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Holly Smith

Selected Publications


In progress or forthcoming:


Making Morality Work (book manuscript under contract with Oxford University Press) 


“Using Moral Principles to Guide Decisions,” forthcoming in Philosophical Issues, Vol. 22, Action Theory (2012).


 “Negligence,” Hugh LaFollette, ed., The International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell), forthcoming 2012.




 “The Moral Clout of Reasonable Beliefs,” in Mark Timmons, ed., Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, Vol. I (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011

Lead article.


“Non-Tracing Cases of Culpable Ignorance,” Criminal Law and Philosophy, Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2011), 115-146. Lead article. []



“The Prospective View of Obligation” (Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, February 2011,



“Measuring the Consequences of Rules,” Utilitas Vol.22, No. 4, December 2010, 413 – 433.



“Subjective Rightness,” in Social Philosophy and Policy 27 (Summer 2010), pp. 64-110.



            Reprinted in Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jr., and Jeffrey Paul, Moral Obligation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 64 – 111.



“A Paradox of Promising,” in The Philosophical Review, Vol. 106, No. 2 (April 1997; appeared 1998]), pp. 153-196.

Lead article.



"Gifts and Donors' Expectations," with Marilyn Batt Dunn, in The Ethics of Asking: Dilemmas in Higher Education Fund Raising (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), pp. 101-110.



"Fetal-Maternal Conflicts," in In Harm's Way: Essays in Honor of Joel Feinberg, edited by Allen Buchanan and Jules Coleman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 324-343.



"Whose Body Is It, Anyway?" in James Thomberlin, ed., Philosophical Perspectives, Vol. 6 (Atascadero, California: Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1992), pp. 73-96.



"Deriving Morality from Rationality," in Contractarianism and Rational Choice: Essays on David Gauthier's Morals by Agreement, ed., Peter Vallentyne (Cambridge University Press, 1991), pp. 229-253.



Reprinted in John Heil, ed., Rationality, Morality, and Self-Interest: Essays Honoring Mark Carl Overvold (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1993), pp. 71-96.



"Varieties of Moral Worth and Moral Credit," in Ethics, Vol. 101 (January 1991), pp. 279-303.



"Deciding How To Decide: Is There a Regress Problem?" in Michael Bacharach and Susan Hurley, eds., Essays in the Foundations of Decision Theory (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, Inc. 1991), pp. 194-219.



"Two-Tier Moral Codes," Social Philosophy & Policy, Vol. 7, (Autumn 1989), pp. 112-132.



Reprinted in Ellen F. Paul, Fred D. Miller, and Jeffrey Paul, eds., Foundations of Moral and Political Philosophy (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990), pp. 112-132.



"Making Moral Decisions," Nous, Vol. XXII, #1 (March 1988), pp. 89-108.



"Moral Realism, Moral Conflict, and Compound Acts", The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. LXXXIII, #6 (June 1986), 341-345.



"Legal Requirements for Notification," in Ethics in Emergency Medicine, eds. K. Iserson, A. Sanders, D. Mathieu, and A. Buchanan (Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins,1986), pp. 92-97. Reprinted in Second Edition, 1995.



"Ethical Problems in Genetic Screening by Student Health Services," in Values and Health: The Connection, ed. Joe Gelt (Proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast College Health Association: 1985), pp. 27-31.



"Culpable Ignorance," The Philosophical Review, Vol. XCII (October, 1983), pp. 543-571.



Selected as one of the ten best articles to appear in print in 1983; reprinted in Volume VI of The Philosopher's Annual (eds., P. Athay, P. Grim, and C.J. Martin. (Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1985.)



"Intercourse and Moral Responsibility for the Fetus," in Abortion and the Status of the Fetus, Volume XIII of the series, "Philosophy of Medicine," eds. William B. Bondeson, H. Tristram Englehardt, Stuart Spicker, and Daniel H. Winship (Dordrecht, Holland/Boston, Massachusetts: D. Reidel, 1983), pp. 229-245.



"Compensating Injured Research Subjects," in President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical Research, Compensating for Research Injuries, Volume Two: Appendices, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington (1982), pp. 19-39.



"Two Concepts of Democracy," in Ethical Issues in Government, ed. Norman Bowie (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1981), pp. 68-82.                                                                                                    



"Killing, Letting Die, and Euthanasia," Analysis, Vol. 40 (October 1980), p. 224.



Reprinted in the Newsletter of Monash University Centre for Human Bioethics.



"Amniocentesis for Sex Selection," in Ethics, Humanism, and Medicine, ed. Marc Basson (New York: Alan R. Liss, 1980), pp. 81-94.



"Rawls and Utilitarianism," in John Rawls' Theory of Social Justice, eds. Gene Blocker and Elizabeth Smith (Ohio University Press, 1980), pp. 346-394.




"Doing the Best One Can," in Values and Morals, eds. Alvin Goldman and Jaegwon Kim (Reidel, 1978), pp. 186-214.



"The Collective Interpretation of Utilitarian Generalization," Philosophical Studies, Vol. 34 (August, 1978), pp. 207-211.



"David Lewis' Semantics for Deontic Logic," Mind, Vol. LXXXVI (April, 1977) pp. 242-248.



"Dated Rightness and Moral Imperfection," The Philosophical Review, Vol. LXXXV (October, 1976), pp. 449-487. Lead article.



"Reply to Silverstein," Philosophical Studies, Vol. 30 (July, 1976), pp. 57-62.



"David Lyons on Utilitarian Generalization," Philosophical Studies, Vol. 26 (October, 1974), pp. 77-94. Lead article




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