read more
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    Daniel Brudney replies
    Hastings Center Report 39 (4): 6-6. 2009.
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    Marx’s Attempt to Leave Philosophy
    Harvard University Press. 1998.
    Rather, in all the texts of this period Marx tries to mount a compelling critique of the present while altogether avoiding the dilemmas central to philosophy in ...
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    Is health care a human right?
    Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 37 (4): 249-257. 2016.
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    Patients, doctors and the good life
    Journal of Medical Ethics 41 (9): 733-735. 2015.
  • Just deserts? Reply
    Hastings Center Report 37 (3): 6-6. 2007.
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    Gemeinschaft als Ergänzung
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 58 (2): 195-219. 2010.
    Communitarians have long criticized John Rawls′ theory of justice as fairness. In this paper I sketch a picture of communal relationships and use it to examine the nature of community in Rawls′ theory. In the first section I extract a picture of communal relationships from Karl Marx′s work of 1844; in the second section I argue for this picture′s distinctiveness; finally, I look at a shift in the nature of Rawlsian community between A Theory of Justice and Rawls′ later book, Political Liberalism…Read more
  • The Real Me? Reply
    Hastings Center Report 39 (4): 6-6. 2009.
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    Marlow's morality
    Philosophy and Literature 27 (2): 318-340. 2003.
  • Community and completion
    In Andrews Reath, Barbara Herman, Christine M. Korsgaard & John Rawls (eds.), Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls, Cambridge University Press. 1997.
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    A new kind of argument has been proposed to explain why health-care workers can sometimes refuse to offer a service or treatment. But this new kind of argument must also be evaluated and invoked differently.
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    Knowledge and Silence: "The Golden Bowl" and Moral Philosophy
    Critical Inquiry 16 (2): 397-437. 1990.
    When literary texts are included in a course on moral philosophy they tend to be classical tragedies or existentialist novels: texts filled with major moral transgressions and agonized debates over rights, wrongs, and relativism. Recently, however, the focus of much discussion on literature and moral philosophy has been Henry James’s last novel, The Golden Bowl. This ought to seem surprising. For The Golden Bowl is a quintessential Jamesian novel. Almost nothing happens. In the course of more th…Read more
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    Grand ideals: Mill's two perfectionisms
    History of Political Thought 29 (3): 485-515. 2008.
    argue that there are two forms of perfectionism in John Stuart Mill's work, two ideals of the person. One, the self-development ideal, is found in On Liberty. The other, the strong identification ideal, is tied to Mill's advocacy of a 'religion of humanity' and is found in Utilitarianism, 'Utility of Religion', and other texts. My first concern is to show that Mill's work contains this latter ideal. Next, I situate the strong identification ideal historically. Finally, I ask whether both ideals …Read more