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Lawrence C. Becker
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    Trust as an Affective Attitude.Karen Jones, Russell Hardin & Lawrence C. Becker - 1996 - Ethics 107 (1):4-25.
  2. Reciprocity.Lawrence C. Becker - 1986 - Boston: Routledge.
    The tendency to reciprocate – to return good for good and evil for evil – is a potent force in human life, and the concept of reciprocity is closely connected to fundamental notions of ‘justice’, ‘obligation’ or ‘duty’, ‘gratitude’ and ‘equality’. In _Reciprocity_, first published in 1986,_ _Lawrence Becker presents a sustained argument about reciprocity, beginning with the strategy for developing a moral theory of the virtues. He considers the concept of reciprocity in detail, contending that it is a basic (...)
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  3. Property Rights : Philosophic Foundations.Lawrence C. Becker - 1977 - Routledge.
    _Property Rights: Philosophic Foundations,_ first published in 1977, comprehensively examines the general justifications for systems of private property rights, and discusses with great clarity the major arguments as to the rights and responsibilities of property ownership. In particular, the arguments that hold that there are natural rights derived from first occupancy, labour, utility, liberty and virtue are considered, as are the standard anti-property arguments based on disutility, virtue and inequality, and the belief that justice in distribution must take precedence over (...)
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  4. Trust as noncognitive security about motives.Lawrence C. Becker - 1996 - Ethics 107 (1):43-61.
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    Reciprocity.Lawrence C. Becker - 1986 - Ethics 98 (2):379-389.
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  6. Disability, Difference, Discrimination: Perspectives on Justice in Bioethics and Public Policy.Anita Silvers, David Wasserman, Mary B. Mahowald & Lawrence C. Becker - 1998 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    How should we respond to individuals with disabilities? What does it mean to be disabled? Over fifty million Americans, from neonates to the fragile elderly, are disabled. Some people say they have the right to full social participation, while others repudiate such claims as delusive or dangerous. In this compelling book, three experts in ethics, medicine, and the law address pressing disability questions in bioethics and public policy. Anita Silvers, David Wasserman, and Mary B. Mahowald test important theories of justice (...)
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  7. Reciprocity, justice, and disability.Lawrence C. Becker - 2005 - Ethics 116 (1):9-39.
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    A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1998 - Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Edited by Lawrence C. Becker.
    The question addressed by this book is what, if anything, stoic ethics would be like today if stoicism had had a continuous history to the present day as a plausible and coherent set of philosophical commitments and methods. The book answers that question by arguing that most of the ancient doctrines of Stoic ethics remain defensible today, at least when ancient Stoicism's cosmological commitments are replaced by modern scientific ones.
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    Reciprocity.Michael Davis & Lawrence C. Becker - 1988 - Philosophical Review 97 (3):432.
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  10. Encyclopedia of Ethics.Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker - 1993 - Ethics 103 (4):807-810.
     
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    A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1999 - Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Edited by Lawrence C. Becker.
    Philosopher Lawrence Becker applies modern knowledge and psychology to the ancient stoic ethic system. In keeping with the ancients, Becker argues that virtue, not happiness, is the proper end of all activity. Moreover, he rejects the popular caricature of the stoic as a grave and emotionally detached figure, proposing instead, that stoic discipline is the very foundation not only of strength, but also of joy.
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    A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1999 - Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Edited by Lawrence C. Becker.
    What would stoic ethics be like today if stoicism had survived as a systematic approach to ethical theory, if it had coped successfully with the challenges of modern philosophy and experimental science? A New Stoicism proposes an answer to that question, offered from within the stoic tradition but without the metaphysical and psychological assumptions that modern philosophy and science have abandoned. Lawrence Becker argues that a secular version of the stoic ethical project, based on contemporary cosmology and developmental psychology, provides (...)
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    Encyclopedia of ethics.Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.) - 1992 - New York: Routledge.
    The editors, working with a team of 325 renowned authorities in the field of ethics, have revised, expanded, and updated this classic encyclopedia. Along with the addition of 150 new entries, all of the original articles have been newly peer-reviewed and revised, bibliographies have been updated throughout, and the overall design of the work has been enhanced for easier access to cross-references and other reference features. New entries include * Aristotelian Ethics * Avicenna * Bad Faith * Beneficence * Categorical (...)
