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    This dissertation critically examines aspects of Adam Smith's moral and political philosophy. It has four interrelated sections. Part one examines the historical and intellectual context in which Smith advanced his distinctive conception of moral philosophy. In this section I discuss three themes from that context: first, the emergence of the natural law problematic especially the distinction between justice and beneficence and the attendant problems of obligation that it bequeathed to the subse…Read more
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    Colonialism and its Legacies
    with Taiaike Alfred, Dipesh Chakabarty, Enrique Dussel, Emmanuel Eze, Vicki Hsueh, Margaret Kohn, Sankar Muthu, Bhikhu Parekh, Jennifer Pitts, Ofelia Schutte, Jessé Souza, and Iris Marion Young
    Lexington Books. 2011.
    Colonialism and Its Legacy brings together essays by leading scholars in both the fields of political theory and the history of political thought about European colonialism and its legacies, and postcolonial social and political theory. The essays explore the ways in which European colonial projects structured and shaped much of modern political theory, how concepts from political philosophy affected and were realized in colonial and imperial practice, and how we can understand the intellectual …Read more
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    Reason, tradition authority
    In Russel Hardin, Ingrid Crepell & Stephen Macedo (eds.), toleration on trial, Lexington Books. 2008.
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    with Patchen Markell Lukes, Jim Miller, Anthony Pagden, Jennifer Pitts, Melvin Richter, Patrick Riley, Richard Tuck, and Linda Zerilli
    Social Research 66 (4). 1999.
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    Cosmopolitanism and the Circle of Reason
    Political Theory 28 (5): 619-639. 2000.
    What I require is a convening of my culture's criteria, in order to confront them with my words and life as I pursue them and as I may pursue them; and at the same time to confront my words and life as I pursue them with the life my culture's words may imagine for me: to confront the culture with itself, along the lines it meets in me. Stanley Cavell
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    The ethical irrationality of the world: Weber and hindu ethics
    Critical Horizons 2 (2): 203-225. 2001.
    This paper argues that Weber ought to be read as a comparative ethicist who brings his German intellectual inheritance, especially Schopenauer and Nietzsche, to a dialogue with ethical traditions in India and China. It shows that Weber not only had a supple understanding of the tensions within Hindu ethics, his own account of value often closely corresponds to Hindu axiology and was enriched by an encounter with it.
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    Pluralism after liberalism?
    Critical Review 11 (4): 503-518. 1997.
    John Gray argues that the doctrine of value pluralism poses a serious challenge for liberalisms of the Rawlsian and Millian kind. The only proper political doctrine that is compatible with value pluralism is a modus vivendi that can take various forms. But in truth, value pluralism does little to diminish the appeal of liberalism. Under modern conditions, any half‐decent modus vivendi will look more like liberalism than Gray supposes