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

“Liberalism and the Political Character of Political Philosophy”, Liberalism and Community Values (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994) edited by Cornelius F. Delaney.

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On Martha Nussbaum’s ‘Purified Patriotism’”, (unpublished comment delivered at a conference on cosmopolitanism, September, 2007).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

"Relational Equality, Inherent Stability and the Reach of Contractualism", Social Philosophy and Policy 31,2 (2015): 92-133.

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

"Constructivism, Baseball and Christian Ethics" (in progress)

"Personation and Representation in Hobbes's Christian Commonwealth" (in progress)


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

“John Rawls and the Task of Political Philosophy”, The Review of Politics 71 (2009): 113-25; the article appears in a special issue on great political thinkers of the 20th century.

“Legitimacy and the Project of Rawls's Political Liberalism” in Rawls's Political Liberalism, a volume commemorating the anniversary of the publication of Political Liberalism, (Columbia University Press, 2015) edited by Thom Brooks and Martha Nussbaum

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.

 “Does Justice as Fairness Have a Religious Aspect?” Blackwell’s Companion to Rawls (Blackwell’s, 2014) edited by Mandle and Reidy, pp. 31-55.

“On A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith”, Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (2012): 557-82.

"The Original Position from Theory of Justice to Political Liberalism", Cambridge Companion to the Original Position (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) edited by Timothy Hinton


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.

“Education for Political Autonomy”, an invited contribution to The Wisdom of the Christian Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2012) edited by Paul Moser.

“Academic Friendship”, to appear in the proceedings of a Spencer Foundation conference on Justice and Education (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming) edited by Harry Brighouse.


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 Eric Gregory, Politics and the Order of Love (University of Chicago Press, 2008), The Philosophical Review 120 (2011): 130-34.

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), forthcoming in Utilitas

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