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  1. The Nature and Value of Rights.Joel Feinberg & Jan Narveson - 1970 - Journal of Value Inquiry 4 (4):243-260.
  2. Utilitarianism and New Generations.Jan Narveson - 1967 - Mind 76 (301):62-72.
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  3. Moral Problems of Population.Jan Narveson - 1973 - The Monist 57 (1):62-86.
  4. Collective Responsibility.Jan Narveson - 2002 - The Journal of Ethics 6 (2):179-198.
    The basic bearer of responsibility is individuals, because that isall there are – nothing else can literally be the bearer of fullresponsibility. Claims about group responsibility therefore needanalysis. This would be impossible if all actions must be understoodas ones that could be performed whether or not anyone else exists.Individuals often act by virtue of membership in certain groups;often such membership bears a causal role in our behavior, andsometimes people act deliberately in order to promote the prospectsof members of a given (...)
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  5. We Don’t Owe Them a Thing!Jan Narveson - 2003 - The Monist 86 (3):419-433.
    The discovery that people far away are in bad shape seems to generate a sense of guilt on the part of many articulate people in our part of the world, even though they are no worse off now that we’ve heard about them than they had been before. I will take it as given that we are certainly responsible for evils we inflict on others, no matter where, and that we owe those people compensation. Not all similarly agree that it (...)
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  6. Pacifism: A Philosophical Analysis.Jan Narveson - 1965 - Ethics 75 (4):259-271.
    Of all the attitudes and theories associated with or identified as "pacifism," only the doctrine that everyone ought not to resist violence with force is of philosophical interest, And it is logically incoherent. Pacifism's popularity rests on confusions about what the doctrine really is. If we have rights, We have the right to prevent infringements upon them. We have the right to use force to protect our rights, And in the degree necessary to accomplish that end. (staff).
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  7. Animal Rights.Jan Narveson - 1977 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 7 (1):161 - 178.
    What do we owe to the lower animals, if anything? The issues raised by this question are among the most fascinating and fundamental in ethical theory. They provide a real watershed for the moral philosopher and, on perhaps the most widely professed view, a trenchant test of consistency in ethical practice. Among the virtues of these two challenging books is that they make painfully clear that there has been a paucity of clear and plausible argument in support of the nearly (...)
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    Inequality.Jan Narveson - 1996 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56 (2):482-486.
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    Morality and Utility.Jan Narveson - 1967 - Baltimore: Md., Johns Hopkins Press.
    This book is a general account of utilitarianism. It claims to provide a justification of the theses in Mill's On Liberty in utilitarian terms. There are several innovations relative to prevailing utilitarian literature of the day.
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  10. Welfare and Wealth, Poverty and Justice in Today’s World.Jan Narveson - 2004 - The Journal of Ethics 8 (4):305-348.
    This article argues that there is no sound basis for thinking that we have a general and strong duty to rectify disparities of wealth around the world, apart from the special case where some become wealthy by theft or fraud. The nearest thing we have to a rational morality for all has to be built on the interests of all, and they include substantial freedoms, but not substantial entitlements to others' assistance. It is also pointed out that the situation of (...)
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  11. Future People and Us.Jan Narveson - 1978 - In Richard I. Sikora & Brian M. Barry (eds.), Obligations to Future Generations. White Horse Press. pp. 38--60.
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    Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice: Essays on Moral and Political Philosophy.Jan Narveson - 2002 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice is a collection of essays of the moral and political philosophy of Jan Narveson. The essays in this collection share a consistent theme running through much of Narveson's moral and political philosophy, namely that politics and morals stem from the interests of individual people, and have no antecedent authority over us. The essays in this collection, in various ways and as applied to various aspects of the scene, argue that the ultimate and true point (...)
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    On a Case for Animal Rights.Jan Narveson - 1987 - The Monist 70 (1):31-49.
    Down through the past decade and more, no philosophical writer has taken a greater interest in the issues of how we ought to act in relation to animals, nor pressed more strongly the case for according them rights, than Tom Regan, in many articles, reviews, and exchanges at scholarly conferences and in print. Now, in The Case for Animal Rights we have a substantial volume in which Regan most fully and systematically presents his case for a strong panoply of rights (...)
