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    There is No Such Thing as Ideal Theory.Jacob T. Levy - 2016 - Social Philosophy and Policy 33 (1-2):312-333.
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  2. Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom.Jacob T. Levy - 2014 - Oxford University Press.
    This book offers an original account of the history of liberal thought, one grounded in an institutional history of medieval pluralism and the early modern rationalizing state, and explores the deep tensions that liberal political thought rests upon.
     
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    Contra Politanism.Jacob T. Levy - 2017 - European Journal of Political Theory:147488511771837.
    This article diagnoses and critiques pervasive forms of teleological thought about basic structures of political organization in modern and contemporary political thought: arguments that the sovere...
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    The Multiculturalism of Fear.Jacob T. Levy - 1996 - Critical Review 10 (2):271-283.
    Abstract The liberalism of fear urged by Judith Shklar emphasizes the dangers of political violence, cruelty, and humiliation. Those dangers clearly mark ethnic and cultural conflicts, so the liberalism of fear is an especially appropriate political ethic for an age marked by such conflicts. A multiculturalism of fear keeps its attention on those central political dangers while also noting that some kinds of cruelty and humiliation might not be appreciated without reference to the larger ethnic and cultural context, and that (...)
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    Not So Novus an Ordo.Jacob T. Levy - 2009 - Political Theory 37 (2):191-217.
    Social contract theory imagines political societies as resting on a fundamental agreement, adopted at a discrete moment in hypothetical time, that binds individual persons together into a polity and sets fundamental rules regarding that polity's structure and powers. Written constitutions, adopted at real moments in historical time, dictating governmental structures, bounding governmental powers, and entrenching individual rights, look temptingly like social contracts reified. Yet something essential is lost in this slippage between social contract theory and the practice of constitutionalism. Contractarian (...)
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    National and Statist Responsibility.Jacob T. Levy - 2008 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 11 (4):485-499.
    In this article, part of a symposium on David Miller's Global Justice and National Responsibility, I first focus on an area of disagreement: Miller‘s attempt to attribute to nations responsibility that I think ought to be generally attributed to states. I then sketch a theory that disregards nations more or less completely, and yet issues in a two-level theory like Miller‘s, sanctioning important differences between intrastate and interstate distribution. It is only like Miller‘s, because the distinction between states and nations (...)
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  7. Self-Determination, Non-Domination, and Federalism.Jacob T. Levy - 2008 - Hypatia 23 (3):pp. 60-78.
    This article summarizes the theory of federalism as non-domination Iris Marion Young began to develop in her final years, a theory of self-government that tried to recognize interconnectedness. Levy also poses an objection to that theory: non-domination cannot do the work Young needed of it, because it is a theory about the merits of decisions not about jurisdiction over them. The article concludes with an attempt to give Young the last word.
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  8. Language Rights, Literacy, and the Modern State.Jacob T. Levy - 2003 - In Will Kymlicka & Alan Patten (eds.), Language Rights and Political Theory. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Liberal Jacobinism.Jacob T. Levy - 2004 - Ethics 114 (2):318-336.
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    8 Sexual Orientation, Exit and Refuge.Jacob T. Levy - 2005 - In Avigail Eisenberg & Jeff Spinner-Halev (eds.), Minorities Within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity. Cambridge University Press. pp. 172.
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    Liberalism's Divide, After Socialism and Before.Jacob T. Levy - 2003 - Social Philosophy and Policy 20 (1):278-297.
    For most of the century and a half that began roughly with the later works of John Stuart Mill, the most important divide within liberal political thought was that between classical liberalism and welfare liberalism. The questions that were important to the socialist/liberal debate also became important for debates within liberalism: What is the relationship between property and freedom? Between free trade and freedom? Is freedom of commercial activity on a moral par with other sorts of freedom? Is the alleviation (...)
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    Book ReviewsNenad Miscevic,, Ed. Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict: Philosophical Perspectives.Chicago: Open Court Press, 2000. Pp. 331. $39.95. [REVIEW]Jacob T. Levy - 2002 - Ethics 112 (4):843-846.
