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  1. Brian E. Butler, Matthew J. Brown, Phillip Deen, Loren Goldman, John Kaag, John Ryder, Patricia Shields, Joseph Soeters & Eric Weber (2013). Philosophical Pragmatism and International Relations: Essays for a Bold New World. Lexington Books.
    Philosophical Pragmatism and International Relations bridges the gap between philosophical pragmatism and international relations, two disciplinary perspectives that together shed light on how to advance the study and conduct of foreign affairs. Authors in this collection discuss a broad range of issues, from policy relevance to peacekeeping operations, with an eye to understanding how this distinctly American philosophy, pragmatism, can improve both international relations research and foreign policy practice.
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  2. Brian E. Butler (2012). Book Review of Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition. [REVIEW] Education and Culture 28 (1):9.
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  3. Brian E. Butler (2012). Democratic Experimentalism. Rodopi.
    This volume focuses on democratic experimentalism, gathering a collection of original and previously unpublished essays focusing upon its major outlines, as well as specific aspects – both promising and troublesome - of this theoretical approach. Together these essays offer conceptions of democracy and democratic governance that emphasize and highlight experimentalist aspects of pragmatic thought, particularly Deweyan pragmatism, and its relationship to instantiation in concrete social and political institutions. Issues of democratic governance, political organization and the relationship of law to democracy (...)
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  4. Brian E. Butler (2012). Law as a Democratic Means: Deweyan Jurisprudence and Democratic Experimentalism. Contemporary Pragmatism 9 (2):241-254.
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  5. Brian E. Butler (2012). Law, Pragmatism and Constitutional Interpretation: From Information Exclusion to Information Production. Pragmatism Today 3 (1):39-57.
    Through an analysis of the US Supreme Court's case Heller this paper argues that legal process can be pragmatically reconceptualized so as to create information necessary to decide complex social issues. This is in contrast to other more standard conceptions of law as more emphasizing what information ought to be excluded.
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  6. Brian E. Butler (2012). Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition. [REVIEW] Education and Culture 28 (1):87-90.
  7. Brian E. Butler (2010). Blackness is Noir: Flory's Philosophical Investigation of the Black Noir Genre in Film. [REVIEW] Film-Philosophy 14 (1):332-336.
  8. Brian E. Butler (2010). Cass Sunstein, John Dewey and the Cost-Benefit State. Soundings 93 (1-2):95-116.
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  9. Brian E. Butler (2010). Democracy and Law: Situating Law Within John Dewey's Democratic Vision. Etica & Politica 12 (1):256-280.
    In this paper I argue that John Dewey developed a philosophy of law that follows directly from his conception of democracy. Indeed, under Dewey’s theory an understanding of law can only follow from an accurate understanding of the social and political context within which it functions. This has important implications for the form law takes within democ- ratic society. The paper will explore these implications through a comparison of Dewey’s claims with those of Richard Posner and Ronald Dworkin; two other (...)
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  10. Brian E. Butler (2010). Dews, Dworks, and Poses Decide Lochner. Contemporary Pragmatism 7 (2):15-44.
    Lochner represents a crucial case in American constitutional law. An investigation of the decision highlights important philosophical aspects of the place of law in a democratic society. Analysis of contemporary stances on Lochner, the actual Lochner opinion (including the dissents by Harlan and Holmes) and how judges following the legal philosophies of John Dewey, Ronald Dworkin and Richard Posner (“Dews,” “Dworks,” and “Poses”) would have decided the case shows that Dewey’s theory of law and democracy emerges as the most attractive (...)
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  11. Brian E. Butler (2010). invisiBle man. In Harold Bloom Blake Hobby (ed.), Bloom's Literary Themes: Civil Disobedience. 163.
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  12. Brian E. Butler (2010). Sen's The Idea of Justice: Back to the (Pragmatic) Future. Contemporary Pragmatism 7 (2):219-229.
    Sen argues that Rawls’ political theory suffers from the flaw of “institutional fundamentalism.” In response, he develops an alternate theory of justice that does not rely upon contractarian premises. I argue that Sen’s theory largely maps on to the insights of classic pragmatist thought. Further, the pragmatic tradition can help critique and supplement Sen’s project.
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  13. Brian E. Butler (2010). Where Is the Civil in the Invisible Man's Disobedience? In Harold Bloom Blake Hobby (ed.), Bloom's Literary Themes: Civil Disobedience.
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  14. Brian E. Butler (2009). Neo-Neo-Classicism: The Artistic and Political Challenge of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Geometer. Geometer.
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  15. Brian E. Butler (2009). Constructing a Pragmatic Conception of Human Rights: The Contribution of T.H. Green. Review Journal of Political Philosophy 7 (2):103-121.
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  16. Brian E. Butler (2007). Seeing Ecology and Seeing as Ecology: On Brereton's Hollywood Utopia and the Anderson's Moving Image Theory. Film-Philosophy 11 (1):61-69.
    Joseph D. Anderson & Barbara Fisher Anderson Moving Image Theory: Ecological ConsiderationsCarbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.ISBN 0 8093 2599 3253pp.Pat Brereton Hollywood Utopia: Ecology in Contemporary American CinemaBristol: Intellect.ISBN 1 84150117 4270pp.
