•  149
    Health versus harm: Euthanasia and physicians' duties
    Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32 (1). 2007.
    This essay rebuts Gary Seay's efforts to show that committing euthanasia need not conflict with a physician's professional duties. First, I try to show how his misunderstanding of the correlativity of rights and duties and his discussion of the foundation of moral rights undermine his case. Second, I show aspects of physicians' professional duties that clash with euthanasia, and that attempts to avoid this clash lead to absurdities. For professional duties are best understood as deriving from pr…Read more
  •  65
    Race as a Social Construction
    The Harvard Review of Philosophy 26 115-133. 2019.
    This paper raises serious problems for the commonly held claim that races are socially constructed. The first section sketches out an approach to our construction of institutional phenomena that, taking Searle’s general approach, restricts social construction proper to cases where we adopt rules that bind relevant parties to treat things of a type in certain ways, thus constituting important roles in, and parts of, our social lives. I argue this conception, construction-by-rules, helps distingui…Read more
  •  28
    The Game Between a Biased Reviewer and His Editor
    with Rosa Rodriguez-Sánchez and J. Fdez-Valdivia
    Science and Engineering Ethics 25 (1): 265-283. 2019.
    This paper shows that, for a large range of parameters, the journal editor prefers to delegate the choice to review the manuscript to the biased referee. If the peer review process is informative and the review reports are costly for the reviewers, even biased referees with extreme scientific preferences may choose to become informed about the manuscript’s quality. On the contrary, if the review process is potentially informative but the reviewer reports are not costly for the referees, the bias…Read more
  •  17
    A Volitional Account of Racist Beliefs, Contamination, and Objects
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 92 59-85. 2018.
    Prof. Alberto Urquidez, in an important recent article that appears in different form in his book, Redefining Racism, offers an informed, sustained, careful, multi-pronged, and sometimes original critique of the volitional analysis of racism, which I have proposed in a series of articles over the past two dozen years. Here I expand and improve VAR’s analysis of paternalistic racists and their beliefs, clarify its ‘infection’-model’s explanation of racism’s spread and variety, and lay out what it…Read more
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    5. White Nights of the Soul: Chritopher Nolan's Insomnia and the Renewal of Moral Reflection in Film
    Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 9 (4). 2006.
  •  11
    5. Are Some People Better Off Dead? A Reflection
    Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 2 (1). 1999.
  •  6
    8. A Note on Religious Assent and Dissent
    Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 4 (2). 2001.
  •  2
    2. Death of the (Hand)maiden: Contemporary Philosophy in Faith and Reason
    Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 2 (3). 1999.
  • El morir humano. Perspectivas
    Aquinas 44 (2): 535-544. 2001.
  • La cuestion de Dios en Borges
    Aquinas 42 (n/a): 399-412. 1999.