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    Property Rights: Original Acquisition and Lockean Provisos.Jan Narveson - 1999 - Public Affairs Quarterly 13 (3):205-227.
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    We Don’t Owe Them a Thing!Jan Narveson - 2003 - The Monist 86 (3):419-433.
    The discovery that people far away are in bad shape seems to generate a sense of guilt on the part of many articulate people in our part of the world, even though they are no worse off now that we’ve heard about them than they had been before. I will take it as given that we are certainly responsible for evils we inflict on others, no matter where, and that we owe those people compensation. Not all similarly agree that it (...)
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    A Puzzle About Economic Justice in Rawls’ Theory.Jan Narveson - 1976 - Social Theory and Practice 4 (1):1-27.
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    Meeting Needs.Jan Narveson - 1991 - Noûs 25 (5):714-720.
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    Compatibilism Defended.Jan Narveson - 1977 - Philosophical Studies 32 (July):83-7.
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    Democracy and Economic Rights.Jan Narveson - 1992 - Social Philosophy and Policy 9 (1):29.
    We have long been accustomed to thinking of democracy as a major selling point of Western institutions. That a set of political institutions should be democratic is widely regarded as the sine qua non of their legitimacy. So widespread is this belief that even those whose institutions do not look very democratic to us nevertheless insist on proclaiming them to be such. Meanwhile, an adulatory attitude toward democracy has arisen in many quarters, and many theorists have taken up anew the (...)
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  20. Are Liberty and Equality Compatible?Jan Narveson & James P. Sterba - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    Are the political ideals of liberty and equality compatible? This question is of central and continuing importance in political philosophy, moral philosophy, and welfare economics. In this book, two distinguished philosophers take up the debate. Jan Narveson argues that a political ideal of negative liberty is incompatible with any substantive ideal of equality, while James P. Sterba argues that Narveson's own ideal of negative liberty is compatible, and in fact leads to the requirements of a substantive ideal of equality. Of (...)
     
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    Moral Matters.Jan Narveson - 1993; 2nd editio - Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press.
    Chapter One Moral Issues and Moral Theory The Subject Matter of This Inquiry Until about thirty years ago, courses in ethics were devoted almost exclusively ...
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    Rawls on Equal Distribution of Wealth.Jan F. Narveson - 1978 - Philosophia 7 (2):281-292.
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  23. Property and Rights.Jan Narveson - 2010 - Social Philosophy and Policy 27 (1):101-134.
    I present what I take to be the approach to property rights, in which property is basically a unitary concept: owners are the ones with the right to do, and prohibit others from doing, whatever there is to do with the thing owned, within the limits imposed by the rights of others to their things. I expound and defend the idea of in more or less Lockean mode. I also point to the many difficulties of application of the general idea, (...)
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  24. Morality and Utility.Jan Narveson - 1969 - Philosophy 44 (168):162-163.
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  25. Morality and Utility.Jan Narveson - 1971 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 25 (1):145-148.
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  26. Is World Poverty a Moral Problem for the Wealthy?Jan Narveson - 2004 - The Journal of Ethics 8 (4):397-408.
    This article discusses the question of poverty and wealth in light of several theses put forward by Larry Temkin. The claim that there is a sort of cosmic injustice involved when great disparities of ability or of wealth are found. He is concerned especially about disparities that are undeserved. It is agreed that this is unfortunate, but not agreed that they are unjust in a sense that supports the imposition of rectification on anyone else. Nor is poverty typically undeserved in (...)
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  27. Libertarianism Vs. Marxism: Reflections on G. A. Cohen‘s Self-Ownership, Freedom and Equality. [REVIEW]Jan Narveson - 1998 - The Journal of Ethics 2 (1):1-26.
    Self-Ownership, Freedom and Equality is G.A. Cohens attempt to rescue something of the socialist outlook on society from the challenge of libertarianism, which Cohen identifies with the work of Robert Nozick in his famous book, Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Sympathizing with the leading idea that a person must belong to himself, and thus be unavailable for forced redistribution of his efforts, Cohen is at pains to reconcile the two. This cannot be done – they are flatly contrary. Moreover, equality is (...)
