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Philosophy Department
Bowling Green State University

Email: kevinvallier@gmail.com

Areas of Specialization: Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
Areas of Competence: Philosophy of Religion, History of Political Philosophy/Economy
Research Topics: Public Reason, Trust & Polarization, Religion & Politics, Economic Justice

Academic Appointments

2016-2023 Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University
2012-2016 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University
2011-2012 Postdoctoral Associate, Political Theory Project, Brown University

Education

2011 Ph.D. University of Arizona, Philosophy
2004 B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, Philosophy (Economics minor), cum laude

Books

  1. All the Kingdoms of the World: On Radical Religious Alternatives to Liberalism, Oxford UP, 2023.
  2. Trust in a Polarized Age, Oxford UP, 2020.
  3. Must Politics Be War? Restoring Our Trust in the Open Society, Oxford UP, 2019.
  4. Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation, Routledge, 2014.

Edited Volumes

  1. Public Reason and Diversity: Reinterpretations of Liberalism (Vallier & Gaus), Cambridge UP, 2022.
  2. Social Trust (Vallier & Weber), Routledge, 2021.
  3. A New Theist Response to the New Atheists (Vallier & Rasmussen), Routledge, 2020.
  4. Religious Exemptions (Vallier & Weber), Oxford UP, 2018.
  5. Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates (Vallier & Weber), Oxford UP, 2017.

Journal Articles

  1. “Trinitarian Obligation,” Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, forthcoming (Winner of the biennial Sanders Prize in the Philosophy of Religion).
  1. “Public Reason’s Classical Liberal Tilt Revisited,” Cosmos and Taxis, Symposium on Trust in a Polarized Age, forthcoming.
  1. “Trust in a Polarized Age: Reply to Critics,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. Symposium on Trust in a Polarized Age, forthcoming.
  1. “The Symmetry Argument for Catholic Integralism,” Journal of Analytic Theology, forthcoming.
  1. “The Justice Argument Against Catholic Integralism,” Political Studies, forthcoming.
  1. “The Social Philosophy of Gerald Gaus: Moral Relations Amid Control, Contestation, and Complexity,” The Journal of the American Philosophical Association, forthcoming.
  1. “Political Trust,” 2022, Brigham Young University Law Review, 47: 1275-1300.
  1. “The Fairness Argument against Catholic Integralism,” 2021, Law, Culture, and Humanities, 1-19.
  1. “In Public Reason, Diversity Trumps Coherence,” 2021, (Muldoon and Vallier), Journal of Political Philosophy, 29(2): 211-30.
  1. “Process Democracy,” 2021, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 17(6): 633-57.
  1. “Christian Reconciliation Through the Public Use of Reason,” 2021, Social Theory and Practice, 47(3): 549-73.
  1. “Liberal Socialism Is Not Stable for the Right Reasons,” 2020, Philosophical Topics, 48(2): 245-264.
  1. “Equal Citizenship and Convergence,” 2020, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 37(5): 846-53.
  1. “In Defense of Idealization in Public Reason,” 2020, Erkenntnis, 85: 1109-1128.
  1. “Associations in Social Contract Theory: Toward a Pluralist Contractarianism,” 2020, Political Studies, 68(2): 486-503.
  1. “Containing Ideological Rent-Seekers: Expanding the Reach of Buchanan’s Constitutionalism,” 2019, Homo Oeconomicus, 36(1-2): 71-85.
  1. “The Duties of Officials in a Minimally Secular State,” 2019, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 36(5): 695-701.
  1. “Pluralistic Partisanship,” 2019, Res Publica, 25(4): 487-496.
  1. “Hayekian Social Justice,” 2019, The Independent Review, 24(1): 100-110.
  1. “Political Liberalism and the Radical Consequences of Justice Pluralism,” 2019, Journal of Social Philosophy, 50(2): 212-231.
  1. “Rawls, Piketty, and the Critique of the Welfare State,” 2019, Journal of Politics, 81(1): 142-152.
  1. “Freedom and Justice in a Diverse Polity,” 2018 Philosophy and Public Issues, 8(1): 97-112.
  1. “Exit, Voice, and Public Reason,” 2018, American Political Science Review, 112(4): 1120-1124.
  1. “Political Stability in the Open Society,” 2018, (Thrasher & Vallier), American Journal of Political Science, 62(2): 398-409.
  1. “Constitutional Choice Renewed: A Synthesis of Public Reason and Public Choice Approaches,” 2018, Constitutional Political Economy, 29(2): 115-136.
  1. “Public Reason in the Open Society,” 2018, Cosmos & Taxis, 5(2): 38-46.
  1. “Three Concepts of Political Stability,” 2017, Social Philosophy & Policy, 34(1): 232-259.
  1. “On Jonathan Quong’s Sectarian Political Liberalism,” 2017, Criminal Law & Philosophy, 11: 175-94.
  1. “Second Person Rules: An Alternative Approach to Second-Personal Normativity,” 2017, Res Publica, 23(1): 23-42.
  1. “On the Inevitability of Nudging,” 2016, Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, 14: 817-828.
  1. “Public Reason is Not Self-Refuting,” 2016, American Philosophical Quarterly, 53(4): 349-363.
  1. “Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights,” 2016, Philosophy & Public Issues 6(1): 9-24.
  1. “In Defense of Intelligible Reasons in Public Justification,” 2016, Philosophical Quarterly 66 (264): 596-616.
  1. “In Defense of the Asymmetric Convergence Model of Public Justification,” 2016, Ethical Theory & Moral Practice 19(1): 255-266.
  1. “The Moral Basis of Religious Exemptions,” 2016, Law & Philosophy 35(1): 1-28.
  1. “Is Economic Rationality in the Head?” 2015, Minds & Machines 25(4): 339-360.
  1. “Public Justification versus Public Deliberation: The Case for Divorce,” 2015, Canadian Journal of Philosophy 45(2): 139-158.
  1. “The Fragility of Consensus: Public Reason, Diversity and Stability,” 2015, (Thrasher & Vallier), European Journal of Philosophy 23(4): 933-954.
  1. “A Moral and Economic Critique of the New Property-Owning Democrats: On Behalf of a Rawlsian Welfare State,” 2015, Philosophical Studies 172(2): 283-304.
  1. “On Distinguishing Publicly Justified Polities from Modus Vivendi Regimes,” 2015, Social Theory & Practice 41(2): 207-229.
  1. “The Origin and Future of Political Liberalism,” 2014, Journal of Moral Philosophy 11: 1-18.
  1. “The Normative Significance of Conscience: A Contractualist Account,” 2013, (Swan & Vallier), Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy 6(3): 1-21.
  1. “Can Liberal Perfectionism Justify Religious Toleration? Wall on Promoting and Respecting,” 2012, Philosophical Studies 162(3): 645-664.
  1. “Liberalism, Religion and Integrity,” 2012, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90(1): 149-165.
  1. “Morality and Aspiration in Bourgeois Dignity,” 2012, Journal of Socio-Economics 41(6): 776-782.
  1. “Introduction,” Public Reason Symposium, 2011, Public Affairs Quarterly 25(4): 257-259.
  1. “Convergence and Consensus in Public Reason,” 2011, Public Affairs Quarterly 25(4): 261-279.
  1. “Against Public Reason’s Accessibility Requirement,” 2011, Journal of Moral Philosophy 8(3): 366-389.
  1. “Production, Distribution and J.S. Mill,” 2010, Utilitas 22(2): 103-125.
  1. “The Roles of Religious Conviction in a Publicly Justified Polity: The Implications of Convergence, Asymmetry and Political Institutions,” 2009, (Gaus & Vallier), Philosophy & Social Criticism 35(1): 51-76.

