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  • World Government, Social Contract and Legitimacy 

    Abumere, Frank Aragbonfoh (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-05-22)
    The notion of world government is anathema to most political theorists. This is the case due to the arguments that a world government is infeasible, undesirable and unnecessary. This threefold argument is partly predicated on the assumption that in world politics the larger a geographical and political entity is, the greater the chance of it becoming unstable, ungovernable and, ultimately, illegitimate. ...
  • Introduction to special issue on world government 

    Tanyi, Attila (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-05-22)
  • Nietzsches Anthropologie des produktiven Antagonismus 

    Himmelmann, Beatrix (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-04-27)
    <i>Introduction</i>: Dass der Mensch in sich selbst und im Verhältnis zu den Anderen ein Zusammenhang gegensätzlicher Kräfte ist, kann als ein zentraler Gedanke Nietzsches gelten. Das Element des Gegensätzlichen kommt im Titel meiner Ausführungen unter dem Stichwort ‚Antagonismus‘ zum Ausdruck. Nietzsche benutzt diesen Begriff in interessanter und einschlägiger Weise, wie wir sehen werden. Geläufig ...
  • In Defense of Moderate Inclusivism: Revisiting Rawls and Habermas on Religion in the Public Sphere 

    Jakobsen, Jonas; Fjørtoft, Kjersti (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-11-17)
    The paper discusses Rawls’ and Habermas’ theories of deliberative democracy, focusing on the question of religious reasons in political discourse. Whereas Rawls as well as Habermas defend a fully inclusivist position on the use of religious reasons in the ‘background culture’ (Rawls) or ‘informal public sphere’ (Habermas), we defend a moderately inclusivist position. Moderate inclusivism welcomes ...
  • Towards fairer borders: Alleviating global inequality of opportunity 

    Egan, Magnus Skytterholm (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-11-12)
    Current admission criteria for migrants in Western states tend to favor the well-to-do, able-bodied, and well-qualified. This leads to migration patterns that exacerbate global inequalities. In this article, I will consider how economic migration affects global inequality of opportunity, and how we might alter admission criteria in order to mitigate negative effects. I will proceed by discussing ...
  • Sigurd Hverven, Naturfilosofi. Anmeldt av Svein Anders Noer Lie 

    Lie, Svein Anders Noer (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2018)
  • Contexts of John Stuart Mill's liberalism - politics and the science of society in Victorian Britain 

    Alnes, Jan Harald (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-02-02)
    <i>Introduction</i>: This book, hereafter referred to as <i>Contexts</i>, is the fourth volume in the series <i>Politics-Debates-Concepts</i> by Nomos. The series publishes interdisciplinary studies of politics, focused on the history of political concepts, conceptual change, and the interplay between ‘political theories and political practices’. López’s work squares perfectly within this setting. ...
  • Rose’s Prevention Paradox 

    Thompson, Christopher Jeremy (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Preprint; Manuskript, 2016-02-08)
    Geoffrey Rose's ‘prevention paradox’ occurs when a population‐based preventative health measure that brings large benefits to the community – such as compulsory seatbelts, a ‘fat tax’, or mass immunisation – offers little to each participating individual. Although the prevention paradox is not obviously a paradox in the sense in which philosophers understand the term, it does raise important normative ...
  • Who should be granted electoral rights at the state Level? 

    Duarte, Melina (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018)
    This paper has a twofold aim in determining who should be granted electoral rights at the state level, one negative and another positive. The negative part deconstructs the link between state-level political membership and citizenship and contests naturalization procedures. This approach argues that naturalization procedures, when coercively used as a necessary condition for accessing electoral ...
  • Nietzsche's Ethics of Power and the Ideas of Right, Justice, and Dignity 

    Himmelmann, Beatrix (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017)
    In this article, I first show in which ways Nietzsche’s doctrine of the will to power informs his understanding of practical ideas, such as right, justice, and dignity. Subsequently, I challenge his view by contrasting it with approaches that emphasize the significance of thinking beyond power relations. Particularly, I draw on arguments brought forward by three major figures of the philosophical ...
  • Open Borders and Welfare States: Can't they really get along? 

