Cornell University
Sage School of Philosophy
PhD, 1977
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America
Areas of Interest
History of Western Philosophy
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    Boundaries of Authority: An introduction
    Politics, Philosophy and Economics 18 (4). 2019.
    This is the Introduction to the symposium on A. John Simmons, Boundaries of Authority. The Symposium contains articles by David Miller, Cara Nine, and Anna Stilz, and a response by the author.
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    Building on research regarding the influence of national identity salience on attitudes towards international institutions and the impact of nationalism on foreign policy preferences, in a case study of America, I explore the role of chauvinistic nationalism to understand its impact on attitudes towards international jurisdiction of punishment for alleged human rights violations by members of the American military. Using binomial regression of survey responses from the 2014 Cooperative Congressi…Read more
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    Moral Principles and Political Obligations
    Princeton University Press. 1979.
    Outlining the major competing theories in the history of political and moral philosophy--from Locke and Hume through Hart, Rawls, and Nozick--John Simmons attempts to understand and solve the ancient problem of political obligation. Under what conditions and for what reasons, he asks, are we morally bound to obey the law and support the political institutions of our countries?
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    The Limits of Lockean Rights in Property
    Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 58 (4): 997-999. 1995.
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    This book completes A. John Simmons's exploration and development of Lockean moral and political philosophy, a project begun in The Lockean Theory of Rights. Here Simmons discusses the Lockean view of the nature of, grounds for, and limits on political relations between persons. Originally published in 1993. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. T…Read more
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    Rights and territories: A reply to Nine, Miller, and Stilz
    Politics, Philosophy and Economics 18 (4). 2019.
    ‘Rights and Territories: A Reply to Nine, Miller, and Stilz’ defends the Lockean theory of states’ territorial rights against the critiques of Nine, Miller, and Stilz. In response to Nine’s concern that such a Lockean theory cannot justify the right of legitimate states to exclude aliens, it is argued that a consent-based theory like the Lockean one is flexible enough to justify a wide range of possible incidents of territorial rights – importantly including, though not necessarily including, th…Read more
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    Works cited
    In On the Edge of Anarchy: Locke, Consent, and the Limits of Society, Princeton University Press. pp. 271-284. 1995.
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  • Index
    In On the Edge of Anarchy: Locke, Consent, and the Limits of Society, Princeton University Press. pp. 285-293. 1995.
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    Obedience to law
    In Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ethics, Garland Publishing. pp. 918--21. 1992.
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    Moral Principles and Political Obligations
    Ethics 91 (2): 309-312. 1980.
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    Locke on the Death Penalty
    Philosophy 69 (270): 471-. 1994.
    Brian Calvert has offered us a clear and careful analysis of Locke's views on punishment and capital punishment. The primary goal of his paper - that of correcting the misperception of Locke as a wholehearted proponent of capital punishment for a wide range of offenses - must be allowed to be both laudable and largely achieved in his discussion. But Calvert's analysis also encourages, I think, a number of serious misunderstandings of Locke's true position
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    External Justifications and Institutional Roles
    Journal of Philosophy 93 (1): 28-36. 1996.
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    An Essay on the Modern State
    Philosophical Review 109 (2): 271. 2000.
    Contemporary political philosophers routinely assume that some form of the modern, territorial state must be justified and that in a justified state most of the claims that modern states make will be vindicated. The principal question for them is what form the state must take in order to achieve this justification. How minimal or extensive must the state be, how responsive to groups within its territories and to people without must it be, and so on. Christopher Morris’s An Essay on the Modern St…Read more
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    Consent and Fairness in Planning Land Use
    Business and Professional Ethics Journal 6 (2): 5-19. 1987.
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    An essay on the modern state
    Philosophical Review 109 (2): 271-273. 2000.
    This important book is the first serious philosophical examination of the modern state. It inquires into the justification of this particular form of political society. It asks whether all states are "nation-states," what are the alternative ways of organizing society, and which conditions make a state legitimate. The author concludes that, while states can be legitimate, they typically fail to have the powers (e.g., sovereignty) they claim. Many books analyze government and its functions, but n…Read more
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    Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy
    Philosophical Review 107 (1): 133-135. 1998.
    As its subtitle indicates, Democracy’s Discontent is a study of the political philosophies that have guided America’s public life. The “search” Michael Sandel describes has, in his view, temporarily come to a disappointing resolution in America’s acceptance of a liberal “public philosophy” that “cannot secure the liberty it promises” and has left Americans “discontented” with their “loss of self-government and the erosion of community”. This theme is unlikely to surprise readers familiar with Sa…Read more
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    The principle of fair play
    Philosophy and Public Affairs 8 (4): 307-337. 1979.
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    Reasonable expectations and obligations: A reply to Postow
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 19 (1): 123-127. 1981.
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    Moral Principles and Political Obligations
    Philosophical Review 90 (3): 472. 1981.
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    Punishment: A "Philosophy and Public Affairs" Reader (edited book)
    with Marshall Cohen, Joshua Cohen, and Charles R. Beitz
    Princeton University Press. 1994.
    The problem of justifying legal punishment has been at the heart of legal and social philosophy from the very earliest recorded philosophical texts. However, despite several hundred years of debate, philosophers have not reached agreement about how legal punishment can be morally justified. That is the central issue addressed by the contributors to this volume. All of the essays collected here have been published in the highly respected journal Philosophy & Public Affairs. Taken together, they o…Read more
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    Moral Principles and Political Obligations
    Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 87 (4): 568-568. 1980.
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    Historical rights and fair shares
    Law and Philosophy 14 (2). 1995.
    My aim of this paper is to clarify, and in a certain very limited way to defend, historical theories of property rights (and their associated theories of social or distributive justice). It is important, I think, to better understand historical rights for several reasons: first, because of the extent to which historical theories capture commonsense, unphilosophical views about property and justice; then, because historical theories have fallen out of philosophical fashion, and are consequently n…Read more