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Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
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Brookings Papers on Economic Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 47)
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CADUS - Revista de Estudos de Política, História e Cultura     Open Access  
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Cambio 16     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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Caucasus Survey     Hybrid Journal  
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China-EU Law Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
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Chinese Journal of International Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
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Cittadinanza Europea (LA)     Full-text available via subscription  
Civil Wars     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union     Open Access  
Class, Race and Corporate Power     Open Access  
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Confines     Open Access  
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Conflict Trends     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Conflict, Security & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 357)
Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Constellations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Contemporary Japan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
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Contemporary Political Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Contemporary Review of the Middle East     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Contemporary Wales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Contenciosa     Open Access  
Contexto Internacional     Open Access  
Cooperation and Conflict     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
CQ Researcher     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Criterio Jurídico     Open Access  
Critical Asian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Critical Review : A Journal of Politics and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Critical Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultura de Paz     Open Access  
Cultural Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access  
Décalages : An Althusser Studies Journal     Open Access  
Decolonization : Indigeneity, Education & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Defence Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Defense & Security Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Democracy & Education     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Democratic Communiqué     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Democratic Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Democratization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
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Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
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Desafíos     Open Access  
Development and Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 47)
Digest of Middle East Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
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Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
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Ethical Theory and Moral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
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European Journal of International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46)
European Journal of Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
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Journal Cover Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
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   ISSN (Print) 1386-2820 - ISSN (Online) 1572-8447
   Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2340 journals]
  • Editorial Note
    • Authors: A. W. Musschenga; F. R. Heeger
      Pages: 219 - 221
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-017-9806-1
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • One Thought Too Few: Where De Dicto Moral Motivation is Necessary
    • Authors: Ron Aboodi
      Pages: 223 - 237
      Abstract: Abstract De dicto moral motivation is typically characterized by the agent’s conceiving of her goal in thin normative terms such as to do what is right. I argue that lacking an effective de dicto moral motivation (at least in a certain broad sense of this term) would put the agent in a bad position for responding in the morally-best manner (relative to her epistemic state) in a certain type of situations. Two central features of the relevant type of situations are (1) the appropriateness of the agent’s uncertainty concerning her underived moral values, and (2) the practical, moral importance of resolving this uncertainty. I argue that in some situations that are marked by these two features the most virtuous response is deciding to conduct a deep moral inquiry for a de dicto moral purpose. In such situations lacking an effective de dicto moral motivation would amount to a moral shortcoming. I show the implications for Michael Smith’s (1994) argument against Motivational Judgment Externalism and for Brian Weatherson’s (2014) argument against avoiding moral recklessness: both arguments rely on a depreciating view of de dicto moral motivation, and both fail; or so I argue.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9742-5
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Gratitude, Rights, and Moral Standouts
    • Authors: Terrance McConnell
      Pages: 279 - 293
      Abstract: Abstract Many maintain that if a beneficiary has a right to a benefit provided by his benefactor, then the former cannot owe the latter gratitude for that benefit. In this paper I argue against that view. I provide examples in which benefactors provide others with benefits to which they have a right even though most others are denying them that right. These benefactors are moral standouts; they do what is right when most similarly situated agents fail to do so. I then spell out some of the features of these benefactors’ actions that make them worthy of gratitude.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9761-2
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • High Stakes Instrumentalism
    • Authors: John Halstead
      Pages: 295 - 311
