Author Archives: Alexander Livingston

About Alexander Livingston

Alexander Livingston is assistant professor of government at Cornell University. His recent book, Damn Great Empires! William James and the Politics of Pragmatism (Oxford, 2016), examines the political thought of William James through the lens of his Nachlass writings on American imperialism in the Philippines. His work has appeared in Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, Theory & Event, and Contemporary Pragmatism. His current research explores M.K. Gandhi's critique of violence and the politics of nonviolence in the American radical tradition.

Moralism and Its Discontents

The Right to Justification: Elements of a Constructivist Theory of Justice Rainer Forst, translated by Jeffrey Flynn New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. x + 351 pp. Race, Empire, and the Idea of Human Development Thomas McCarthy Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. viii + 254 pp. Radical Cosmopolitics: The Ethics and Politics of Democratic Universalism James D. Ingram New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. ix + 338 pp. The moralizing tone of contemporary politics is hard to ignore. From the smoldering ruins of a War Continue reading → Continue reading →