University College Cork
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    Colonialism, Injustice, and Arbitrariness
    Journal of Social Philosophy 48 (2): 197-211. 2017.
    The current debate on why colonialism is wrong overlooks what is arguably the most discernible aspect of this particular historical injustice: its exreme violence. Through a critical analysis of the recent contributions by Lea Ypi, Margaret Moore and Laura Valentini, this article argues that the violence inflicted on the victims and survivors of colonialism reveals far more about the nature of this historical injustice than generally assumed. It is the arbitrary nature of the power relations bet…Read more
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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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    Review Article: Why Political Philosophy Matters
    European Journal of Political Theory 7 (2): 255-264. 2008.
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    Why Is Violence Bad?
    American Philosophical Quarterly 41 (2). 2004.
  •  64
    The injustice of exploitation
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 5 (1): 1-15. 2002.
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    Knowing Violence: Testimony, Trust and Truth
    Revue Internationale de Philosophie 265 (3): 277-291. 2013.
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    Empirical Philosophy: Theory and Practice
    International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1): 39-52. 2004.
    This article takes the first steps towards a new approach in applied philosophy, in the hope to encourage an idea of philosophy as a more empirical subject. Part I will provide an overview of the nature and scope of applied philosophy, followed in Part II by a critical evaluation of the “top-down” methodology still popular with many applied philosophers. Part III will then describe the basic axioms of “empirical philosophy,” explaining how the empirical approach differs from the top-down approac…Read more
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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
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    Introduction: Philosophy and Violence
    Revue Internationale de Philosophie 265 (3): 233-235. 2013.
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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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    Beyond unity in plurality: Rethinking the pluralist legacy
    Contemporary Political Theory 9 (4): 458-476. 2010.
    This article is a critical analysis of the pluralist legacy in modern political discourse. The article argues that this legacy imposes conceptual constraints on empirical and normative inquiry into current forms of human belonging and interaction, a predicament most evident today in the field of global political theory. It is argued that this is due to a lasting preoccupation in the pluralist legacy with the vexed question of unity in plurality. The article analyzes the pluralist legacy historic…Read more
  •  19
    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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    In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Wiley-blackwell. 2013.
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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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    Democratic justice and contractarian injustice
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 20 (2): 222-230. 2017.
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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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    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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    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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    Is coronavirus bad for populism?
    Global-E 13 (25). 2020.
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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.