James Bohman
(1954 - 2021)
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    Living without Freedom
    Political Theory 37 (4): 539-561. 2009.
    For Kant and many modern cosmopolitans, establishing the rule of law provides the chief mechanism for achieving a just global order. Yet, as Hart and Rawls have argued, the rule of law, as it is commonly understood, is quite consistent with "great iniquities." This criticism does not apply to a sufficiently robust, republican conception of the rule of law, which attributes a basic legal status to all persons. Accordingly, the pervasiveness of dominated persons without legal status is a a fundame…Read more
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    Causal Pluralism Without Levels: Comments on Humphreys
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 34 (S1): 115-127. 1996.
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    Is “Aesthetics” Art Studies?
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (2): 223-232. 2014.
    I provide a context for Agassi’s and Jarvie’s discussion of Aesthetics to show how their theory involves a turn to Art Studies. This turn provides a new and interesting focus in Aesthetics that revitalizes traditional aesthetics as the search for values in art. This turn also breaks the illusion of depth and progress in contemporary aesthetics by raising so far unasked critical questions in Aesthetics concerning the social demands placed on artists and the institutions of art
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    Transnational democracy and nondomination
    In Cécile Laborde & John W. Maynor (eds.), Republicanism and Political Theory, Blackwell. pp. 190--216. 2008.
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    Beyond the Hype
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (1): 46-72. 2013.
    In this paper, I consider the recent resurgence of “evolutionary economics”—the idea that evolutionary theory can be very useful to push forward key debates in economics—and assess the extent to which it rests on a plausible foundation. To do this, I first distinguish two ways in which evolutionary theory can, in principle, be brought to bear on an economic problem—namely, evidentially and heuristically—and then apply this distinction to the three major hypotheses that evolutionary economists ha…Read more
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    From Demos to Demoi: Democracy across Borders
    Ratio Juris 18 (3): 293-314. 2005.
    . The paper discusses a needed double transformation of democracy, of its institutional form and its normative ideal, in three steps. First, the Author takes for granted that the empirical fact of the increasing scope and intensity of global interaction and interdependence are not sufficient to decide the issue between gradualists and transformationalists. Indeed, gradualists and transformationalists share an underlying conception that leads to a particular emphasis in modern theories on legal i…Read more
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    Republican cosmopolitanism
    Journal of Political Philosophy 12 (3). 2004.
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    Democratic Experimentalism
    Social Philosophy Today 29 7-20. 2013.
    As developed by Sabel, Dorf and Cohen, and John Dewey before them, democratic experimentalism is based on the premise that current democratic practices are no longer able to deal with central and pressing social and political problems. Beginning with the criticism of democracy as command and control, Dorf and Sabel show how current democratic practices are part of the problem rather than the solution. Even as democratic experimentalists have successfully explored democracy beyond the state in th…Read more
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    Bohman develops a realistic model of deliberation by gradually introducing and analyzing the major tests facing deliberative democracy: cultural pluralism, social inequalities, social complexity, and community-wide biases and ideologies.
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    The place of self-interest and the role of power in deliberative democracy
    with Jane Mansbridge, Simone Chambers, David Estlund, Andreas Føllesdal, Archon Fung, Cristina Lafont, Bernard Manin, and José Luis Martí
    Journal of Political Philosophy 18 (1): 64-100. 2010.
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  • Special section: On hauke brunkhorst's solidarity: From civic friendship to a global legal community
    with Jeffrey Flynn, Dominique Leydet, Max Pensky, and Hauke Brunkhorst
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 32 (7): 825-838. 2006.
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    Critical theory and democracy
    In David M. Rasmussen (ed.), Handbook of Critical Theory, Blackwell. pp. 190--215. 1996.
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    Intelligibility, rationality and comparison: The rationality debates revisited
    with Terrence Kelly
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 22 (1): 81-100. 1996.
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    Theories, practices, and pluralism: A pragmatic interpretation of critical social science
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29 (4): 459-480. 1999.
    A hallmark of recent critical social science has been the commitment to methodological and theoretical pluralism. Habermas and others have argued that diverse theoretical and empirical approaches are needed to support informed social criticism. However, an unresolved tension remains in the epistemology of critical social science: the tension between the epistemic advantages of a single comprehensive theoretical framework and those of methodological and theoretical pluralism. By shifting the grou…Read more
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    "System" and "lifeworld": Habermas and the problem of holism
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 15 (4): 381-401. 1989.
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  • Review (review)
    History and Theory 36 93-107. 1997.
  • New Philosophy of Social Science: Problems of Indeterminacy
    Human Studies 22 (1): 117-123. 1999.
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    Introducing Democracy across Borders: from dêmos to dêmoi
    Ethics and Global Politics 3 (1): 111. 2010.
    Before launching into the précis of my book, let me first describe the state of democracy, as I see it, in order to discuss the motivations for writing a book about democracy across borders. It is the best of times and the worst of times. According to the current wisdom, we live in the golden age of democracy. In the absence of any viable alternative, liberal democracy is taken to be the only feasible formof democracy and goes unchallenged. Democracy is now recognized in international documents …Read more