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Threshold Deontology Debate (Albright College, April 19th, 2021)

Below you will find links to the papers and handouts for the Moore/Waldron debate on Threshold Deontology between Michael S. Moore and Jeremy Waldron at Albright College, April 19th, 2021 (6pm EST)  (Talk sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities )

UPDATE: You can watch a recording of the event on YouTube here


  1. Prof. Moore’s Outline/Handout

  2. Prof. Waldron’s Outline/Handout

  3. Michael S. Moore, “Torture and the Balance of Evils” Israel Law Review, Vol. 23 (1989), (excerpts) pp. 280-344, reprinted in Moore, Placing Blame: A General Theory of the Criminal Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 719-724.

  4. Michael S. Moore, “The Rationality of Threshold Deontology,” in Heidi Hurd, ed., Moral Puzzles and Legal Perspectives: Essays on the Influence of Larry Alexander (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 371-387

  5. Jeremy Waldron, “What Are Moral Absolutes Like?,” The Harvard Review of Philosophy, Vol. 18 (2012), pp. 4-30

  6. Jeremy Waldron, “Reflections on ‘Supreme Emergency’“, in Parsons & Wilson, ed., Walzer and War (Springer 2020)