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Aaron James

Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy
School of Humanities

PH.D., Harvard University

Fax: (949) 824-6520
Email: aaron.james@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
96 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 4555
Irvine, CA 92697

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Research
Interests
Ethics, Political philosophy
   
Academic
Distinctions
Awarded ACLS's Burkhardt fellowship in 2008, for study (2009-10) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. Visiting professor at NYU, Department of Philosophy, in the Fall of 2013.
   
Research
Abstract
In ethics, I work on rationalism and the foundations of moral and practical judgment, with particular interest in constructivism (what it is, how it might explain objectivity, and whether it could provide a foundational theory).

In political philosophy, I've recently written a book on fairness in the global economy, from a social contract perspective (Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy, OUP, 2012). I have also written about Rawls's constructive method, its neglected realist and interpretive aspects, and its application to social structures within and across major domestic institutions (such as international trade). I have plans for a book on practice-based justification and global justice.

In moral theory, I also have an ongoing interest in contractualism.


Publications:


Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012

pdf "Contractualism's (Not So) Slippery Slope." Legal Theory, volume 18, issue 03 (2012), pp. 263-292, at
http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A867FcA4

pdf "Constructing Protagorean Objectivity." Constructivism in Practical Philosophy, eds. James Lenman and Yonatan Shemmer(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

pdf "Political Constructivism." For the Blackwell Companion to Rawls, eds. David Reidy and Jon Mandle

pdf "Constructivism, Moral." The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette (Blackwell, forthcoming)

pdf "Contractualism and Political Liberalism." For the Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, eds. Gerald Gaus and Fred D’Agostino (2012)

pdf "Moral Assurance Problems in Global Context," for Hobbes Today: Insights for the 21st Century, ed. Sharon Lloyd (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

pdf "The Significance of Distribution," Reasons and Recognition: Essays on the Philosophy of T. M. Scanlon, eds. R. Jay Wallace, Rahul Kumar, and Samuel Freeman (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)

pdf "Global Economic Fairness: Internal Principles," Global Justice and International Economic Law: Opportunities and Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

pdf
"Rawlsian Justice in a Common Globe," Sustainability and Security within Liberal Societies, eds. Stephen Gough and Andrew Stables (New York: Routledge, 2008)

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"Legal and Other Governance In Second Person Perspective," Loyola Law Review 40, no 2 (2006)

pdf "Equality in a Realistic Utopia," Social Theory and Practice 32, no 4 (2006)

pdf "Constructivism about Practical Reasons," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 no 2 (2007)

pdf "Constructing Justice for Existing Practice: Rawls and the Status Quo," Philosophy and Public Affairs 33 no 4 (2005)

pdf "The Objectivity of Values: Invariance without Explanation," The Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 no 4 (2006)

pdf "Distributive Justice without Sovereign Rule: The Case of Trade," Social Theory and Practice 31 no 4 (2005)

pdf “Rights and Circularity in Scanlon’s Contractualism,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 1.3 (2004) 369-377

pdf “Power in Social Organization as the Subject of Justice,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2005) 25-49




Work in Progress


pdf "Constructivism, Intuitionism, Ecumenism"

pdf "Fortune and Fairness in Global Economic Life"

pdf "Why Practices?"

pdf "A Theory of Fairness in Trade"

pdf "Deflating Fact-Insensitivity"

pdf "Multi-Functionalism about Human Rights: APA Comments for James Nickel."

pdf "Multi-Functionalism about Human Rights: APA Comments for Charles Beitz."


Other Very (Very) Important Things

Assholes: A Theory by Doubleday, USA, 2012; and Brealey, UK, 2012, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India, South Africa. Translations to be published by Rizzoli (Italy); Riemann (Germany); Psichogios (Greece); Chungrim (South Korea); China (Citic); Estonia (Tanapaev); Turkey (Pegasus)

Blog: On Assholes.com

Charity: Help A Village With.Us

pdf "On the Philosophical Interest and Surprising Significance of the Asshole"

pdf "Why Nothing Exists: A Rigorous Demonstration"
   
Other Experience Profile Photo: James Hammack


   
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Last updated 02/07/2014