Publications

Books and Pamphlets

(with Adam Swift) Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships (Princeton University Press, 2014; paperback 2016).

(main author, with James Tooley and Kenneth Howe as commentators) Educational Equality (Continuum, 2010).

On Education (Routledge, 2006).

Portuguese translation (2010)

Justice (Polity, 2004).
Polish translation published in 2007 as Sprawiedliwość.

Turkish translation published in 2016 as Adalet.

School Choice and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2000). Paperback edition 2003.


editor (with Gillian Brock), The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

editor (with Ingrid Robeyns), Measuring Justice: Capabilities and Primary Goods (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

editor (with Michael McPherson), The Aims of Higher Education: Problems of Morality and Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2015)


Egalitarian Liberalism and Justice in Education, Professorial Lecture, Institute of Education Press, (2002), 27 pp.

A Level Playing Field: Reforming Private Schools (Fabian Society, London -- Second Term Thinking Series, #3, 2000), 23 pp. (PDF)

Educational Equality and the New Selective Schooling (IMPACT Pamphlet #3, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, 2000), 53pp + xii.

Articles and Chapters

(with Helen Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift) "Educational Goods and Values: A framework for decisionmakers", Theory and Research in Education (2016) 14.1 p. 3-25 (PDF)

(with Gina Schouten) “Principles of Educational Justice: Some Problems”, Social Philosophy and Policy (2014)

reprinted in Philosophical Debates about Education (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

(with Gina Schouten), “To Charter or not to Charter: What Questions Should We Ask, and What Will the Answers Tell Us”, Harvard Educational Review 84, 3 (2014): 341-364.

“School Choice”, Denis Philips (ed.), Sage Encyclopaedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy (Sage, 2014), pp. 737-740..

(with Adam Swift), “The Goods of Parenting”, in Carolyn MacLeod and Francoise Baylis (eds), Family Matters (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 11-28.

(with Adam Swift), “The Place of Equality in Educational Justice” in Kirsten Meyer (ed.) Education, Justice and the Human Good (Routledge, 2014), pp. 14-33.

(with Elaine Unterhalter) “Primary Goods, Capabilities, and the millennium development target for gender equity in education” in Flavio Comin and Martha Nussbaum (eds.), Capabilities, Gender, Equality: toward fundamental entitlements (Cambridge University Press, 2014) pp. 215-243.

(with Jaime Ahlberg) “Education: not a real utopian design”, Politics and Society 42, 1 (2014): 51-72.

The obligation to sacrifice one’s life”, Journal of Social Philosophy 44, 2 (2013): 115-117. (PDF)

(with Adam Swift) “Family” in Hugh Lafollette (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ethics (2013) 

(with Adam Swift) “Parents Rights and Responsibilities” in  Hugh Lafollette (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ethics (2013)

"The Difference Principle” in Hugh Lafollette (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ethics (2013)

(with Adam Swift) “Family Values and School Policy: Shaping Values and Conferring Advantage” in Danielle Allen and Rob Reich (eds) Education, Justice, and Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2013)  

“Education” in Gerald Gauss and Fred D’Agostino (eds) The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy (Routledge, 2013) pp. 721-731

Civility, Citizenship, and the Limits of Schooling” in Deborah Mower and Wade Robison (eds), Civility in Politics and Education (Routledge, 2012)

(with Adam Swift) "Legitimate Partiality, Parents and Patriots", in Axel Gosseries and Yannick Vanderborght (eds) Arguing for Justice: Essays for Phillippe Van Parjis (PUL 2011), pp. 115-124 (PDF of whole volume)

(with Gina Schouten) “Understanding the Context for Existing Reform and Research Proposals” in Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane (eds), Whither Opportunity? (Russell Sage Press, 2011)

(with Jaime Ahlberg), “An Argument Against Cloning”, Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2010) 40, 4: 539-566 (PDF)

(with Elaine Unterhalter) “Education, Capabilities, and Primary Goods”, in Brighouse and Robeyns (eds), Measuring Justice: Capabilities and Primary Goods (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

(with Paula McAvoy), “Do Children have any Rights?”, in Richard Bailey (ed) Introduction to Philosophy of Education (Continuum)

“Moral and Political Aspects of Education” in Harvey Seigel (ed.) Oxford Handbook to Philosophy of Education (Oxford University Press)

“Religious Belief, Religious Schooling, and the Demands of Reciprocity” in David Kahane and Daniel Weinstock (eds.) Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice (University of British Columbia Press).

