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    Who Knew?: Responsiblity Without Awareness.George Sher - 2009 - Oxford University Press USA.
    To be responsible for their acts, agents must both perform those acts voluntarily and in some sense know what they are doing. Of these requirements, the voluntariness condition has been much discussed, but the epistemic condition has received far less attention. In Who Knew? George Sher seeks to rectify that imbalance. The book is divided in two halves, the first of which criticizes a popular but inadequate way of understanding the epistemic condition, while the second seeks to develop a more (...)
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  2. Women and Moral Theory.Eva Feder Kittay, Carol Gilligan, Annette C. Baier, Michael Stocker, Christina H. Sommers, Kathryn Pyne Addelson, Virginia Held, Thomas E. Hill Jr, Seyla Benhabib, George Sher, Marilyn Friedman, Jonathan Adler, Sara Ruddick, Mary Fainsod, David D. Laitin, Lizbeth Hasse & Sandra Harding - 1989 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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    A Wild West of the Mind.George Sher - 2021 - New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
    This book addresses two main topics—first, the morality of thought and, second, what’s involved in having a free mind. It connects these topics by arguing that to have a free mind, a person must be willing to follow his thoughts wherever they lead, and that this just isn’t possible if the person thinks that some thoughts are morally off limits. The book therefore defends the unpopular position that it is not morally wrong to have even the nastiest of attitudes, the (...)
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    In Praise of Blame.George Sher - 2005 - Oup Usa.
    Blame is an unpopular and neglected notion: it goes against the grain of a therapeutically-oriented culture and has been far less discussed by philosophers than such related notions as responsibility and punishment. This book seeks to show that neither the opposition nor the neglect is justified. The book's most important conclusion is that blame is inseperable from morality itself - that any considerations that justify us in accepting a set of moral principles must also call for the condemnation of those (...)
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  5. In Praise of Blame.George Sher - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 137 (1):19-30.
    In his In Praise of Blame, George Sher aims to provide an analysis and defense of blame. In fact, he aims to provide an analysis that will itself yield a defense by allowing him to argue that morality and blame "stand or fall together." He thus opposes anyone who recommends jettisoning blame while preserving morality. In this comment, I examine Sher's defense of blame. Though I am much in sympathy with Sher's strategy of defending blame by providing an analysis that (...)
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    Desert.George Sher - 1987 - Princeton University Press.
    "--Jeffrie Murphy, The Philosophical Review (forthcoming).
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    Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics.George Sher - 1997 - Cambridge University Press.
    Many people, including many contemporary philosophers, believe that the state has no business trying to improve people's characters, elevating their tastes, or preventing them from living degraded lives. They believe that governments should remain absolutely neutral when it comes to the consideration of competing conceptions of the good. One fundamental aim of George Sher's book is to show that this view is indefensible. A second complementary aim is to articulate a conception of the good that is worthy of promotion by (...)
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  8. A Wild West of the Mind.George Sher - 2019 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 97 (3):483-496.
    abstractThis paper addresses the relation between morality and private thought. It is widely agreed that government and society have no business trying to control our thoughts—that, as long as we d...
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  9. But I Could Be Wrong.George Sher - 2001 - Social Philosophy and Policy 18 (2):64.
    My aim in this essay is to explore the implications of the fact that even our most deeply held moral beliefs have been profoundly affected by our upbringing and experience—that if any of us had had a sufficiently different upbringing and set of experiences, he almost certainly would now have a very different set of moral beliefs and very different habits of moral judgment. This fact, together with the associated proliferation of incompatible moral doctrines, is sometimes invoked in support of (...)
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  10. Out of Control.George Sher - 2006 - Ethics 116 (2):285-301.
  11. Equality for Inegalitarians.George Sher - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book offers a new and compelling account of distributive justice and its relation to choice. Unlike luck egalitarians, who treat unchosen differences in people's circumstances as sources of unjust inequality to be overcome, Sher views such differences as pervasive and unavoidable features of the human situation. Appealing to an original account of what makes us moral equals, he argues that our interest in successfully negotiating life's ever-shifting contingencies is more basic than our interest in achieving any more specific goals. (...)
     
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  12. Transgenerational Compensation.George Sher - 2005 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 33 (2):181-200.
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    Desert.Jeffrie G. Murphy & George Sher - 1990 - Philosophical Review 99 (2):280.
  14. Ancient Wrongs and Modern Rights.George Sher - 1981 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 10 (1):3-17.
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    Liberal Purposes by William A. Galston. [REVIEW]George Sher - 1993 - Journal of Philosophy 90 (1):49-52.
  16. What Makes a Lottery Fair?George Sher - 1980 - Noûs 14 (2):203-216.
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    Morality Within the Limits of Reason.George Sher - 1991 - Philosophical Review 100 (4):682.
  18. Desert.George Sher - 1989 - Ethics 99 (2):426-428.
     
