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    How to Make Citizens Behave: Social Psychology, Liberal Virtues, and Social Norms
    Journal of Political Philosophy 22 (1): 84-104. 2014.
    It is widely conceded by liberals that institutions alone are insufficient to ensure that citizens behave in the ways required for a liberal state to flourish, be stable, or function at all. A popular solution proposes cultivating virtues in order to secure the desired behaviours of citizens, where institutions alone would not suffice. A range of virtues are proposed to fill a variety of purported gaps in the liberal political order. Some appeal to virtues in order to secure state stability; Raw…Read more
  •  58
    Microaggressions, Equality, and Social Practices
    Journal of Political Philosophy 26 (3): 261-281. 2018.
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    The inegalitarian ethos: Incentives, respect, and self-respect
    Politics, Philosophy and Economics 12 (1): 93-111. 2013.
    In Cohen’s vision of the just society, there would be no need for unequalizing incentives so as to benefit the least well-off; instead, people would be motivated by an egalitarian ethos to work hard and in the most socially productive jobs. As such, Cohen appears to offer a way to mitigate the trade-off of equality for efficiency that often characterizes theorizing about distributive justice. This article presents an egalitarian challenge to Cohen’s vision of the just society. I argue that a soc…Read more
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    There is something attractive about combining the values of equality and responsibility, even though the view most commonly associated with doing so, of luck egalitarianism, is beset with objections. This article hence proposes an alternative approach to being a responsibility-sensitive egalitarian: one grounded on our valuable social practices of responsibility, rather than on a desire to mitigate the influence of luck on people's prospects. First, I argue that this practice-based approach bett…Read more
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    Emily McTernan argues against the state funding of infertility treatment
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    Justice, Feasibility, and Social Science as it is
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 22 (1): 27-40. 2019.
    Political philosophy offers a range of utopian proposals, from open borders to global egalitarianism. Some object that these proposals ought to be constrained by what is feasible, while others insist that what justice demands does not depend on what we can bring about. Currently, this debate is mired in disputes over the fundamental nature of justice and the ultimate purpose of political philosophy. I take a different approach, proposing that we should consider which facts could fill out a feasi…Read more
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    Should Fertility Treatment be State Funded?
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 32 (3): 227-240. 2015.
    Many states offer generous provision of fertility treatment, but this article asks whether and how such state funding can be justified. I argue that, at most, there is limited justification for state funding of fertility treatment as one good among many that could enable citizens to pursue valuable life projects, but not one that should have the privileged access to funding it is currently given. I then consider and reject reasons one might think that fertility treatment has a special claim to f…Read more