• Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 6 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2020.
    This is the sixth volume of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. The series aims to publish some of the best contemporary work in the vibrant field of political philosophy and its closely related subfields, including jurisprudence, normative economics, political theory in political science departments, and just war theory
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    From Morality to Virtue
    Ethics 104 (4): 884-885. 1992.
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    Equal Justice
    Philosophical Quarterly 44 (174): 129-132. 1994.
  • Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 5 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2019.
    This is the fifth volume of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. The series aims to publish some of the best contemporary work in the vibrant field of political philosophy and its closely related subfields, including jurisprudence, normative economics, political theory in political science departments, and just war theory.
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    Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, vol. 2 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2016.
    This is the second volume of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. Since its revival in the 1970s political philosophy has been a vibrant field in philosophy, one that intersects with jurisprudence, normative economics, political theory in political science departments, and just war theory. OSPP aims to publish some of the best contemporary work in political philosophy and these closely related subfields. The papers in this volume address a range of central topics and represent cutting edge wo…Read more
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    Of mice and men: equality and animals
    In Nils Holtug & Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (eds.), Egalitarianism: New Essays on the Nature and Value of Equality, Clarendon Press. 2006.
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    Neurointerventions: Punishment, Mental Integrity, and Intentions
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 9 (3): 131-132. 2018.
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    Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Volume 3 (edited book)
    with David Sobel and Steven Wall
    Oxford University Press. 2017.
    This is the third volume of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. The series aims to publish some of the best contemporary work in the vibrant field of political philosophy and its closely related subfields, including jurisprudence, normative economics, political theory in political science departments, and just war theory.
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    Ripstein on private wrongs and torts
    Jurisprudence 9 (3): 589-596. 2018.
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    A Tree Can Make a Difference
    with Luc Lauwers
    Journal of Philosophy 114 (1): 33-42. 2017.
    We show that it is not possible to extend the ranking of one-stage lotteries based on their weak-expectation to a reflexive and transitive relation on the collection of one- and two-stage lotteries that satisfies two basic axioms, the minimal value axiom and the reduction axiom. We propose an extension that satisfies only the first axiom. This ranking takes payoffs, their probabilities, and the tree structure into account.
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    Brute luck and responsibility
    Politics, Philosophy and Economics 7 (1): 57-80. 2008.
    The concept of agent-responsibility for an outcome (that is, of the outcome reflecting the autonomous choice of the agent) is central to both ethics and political philosophy. The concept, however, remains radically under-explored. In particular, the issue of partial responsibility for an outcome needs further development. I propose an account of partial responsibility based on partial causal contribution. Agents who choose autonomously in full knowledge of the consequences are agent-responsible,…Read more
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    The problem of unauthorized welfare
    Noûs 25 (3): 295-321. 1991.
    This problem has already been discussed by a number of authors.[i] Typically, however, authors take one of two extreme positions: they hold that all welfare should be taken at face value, or they hold that "suspect" welfare should be completely ignored. My contribution here is the following: First, I introduce the notion of unauthorized (suspect) welfare, of which welfare from meddlesome preferences, offensive tastes, expensive tastes, etc. are special cases. Second, I formulate four conditions …Read more
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    Of Mice and Men: Equality and Animals
    Journal of Ethics 9 (3-4): 403-433. 2005.
    Can material Egalitarianism (requiring, for example, the significant promotion of fortune) include animals in the domain of the equality requirement? The problem can be illustrated as follows: If equality of wellbeing is what matters, and normal mice are included in this egalitarian requirement, then normal mice have a much stronger claim to resources than almost any human. This is because normal mice have a much stronger claim to resources than almost any human. This is because their wellbeing …Read more
  • Éthique et mort(s) - Libertarisme, propriété de soi et homicide consensuel
    Revue Philosophique De Louvain 101 (1): 5-25. 2003.
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    Equal opportunity and the family
    with Morry Lipson
    Public Affairs Quarterly 3 (4): 27-45. 1989.
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    Distributive Justice
    In Robert Goodin, Philip Pettit & Thomas Pogge (eds.), Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, Blackwell. 2007.
    The word “justice” is used in several different ways. First, justice is sometimes understood as moral permissibility applied to distributions of benefits and burdens (e.g., income distributions) or social structures (e.g., legal systems). In this sense, justice is distinguished by the kind of entity to which it is applied, rather than a specific kind of moral concern.
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    Motivational Ties and Doing What One Most Wats
    Journal of Philosophical Research 16 443-445. 1991.
    In his paper "Motivational Ties"[i] Al Mele addresses the question of how intentional behavior is possible in "Buridan’s ass" choice situations. This is the question of how an agent could make a choice between two or more (equally) maximally attractive options (such as choosing one, rather than another, of two effectively identical copies of a desired book). For if, as is commonly supposed, choices and intentions are based on the attractiveness of options (roughly, how strongly one is motivated …Read more
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    Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 4 (edited book)
    with David Sobel and Steven Wall
    Oxford University Press. 2018.
    This is the fourth volume of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. The series aims to publish some of the best contemporary work in the vibrant field of political philosophy and its closely related subfields, including jurisprudence, normative economics, political theory in political science departments, and just war theory.
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    Where there are infinitely many possible [equiprobable] basic states of the world, a standard probability function must assign zero probability to each state—since any finite probability would sum to over one. This generates problems for any decision theory that appeals to expected utility or related notions. For it leads to the view that a situation in which one wins a million dollars if any of a thousand of the equally probable states is realized has an expected value of zero (since each such …Read more