|Ethics, Political philosophy|
|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.|
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, especially in view of risk.
Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012
“A Theory of Fairness in Trade,” Moral Philosophy and Politics Vol 1, Issue 2 (2014). A special issue on fairness in trade, guest edited by David Miller.
“Replies to Critics,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol 44, Issue 2, March 2014, 286-304. A special issue on
Fairness in Practice, with discussions by Christian Barry, Charles Beitz, A.J. Julius, and Kristi Olson. At: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/qQSpWUKPzvqUKv5zgAqS/full
"Why Practices?" Raison Politiques, 51, Summer (2013)
"Contractualism's (Not So) Slippery Slope." Legal Theory, Vol 18, issue 03 (2012), pp. 263-292. At:
"Constructing Protagorean Objectivity." Constructivism in Practical Philosophy, eds. James Lenman and Yonatan Shemmer(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
"Political Constructivism." For the Blackwell Companion to Rawls, eds. David Reidy and Jon Mandle (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
"Constructivism, Moral." The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette (Blackwell)
"Contractualism and Political Liberalism." For the Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, eds. Gerald Gaus and Fred D’Agostino (New York: Taylor and Francis, 2013)
"Moral Assurance Problems in Global Context," for Hobbes Today: Insights for the 21st Century, ed. Sharon Lloyd (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
"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)
"Global Economic Fairness: Internal Principles," Global Justice and International Economic Law: Opportunities and Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
"Rawlsian Justice in a Common Globe," Sustainability and Security within Liberal Societies, eds. Stephen Gough and Andrew Stables (New York: Routledge, 2008)
"Legal and Other Governance In Second Person Perspective," Loyola Law Review 40, no 2 (2006)
"Equality in a Realistic Utopia," Social Theory and Practice 32, no 4 (2006)
"Constructivism about Practical Reasons," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 no 2 (2007)
"Constructing Justice for Existing Practice: Rawls and the Status Quo," Philosophy and Public Affairs 33 no 4 (2005)
"The Objectivity of Values: Invariance without Explanation," The Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 no 4 (2006)
"Distributive Justice without Sovereign Rule: The Case of Trade," Social Theory and Practice 31 no 4 (2005)
“Rights and Circularity in Scanlon’s Contractualism,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 1.3 (2004) 369-377
“Power in Social Organization as the Subject of Justice,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2005) 25-49
Work in Progress
"Authority and Territory: A Practice Account"
"How Cynical Can Ideal Theory Be?"
"The Distinctive Significance of Systemic Risk"
"International Crisis Insurance: the Fairness Argument for a Monetary Co-op"
"Fortune and Fairness in Global Economic Life"
"Fairness in Trade: A World Historical Approach"
"How To Construct Global Justice"
"Constructivism, Intuitionism, Ecumenism"
"Multi-Functionalism about Human Rights: APA Comments for James Nickel."
"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
"On the Philosophical Interest and Surprising Significance of the Asshole"
"Why Nothing Exists: A Rigorous Demonstration"
Profile Photo: James Hammack
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