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  17. Brian E. Butler (2004). Law's Image of Pragmatism-Another Legal Fiction. Contemporary Pragmatism 1 (1):151-157.
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  18. Brian E. Butler (2004). Laws Image of Pragmatism-Another Legal Fiction. Review of Michal Alberstein, Pragmatism and Law: From Philosophy to Dispute Resolution, and Denis J. Brion, Pragmatism and Judicial Choice. [REVIEW] Contemporary Pragmatism 1 (1):151-157.
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  19. Brian E. Butler (2004). Rorty, the First Amendment and Antirealism: Is Reliance Upon Truth Viewpoint-Based Speech Regulation? Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (1):69-88.
    In this article I investigate the implications of antirealism, as characterized by Richard Rorty, for First Amendment jurisprudence under the United States Constitution. It is hoped that the implications, while played out in the context of a specific tradition, will have more universal application. In Section 1, Rorty’s ‘pragmatic antirealism’ is briefly outlined. In Section 2, some effects of the elimination of the concept of truth for First Amendment jurisprudence are investigated. Section 3 argues for the conclusion that given the (...)
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  20. Brian E. Butler (2004). Studying (the Theoretical Analysis of) Contemporary American Film, on Thomas Elsaesser and Warren Buckland's Studying Contemporary American Film: A Guide to Movie Analysis. Film-Philosophy 8 (3).
    Thomas Elsaesser and Warren Buckland _Studying Contemporary American Film: A Guide to Movie Analysis_ Arnold: London 2002 ISBN 0 340 76206 3 (PB) x + 309 pp.
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  21. Brian E. Butler (2003). Aesthetics and American Law. Legal Studies Forum (1):203-220.
  22. Brian E. Butler (2003). Law as an Aesthetic Subject. ASA Newsletter 22 (3):1-3.
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  23. Brian E. Butler, Law and Economics. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  24. Brian E. Butler (2003). Morality, Economy, and the Nature of the World. Studies in American Culture 26 (2):89-108.
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  25. Brian E. Butler (2002). Emilios Christodoulidis and Scott Veitch, Lethe's Law: Justice, Law and Ethics in Reconciliation Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 22 (4):263-265.
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  26. Brian E. Butler (2002). Legal Pragmatism: Banal or Beneficial as a Jurisprudential Position? Essays in Philosophy 3 (2):14.
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  27. Brian E. Butler (2002). Oren Ben-Dor, Constitutional Limits and the Public Sphere Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 22 (2):92-94.
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  28. Brian E. Butler (2002). The Necessity of Understanding Thumos, and the Misuse of Emotion in Modern Political Theory, The Review of Communication, Vol. The Review of Communication 2 (2).
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  29. Brian E. Butler (2001). All Rights Are Affirmative. Radical Philosophy Review 4 (1/2):95-101.
    Popular images of rights almost always emphasize their protective qualities. But who is really protected? In this paper it is argued that contemporary rights talk, because of faulty underlying assumptions, systematically favors prejudice and big property interests. Further, once the mistaken assumptions are surrendered, and it is realized that all rights are affirmative, a less systematically misleading debate can be created within the realm of rights discourse.
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  30. Brian E. Butler (2001). Is All Judicial Decision-Making Unavoidably Interpretive? Legal Studies Forum (3&4):315-329.
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  31. Brian E. Butler, Legal Pragmatism. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  32. Brian E. Butler (2001). Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach: Political Criticism and the Burden of Proof. International Journal of Politics and Ethics 1 (1):71-86.
  33. Brian E. Butler (2001). There Are Peoples and There Are Peoples: A Critique of Rawls' Law of Peoples. Florida Philosophical Review 1 (2):1-24.
    In this paper, I aim to show that the arguments offered and conclusions at which Rawls aims in his book, The Law of Peoples, are telling as to the intellectual legitimacy of his larger theoretical project. To show this I first investigate how (1) non-liberal peoples fit within the limitations Rawls describes in The Law of Peoples and (2) how liberal peoples would react to such rules. I argue from the answers to these questions to the further conclusion that by (...)
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  34. Brian E. Butler (2001). Thoreau, Maine and Fourier: Three Versions of Autonomy. Humanities in the South 87:40-55.
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  35. Brian E. Butler (2000). Posner's Problem with Moral Philosophy. The University of Chicago Law School Roundtable 7:325-343.
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  36. Brian E. Butler (2000). Vukan Kuic, Yves Simon: Real Democracy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 20 (5):359-360.
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  37. Brian E. Butler (1993). Taking Rorty's Liberal Ironist Seriously: A Portrait of the Circumscribed Poet. Dissertation, The Claremont Graduate University
    Richard Rorty believes that the combination of ironism and poetic impulse when attached to the public/private distinction, creates an opening for a type of liberalism that satisfies both the urge for individuality and the urge for solidarity. Rorty's antirealistic pragmatism leads to a society functioning very much like our own. This Dissertation dredges out some of the very contentious underlying assumptions of what Rorty feels is a philosophy-less vision. The ironic poet is Rorty's paradigm of correct modern character. Portraying this (...)
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  38. Brian E. Butler (1989). Do We Need an Early Locus of Attention to Resolve Illusory Conjunctions? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 12 (3):398.
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  39. Roger A. Browse & Brian E. Butler (1985). Could Three Frames Suffice? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 8 (2):290-291.
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