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    Contributors
    with Maeve Cooke, Lilian Alweiss, John Erik Fossum, Bruce Haddock, and Julia Stapleton
    European Journal of Political Theory 2 (3): 259-260. 2003.
  •  81
    Non-domination and egalitarian welfare politics
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 1 (3): 335-353. 1998.
    In this article I will do three things: I will argue that solidarity is not necessary for political legitimacy, that non-domination is a strong candidate for legitimacy criterion, and, finally, that non-domination can legitimate the egalitarian welfare state.
  •  79
    The scholarship on Mary Wollstonecraft is divided concerning her views on women's role in public life, property rights, and distribution of wealth. Her critique of inequality of wealth is undisputed, but is it a complaint only of inequality or does it strike more forcefully at the institution of property? The argument in this article is that Wollstonecraft's feminism is partly defined by a radical critique of property, intertwined with her conception of rights. Dissociating herself from the conc…Read more
  •  68
    I argue along the following lines: For Wollstonecraft, liberty is independence in two different spheres, one presupposing the other. On the one hand, liberty is independence in relation to others, in the sense of not being vulnerable to their whim or arbitrary will. Call this social, or political, liberty. For liberty understood in this way, infringements do not require individual instances of interfering. Liberty is lost in unequal relationships, through dependence on the goodwill of a master. …Read more
  •  51
    Dissecting “Discrimination”
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 14 (4): 455-463. 2005.
    edited by Tuija Takala and Matti Häyry, welcomes contributions on the conceptual and theoretical dimensions of bioethics
  •  44
    Mary Wollstonecraft and Freedom as Independence
    In , Oxford University Press. 2016.
    Halldenius argues that we should regard Mary Wollstonecraft as a feminist republican, drawing out the implications of reading her in that way for the meaning and role of freedom in Wollstonecraft’s philosophy. Her republicanism directs our attention to the fact that freedom for Wollstonecraft is conceptualized in terms of independence, importantly in two analytically distinct yet heavily interdependent ways. There is a long philosophical tradition of treating moral freedom as an internal phenome…Read more
  •  36
    Liberty, Law and Leviathan: Of Being Free from Impediments by Artifice
    Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 59 (131): 1-20. 2012.
    The argument in this article is that Hobbes' theory of freedom in Leviathan allows for four ways of being free to act - corporal freedom by nature, freedom from obligation by nature, the freedom to disobey and the freedom of no-rule - each corresponding to a particular absence, some of which make sense only in the civil state. Contrary to what some have claimed, this complexity does not commit Hobbes to an unarticulated definition of freedom in tension with the only one that he explicitly offers…Read more
  •  24
    Historical Dictionary of Feminist Philosophy
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (2): 453-456. 2009.
    "The introduction of Historical Dictionary of Feminist Philosophy provides a useful overview of the subject, while the chronology runs the gamut from ancient Greek to contemporary feminist philosophers. Dictionary entries cover both the central figures and ideas from the historical tradition of philosophy, as well as ideas and theories from contemporary feminist philosophy, such as epistemology and topics like abortion and sexuality. In addition to including entries on Aristotle, Plato, Descarte…Read more
  •  23
    History plays an important role in the philosophy of human rights, more so than in philosophical discussions on related concepts, such as justice. History tends to be used in order to make it credible that there is a tradition of rights as a moral idea, or an ethical ideal, that transcends national boundaries. In the example that I investigate in this chapter, this moral idea is tightly spun around the moral dignity of the human person. There has been a shift in conceptions of human rights durin…Read more
  •  23
    Locke and the Non-Arbitrary
    European Journal of Political Theory 2 (3): 261-279. 2003.
    In this article, John Locke's accounts of political liberty and legitimate government are read as expressions of a normative demand for non-arbitrariness. I argue that Locke locates infringements of political liberty in dependence on the arbitrary will of another, whether or not interference or restraint actually takes place. This way Locke is tentatively placed in that tradition of republican thought recently brought to our attention by Pettit, Skinner and others. This reading shifts the focus …Read more
  •  20
    Building Blocks of a Republican Cosmopolitanism
    European Journal of Political Theory 9 (1): 12-30. 2010.
    A structural affinity between republican freedom as non-domination and human rights claims accounts for the relevance of republicanism for cosmopolitan concerns. Central features of republican freedom are its institution dependence and the modal aspect it adds to being free. Its chief concern is not constraint, but the way in which an agent is constrained or not. To the extent I am vulnerable to someone’s dispositional power over me I am not free, even if I am not in fact constrained. Republican…Read more
  •  19
    Feminist Republicanism
    In Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting & Alan Coffee (eds.), The Wollstonecraftian Mind, . 2019.
    In this chapter it is argued that Mary Wollstonecraft’s political is best characterized as ‘feminist republicanism’. Wollstonecraft’s feminism challenges republicanism from within. The republican movement used the language of rights and liberty in arguments for popular sovereignty and against despotic and aristocratic privilege. Wollstonecraft articulated her feminism within and against this movement, which argued for the rights of all while taking for granted that ‘all’ is properly represented …Read more
  •  19
    This dissertation argues for an interpretation of liberty in terms of non-domination rather than non-interference, that non-domination can work as an independent criterion of political legitimacy, and that non-domination includes an approximation of equality in socioeconomic goods. In the first part, four theories of liberty and power – those of Kant, Locke, J. S. Mill and H. Taylor, and Wollstonecraft – are analyzed. It is concluded that Locke and Wollstonecraft, and Mill and Taylor partly, but…Read more
  •  19
    For Mary Wollstonecraft, the moral purpose of government is to act on the principle of equality and protect the weak against the fact of inequality. The political day-to-day is characterized by classes and groups with competing interests, some more powerful than others. Wollstonecraft was a republican thinker and so it is reasonable to expect in her writings a notion of political society as representative, but how? After placing Wollstonecraft in relation to contemporary republicanism, we can se…Read more
  •  16
    Liberty, law and social construction
    History of Political Thought 28 (4): 697-708. 2007.
