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    Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework.David M. Estlund - 2008 - Princeton University Press.
    Democracy is not naturally plausible. Why turn such important matters over to masses of people who have no expertise? Many theories of democracy answer by appealing to the intrinsic value of democratic procedure, leaving aside whether it makes good decisions. In Democratic Authority, David Estlund offers a groundbreaking alternative based on the idea that democratic authority and legitimacy must depend partly on democracy's tendency to make good decisions.Just as with verdicts in jury trials, Estlund argues, the authority and legitimacy of (...)
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  2. Utopophobia.David Estlund - 2014 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 42 (2):113-134.
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  3. Human Nature and the Limits (If Any) of Political Philosophy.David Estlund - 2011 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 39 (3):207-237.
  4. The Place of Self-Interest and the Role of Power in Deliberative Democracy.Jane Mansbridge, James Bohman, Simone Chambers, David Estlund, Andreas Føllesdal, Archon Fung, Cristina Lafont, Bernard Manin & José Luis Martí - 2010 - Journal of Political Philosophy 18 (1):64-100.
  5. Debate: Liberalism, Equality, and Fraternity in Cohen's Critique of Rawls.David Estlund - 1998 - Journal of Political Philosophy 6 (1):99–112.
  6. Opinion Leaders, Independence, and Condorcet's Jury Theorem.David M. Estlund - 1994 - Theory and Decision 36 (2):131-162.
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  7. On Following Orders in an Unjust War.David Estlund - 2007 - Journal of Political Philosophy 15 (2):213–234.
  8. The Insularity of the Reasonable: Why Political Liberalism Must Admit the Truth.David Estlund - 1998 - Ethics 108 (2):252-275.
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    Reply to Wiens.David Estlund - 2016 - European Journal of Political Theory 15 (3):353-362.
    In Human Nature and the Limits of Political Philosophy, I argued that justice might require things of people that they cannot bring themselves to do. A central step was to argue that this does not entail an inability to ‘do’ the putatively required thing. David Wiens challenges that argument of mine, and this piece is my reply.
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  10. The Survival of Egalitarian Justice in John Rawls's Political Liberalism.David Estlund - 1996 - Journal of Political Philosophy 4 (1):68–78.
  11. Democratic Authority. A Philosophical Framework.David M. Estlund - 2010 - Crítica: Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía 42 (124):118-125.
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  12. Political Authority and the Tyranny of Non‐Consent.David Estlund - 2005 - Philosophical Issues 15 (1):351–367.
  13. Democracy.David M. Estlund (ed.) - 2001 - Blackwell.
  14. The Democracy/Contractualism Analogy.David Estlund - 2003 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 31 (4):387-412.
  15. Democracy Without Preference.David M. Estlund - 1990 - Philosophical Review 99 (3):397-423.
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  16. 10. Notes on Contributors Notes on Contributors (P. 460).David Estlund, Kok‐Chor Tan, Sophia Reibetanz, Susan J. Brison, Arthur Isak Applbaum, Tamara Horowitz, Elinor Mason & Jeff McMahan - 1998 - In Stephen Everson (ed.), Ethics. Cambridge University Press.
  17. Political Quality.David Estlund - 2000 - Social Philosophy and Policy 17 (1):127.
    Political equality is in tension with political quality, and quality has recently been neglected. My thesis is that proper attention to the quality of democratic procedures and their outcomes requires that we accept substantive inequalities of political input in the interest of increasing input overall. Mainly, I hope to refute political egalitarianism, the view that justice or legitimacy requires substantive political equality, specifically equal availability of power or influence over collective choices that have legal force. I hope to show that (...)
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  18. Jeremy Waldron on Law and Disagreement.David Estlund - 2000 - Philosophical Studies 99 (1):111-128.
    Waldron argues that recent treatments of justice have neglected reasonable disagreement about justice itself. So Waldron offers a procedural account of democratic legitimacy, in which contending views of justice can be brought together to arrive at a decision without deciding which one is correct. However, if there is reasonable disagreement about everything, then this includes his preferred account of legitimacy. On the other hand, it is not clear that Waldron is right to count so much disagreement as reasonable. But then (...)
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    Reply to Copp, Gaus, Richardson, and Edmundson.David Estlund - 2011 - Ethics 121 (2):354-389.
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  20. Debate: On Christiano's the Constitution of Equality.David Estlund - 2009 - Journal of Political Philosophy 17 (2):241-252.
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    Methodological Moralism in Political Philosophy.David Estlund - 2017 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 20 (3):385-402.
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  22. Mutual Benevolence and the Theory of Happiness.David M. Estlund - 1990 - Journal of Philosophy 87 (4):187-204.
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  23. On Sunstein's Infotopia.David Estlund - 2009 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 56 (119):14-29.
    Sunstein argues that democratic theory has recently rested its normative claims on a vast but empirically uninformed optimism about the ability of collective deliberation to lead to morally and rationally better decisions. Once that question is considered empirically, he argues, deliberation turns out to be mixed at best, and a disaster at worst. I want to suggest that Sunstein exaggerates the claims of the deliberative democrats, and interprets the empirical literature against deliberation in a way that appears, even based on (...)
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  24. Democratic Theory.David Estlund - 2005 - In Frank Jackson & Michael Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 208--30.
  25. Justificatory Liberalism.David Estlund - 1999 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (3):821-825.
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  26. Introduction: Epistemic Approaches to Democracy.David Estlund - 2008 - Episteme 5 (1):pp. 1-4.
    The papers published in this special issue can fairly be unified under the heading “Epistemic Democracy,” but there is more variety among them than this might indicate. They exhibit the broad range of ways in which epistemological considerations are figuring in contemporary philosophical discussions of democracy. The authors range from young and promising to established and distinguished. I'd like to introduce a few of the issues that run through the papers, sprinkling references to the actual papers along the way. From (...)
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    Liberal Associationism and the Rights of States.David Estlund - 2013 - Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2):425-449.
    It is often argued that if one holds a liberal political philosophy about individual rights against the state and the community, then one cannot consistently say that a state that violates those principles is owed the right of noninterference. How could the rights of the collective trump the rights of individuals in a liberal view? I believe that this debate calls for more reflection, on the relation between liberalism and individualism. I will sketch a conception of liberalism () in which (...)
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    Human Nature and the Limits of Political Philosophy.David Estlund - 2011 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 39 (3):207-237.
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    Defining the Family: Law, Technology, and Reproduction in an Uneasy Age.Janet L. Dolgin, David M. Estlund & Martha C. Nussbaum - 2002 - Hypatia 17 (3):254-256.
  30. 10. Larry May, Genocide: A Normative Account Larry May, Genocide: A Normative Account (Pp. 465-469).David Copp, Gerald Gaus, Henry S. Richardson, William A. Edmundson, David Estlund & Edward Slingerland - 2011 - Ethics 121 (2).
     
