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    Disability and Disadvantage (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2009.
    Introduction ADAM CURETON AND KIMBERLEY BROWNLEE Disability and disadvantage are interrelated topics that raise important and sometimes overlooked issues in ...
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    Features of a paradigm case of civil disobedience
    Res Publica 10 (4): 337-351. 2004.
    The purpose of this paper is not to define civil disobedience, but to identify a paradigm case of civil disobedience and the features exemplified in it. After noting the benefits of this methodological approach, the paper proceeds with an examination of two key, interconnected features: conscientiousness and communication. First, a link is made between the conscientious aspect of civil disobedience and moral consistency; a civil disobedient demonstrates a conscientious commitment to certain valu…Read more
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    Acting Defensively for the Sake of Our Attacker
    Journal of Moral Philosophy 16 (2): 105-130. 2019.
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    No Title available: Review Lust (review)
    Think 5 (14): 109-112. 2007.
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    Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (review)
    Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (2): 229-231. 2004.
    The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law brings together specially commissioned essays by twenty-six of the foremost legal theorists currently writing, to provide a state-of-the-art overview of jurisprudential scholarship. Each author presents an account of the contending views and scholarly debates animating their field of enquiry as well as setting the agenda for further study. This landmark publication will be essential reading for anyone working in legal theory and of inter…Read more
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    The Blackwell Companion to Applied Philosophy (edited book)
    with Tony Coady and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2016.
  • Blackwell Companion to Applied Philosophy (edited book)
    with David Coady and Kasper Lipper-Rasmussen
    Blackwell. forthcoming.
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    The communicative aspects of civil disobedience and lawful punishment
    Criminal Law and Philosophy 1 (2): 179-192. 2007.
    A parallel may be drawn between the communicative aspect of civil disobedience and the communicative aspect of lawful punishment by the state. In punishing an offender, the state seeks to communicate both its condemnation of the crime committed and its desire for repentance and reformation on the part of the offender. Similarly, in civilly disobeying the law, a disobedient seeks to convey both her condemnation of a certain law or policy and her desire for recognition that a lasting change in pol…Read more
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    Justifying Punishment: A Response to Douglas Husak (review)
    Criminal Law and Philosophy 2 (2): 123-129. 2008.
    In ‘Why Criminal Law: A Question of Content?’, Douglas Husak argues that an analysis of the justifiability of the criminal law depends upon an analysis of the justifiability of state punishment. According to Husak, an adequate justification of state punishment both must show why the state is permitted to infringe valuable rights such as the right not to be punished and must respond to two distinct groups of persons who may demand a justification for the imposition of punishment, namely, individu…Read more
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    The Competent Judge Problem
    Ratio 29 (3): 312-326. 2016.
    We face an epistemic problem in competently judging some types of experience. The problem arises when an experience either defies our efforts to assess its quality, such as a traumatic event, or compromises our abilities to assess quality in general, such as starvation. In the latter type of case, the competent judge problem is actually a paradox since the experience undermines our competence to judge at the same time that it gives us competence to judge it against other experiences. The problem…Read more
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    This article challenges the use of social deprivation as a punishment, and offers a preliminary examination of the human rights implications of exile and solitary confinement. The article considers whether a human right against coercive social deprivation is conceptually redundant, as there are recognised rights against torture, extremely cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment as well as rights to basic health care, education, and security, which might encompass what this right protects. The ar…Read more
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    The Offender's Part in the Dialogue
    In Rowan Cruft, Matthew H. Kramer & Mark R. Reiff (eds.), Crime, Punishment, and Responsibility: The Jurisprudence of Antony Duff, Oxford University Press. pp. 54. 2011.
  • The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics (review)
    Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 9. 2006.
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    What’s virtuous about the law?
    Legal Theory 21 (1): 1-17. 2015.
    Debates about our moral relation to the law typically focus on the moral force of law. Often, the question asked is: Do we have a moral duty to follow the law? Recently, that question has been given a virtue-ethical formulation: Is there a virtue in abiding by the law? This paper considers our moral relation to the law in terms of virtue but focuses on a different question from the traditional ones. The question here is: Can the law model virtue in beneficial ways that enable us to cultivate vir…Read more
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    Retributive, Restorative and Ritualistic Justice
    Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 30 (2): 385-397. 2010.
    Few defences of retribution in criminal justice make a plausible case for the view that punishment plays a necessary role in restoring relations between offenders, victims and the community. Even fewer defences of retribution make a plausible appeal to the interpersonal practice of apologizing as a symbolically adequate model for criminal justice. This review article considers Christopher Bennett’s engaging defence of an apology ritual in criminal justice, an account of justifiable punishment th…Read more
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    Reasons and ideals
    Philosophical Studies 151 (3): 433-444. 2010.
    This paper contributes to the debate on whether we can have reason to do what we are unable to do. I take as my starting point two papers recently published in Philosophical Studies , by Bart Streumer and Ulrike Heuer, which defend the two dominant opposing positions on this issue. Briefly, whereas Streumer argues that we cannot have reason to do what we are unable to do, Heuer argues that we can have reason to do what we are unable to do when we can get closer to success but cannot have reason …Read more
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    Reply to Critics
    Criminal Law and Philosophy 10 (4): 721-739. 2016.
    This article responds to the four contributors to the book symposium on Conscience and Conviction: The Case for Civil Disobedience. Those four contributors are Thomas Hill Jr, David Lefkowitz, William Smith, and Daniel Weinstock. Hill examines the concepts of conviction and conscience ; Smith discusses conviction and then analyses the right to civil disobedience and my humanistic arguments for it ; Weinstock explores democratic challenges for civil disobedience ; and Lefkowitz assesses the merit…Read more
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    The civil disobedience of Edward Snowden A reply to William Scheuerman
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (10): 965-970. 2016.
    This article responds to William Scheuerman’s analysis of Edward Snowden as someone whose acts fit within John Rawls’ account of civil disobedience understood as a public, non-violent, conscientious breach of law performed with overall fidelity to law and a willingness to accept punishment. It rejects the narrow Rawlsian notion in favour of a broader notion of civil disobedience understood as a constrained, conscientious and communicative breach of law that demonstrates opposition to law or poli…Read more
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    Responsibilities of criminal justice officials
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 27 (2): 123-139. 2010.
    In recent years, political philosophers have hotly debated whether ordinary citizens have a general pro tanto moral obligation to follow the law. Contemporary philosophers have had less to say about the same question when applied to public officials. In this paper, I consider the latter question in the morally complex context of criminal justice. I argue that criminal justice officials have no general pro tanto moral obligation to adhere to the legal dictates and lawful rules of their offices. M…Read more
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    I- The Lonely Heart Breaks: On the Right to Be a Social Contributor
    Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 90 (1): 27-48. 2016.
    This paper uncovers a distinctively social type of injustice that lies in the kinds of wrongs we can do to each other specifically as social beings. In this paper, social injustice is not principally about unfair distributions of socio-economic goods among citizens. Instead, it is about the ways we can violate each other’s fundamental rights to lead socially integrated lives in close proximity and relationship with other people. This paper homes in on a particular type of social injustice, which…Read more
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    Legal obligation as a duty of deference
    Law and Philosophy 27 (6). 2008.
    An enduring question in political and legal philosophy concerns whether we have a general moral obligation to follow the law. In this paper, I argue that Philip Soper’s intuitively appealing effort to give new life to the idea of legal obligation by characterising it as a duty of deference is ultimately unpersuasive. Soper claims that people who understand what a legal system is and admit that it is valuable must recognise that they would be morally inconsistent to deny that they owe deference t…Read more