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    Promising, Expecting, and Utility.Jan Narveson - 1971 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 1 (2):207 - 233.
    In this paper, I shall be concerned to explore the utilitarian account of promising, which for some time has had, in many circles, the status of a dead horse. My aim is not to flog it, however, but to show that perhaps it yet lives. At least, I hope to show that some prominent and apparently powerful objections to this account do not find their mark. In the course of this, several subjects of wider interest will come in for review (...)
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  29. Resolving the Debate on Libertarianism and Abortion.Jan Narveson - 2016 - Libertarian Papers 8:267-272.
    I take issue with the view that libertarian theory does not imply any particular stand on abortion. Liberty is the absence of interference with people’s wills—interests, wishes, and desires. Only entities that have such are eligible for the direct rights of libertarian theory. Foetuses do not; and if aborted, there is then no future person whose rights are violated. Hence the “liberal” view of abortion: women (especially) may decide whether to bear the children they have conceived. Birth is a good (...)
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    Libertarianism, Postlibertarianism, and the Welfare State: Reply to Friedman.Jan Narveson - 1992 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 6 (1):45-82.
    Jeffrey Friedman broaches a number of criticisms of Libertarianism as a conceptual basis for opposing the extensive modern welfare state, examining several variants and concluding that they are fundamentally unsupported. He opts for a ?consequentialist? view of foundations. Nevertheless, he thinks that the modem welfare state is subject to effective critique along such lines. But rational contractarian individualism works and does provide foundations for libertarianism, while ?consequentialism? is an ill?defined theory.that is quite unpromising for the proposed critique; nevertheless, Friedman's empirical (...)
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    Is Pacifism Consistent?Jan Narveson - 1968 - Ethics 78 (2):148-150.
  32. Cohen’s Rescue.Jan Narveson - 2010 - The Journal of Ethics 14 (3-4):263-334.
    G. A. Cohen's Rescuing Justice and Equality proposes that both concepts need rescuing from the work of John Rawls. Especially, it is concerned with Rawls' famous second principle of justice according to which social primary goods should be distributed equally unless an unequal distribution is to the benefit of the worst off. The question is why this would ever be necessary if all parties are just. Cohen and I agree that Rawls cannot really justify inequalities on the basis given. But (...)
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    God by Design?Jan Narveson - 2003 - In Neil A. Manson (ed.), God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science. Routledge. pp. 80--88.
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    Is World Poverty a Moral Problem for the Wealthy?Jan Narveson - 2004 - The Journal of Ethics 8 (4):397-408.
    This article discusses the question of poverty and wealth in light of several theses put forward by Larry Temkin. The claim that there is a sort of cosmic injustice involved when great disparities of ability or of wealth are found. He is concerned especially about disparities that are undeserved. It is agreed that this is unfortunate, but not agreed that they are unjust in a sense that supports the imposition of rectification on anyone else. Nor is poverty typically "undeserved" in (...)
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    Justice in Health Care.Jan Narveson - 2006 - Journal of Value Inquiry 40 (2-3):371-384.
    In this discussion, we will consider arguments against the view that one person is entitled to medical care at the expense of another person, just because the one person might be able to extend it to the other. We all accept the view that we are entitled to nonviolence from each other, which in the medical case is roughly that we are entitled to other people not making us sick, at least insofar as this is something they can readily avoid. (...)
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  36. You and the State: A Short Introduction to Political Philosophy.Jan Narveson (ed.) - 2008 - Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This unusual introduction to political philosophy draws on its history and main theories_classic liberal, democratic, socialist, radical_with an eye to how each sees the place of the individual in the political order.
     
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    For and Against the State: New Philosophical Readings.John T. Sanders & Jan Narveson (eds.) - 1996 - Rowman & Littlefield.
    This collection addresses the central issue of political philosophy or, in a couple of cases, issues very close to the heart of that question: Is government justified? This ancient question has never been more alive than at the present time, in the midst of continuing political and social upheaval in virtually every part of the world. Only two of the pieces collected here have been published previously. All the other contributions were, at the time of the inception of the volume, (...)
