I work primarily on social and political philosophy. I also have an interest in meta-ethics, aesthetics, and continental philosophy. My most recent book is Public Capitalism: The Political Authority of Corporate Executives (University of Pennsylvania, 2012). This book continues the investigation into reasonable disagreement in politics that I began with Reasonable Disagreement: A Theory of Political Morality (Cambridge, 2009). I believe that many questions of political morality, questions concerning how political cooperation morally ought to be organized, admit of reasonable disagreement. This means that the members of a polity, reasoning competently with the available concepts and within the framework of their experiences, can come to different conclusions. The various competently reasoned answers that the members of a polity can obtain to a given question of political morality constitute what I call the "zone of reasonable disagreement" surrounding that question. The function of political authority is to resolve these disagreements by selecting one of the reasonable views for implementation. Public Capitalism argues that corporate executives perform this function, and should thus be understood as public officials of a certain kind.
- "Disagreement about Fairness," forthcoming in Philosophical Topics.
- "Habermas, Rawls, and Moral Impartiality," in Habermas versus Rawls: Disputing
the Political, G. Finlayson and F. Freyenhagen, eds. Routledge, 2011.
- "Nondomination and Normativity," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2007.
- "Pettit on Collectivizing Reason," Social Theory and Practice, July 2005.
- "Shared Agency and Rational Cooperation," Nous, June 2005.
- "The Indeterminacy of Republican Policy," Philosophy and Public Affairs, January 2005.
- "Why There is No Issue Between Habermas and Rawls," The Journal of Philosophy, March 2002.
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