Publications

The Constitution of Equality: Democratic Authority and Its Limits
By Thomas Christiano
Published by Oxford University Press, 2010

From the publisher:
What is the ethical basis of democracy? And what reasons do we have to go along with democratic decisions even when we disagree with them? And when do we have reason to say that we may justly ignore democratic decisions? These questions must be answered if we are to have answers to some of the most important questions facing our global community, which include whether there is a human right to democracy and whether we must attempt to spread democracy throughout the globe.

The Constitution of Equality provides a philosophical account of the moral...

Gauging What's Real: The Conceptual Foundations of Contemporary Gauge Theories
By Richard Healey
Published by Oxford University Press, 2009

From the publisher:
Gauge theories have provided our most successful representations of the fundamental forces of nature. How, though, do such representations work? Interpretations of gauge theory aim to answer this question. Through understanding how a gauge theory's representations work, we are able to say what kind of world our gauge theories reveal to us.

A gauge theory's representations are mathematical structures. These may be transformed among themselves while certain features remain the same. Do the representations related by such a gauge transformation merely offer...

Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology
By Terence Horgan and Matjaz Potrc
Published by MIT Press, 2009

From the publiser:
The authors of Austere Realism describe and defend a provocative ontological-cum-semantic position, asserting that the right ontology is minimal or austere, in that it excludes numerous common-sense posits, and that statements employing such posits are nonetheless true, when truth is understood to be semantic correctness under contextually operative semantic standards. Terence Horgan and Matjaz Potrc argue that austere realism emerges naturally from consideration of the deep problems within the naive common-sense approach to truth and ontology. They...

Contemporay Debates in Political Philosophy
By Thomas Christiano and John Christman, eds.
Published by Wiley, 2009

From the publisher:
This collection of 24 essays, written by eminent philosophers and political theorists, brings together fresh debates on some of the most fundamental questions in contemporary political philosophy, including human rights, equality, constitutionalism, the value of democracy, identity and political neutrality.

  • Presents fresh debates on six of the fundamental questions in contemporary political philosophy
  • Each question is treated by a pair of opposing essays written by eminent scholars
  • Lively debate format...
Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Vere Chappell
By David Owen, Paul Hoffman, and Gideon Yaffe, eds.
Published by Broadview Press, 2008

From the publisher:
Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy is a collection of essays dedicated to Vere Chappell, one of the most respected scholars in the field of early modern philosophy. Seventeen distinguished scholars have contributed essays to this collection on topics including dualism, identity and essence, causation, theodicy, free will, perception, abstraction, and the moral law.

Reviews:
“Original, incisive, probing...

The Mundane Matter of the Mental Language
By J. Christopher Maloney
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2007

From the publisher:
Offering an explanation of the fundamental nature of thought, this book posits the idea that thinking involves the processing of mental representations that take the form of sentences in a covert language encoded in the mind. The theory relies on traditional categories of psychology, including such notions as belief and desire. It also draws upon and thus inherits some of the problems of artificial intelligence which it attempts to answer, including what bestows meaning or content upon a thought and what distinguishes genuine from simulated thought.

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On Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
By Gerald Gaus
Published by Cengage Learning, 2007

From the publisher:
On Philosophy, Politics and Economics is an introductory text covering the basics of instrumental rationality, utility theory, game theory, axiomatic social choice theory and public choice theory. It is ideally suited to introductory courses on political economy and ppe programs, as well as advanced undergraduate social and political philosophy courses. The presentation is non-mathematical. On Philosophy, Politics, and Economics does not presuppose background in economics, and so is ideal for non-economists interested in formal analyses of social and political...

Rationality and the Good: Critical Essays on the Ethics and Epistemology of Robert Audi
By Mark Timmons, John Greco, and Alfred R Mele, eds.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2007

From the publisher:
For over thirty years, Robert Audi has produced important work in ethics, epistemology, and the theory of action. This volume features thirteen new critical essays on Audi by a distinguished group of authors: Fred Adams, William Alston, Laurence BonJour, Roger Crisp, Elizabeth Fricker, Bernard Gert, Thomas Hurka, Hugh McCann, Al Mele, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Raimo Tuomela, Candace Vogler, and Timothy Williamson. Audi's introductory essay provides a thematic overview interconnecting his views in ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of action. The volume concludes...

The Situated Self
By Jennan Ismael
Published by Oxford University Press, 2007

From the publisher:
J.T. Ismael's monograph is an ambitious contribution to metaphysics and the philosophy of language and mind. She tackles a philosophical question whose origin goes back to Descartes: What am I? The self is not a mere thing among things--but if so, what is it, and what is its relationship to the world? Ismael is an original and creative thinker who tries to understand our problematic concepts about the self and how they are related to our use of language in particular.

Review:
"An exciting read because it is a fresh and vivid challenge to dualist and...

Rational Choice and Democratic Deliberation: A Theory of Discourse Failure
By Guido Pincione and Fernando R. Teson
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2006

From the publisher:
In public political deliberation, people will err and lie in accordance with definite patterns. Such discourse failure results from behavior that is both instrumentally and epistemically rational. The deliberative practices of a liberal democracy (let alone repressive or non-democratic societies) cannot be improved so as to overcome the tendency for rational citizens to believe and say things at odds with reliable propositions of social science. The theory has several corollaries. One is that much contemporary political philosophy can be seen as an unsuccessful...

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