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1. Under what conditions (if any) are preventive wars justifiable?

2. Are there any goods / services that should never be exchanged on markets? Why?

Words required: 1500 words

Readings: For whatever topic you choose, make sure to utilise the required readings and at least 2-3 additional readings. The essay should have at least 5 pieces of literature and utilise the readings suggested for a first class essay.

Just War

Required Reading
– Luban, D. 2004. Preventive War. Philosophy and Public Affairs, 32, 207-248.

Additional Readings

  • –  Brandt, R. 1972. Utilitarianism and the Rules of War, Philosophy & Public Affairs, 1, 145- 65.
  • –  Farrell, D. 1990. The Justification of Deterrent Violence. Ethics, 100, 301-317.
  • –  Fearon, J. 1995. Rationalist Explanations for War. International Organization, 49, 379-414.
  • –  Glaser, C. 1997. The Security Dilemma Revisited. World Politics, 50, 171-201.
  • –  Hare, R.1972. Rules of war and moral reasoning. Philosophy & Public Affairs, 1, 166-181.
  • –  Hurka, T. 2005. Proportionality in the morality of war. Philosophy & Public Affairs, 33, 34-
  • –  Kirshner, J. 2000. Rationalist Explanations for War? Security Studies, 10, 143-150.
  • –  Lackey, D. 1982. A Modern Theory of Just War. Ethics, 540-6.
  • –  Lukes, S. 2006. Liberal Democratic Torture, British Journal of Political Science, 36, 1-16.
  • –  McMahan, J. 2004. The Ethics of Killing in War. Ethics, 114, 693–733.
  • –  McMahan, J. 2005. Just Cause for War. Ethics & International Affairs, 19, 1-21.
  • –  Nagel, T. 1972. War and Massacre, Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1, 123–144.
  • –  Walzer, M. 1977. Just and Unjust Wars. Basic Book: New York.

    • The Moral Limits of the Market
      Required Reading
    • –  Anderson, E. 1990. The Ethical Limitations of the Market. Economics and Philosophy, 6, 179- 205.
    • –  Andre, J. 1992. Blocked exchanges: a taxonomy. Ethics, 103, 29–47. 
      Additional Readings
    • –  Bowles, S. 2011. Is Liberal Society a Parasite on Tradition? Philosophy & Public Affairs, 39, 46-81.
    • –  Bruni, L. and Sugden, R. 2008. Fraternity: Why the Market Need Not Be a Morally Free ZoneEconomics and Philosophy, 24 (1), 35-64.
    • –  Erin, C. and Harris, J. 2003. An ethical market in human organs. Journal of Medical Ethics, 29, 137-41.
    • –  Folbre, N. and Nelson, J. 2000. For Love or Money – Or Both? Journal of Economic Perspectives, 14, 123-140.
    • –  Hirschman, A. 1982. Rival Interpretations of Market Society: Civilizing, Destructive, or Feeble? Journal of Economic Literature, 20, 1463-1484.
    • –  Landes, E.M. and Posner, R.A. (1978) The Economics of the Baby Shortage, Journal of Legal Studies 7: 323–348.
    • –  Pennington, M. 2015. Why Most Things Should Probably Be for Sale. Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, 13, 251274.
    • –  Radin, M. 1987. Market-Inalienability. Harvard Law Review, 100(8), 1849-1937.6
      –  Sandel, M. 2012. What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. Open Market Ed. Allen Lane, Ch.3.
    • –  Satz, D. 2007. Liberalism, Economic Freedom and the Limits of Markets. Social Philosophy and Policy, 24120-140.
    • –  Sugden, R. 2012. The market as a cooperative endeavour. Public Choice, 152, 365-70.

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