NeufeldBlain Neufeld

Associate Professor

Office: Curtin Hall 615
Phone: (414) 229-4719
Fax: (414) 229-5022
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Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Ethics,
the University of Toronto

(2014-15 academic year)


Ph.D., University of Michigan
M. Phil., (Politics) University of Oxford

Research Interests:

Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Action

Teaching Interests:

Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Action, Applied Ethics


"Why Public Reasoning Involves Ideal Theorizing," in Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates, M. Weber and K. Vallier, eds. (Oxford University Press,forthcoming).

"Political Liberalism, Ethos Justice, and Gender Equality," Law and Philosophy 33:1 (2014), pp. 75-104 (co-authored with C. V. Schoelandt).

"Political Liberalism and Citizenship Education," Philosophy Compass 8:9 (2013), pp. 781-797.

"Liberal Foreign Policy and the Ideal of Fair Social Cooperation," Journal of Social Philosophy 44:3 (Fall 2013), pp. 291-308.

“Reciprocity and Liberal Legitimacy,” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (June 2010) pp. 1-7.

"Civic Respect, Civic Education, and the Family," Educational Philosophy and Theory 41 (1), 2010, pp. 94-111 (co-authored with G. F. Davis).

"Coercion, the Basic Structure, and the Family," Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (1), 2009, pp. 37-54.

"Political Liberalism, Civic Education, and Educational Choice," Social Theory and Practice 33 (1), 2007, pp. 47-74 (co-authored with G. F. Davis).

"Civic Respect, Political Liberalism, and Non-Liberal Societies," Politics, Philosophy & Economics 4 (3), 2005, pp. 275-299.

Encyclopedia Chapters:

"Public Reason," in The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon, J. Mandle and D. Reidy, eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp.666-672.

"Aid to Burdened Societies" (pp. 26-29), "Disagreement, Reasonable" (pp. 260-62), "Okin, Susan" (pp. 780-783), and "Wenar, Leif" (pp. 1154-56), in The Encyclopedia of Global Justice, D. K. Chatterjee, ed. (Springer, 2011).

Book Reviews:

Review of Anthony Laden, Reasoning: A Social Picture (Oxford University Press, 2012), for Theory and Research in Education (forthcoming)

Review of Shlomi Segall, Equality and Opportunity (Oxford University Press, 2013), for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (March 2015)

Review of Paul Weithman, Why Political Liberalism? (Oxford University Press, 2010), for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (December 2011)

Review of Christopher W. Morris (ed.), Amartya Sen (Cambridge University Press, 2010), for Analysis 71:2 (2011), pp. 402-404

Review of James R. Otteson, Actual Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2006) for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (August 2007)