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    Mandatory school uniforms and freedom of expression
    Ethics and Education 5 (3). 2010.
    On 10 December 2007 the Akron City School Board ? following the precedent set by many school systems across the United States and the world ? instituted a policy of mandatory school uniforms for all students in grades K?8. The measure was met with mixed reviews. While many parents supported the measure, a small group of parents from a selective, arts-focussed, middle school (grades 4?8) objected to the policy. It was their contention that children attending this particular school should be exemp…Read more
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    On the Disconnect Between Business and Professional Ethics
    with Alan Tomhave
    Teaching Ethics 13 (2): 93-105. 2013.
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    The Business of Boycotting: Having Your Chicken and Eating It Too
    with Alan Tomhave
    Journal of Business Ethics 152 (1): 123-132. 2018.
    We assume that there are certain causes that are morally wrong, worth speaking out against, and working to overcome, e.g., opposition to same sex marriage. This seems to suggest that we should also be boycotting certain businesses; particularly those whose owners advocate such views. Ideally, for the boycotter, this will end up silencing certain views, but this seems to cause two basic problems. First, it appears initially to be coercive, because it threatens the existence of the business. Secon…Read more
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    A Note From the Editors
    with Alan Tomhave
    Teaching Ethics 15 (2): 225-225. 2015.
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    Justice, Religion, and the Education of Children
    Public Affairs Quarterly 23 (3): 203-225. 2009.
    Parents are generally viewed as having broad discretion when it comes to the decisions they make for their children. With the exceptions of outright abuse and neglect, society does not interfere with many of those decisions. Nowhere is parental decision making considered more sacrosanct than in the area of the religious upbringing of children. Parents are assumed to have the right to instill their particular religious beliefs and practices—beliefs and practices that may include intolerant, sexis…Read more
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    The belief in innate talent and its implications for distributive justice
    Educational Philosophy and Theory 53 (8): 819-832. 2021.
    Although the commonly accepted view is that there are such things as natural talents, more than 20 years of research suggests the opposite. What passes for talented is attributable to a combination of social and environmental factors. If the current research on this topic holds true, then there are implications not only for various theories of distributive justice, but there are also serious implication for real world distributions. In this article I will argue that talent is not innate and that…Read more
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    Philosophy in Review 27 (4): 296-298. 2007.
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    Business Ethics: The Big Picture (edited book)
    with Alan Tomhave
    Broadview Press. 2018.
    _Business Ethics: The Big Picture_ asks students to focus on the assumptions underlying the activity of business. Why does society provide special protections for businesses? What is the purpose of a corporation? What do businesses owe society? And are there some things that shouldn’t be distributed by the free market? These questions are addressed through classic readings from such central figures as Adam Smith and Karl Marx, in addition to contemporary selections from Milton Friedman, R. Edward…Read more
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    Boycotts and Silencing
    with Alan Tomhave
    Business Ethics Journal Review 8 (8): 45-50. 2020.
    Jeremy Davis offered critical comments on our article that argued some boycotts are pro tanto morally wrong. We argued against organized boycotts over expressive acts where the actor is attempting to engage in the market place of ideas. Davis offered two versions of a direct objection to our position – one that boycotts are not attempts to silence and one that boycotts do not cause a chilling effect – and one objection based on reframing the goals of boycotts. In this Response, we argue that Dav…Read more
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    Children's Rights and Moral Parenting
    Lexington Books. 2015.
    Children’s Rights and Moral Parenting offers systematic treatment of a variety of issues involving the intersection of the rights of children and the moral responsibility of parents
  • David Schmidtz, Elements of Justice (review)
    Philosophy in Review 27 296-298. 2007.