University College Cork
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    Philosophy of education in a new key: On radicalization and violent extremism
    with Mitja Sardoč, C. A. J. Coady, Fathali M. Moghaddam, Quassim Cassam, Derek Silva, Nenad Miščević, Gorazd Andrejč, Zdenko Kodelja, Boris Vezjak, Michael A. Peters, and Marek Tesar
    Educational Philosophy and Theory 1-34. forthcoming.
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    The injustice of exploitation
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 5 (1): 1-15. 2002.
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    This chapter proposes a policy to tackle the problem of global poverty, the Global Luxuries Tax. The GLT is a levy collected whenever a person, anywhere in the world, purchases a certain luxury good or service. The money collected will go towards a Global Poverty Fund to be used to alleviate the worst cases of global poverty. The tax is a miniscule percentage of the price of the good or service being purchased, so that the GLT raises money for the Global Poverty Fund by virtue of the high number…Read more
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    The EU has indicated it intends to pursue legal action against the UK over the extension of grace periods for post-Brexit checks on certain goods entering Northern Ireland from Britain. Vittorio Bufacchi argues that while the UK's approach may bring short-term benefits, these will be insignificant when set against the long-term reputational costs that come with breaking international agreements.
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    Opinion: introducing free childcare could be a game-changer towards creating a more equal and fair society.
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    The Ripples of Violence
    with Jools Gilson
    Feminist Review 112 (1): 27-40. 2016.
    The received view in mainstream philosophy is that violence is an ‘act’, to be defined in terms of ‘force’ and ‘intentionality’. This approach regrettably and inexcusably tends to prioritise the agent performing the act of violence in question. This paper argues that we should resist this tendency, in order to prioritise the victim or survivor of violence, and her personal experience, not that of the perpetrator. Starting from an analysis of the devastating impact of violence that characterises …Read more
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    Why Is Violence Bad?
    American Philosophical Quarterly 41 (2). 2004.
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    Torture, terrorism and the state: A refutation of the ticking-bomb argument
    with Jean Maria Arrigo
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 23 (3). 2006.
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    This article explores an alternative to the established dichotomy between philosophical accounts of human rights, characterized by a foundationalist tendency, and political accounts of human rights, which aspire to be non-foundationalist. I argue that in order to justify human rights practice, political accounts of human rights cannot do without the support of theoretical foundations, although not necessarily of the natural-law variety. As an alternative to natural-law metaphysics, a deflationar…Read more
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    There's something about AOC
    RTÉ Brainstorm. 2020.
    The political clout and influence of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez owes much to her distinctive political philosophy.
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    Truth, lies and tweets: A Consensus Theory of Post-Truth
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 47 (3): 347-361. 2021.
    This article rejects the received view that Post-Truth is a new, unprecedented political phenomenon. By showing that Truth and Post-Truth share the same genesis, this article will submit the idea of a Consensus Theory of Post-Truth. Part 1 looks at the difference between Post-Truth, lies and bullshit. Part 2 suggests reasons behind the current preoccupation with Post-Truth. Part 3 focuses on Habermas’s influential consensus theory of truth to suggest that truth and Post-Truth have more in common…Read more
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    Opinion: the current inhabitant of the White House may be displaying some surrealist touches but politics is no place for ambiguity.
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    Territory, Rights, and Historical injustice
    Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche. 2017.
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    Victims, Their Stories, and Our Rights
    Metaphilosophy 49 (1-2): 3-12. 2018.
    Diana Meyers argues that breaking the silence of victims and attending to their stories are necessary steps towards realizing human rights. Yet using highly personal victims' stories to promote human rights raises significant moral concerns, hence Meyers suggests that before victims' stories can be accessed and used, it is morally imperative that requirements of informed consent and non-retraumatization are secured. This article argues that while Meyers' proviso is important, and necessary, it m…Read more
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    The rebirth of socialism
    RTÉ Brainstorm. 2020.
    Opinion: as socialism once again becomes a global force to be reckoned with, it's time to assess just what socialism is - and also what it's not.
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    Motivating Justice
    Contemporary Political Theory 4 (1): 25-41. 2005.
    This article challenges the received view on the role of motivations in contemporary theories of social justice. Neo-Kantians argue that a theory of justice must be rooted in moral motivations of reasonableness, not rationality. Yet reasonableness is a demanding motivation, stipulating actions that people may not be able or willing to perform. This opens egalitarians like Rawls to the accusation of prescribing a political philosophy that is not 'followable'. The aim of this article is to explore…Read more
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    Review Article: Why Political Philosophy Matters
    European Journal of Political Theory 7 (2): 255-264. 2008.
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    Not making exceptions: A response to Shue
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (3): 329-335. 2009.
    abstract This article refutes Henry Shue's claim that in the case of preventive military attacks it is sometimes morally permissible to make an exception to the fundamental principle regarding the inviolability of individual rights. By drawing on a comparison between torture and preventive military attacks, I will argue that the potential risks of institutionalizing preventive military attacks — what I call the Institutionalizing Argument — are far too great to even contemplate. Two potential ri…Read more
  • The idea of social injustice is pivotal to much contemporary moral and political philosophy. Starting from a comprehensive and engaging account of the idea of social injustice, this book covers a whole range of issues, including distributive justice, exploitation, torture, moral motivations, democratic theory, voting behavior, and market socialism.
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    Torture
    In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Wiley-blackwell. 2013.
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    Przemoc: czym ona jest i dlaczego jest zła?
    Edukacja Etyczna 16. 2019.
    This article has two principal aims. First, to bring some clarity to the concept of violence. Secondly, to explore the normative dimension of violence. Part One will explore three different ways to define violence: as an act of force, as a violation of rights, and as a violation of integrity. Part Two will suggest that we can learn something about the badness of violence bad by exploring the literature on the badness of death. Part Three will suggest that the wrongness of violence can be traced …Read more
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    Justice as Non-maleficence
    Theoria 67 (162): 1-27. 2020.
    The principle of non-maleficence, primum non nocere, has deep roots in the history of moral philosophy, being endorsed by John Stuart Mill, W. D. Ross, H. L. A. Hart, Karl Popper and Bernard Gert. And yet, this principle is virtually absent from current debates on social justice. This article suggests that non-maleficence is more than a moral principle; it is also a principle of social justice. Part I looks at the origins of non-maleficence as a principle of ethics, and medical ethics in particu…Read more
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    Is coronavirus bad for populism?
    Global-E 13 (25). 2020.
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    Knowing Violence: Testimony, Trust and Truth
    Revue Internationale de Philosophie 265 (3): 277-291. 2013.