Is it permissible for the state to suppress speech that incites murder and other serious rights violations? The orthodox view in free speech theory holds that the right to freedom of expression broadly protects such speech, except in cases of [...]
“Yaffe on Democratic Citizenship and Juvenile Justice,” Criminal Law & Philosophy (online first: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11572-019-09508-6)
Why, exactly, should we punish children who commit crimes more leniently than adults who commit the same offenses? Gideon Yaffe thinks it is because they cannot vote, and so the strength of their reasons to obey the law is weaker [...]
Should hate speech be banned? This article sets out a framework through which to organize the current scholarly debate. It contends that the debate must be disaggregated into discrete analytical stages, lest its participants continue to talk past one another. [...]
“The Public Role of Ethics and Public Policy,” in The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy, ed. Annabelle Lever and Andrei Poama (2019)
My thesis is that we should regard ethics and public policy (EPP) as a special subfield of political philosophy, marked by a particular methodological commitment: to assist citizens and policymakers in their actual deliberations about public policy. EPP can assist [...]
“Defending Broad Neutrality,” Critical Review of International Social & Political Philosophy 23, 1 (2020): 93-109.
This paper interrogates Cécile Laborde’s account of the proper role of religion in the liberal state. It begins by examining Laborde’s claims that prevailing liberals are not committed to broad neutrality about the good, but rather only restricted neutrality about [...]
Should governments pay ransoms to terrorist organizations that unjustly kidnap their citizens? The United Kingdom and the United States refuse to negotiate with terrorist groups that kidnap and threaten to kill their people. In contrast, continental European countries, such as [...]
“The Labors of Justice: Democracy, Respect, and Judicial Review,” Critical Review of International Social & Political Philosophy 22, 2 (2019): 176-199.
Why value democracy? One familiar answer is that democracy expresses respect for citizens, whereas non-democratic modes of governance insultingly express disrespect. Recent work has subjected this view to substantial criticism, raising serious doubts about its plausibility. This article contends that [...]