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    Teleology.George Sher - 1977 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 38 (1):136-137.
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  20. Perfectionism and Neutrality: Essays in Liberal Theory.Bruce Ackerman, Richard J. Arneson, Ronald W. Dworkin, Gerald F. Gaus, Kent Greenawalt, Vinit Haksar, Thomas Hurka, George Klosko, Charles Larmore, Stephen Macedo, Thomas Nagel, John Rawls, Joseph Raz & George Sher - 2003 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Editors provide a substantive introduction to the history and theories of perfectionism and neutrality, expertly contextualizing the essays and making the collection accessible.
     
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  21. Desert.George Sher - 1991 - Ethics 101 (2):409-411.
     
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  22. Effort, Ability, and Personal Desert.George Sher - 1979 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 8 (4):361-376.
  23. Justifying Reverse Discrimination in Employment.George Sher - 1975 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 4 (2):159-170.
  24. Diversity.George Sher - 1999 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 28 (2):85-104.
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    Responsibility Matters.Retribution Reconsidered: More Essays in the Philosophy of Law.Desert.Michael J. Zimmerman, Peter A. French, Jeffrie G. Murphy & George Sher - 1995 - Noûs 29 (2):248.
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    Me, You, Us: Essays.George Sher - 2017 - Oup Usa.
    Me, You, Us addresses a range of issues in moral and political philosophy and moral psychology, but are unified by their starkly individualistic view of the moral subject. They challenge recent tendencies to conceptualize normative issues in terms of relationships, collectivities, and social meanings.
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    Punishment as Societal Defense.George Sher - 1999 - Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 59 (2):548-550.
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    Political Philosophy.George Sher & Jean Hampton - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (1):87.
    This book, which was completed just before Jean Hampton’s untimely death in April 1996, is an admirable hybrid. Although it successfully achieves its stated purpose of “acquaint[ing] the student of political philosophy both with [its] questions and with the various answers to them proposed by philosophers since the ancient Greeks”, it is, at the same time, quite an original work—one that can be read with real profit by professional philosophers as well as students.
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    Moral Thinking: Its Levels, Method, and Point.George Sher - 1984 - Noûs 18 (1):179-184.
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    Kantian Fairness.George Sher - 2005 - Philosophical Issues 15 (1):179–192.
    It is widely thought to be unfair to hold people responsible, or to blame or punish them, for wrongful acts or omissions that are beyond their control. Because this principle is often taken to support incompatibilism, and because it has led many to deny the possibility of moral luck, we might expect its normative underpinnings to have been carefully scrutinized. However, surprisingly, they have not. In the current paper, I will try to fill this gap by first reconstructing, and then (...)
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    Compensation and Transworld Personal Identity.George Sher - 1979 - The Monist 62 (3):378-391.
    A natural way of viewing compensation is to see it as the restoration of a good or level of well-being which someone would have enjoyed if he had not been adversely affected by the act of another. This view underlies Nozick’s assertion that “something fully compensates … person X for Y’s action A if X is no worse off receiving it, Y having done A, than X would have been without receiving it if Y had not done A”; and it (...)
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  32. 10. Philip Pettit, Samuel Scheffler, and Michael Smith, Eds., Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz Philip Pettit, Samuel Scheffler, and Michael Smith, Eds., Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz (Pp. 435-440). [REVIEW]Stephen Darwall, George Sher, Michael Ridge & François Schroeter - 2006 - Ethics 116 (2).
     
