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    The “new natural lawyers” (NNLs) are a prolific group of philosophers, theologians, and political theorists that includes John Finnis, Robert George, Patrick Lee, Gerard Bradley, and Germain Grisez, among others. These thinkers have devoted themselves to developing and defending a traditional sexual ethic according to which homosexual sexual acts are immoral per se and marriage ought to remain an exclusively heterosexual institution. The sterility objection holds that the NNLs are guilty of maki…Read more
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    Scientific Essentialism, Could’ve Done Otherwise, And the Possibility of Freedom
    Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 15 13-20. 2008.
    Philosophers concerned with the problem of freedom and determinism differ strikingly over the analysis of the concept of human freedom of the will. Compatibilists and incompatibilists, determinists and indeterminists populate the conceptual landscape with a dizzying array of theories differing in complex and subtle ways. Each of these analyses faces an under-appreciated potential challenge: the challenge from scientific essentialism. Might all traditional analyses of freedom of the will be radic…Read more
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    I identify a commonly held position in environmental philosophy, “the received view,” and argue that its proponents beg the question when challenged to demonstrate the relevance of environmental aesthetics for environmental justice. I call this “the inference problem,” and I go on to argue that an alternative to the received view, Arnold Berleant’s participatory engagement model, is better equipped to meet the challenge it poses. By adopting an alternative metaphysics, the engagement model suppl…Read more
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    Recognition of Reviewers
    with Anita Allen, Elizabeth S. Anderson, David Archard, Marcus Arvan, Linda Barclay, Marcia Baron, Daniel Bar-Tal, Debra Bergoffen, and Alyssa Bernstein
    Journal of Social Philosophy 42 (4): 341-345. 2011.
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    Recognition of Reviewers
    with Anita Allen, Andrew Altman, David Archard, Faith Armitage, Gustaf Arrhenius, Marcus Arvan, Michael Bacon, Daniel Bar-Tal, and Paul Benson
    Journal of Social Philosophy 41 (4): 399-402. 2010.
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    Nicholas Wolterstorff and Christopher J. Eberle have defended the view that the ethics of liberal citizenship allows citizens to publicly support the passage of coercive laws based solely on their religious convictions. They also develop positive conceptions of virtuous citizenship that place moral limits on how citizens may appeal to their religion. The question I address in this essay is whether the limits they impose on citizens’ appeals to their religion are adequate. Since Eberle’s “ideal o…Read more
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    The Paradox of Public Secularism
    Faith and Philosophy 23 (2): 137-155. 2006.
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    Recognition of Reviewers
    with Lucy Allais, Anita Allen, Andrew Altman, Elizabeth S. Anderson, David Archard, Faith Armitage, Barbara Arneil, Gustaf Arrhenius, and Marcus Arvan
    Journal of Social Philosophy 43 (4): 363-366. 2012.
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    Amy Gu tmann, ed., Freedom of Association Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 19 (3): 183-185. 1999.
  • Amy Gutmann, ed., Freedom of Association (review)
    Philosophy in Review 19 183-185. 1999.
  • Believers and Citizens: Religious Freedom in a Deliberative Democracy
    Dissertation, The University of Connecticut. 2001.
    A deliberative democracy is a society committed to the ideal of reasoned political deliberation as the source of legitimate laws and policies. Recently, the role that citizens' religious convictions should play in political deliberation has been the subject of much philosophical debate. I enter this debate by rejecting the claim that participants in political deliberations must refrain from basing their political proposals on their religious convictions. I argue that citizens and legislators may…Read more