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    Book in Review: Rescuing Justice and Equality, by G. A. Cohen. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. 448 Pp. $45.00. [REVIEW]Jacob T. Levy - 2010 - Political Theory 38 (4):593-596.
  14. 10. Robert Nozick, Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World Robert Nozick, Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World (Pp. 364-368). [REVIEW]Samuel Scheffler, David Miller, Jeffrey Brand‐Ballard, Michael Ridge & Jacob T. Levy - 2004 - Ethics 114 (2).
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    Federalism and the Old and New Liberalisms.Jacob T. Levy - 2007 - Social Philosophy and Policy 24 (1):306-326.
    The transition from a relatively federal to a relatively centralized constitutional structure in the United States has often been identified with the shift from classical to welfare liberalism as a matter of public philosophy. This article argues against that distinction. The liberal argument for federalism is a contingent one, built on approximations, counterbalancing, and political power. A more federalist constitution is not automatically a freer one on classical liberal understandings of freedom. Neither is a more centralized constitution automatically a better (...)
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    Self-Determination, Non-Domination, and Federalism.Jacob T. Levy - 2008 - Hypatia 23 (3):60-78.
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    Beyond Publius: Montesquieu, Liberal Republicanism and the Small-Republic Thesis.Jacob T. Levy - 2006 - History of Political Thought 27 (1):50-90.
    The thesis that republicanism was only suited for small states was given its decisive eighteenth-century formulation by Montesquieu, who emphasized not only republics' need for homogeneity and virtue but also the difficulty of constraining military and executive power in large republics. Hume and Publius famously replaced small republics' virtue and homogeneity with large republics' plurality of contending factions. Even those who shared this turn to modern liberty, commerce and the accompanying heterogeneity of interests, however, did not all agree with or (...)
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    What It Means to Be a Pluralist.Jacob T. Levy - manuscript
    Michael Walzer has made great contributions to the appreciation of both moral and cultural pluralism in political theory. Nonetheless, there are ways in which Walzer's arguments appear anti-pluralistic. The question of this essay is: why is there so little pluralism in Walzer's political theory, or why does its pluralism run out so soon? Focusing on Spheres of Justice and Nation and Universe, it examines the effect of Walzer's nationalism/statism on his theory, and the constraints his theory faces in considering multiculturalism (...)
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    Coherence, Consistency, Equality.Jacob T. Levy - 2016 - Political Theory 44 (5):679-686.
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    Multicultural Manners.Jacob T. Levy - unknown
    The political theory literature on multiculturalism is dominated by approaches based on rights and recognition -- quintessentially 17th- and 19th-century concepts, respectively. In this paper I aim to complement those approaches with one drawing on the 18th-century concept of manners. A range of cases of cultural contact and conflict -- especially those in the up-close settings of city life, and especially those having to do with contrasting cultural norms about seeing and being seen -- do not admit of wholly satisfactory (...)
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    Not So.Jacob T. Levy - manuscript
    Social contract theory imagines political societies as resting on a fundamental agreement, adopted at a discrete moment in hypothetical time, that both bound individual persons together into a single polity and set fundamental rules regarding that polity's structure and powers. Written constitutions, adopted at real moments in historical time, dictating governmental structures, bounding governmental powers, and entrenching individual rights, look temptingly like social contracts reified. I argue in this article, however, that something essential is lost in the casual slippage between (...)
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    The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Volume 1: From Plato to Nietzsche.Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob T. Levy, Alex Sager & Clark Wolf (eds.) - 2008 - Broadview Press.
    This comprehensive volume contains much of the important work in political and social philosophy from ancient times until the end of the nineteenth century. The anthology offers both depth and breadth in its selection of material by central figures, while also representing other currents of political thought. Thucydides, Seneca, and Cicero are included along with Plato and Aristotle; Al-Farabi, Marsilius of Padua, and de Pizan take their place alongside Augustine and Aquinas; Astell and Constant are presented in the company of (...)