(with Marc Fleurbaey) “Democracy and Proportionality”, Journal of Political Philosophy (2010) Vol 18, No.2: 137-155. 

(with Elaine Unterhalter) “Primary Goods and Capabilities: Is One Clearly Better than the Other?” in Shaun P. Young (ed.) Equality, Democracy, and Liberalism (Ashgate)

(with Elaine Unterhalter) “Primary Goods, Capabilities, and the millennium development target for gender equity in education” in Flavio Comin and Martha Nussbaum (eds.), Capabilities, Gender, Equality: toward fundamental entitlements (Cambridge University Press forthcoming).

(with Paula McAvoy), “Liberal Education, Privilege, and Higher Education” in Yvonne Raley and Gerhard Preyer (eds.), Philosophy of Education in the Era of Globalization (Routledge, 2009), pp. 165-180.

(with Adam Swift), “Legitimate Parental Partiality”, Philosophy and Public Affairs 37, 1 (2009), 43-80. (PDF)

(with Adam Swift) “Educational Adequacy versus Educational Equality”, Journal of Applied Philosophy (2009) Vol. 26, No. 2: 117-128. (PDF)

(with Erik Olin Wright) “In Defence of Strong Gender Egalitarianism”, Politics and Society 36 (2008), pp. 360-372.

-- Reprinted in Janet Gornick, Marcia Meyers, et.al. Rethinking Gender Equality (Verso).

“Educational Equality and the Varieties of School Choice” in Walter Feinberg & Christopher Lubienski (eds.), School Choice Policies and Outcomes: Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives on Limits to Choice in Liberal Democracies (Albany: SUNY Press, 2008), pp. 41-60. (PDF)

“Liberal Democracy and Faith Schools” in Stephen McKinney (ed.) Faith Schools in Focus (Dunedin, Scotland: Dunedin Academic Press, 2008), pp. 15-29.

(with Adam Swift) “Egalitarianism” in Steven Durlauf and Larry Blume (eds.) The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (2nd edn) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

“Grade Inflation: What’s All the Fuss About?” in Lester Hunt and Deborah Hunt (eds.) Academic Standards and Grade Inflation (SUNY Press, 2008), pp. 73-92. (PDF)

“Education for a Flourishing Life” in John R. Wiens & David. L. Coulter (eds.) Why Do We Educate? 2008 NSSE Yearbook – Volume Two (Blackwell-Wiley, 2008), pp 58-71.

“The Role of Philosophy in Teaching Controversial Issues in Schools” in Michael Hand and Carrie Winstanley (eds) Philosophy on the School Curriculum (London: Continuum, 2008), pp. 61-78.

(with Lynn Glueck) “Philosophy in the Teaching of Children’s Literature” in Michael Hand and Carrie Winstanley (eds) Philosophy on the School Curriculum (London: Continuum, 2008), pp. 119-131. (PDF)

(with Adam Swift) “Social Justice and Family Policy” in Gary Craig, David Gordon and Tania Burchardt (eds.), Social Justice and Public Policy (Bristol: The Policy Press, 2008), pp. 139-156

(with Adam Swift) “Putting Educational Equality in its Place”, Education Finance and Policy (2008) Vol. 3, No. 4: 444–466. (PDF)

(with Elaine Unterhalter) “Primary Goods versus Capabilities: Considering the debate in relation to equalities in education” in Hans-Uwe Otto and Holgar Zegler (eds.), Capabilities - Handlungsbefähigung und Verwirklichungschancen in der Erziehungswissenschaft. Der Capabilities Ansatz als neue Orientierung in der Erziehungswissenschaft (Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, 2008), pp. 69-84.

“Educational Justice and Socio-Economic Segregation of Schools”, Journal of Philosophy of Education (2007) vol. 41, 4, pp. 575 – 590. Reprinted in Graham Haydon (ed), The Common School and the Comprehensive Ideal (Blackwell, 2007), pp. 72-90.