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    The Persuasiveness of Democratic Majorities.Robert E. Goodin & David Estlund - 2004 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 3 (2):131-142.
    Under the assumptions of the standard Condorcet Jury Theorem, majority verdicts are virtually certain to be correct if the competence of voters is greater than one-half, and virtually certain to be incorrect if voter competence is less than one-half. But which is the case? Here we turn the Jury Theorem on its head, to provide one way of addressing that question. The same logic implies that, if the outcome saw 60 percent of voters supporting one proposition and 40 percent the (...)
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    Democracy & Decision: The Pure Theory of Electoral Preference, Geoffery Brennan and Loren Lomasky. Cambridge University Press, 1993, 225 + X Pages. [REVIEW]David Estlund - 1996 - Economics and Philosophy 12 (1):113.
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    The Epistemic Dimension of Democratis Authority.David Estlund - 1997 - Modern Schoolman 74 (4):259-276.
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    Debate: Liberalism, Equality, and Fraternity in Cohen’s Critique of Rawls.David Estlund - 1998 - Journal of Political Philosophy 6 (1):99-112.
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    Legislative Intent and Other Essays on Law, Politics and Morality.David Estlund, Gerald C. MacCallum Jr, Marcus G. Singer & Rex Martin - 1995 - Philosophical Review 104 (4):605.
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  36. The Normative Grounds of Social Criticism: Kant, Rawls, and Habermas.David M. Estlund - 1992 - Political Theory 20 (4):694-697.
     
