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Militant Democracy

My book, A Theory of Militant Democracy: The Ethics of Combatting Political Extremism, has just been published, so I thought I would post a brief description. The book considers how pro-democratic forces can safeguard representative government from anti-democratic groups. By … Continue reading

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Toleration and Judging

My book, Toleration, is now available so I thought I would write up a post related to it.  This will also be up on Polity’s blog and at bleedingheartlibertarians.com, where I may put some additional posts about toleration. For some … Continue reading

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Bottlenecks: A New Theory of Equal Opportunity

I’m pleased to report that my book, Bottlenecks: A New Theory of Equal Opportunity, is out!  Here is the abstract (followed by the blurbs): Equal opportunity is a powerful idea, and one with extremely broad appeal in contemporary politics, political … Continue reading

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New Book on Human Rights

December 10th is Human Rights Day, marking 65 years since the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And it’s been 20 years since the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, another central episode in the intercultural … Continue reading

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New Book: Political Theory: The State of the Discipline, ed. E. Sembou (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Aug. 2013)

Political theory draws on a number of different disciplines, such as political science, philosophy, history and law. Its practitioners, depending on their background, bring different perspectives and approaches to the study of political thought, which range from historical to normative. … Continue reading

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Punishment book launch in Westminster

Punishment book launch The Houses of Parliament Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013 Time: 17:00-19:00 Place: Committee Room 3, the Houses of Parliament, London Punishment is a topic of increasing importance for citizens and policymakers. Why should we punish criminals? What … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Response to Quong on the Introduction and Chapter One of When the State Speaks

I would like to begin by thanking the contributors to Public Reason symposium for such careful summaries of the book and such thoughtful and probing questions. The discussions in the comments section have also been terrific and I am grateful … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Final

I, too, join the praise for Corey’s work and appreciate the invitation to participate in this forum. Writing an original, well-executed and compelling book, such as this one, on a topic that has been debated for so long and by … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Conclusion – Value Democracy at Home and Abroad

I’ve been appallingly remiss in fulfilling my duties this time around. In an effort to make good, I’ve spent several days poring over these excellent commentaries and discussions, as well as reacquainting myself with Corey’s wonderful book, which has taught … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter 5

I want to begin by thanking Corey for the opportunity to read his wonderful book. I found it well-written, original, and thought-provoking, and I am sympathetic to many aspects of his approach. While I sometimes disagreed, I always struggled to … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter 5, Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights

Along with the other commenters, I’m grateful for the opportunity to take part in this reading group. I find Corey’s book both timely and provocative; perhaps one of the book’s main virtues is the way in which it frames controversial … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter Four, Democratic Persuasion and State Subsidy

I have learned a great deal from Corey’s book and the blog posts so far; I appreciate the opportunity to kick off our discussion of Chapter 4.  Because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US I’ve written up this post … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter Three, Democratic Persuasion and the Freedom of Expression

The main challenge of chapter 3 is to explain and defend the view that while the state is permitted (indeed required) to engage in democratic persuasion aimed at producing reflective revision (i.e., talk people out of certain illiberal views) it … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter Two: Publicly Justifiable Privacy and Reflective Revision by Citizens

The Determination of Privacy: This is a provocative, original book, and Chapter Two is typical in arguing rationally for radical revisions in our ways of thinking. In order to convince us of that the state is allowed—indeed, is obliged—to persuade … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Introduction and Chapter 1

I’m very pleased to begin our reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s new book: When the State Speaks, What Should it Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality. In this post I’ll offer a brief summary of the introduction … Continue reading

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Reading Group on Corey Brettschneider’s When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?

I’m happy to announce that from 12 November we’ll be hosting a reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s new book, When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality. From the publishers: How should … Continue reading

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Punishment – new book

Punishment is a topic of increasing importance for citizens and policymakers. Why should we punish criminals? Which theory of punishment is most compelling? Is the death penalty ever justified? These questions and many others are addressed in this highly engaging … Continue reading

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Princeton University Press Conference Discount

Now that the APSA annual conference is cancelled, Princeton University Press, which has a substantial list in political theory, is offering the conference discount through its website. Here is the link: http://press.princeton.edu/blog/2012/08/27/new-2012-political-science-law-catalog-and-apsa2012-announcement/ read more…

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When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality

  I am happy to announce that Princeton University Press has relased my new book: http://www.amazon.com/When-State-Speaks-What-Should/dp/0691147620   Here is a description: When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality How should a liberal … Continue reading

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Nicole Hassoun, Globalization and Global Justice: Shrinking Distance, Expanding Obligations

I wanted to let everyone know that my friend Nicole Hassoun’s book Globalization and Global Justice: Shrinking Distance, Expanding Obligations recently came out with Cambridge University Press and it should certainly be of interest to many readers of this blog. Here … Continue reading

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