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    Human being: The boundaries of the concept.Lawrence C. Becker - 1975 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 4 (4):334-359.
  15. Criminal attempt and the theory of the law of crimes.Lawrence C. Becker - 1974 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 3 (3):262-294.
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    The obligation to work.Lawrence C. Becker - 1980 - Ethics 91 (1):35-49.
  17. A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1998 - Philosophy 74 (287):126-128.
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  18. The labor theory of property acquisition.Lawrence C. Becker - 1976 - Journal of Philosophy 73 (18):653-664.
    This symposium paper for the APA analyzes Locke's labor theory of property acquisition as a formal argument – or set of alternative arguments – and shows how several of them are indeed sound, if appropriately limited by what amounts to a social welfare proviso. That proviso is, however, strong enough to limit the acquisition of private property in a significant way. The argument here anticipates fuller and more decisive ones in later work by the same author.
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    Good Lives: Prolegomena*: LAWRENCE C. BECKER.Lawrence C. Becker - 1992 - Social Philosophy and Policy 9 (2):15-37.
    A philosophical essay under this title faces severe rhetorical challenges. New accounts of the good life regularly and rapidly turn out to be variations of old ones, subject to a predictable range of decisive objections. Attempts to meet those objections with improved accounts regularly and rapidly lead to a familiar impasse — that while a life of contemplation, or epicurean contentment, or stoic indifference, or religious ecstasy, or creative rebellion, or self-actualization, or many another thing might count as a good (...)
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  20. The moral basis of property rights.Lawrence C. Becker - 1980 - In Pennock & Chapman (ed.), Property. pp. 187--220.
  21. The neglect of virtue.Lawrence C. Becker - 1975 - Ethics 85 (2):110-122.
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    Habilitation, Health, and Agency: a Framework for Basic Justice.Lawrence C. Becker - 2012 - New York, US: Oxford University Press.
    This book argues for adopting a new account of the circumstances of justice ("the habilitation framework") for philosophical theories of basic justice. It proposes a concept of basic health as a metric for such theories, and healthy agency as a target for them. It does not, however, propose a specific distributive rule or set of distributive principles. Nor does it propose a specific type of theory to pursue (e.g., utilitarian, contractarian, etc.). The book is thus meant to be largely theory-independent (...)
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    Places for pluralism: introduction to a symposium on pluralism.Lawrence C. Becker - 1992 - Ethics 102 (4):707-719.
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    A New Stoicism.Paula Gottlieb & Lawrence C. Becker - 2000 - Philosophical Review 109 (1):92.
    The aim of Becker’s book is to bring stoicism up to date and to defend a contemporary stoic ethical theory against the prejudices of the skeptical modern reader. Becker imagines what would have happened if stoicism had had a continuous history from ancient times to the present. Since the stoics are thoroughgoing naturalists, according to Becker, they would have incorporated the insights of modern biology and psychology into their theory. They would have abandoned their teleological view of the universe and (...)
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    A New Stoicism.Lawrence C. Becker - 2000 - Mind 109 (435):559-562.
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    Reciprocity and Social Obligation.Lawrence C. Becker - 1980 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 61 (4):411-421.
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    Gewirth: Critical Essays on Action, Rationality, and Community.Anita Allen, Lawrence C. Becker, Deryck Beyleveld, David Cummiskey, David DeGrazia, David M. Gallagher, Alan Gewirth, Virginia Held, Barbara Koziak, Donald Regan, Jeffrey Reiman, Henry Richardson, Beth J. Singer, Michael Slote, Edward Spence & James P. Sterba - 1998 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    As one of the most important ethicists to emerge since the Second World War, Alan Gewirth continues to influence philosophical debates concerning morality. In this ground-breaking book, Gewirth's neo-Kantianism, and the communitarian problems discussed, form a dialogue on the foundation of moral theory. Themes of agent-centered constraints, the formal structure of theories, and the relationship between freedom and duty are examined along with such new perspectives as feminism, the Stoics, and Sartre. Gewirth offers a picture of the philosopher's theory and (...)
