What Americans Believe

What Americans Believe Bibliography

There is a large literature on political and social philosophy, including many different points of view often expressed in the United States. The following works may be of value to you when you are working out your own position on the issues:


Ackerman, Bruce. Social Justice in the Liberal State. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980.

Benn, S. I. and R. S. Peters. The Principles of Political Thought. New York: the Free Press, 1959.

Becker, Lawrence C. Property Rights: Philosophic Foundations. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977.

Berlin, Isaiah. Four Essays On Liberty. London: Oxford University Press, 1969.

Boot, Max. The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2018.

Brandt, Richard B. Ethical Theory. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1959.

------------------------. ed. Social Justice. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1962.

Buckley, William F., Jr. Up From Liberalism. Constructive Action, Inc. 1965.

----------------------------., ed. Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? American Conservative Thought in the Twentieth Century. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1970.

Burke, Edmund. An Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1962.

--------------------. Reflections on the Revolution in France. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1968.

Carter, Stephen L. The Culture of Disbelief. New York: Anchor Books, 1994.

Collini, Stefan. Liberalism and Sociology: L. T. Hobhouse and Political Argument in England 1880-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979.

Croly, Herbert. The Promise of American Life. Paperback edition has no publisher information.

Curran, Charles E., American Catholic Social Ethics: Twentieth-Century Approaches. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1982.

Daniels, Norman. Justice and Justification. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

-----------------------, ed. Reading Rawls: Critical Studies on Rawls's A Theory of Justice. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1989.

Dewey, John. Liberalism and Social Action. New York: Capricorn Books, 1963.

Edin, Kathryn J. and H. Luke Shaefer, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost nothing in America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

Falwell, Jerry. Listen, America!. New York, Bantam Books, 1981.

Feinberg, Joel. Social Philosophy. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1973.

Flake, Jeff. Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle. New York: Random House, 2017.

Frankena, William K. Ethics. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1973.

Frum, David. Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. New York: HarperCollins, 2018.

Gauthier, David. Morals by Agreement. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Gensler, Harry J. Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction. London: Routledge, 1998.

Gewirth, Alan. Human rights: Essays on Justification and Applications. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.

Gilson, Etienne, ed. The Church Speaks to the Modern World: The Social Teachings of Leo XIII. Garden City: Image Books, 1954.

Goldwater, Barry. The Conscience of a Conservative. New York: MacFadden Books, 1961. (This book is widely believed to have been ghost written by L. Brent Bozell.)

Gore, Charles (ed). Property: Its Duties and Rights Historically, Philosophically and Religiously Regarded (second edition). London: Macmillan and Co., 1915.

Green, T. H. Lectures on the Principles of Political Obligation. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1967.

Greenawalt, Kent. Religious Convictions and Political Choice. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Gremillion, Joseph, ed. The Gospel of Peace and Justice: Catholic Social Teaching Since Pope John. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1976.

Griffin, James. On Human Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Gutierrez, Gustavo. Translated by Sister Caridad Inda and John Eagleson. A Theology of Liberation. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1973.

Hare, R. M. Freedom and Reason. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1963.

--------------. Moral Thinking: Its Levels, Method, and Point. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Hart, H. L. A. The Concept of Law. London: Oxford University Press, 1961.

----------------. Law, Liberty, and Morality. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1963.

Haworth, Lawrence. Autonomy: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology and Ethics. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986.

Hazlitt, Henry. Economics in One Lesson. New York: McFadden, 1961.

Held, Virginia. Rights and Goods: Justifying Social Action. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1984.

-------------------. Feminist Morality: Transforming Culture, Society, and Politics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Hobhouse, L. T. Liberalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1964.

Hollenbach, David. Claims in Conflict: Retrieving and Renewing the Catholic Human Rights Tradition. New York: Paulist Press, 1979.

Hume, David. Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals. Ed. L. A. Selby-Bigge. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1902.

Judis, John B. The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics. New York: Columbia Global Reports, 2016.

Kazin, Michael. The Populist Persuasion: An American History. New York: Basic Books, 1995.

Keller, Rev. Edward A. Christianity and American Capitalism. Chicago: The Heritage Foundation, Inc., 1953.

Kelley, David. A Life of One's Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State. Washington: The Cato Institute, 1998.

