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    Family Autonomy and Class Fate
    Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 3 (2): 131-149. 2016.
    The family poses problems for liberal understandings of social justice, because of the ways in which it bestows unearned privileges. This is particularly stark when we consider inter-generational inequality, or ‘class fate’ – the ways in which inequality is transmitted from one generation to the next, with the family unit ostensibly a key conduit. There is a recognized tension between the assumption that families should as far as possible be autonomous spheres of decision-making, and the assumpt…Read more
  •  73
    Inclusion and Participation: Working with the Tensions
    Studies in Social Justice 5 (2): 183-196. 2011.
    Democracy is crucially about inclusion: a theory of democracy must account for who is to be included in the democratic process, how, and on what terms. Inclusion, if conceived democratically, is fraught with tensions. This article identifies three such tensions, arising respectively in: (i) the inauguration of the democratic public; (ii) enabling equal participation; and (iii) the relationship between instrumental and non-instrumental accounts of democracy’s value. In each case, I argue, rather …Read more
  •  63
    Values and Ontology: An Interview with Andrew Collier, Part
    with Andrew Collier
    Journal of Critical Realism 8 (1): 63-90. 2009.
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    Ethics and Social Ontology
    Analyse & Kritik 30 (2): 427-443. 2008.
    Normative theory, in various idioms, has grown wary of questions of ontology—social and otherwise. Thus modern debates in ethics have tended to take place at some distance from debates in social theory. One arguable casualty of this has been due consideration of relational factors in the interrogation of ethical values. Part 1 of this paper addresses some examples of this tendency, and some of the philosophical assumptions which might underlie it. Parts 2 and 3 discuss two issues of growing prom…Read more
  •  46
    Not cricket? Ethics, rhetoric and sporting boycotts
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 24 (1). 2007.
  •  39
    Philosophy and politics: An interview with Andrew Collier, part
    with Andrew Collier
    Journal of Critical Realism 7 (2): 276-296. 2008.
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    Climate change and normativity: constructivism versus realism
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (2): 153-169. 2011.
    Is liberalism adaptable enough to the ecological agenda to deal satisfactorily with the challenges of anthropogenic climate change while leaving its normative foundations intact? Compatibilists answer yes; incompatibilists say no. Comparing such answers, this article argues that it is not discrete liberal principles which impede adapatability, so much as the constructivist model (exemplified in Rawls) of what counts as a valid normative principle. Constructivism has both normative and ontologica…Read more
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    Brighouse and Swift on the family, ethics and social justice
    European Journal of Political Theory 15 (3): 363-372. 2016.
    The family disrupts equality while also, think many, providing goods of unique value. In Family Values, Brighouse and Swift tackle both of these tendencies, offering a refined and distinctive liberal egalitarian account both of the value of family life, and the limits of what may be done in its name. It builds up from an account of children's specific interests to a defence of ‘familial relationship goods’ as providing the best way of satisfying those interests. Thus though parenthood carries go…Read more
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    Ownership Rights and the Body
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 15 (1): 89-100. 2006.
    edited by Doris Schroeder, welcomes contributions on all health topics related to human rights and relevant generic contributions from the human rights debate. To submit a paper or to discuss suitable topics, please e-mail Doris Schroeder at dschroeder@uclan.ac.uk. a
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    In this article I explore background questions with reference to two recent strands in anti-foundationalist theory: Richard Rorty's neo-pragmatism, and Keith Jenkins's postmodernist treatment of historiography. Both approaches seek fresh perspectives on our relationship to history which reject the aspiration towards a perspective positioned at any kind of Archimedean point, beyond the clutches of time and chance. Both might be called 'historicist' in the sense that rather than seeking to play do…Read more
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    Ethics between curriculum and workplace
    Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 18 (5): 1036-1037. 2012.
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    When groups feature in political philosophy, it is usually in one of three contexts: the redressing of past or current injustices suffered by ethnic or cultural minorities; the nature and scope of group rights; and questions around how institutions are supposed to treat a certain specific identity/cultural/ethnic group. What is missing from these debates is a comprehensive analysis of groups as both agents and objects of social policies. While this has been subject to much scrutiny by sociologis…Read more
  •  23
    Interview: D.D. Raphael
    with D. D. Raphael
    Philosophy Now 112 28-29. 2016.
  •  20
    Caring about Deliberation, Deliberating about Care
    Ethics and Social Welfare 9 (2): 130-146. 2015.
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    Many thanks to bioethics reviewers
    with George Agich, Priscilla Anderson, Alice Asby, Dominic Beer, Rebecca Bennett, Alec Bodkin, Stephen Braude, Dan Brock, and Emma Cave
    In Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred Dycus Miller & Jeffrey Paul (eds.), Bioethics, Cambridge University Press. pp. 2002. 2002.
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    Soft Universalisms: Beyond Young and Rorty on Difference
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 9 (1): 3-21. 2006.
  •  13
    Richard Rorty: 1931-2007
    Philosophy Now 62 21-21. 2007.
  •  12
    Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry
    Ethics and Social Welfare 6 (4): 426-428. 2012.
    No abstract
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    Introduction: Climate change and liberal priorities
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (2): 91-97. 2011.
    No abstract
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    Living Philosophers
    Philosophy Now 29 50-50. 2000.
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    Rorty's Politics of Redescription
    University of Wales Press. 2007.
    Political philosopher Richard Rorty’s influence on contemporary thought has increased in tandem with the controversy his outspoken views have provoked. His rejection of the grand, metaphysical questions of traditional philosophy has made him the most prominent living thinker in social and political theory. By declaring himself a pragmatist Rorty has attempted to shift the direction of modern philosophy toward the question of how to achieve a better, more humane, and more tolerant society. Redesc…Read more
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    In this article I explore background questions with reference to two recent strands in anti-foundationalist theory: Richard Rorty's neo-pragmatism, and Keith Jenkins's postmodernist treatment of historiography. Both approaches seek fresh perspectives on our relationship to history which reject the aspiration towards a perspective positioned at any kind of Archimedean point, beyond the clutches of time and chance. Both might be called 'historicist' in the sense that rather than seeking to play do…Read more
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    Editorial
    with Nicki Ward
    Ethics and Social Welfare 12 (4): 293-297. 2018.