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Queen's University

Andrew Lister

B.A., M.A. (McGill); Ph.D. (UCLA)

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Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C426
Phone: (613) 533-6229
Fax:  (613) 533-6848


Research Interests

Pluralism and toleration; moral conflict and compromise; public reason, perfectionism, and neutrality; marriage and the family; theories of justice.

Brief Biography

Andrew Lister obtained his B.A. and M.A from McGill (1990, 1992), and his Ph.D. from UCLA (2001).  He has taught previously at Concordia University (2001-2003), was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de recherche en éthique de l'Université de Montréal (2003-4), and has recently been a visitor at the Center for the Study of Social Justice at the University of Oxford (2010-11). He specializes in contemporary political theory, with secondary interests in the history of Western political thought and the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences.  

Selected Publications

Public Reason and Political Community, Bloomsbury (2013)

The Mirage of Social Justice: Hayek Against (and For) Rawls Critical Review , Vol. 25, Issue 3-4, 2013, pp.409-444. 

Reciprocity, Relationships, and Distributive Justice”   Social Theory and Practice , Vol. 39, No. 1, 2013, pp. 70-94.

The Classical Tilt of Justificatory Liberalism” European Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2013, pp. 316-326.

Public Justification of What? Coercion vs. Decision as Competing Frames for the Basic Principle of Justificatory LiberalismPublic Affairs Quarterly, Vol. 25, No.4, 2011, pp.349-67.

Justice as Fairness and ReciprocityAnalyze & Kritik, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2011, pp.93-112.

“Liberal Foundations of Democratic Authority” Representation Vol. 46, No. 1, 2010, pp.19-34.

Public Justification and the Limits of State ActionPolitics, Philosophy, Economics, Vol. 9, No. 3, 2010, pp. 151-176.

“Reflective Equilibrium: Epistemological Or Political?”Windsor Yearbook on Access to Justice Vol. 26, No. 2, 2008.

Public Reason and DemocracyCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy Vol. 11, No. 3, 2008,  pp.273-89.

"Public Reason and Moral Compromise" Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.37, No.1, 2007, pp. 1-34.

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