• The Democracy Reader: From Classical to Contemporary Philosophy (edited book)
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2021.
    This timely anthology gathers forty historical and contemporary readings edited for accessibility. Short introductions precede each reading and a general introduction increase student comprehension across the spectrum of readings. The volume is ideal for all levels of students in civics, political theory, and philosophy courses.
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    Democracy: What’s It Good For?
    The Philosophers' Magazine 89 44-49. 2020.
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    A Challenge for Republicanism
    Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy 69 399-403. 2018.
    Republicans hold that freedom is non-domination rather than non-interference. This entails that any instance of interference that does not involve domination is not freedom-lessening. The case for thinking of freedom as non-domination proceeds mostly by way of a handful of highly compelling cases in which it seems intuitive to say of some person that he or she is unfree despite being in fact free from interference. In this essay, I call attention to a kind of case which directs attention to what…Read more
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    The Pragmatism Reader: From Peirce Through the Present (edited book)
    Princeton University Press. 2011.
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    In his Pragmatist Egalitarianism, David Rondel proposes a “pluralist egalitarianism” as a pragmatist resolution to longstanding debates over egalitarian justice. On Rondel’s view, egalitarianism has three distinct and irreducible variables. In this comment, I argue that pluralist views generally do not reconcile anything, but instead posit sites of normative conflict that are in principle invulnerable to remediation by human intelligence. I then propose that although Rondel might be correct to i…Read more
  • In Overdoing Democracy, Robert B. Talisse turns the popular adage "the cure for democracy's ills is more democracy" on its head. Indeed, he argues, the widely recognized, crisis-level polarization within contemporary democracy stems from the tendency among citizens to overdo democracy. When we make everything--even where we shop, the teams we cheer for, and the coffee we drink--about our politics, we weaken our bonds to one another, and work against the fundamental goals of democracy. Talisse ad…Read more
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    Pragmatism and “Existential” Pluralism: A Reply to Hackett
    Contemporary Pragmatism 15 (4): 502-514. 2018.
    In this reply to J. Edward Hackett’s “Why James Can Be an Existential Pluralist,” we show that Hackett’s argument against our 2005 thesis that pragmatism and pluralism are inconsistent fails. First, his rejection of our distinction between epistemic and metaphysical forms of pluralism does not affect our original argument’s soundness. Second, his proposed existential pluralism is a form of monism, and so fails as an example of pragmatist pluralism. Though we no longer hold the inconsistency thes…Read more
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    Pragmatism a guide for the perplexed
    with Scott Aikin
    Continuum. 2008.
    The origins of pragmatism -- Pragmatism and epistemology -- Pragmatism and truth -- Pragmatism and metaphysics -- Pragmatism and ethics -- Pragmatism and politics -- Pragmatism and environmental ethics.
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    Pragmatism Deflated
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (3): 409. 2018.
    In Cambridge Pragmatism, Cheryl Misak rounds out the distinctive narrative regarding Anglo-American philosophy in the 20th Century that she initiated in her 1995 book on Verificationism and subsequently developed significantly in her 2013 The American Pragmatists. In this brief essay, I address Cambridge Pragmatism in the context of the broader historical account she has been developing. In my view, Misak's account of pragmatism's past is largely correct; but I also think that the correctness of…Read more
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    A Teacher's Life: Essays for Steven M. Cahn (edited book)
    Lexington Books. 2009.
    This is a collection of 13 essays honoring Steven Cahn, presented to him on the occasion of his 25th year as Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. The essays address issues concerning the teaching of philosophy, the responsibilities of professors, and the good life.
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    The trouble with Hooligans
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 1-12. 2018.
    ABSTRACTThis essay covers two criticisms of Brennan’s Against Democracy. The first charges that the public political ignorance findings upon which Brennan relies are not epistemically nuanced to th...
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    Deweyan Democracy and the Rawlsian Problematic: A Reply to Joshua Forstenzer
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 53 (4): 579. 2017.
    For over a decade I have been arguing that Deweyan democracy fails an intuitive test for political legitimacy.1 According to this test, a political order can be legitimate only if the principles underlying its most fundamental institutions are insusceptible to reasonable rejection. Crucially, reasonable functions here as a technical term; a principle is reasonably rejectable when its rejection is consistent with embracing the ideal of a constitutional democracy as a fair system of social coopera…Read more
  • A Critical Study of Liberalism
    Dissertation, City University of New York. 2001.