Refereed Chapters in Companions/Edited Volumes

  1. “The Emotional Decay of Liberalism,” Realism, Ideology, and the Convulsions of Democracy, edted by Mikayla Novak, Marta Podemski-Mikluch, Richard E. Wagner, Springer Series in Public Choice, forthcoming.
  1. “Public Reason at 50,” A Theory of Justice at 50, edited by Paul Weithman, Cambridge UP, forthcoming.
  1. “Social and Legal Trust: The Case of Africa,” (Bergh, Bjørnskov, and Vallier) Social Trust, edited by Kevin Vallier and Michael Weber, 2021, Routledge, 9-28.
  1. “In Defense of Yeshiva Autonomy,” Education and Religious Liberty, edited by Jay Greene and Jason Bedrick, 2020, Rowman and Littlefield, 3-14.
  1. “Christian Anarchism,” (Underwood and Vallier), The Routledge Companion to Anarchism, edited by Gary Chartier and Chad Van Scheolandt, 2020, Routledge, 187-204.
  1. “The Moral Basis of Religious Disestablishment,” in Religion and Liberal Political Philosophy, edited by Cecile Laborde and Aurelia Bardon, 2017, Oxford UP, 103-117.
  1. “Religion in Public Life,” (Eberle & Vallier), The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, edited by Gerald Gaus and Fred D’Agostino, 2013, Routledge, 800-811.
  1. “Public Discourse,” Philosophy and Politics: Method, Tools, Topics, edited by Antonella Besussi, 2012, Ashgate, 100-115.

Policy Papers

  1. “Social and Political Trust: Concepts, Causes, and Consequences,” Knight Foundation, 2018, <http://kf.org/vallier>.

