• A Dilemma of Self-interest vs. Ethical Responsibilities in Political Insider Trading
    with Jan Hanousek, Hoje Jo, and Christos Pantzalis
    Journal of Business Ethics 1-31. forthcoming.
    Political insider trading has brought substantial attention to ethical considerations in the academic literature. While the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act prohibits members of Congress and their staff from leveraging non-public information to make investment decisions, political insider trading still prevails. We discuss political ethics and social contract theory to re-engage the debate on whether political insider trading is unethical and raises the issues of conflict of interest …Read more
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    A Multidimensional IRT Approach for Dynamically Monitoring Ability Growth in Computerized Practice Environments
    with Frederik Cornillie, Han L. J. van der Maas, and Wim Van Den Noortgate
    Frontiers in Psychology 10. 2019.
  • One of the most conspicuous recent phenomena in the domain of moral and political philosophy has been the revival of social contract theory. From John Rawls to David Gauthier, contractarians have attempted to construct their methodological foundations on the theory of rational choice. The inspiration for the theory of rational choice has been the neo-classical conception of rational economic man. This theory seems to provide contractarian ethics with a concrete model for reducing the principles …Read more
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    Rawls' Avowed Error in Rational Contractarianism
    Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 10 325-340. 2008.
    Over twenty years after the publication of A Theory of Justice (1971), Rawls avowed that it was an error in Theory to describe a theory of justice as part of the theory of rational choice. This paper elucidates the reasons why Rawls had to make such an avowal of the error in connection with his contractarian rational deduction project of morality, i.e., rational contractarianism. Two major issues are involved here. They are about the construction of the original position and the maximin derivati…Read more