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Richard Norman
University of Kent
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    Free and Equal: A Philosophical Examination of Political Values.Richard J. Norman - 1987 - Oxford University Press.
    The concepts of freedom and equality lie at the heart of much contemporary political debate. But how, exactly, are these concepts to be understood? And do they really represent desirable political values? Norman begins from the premise that freedom and equality are rooted in human experience, and thus have a real and objective content. He then argues that the attempt to clarify these concepts is therefore not just a matter of idle philosophical speculation, but also a matter of practical politics, (...)
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    The Moral Philosophers: An Introduction to Ethics.Richard J. Norman - 1998 - Oxford University Press.
    The second edition of this accessible book features a new chapter on Nietzsche and an entirely new Part III that covers contemporary utilitarianism, rights-based ethical theories, contractarian ethics and virtue ethics, and recent debates between realism and anti-realism in ethics. The strengths of the first edition--its readability, historical approach, coverage of specific moral philosophers, and detailed recommended reading sections at the beginning of each chapter--combined with the new material make this an essential resource for all readers interested in ethics.
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  3. Equality, Envy, and the Sense of Injustice.Richard J. Norman - 2002 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 19 (1):43–54.
    This paper attempts to defend the value of equality against the accusation that it is an expression of irrational and disreputable feelings of envy of those who are better off. It draws on Rawls’ account of the sense of justice to suggest that resentment of inequalities may be a proper resentment of injustice. The case of resentment of ‘free riders’ is taken as one plausible example of a justified resentment of those who benefit unfairly from a scheme of cooperation. Further (...)
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    Public Reasons and the 'Private Language' Argument.Richard J. Norman - unknown
    The author defends his version of the parallel which can be drawn between Wittgenstein's 'private language' argument and the argument that practical reasons must necessarily be public reasons. This position is compared and contrasted with recent attempts by Christine Korsgaard and Ken O'Day to formulate a 'public reasons' argument. The position is defended against the criticism that it cannt account for the practical force of reasons. Finally it is argued that, although the claim that the reasons must be 'public' is (...)
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  5. Can There Be a Just War?: Norman Can There Be a Just War?Richard J. Norman - 2004 - Think 3 (8):7-16.
    Richard Norman examines justifications for war that are rooted in the right of self-defence.
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    The Varieties of Non-Religious Experience.Richard J. Norman - 2006 - Ratio 19 (4):474–494.
    I want to consider the suggestion that certain essential components of human experience are by their nature distinctively religious, and thus that the atheist is either debarred from participating fully in such experiences, or fails to understand their real nature. I am going to look at five kinds of experience: • the experience of the moral 'ought'; • the experience of beauty; • the experience of meaning conferred by stories; • the experience of otherness and transcendence; • the experience of (...)
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    War, Humanitarian Intervention, and Human Rights.Richard J. Norman - unknown
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    Particularism and Reasons: A Reply to Kirchin.Richard J. Norman - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (1):33-39.
    Valency switching can appear especially puzzling if we think of moral reasons as ‘pushes and pulls’—considerations whose job it is to get us to act or to stop us acting. Talk of ‘default valency’ doesn't remove the puzzle, it merely restates it. We need a different picture of reasons—perhaps as providing a map of the moral terrain which helps us to see which actions are appropriate to which situations, and who the appropriate agents are. The role of virtue concepts in (...)
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    Philosophy and the Good Life: Reason and Passions in Greek, Cartesian and Psychoanalytic Ethics.Richard J. Norman - 2000 - Philosophical Investigations 23 (2):181-187.
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    Towards Justice and Virtue: A Constructive Account of Practical Reasoning.Richard J. Norman - unknown
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    Nature, Science and the Sacred.Richard J. Norman - unknown
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    Criteria of Justice: Desert, Needs and Equality. [REVIEW]Richard J. Norman - 2001 - Res Publica 7 (2):115-136.
    The conception of social justice as equality is defended in this paper by examining what may appear to be two inegalitarian conceptions of justice, as distribution according to desert and as distribution according to need. It is argued that claims of just entitlement arise within a context of reciprocal co-operation for mutual benefit. Within such a context there are special cases where it can be said that those who contribute more deserve more, and that those who need more should get (...)
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    The Varieties of Non‐Religious Experience.Richard J. Norman - 2006 - Ratio 19 (4):474-494.
    I want to consider the suggestion that certain essential components of human experience are by their nature distinctively religious, and thus that the atheist is either debarred from participating fully in such experiences, or fails to understand their real nature. I am going to look at five kinds of experience:• the experience of the moral ‘ought’;• the experience of beauty;• the experience of meaning conferred by stories;• the experience of otherness and transcendence;• the experience of vulnerability and fragility.These seem to (...)
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    Practical Reasons and the Redundancy of Motives.Richard J. Norman - 2001 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 4 (1):3-22.
    Jonathan Dancy, in his 1994 Aristotelian Society Presidential Address, set out to show ''why there is really no such thing as the theory of motivation''. In this paper I want to agree that there is no such thing, and to offer reasons of a different kind for that conclusion. I shall suggest that the so-called theory of motivation misconstrues the question which it purports to answer, and that when we properly analyse the question and distinguish it clearly from other questions (...)
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    Reasons for Actions: A Critique of Ultitarian Rationality.Richard J. Norman - 1971 - Blackwell.
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    Wants, Reasons and Liberalism.Richard J. Norman - 2001 - Res Publica 8 (1):81-91.
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