Professor of Philosophy
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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 Liberal Democracy: Isaiah Berlin’s Political Thought and Beyond . In progress under contract. Expected completion 2017.
- Just Happiness: Genuine Maximizing Utilitarianism . In progress under contract with Oxford University Press, for inclusion in the Oxford Political Theory Series. Expected completion 2017.
- Hard Antipaternalism: A Defense of Mill’s View . Oxford: Oxford University Press, to be published.
- Mill’s Radical Liberalism . Nineteenth Century Philosophy Series. London: Routledge, forthcoming December 2016.
- Mill’s On Liberty . Guides to the Great Books Series. London: Routledge, 2015. This is a new expanded edition of my 1998 book Mill on Liberty and includes a new chapter that summarizes my reading of his doctrine of individual liberty and social control.
- Mill on Liberty . Philosophy Guidebook Series. London: Routledge, 1998. Chinese edition published by Wu-Nan Books, Inc., with authorization from Routledge for the translation, 2013.
- Liberal Utilitarianism: Social Choice Theory and J.S. Mill’s Philosophy . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
- Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule , co-edited with John Ferejohn and Jack Rakove. Murphy Institute Studies in Political Economy Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
- J. S. Mill: Principles of Political Economy and Chapters on Socialism , World’s Classics Series, abridged ed.. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. Reissued 1998.
- “Is Utilitarianism Dead?” , Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 19 (2016)
- “Is Mill an Illiberal Utilitarian?” , Ethics 125, no. 3 (April 2015): 781-796.
- ““Isaiah Berlin’s Pelagian Soul: A Reply” , Political Theory 42 (June 2014): 345-354.
- “Isaiah Berlin’s ‘Minimum of Common Moral Ground’ ” , Political Theory 41 (February 2013): 61-89.
- “Isaiah Berlin’s Political Thought: Some Implications” , presented at an International Symposium on “Isaiah Berlin and Contemporary China”, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 10-12 March, 2011. Published in Chinese in a special issue of China Scholarship .
- “Mill’s Extraordinary Utilitarian Moral Theory” , Politics, Philosophy & Economics 9 (February 2010): 67-116.
- “The Interpretation of Maximizing Utilitarianism”, Social Philosophy and Policy 26 (Winter 2009): 286-325. Also published in E.F. Paul, F.D. Miller, Jr., and J. Paul, eds., Utilitarianism: The Aggregation Question . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 286-325.
- “Liberty as a Right” , the philosophers’ magazine no. 46 (3rd quarter 2009): 46-52.
- “Millian Qualitative Superiorities and Rational Agency”, to be published
- “Classical Ordinal Utilitarianism”, to be published
- “Millian Qualitative Superiorities and Utilitarianism, Part 2” , Utilitas 21 (June 2009): 127-143.
- “Millian Qualitative Superiorities and Utilitarianism, Part 1”, Utilitas 20 (September 2008): 257-278.
- “What are Millian Qualitative Superiorities?” Prolegomena 7 (1) (2008): 61-79.
- “Genes, Memes and Justice” , Analyse & Kritik 28 (July 2006): 32-56.
- “Utilitarian Liberalism: Between Gray and Mill” , Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 9 (June 2006): 117-135.
- “Liberal Rights in a Pareto-optimal Code” , Utilitas 18 (March 2006): 61-79.
- “J.S. Mill’s Doctrine of Freedom of Expression” , Utilitas 17 (July 2005): 147-179.
- “Ethical Pluralism and Common Decency” , The Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (July 2004): 211-221.
- “Interpreting Mill’s Qualitative Hedonism” , The Philosophical Quarterly 53 (July 2003): 410-418.
- “Defending Cultural Pluralism Within Liberal Limits” , Political Theory 30 (February 2002): 68-96.
- “Interpreting Berlin’s Liberalism” , American Political Science Review 95 (June 2001): 283-296.
- “Is Qualitative Hedonism Incoherent?” , Utilitas 11 (November 1999): 347-358.
- “On Liberty and the Periclean Ideal” , Qwerty 6 (1996): 241-248.
- “J.S. Mill’s Liberal Utilitarian Assessment of Capitalism Versus Socialism” , Utilitas 8 (March 1996): 39-71.
- “On Quantities and Qualities of Pleasure” , Utilitas 5 (November 1993): 291-300.
- “Individuality, Custom and Progress” , Utilitas 3 (November 1991): 223-250. Reprinted in C.L. Ten, gen. ed., Mill’s Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy , London: Ashgate, 2001, pp.
- “ ‘One Very Simple Principle’ “ , Utilitas 3 (May 1991): 1-35.
- “Rights to Liberty in Purely Private Matters, Part 2” , Economics & Philosophy 6 (April 1990): 27-64.
- “Rights to Liberty in Purely Private Matters, Part 1” , Economics & Philosophy 5 (October 1989): 121-166.
- “Utilitarian Ethics and Democratic Government” , Ethics 100 (January 1990): 335-348. Reprinted in B. Brody and G. Sher, eds., Social and Political Philosophy: Selected Readings , New York: Harcourt, Brace, 2001.