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    The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Essential Readings: Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Texts.Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob T. Levy, Alex Sager & Clark Wolf (eds.) - 2012 - Broadview Press.
    This volume features a careful selection of major works in political and social philosophy from ancient times through to the present. Every reading has been painstakingly annotated, and each figure is given a substantial introduction highlighting his or her major contribution to the tradition. The anthology offers both depth and breadth in its selection of material by central figures, while also representing other currents of political thought. Thirty-two authors are represented, including fourteen from the 20th century. The editors have made (...)
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  24. The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought - Volume 2: The Twentieth Century and Beyond.Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob T. Levy, Alex Sager & Clark Wolf (eds.) - 2008 - Broadview Press.
    The second volume of this comprehensive anthology covers the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The anthology is broad ranging both in its selection of material by figures traditionally acknowledged as being of central importance, and in the material it presents by a range of other figures. The material in this volume is presented in three sections. The first, “Power and the State,” includes selections by such figures as Goldman, Lenin, Weber, Schmitt, and Hayek. Among those included in the “Race, Gender, (...)
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    The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: From Machiavelli to Nietzsche.Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob T. Levy, Alex Sager & Clark Wolf (eds.) - 2017 - Broadview Press.
    This volume contains many of the most important texts in western political and social thought from the sixteenth to the end of the nineteenth century. A number of key works, including Machiavelli’s _The Prince_, Locke’s _Second Treatise_, and Rousseau’s _The Social Contract_, are included in their entirety. Alongside these central readings are a diverse range of texts from authors such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Sojourner Truth, and Henry David Thoreau. The editors have made every effort to include translations that are both (...)
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  26. The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought - Volume 2: The Twentieth Century and Beyond: Volume 2: The Twentieth Century and Beyond. [REVIEW]Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob T. Levy, Alex Sager & Clark Wolf (eds.) - 2008 - Broadview Press.
    The second volume of this comprehensive anthology covers the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The anthology is broad ranging both in its selection of material by figures traditionally acknowledged as being of central importance, and in the material it presents by a range of other figures. The material in this volume is presented in three sections. The first, “Power and the State,” includes selections by such figures as Goldman, Lenin, Weber, Schmitt, and Hayek. Among those included in the “Race, Gender, (...)
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  27. The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought - Volume 1: From Plato to Nietzsche: Volume 1: From Plato to Nietzsche. [REVIEW]Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob T. Levy, Alex Sager & Clark Wolf (eds.) - 2008 - Broadview Press.
    This comprehensive volume contains much of the important work in political and social philosophy from ancient times until the end of the nineteenth century. The anthology offers both depth and breadth in its selection of material by central figures, while also representing other currents of political thought. Thucydides, Seneca, and Cicero are included along with Plato and Aristotle; Al-Farabi, Marsilius of Padua, and de Pizan take their place alongside Augustine and Aquinas; Astell and Constant are presented in the company of (...)
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  28. Colonialism and its Legacies.Jacob T. Levy (ed.) - 2011 - Lexington Books.
    Colonialism and Its Legacy brings together essays by leading scholars in both the fields of political theory and the history of political thought about European colonialism and its legacies, and postcolonial social and political theory. The essays explore the ways in which European colonial projects structured and shaped much of modern political theory, how concepts from political philosophy affected and were realized in colonial and imperial practice, and how we can understand the intellectual and social world left behind by a (...)
     
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  29. Community Matters: Challenges to Civic Engagement in the 21st Century.Meira Levinson, William A. Galston, Jacob T. Levy, Peter Levine, Robert K. Fullinwider & Mick Womersley - 2005 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    In Community Matters: Challenges to Civic Engagement in the 21st Century, six distinguished scholars address three perennial challenges of civic life: the making of a citizen, how citizens are to agree , and how to define the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. These essays will encourage students, academics, and interested citizens outside the academy to go farther and dig deeper into these vital issues.
     
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