Kelsen, Hans. What is Justice? Justice, Law, and Politics in the Mirror of Science. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971.

Kimlicka, Will. Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction (second edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Kukathas, Chandran and Philip Pettit. Rawls: A Theory of Justice and its Critics. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990.

Locke, John. Two Treatises of Government. Ed. by Peter Laslett. Cambridge: Cambridge University press, 1960. (Issued as a Mentor book by New American Library.)

Lomasky, Loren E. Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Mackie, J. L. Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong. New York: Penguin Books, 1977.

Macpherson, C.B. ed. Property: Mainstream and Critical Positions. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1978.

Maritain, Jacques. Christianity and Democracy and The Rights of Man and the Natural Law. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1986.

McLaughlin, Terence, ed. The Church and the Reconstruction of the Modern World: The Social Encyclicals of Pius XI. Garden City: Image Books, 1957.

Meyer, Frank S. In Defense of Freedom and Related Essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1996.

Meyers, Diana. Inalienable Rights: A Defense. New York: Columbia University Press, 1985.

Mill, John Stuart. Utilitarianism. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1901.

---------------------. On Liberty. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1956.

Moore, Stephen and Arthur B. Laffer. Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2018.

Narveson, Jan. The Libertarian Idea. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988.

National conference of Catholic Bishops. Economic Justice for All. Washington: United States Catholic Conference, Inc., 1986.

Neuhaus, Richard John. The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1984.

Nielsen, Kai. Why Be Moral?. Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1989.

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1974.

Nussbaum, Martha C. Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership. Cambridge: The Belknap Press, 2006.

----------------------------. Capabilities and Human Rights, 66 Fordham Law Review, 273 (1997).

----------------------------. Aristotelian Social Democracy in Aristotle and Modern Politics, ed. Aristide Tessitore. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press: 2002.

Paul, Jeffrey, ed. Reading Nozick: Essays on Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Totowa: Rowman & Littlefield, 1981.

Perry, Michael J. Love and Power: The Role of Religion and Morality in American Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Pesch, Heinrich, S.J. Ethics and the National Economy. Translated by Dr. Rupert Ederer. Norfolk: IHS Press, 2004.

Pilon, Roger. "Ordering Rights Consistently: Or What We Do and Do Not Have Rights To." Georgia Law Review, Vol. 13 (1979), p. 1171-1196.

Pogge, Thomas. John Rawls: His Life and theory of Justice. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2007. (Original German edition, 1994)

---------------. Realizing Rawls. Ithaca: Cornell University press, 1989.

Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971.

-----------------. Political Liberalism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.
-----------------. Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. E. Kelly (ed.). Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2001.

Reed, Ralph. Active Faith: How Christians Are Changing the Soul of American Politics. New York: The Free Press, 1996.

Rescher, Nicholas. Distributive Justice. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1966.

Robertson, Pat. The New World Order. Dallas: Word Publishing, 1991.

Ryan, John. Economic Justice. Ed. Harlan R. Beckley. (Selections from Distributive Justice and A Living Wage by John Ryan.)

Louisville: Westminster John Know Press, 1996.

Scanlon, T. M. The Difficulty of Tolerance: Essays in Political Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Scaramucci, Anthony. Trump: The Blue-Collar President. New York: Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2018.

Sen, Amartya. The Idea of Justice. London: Penguin Books, 2010.

Smith, Adam. An Enquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. ed. Edwin Cannan. New York: Random House, Inc., 1937.

Spencer, Herbert. The Man versus The State. Edited by Donald Macrae. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, Ltd., 1969.

Sidgwick, Henry. The Methods of Ethics. Seventh edition. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1966. (First edition originally published 1874.)

Thomson, Judith Jarvis. The Realm of Rights. USA: Harvard College, 1990.

-------------------------------. "Some Ruminations on Rights," in Reading Nozick: Essays on Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Ed. Jeffrey Paul. Totowa: Rowman & Littlefield, 1981.

Vallentyne, Peter and Hillel Steiner, ed. Left-Libertarianism and its Critics: The Contemporary Debate. Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.

Vlastos, Gregory. "Justice and Equality." Social Justice. Ed. Richard B. Brandt. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1962.

Waldron, Jeremy. The Right to Private Property. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.

Walzer, Michael. Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1983.

Woodward, Bob. Fear: Trump in the White House. New York, Simon & Shuster, 2018.