- “Generalized Social Welfare Functionals: Welfarism, Morality and Liberty” , Social Choice and Welfare 3 (December 1986): 233-254.
- “On the Possibility of Liberal Democracy” , American Political Science Review 79 (December 1985): 1135-1151.
- “Towards a Utilitarian Retrieval of Liberalism” (in Italian translation), Biblioteca della Liberta 21, No. 94 (July-September 1986): 51-74.
- “Arrow’s Paradox and Infinite Regress Arguments” , Ethics 90 (July 1982): 670-73.
Chapters in Books
- “Freedom of Speech”, in David Pervis, editor, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics . Oxford: Oxford University Press, to be published.
- “Mill’s Hard Antipaternalism”, in K. Grill and J. Hanna, eds., Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Paternalism . London: Routledge, to be published.
- “Liberty”, in C. McKinnon, ed., Issues in Political Theory , 3rd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 30-53. A different version of this chapter is included in the 2nd edition of this Oxford collection published in 2012, pp. 101-123. Original version of the chapter is included in the 1st edition published in 2008, pp. 103-125.
- “Welfare: Philosophical Aspects”, in James D. Wright, editor-in-chief, International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences , 2nd edn., Vol. 25. Oxford: Elsevier, 2015, pp. 504-510. This article is a substantially revised version of the article in the first edition of the Encyclopedia .
- “The Right to Liberty”, in T. Schramme and M. Shefczyk, eds., John Stuart Mill: Über die Freiheit . Klassiker Auslegen, Band 47. Berlin: de Gruyter , 2015, pp. 11-32.
- “Mill on Utilitarian Sanctions,” in C. Macleod and D.E. Miller, eds., Companion to John Stuart Mill. Oxford: Blackwell, to be published.
- “An Extraordinary Utilitarianism”, in C. Binder, G. Codognato, M. Teschl, and Yongsheng Xu eds., Individual and Collective Choice and Social Welfare: Essays in Honor of Nick Baigent . New York: Springer, 2015, pp. 305-334.
- “Liberal Pluralism and Common Decency,” presented at an ASAN Institute Conference on “Isaiah Berlin’s Cold War Liberalism”, Seoul, Korea, 13-14 August 2012. To be published in both English and Korean by the ASAN Institute. English edition edited J.-W. Müller.
- “Different Kinds of Pleasures,” in A. Loizides, ed., Mill’s System of Logic: A Critical Guide . London: Routledge, 2014, pp. 170-91.
- “Rawls, Mill and Utilitarianism”, in J. Mandle and D. Reidy, eds., A Companion to Rawls . New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 397-412.
- “John Stuart Mill,” “The Pareto Principle,” and “Rational Choice Theory,” three separate articles in J. E. Crimmins, ed., The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism . New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, pp. 346-56, 398-403, 466-70.
- “The Greatest Happiness Principle”, in H. LaFollette, ed., The International Encyclopedia of Ethics . Oxford: Blackwell, 2013.
- “Mill’s Greek Ideal of Individuality”, in K.N. Demetriou and A. Loizides, eds., John Stuart Mill: A British Socrates . London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 97-125.
- “Happiness and the Moral Sentiment of Justice”, in L. Katz, ed., Mill on Justice . London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 158-183.
- “Foreword”, in John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, A Few Words on Non-Intervention, and Austin on Jurisprudence . New York: Kaplan, 2010.
- “Optimal Moral Rules and Supererogatory Acts”, in B. Eggleston, D. Miller, and D. Weinstein, eds., John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life: A Critical Reader . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 185-229.
- “Justice as Higher Pleasure”, in P.J. Kelly and G. Varouxakis, eds., J.S. Mill: Thought and Influence: The Saint of Rationalism . London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 99-129.
- “The Interpretation of Maximizing Utilitarianism”, in E.F. Paul, F.D. Miller, Jr., and J. Paul, eds., Utilitarianism: The Aggregation Question . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 286-325. Also published in Social Philosophy and Policy 26 (Winter 2009): 286-325.
- “Racism, Blasphemy and Free Speech”, in C.L. Ten, ed., Mill’s On Liberty: A Critical Guide . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp.62-82.
- “Rule Utilitarianism and Liberal Priorities,” in M. Salles and J. Weymark, eds., Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 411-433. A Spanish translation of an earlier version was published in the journal Telos: Revista Iberoamericana de Estudios Utilitaristas 6 (December 1997): 75-99.
- “Utilitarianism and Economic Theory”, in S. Durlauf and L. Blume, gen. eds., New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics , 2nd edition, 8 vols. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
- “Mill, Liberalism, and Exceptions to Free Speech”, in G. Newey, ed., Freedom of Expression: Counting the Costs . Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007, pp. 191-210.
- “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 Selected):
- Samuel Hollander, John Stuart Mill: Political Economist . Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co., 2015. In History of Political Economy (September 2016)
- 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 Volume 1, Issue 2 (July 2004): 211-21.
- John Stuart Mill and Freedom of Expression , by K. O’Rourke. London: Routledge, 2001. Utilitas 16 (May 2004):