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Shifting International Security Norms

Shifting International Security Norms

| June 9, 2017
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In this review essay, Denise Garcia draws on two recent books to argue that new technology can reinforce security norms just as easily as it can undermine them. Additionally, she shows that contestation is a natural part of the process by which norms are reformed or replaced, and that this leads to ethical progress over the long term.

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Immigration Ethics and the Context of Justice

Immigration Ethics and the Context of Justice

| March 10, 2017
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This review essay by Linda Bosniak engages David Miller’s recent book Strangers in our Midst. Specifically, Bosniak highlights the tensions inherent in Miller’s contextualist political theory of immigration.






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The Lessons of Effective Altruism

The Lessons of Effective Altruism

| December 14, 2016
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In this essay, Rubenstein examines two recent books by Peter Singer and William MacAskill on the philosophy and philanthropic movement known as Effective Altruism (EA). She addresses both the promise and limitations of EA—whose proponents seek to do the “most good”—arguing that a “hidden curriculum” underlies its teachings.






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Ethics and Inequality: A Strategic and Practical View

Ethics and Inequality: A Strategic and Practical View

| September 15, 2016
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Deng Xiaoping once said, “Let some get rich first, the others will follow.” This is Angus Deaton’s basic view in The Great Escape. Deaton, cowinner of the Leontief Prize in 2014 and winner of the Nobel Prize in 2015, chronicles the rise of almost all of humanity out of conditions of widespread hunger, disease, destitution, and premature death, and into a world where infant and child mortality has fallen sharply, and where heart diseases and even cancers are declining.






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Children’s Rights as Human Rights

Children’s Rights as Human Rights

| December 11, 2015
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Fundamental state failures—to recognize and act in children’s best interest; to afford them the right to be heard; and to respect, protect, and fulfill their other rights–threaten children worldwide. Two new books address these failures.






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Justice for All: The Promise of Democracy in the Global Age

| December 11, 2015
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For Carol Gould, to make democracy fulfill its potential, it has to be transformed from its static and formal state to a more engaged, participatory, and interactive mode of governance.






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Rescuing Democracy in the Age of the Internet

Rescuing Democracy in the Age of the Internet

| September 9, 2015
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DAVID RUNCIMAN

There is a growing awareness that the greatest threat to democracy may no longer derive from human agency, but from new forms of technology.






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Human Rights Law Without Natural Moral Rights

Human Rights Law Without Natural Moral Rights

| June 12, 2015
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In his latest work, Allen Buchanan outlines a novel framework for assessing the system of international human rights law—the system that he takes to be the heart of modern human rights practice. The book is brimming with new ideas and insights, with three main claims that have particularly interesting implications.






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