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Contents of vol. 8, no. 3

  • An interview with Joseph Raz
  • Philip Bielby: Equality and Vulnerability in Biomedical Research on Human Subjects
  • Kevin Hickson: Revisionism Revisited
  • Kieran Healey reviews Klinenberg’s ‘Heatwave’
  • Harry Brighouse review Alstott’s ‘No Exit: What Parents Owe Their Children and What Society Owes Parents’

Contents of vol. 8, no. 2

  • An Interview with T.M. Scanlon
  • John Quiggin: The Equity Premium and the Socialist Case for Public Ownership
  • Tony Burns: Whose Aristotle? Which Marx? Ethics, Law and Justice in Aristotle and Marx
  • T.M. Wilkinson reviews White’s ‘The Civic Minimum’
  • Bill Jordan reviews Ehrenreich’s ‘Nickel and Dimed’ and Abram’s ‘Below the Breadline’
  • Alan Carling reviews Wright’s ‘Class Counts’

Contents of vol. 8, no. 1

  • An Interview with Martha Nussbaum
  • Richard W. Bruner: It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times
  • Albena Azmanova: Curbing the Deficit: Democracy After the European Constitution (Constitutional Solutions to EU’s Democratic Deficit)
  • Paul Warren: Locating the Injustice of Exploitation: Some Thoughts on G.A. Cohen’s ‘Exploitation in Marx’
  • John Christman reviews Brighouse’s ‘School Choice and Social Justice’

Contents of vol. 7, no. 3

  • What We Do For Others: Situating Duty and Justice
  • Jonathan Seglow and Gideon Calder (co-editors): Introduction: What We Owe to Others
  • An Interview with David Miller
  • Avner de-Shalit: Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself: Friendship and Critical Moral Deliberation
  • Niall Scott: Is Altruism a Moral Duty?
  • Maureen Ramsay: Equality and Responsibility

Contents of vol. 7, no. 2

  • An interview with Susan Mendus
  • Chandra Kumar: Progress, Freedom, Human Nature, and Critical Theory
  • Colin Macleod: Agency, Goodness and Endorsement
  • Axel Gosseries reviews Christopher Kutz's 'Complicity'
  • C.L. Ten reviews Brian Barry's 'Culture and Equality'
  • Janna Thomson reviews Darrel Moellendorf's 'Cosmopolitan Justice'

Contents of vol. 7, no. 1

Contents of vol. 6, no. 3

  • An interview with Norman Geras
  • Philip Ross: Marxism and Communitarianism
  • David Bates: Ideology and the Intellectuals
  • Seth Crook reviews books by Lomborg and Plumwood on the environment

Contents of vol. 6, no. 2

Contents of vol. 6, no.1

  • An interview with Alex Callinicos
  • Matt Matravers: Luck, Responsibility and 'The Jumble of Lotteries that Constitutes Human Life'
  • Stephanie Luce: A Primer on the US Living Wage Movement
  • Jeremy Moss reviews Martha Nussbaum's Sex and Justice
  • Bill Jordan reviews Alex Callinicos's Equality
  • Adam Swift reviews Jon Mandle's What's Left of Liberalism

Contents of vol. 5, no.3

  • An interview with Thomas Pogge
  • Marc Stears and Stuart White: New Liberalism Revisited
  • Harry Brighouse: Dworkin on Equality of Power
  • Catriona McKinnon reviews Onora O'Neill's Bounds of Justice
  • Alan Carling reviews Peter Singer's A Darwinian Left?
  • T.M. Wilkinson reviews G.A. Cohen's If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich?

Contents of vol. 5, no.2
(Winter 2000-2001)

  • An interview with Bob Goodin
  • Paul Wetherly: Living in a Post-Egalitarian Society
  • Stephen Wilkinson: Intellectual Property Rights and the Human Body
  • John Bellamy Foster reviews Jonathan Hughes on Marx and Ecology
  • Jonathan Hughes review John Bellamy Foster on Marx and Ecology
  • John Russell review Figes and Kolonitskii on the Russian Revolution

Contents of vol. 5, no.1
(Summer 2000)

