Scholarly writing

Published Papers

“Congress, The Presidency, and Democracy: Looking Back” was published under the auspices of the Bicentennial Commission in connection with a College-Community Forum by that name, November 1989.

Retesting Segal and Spaeth’s Stare Decisis Model American Journal of Political Science, Volume 40, number 4, November 1996 (with Saul Brenner).

“The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth”  in Laura Duhan Kaplan and Laurence F. Bove, eds. Philosophical Perspectives on Power and Domination (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 1997.)

How Much of Communitarianism is Left (and Right)?  in Peter Augustine Lawler and Dale McConkey, eds. Community and Political Thought Today (Praeger, 1998). An earlier version was presented at a conference on Communitarianism and Civil Society at Berry College on October 17, 1996.

Public Goods, Political Liberalism and the Priority of the Right over the Good” in Russian translation in Questions of Philosophy published by the Institute of Philosophy, Moscow, 1997. An earlier version was presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in April 1994

Teaching Great Books on the Web in Cambridge. B. L., Kahn, S. Tompkins, D.P., and Yancey, K.B., eds. Electronic Portfolios: Emerging practices in student, faculty, and institutional learning. Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education, 2001

Christianity in the Western Tradition, in Don Thompson, Darrel Colson, and J. Scott Lee, Universality and History: Foundations of Core (University Press of America, 2002) An earlier version was presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Core Texts and Courses in April 2000.

Democracy and Diversity: A theoretical argument based upon the historical experience of the West Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia was written for an International Conference on Deliberative Democracy held in Hangzhou, China in December 2004. It was published in Chinese translation in 2005 in a book edited by Bao-Gang He. An earlier version was presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in 2003.

Ambiguity in the Symposium: Is Socrates a Model for the Rest of Us? in
Craig J. N. DePaulo, Patrick Messina, and Marc Stier, eds. Ambiguity in the Western Tradition, (Peter Lang, 2006).

Editor’s Introduction in Craig J. N. DePaulo, Patrick Messina, and Marc Stier, eds. Ambiguity in the Western Tradition, (Peter Lang, 2006).

An Afterthought on Ambiguity in Craig J. N. DePaulo, Patrick Messina, and Marc Stier, eds. Ambiguity in the Western Tradition, (Peter Lang, 2006).

Does Precedent Influence the Justices’ Voting on the Supreme Court, lead article in Symposium: The Influence of Precedent, Law and Courts, Volume 18, no. 1, Winter 2008, with Saul Brenner.

Other writings

Congress, The Presidency, and Democracy: Looking Back was published under the auspices of the Bicentennial Commission in connection with a College-Community Forum by that name, November 1989.

Graduate School And Career Opportunities For Political Science Majors, Political Science Department, UNC Charlotte, 1991.

Research Methods Laboratory Manual, Political Science Department, UNC Charlotte, 1992.

Grading Papers by Computer, IH Writing, September 2000.

Conference papers

Reason and the Human Good” was presented to the Social Science Seminar at the Institute for Advanced Study in April 1983. A revised version of it can be found in “Politics and Reason: An Overview” which is a précis of the project that began with my doctoral dissertation and now comprises three book manuscripts described below.

“The Moral Attraction of Relativism: A Critique.” was presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association in March 1990.

Making Historicism Safe for the Word or The Best Offense is a Good Defense: A Critique of Rorty’s Philosophy and Politics was presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in April 1990.

Legalism, Realism and U.S. Supreme Court Decision-Making” (with Saul Brenner) was presented at the annual meeting of the Southwest Political Science Association in March 1994

“Public Goods, Political Liberalism and the Priority of the Right over the Good” was presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in April 1994.

Does Stare Decisis Influence the Justices’s Voting on the Supreme Court?” was presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in September 1995 (with Saul Brenner).

“Liberal Democracy and Civic Culture: Beyond Victorianism and Romanticism” was presented at the USA / Russia Roundtable on Democratization at UNC Charlotte in March 1996.

Pragmatism, Freedom and Critique: Beyond The Epistemological Strategy of Modernity” was presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association in March 1996.

“Desert, Entitlement and Justice” was presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in September 1996.

“Is Democracy Stable? Compared to What?” was presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in August 1997 (with Robert J. Mundt).

Three Ends and a Beginning: Theory, Ideology, History and Politics” was presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in April 1999.

Civilization and Its Contents: Platonic Reflections on Eros and the Culture Wars” was presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in September 1999. A revised version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in April 2000.

Principles and Prudence: Reconciling Liberalism and Communitarianism” was presented at the annual meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association in April 2000. A revised version was presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in September 2000.

Liberal Virtue / Communitarian Virtue” was presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in April 2002 and at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in September 2002.

“Growing Up in a Catskills Hotel,” was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in March 2003.

Political Liberalism and the Search for Moral Consensus” was presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in April 2003

Justice and Responsibility for Self” was presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in September, 2003. I gave an earlier version of this paper at the Southwest Political Science Association in March 1997.

Why We Organize: The Congressional Strategy of the Health Care For American Now Campaign in Pennsylvania was presented at the January 2012 of the Southern Political Science Association and the April 2012 meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Virtually Real: Combining Internet and Field Organizing in the HCAN Campaign was presented at the January 2013 meetings of the Southern Political Science Association and will be presented at the April 2013 the Midwest Political Science Association.

Two Strands of Western Asceticism and the Contemporary Culture War was presented at the January 2013 meetings of the Southern Political Science Association and the September 2013 meeting of the American Political Science Association.

The Rise and Fall (and Rise?) of Communitarianism, was presented at the April 2014 meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

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