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    The Encyclopedia of Ethics.Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.) - 1992 - New York: Garland Publishing.
    The editors, working with a team of 325 renowned authorities in the field of ethics, have revised, expanded and updated this classic encyclopedia. Along with the addition of 150 new entries, all of the original articles have been newly peer-reviewed and revised, bibliographies have been updated throughout, and the overall design of the work has been enhanced for easier access to cross-references and other reference features. New entries include * Cheating * Dirty hands * Gay ethics * Holocaust * Journalism (...)
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    Analogy in legal reasoning.Lawrence C. Becker - 1973 - Ethics 83 (3):248-255.
  30. Social contract.Lawrence C. Becker - 1992 - In Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ethics. Garland Publishing. pp. 2--1170.
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    Property: Cases, Concepts, Critiques.Lawrence C. Becker & Kenneth Kipnis (eds.) - 1984 - Prentice-Hall.
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    A Note on Religious Experience Arguments.Lawrence C. Becker - 1971 - Religious Studies 7 (1):63 - 68.
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    Against the supposed difference between historical and end-state theories.Lawrence C. Becker - 1982 - Philosophical Studies 41 (2):267 - 272.
  34. From the editor.Lawrence C. Becker - 1995 - Ethics 105 (2).
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  35. The finality of moral judgments: A reply to mrs. Foot.Lawrence C. Becker - 1973 - Philosophical Review 82 (3):364-370.
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  36. Introduction to a symposium on morality and literature.Lawrence C. Becker - 1988 - Ethics 98 (2):223-224.
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    Acknowledgments.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press.
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    Appendix. A Calculus for Normative Logic.Lawrence C. Becker - 1999 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press. pp. 159-192.
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    Appendix. A Calculus for Normative Logic.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press. pp. 193-224.
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    A history of Western ethics.Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.) - 1992 - New York: Routledge.
    This is a newly revised and updated edition of A History of Western Ethics, a coherent and accessible overview of the most important figures and influential ideas of the history of ethics in the Western philosophical tradition. Written by eleven distinguished scholars, and including a glossary of key terms, this book is an essential reference for students and general readers alike.
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    2. A New Agenda For Stoic Ethics.Lawrence C. Becker - 1999 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press. pp. 5-7.
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    2. A New Agenda for Stoic Ethics.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press. pp. 5-7.
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    A note on Religious Experience Arguments: LAWRENCE C. BECKER.Lawrence C. Becker - 1971 - Religious Studies 7 (1):63-68.
    When philosophers speak of the inconclusiveness of arguments for the existence of God, they often do so as if they were talking about a matter of principle—as if it were in principle impossible to prove God's existence, that every proof was in principle inconclusive. Of course, rebutals of the cosmological, ontological, and teleological arguments are usually designed to show that these types of arguments are in principle inconclusive. But one supposes that religious experience arguments are not all in such difficulties. (...)
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    A rejoinder to O'Connor.Lawrence C. Becker - 1975 - Mind 84 (333):95.
    Continuation of the discussion of the author's paper "Foreknowledge and Predestination." Mind 81 (1972): 138-41.
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    Bibliography.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press. pp. 239-252.
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    Books in Review.Lawrence C. Becker - 1986 - Political Theory 14 (1):171-173.
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    Contents.Lawrence C. Becker - 2018 - In A New Stoicism. Princeton University Press.
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    Community, Dominion, and Membership.Lawrence C. Becker - 1992 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 30 (2):17-43.
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    Determinism as a Rhetorical Problem.Lawrence C. Becker - 1971 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 4 (1):20 - 28.
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    Ethics and the Rule of Law.Lawrence C. Becker - 1986 - Review of Metaphysics 40 (1):133-134.
    This book is a systematic introduction to the outlines of contemporary analytical and normative jurisprudence, intended for use in introductory courses in which philosophy of law plays a role. It is clearly written, concise, and organized in a way that fits with major books of readings in philosophy of law.
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