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Steven Wall
  • 2007-2008 CEPA Faculty Fellow


Steven Wall is Associate Professor of Philosophy the University of Connecticut He received his a D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1997 and his dissertation, “Liberalism, Perfection and Restraint,” won the 1997 Political Studies Association’s Sir Ernest Barker Prize for Best Dissertation in Political Philosophy. During the 2002-2003 academic year he was the Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He specializes in political philosophy, and is currently writing a book-length study on “Democratic Perfectionism.”


Books & Edited Volumes:

Articles & Chapters

  • “Democracy, Authority and Publicity,” The Journal of Political Philosophy (2006).
  • “Rawls and the Status of Political Liberty,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2006).
  • “Perfectionism, Public Reason and Religious Accommodation,” Social Theory and Practice (2005).
  • “Just Savings and the Difference Principle,” Philosophical Studies (2003).
  • “Freedom as a Political Ideal,” Social Philosophy and Policy (2003). Reprinted in Autonomy, ed. By E. Paul, J. Paul and F. Miller (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
  • “The Structure of Perfectionist Toleration,” in Klosko and Wall, Perfectionism and Neutrality: Essays in Liberal Theory (2003).
  • “Is Public Justification Self-Defeating?” American Philosophical Quarterly (2002).
  • “Neutrality and Responsibility,” The Journal of Philosophy (2001).
  • “Freedom, Interference and Domination,” Political Studies (2001).
  • “Radical Democracy, Personal Freedom and the Transformative Potential of Politics,” Social Philosophy and Policy (2000). Reprinted in Democracy, ed. by E. Paul, J. Paul and F. Miller (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  • “Public Justification and the Transparency Argument,” The Philosophical Quarterly (1996).

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.