      Abstract: Abstract In this paper, I aim to establish that, according to almost all democratic theories, instrumentalist considerations often dominate intrinsic proceduralist considerations in our decisions about whether to make extensive use of undemocratic procedures. The reason for this is that almost all democratic theorists, including philosophers commonly thought to be intrinsic proceduralists, accept ‘High Stakes Instrumentalism’ (HSI). According to HSI, we ought to use undemocratic procedures in order to prevent high stakes errors - very substantively bad or unjust outcomes. However, democratically produced severe substantive injustice is much more common than many proponents of HSI have realised. Proponents of HSI must accept that if undemocratic procedures are the only way to avoid these high stakes errors, then we ought to make extensive use of undemocratic procedures. Consequently, according to almost all democratic theorists, democratic theory ought, for practical purposes, to be reoriented towards difficult moral and empirical questions about the instrumental quality of procedures. Moreover, this is potentially very practically important because if there are available instrumentally superior undemocratic procedures, then wholesale institutional reform is required. This is one of the most potentially practically important findings of normative democratic theory. In spite of this, no-one has yet explicitly recognised it.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9759-9
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Fact-Dependent Policy Disagreements and Political Legitimacy
    • Authors: Klemens Kappel
      Pages: 313 - 331
      Abstract: Abstract Suppose we have a persistent disagreement about a particular set of policy options, not because of an underlying moral disagreement, or a mere conflict of interest, but rather because we disagree about a crucial non-normative factual assumption underlying the justification of the policy choices. The main question in the paper is what political legitimacy requires in such cases, or indeed whether there are defensible answers to that question. The problem of political legitimacy in fact-dependent policy disagreements has received almost no attention in political philosophy, which has focused mostly on value disagreements and proposed theories of legitimate coercive legislation in valuedependent disagreements. The paper presents an argument showing that under certain plausible assumptions regarding legitimacy, there are serious difficulties in identifying legitimate choices in fact-dependent policy disagreements. This may be unsurprising to political philosophers preoccupied with value-based disagreements, perhaps because it has been assumed that legitimacy-related concerns are irrelevant (or do not apply) to fact-dependent policy disagreements. The paper argues that this response is premature. If we should care about legitimacy et al.l, then it is by no means clear why we should ignore issues of legitimacy in policy-disputes that depend on factual disagreements. The paper ends by defining a set of possibilities that merit further exploration in search of a theory of legitimacy in fact-dependent policy disagreements.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9770-1
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Animal Rights and the Problem of r-Strategists
    • Authors: Kyle Johannsen
      Pages: 333 - 345
      Abstract: Abstract Wild animal reproduction poses an important moral problem for animal rights theorists. Many wild animals give birth to large numbers of uncared-for offspring, and thus child mortality rates are far higher in nature than they are among human beings. In light of this reproductive strategy – traditionally referred to as the ‘r-strategy’ – does concern for the interests of wild animals require us to intervene in nature? In this paper, I argue that animal rights theorists should embrace fallibility-constrained interventionism: the view that intervention in nature is desirable but should be constrained by our ignorance of the inner workings of ecosystems. Though authors sometimes assume that large-scale intervention requires turning nature into an enormous zoo, I suggest an alternative. With sufficient research, a new form of gene editing called CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) promises to one day give us the capacity to intervene without perpetually interfering with wild animals’ liberties.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9774-x
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Companion Animal Ethics: A Special Area of Moral Theory and Practice?
    • Authors: James Yeates; Julian Savulescu
      Pages: 347 - 359
      Abstract: Abstract Considerations of ethical questions regarding pets should take into account the nature of human-pet relationships, in particular the uniquely combined features of mutual companionship, quasi-family-membership, proximity, direct contact, privacy, dependence, and partiality. The approaches to ethical questions about pets should overlap with those of animal ethics and family ethics (and, for veterinary issues, with healthcare ethics), and so need not represent an isolated field of enquiry, but rather the intersection of those more established fields. This intersection, and the questions of how we treat our pets, present several unique concerns and approaches for focused examination.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9778-6
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Perspectivism and the Argument from Guidance
    • Authors: Jonathan Way; Daniel Whiting
      Pages: 361 - 374
      Abstract: Abstract Perspectivists hold that what you ought to do is determined by your perspective, that is, your epistemic position. Objectivists hold that what you ought to do is determined by the facts irrespective of your perspective. This paper explores an influential argument for perspectivism which appeals to the thought that the normative is action guiding. The crucial premise of the argument is that you ought to φ only if you are able to φ for the reasons which determine that you ought to φ. We show that this premise can be understood in different ways. On one reading, it provides no support for perspectivism. On another reading, the premise lacks support. So, the argument fails. An important upshot of the paper is that the objectivist can embrace the thought about guidance.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9775-9
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • How Aristotelians Can Make Faith a Virtue
    • Authors: Anne Jeffrey
      Pages: 393 - 409
      Abstract: Abstract Neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics identifies the virtues with the traits the fully virtuous person possesses. Further, it depicts the fully virtuous person as having all the cognitive perfections necessary for possessing practical wisdom. This paper argues that these two theses disqualify faith as trust, as construed on contemporary accounts of faith, as a virtue. For faith’s role as a virtue depends on limitations of its possessor that are incompatible with the psychological profile of the fully virtuous person on the neo-Aristotelian picture. I argue that because of tensions internal to the standard neo-Aristotelian view and the compelling arguments in recent literature that faith is a virtue, the neo-Aristotelian has good reason to revise her account of virtue and picture of the fully virtuous person.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9756-z