“Citizenship” in Catriona MacKinnon (ed) Issues in Political Theory (Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 241-263

(with Elaine Unterhalter) “Distribution of what for social justice in education?: The case of  Education for All by 2015” in Melanie Walker and Elaine Unterhalter (eds.) Sen’s Capability Approach and Social Justice in Education (Palgrave Macmillan: 2007), pp. 67-78

“Defending Educational Equality” (translated into Chinese by Jin Sheng-Hong) in Education: Ideas and Dialogue, Volume 2 (Educational Science Publishing House: Beijing, 2007) pp. 35-45.

(with Adam Swift) “The end of the Tory war on single parents?”, Public Policy Research 14 (2007): 186 – 192 (PDF)

“Equal Opportunity and Complex Equality: The Special Place of Schooling”, Res Publica,  Volume 13, Number 2  (2007): 147-158. (PDF)

“Schooling in a Socialist Society” in Anatole Anton and Richard Schmidt (eds) The Idea of Socialism (Lexington Books, 2007).

(with Adam Swift) “Parents’ Rights and the Value of the Family”, Ethics, vol. 117, no 1 (2006) 80-108. (PDF)

Reprinted in Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob Levy, Alex Sager, Clark Wolf (eds.), Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought, Volume II: The Twentieth Century and Beyond.

“Justifying Patriotism”, Social Theory and Practice, volume 32, number 4 (October 2006): 547-558. (PDF)

“Levelling the Playing Field: Subsidizing Higher Education”, Theory and Research in Education 4, 2 (2006): 4: 175-184.

 (with Adam Swift) “Equality, Priority, and Positional Goods”, Ethics (2006) 116, 3: 471-497. (PDF)

Why is an Argument Clinic Less Silly than an Abuse Clinic or a Contradiction Clinic?” in Gary Hardcastle and George Reisch (eds) Monty Python and Philosophy (Open Court, 2006), pp.53-64.

“Channel One, the Anti-Commercial Principle, and the Discontinuous Ethos”, Educational Policy (2005) vol. 19: 528-549. (PDF)

--- Reprinted in Randall R Curren (ed) The Blackwell Anthology of Philosophy of Education (Blackwell, 2006)

“Funding Religious Schools”, Philosophy of Education (2005)

"Faith Schools in the UK: an unenthusiastic defence of a slightly reformed status quo, in Roy Gardner, ed. Faith Schools: Consensus or Conflict? (London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2005).

“Paying for Higher Education: Are Top-Up Fees Fair?” Ethique et Economique/Ethics and Economics vol 2 no 2 (2004). (PDF)

“What’s Wrong with Privatising Schools?” Journal of Philosophy of Education 38, 4 (2004): 617-631. (PDF)

“Learning by Example”, New Economy vol. 10, no. 4 (2003): pp 230-233.

“How Should Children be Heard?” Arizona Law Review vol. 45, no 3 (2003): pp 691-711.

"Should We Teach Patriotic History?" in Kevin McDonough and Walter Feinberg eds, Cosmopolitan Values and Collective Identities, (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2003), pp.157-175.

--- Reprinted in Randall R Curren (ed) The Blackwell Anthology of Philosophy of Education (Blackwell, 2006)

"How Dumb is Educational Research?", Educational Research, 45, 2 (2003), 129-133. (PDF)

(with Adam Swift) “Defending Liberalism in Education Theory and Policy”, Journal of Education Policy vol. 18, no. 3 (2003), 377-395.

"Justice and Educational Equality" in Randall R Curren (ed), Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Education (Basil Blackwell 2003), pp. 471-486.

"Against Privatizing Schools in the UK", London Review of Education, vol. 1, 1 (2003), 35-46.

"Rethinking Liberal Education: Choice, Discovery, and Judgment", The School Field, vol. XIII, no. 3/4 (2002), 43-59.

“Defending School Choice Modestly”, Journal of Philosophy of Education , vol. 36, no 4 (2002) 653-660.

(with Erik Olin Wright) "Complex Egalitarianism: a review of Alex Callinicos, Equality", Historical Materialism vol. 10, no. 1 (2002), 193-222.

"What Rights (if any) Do Children Have?" in David Archard and Colin MacLeod eds, The Moral and Political Status of Children (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 31-52.