    In this article Hobbes's view of the commonwealth, and of law and liberty within it, is discussed from the point of view of social ontology. The artificial character of the commonwealth and the constitutive function of the covenant is put in terms of the institutional world being constructed through collective intentionality, which is performative, self-referential, and collective, and which serves as truth-maker. Hobbes is used here to make the point that it is a mistake to argue, as for exampl…Read more
  •  12
    Thinking Ahead on Deep Brain Stimulation: An Analysis of the Ethical Implications of a Developing Technology
    with Veronica Johansson, Martin Garwicz, Martin Kanje, and Jens Schouenborg
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 5 (1): 24-33. 2014.
  •  12
    Mary Wollstonecraft’s Feminist Republicanism
    In Sandrine Berges, Alan M. S. J. Coffee & Eileen Hunt Botting (eds.), The Wollstonecraftian Mind, Routledge. forthcoming.
    In this chapter it is argued that Mary Wollstonecraft’s political is best characterized as ‘feminist republicanism’. Wollstonecraft’s feminism challenges republicanism from within. The republican movement used the language of rights and liberty in arguments for popular sovereignty and against despotic and aristocratic privilege. Wollstonecraft articulated her feminism within and against this movement, which argued for the rights of all while taking for granted that ‘all’ is properly represented …Read more
  •  11
    This article offers an analysis of Sophie de Grouchy’s Letters on Sympathy [1798]. The focus is on republican implications of her views on sympathy, with comparisons to Adam Smith and Mary Wollstonecraft. Critical attention is paid to claims made on de Grouchy’s behalf that her philosophy is republican and that she offers republican arguments for gender and class equality. These claims are made by Sandrine Bergès in Revolution and Republicanism: Women Political Philosophers of Late Eighteenth-Ce…Read more
  •  10
    Political Theory
    In Nancy E. Johnson & Paul Keen (eds.), Mary Wollstonecraft in Context, . pp. 182-188. 2020.
    Is there a political theory in Mary Wollstonecraft’s writings? The question is relevant since Wollstonecraft’s main preoccupation was moral rather than political: the duty of every thinking person to strive to make themselves as good as they can be. This is a complex duty, involving independent thought, acting on principles of reason, and making oneself useful to others. The challenge involved in this endeavor is a recurrent theme in most of what she wrote. The idiosyncrasies of Wollstonecraft’s…Read more
  •  6
    Neo-Roman Liberty in the Philosophy of Human Rights
    In Hannah Dawson & Annelien de Dijn (eds.), Rethinking Liberty Before Liberalism, Cambridge University Press. forthcoming.
    It is my contention here that Quentin Skinner’s conception of neo-roman liberty as it is articulated in Liberty Before Liberalism serves to establish two normative premises for human rights philosophy. Those premises are, first, that human rights should offer the strongest protection for those persons who are most vulnerable and liable to social and political discrimination and marginalisation. Second, the objects of human rights should be conceptualised in terms of open-ended goals of justice, …Read more
  •  6
    Mary Wollstonecraft
    In Mortimer Sellers & Stephan Kirste (eds.), Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Springer. forthcoming.
    Encyclopedic entry on Mary Wollstonecraft's social and political philosophy.
  •  6
    Reviews (review)
    Theoria 71 (1): 78-84. 2005.
  •  5
    Mary Wollstonecraft’s political theory
    In Nancy Johnson & Paul Keen (eds.), Mary Wollstonecraft in Context, Cambridge University Press. forthcoming.
    Is there a political theory in Mary Wollstonecraft’s writings? The question is relevant since Wollstonecraft’s main preoccupation was moral rather than political: the duty of every thinking person to strive to make themselves as good as they can be. This is a complex duty, involving independent thought, acting on principles of reason, and making oneself useful to others. The challenge involved in this endeavor is a recurrent theme in most of what she wrote. The idiosyncrasies of Wollstonecraft’s…Read more
  •  5
    Freedom Fit for a Feminist? On the Feminist Potential of Quentin Skinner's Conception of Republican Freedom
    Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory 17 (1): 86-103. 2014.
    The aim of this paper is to make it credible that there are feminist reasons for being a republican about freedom. In focus is Quentin Skinner’s conception of republican, or “neo-Roman”, freedom. Republican theory in history has not excelled in making poverty, gender hierarchy, and racism within the republic into main sources of concern. So can there be a radical republican theory of liberty fit for a feminist, to make sense of arbitrary power in the every day life of work, households, and local…Read more
  •  1
    Discrimination and Irrelevance
    In Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (ed.), Routledge Handbook to Discrimination, . 2017.
    This chapter analyses role, usefulness and challenges of invoking “irrelevance” as a deciding factor in an account of what discrimination is, or with what is wrong with it.
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    Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 4. 2004.
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  • Liberty and its circumstances : a functional approach
    In Boudewijn Paul de Bruin & Christopher F. Zurn (eds.), New Waves in Political Philosophy, Palgrave-macmillan. 2009.