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    Reasons and Decisions (review)
    with Margaret Gilbert, Jan Narveson, Frederick Stoutland, and John Horton
    Jurisprudence 4 (2): 273-321. 2013.
  • Slave-holders, Nazis, and psychopaths are indisputably bad people. But the ways in which they attempt to justify their actions provide uncomfortable parallels with our own moral deliberations. Moral philosophy provides tools for examining and evaluating our moral deliberations, and so serve an important function in moral education.
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    © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Analysis Trust. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.comFirst, Second and Other Selves: Essays on Friendship and Personal Identity is a collection of previously published articles by Jennifer Whiting. In the preface to this volume, Whiting states that this is the first of three volumes, which will include her essays published between 1980 and 2011. Whiting is a highly respected schola…Read more
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    Friendship and the grounds of reasons
    Les Ateliers de L’Ethique 3 (1): 61-69. 2008.
    Friendship and other intimate relationships have created difficulties for moral philosophers. While morality seems to require us to remain impartial between persons, friendship seems to generate demands or obligations of partiality toward our intimates. But the difficulty can be removed once we cease to focus on categorizing reasons as moral or non-moral. This tendency to divide reasons into categories of moral vs. non-moral leads us to give those that we label ‘moral’ pride of place and to assu…Read more
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    The Persistence and Importance of Persons
    Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 1992.
    In this thesis I will defend a Reductionist criterion of personal identity, and show that that criterion supports certain commonsense claims about the morality and rationality of special concern and about the morality of the distribution of goods among persons. ;In Chapter 1 , I will introduce the problem of personal identity across time. We will see that a plausible theory of personal identity supports and motivates the commonsense claim that we should be specially concerned about our future se…Read more
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    Persons, compensation, and utilitarianism
    Philosophical Review 102 (4): 541-575. 1993.
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    Associative obligations, voluntarism, and equality
    Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 77 (4): 289-309. 1996.
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    Libertarianism, Self-Ownership, and Motherhood
    Social Theory and Practice 22 (2): 137-160. 1996.
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    Perfection, Happiness, and Duties to Self
    American Philosophical Quarterly 33 (3). 1996.
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    Friendship, Virtue, and Impartiality
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (1): 51-72. 1997.
    The two dominant contemporary moral theories, Kantianism and utilitarianism, have difficulty accommodating our commonsense understanding of friendship as a relationship with significant moral implications. The difficulty seems to arise from their underlying commitment to impartiality, to the claim that all persons are equally worthy of concern. Aristotelian accounts of friendship are partialist in so far as they defend certain types of friendship by appeal to the claim that some persons, the vir…Read more
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    Relatives and relativism
    Philosophical Studies 87 (2): 143-157. 1997.
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    Friendship, virtue, and impartiality
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (1): 51-72. 1997.
    The two dominant contemporary moral theories, Kantianism and utilitarianism, have difficulty accommodating our commonsense understanding of friendship as a relationship with significant moral implications. The difficulty seems to arise from their underlying commitment to impartiality, to the claim that all persons are equally worthy of concern. Aristotelian accounts of friendship are partialist in so far as they defend certain types of friendship by appeal to the claim that some persons, the vir…Read more
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    Families, Friends, and Special Obligations
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (4). 1998.
    Most of us accept that we have special obligations to our family members: to, e.g., our parents, our siblings, and our grandparents. But it is extremely difficult to offer a plausible grounding for such obligations, given the apparent fact that familial relationships are not voluntarily entered. I did not choose to be my mother's daughter or my brother's sister, so why suppose that such facts about me are morally significant? Why suppose that I owe more to my mother or to my brother than natural…Read more
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    A defense of acting from duty
    Journal of Value Inquiry 32 (1). 1998.
    Philosophers who, in the light of these attacks, have attempted to vindicate the motive of duty have done so in a half-hearted way, by stressing the motive of duty’s function as a secondary or limiting motivation, or by denying “that acting from duty primarily concerns isolated actions.” I will defend duty as a primary motive with respect to isolated actions. Critics of acting from duty and philosophers who have attempted to respond to them have done little work spelling out exactly what it is f…Read more
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    Friendship and Reasons of Intimacy
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (2): 329-346. 2001.
    Reasons of intimacy, i.e. reasons to care for friends and other intimates, resist categorization as either subjective Humean reasons or as objective consequentialist reasons. Reasons of intimacy are grounded in the friendship relation itself, not in the psychological attitudes of the agent or in the objective intrinsic value of the friend or the friendship. So reasons of intimacy are objective and agent-relative and can be understood by analogy with reasons of fidelity and reasons of prudence. S…Read more
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    Friendship and reasons of intimacy
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (2): 329-346. 2001.
    Reasons of intimacy, i.e. reasons to care for friends and other intimates, resist categorization as either subjective Humean reasons or as objective consequentialist reasons. Reasons of intimacy are grounded in the friendship relation itself, not in the psychological attitudes of the agent or in the objective intrinsic value of the friend or the friendship. So reasons of intimacy are objective and agent-relative and can be understood by analogy with reasons of fidelity and reasons of prudence. S…Read more
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    Feminism, Friendship, and Philosophy
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 32 (Supplement): 63-82. 2002.
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    This book provides answers to both normative and metaethical questions in a way that shows the interconnection of both types of questions, and also shows how a complete theory of reasons can be developed by moving back and forth between the two types of questions. It offers an account of the nature of intimate relationships and of the nature of the reasons that intimacy provides, and then uses that account to defend a traditional intuitionist metaethics. The book thus combines attention to the d…Read more
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    Review of Robert Audi, Moral Value and Human Diversity (review)
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (11). 2008.
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    Introducing Philosophy Through Film: Key Texts, Discussion, and Film Selections (edited book)
    with Richard A. Fumerton
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2009.
    _Philosophy Through Film_ offers a uniquely engaging and effective approach to introductory philosophy by combining an anthology of classical and contemporary philosophical readings with a discussion of philosophical concepts illustrated in popular films. Pairs 50 classical and contemporary readings with popular films - from Monty Python and _The Matrix_ to _Casablanca_ and _A Clockwork Orange_ Addresses key areas in philosophy, including topics in ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of m…Read more
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    This anthology surveys important issues in Western political philosophy from Plato to the present day. Its aim is to show both the continuity and the development of political thought over time. Each unit begins with readings on the fundamental theoretical principles underlying political discourse. Theory is then connected to practice in readings on contemporary issues as well as court cases and other political documents
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    Moral Responsibility in Collective Contexts (review)
    Journal of Moral Philosophy 11 (3): 364-367. 2014.
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    The Limits of Kindness By Caspar Hare
    Analysis 75 (2): 351-353. 2015.