    There is a fundamental problem confronting theorists of democracy. Can a democratic society propose a philosophical account of its practices and institutions that is at once adequately robust to answer antidemocrats and sufficiently inclusive to win the assent of citizens who disagree about philosophical, moral, and religious essentials? A robust theory will have to draw upon some complex and controversial philosophical premises, and will thereby fail to be neutral about the content of these pre…Read more
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    The relevance of Sidney Hook today
    with Tempio Robert and J. Cotter Matthew
    Free Inquiry 23 (1). 2002.
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    Why I am Not a Pluralist
    Southwest Philosophy Review 26 (1): 5-15. 2010.
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    Why Pragmatists Should be Rawlsians
    Southwest Philosophy Review 29 (1): 71-78. 2013.
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    Why Pragmatists Cannot Be Pluralists
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 41 (1). 2005.
    Contemporary pragmatists frequently claim to be pluralists, but infrequently say what this commitment means. The authors argue that pragmatism is inconsistent with any commitment that can plausibly be called pluralism.
  • The Relevance of Sidney Hook Today
    with Robert Tempio and Matthew Cotter
    Free Inquiry 23. 2003.
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    Value Pluralism and Liberal Politics
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (1): 87-100. 2011.
    Contemporary Neo-Berlinians contend that value pluralism is the best account of the moral universe we inhabit; they also contend that value pluralism provides a powerful case for liberalism. In this paper, I challenge both claims. Specifically, I will examine the arguments offered in support of value pluralism; finding them lacking, I will then offer some reasons for thinking that value pluralism is not an especially promising view of our moral universe
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    The ethics of citizenship
    The Philosophers' Magazine 64 99-104. 2014.
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    Two Forms of the Straw Man
    Argumentation 20 (3): 345-352. 2006.
    The authors identify and offer an analysis of a new form of the Straw Man fallacy, and then explore the implications of the prevalence of this fallacy for contemporary political discourse
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    Toward a New Pragmatist Politics
    Metaphilosophy 42 (5): 552-571. 2011.
    In A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy, I launched a pragmatist critique of Deweyan democracy and a pragmatist defense of an alternative view of democracy, one based in C. S. Peirce's social epistemology. In this article, I develop a more precise version of the criticism of Deweyan democracy I proposed in A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy, and provide further details of the Peircean alternative. Along the way, some recent critics are addressed
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    Two Democratic Hopes
    Contemporary Pragmatism 4 (2): 19-28. 2007.
    Robert Westbrook claims that pragmatist political theorists share a common hope for democracy. I argue that there are at least two distinct and opposed pragmatist conceptions of democracy - one Deweyan, the other Peircean - and thus two distinct and opposed hopes for democracy. I then criticize the Deweyan view and defend the Peircean view
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    The Mistaken Premise of Political Liberalism
    Southwest Philosophy Review 22 (1): 139-147. 2006.
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    Still Searching for a Pragmatist Pluralism
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 41 (1). 2005.
    Talisse and Aikin reply to Critics
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    The ethics of citizenship
    The Philosophers' Magazine 64 99-104. 2014.
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    Towards a Peircean Politics of Inquiry
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 40 (1). 2004.
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    Teaching Plato’s Euthyphro Dialogically
    Teaching Philosophy 26 (2): 163-175. 2003.
    If one interprets Plato’s dialogues using the dialogical mode, then the principal philosophical significance of the work is not exhausted by the arguments put forward by its characters. Integral to the dialogical mode involves a consideration of the purpose of investigating a philosophical issue in the form of a dialogue rather than a treatise. But Plato’s dialogues should not only be understood in a dialogical mode but instructors should also teach using this mode of interrogation. This paper d…Read more
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    Socratic Citizenship
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 13 (2): 4-10. 2006.
    For contemporary democrats, Socrates is a paradox: he is both the paragon of intellectual integrity and the archenemy of democracy. In this essay, the author attempts to navigate this paradox. By offering a revised account of the Socratic elenchus and an examination of Socrates’ objections to democracy, the author proposes a view according to which Socrates provides a compelling image of democracy citizenship. This image is then used to criticize and inform current versions of deliberative democ…Read more
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    Sidney Hook, Pragmatism, and the Communist Party: A Comment on Capps
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 39 (4). 2003.