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    On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy, by Philip Pettit.David Estlund - 2014 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (4):799-802.
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    The Persistent Puzzle of the Minority Democrat.David M. Estlund - 1989 - American Philosophical Quarterly 26 (2):143 - 151.
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    I Will If You Will: Leveraged Enhancements and Distributive Justice.David Estlund - 2010 - In Brian Feltham & John Cottingham (eds.), Partiality and Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships, and the Wider World. Oxford University Press.
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  40. Reasonable Acceptability and Democratic Legitimacy: Estlund's Qualified Acceptability Requirement On Seeking the Truth (Whatever That Is) Through Democracy: Estlund's Case for the Qualified Epistemic Claim Estlund's Promising Account of Democratic Authority Consent and Its Cousins Reply.David Estlund - 2011 - Ethics 121 (2):354-389.
     
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    What Good Is It? Unrealistic Political Theory and the Value of Intellectual Work.David Estlund - 2011 - Analyse & Kritik 33 (2):395-416.
    Suppose justice depends on some very unlikely good behavior. In that case the true theory of justice might have no practical value. But then, what good would it be? I consider analogies with science and mathematics in order to test various ways of tying their the value of intellectual work to practice, though I argue that these fail. If their value, or that of some political theory, is not practical then what is good about them? As for political theory, I (...)
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    What's so Rickety? Richardson's Non-Epistemic Democracy. [REVIEW]David Estlund - 2005 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (1):204–204.
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    On Sunstein's Infotopia.David Estlund - 2009 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 56 (120):14-29.
    Sunstein argues that democratic theory has recently rested its normative claims on a vast but empirically uninformed optimism about the ability of collective deliberation to lead to morally and rationally better decisions. Once that question is considered empirically, he argues, deliberation turns out to be mixed at best, and a disaster at worst. I want to suggest that Sunstein exaggerates the claims of the deliberative democrats, and interprets the empirical literature against deliberation in a way that appears, even based on (...)
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    :Cambridge Companion to Rawls.David Estlund - 2004 - Ethics 114 (3):608-615.
    John Rawls is the most significant and influential philosopher and moral philosopher of the twentieth century. His work has profoundly shaped contemporary discussions of social, political and economic justice in philosophy, law, political science, economics and other social disciplines. In this exciting collection of new essays, many of the world's leading political and moral theorists discuss the full range of Rawls's contribution to the concepts of political and economic justice, democracy, liberalism, constitutionalism, and international justice. New readers will find this (...)
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    Robert E. Goodin, Reflective Democracy:Reflective Democracy.David Estlund - 2005 - Ethics 115 (3):609-614.
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    The Dialogue of Justice: Toward a Self-Reflective Society.David Estlund - 1994 - Ethics 105 (1):186-188.
  47. The Good Polity: Normative Analysis of the State.David M. Estlund - 1990 - Ethics 101 (1):189-191.
     
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    Cass Sunstein, Designing Democracy: What Constitutions Do:Designing Democracy: What Constitutions Do.David Estlund - 2003 - Ethics 113 (4):911-914.
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    Kateb, George. The Inner Ocean: Individualism and Democratic Culture. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1992. Pp. 274. $27.95 (Paper). [REVIEW]David Estlund - 1994 - In Peter Singer (ed.), Ethics. Oxford University Press.
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  50. Democracy and Justice: A Comment on Weithman.David Estlund - unknown
    There is a growing literature under the banner of "deliberative democracy," and Paul Weithman suggests that much of it is based on, or at least implies, a critique of the kind of theory of justice pioneered by Rawls 1. The issue at stake is whether a democratic political theory can admit independent normative standards that apply to and constrain democratic decisions. A certain kind of critic thinks independent standards are anti-democratic. Weithman's defense of Rawlsian theory against this charge is, I (...)
     
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