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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 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.

Edited Volumes

Journal Articles

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):