Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy
|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. (In another non-UCI stint, I'll be a 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.
Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012
"Contractualism's (Not So) Slippery Slope." Legal Theory, volume 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
"Constructivism, Moral." The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette (Blackwell, forthcoming)
"Contractualism and Political Liberalism." For the Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, eds. Gerald Gaus and Fred D’Agostino (2012)
"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
"Fortune and Fairness in Global Economic Life"
"A Theory of Fairness in Trade"
"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
"Why Nothing Exists: A Rigorous Demonstration"
Profile Photo: James Hammack
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