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    Utilitarianism, Group Actions, and Coordination or, Must the Utilitarian Be a Buridan's Ass?Jan Narveson - 1976 - Noûs 10 (2):173-194.
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    The "Invisible Hand".Jan Narveson - 2003 - Journal of Business Ethics 46 (3):201 - 212.
    The argument of the "Invisible Hand" is that the system of free enterprise benefits society in general even though it is not the aim of any particular economic agent to do that. This article proposes an analysis of why this is so. The key is that the morality of the market forbids only force and fraud; it does not require people to do good to others. Nevertheless, when all transactions are voluntary to both parties, that is exactly what we can (...)
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    Present Payments, Past Wrongs: Correcting Loose Talk About Nozick and Rectification.Jan Narveson - 2009 - Libertarian Papers 1:1.
    It is widely thought that Robert Nozick’s views on rectification of past injustices are of critical importance to his theory of distributive justice, even perhaps justifying wholesale redistributive taxes in the present because of the undoubted injustices that have pervaded much past history. This essay undertakes to correct this impression—not mostly by disagreeing with Nozick’s claims, but nevertheless proceeding on basic libertarian theory. Of enormous importance is the role of putative innocents, who are defrauded by miscreants carefully covering their tracks (...)
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  41. Maxificing: Life on a Budget; or, If You Would Maximize, Then Satisfice!Jan Narveson - 2004 - In Michael Byron (ed.), Satisficing and Maximizing: Moral Theorists on Practical Reason. Cambridge University Press. pp. 59--70.
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    Distributive Justice.Jan Narveson - 1967 - Philosophy of Science 34 (3):291-294.
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    On Dworkinian Equality.Jan Narveson - 1983 - Social Philosophy and Policy 1 (1):1.
    1. INTRODUCTION Professor Dworkin's writings on moral and political subjects have never failed to interest me in the past, and the two-part article “What is Equality” which is the subject of this paper, is no exception. Its wealth of relevant distinctions is bound to be useful to every serious student of the subject, whatever – or, in view of the range of opinions on these matters now current, perhaps I should say almost whatever – his ideological proclivities, and whether or (...)
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    Egalitarianism: Partial, Counterproductive, and Baseless.Jan Narveson - 1997 - Ratio 10 (3):280–295.
    Egalitarians hold that some good things should, in principle, be distributed equally among all people. Which good things? Why just those and not others? Why are they to be equalized only among humans and not, say, between humans and cats? And why is the equalization to be confined within the borders of the author's State, rather than practiced over the whole human race (at least)? Those are all matters for the particular egalitarian to explain, as best he can. None, I (...)
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    Cohen’s Rescue.Jan Narveson - 2010 - The Journal of Ethics 14 (3-4):263-334.
    G. A. Cohen’s Rescuing Justice and Equality proposes that both concepts need rescuing from the work of John Rawls. Especially, it is concerned with Rawls’ famous second principle of justice according to which social primary goods should be distributed equally unless an unequal distribution is to the benefit of the worst off. The question is why this would ever be necessary if all parties are just. Cohen and I agree that Rawls cannot really justify inequalities on the basis given. But (...)
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  46. Ayn Rand as Moral and Political Philosopher.Jan Narveson - 1998 - Reason Papers 23:96-100.
     
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  47. The Case for Free Market Environmentalism.Jan Narveson - 1995 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 8 (2):145-156.
    Environmental Ethics is the ethics of how we humans are to relate to each other about the environment we live in. The best way to adjust inevitable differences among us in this respect is by private property. Each person takes the best care of what he owns, and ownership entails the free market, which enables people to make mutually advantageous trades with those who might use it even better. Public regulation, by contrast, becomes management in the interests of the regulators, (...)
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  48. The Desert-Island Problem.Jan Narveson - 1963 - Analysis 23 (3):63 - 67.
  49. Have We A Right to Non-Discrimination?Jan Narveson - 1987 - In D. Poff & W. Waluchow (eds.), Business Ethics in Canada. Toronto, ON, Canada: pp. 183-199.
     
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    Three Analysis Retributivists.Jan Narveson - 1974 - Analysis 34 (6):185 - 193.
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