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    Reverse Discrimination, the Future, and the Past.George Sher - 1979 - Ethics 90 (1):81-87.
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    Subsidized Abortion: Moral Rights and Moral Compromise.George Sher - 1981 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 10 (4):361-372.
  35. Real-World Luck Egalitarianism.George Sher - 2010 - Social Philosophy and Policy 27 (1):218-232.
    Luck egalitarians maintain that inequalities are always unjust when they are due to luck, but are not always unjust when they are due to choices for which the parties are responsible. In this paper, I argue that the two halves of this formula do not fit neatly together, and that we arrive at one version of luck egalitarianism if we begin with the notion of luck and interpret responsible choice in terms of its absence, but a very different version if (...)
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    Blame for Traits.George Sher - 2001 - Noûs 35 (1):146–161.
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    Ethics, Character, and Action.George Sher - 1998 - Social Philosophy and Policy 15 (1):1.
    According to one long-standing tradition, the organizing question of ethics is “What are we morally obligated to do?” However, many philosophers, inspired by an even older tradition, now urge a return to the question “What kind of person is it best to be?” According to these philosophers, the proper locus of evaluation is character rather than action, and the basic evaluative concept is virtue rather than duty. Following what has become common usage, I shall refer to the first approach as (...)
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    Moral Education and Indoctrination.George Sher & William J. Bennett - 1982 - Journal of Philosophy 79 (11):665-677.
  39. Who’s in Charge Here?: Reply to Neil Levy.George Sher - 2008 - Philosophia 36 (2):223-226.
    In his response to my essay “Out of Control,” Neil Levy contests my claims that (1) we are often responsible for acts that we do not consciously choose to perform, and that (2) despite the absence of conscious choice, there remains a relevant sense in which these actions are within our control. In this reply to Levy, I concede that claim (2) is linguistically awkward but defend the thought that it expresses, and I clarify my defense of claim (1) by (...)
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    Talents and Choices.George Sher - 2012 - Noûs 46 (3):400-417.
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    Liberal Neutrality and the Value of Autonomy.George Sher - 1995 - Social Philosophy and Policy 12 (1):136-159.
    Many liberals believe that government should not base its decisions on any particular conception of the good life. Many believe, further, that this principle of neutrality is best defended through appeal to some normative principle about autonomy. In this essay, I shall discuss the prospects of mounting one such defense. I say only “one such defense” because neutralists can invoke the demands of autonomy in two quite different ways. They can argue, first, that because autonomy itself has such great value, (...)
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    Blameworthy Action and Character.George Sher - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2):381 - 392.
    A number of philosophers from Hume on have claimed that it does not make sense to blame people for acting badly unless their bad acts were rooted in their characters. In this paper, I distinguish a stronger and a weaker version of this claim. The claim is false, I argue, if it is taken to mean that agents can only be blamed for bad acts when those acts are manifestations of character flaws. However, what is both true and important is (...)
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    You're Not Trying.George Sher - 2021 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 7 (3):387-397.
    At one point or another, most of us have been accused of not trying our hardest, and most of us have leveled similar accusations at others. The disputes that result are often intractable and raise difficult questions about effort, ability, and will. This essay addresses some of these questions by examining six representative cases in which the accusation is leveled. The questions discussed include what trying one's hardest involves, and the conditions under which complaints about lack of effort are true, (...)
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    On Event-Identity.George Sher - 1974 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 52 (1):39 – 47.
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    Right Violations and Injustices: Can We Always Avoid Trade-Offs?George Sher - 1984 - Ethics 94 (2):212-224.
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    Causal Explanation and the Vocabulary of Action.George Sher - 1973 - Mind 82 (325):22-30.
    It seems plausible to suppose that (a) the vocabulary of action is distinct from and irreducible to that of mere movement, And (b) the causal laws of the natural sciences are couched solely in terms of the latter vocabulary. From these two suppositions, The falsehood of determinism has sometimes been said to follow. I argue that whether this does follow depends on our conception of causal explanation; on the interpretation of this concept that seems to me the most interesting, The (...)
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  47. Ethics: Essential Readings in Moral Theory.George Sher (ed.) - 2012 - Routledge.
    Ethics: Essential Readings in Moral Theory is an outstanding anthology of the most important topics, theories and debates in ethics, compiled by one of the leading experts in the field. It includes sixty-six extracts covering the central domains of ethics: why be moral? the meaning of moral language morality and objectivity consequentialism deontology virtue and character value and well-being moral psychology applications: including abortion, famine relief and consent. Included are both classical extracts from Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Mill, as (...)
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    Kripke, Cartesian Intuitions, and Materialism.George Sher - 1977 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):227-38.
    In his influential “Naming and Necessity,” Saul Kripke has deployed a new sort of analytical apparatus in support of the classical Cartesian argument that minds and bodies must be distinct because they can be imagined separately. In the initial section of this paper, I shall first paraphrase Kripke's version of that argument, and then suggest a way in which even one who accepts all of its philosophical presuppositions may avoid its conclusion. In the second section, I shall defend this suggestion (...)
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    Debate: Taking Offense.George Sher - 2020 - Journal of Political Philosophy 28 (3):332-342.
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    Book Reviews Boonin, David . The Problem of Punishment . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Pp. X+299.George Sher - 2009 - Ethics 119 (4):761-764.
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