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    Rights as enforceable claims
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 103 (2). 2003.
    Unless rights are claimable, it is sometimes argued, they are no more than rhetorical gestures which mock the poor and needy. But what makes a right claimable? If rights are to avoid the charge of emptiness, I argue, they must be effectively enforceable. But what does this involve? I identify three conditions of enforceability, and four sets of broader circumstances in which these conditions can be met. I discuss the implications of this analysis of rights for multicultural societies, and conclu…Read more
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    To become more free, Spinoza argues, we need to develop the virtue of fortitudo - the determination to enlarge our understanding and live as it dictates. In an era of post-factual politics, there is arguably a need for this virtue, and in this piece I examine Spinoza's account of the process by which it is acquired. As he sees it, I argue, the process is gradual and is always a collective one. Part of the task of politics is therefore to cultivate fortitudo.
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    Rights, moral and enforceable: A reply to Saladin meckled-Garcia
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 105 (1). 2005.
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    Mary Wollstonecraft is celebrated for her Vindication of the Rights of Woman. However, while her title suggests that rights must play an important part in improving women’s situation, it is less clear how she envisages them. What does she think rights are and how are they to transform women’s lives? I argue that Wollstonecraft blends two traditions, a republican conception of rights as powers to act, and a distinct conception of natural rights. She offers a radical development of republican righ…Read more
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    Event synopsis: The Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland, in conjunction with UK Society for Women in Philosophy, are hosting their first joint conference. The conference aims to explore the broad theme of Politics and Women across philosophical traditions. 2012 marks the 90th anniversary of full women's suffrage in Ireland when all women over 21 were given the right to vote. Even so only around 15% of Irish politicians are women. In recognition of the continuing disparity between the promis…Read more
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    Visible Women: Essays on Feminist Legal Theory and Political Philosophy (edited book)
    with Stephanie Palmer
    Hart. 2002.
    These questions lie at the heart of contemporary feminist theory, and in this collection they are addressed by a group of distinguished international scholars ...
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    XIII. Passion and Politics1: Susan James
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 52 221-234. 2003.
    The sudden resurgence of interest in the emotions that has recently overtaken analytical philosophy has raised a range of questions about the place of the passions in established explanatory schemes. How, for example, do the emotions fit into theories of action organized around beliefs and desires? How can they be included in analyses of the mind developed to account for other mental states and capacities? Questions of this general form also arise within political philosophy, and the wish to ack…Read more
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    Cavendish is critical of two of the experimental sciences of her day: chemistry and microscopy. Rather than creating new things, as their practitioners claim, they produce 'hermaphroditical mixtures'. I trace this startling metaphor to the alchemical tradition and suggest how its origins can help us to understand Cavendish's position. In her view, the chemists and microscopists exaggerate their own power and creativity, and fail to recognise that human creativity belongs primarily to imagination…Read more
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    Narratives and Culture: "Thickening" the Self for Cultural Psychotherapy
    with Gary Foster
    Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 23 (1): 62-79. 2003.
    The dominant framework for understanding selfhood in contemporary psychology has been one that privileges a highly individualistic conception of self. This is reflected in both the language and approaches of psychotherapy where the influence of contextual factors are given marginal consideration in order to maintain some type of 'objectivity' or 'neutrality' in counseling. We argue that an understanding of selfhood which does not take into account the 'relational' nature of selfhood as well as t…Read more
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    ‘Against them all for to fight’: Friar John Pickering and the Pilgrimage of Grace
    Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 85 (1): 37-64. 2003.
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    In the Tractatus Politicus Spinoza argues that politically unequal societies can be extremely stable. This feature of his work is at odds with a view, common in the literature, that Spinoza is a democratically-minded author who defends inclusive political systems, and in this paper I consider how he thinks inequality can be sustained. I focus on his discussion of the ways in which envy can be offset or redirected; and I apply my conclusions to his notorious claim that women are not fit to rule.
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    Rights as Enforceable Claims
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 103 (2): 133-147. 2003.
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    Rights, Moral and Enforceable: a Reply to Saladin Meckled-Garcia
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 105 (1): 149-153. 2005.
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    VII-Rights as Enforceable Claims
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 103 (1): 133-147. 2003.
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    Rights, Moral and Enforceable: A Reply to Saladin Meckled-Garcia
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 105 (1): 149-153. 2005.
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    The journey into the world of midwifery or nursing requires the student to attend to the intertwining of self-body-world in order to shift their knowledge of self-body-world into a client/patient-centered context.One of the teaching-learning strategies used to provide safe opportunities is the use of simulations and virtual practices. Rather than learning intimate acts of touching, or life and death decision-making in situations with actual clients/patients, students enter their learning world w…Read more
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    Margaret Cavendish: Political Writings (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press. 2003.
    Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, published a wide variety of works including poems, plays, letters and treatises of natural philosophy, but her significance as a political writer has only recently been recognised. This major contribution to the series of Cambridge Texts includes the first ever modern edition of her Divers Orations on English social and political life, together with a new student-friendly rendition of her imaginary voyage, A New World called the Blazing World. Susan Jame…Read more
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    Sympathy and comparison : Two principles of human nature
    In Marina Frasca-Spada & P. J. E. Kail (eds.), Impressions of Hume, Oxford University Press. pp. 61--107. 2005.
  • The Passions and Philosophy
    In Genevieve Lloyd (ed.), Feminism and History of Philosophy, Oxford University Press. 2002.