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Emanuela Ceva, Interactive Justice: A Proceduralist Approach to Value
           Conflict in Politics
    • Authors: Fabian Wendt
      Pages: 431 - 432
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9758-x
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • David Shoemaker: Responsibility from the Margins
    • Authors: Anneli Jefferson
      Pages: 433 - 435
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9760-3
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Errol Lord & Barry Maguire (eds.), Weighing Reasons
    • Authors: Gianluca Verrucci
      Pages: 437 - 438
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9762-1
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Martin Weichold, Zwischen Reflex und Reflexion. Intelligenz und
           Rationalität im unreflektierten Handeln
    • Authors: Gerhard Thonhauser
      Pages: 439 - 441
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9764-z
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Stephen Macedo, Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy & the
           Future of Marriage
    • Authors: Elizabeth Brake
      Pages: 443 - 446
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9766-x
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Neil Roughley, Wanting and Intending. Elements of a Philosophy of
           Practical Mind
    • Authors: Piotr Tomasz Makowski
      Pages: 447 - 449
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9768-8
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Benjamin Eidelson, Discrimination and Disrespect
    • Authors: Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen
      Pages: 451 - 454
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9772-z
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2017)
  • Brennan, Jason: Against Democracy
    • Authors: Piero Moraro
      PubDate: 2017-04-18
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-017-9807-0
  • The Coherence of Luck Egalitarianism
    • Authors: Gideon Elford
      Abstract: Abstract One of the foremost egalitarian theories in recent years, luck egalitarianism, has recently been subjected to the charge that it is in fact incoherent. This charge is brought by David Miller who highlights two dimensions of luck egalitarianism: on the one hand a commitment to the justice of certain inequalities arising from responsible choices; on the other a commitment to injustice of brute inequalities. The putative incoherence emerges in cases where the inequalities that justice requires on the basis of individuals' responsible choices also entail brute luck inequalities for which there are the very same grounds of justice to condemn. Here I argue that the charge of incoherence against luck egalitarianism fails. In service of this I clarify the quite specific sense in which luck egalitarianism requires inequalities and demonstrate the coherence of this with its condemnation of other inequalities.
      PubDate: 2017-04-08
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-017-9802-5
  • The Beneficent Nudge Program and Epistemic Injustice
    • Authors: Evan Riley
      Abstract: Is implementing the beneficent nudge program morally permissible in worlds like ours? I argue that there is reason for serious doubt. I acknowledge that beneficent nudging is highly various, that nudges are in some circumstances morally permissible and even called for, and that nudges may exhibit respect for genuine autonomy. Nonetheless, given the risk of epistemic injustice that nudges typically pose, neither the moral permissibility of beneficent nudging in the abstract, nor its case-by-case vindication, appears sufficient to justify implementing a nudge program in worlds like ours. Drawing on Miranda Fricker’s account of epistemic injustice, I argue that the cogent defense of any nudge program, relative to worlds like ours, stands in need of serious attention to its potential for fostering or sustaining epistemic injustice. A more specific point hinges on recognizing a form of epistemic injustice not enough attended to in the literature to date, which I call reflective incapacitational injustice. This includes relative disadvantages in the attaining of (or opportunity to exercise) the capacity to engage in critical reason, such as the capacity to go in for potentially critical reasoned deliberation and discursive exchange concerning ends. Since Cass Sunstein’s First Law of behaviorally informed regulation would be taken, in worlds like ours, to justify indeterminately many nudges leading to such epistemic injustice we have general grounds for doubting the moral permissibility of this nudge program. We should hence oppose the implementation of any such program until it is shown not to violate the demands of epistemic justice.
      PubDate: 2017-04-05
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-017-9805-2
  • Killing by Autonomous Vehicles and the Legal Doctrine of Necessity
    • Authors: Filippo Santoni de Sio
      Abstract: Abstract How should autonomous vehicles (aka self-driving cars) be programmed to behave in the event of an unavoidable accident in which the only choice open is one between causing different damages or losses to different objects or persons? This paper addresses this ethical question starting from the normative principles elaborated in the law to regulate difficult choices in other emergency scenarios. In particular, the paper offers a rational reconstruction of some major principles and norms embedded in the Anglo-American jurisprudence and case law on the “doctrine of necessity”; and assesses which, if any, of these principles and norms can be utilized to find reasonable guidelines for solving the ethical issue of the regulation of the programming of autonomous vehicles in emergency situations. The paper covers the following topics: the distinction between “justification” and “excuse”, the legal prohibition of intentional killing outside self-defence, the incommensurability of goods, and the legal constrains to the use of lethal force set by normative positions: obligations, responsibility, rights, and authority. For each of these principles and constrains the possible application to the programming of autonomous vehicles is discussed. Based on the analysis, some practical suggestions are offered.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22
      DOI: 10.1007/s10677-017-9780-7
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