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    Mission in Modern Life
    The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 41 37-43. 1998.
    In this paper I discuss recent scholarly work on ideology, mostly by Europeans, that exposes a secularist bias in current political theory, invites a nonderogatory concept of religion, and justifies more flexible church/state relations. This work involves redefining ideology as any action-oriented ideas, whether destructive or ameliorative, including both secular theory and religion, then drawing on hermeneutical and critical studies of the power/ideology relationship to rediscover a role for ‘u…Read more
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    The Two-Tiered Ethics of Electronic Data Processing
    Society for Philosophy and Technology Quarterly Electronic Journal 2 (1): 18-27. 1996.
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    Assessing Arms Makers’ Corporate Social Responsibility
    Journal of Business Ethics 74 (3): 401-17. 2008.
    Assessment of U.S. arms industry on basis of corporate social responsibility (CSR) requirements regarding the environment, social equity, profitability, and use of public power. Finding: that this industry fails to meet any of these four CSR requirement. They should, accordingly, be held responsible for the foreseeable consequences that flow from use of their products.
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    Situation et probabilité chez Saint Thomas d'Aquin
    Revue Philosophique De Louvain 64 525-549. 1966.
    Il s'agit ici de la dimension existentielle de la theorie morale de S. Thomas d'Aquin. Pour lui, le domaine de l'incertain est generalement coextensif a celui de la contingence, de ce qui peut etre autre qu'il n'est. En general, S. Thomas envisage la contingence de la meme maniere qu'Aristote, mais dans une perspective totalement differente. Theologien, il s'interesse au monde physique surtout comme manifestation de la sagesse divine vers laquelle il desire monter. Il ne dedaigne pas pour au…Read more
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    This meticulously constructed book is as hard to review as would be a comparably cerebral science fiction novel the plot and characters of which have few ties to its readers' lived world. Yet it is intended to apply straightforwardly to the world in which we live and move and fight our wars. For philosopher Kai Draper seeks no less lofty a goal than to lay out the standards whereby to determine what harm done to innocents in a war is ethical and what harm done to them in war is not ethical.
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    Making Drones to Kill Civilians: Is it Ethical?
    Journal of Business Ethics 147 (1): 81-93. 2018.
    A drone industry has emerged in the US, initially funded almost exclusively for military applications. There are now also other uses both governmental and commercial. Many military drones are still being made, however, especially for surveillance and targeted killings. Regarding the latter, this essay calls into question their legality and morality. It recognizes that the issues are complex and controversial, but less so as to the killing of non-combatant civilians. The government using drones f…Read more
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    Some 120,000 priests have left the Catholic Church in the past 60 years, a third of these in the United States. This book is a personal account of the life of a man who left the priesthood and transitioned into a successful career as an academic. His case illustrates the reasons for leaving that are fairly typical. But above and beyond these it details some deeper systemic problems that he encountered first in the religious realm and then in the secular world into which he moved. Most of the…Read more
  • Work, Inc.: A Philosophical Inquiry
    Journal of Business Ethics 11 (11): 830-868. 1992.
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    The Post-9/11 State Of Emergency: Reality versus Rhetoric
    Social Philosophy Today 19 193-215. 2003.
    After the 9/11 attacks the U.S. administration went beyond emergency response towards imperialism, but cloaked its agenda in the rhetoric of fighting ‘terrorists’ and ‘terrorism.’ After distinguishing between emergency thinking and emergency planning, I question the administration’s “war on terrorism” rhetoric in three stages. First, upon examining the post-9/11 antiterrorism discourse I find that it splits into two agendas: domestic, protect our infrastructure; and foreign, select military targ…Read more
  • Philosophy of technology has recently emerged and is being practiced primarily in the developed world. This limited focus leaves unconsidered a vast array of issues that especially impact the developing world, e.g., with regard to technology transfer. To help remedy this distorting lacuna, SPT sought in vain for funding to bring developing world scholars to its fourth biennial conference. In lieu of its intended list of participants it had to make do with several developing country scholars w…Read more
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    Introduction -- Part I: Religion under secular statecraft -- Rationalist restrictions on public discourse -- Reasonable limits on religious freedom -- The hidden dangers of civil religion -- Part II: State/religion border control -- Religion-state relations in U.S. courts -- Rulings concerning religion-state relations -- Rulings on religion-state relations in education -- Alternative schooling in America -- Part III: Religious groups and the public sphere -- The political importance of interest …Read more
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    An account of presentations at an historic (4/30/1977) meeting of the recently formed Society for Philosophy and Technology in conjunction with the Western Division of the American Philosophical Association in Chicago. Speakers on theoretical topics included David Lovekin, Michael Zimmerman, Bernard Gendron and Nancy Holmstrom, and several individuals involved in "outreach activities."
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    Review of Mark H. McCormack, The Terrible Truth about Lawyers (review)
    Journal of Legal Education 38 (3): 481-483. 1988.
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    Military-Industrial Complex
    Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics. 2017.
    The military-industrial complex (MIC) refers to a self-sustaining politico-economic system that perpetuates profitability in military supplies industries, de facto in multiple countries but primarily in the USA. It is made up of competing and/or collaborating entities -- the maintenance of which is on the whole financially advantageous to all concerned. The complex business objectives sought by participants are fostered in part by exalting technical possibilities but also in part by spreading …Read more
  •  598
    Arms Industry
    Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics. 2017.
    A summary assessment of the dimensions and concentrations of military equipment manufacture primarily in the United States and western Europe and the extent of availability of this equipment to buyers throughout the world. Treaty-based limitations are also listed.
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    Review of Robert Howard, Brave New Workplace (review)
    Labor Studies Journal 12 (1): 99-100. 1987.
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    Review of Denise Giardina, Storming Heaven (review)
    Labor Studies Journal 13 (4): 88-89. 1988.
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    The Adversary System: Who Needs It?
    In M. Davis and F. A. Elliston (ed.), Ethics and the Legal Profession, Prometheus. pp. 204-215. 1986.
    [Posted here is article as originally published (same title) in ALSA Forum VI (1982) pp. 1-17 plus rebuttal by Thomas D. Barton, pp. 18-22]
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    Review of J. Ellul, The Technological System (review)
    Nature and System 3 184-188. 1981.
    This review of Ellul's The Technological System plus a book of essays that attempt to interpret Ellul notes how negatively his earlier work was received by English-speaking readers and how poorly he wins them over in this book. He argues that there is "a technological system" that is embedded in society and cannot be controlled however much government may try. Government may be deemed the villain of this book and computers the heroes. The Third World, not yet subject to the system, will in tim…Read more
  •  185
    A description of how microelectronics and robotics are tending to increase unemployment, followed by comparisons between the social policies of Western European countries and the United States with reard to this problem. A conclusion points out the need for a social philosophy of technology that acknowledges workers' rights.
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    This article was first published in Technology and Contemporary Life, Philosophy and Technoloy vol. IV, ed. Paul T. Durbin, Dordrecht/Boston: D. Reidel, 1988, pp. 63-85.