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I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University and recently published Must Politics Be War?

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Jerry Gaus: A Remembrance of His Character and His Work

Jerry Gaus: A Remembrance of His Character and His Work

We were supposed to meet up on Zoom on Wednesday night to talk and make life during COVID a bit easier. But one month ago, Jerry Gaus, my teacher and friend, passed away. I’d like to tell you about the man I knew. I will weave together personal and intellectual reflections, for what he thought

Jerry Gaus (1952-2020): Constant Learning in a Complex World
Jerry Gaus (1952-2020): Constant Learning in a Complex World

Written By His Students Jacob Barrett Adam Gjesdal Bill Glod Keith Hankins Brian Kogelmann Ryan Muldoon John Thrasher Kevin Vallier Chad Van Schoelandt It is difficult to describe Jerry Gaus’s views and accomplishments in part because he was so prolific, having authored nine books comprising roughly 3,000 pages and more than a hundred published papers.

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Is Everyone Doing Second-Order Moral Theory? They Can Try.
Is Everyone Doing Second-Order Moral Theory? They Can Try.

A common theme in Jason’s blog posts on public reason (in response to some of my own) is that public reason liberals aren’t alone in trying to do a kind of second-order moral theory – resolving conflicts between people with substantive and conflicting moral views. As Chris Freiman puts it, “One need not be a

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Brennan’s War, Public Reason’s Peace
Brennan’s War, Public Reason’s Peace

Imagine you’re in a tough marriage. You disagree with your spouse about many issues of great importance, like how to raise the kids, how to spend money, and so on. Imagine that, after all your efforts, you just can’t agree. But you don’t want to get divorced. The goods of life together are too great,

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