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    The public furor over issues of same sex marriages, gay rights, pornography, and single-parent families has erupted with a passion not seen since the 1960s. This book gathers seventeen eminent philosophers and legal scholars who offer commentary on sexuality, on the family, and on the proper role of law in these areas. The essayists are all fiercely independent thinkers and offer the reader a range of bold and thought-provoking proposals. Susan Moller Okin argues, for instance, that gender ought…Read more
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    Replies to critics
    Philosophical Studies 178 (7): 2439-2472. 2021.
    I offer replies to critical comments on my book, Utopophobia: On the Limits of Political Philosophy, in four pieces appearing in the same issue of this journal.
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    Precis of Utopophobia: on the limits (if any) of political philosophy
    Philosophical Studies 178 (7): 2359-2364. 2021.
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    Justificatory Liberalism: An Essay on Epistemology and Political Theory
    Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 59 (3): 821-825. 1996.
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    A leading political theorist’s groundbreaking defense of ideal conceptions of justice in political philosophy Throughout the history of political philosophy and politics, there has been continual debate about the roles of idealism versus realism. For contemporary political philosophy, this debate manifests in notions of ideal theory versus nonideal theory. Nonideal thinkers shift their focus from theorizing about full social justice, asking instead which feasible institutional and political chan…Read more
  • Democracy
    In Frank Jackson & Michael Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy, Oxford University Press. 2005.
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    What is circumstantial about justice?
    Social Philosophy and Policy 33 (1-2): 292-311. 2016.
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    Book Review (review)
    Ethics 105 186-188. 1994.
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    What’s So Rickety?: Richardson’s Non-Epistemic Democracy
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (1): 204-204. 2005.
  • Sex, Preference, and Family: Essays on Law and Nature (edited book)
    Oxford University Press USA. 1997.
    In this timely, provocative volume, essayists including Susan Moller Okin, Catherine A. MacKinnon, Cass Sunstein, Martha Minow, William Galston, and Sara McLanahan argue positions on sexuality, on the family, and on the proper role of law in these areas.
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    Books in Review
    Political Theory 20 (4): 694-697. 1992.
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    Book Reviews (review)
    Ethics 113 (4): 911-914. 2003.
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    Reply to Wiens
    European Journal of Political Theory 15 (3): 353-362. 2016.
    In Human Nature and the Limits of Political Philosophy, I argued that justice might require things of people that they cannot bring themselves to do. A central step was to argue that this does not entail an inability to ‘do’ the putatively required thing. David Wiens challenges that argument of mine, and this piece is my reply.
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    Opinion leaders, independence, and Condorcet's Jury Theorem
    Theory and Decision 36 (2): 131-162. 1994.
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    Liberal associationism and the rights of states
    Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2): 425-449. 2013.
    It is often argued that if one holds a liberal political philosophy about individual rights against the state and the community, then one cannot consistently say that a state that violates those principles is owed the right of noninterference. How could the rights of the collective trump the rights of individuals in a liberal view? I believe that this debate calls for more reflection, on the relation between liberalism and individualism. I will sketch a conception of liberalism () in which there…Read more
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    Utopophobia
    Philosophy and Public Affairs 42 (2): 113-134. 2014.
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    Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework
    Princeton University Press. 2008.
    Democracy is not naturally plausible. Why turn such important matters over to masses of people who have no expertise? Many theories of democracy answer by appealing to the intrinsic value of democratic procedure, leaving aside whether it makes good decisions. In Democratic Authority, David Estlund offers a groundbreaking alternative based on the idea that democratic authority and legitimacy must depend partly on democracy's tendency to make good decisions.Just as with verdicts in jury trials, Es…Read more
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    Political Quality
    Social Philosophy and Policy 17 (1): 127. 2000.
    Political equality is in tension with political quality, and quality has recently been neglected. My thesis is that proper attention to the quality of democratic procedures and their outcomes requires that we accept substantive inequalities of political input in the interest of increasing input overall. Mainly, I hope to refute political egalitarianism, the view that justice or legitimacy requires substantive political equality, specifically equal availability of power or influence over collecti…Read more
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    Methodological moralism in political philosophy
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 20 (3): 385-402. 2017.