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Jonathan Riley

Professor of Philosophy

Jonathan Riley

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Jonathan Riley is Professor of Philosophy. His degrees include B.A. Honours (Queen’s at Kingston) and D.Phil. (Oxford). He has been awarded several fellowships, including a 2000-2001 Rockefeller Fellowship (Center for Human Values, Princeton) and a 2002-2003 NEH Fellowship (National Humanities Center).



  • Pluralistic Liberalisms: A Critical Perspective on Philosophical Liberalism Since Mill , In progress under contract. Expected completion date 2008.
  • Maximizing General Security: A Liberal Utilitarian Theory of Justice and Rights , In progress under contract with Oxford University Press, for inclusion in the Oxford Political Theory Series, edited by David Miller and Alan Ryan. Expected completion date 2007.
  • Mill’s Radical Liberalism , International Library of Philosophy Series. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2007.
  • J. S. Mill: On Liberty , Philosophy Guidebook Series. London: Routledge, 1998. Chinese edition to be published by Guangxi Normal University Publisher, trans. Xiangdong Xu.
  • Liberal Utilitarianism: Social Choice Theory and J.S. Mill’s Philosophy , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Edited Volumes

Journal Articles

Chapters in Books

  • “Racism, Blasphemy and Free Speech” , in C.L. Ten, ed., Mill’s On Liberty: A Critical Guide , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2007.
  • “Liberty” , in C. McKinnon, ed., Issues in Political Theory , Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2007.
  • “Justice as Higher Pleasure” , in P.J. Kelly and G. Varouxakis, eds., TBA Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2007.
  • “Utilitarianism and Economic Theory” , in S. Durlauf and L. Blume, gen. eds., New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics , 2nd edition, 4 vols. London: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.
  • “Mill, Liberalism, and Exceptions to Free Speech” , in G. Newey, ed., Freedom of Expression: Counting the Costs , Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming 2007.
  • “Mill’s Neo-Athenian Model of Liberal Democracy” , in N. Urbinati and A. Zakaras, eds., J.S. Mill’s Political Thought: A Bicentennial Reassessment , Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 221- 249.
  • “Mill, On Liberty” , in J. Shand, ed., Central Works of Philosophy , 5 vols. London: Acumen Publishing, 2006. Vol. III, Chapter 5, pp. 127-157.
  • “Rousseau, The Social Contract” , in J. Shand, ed., Central Works of Philosophy , 5 vols. London: Acumen Publishing, 2005. Vol. II, Chapter 9, pp. 193-222.
  • “Introduction” (translated into Basque), in Alberto Gabikagojeaskoa, ed., and Andoni Ibarra, trans., John Stuart Mill: On Liberty, The Subjection of Women, and Chapters on Socialism (Basque text). Bilbo: Klasikoak, 2004, pp. 7-21. With a separate “Prologue” (translated into Spanish), pp. 3-19.
  • “Welfare (philosophical aspects)” , in N.J. Smelser and P.B. Bates, gen. eds., International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences , 25 vols. London: Pergamon, 2001, pp.16420-26.
  • “Constitutional Democracy as a Two-Stage Game” , in J. Ferejohn, J. Rakove and J. Riley, eds., Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 147- 69.
  • “Imagining Another Madisonian Republic” , in J. Ferejohn, J. Rakove and J. Riley, eds., Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 170-204.
  • “Rule Utilitarianism and Liberal Priorities” , in M. Salles and J. Weymark, eds., Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press, pp. A Spanish translation was published in the journal Telos: Revista Iberoamericana de Estudios Utilitaristas 6 (December 1997): 75-99.
  • “Defending Rule Utilitarianism” , in B. Hooker, E. Mason and D. Miller, eds., Morality, Rules and Consequences , Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2000, pp. 40-70.
  • “Crooked Timber and Liberal Culture” , in M. Baghramian and A. Ingram, eds., Pluralism: The philosophy and politics of diversity , London: Routledge, 2000, pp. 122-58.
  • “Mill on Justice” , in P.J. Kelly and D. Boucher, eds., Social Justice: From Hume to Walzer , London: Routledge, 1998, pp. 45-66.
  • “Mill’s Vindication of the French Revolution of 1848” (in French translation), in M. Garandeau and P. Thierry, eds., John Stuart Mill and the French Thought of His Time , Paris: Ecole Normale Superieure Editions, to be published.
  • “Mill’s Political Economy: Ricardian Science and Liberal Utilitarian Art” , in J. Skorupski, ed., The Cambridge Companion to John Stuart Mill , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 293-337.
  • “Liberal Philanthropy” , in J. Chapman and W. Galston, eds., Virtue: Nomos XXXIV , New York: New York University Press, 1992, pp. 338-385.
  • “Philanthropy Under Capitalism” , in D. Burlingame, ed., The Responsibilities of Wealth , Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1991, pp. 69-96.
  • “American Democracy and Majority Rule” , in J. Chapman and A. Wertheimer, eds., Majorities and Minorities: Nomos XXXII , New York: New York University Press, 1990, pp. 267-307.
  • “Utilitarian Ethics and Democratic Government” , in L. Allison, ed., The Utilitarian Response: Essays on the Contemporary Viability of Utilitarianism as a Political Philosophy , London: Sage, 1990, pp. 241-296. Expanded version of Ethics article of same title (see Journal Articles).
  • “Justice Under Capitalism” , in J. Chapman and J. R. Pennock, eds., Markets and Justice: Nomos XXXI , New York: New York University Press, 1989, pp. 122-162.
  • “Liberty, Paternalism and Justice” , in T. Attig, D. Callen and J. Gray, eds., Restraint of Liberty, Bowling Green Studies in Applied Philosophy, Volume 7 , Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Press, 1985, pp. 161-175.

Reviews (Five Most Recent):

  • Why Read Mill Today? , by John Skorupski. London: Routledge, 2006. The Philosophical Quarterly 57 (2007) ; and Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2007).
  • John Stuart Mill: A Biography , by Nicholas Capaldi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Business Ethics Quarterly 16 (July 2006): 442.
  • J.S. Mill: On Liberty ed. by David Bromwich and George Kateb. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003. The Philosophical Quarterly 55 (July 2005): 519-22.
  • The Many and the One: Religious and Secular Perspectives on Ethical Pluralism in the Modern World , by Richard Madsen and Tracy Strong. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003. This is an extended review essay. Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (July 2004): 211-21.
  • John Stuart Mill and Freedom of Expression , by K. O’Rourke. London: Routledge, 2001. Utilitas 16 (May 2004):