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Sameer Bajaj
Franklin and Marshall College
  1. Noumenal Power, Reasons, and Justification: A Critique of Forst.Sameer Bajaj & Enzo Rossi - forthcoming - In Ester Herlin-Karnell & Matthias Klatt (eds.), Constitutionalism Justified. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    In this essay we criticise Rainer Forst's attempt to draw a connection between power and justification, and thus ground his normative theory of a right to justification. Forst draws this connection primarily conceptually, though we will also consider whether a normative connection may be drawn within his framework. Forst's key insight is that if we understand power as operating by furnishing those subjected to it with reasons, then we create a space for the normative contestation of any exercise of power. (...)
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  2. Self-Defeat and the Foundations of Public Reason.Sameer Bajaj - 2017 - Philosophical Studies 174 (12):3133-3151.
    At the core of public reason liberalism is the idea that the exercise of political power is legitimate only if based on laws or political rules that are justifiable to all reasonable citizens. Call this the Public Justification Principle. Public reason liberals face the persistent objection that the Public Justification Principle is self-defeating. The idea that a society’s political rules must be justifiable to all reasonable citizens is intensely controversial among seemingly reasonable citizens of every liberal society. So, the objection (...)
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    On Hillel Steiner’s “A Liberal Theory of Exploitation”.Sameer Bajaj - 2015 - Ethics 125 (4):1157-1159.
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    Landemore, Hélène. Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many.Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. Pp. 304. $39.50. [REVIEW]Sameer Bajaj - 2014 - Ethics 124 (2):426-431.
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    Review: Hélène Landemore, Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many. [REVIEW]Sameer Bajaj - forthcoming - Philosophical Explorations.