Selected Publications


•    Marxism and Existentialism, The Political Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty (Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1980;  Reprinted Gregg Revivals in Philosophy, Aldershot, 1992) 

•    Consciousness and the Unconscious 'Problems of Modern European Thought' (London: Hutchinson University Press, 1984)

•    Children: Rights and Childhood (London: Routledge, 1993) 2nd enlarged and revised edition, 2004; 3rd edition, forthcoming 2014

•    (ed.) Philosophy and Pluralism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

•    Sexual Consent (Oxford and Boulder, Col.: Westview Press, 1998)

•    The Moral and Political Status of Children, co-edited with Colin Macleod

     (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2002)

•    Children, Family, and the State ( Aldershot: Ashgate 2003)

•    2000 Years and Beyond, co-edited with Paul Gifford, Trevor A. Hart, and Nigel 

     Rapport (London: Routledge 2002)

•    Bearing and Rearing: The Ethics of Procreation and Parenthood, co-edited with David Benatar (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

•    The Family: A Liberal Defence (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010)

•     Reading Onora O’Neill, co-edited with Monique Deveaux, Neil Manson and Daniel Weinstock (London: Routledge, 2013)




•    'Paternalism defined' Analysis, 50:1 (January 1990): 36 - 42.

•    'Freedom not to be free: the case of the slavery contract in J.S. Mill's On Liberty' Philosophical Quarterly 40:161 (October 1990): 453 - 465.

•   'Child Abuse: parental rights and the interests of the child' Journal of Applied 

 Philosophy, 7:2 (1990): 183 - 194; reprinted in Rosalind Ekman Ladd (ed.) 

 Children's Rights Re-Visioned: Philosophical Readings, Wadworth Publishing 

 Co., 1996. Also reprinted in Michael D. Freeman (ed.) The International Library 

  of Essays in Law and Legal Theory (2nd series), Vol. II Family, State and Law

 Ashgate, 1999.

•    'For Our Own Good' Australasian Journal of Philosophy,72:3 (September 1994): 283 - 293.

•    'Exploited Consent' Journal of Social Philosophy,25:3 (Winter 1994): 92 - 101.

•    ‘Myths, Lies and Historical Truth: A Defence of Nationalism,’ Political Studies 43:3 (September 1995): 472-481

•    ‘Filial Morality,’ Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 77:3 (September 1996): 179-192

•    ‘”A Nod’s as Good as a Wink” :Consent, Convention, and Reasonable Belief,’ Legal Theory 3 (1997): 273-290

•    ‘How Should We Teach Sex?’ Journal of Philosophy of Education, 32:3 (November 1998): 437-449

•    ‘Should We Teach Patriotism?’ Studies in Philosophy and Education 18 (1999): 157-

•    'Selling Yourself: Titmuss's Argument Against a Market in Blood'

       The Journal of Ethics, 6 (2002): 87-103

•    ‘Wrongful Life’, Philosophy 79309 (July 2004): 403-420.

•   ‘Political Reasonableness’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy 35:1, (March 

       2005): 1-26.

•    ‘The wrong of rape,’ Philosophical Quarterly, 57, Issue 228 (July 2007): 374-393

•   ‘Informed Consent: Autonomy and Self-Ownership,’ Journal of Applied Philosophy 25:1 (2008): 19-34

•   ‘Disgust, Offensiveness and the Law,’ Journal of Applied Philosophy 25:1 (2008): 1-8

•  ‘Balancing a Child’s Best Interests and a Child’s Views,’ (co-authored with Marit Skivenes) International Journal of Children’s Rights, 17:1 (2009): 1-21

•    ‘Moral Compromise,’ Philosophy 87 (July 2012): 403-420

•   ‘Insults, free speech and offensiveness,’ Journal of Applied Philosophy 31:2 (May 2014): 127-141

•    (co-authored with Joe Brierley and Emma Cave) 'Challenging misconceptions about clinical ethics support during COVID-19 and beyond: A legal update and future considerations’ Journal of Medical Ethics 47(8). 2021 DOI:10.1136/medethics-2020-107092

•    (co-authored with Joe Brierley and Emma Cave) 'How should we decide how to treat the child: harm versus best interests in cases of disagreement.' Journal of Medical Ethics 2023: 1-20

•    'Mary Warnock and "Public Philosophy"' Journal of Applied Philosophy 2024 DOI:





•    'Political and Social Philosophy' in N. Bunnin and E.James (eds.)The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996): 257 - 289. Revised version in Second edition, 2003.

•    ‘The Mens Rea of Rape: Reasonableness and Culpable Mistakes,’ in K. Burgess-Jackson (ed.) A Most Detestable Crime: New Philosophical Essays on Rape (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999): 213-229

•   'Nationalism and political theory' in N. O'Sullivan (ed.) Political Theory in 

Transition (London: Routledge,  2000) : 155 - 171.

•    ‘Children, Multiculturalism, and Education,’ in D. Archard and C. Macleod (eds.) The Moral and Political Status of Children (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2002): 142-159

•    ‘The Value of Privacy,’ in A. Duff, E. Claes and S. Gutwirth (eds.), Privacy and the Criminal Law (Antwerpen-Oxford: Intersentia, 2006): 13-31.

•   ‘Criminalising the Use of Trafficked Prostitutes: Some Philosophical Issues,’ in Vanessa Munro (ed.) Demanding Sex? Critical reflections on the Regulation of Prostitution (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008): 149-162

•    ‘The Obligations and Responsibilities of Parenthood,’ in D. Archard and D. Benatar (eds.) Bearing and Rearing: The Ethics of Procreation and Parenthood (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010): 103-127

•    ‘Marriage, Sex, and the Family,’ in G. Gaus and F. D’Agostino (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy (London: Routledge, 2013): 744-754

•   ‘Criminalizing medical negligence,’ in A. Alghrani, R. Bennett and S. Ost (eds.) Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law, Volume 1 ‘The Criminal Law and Bioethical Conflict: Walking the Tightrope’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013): 236-250.

•    ‘Applied Ethics,’ (with K. Lippert-Rasmussen) in H. LaFollette (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013): 320-335

•    ‘Children, Adults, Autonomy and Well-Being,’ in C. Macleod and A. Bagattini (eds.) Children’s Well-Being (Dordrehct: Springer, 2014): 1-14

•   ‘Procreating,’ in S. Luper (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014): 231-242

•    'Children's Rights' The Stanford  Encyclopedia of Philosophy []

•    ‘Family and Family Law: Norms and Concepts’, in Lucinda Ferguson and Elizabeth Brake (eds.) Philosophical Foundations of Children's and Family Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

•    ‘Sexual Consent’ in P. Schaber (ed.) Routledge Handbook on the Ethics of Consent (London: Routledge, 2018)

•    ‘The Age of Consent,’ in G. Dalder, A. Gheaus, and J. de Wispelaere (eds.) Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood (London: Routledge, 2020)




Sex Education, Impact No. 7, London: Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, 2000




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