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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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    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
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    Agency and authenticity: Which value grounds patient choice?
    with John Lantos
    Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 32 (4): 217-227. 2011.
    In current American medical practice, autonomy is assumed to be more valuable than human life: if a patient autonomously refuses lifesaving treatment, the doctors are supposed to let him die. In this paper we discuss two values that might be at stake in such clinical contexts. Usually, we hear only of autonomy and best interests. However, here, autonomy is ambiguous between two concepts—concepts that are tied to different values and to different philosophical traditions. In some cases, the two v…Read more
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    Two Types of Civic Friendship
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (4): 729-743. 2013.
    Among the tasks of modern political philosophy is to develop a favored conception of the relations among modern citizens, among people who can know little or nothing of one another individually and yet are deeply reciprocally dependent. One might think of this as developing a favored conception of civic friendship. In this essay I sketch two candidate conceptions. The first derives from the Kantian tradition, the second from the 1844 Marx. I present the two conceptions and then describe similari…Read more
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    Marx’ neuer Mensch
    In Christopher F. Zurn & Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch (eds.), Anerkennung, Akademie Verlag. pp. 145-180. 2009.
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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.