    Duarte, Melina (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018)
    This paper contests the welfare state’s objection to international freedom of mobility. It shows that the trade-off between open borders and welfare states is empirically and morally questionable and it suggests a new way of conceiving the relationship.
  • Elisabeth av Böhmen og sinn-kropp-problemet 

    Nilsen, Fredrik (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-09-07)
    <i>Norwegian abstract</i>: I artikkelen argumenterer jeg for at Elisabeth av Böhmen, gjennom hennes kritikk av den kartesianske dualismen mellom sjel og legeme, motiverer Descartes til å videreutvikle og presisere sin teori om samvirket mellom de to substansene, en prosess som kulminerer i den velkjente teori om konglekjertelen (glandula pinealis). I Meditasjoner fra 1641, som utgjør utgangspunktet ...
  • Circularity, Naturalism, and Desire-Based Reasons 

    Tanyi, Attila (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-10)
    In this paper, I propose a critique of the naturalist version of the Desire-Based Reasons Model. I first set the scene by spelling out the connection between naturalism and the Model. After this, I introduce Christine Korsgaard’s circularity argument against what she calls the instrumental principle. Since Korsgaard’s targets, officially, were non-naturalist advocates of the principle, I show why ...
  • Hvorfor handlingskunnskap ikke er slutningsbasert 

    Holmen, Heine Alexander (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-01-06)
    Anscombes handlingsfilosofi har gjort et klart comeback. Særlig har filosofer som David Velleman og Kieran Setiya gjort mye for å fremvise fordelene ved hennes type rammeverk, nemlig at det kan forklare en nær forbindelse mellom å handle intensjonelt og å ha kunnskap (om hva en gjør og hvorfor) ved at kunnskap inngår som konstitutiv komponent i handling. Sarah K. Paul har utfordret dette synet ved ...
  • Reasons and Beliefs 

    Tanyi, Attila; Morganti, Matteo (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018)
    The present paper identifies a challenge for a certain view of practical reasons, according to which practical reasons (both normative and motivating) are states of affairs. The problem is that those who endorse such a view seem forced to maintain both a) that the contents of beliefs are states of affairs and b) that the conception according to which the contents of beliefs are states of affairs is ...
  • Synonymy and the a priori: A problem for Boghossian's model 

    Nyseth, Fredrik (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-08-03)
    According to Paul Boghossian, some truths are knowable a priori because they are expressed by epistemically analytic sentences. In such cases, understanding the sentence is meant to suffice for justified belief in the proposition it expresses. One alleged route from understanding to justification goes via what Boghossian calls 'the synonymy model'. This article presents a dilemma for this model and ...
  • Semantic Facts and a Priori Knowledge 

    Nyseth, Fredrik (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-01-18)
    This paper is a response to a paper by Marcus Giaquinto in which he argues that lexical meaning is moderately indeterminate and that this poses a problem for the linguistic view of a priori knowledge. I argue that accepting the moderate indeterminacy thesis as he presents it is perfectly compatible with both the linguistic view in general and the specific suggestion that some <i>a priori</i> knowledge ...
  • Morality and Prudence: A Case for Substantial Overlap and Limited Conflict 

    Fremstedal, Roe (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-06-07)
    <i>INTRODUCTION</i>: It is virtually impossible to say anything substantial about how morality and prudence relate to one another unless we make assumptions about their content. In what follows, I will make use of a minimal definition, according to which prudence concerns the rational pursuit of personal interest and happiness. In this connection, I use happiness as an evaluative term, as something ...
  • Institutional consequentialism and global governance 

    Tanyi, Attila; Miklós, András (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-03-13)
    Elsewhere we have responded to the so-called demandingness objection to consequentialism – that consequentialism is excessively demanding and is therefore unacceptable as a moral theory – by introducing the theoretical position we call institutional consequentialism. This is a consequentialist view that, however, requires institutional systems, and not individuals, to follow the consequentialist ...
  • The Concept of Entrapment 

    Hill, Daniel J.; McLeod, Stephen K; Tanyi, Attila (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-08-23)
    Our question is this: What makes an act one of entrapment? We make a standard distinction between <i>legal entrapment</i>, which is carried out by parties acting in their capacities as (or as deputies of) law-enforcement agents, and <i>civil entrapment</i>, which is not. We aim to provide a definition of entrapment that covers both and which, for reasons we explain, does not settle questions of ...

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