  • An interview with Frank Vandenbroucke
  • Norman Geras: "Life was Beautiful Even There"
  • Graeme Kirkpatrick: " Towards a Critical Sociology of the Computer Interface"
  • Matthew Clayton: "The Resources of Liberal Equality"
  • Elliott Sober reviews Christopher Boehm's Hierarchy in the Forest

Contents of vol. 4, no.3
(Spring 2000)

  • An interview with Nancy Fraser
  • Stuart White: "Recovering Republican Political Economy"
  • Tom Mayer: "A New American Left"
  • Ed Reiss reviews Wheen on Marx
  • Zdenek Konopasek reviews Scott on the State
  • Nick Manning reviews recent books on Russian capitalism

Contents of vol. 4, no.2
(Winter 1999-2000)

  • An interview with Joshua Cohen
  • Ronald Paul on Jack Common and George Orwell
  • Kurt Jacobsen and Alba Alexander on Emancipating Nature?
  • Matt Matravers reviews T.M. Scanlon
  • Hallvard Lillehammer reviews Jean Hampton

Contents of vol. 4, no.1
(Summer 1999)

  • An interview with Ruth Lister
  • Franck Duvell and Bill Jordan on Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship
  • Gordon Hughes and Adrian Little on New Labour's Communitarianism
  • Andrew B. Trigg reviews Laibman on Capitalist Macrodynamics
  • Ben Crum reviews Little on Post-Industrial Socialism

Contents of vol. 3, no.3
(Spring 1999)

  • An interview with Elliott Sober
  • Alan Carling on Labour's "Third Way"
  • Paul Wetherly on Socialism in our Times
  • James Ladyman on the Sokal Affair
  • Robert E. Goodin on Welfare and Responsibility

Contents of vol. 3, no.2
(Winter 1998-99)

  • An interview with George Monbiot
  • Bill Jordan on New Labour
  • T.M. Wilkinson, Raz on Equality
  • Jocelyne Couture, Liberals and Cosmopolitans
  • David Archard reviews Geras on the Holocaust
  • Jason Edwards reviews Steger on Bernstein

Contents of vol. 3, no.1
(June 1998)

  • An interview with John Roemer
  • Christopher Woodard, 'Egalitarianism, Responsibility and Desert'
  • Nigel Pleasants, on Habermas's Critical Social Theory
  • Tom Mayer reviews Marcus Roberts on analytical Marxism

Contents of vol. 2, no. 3
(March 1998)

  • An interview with Michael Rosen
  • Kai Nielsen, 'Socialism and Nationalism'
  • Vittorio Bufacchi, 'Reasonable Agreement'
  • Alex Coram, 'Socialist Distribution'
  • Keith Graham reviews Pettit on Republicanism
  • Judith Squires reviews Lister on Citizenship
  • Iain Gault reviews Diamond on History

Contents of vol. 2, no. 2
(October 1997)

  • An interview with Erik Olin Wright
  • Steven R. Smith and Mike O'Neill, '"Equality of What?" and the Disability Rights Movement'
  • Alex Coram, 'Social Choice Theory and Welfare'
  • Alan Carling reviews Skyrms on Evolution and Contractarianism
  • Libby Miller reviews Folbre on Paying for Childcare

Contents of vol. 2, no. 1
(June 1997)

  • An interview with Thomas McCarthy
  • Alex Callinicos, 'History, Exploitation and Oppression'
  • John Baker, 'Studying Equality'
  • Christopher Bertram, 'Theories of Public Reason'
  • Paul Dixon, 'Public Opinion and the Northern Ireland Peace Process'

Contents of vol. 1, no. 3
(March 1996)

  • An interview with Philippe Van Parijs
  • G.A. Cohen, Commitment Without Reverence
  • Adrian Little, 'Flexible Working'
  • Philip Gerrans, 'Locating Nationalism'
  • Elizabeth Frazer review Searle on Social Construction
  • Ruth Lister reviews Jordan on Poverty

Contents of vol. 1, no. 2
(October 1996)

  • An interview with Jean Hampton
  • Ed Reiss, 'Nothing Human Should Be Alien to Marx'
  • Andrew Glyn, 'Taxing and Spending'
  • Jennifer Hornsby, 'Free and Equal Speech'
  • David Morgan reviews Diemut Bubeck, Care Gender and Justice

  • Read 'Editor's Notes from the second issue!

Contents of vol. 1, no. 1
(June 1996)