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    Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates (edited book)
    with Michael Weber
    Oup Usa. 2017.
    Contemporary political philosophers disagree about whether theories of justice should be utopian or realistic. Contributors to this volume largely deny that the choice between realism and idealism is binary. Their contributions represent a continuum between realism and idealism that best represents the contemporary state of the debate.
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    Is Economic Rationality in the Head?
    Minds and Machines 25 (4): 339-360. 2015.
    Many economic theorists hold that social institutions can lead otherwise irrational agents to approximate the predictions of traditional rational choice theory. But there is little consensus on how institutions do so. I defend an economic internalist account of the institution-actor relationship by explaining economic rationality as a feature of individuals whose decision-making is aided by institutional structures. This approach, known as the subjective transaction costs theory, represents appa…Read more
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    In Defense of the Asymmetric Convergence Model of Public Justification: A Reply to Boettcher
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19 (1): 255-266. 2016.
    This piece defends the asymmetric convergence approach to public justification against James Boettcher's recent critique.
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    Process Democracy
    Journal of Moral Philosophy 17 (6): 633-657. 2020.
    Democratic theorists have proposed a number of competing justifications for democratic order, but no theory has achieved a consensus. While expecting consensus may be unrealistic, I nonetheless contend that we can make progress in justifying democratic order by applying competing democratic theories to different stages of the democratic process. In particular, I argue that the selection of political officials should be governed in accord with aggregative democracy. This process should prize wide…Read more
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    Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights
    Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche 6 (1): 9-24. 2016.
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    Wolterstorff’s Problem of Almighty Toleration
    Journal of Analytic Theology 4 387-389. 2016.
    Nicholas Wolterstorff's defense of liberal democracy fails to justify a basic right of religious freedom.
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    Equal Citizenship and Convergence
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 37 (5): 846-853. 2020.
    I argue against Lori Watson and Christie Hartley's recent criticisms of convergence approaches to public justification. In particular, I argue that convergence approaches can capture what is distinctive about democratic decision‐making and provide an attractive account of stability for the right reasons.
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    Freedom and Justice in a Diverse Polity
    Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche. forthcoming.
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    Pluralistic Partisanship
    Res Publica 25 (4): 487-496. 2019.
    This essay explores and criticizes Matteo Bonotti’s argument that parties and partisans in a publicly justified polity should appeal primarily, if not exclusively, to accessible justificatory reasons to fulfill their political duties. I argue that political parties should only support coercive policies if they rationally believe that the coercive law or policy in question can be publicly justified to those subject to the law or policy in terms of their own private—specifically intelligible—reaso…Read more
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    Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age, written by Nelson Tebbe
    Journal of Moral Philosophy 17 (3): 371-374. 2020.
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    Religious Exemptions (edited book)
    with Michael Weber
    Oup Usa. 2018.
    Religious exemptions have a long history in American law, but have become especially controversial over the last several years. The essays in this volume address the moral and philosophical issues that the legal practice of religious exemptions often raises.
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    "With increasingly divergent views and commitments, and an all-or-nothing mindset in political life, it can seem hard to sustain the level of trust in other members of our society necessary to ensure our most basic institutions work. This book features interdisciplinary perspectives on social trust. The contributors address four main topics related to social trust. The first topic is empirical and formal work on norms and institutional trust, especially the relationships between trust and human …Read more
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    Trust in a Polarized Age
    Oup Usa. 2020.
    Americans today don't trust each other and their institutions as much as they once did, fueling destructive ideological conflicts and hardened partisanship. In Trust in a Polarized Age, political philosopher Kevin Vallier argues that to build social trust and reduce polarization, we must strengthen liberal democratic institutions--high-quality governance, procedural fairness, markets, social welfare programs, freedom of association, and democracy. These institutions not only create trust, they d…Read more