• 10. Notes on Contributors Notes on Contributors (p. 460)
    with David Estlund, Kok‐Chor Tan, Sophia Reibetanz, Arthur Isak Applbaum, Tamara Horowitz, Elinor Mason, and Jeff McMahan
    In Stephen Everson (ed.), Ethics: Companions to Ancient Thought, Vol. 4, Cambridge University Press. 1998.
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    Justice and Gender-Based Violence
    Revue Internationale de Philosophie 235 (1): 259-275. 2006.
    Although sexual violence against women is on-going and widespread, it is generally not, except in some cases of rape in war-time, viewed as a politically significant phenomenon constituting a grave group-based injustice. After examining why this is the case, Brison argues that one strategy to make salient the political dimension of sexual violence is to call rape "gender-based violence" rather than "sex without consent." Doing so takes rape out of the apolitical interpersonal realm and reclassif…Read more
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    Free Speech in the Digital Age (edited book)
    Oup Usa. 2018.
    This collection of thirteen new essays is the first to examine, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, how the new technologies and global reach of the Internet are changing the theory and practice of free speech.
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    Brings together ten of the nation's finest and most provocative legal scholars to present their views on constitutional interpretation. All of these papers are very recent, and four were written especially for this volume.
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    Gender Struggles: Practical Approaches to Contemporary Feminism (edited book)
    with Kathryn Pyne Addelson, Sandra Lee Bartky, Susan Bordo, Rosi Braidotti, Judith Butler, Drucilla L. Cornell, Deirdre E. Davis, Nancy Fraser, Evelynn M. Hammonds, Nancy J. Hirschmann, Eva Feder Kittay, Sharon Marcus, Marsha Marotta, Julien S. Murphy, Iris MarionYoung, and Linda M. G. Zerilli
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2002.
    The sixteen essays in Gender Struggles address a wide range of issues in gender struggles, from the more familiar ones that, for the last thirty years, have been the mainstay of feminist scholarship, such as motherhood, beauty, and sexual violence, to new topics inspired by post-industrialization and multiculturalism, such as the welfare state, cyberspace, hate speech, and queer politics, and finally to topics that traditionally have not been seen as appropriate subjects for philosophizing, such…Read more
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    Book Review (review)
    Law and Philosophy 27 (1): 97-104. 2008.
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    Valuing the Lives of People with Profound Intellectual Disabilities
    Philosophical Topics 49 (1): 99-121. 2021.
    Some prominent contemporary ethicists, including Peter Singer and Jeff McMahan, do not consider human beings with profound intellectual disabilities to have the same moral status as “normal” people. They hold that individuals who lack sufficiently sophisticated cognitive abilities have the same moral value as nonhuman animals with similar cognitive capacities, such as pigs or dogs. Their goal—to elevate the moral standing of sentient nonhuman animals—is an admirable one which I share. I argue, h…Read more
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    Free Speech Skepticism
    Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 31 (2): 101-132. 2021.
    ARRAY
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    Free Speech
    Mind 113 (450): 351-357. 2004.
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    This chapter examines sexual assault from the point of view of a survivor, indicating that its consequences extend beyond the emotional or physical. Philosophical issues are raised by this experience, such as its effects on personal identity, notions of “harm“Notions of "harm", the role of denial, victim blaming, as well as its political implications for gender equality. Given the significance of these concerns and the extent of sexual assaults, it is imperative the harms of violence against wom…Read more
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    Feminist and queer theorists influenced by Michel Foucault have given analyses of sexual violence and of sexually violent pornography that are generally taken to be in striking opposition to those defended by radical feminists such as Catharine MacKinnon. In this commentary on Linda Martín Alcoff’s Rape and resistance: Understanding the complexities of sexual violation, I suggest that these seemingly divergent analyses of sexual violence are more similar than they have appeared to be and I ask: …Read more
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    “Sticks and stones will break my bones,” Justice Scalia pronounced from the bench in oral arguments in Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network, “but words can never hurt me. That's the First Amendment,” he added. Jay Alan Sekulow, the lawyer for the petitioners, anti-abortion protesters who had been enjoined from moving closer than fifteen feet away from those entering an abortion facility, was obviously pleased by this characterization of the right to free speech, replying, “That's certainly our position…Read more
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    Free Speech (review)
    Mind 113 (450): 351-357. 2004.
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    Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self
    Princeton University Press. 2002.
    On July 4, 1990, while on a morning walk in southern France, Susan Brison was attacked from behind, severely beaten, sexually assaulted, strangled to unconsciousness, and left for dead. She survived, but her world was destroyed. Her training as a philosopher could not help her make sense of things, and many of her fundamental assumptions about the nature of the self and the world it inhabits were shattered.At once a personal narrative of recovery and a philosophical exploration of trauma, this b…Read more
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    Contentious Freedom: Sex Work and Social Construction
    Hypatia 21 (4): 192-200. 2001.
    In this article, Brison extends the analysis of freedom developed in Nancy J Hirschmann's book, The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom, to an area of controversy among feminist theorists: that of sex work, including prostitution and participation in the production of pornography. This topic raises some of the same issues concerning choice and consent as the three topics Hirschmann discusses in her book—domestic violence, the current welfare system in the United States, and I…Read more
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    Contentious Freedom: Sex Work and Social Construction
    Hypatia 21 (4): 192-200. 2006.
    In this article, Brison extends the analysis of freedom developed in Nancy J Hirschmann's book, The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom, to an area of controversy among feminist theorists: that of sex work, including prostitution and participation in the production of pornography. This topic raises some of the same issues concerning choice and consent as the three topics Hirschmann discusses in her book—domestic violence, the current welfare system in the United States, and I…Read more
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    Do We Think in Mentalese? A Critique of the "Language of Thought" Hypothesis
    Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada). 1987.
    Arguments for the claim that we think in a distinct language of thought are common in the philosophical literature from Plato to the present. In this dissertation, I examine the philosophical foundations of this currently popular "Language of Thought" Hypothesis , evaluating both the empirical results and the a priori grounds that have been presented in support of it. After presenting an historical survey of philosophical motivations for LOT, I discuss a number of psychological experiments in th…Read more
  • Waldron, J.-Liberal Rights
    Philosophical Books 37 241-250. 1996.
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    Beauvoir and feminism: interview and reflections
    In Claudia Card (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Simone de Beauvoir, Cambridge University Press. pp. 189--207. 2003.
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    Taking liberalism (and its critics) seriously
    Philosophical Books 37 (4): 241-251. 1996.
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    The Intentional Stance
    Philosophical Books 30 (3): 169-172. 1989.
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    Justice and Gender-Based Violence
    Revue Internationale de Philosophie 265 (3): 259-275. 2013.
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    Speech and other acts
    Legal Theory 10 (4): 261-272. 2004.
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    Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self
    Princeton University Press. 2002.
    Violence and the Remaking of a Self Susan J. Brison. Political activism (including lobbying for new legislation, speaking out, educating others, helping survivors) can also help to undo the double bind of self-blame versus helplessness.
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    Book review (review)
    Law and Philosophy 27 (1): 97-104. 2008.
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    Review: Free speech (review)
    Mind 113 (450): 351-357. 2004.