Some Podcasts

What is John Rawls's Theory of Reflective Equilibrium?

What is Liberalism?

The Liberalism of Isaiah Berlin

An Interview with Robert Talisse on my book Why Political Liberalism? On John Rawls's Political Turn, from New Books in Philosophy

Selected Papers

 Political Philosophy
The Separation of Church and State: Some Questions for Professor Audi”, Philosophy and Public Affairs 20 (1991): 52-65.

"Toward an Augustinian Liberalism", Faith and Philosophy 8 (1991): 461- 80

"Contractualist Liberalism and Deliberative Democracy", Philosophy and Public Affairs 24 (1995): 314-43.

Religious Reasons and the Duties of MembershipWake Forest Law Review 36 (2001): 511-34, a contribution to a conference inaugurating the Center for the Study of Religion, Morality and Law, the proceedings of which are in this issue.

Political Republicanism and Perfectionist RepublicanismThe Review of Politics 66 (2004): 285-312.

Deliberative CharacterThe Journal of Political Philosophy 13 (2005): 263-83.

Claims and Capabilities” for The Library of Living Philosophers volume on Martha Nussbaum (Open Court, forthcoming).

On Martha Nussbaum’s ‘Purified Patriotism’”, (unpublished comment delivered at a conference on cosmopolitanism, September, 2007).

Egalitarianism Without Equality?” in Liberal Faith: Essays in Honor of Philip Quinn (University of Notre Dame Press, 2008), edited by Weithman, pp. 145-75.

Convergence and Political Autonomy”, in a symposium on convergence and consensus in Public Affairs Quarterly 25,4 (2011): 327-48.

"Comment on Robert Audi's Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State", in a symposium issue of Philosophy and Public Issues.

"Piketty and the Pope: A Dialogue Begun" Theological Studies 76,3 (2015): 572-95.

"Relational Equality, Inherent Stability and the Reach of Contractualism" Social Philosophy and Policy 31,2 (2015): 92-113 (typescript).

The proceedings of a symposium on my Rawls, Political Liberalism and Reasonable Faith, published online in Philosophy and Public Issues, can be accessed here.

"Reciprocity and the Rise of Populism",  Res Publica 26 (2020): 423-31


John Rawls
John Rawls: A RemembranceThe Review of Politics 65 (2003): 5-10.

The Thin Theory of the Good and the Full Theory of the Good”, an essay on Rawls's two accounts of goodness, The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon (Cambridge University Press, 2015) edited by Mandle and Reidy, pp. 828-37 (typescript).

"The Original Position from Theory of Justice to Political Liberalism", Cambridge Companion to the Original Position (Cambridge University Press, 2015) edited by Timothy Hinton, pp. 224-46 (typescript).


Medieval Political Thought
Augustine and Aquinas on Original Sin and the Purposes of Political Authority”, Journal of the History of Philosophy xxx (1992): 353-76.

Natural Law, Property and Redistribution”, Journal of Religious Ethics 21, 1 (1993): 165-80.

Equality and Complementarity in the Political Thought of Thomas AquinasTheological Studies 59 (1998): 277-296.

Augustine’s Political Thought”, The Cambridge Companion to Augustine (Cambridge University Press, 2001) ed. Stump and Kretzmann; a revised version of the essay appears in the second edition of the Companion (Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 231-50.


Medical Ethics
Of Assisted Suicide and `The Philosophers’ Brief’” Ethics 109 (1999): 548-78; includes “Appendix: A Brief Reply to Professor Dworkin”, pp. 576-78.

Two Arguments from Human Dignity”, Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics (GPO, 2007; University of Notre Dame Press, 2009), pp. 435-67.


Philosophy of Education
Motivational Adequacy and Educational Faith”, in a special issue of Theory and Research in Education 8,1 (2010): 93-106.

Academic Friendship” in The Aims of Higher Education (University of Chicago Press, 2015) ed. Brighouse and McPherson, pp. 52-73 (typescript).


Selected Book Reviews

Book Review of Robert P. George Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (Oxford University Press, 1993) The Review of Politics 56 (1994): 582-84.

Review Essay on Catholicism and Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 1994) ed. Douglass and Hollenbach, Faith and Philosophy 13 (1996): 140-46.

Review Essay on T.M. Scanlon, The Difficulty of Toleration (Oxford University Press, 2003), Ethics 114(2004): 836-43.

Review Essay on Jeffrey Stout, Democracy and Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2003), Faith and Philosophy 23 (2006): 221-29 (see p. 9 of linked file).

Book Review of Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism: New Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2005) ed. Christman and Anderson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, September 12, 2005.

Review Essay on Samuel Freeman, Justice and the Social Contract (Oxford University Press, 2006), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, July 13, 2007.

Review Essay on John Rawls, A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith (Harvard University Press, 2009) ed. Nagel, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, August 18, 2009.

A review of Nicholas Wolterstorff, Justice in Love (Eerdmann’s, 2011), Faith and Philosophy 30 (2013): 213-21.

Review Essay on Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) ed. Williamson and O'Neill, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, August 6, 2013.

Review Essay on Harry Frankfurt, On Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2015), Utilitas 28,2 (2016): 227-34.

Review Essay on Harry Frankfurt, On Inequality Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, February 18, 2016.

Review Essay on William Edmundson, John Rawls: Reticent Socialist (Cambridge University Press, 2017) Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews,March 31, 2019