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Jonathan Riley Professor Department of Philosophy Tulane University

Jonathan Riley

Major Advisor
108 Tilton Hall


D.Phil. Oxford University (1983)BA Queens University, Kingston (1973)


Academic Interests:

  • Liberalism
  • Utilitarian Ethics
  • Rational Choice Theory
  • Constitutionalism

Co-founding Editor:

  • PPE: A Journal of Politics Philosophy, and Economics.

Books Authored:

Books Edited:

Selected Articles:

Selected Book Chapters:

  • "John Stuart Mill”, in D. Pritchard, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press (2019)
  • “Bentham, Mill, Stoicism and Higher Pleasures”, in G.Varouxakis and M. Philp, eds., Utility and Happiness: Essays Presented in Honour of Frederick Rosen. London: University College London Press (2019)
  • “Liberal Pluralism and Common Decency,” in J.-W. Müller, ed., Isaiah Berlin’ s Cold War Liberalism. London: Palgrave MacMillan (2019)
  • “Freedom of Speech”, in W.Thompson, ed., Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, February (2018)
  • “Mill’s Absolute Ban on Paternalism”, in K. Grill and J. Hanna, eds., Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Paternalism. London: Routledge (2017): 153-169
  • “Mill on Utilitarian Sanctions,” in C. Macleod and D.E. Miller, eds., Companion to John Stuart Mill. Oxford: Blackwell (2017): 342-357
  • “Liberty”, in C. McKinnon, ed., Issues in Political Theory , 3rd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2015): 30-53. (a different version of this chapter is included in the 2nd edition of this Oxford collection published in 2012,101-123. Original version of the chapter is included in the 1st edition published in 2008, 103-125)
  • “Welfare: Philosophical Aspects”, in J.D. Wright, ed., International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences , 2nd edition., Vol. 25. Oxford: Elsevier (2015): 504-510 (substantially revised version of the article in the first edition of the Encyclopedia)
  • “The Right to Liberty”, in T. Schramme and M. Shefczyk, eds., John Stuart Mill: Über die Freiheit . Klassiker Auslegen, Band 47. Berlin: de Gruyter  (2015): 11-32
  • “An Extraordinary Utilitarianism”, in C. Binder, G. Codognato, M. Teschl, and Yongsheng Xu eds., Individual and Collective Choice and Social Welfare: Essays in Honor of Nick Baigent . New York: Springer (2015): 305-334
  • “Different Kinds of Pleasures,” in A. Loizides, ed., Mill’s System of Logic: A Critical Guide. London: Routledge (2014): 170-191
  • “Rawls, Mill and Utilitarianism”, in J. Mandle and D. Reidy, eds., A Companion to Rawls . New York: Wiley-Blackwell (2013): 397-412
  • “John Stuart Mill,” “The Pareto Principle,” and “Rational Choice Theory,” three separate articles in J. E. Crimmins, ed., The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism . New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic (2013): 346-56, 398-403, 466-70
  • “The Greatest Happiness Principle”, in H. LaFollette, ed., The International Encyclopedia of Ethics . Oxford: Blackwell, 2013
  • “Mill’s Greek Ideal of Individuality”, in K.N. Demetriou and A. Loizides, eds., John Stuart Mill: A British Socrates . London: Palgrave Macmillan (2013): 97-125
  • “Happiness and the Moral Sentiment of Justice”, in L. Kahn, ed., Mill on Justice . London: Palgrave Macmillan (2012): 158-183
  • “Foreword”, in John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, A Few Words on Non-Intervention, and Austin on Jurisprudence . New York: Kaplan (2010)
  • “Optimal Moral Rules and Supererogatory Acts”, in B. Eggleston, D. Miller, and D. Weinstein, eds., John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life: A Critical Reader . Oxford: Oxford University Press (2010): 185-229
  • "Justice as Higher Pleasure," in P.J. Kelly and G. Varouxakis, eds., J.S. Mill: Thought and Influence: the Saint of Rationalism. London: Routledge (2010): 99-129
  • "Racism, Blasphemy, and Free Speech," in C.L. Ten, ed., Mill's On Liberty: A Critical Guide, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2008): 62-82
  • "Rule Utilitarianism and Liberal Priorities," in M. Salles and J. Weymark, eds., Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2008): 411-433
  • "Utilitarianism and Economic Theory," in S. Durlauf and L. Blume, gen. eds., New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, 8 vols. London: Palgrave Macmillan (2008)
  • "Mill, Liberalism, and Exceptions to Free Speech," in G. Newey, ed., Freedom of Expression: Counting the Costs. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press (2007): 191-210
  • "Mill's Neo-Athenian Model of Liberal Democracy," in N. Urbinati and A. Zakaras, eds., J.S. Mill's Political Thought: a Bicentennial Reassessment, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2007): 221-249.
  • "Mill, On Liberty," in J. Shand, ed., Central Works of Philosophy, 5 vols. London: Acumen (2006): vol. 3, Chapter 5, 127-157
  • "Rouseau, The Social Contract," in J. Shand, ed., Central Works of Philosophy, 5 vols. London: Acumen (2005): vol. 2, Chapter 9, 193-222
  • "Welfare (philosophical aspects)," in N.J. Smelser and P.B. Bates, gen. eds., International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences , 25 vols. Amsterdam: Elsevier, (2001): 16420-26
  • "Constitutional Democracy as a Two-Stage Game", in J. Ferejohn, J. Rakove and J. Riley, eds., Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule (Cambridge, 2001) 147- 69.
  • "Defending Rule Utilitarianism", in B. Hooker, E. Mason and D. Miller, eds., Morality, Rules and Consequences. (Edinburgh, 2000) 40-70.