• Egalitarian Liberals and School Choice
    Politics and Society 24 (4): 457-486. 1996.
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    Strong Gender Egalitarianism
    with Erik Olin Wright
    Politics and Society 36 (3): 360-372. 2008.
    Perhaps the most intractable aspect of gender inequality concerns inequalities within the family around the domestic division of labor, especially over child care and other forms of caregiving. These enduring gender inequalities constitute a significant obstacle to achieving “strong gender egalitarianism”—a structure of social relations in which the division of labor around housework and caregiving within the family and occupational distributions within the public sphere are unaffected by gender…Read more
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    Transitional and Utopian Market Socialism
    Politics and Society 22 (4): 569-584. 1994.
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    Educational Goods Reconsidered: A Response
    with Helen F. Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 54 (5): 1382-1394. 2020.
    Journal of Philosophy of Education, EarlyView.
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    Educational Goods: Values, Evidence, and Decision‐Making—A Summary
    with Helen F. Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 54 (5): 1346-1348. 2020.
    Journal of Philosophy of Education, EarlyView.
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    Against Nationalism
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 26 (sup1): 365-405. 1997.
  • Debating Education puts two leading scholars in conversation with each other on the subject of education-specifically, what role, if any, markets should play in policy reform. The authors focus on the nature, function, and legitimate scope of voluntary exchange as a form of social relation, and how education raises concerns that are not at issue when it comes to trading relationships between consenting adults.
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    The Aims of Higher Education: Problems of Morality and Justice (edited book)
    with Michael McPherson
    University of Chicago Press. 2015.
    This book features a group of top-notch philosophers tackling some of the biggest questions in higher education: What role should the liberal arts have in a college education? Should colleges orient themselves to the educational demands of the business sector? What is the role of highly selective colleges in the public sphere? To what extent should they be subsidized directly, or indirectly, by the public? Should they simply teach students skills and academic knowledge, or should they play a rol…Read more
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    This paper considers four institutional models for funding higher education in the light of principles of fairness and meritocracy, with particular reference to the debate in the UK over ‘top-up fees’. It concludes that, under certain plausible but unproven assumptions, the model the UK government has adopted is fairer and more meritocratic than alternatives, including, surprisingly, the Graduate Tax.
  • Justice
    Philosophical Quarterly 55 (221): 688-690. 2005.
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    Civic education and liberal legitimacy
    In Stephen Everson (ed.), Ethics, Cambridge University Press. pp. 108--4. 1998.
  • Education: Not a Real Utopian Design
    Politics and Society 42 (1): 51-72. 2014.
    This paper identifies four criteria, all of which an ideal real utopian proposal would meet. We argue for a moderate skepticism that it is possible to give a real utopian proposal to guide the design of education for a society that meets these criteria; both for the practical reason that what happens in schools depends on the background environment within which they operate, and for the principled reason that when educating children we should attend to their individual future well-being in ways …Read more
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    What's Wrong With Privatising Schools?
    Philosophy of Education 38 (4): 617-631. 2004.
  • Book Review (review)
    Economics and Philosophy 10 (1): 127-133. 1994.
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    Political equality in justice as fairness
    Philosophical Studies 86 (2): 155-184. 1997.
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    In Defence of Educational Equality
    Philosophy of Education 29 (3): 415-420. 1995.
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    What rights (if any) do children have
    In David Archard & Colin M. Macleod (eds.), The Moral and Political Status of Children, Oxford University Press. pp. 31--52. 2002.
    According to the interest theory of rights, the primary function of rights is the protection of fundamental interests. Since children undeniably have fundamental interests that merit protection, it is perfectly sensible to attribute rights, especially welfare rights, to them. The interest theory need not be hostile to the accommodation of rights that protect agency because, at least in the case of adults, there is a strong connection between the protection of agency and the promotion of welfare.…Read more
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    Critical Moral Liberalism: Theory and Practice
    with Jeffrey Reiman
    Philosophical Review 108 (3): 442. 1999.
    While it forms the framework for most analytical political philosophy, liberalism is widely attacked and even ridiculed outside that small world. It is, according to one widely accepted line of thinking, tainted by the color and sex of its most prominent formulators, its use in defense of the morally indefensible behavior of imperialist states and their agents, and its presumption that the rights it prescribes are applicable to all people in all places at all times.
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    School Choice and Social Justice
    British Journal of Educational Studies 50 (3): 402-403. 2002.
    Defends a theory of social justice for education from within an egalitarian version of liberalism. The theory involves a strong commitment to educational equality, and to the idea that children's rights include a right to personal autonomy. The book argues that school reform must always be evaluated from the perspective of social justice and applies the theory, in particular, to school choice proposals. It looks at the parental choice schemes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in England and Wales, an…Read more
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    A Modest Defence of School Choice
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 36 (4): 653-659. 2002.
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    Nonideal Theorizing in Education
    Educational Theory 65 (2): 215-231. 2015.
    In this essay, Harry Brighouse responds to the collection of articles in the current issue of Educational Theory, all concerned with nonideal theorizing in education. First, he argues that some form of ideal theory is indispensable for the nonideal theorizer. Brighouse then proceeds to defend Rawls against some critics of his kind of ideal theorizing by arguing that a central feature that is often misconstrued as unduly idealizing — the full compliance assumption — in fact constrains utopianism.…Read more
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    Complex Egalitarianism: A Review of Alex Callinicos 'Equality' (review)
    with Erik Olin Wright
    Historical Materialism 10 (1): 193-222. 2001.
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    Justifying Patriotism
    Social Theory and Practice 32 (4): 547-558. 2006.
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    The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press. 2005.
    In a period of rapid internationalization of trade and increased labor mobility, is it relevant for nations to think about their moral obligations to others? Do national boundaries have fundamental moral significance, or do we have moral obligations to foreigners that are equal to our obligations to our compatriots? The latter position is known as cosmopolitanism, and this volume brings together a number of distinguished political philosophers and theorists to explore cosmopolitanism: what it co…Read more
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    Educational Justice and Socio-Economic Segregation in Schools
    Philosophy of Education 41 (4): 575-590. 2007.