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    Foucault and Left Conservatism
    Foucault Studies 1 32-52. 2004.
    The consequences of Foucault's work for political theory have been subject to much reinterpretation. This article examines the reception of Foucault's work by the left of politics and argues that the use made of his work is overly negative and lacks a positive political dimension. Through a discussion of the work of Judith Butler and other interpreters of Foucault I argue that the problem facing the poststructuralist left is formulated in a confusing and unhelpful manner, what I will call the 'd…Read more
  •  47
    Against fairness: Egalitarianism and responsibility (review)
    Journal of Value Inquiry 41 (2-4): 309-324. 2007.
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    ‘Mutual Obligation’ and ‘New Deal’: Illegitimate and Unjustified?
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (1): 87-104. 2006.
    It is now commonplace for governments in Western countries to require the unemployed to work in exchange for their unemployment benefits. In this article I raise some serious doubts about the most promising and philosophically interesting defence of this argument, which relies on the 'principle of reciprocity'. I argue that it is seriously unclear whether the obligations imposed on welfare claimants by 'workfare' schemes are legitimate and justified according to the principle of reciprocity. I d…Read more
  •  43
    Power and the digital divide
    Ethics and Information Technology 4 (2): 159-165. 2002.
    The ethical and political dilemmas raised byInformation and Communication Technology (ICT)have only just begun to be understood. Theimpact of centralised data collection, masscommunication technologies or the centrality ofcomputer technology as a means of accessingimportant social institutions, all poseimportant ethical and political questions. As away of capturing some of these effects I willcharacterise them in terms of the type of powerand, more particularly, the ‘Power-over’ peoplethat t…Read more
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    How to Value Equality
    Philosophy Compass 10 (3): 187-196. 2015.
    Equality is the central value for egalitarians. It is the value that distinguishes egalitarianism from other political theories. However, if equality is the central value for egalitarians, then why it is of value should be an obvious starting point for any discussion of egalitarianism. This article seeks to clarify the ways in which equality has been valued in philosophical discussion. I discuss the standard ways of valuing equality and argue that an understanding of equality as valuable because…Read more
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    Reassessing Egalitarianism
    Palgrave McMillan. 2014.
    Achieving social equality has been an important aim of modern democratic societies. Yet the process has engendered debate about the nature of equality and the consequences of its application. Why is equality valuable? What kind of equality should be aimed for? When is inequality justified? Should a principle of equality apply globally? The book assesses and links the different dimensions of equality and asks whether recent writing on the topic has the philosophical substance and political force …Read more
  •  23
    Historical Emissions and the Carbon Budget
    with Robyn Kath
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 36 (2): 268-289. 2019.
  •  14
    The Concept of Mutual Obligation
    Professional Ethics, a Multidisciplinary Journal 8 (2): 5-22. 2000.
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    Egalitarianism and the Value of Equality
    Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 3 (3): 1-7. 2009.
    No abstract.
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    Climate Change and Justice (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press. 2015.
    Achieving climate justice is increasingly recognized as one of the key problems associated with climate change, helping us to determine how good or bad the effects of climate change are, and whether any harms are fairly distributed. The numerous and complex issues which climate change involves underline the need for a normative framework that allows us both to assess the dangers that we face and to create a just distribution of the costs of action. This collection of original essays by leading s…Read more
  •  3
    Disability, Work and Motivation
    with Greg Marston
    Monash Bioethics Review 28 (4): 13-24. 2009.
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    The Later Foucault: Politics and Philosophy
    SAGE Publications Limited. 1998.
    Why does Foucault's work continue to be of central importance in current debates in sociology, political science and philosophy? Why do we still read him as a guide to contemporary social and cultural life? Foucault's work presents a provocative challenge to orthodox, habitual forms of belief and practice. The Later Foucault, with an impressive interdisciplinary focus, argues that one of the keys to understanding Foucault is his political thought. It is this which he expressed clearly in his las…Read more