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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.
  •  11
    Justificatory Liberalism: An Essay on Epistemology and Political Theory
    Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 59 (3): 821-825. 1996.
  •  15
    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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  •  1
    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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    Democracy without preference
    Philosophical Review 99 (3): 397-423. 1990.
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    The Theoretical Interpretation of Voting
    Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison. 1986.
    The present thesis is intended as a contribution toward a Rousseauean theory of democracy. The central problem discussed is how the act of voting must be interpreted in democratic theory. The notion of a theoretical interpretation of voting is discussed in Chapter One. A theory of democracy must include an interpretation of the act of voting if any praise or criticism of democracy is to be possible. The theoretical interpretation is distinct from an empirical account of voting behavior, and also…Read more
  •  1
    Democracy (edited book)
    Blackwell. 2001.
    Democracy brings together some of the most sophisticated thinking on democratic theory in one concise volume. Written by experts in the field, these contemporary readings are distinctively philosophical, but will appeal to students in historical, empirical, legal, or policy- oriented disciplines which deal with democratic theory.
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    The Epistemic Dimension of Democratis Authority
    Modern Schoolman 74 (4): 259-276. 1997.
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    Mutual Benevolence and the Theory of Happiness
    Journal of Philosophy 87 (4): 187-204. 1990.
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    The persuasiveness of democratic majorities
    with Robert E. Goodin
    Politics, Philosophy and Economics 3 (2): 131-142. 2004.
    Under the assumptions of the standard Condorcet Jury Theorem, majority verdicts are virtually certain to be correct if the competence of voters is greater than one-half, and virtually certain to be incorrect if voter competence is less than one-half. But which is the case? Here we turn the Jury Theorem on its head, to provide one way of addressing that question. The same logic implies that, if the outcome saw 60 percent of voters supporting one proposition and 40 percent the other, then average …Read more
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    The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy (edited book)
    Oxford University Press USA. 2012.
    This volume includes 22 new pieces by leaders in the field on both perennial and emerging topics of keen interest to contemporary political philosophers.
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    Book Reviews (review)
    Ethics 113 (4): 911-914. 2003.