Academic Research and Writing


Making Space for Justice:  Social Movements,  Collective Imagination, and Political Hope  (New York:  Columbia University Press, 2022)

Fieldwork in Familiar Places: Morality, Culture and Philosophy  (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997; hardcover) ; Paperback edition issued in 2002 (Harvard University Press)


Against Happiness  O.Flanagan, J.E. LeDoux, B. Bingle, D. Haybron, B. Mesquita, M.  Moody-Adams;  S. Ren, Y. Wilson, and A. Sun.  (New  York:  Columbia University Press,  May 2023).


“Philosophy and the Art of Human Flourishing” in J. Stuhr editor, Philosophy and Human Flourishing (Oxford University Press, 2023), pp. 280-300.

“Coming to Terms With History,” The Raven: A Magazine of Philosophy (Spring 2022)

“Memory, Multiculturalism and Democracy”. Interpreting Modernity: Essays on the work of Charles Taylor,  editors Daniel Weinstock, Jacob Levy, and Jocelyn Maclure   (Montreal, CA:  McGill-Queen’s University Press , 2020)

“Racism as an Ethical Issue” in  Ethics in Practice, 5th edition,  ed. Hugh LaFollette (Wiley Blackwell, 2019)

“ How to Disagree without being Disagreeable”  Journal of Political Theory and Philosophy ( January 11, 2019)

“ Is there a Safe Space for Academic Freedom?”  in  J.  Lackey, editor, Academic Freedom (Oxford University Press 2018) 

“Democratic Conflict and the Political Theory of Compromise”  in J. Knight, editor,  Compromise: NOMOS LIX (New York University Press 2018)

“Democracy, Identity and Politics,”  Res Philosophica  Vol. 95, #2 ( April 2018) 199-218.

“The Path of Conscientious Citizenship,”  in Tommie Shelby and Brandon Terry, editors, To Shape a New World:  Essays in the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Harvard University Press 2018) pp. 269-289

“Moral Progress and Human Agency,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice Vol. 20, #1 (2017) 153-168.

“A Long Ways from Home” in G. Yancy, editor, Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes (Rowman and Littlefield 2016) pp. 99-104

“The Enigma of Forgiveness,” Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol 49, #1 (2015) 161- 180.

“Diversity and Disagreement in Ethics: Philosophical Implications.”  In James D. Wright (editor-in-chief) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 6 (Oxford: Elsevier, 2015) pp. 589-594.

“What’s so special about Academic Freedom?” Jonathan Cole and Akeel Bilgrami, eds., Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom (Columba University Press, 2015), pp. 97- 122.

“Reply to Griswold, Forgiveness: A Philosophical ExplorationPhilosophia (2010) 38: 429-437.

“Reflections on Appiah’s The Ethics of Identity,” Journal of Social Philosophy 37, No. 2. June 2006.

“Cruelty, Respect and Unsentimental Love,” in Persons and Passions: Essays in Honor of Annette Baier, Eds. Joyce Jenkins, Jennifer Whiting, and Christopher Williams (Notre Dame Press, 2005), 281-303.

“Reclaiming the Ideal of Equality,”   Feminist Interventions in Ethics and Politics: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, eds. Barbara Andrew, Jean Claire Keller and Lisa Schwartzman (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).

“The Legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson,” Blackwell’s Companion to African American Philosophy, eds. T. Lott and J. Pittman, (Oxford: Blackwell 2003).

“Racism,” Blackwell Companion to Applied Ethics, R .G .Frey and K. Wellman and editors, (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003).

“Diversity and Disagreement,” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Elsevier, Ltd. 2001).

“The Idea of Moral Progress,” Metaphilosophy vol. 30, No. 3 (July 1999), 168-185.

“Griffin’s Modest Proposal,” Utilitas vol 11, No. 1. (March 1999), 112-121.

“A Commentary on Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race.” Ethics vol 109, January 1999), 408-423.

“The Virtues of Nussbaum’s Essentialism,” Metaphilosophy vol. 29, no. 4 (October 1998), 263-272.

“Self and Other: Feminism, Philosophy, and Theories of the Self,” in A Companion to Feminist Philosophy, ed. A. Jaggar and I. Young (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998), 255- 262.

“Feminism by Any Other Name,” in Feminism and Families, ed. Hilde Nelson (London: Routledge, 1997), 76-89.

“The Social Construction and Reconstruction of Care,” in Sex, Preference, and Family: Essays on Law and Nature, eds. David Estlund and Martha Nussbaum (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), 3-16.

“Feminist Inquiry and the Transformation of the Public Sphere in Held’s Feminist Morality,” Hypatia vol. 11, No. 1 (Winter 1996), 155-167.

“Theory, Practice, and the Contingency of Rorty’s Irony,” Journal of Social Philosophy, (June 1994) 209-227.

“Culture, Responsibility, and Affected Ignorance,” Ethics 104 (January 1994), 291-309. “Race, Class and the Social Construction of Self-Respect,” Philosophical Forum, vol.XXIV, nos. 1-3. (Fall-Spring 1992-93), 251-266.

“On the Old Saw That Character is Destiny,” in Identity, Character and Morality: Essays in Moral Psychology, ed. Owen Flanagan and Amelie O. Rorty (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1991), 111-131.

“Gender and the Complexity of Moral Voices,” in Feminist Ethics, ed. Claudia Card (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1991), 195-212.

“On Surrogacy: Morality, Markets and Motherhood,” in Public Affairs Quarterly, vol. 5, No. 2 (April 1991), 175-190.”On the Alleged Methodological Infirmity of Ethics,” American Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 3, (July 1990): 225-235.

“On the Alleged Methodological Infirmity of Ethics,” American Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 3, (July 1990): 225-235.


“Leaning Into The Future: Memory, Democracy, and the Shaping of Public Space” (responding to the Chicago Monuments Project)