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phone: (615) 343-8671
018C Furman Hall


M.A. (1995) New York University 
Ph.D. (2001) City University of New York Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae

Robert B. Talisse

W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy
Chair of the Philosophy Department

Research Area

Robert Talisse specializes in contemporary political philosophy, with particular interest in democratic theory and liberalism. His most recent work engages issues at the intersection of political philosophy and epistemology. In addition, he pursues topics in pragmatism, analytic philosophy, and ancient philosophy.

Current Research

Current research is focused on egalitarianism, freedom, religion in politics, epistemic norms, political justification, and public ignorance. Long-term projects include a book about pragmatism and distributive justice and a book about tragedy and regret.

SSRN Author Page

Personal Webpage (includes full list of publications and downloadable off-prints)

Recent Courses

Recent graduate seminars include: Egalitarianism; Pragmatism; Contemporary Political Philosophy; Pragmatism and Politics; Responsibility and Global Justice; Deliberative Democracy; Democracy and Religious Conviction; and Political Theory after Rawls. At the undergraduate level, Talisse teaches a course in formal logic and various courses in social and political philosophy.


Contemporary Political, Pragmatism

Representative publications


Engaging Political Philosophy, Routledge (2016)
Why We Argue (And How We Should) (with Scott Aikin), Routledge (2014)
Pluralism and Liberal Politics, Routledge (2012)
Reasonable Atheism (with Scott Aikin), Prometheus (2011)
Democracy and Moral Conflict, Cambridge University Press (2009)
Pragmatism: A Guide for the Perplexed (with Scott Aikin), Continuum (2008)
A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy, Routledge (2007; paperback 2008)
Democracy After Liberalism, Routledge (2005)

Representative Articles

"Belief and the Error Theory," with A. Forcehimes, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19.4(2016): 849-856
Reply to Karin Jonch-Clausen and Klemens Kappel," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19.1(2016): 267-271
"Pragmatism and Pluralism Revisited," with Scott Aikin, Political Studies Review 14.1 (2016):17-26
"Response to Lever,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 18.1(2015): 81-85
"Religion and Liberalism: Was Rawls Right All Along?," Rawls and Religion, Bailey and Gentile, eds. Columbia University Press, 2015
"Pragmatist Epistemology and Democratic Theory," with Cheryl Misak, Journal of Political Philosophy 22.3(2014): 366-376
"Moral Authority and the Deliberative Model," Philosophical Studies170.3(2014): 555-561
"Impunity and Domination," European Journal of Political Theory 13.2(2014): 121-131
"Sustaining Democracy," Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 16.4(2013): 500-519
"Religion, Respect, and Eberle's Agapic Pacifist," Philosophy & Social Criticism 38.3(2012): 313-325
"Value Pluralism and Liberal Politics," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice14.1(2011): 87-100
"A Farewell to Deweyan Democracy," Political Studies 59.3 (2011): 509-526
"Does Value Pluralism Entail Liberalism?," Journal of Moral Philosophy7.3(2010): 303-320
"Questions about Normative Consent," with Michael Harbour, The Good Society 18.2(2009): 48-53
"Towards A Social Epistemic Comprehensive Liberalism," Episteme 5.1(2008): 106-128
"Kitcher on the Ethics of Inquiry," with Scott Aikin, Journal of Social Philosophy, 38.4(2007): 654-665
Social Epistemology and the Politics of Omission," Episteme 2.II (2006): 107-118
"Deliberativist Responses to Activist Challenges," Philosophy & Social Criticism, 31.4 (2005): 423-444
"Does Public Ignorance Defeat Deliberative Democracy?," Critical Review, 16.4 (2005): 455-463
"Can Value Pluralists be Comprehensive Liberals?," Contemporary Political Theory 3.2(2004): 127-139
For off-prints of publications, please click here.

Blogs and Podcasts

Talisse is a monthly Monday contributor to the blog 3 Quarks Daily.
Talisse is co-host (with Carrie Figdor) of the podcast New Books in Philosophy.
Talisse and Scott Aikin host a blog devoted to argumentation, Why We Argue.

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