Book Reviews

  1. Adam MacLeod, The Age of Selfies: Reasoning about Rights When the Stakes are Personal, The Independent Review, 2021, 25(4).
  1. Nelson Tebbe, Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2020, 17(3): 371-4.
  1. John Corvino, Ryan T. Anderson, and Sherif Girgis, Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, Faith & Philosophy, Faith & Philosophy, 2018, 35(4): 491-497.
  1. Andrew Lister, Public Reason and Political Community, Notre Dame Review of Books, November 4th, 2014. <http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/53491-public-reason-and-political-community/>.
  1. Nicholas Wolterstorff, Understanding Liberal Democracy, Faith & Philosophy, 2014, 31(3): 345-348.
  1. Samuel Fleischaker, Divine Teaching and the Way of the World: A Defense of Revealed Religion, Mind, 2014, 123: 207-210.
  1. Nicholas Southwood, Contractualism and the Foundations of Morality, Notre Dame Review of Books, Gary and Anastasia Friel Gutting, editors, published October 14th, 2012. <http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/34356-contractualism-and-the-foundations-of-morality>.
  1. Thomas Scanlon, Moral Dimensions: Permissibility, Meaning, Blame, The Journal of Value Inquiry, 2010, 44: 561-565.

Encyclopedia Entries

  1. “Public Justification,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Edward N. Zalta, updated on December 1st, 2022, <http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/justification-public/>.
  1. “Neoliberalism,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Edward N. Zalta, forthcoming on January 7th, 2021, <http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/neoliberalism/>.
  1. “Religion and Politics,” The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, edited by Jason Brennan, Bas van der Vossen, and David Schmidtz, 2017, Routledge.
  1. “Liberalism,” Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, edited by Robert Segal and Kocku von Stuckrad, 2015. Brill Press.
  1. Entries on “Liberty of Conscience,” “Martin Luther King,” and “Public Choice Theory,” The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon, edited by Jon Mandle and David Reidy, 2014. Cambridge UP.

Teaching

2023    Teaching and Writing Philosophy, Spring – PHIL 6500

2023    Introduction to Ethics, Spring – PHIL 1020

2021    Contemporary Perfectionism in Politics, Fall – PHIL 7800

2020    Public Reason, Fall – PHIL 7800

2020    History of Political Economy – PPEL 3000/PHIL 3400

2020    Philosophy of Religion, Spring – PHIL 3170

2019    Philosophy of Religion, Spring – PHIL 3170

2019    The Methods of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Spring – PPEL 3100

2018    History of Political Economy, Fall – PPEL 3000/PHIL 3400

2018    History of Political Philosophy, Spring – PHIL 6220

2018    The Methods of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Spring – PPEL 3100

2017    History of Political Economy, Fall – PPEL 3000/PHIL 3400

2017    Philosophy of Religion, Summer – PHIL 3170

2017    The Methods of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Spring – PPEL 3100

2016    History of Political Economy, Fall – PPEL 3000/PHIL 3400

2016    Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Fall – PPEL/PHIL 2240

2016    Philosophy of Religion, Summer – PHIL 3170

2016    Introduction to Ethics, Summer – PHIL 1020

2016    Public Reason, Spring – PHIL 7800

2015    Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, Fall – PHIL 2240

2015    Philosophy of Religion, Summer – PHIL 3170

2015    Introduction to Ethics, Summer – PHIL 1020

2015    Methods in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Spring – PHIL 7800

2015    Special Topics in Political Philosophy, Spring – PHIL 4200

2014    Deliberative Democracy: New Directions, Fall – PHIL 7800

2014    Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Fall – PHIL 2240

2014    Philosophy of Religion, Summer – PHIL 3170

2014    Introduction to Ethics, Summer – PHIL 1020

2014    Ideal and Non-ideal Theory, Spring – PHIL 7800

2014    Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, Spring – PHIL 2240

2014    Philosophy of Religion, Spring – PHIL3170

2013    Introduction to Ethics, Fall – PHIL 1020

2013    Social and Political Philosophy, Fall – PHIL 3120

2013    History of Political Philosophy, Spring – PHIL 6220

2013    Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Spring – PHIL 2240

2012    Philosophy of Religion, Fall – PHIL 3170

2012    Public Reason, Fall – PHIL 7800

 

Professional Service

2014-   Director, BGSU Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL) Program.

2017-   Editorial Board, Public Affairs Quarterly.

2021-   Executive Board, Society of Christian Philosophers

Prizes

2023    Sanders Prize in the Philosophy of Religion for “Trinitarian Obligation” essay.

Research Grants

2021    Cristina Bicchieri and Vallier, “Trust, Norms, and Poverty,” $2.5 million John Templeton Foundation Grant.

References

Cristina Bicchieri
J. Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics
Professor of Philosophy and Psychology
Professor of Legal Studies, Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
cbicchieri@gmail.com

Paul Weithman
Glynn Family Honors Professor of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
Paul.J.Weithman.1@nd.edu

Mark Murphy
McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy
Georgetown University
Mark.Murphy@georgetown.edu

Robert Talisse
Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy
Vanderbilt University
robert.talisse@vanderbilt.edu

Andrew Koppelman
John Paul Stevens Professor of Law
and Professor of Political Science
Northwestern University
akoppelman@northwestern.edu