“Egalitarian Liberalism and Justice in Education”, The Political Quarterly, vol. 73, no.2  (2002), pp 181-190.

 (with Alison Kirton) "Compulsory Citizenship Education in England: Problems and Prospects", Delta 53, 1&2 (2001): 61-78.

"School Vouchers, Personal Autonomy, and the Separation of Church and State", NOMOS, vol XLIII, Moral and Political Education, eds. Steven Macedo and Yael Tamir (New York University Press, 2001).

"Dworkin on Democracy", Imprints: A journal of analytical socialism, vol. 5, no. 3 (2001) pp.237-250.

"Democracy and Inequality" in April Carter and Geoff Stokes eds., Democratic Theory Today (Polity Press, 2001), pp. 52-72.

"Can Justice as Fairness Accommodate Persons With Disabilities?", Social Theory and Practice, vol. 27, no 4, 2001, pp 537-560. (PDF)

"School Choice and Social Justice: a response to Critics", Studies in Philosophy and Education, vol. 20, no 5 , 2001, pp. 409-421   (Following critiques presented by Randall Curren, Eamonn Callan, and Walter Feinberg in same volume pp.387-409).

"Interview with Harry Brighouse" conducted by Mitja Sardoe and Michael Shaughnessy, in The School Field vol XII, nos1-2, 2001, pp. 117-137. Translated as ‘Liberalismo e politica da educacao publica: entrevista com Harry Brighouse’ in Filosofia, Educacao e Politica (eds Michael Shaughnessy et. al. (Rio de Janiero: DP&A editora 2003) pp. 13-44.

"Liberalism, Autonomy, and the Prevalence of Evil," The Good Society vol. 9, no. 2, 1999, pp.72-74.

"Civic Education and Liberal Legitimacy," Ethics, vol. 108, no. 4, July 1998, pp. 719-745. (PDF)

"Against Nationalism," Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary Volume 22, 1996 (Published 1998), pp. 365-405.

"School Choice: Some Theoretical Considerations," in Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis et. al. Recasting Egalitarianism: New Rules for Equity and Accountability Through Markets, Communities, and Governments (London: Verso, 1998), pp.141-180 (much expanded and revised version of  "Liberal Egalitarians and School Choice").

"Why Should States Fund Schools?", British Journal of Educational Studies, vol. 46, no. 1, June 1998, pp. 138-152.

"Two Philosophical Errors Concerning School Choice," Oxford Review of Education, vol. 23, no. 4, December 1997, pp. 503-510. (PDF)

"Political Equality in Justice as Fairness," Philosophical Studies, vol. 86, no. 2, May 1997, pp. 155-184. (PDF)

"Liberal Egalitarians and School Choice," Politics and Society, vol. 24, no. 4, December 1996, pp. 457-486.

"Should Marxists Care About Alienation?," Topoi, vol. 15, no. 2, September 1996, pp. 149-162.

"Is There A Neutral Justification For Liberalism?," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly,  vol. 77, no. 3, September 1996, pp. 193-215.

"Egalitarianism and Equal Availability of Political Influence," Journal of Political Philosophy, vol. 4, no. 2, June 1996, pp. 118-141.

"In Defence of Educational Equality," Journal of Philosophy of Education, vol. 29, no. 3, November 1995, pp. 415-420.

"Political Equality and the Funding of Political Speech," Social Theory and Practice, vol. 21, no. 3, Fall 1995, pp. 473-500. (PDF)

"Neutrality, Publicity, and State Funding of the Arts," Philosophy and Public Affairs, vol. 24, no. 1, Spring 1995, pp. 36-63.

"Is There Any Such Thing As Political Liberalism?," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 75, nos. 3&4, September/December 1994, pp. 318-332.

"Transitional and Utopian Market Socialism," Politics and Society, vol. 22, no. 4, December 1994, pp. 569-584. (Revised and expanded version published in John Roemer et.al. Equal Shares (London: Verso, 1996), pp. 187-208).

"The Egalitarian Virtues of Educational Vouchers," Journal of Philosophy of Education, vol. 28, no. 2, December 1994, pp. 211-219.

"Blackburn's Projectivism ‑ An Objection," Philosophical Studies, vol. 59, no. 2, June 1990, pp. 225‑233. (PDF)