Alyssa Bernstein

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Director, Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics
Ohio University
Ellis Hall, Room 220D
Athens, Ohio 45701
(740)593-9777 office
(740)593-4597  Fax
bernstei@ohio.edu
bastinbernstein@gmail.com

Education

Ph.D. Harvard University, 2000
B.A. Cornell University, 1984

Areas of Specialization or Competence

Ethics, Social/Political Philosophy (especially John Rawls and his critics), History of Modern Western Ethics and Social/Political Philosophy (especially Immanuel Kant), Philosophy of Law, Applied Ethics (including Human Rights, Global Justice, Environmental Ethics, Climate Change)

Publications
Below are links to some of my published or forthcoming papers (the final pre-publication draft).  The published papers may differ in minor details.

"The Rights of States, the Rule of Law, and Coercion: Reflections on Pauline Kleingeld's Kant and Cosmopolitanism" forthcoming in Kantian Review, 2014.

"War as Means to Peace? Kant on International Right," in Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik/Annual Review of Law and Ethics, Volume 21, 2013.

"Kant and the End of War: A Critique of Just War Theory, by Howard Williams; and Kant and Cosmopolitanism:  The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship, by Pauline Kleingeld" (review of two books) in Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 27, Issue 3, 2013.

“Climate Justice” (3,000+-word entry) in Encyclopedia of Global Justice, edited by Deen Chatterjee et alia (Springer, 2012). 

“Political Cosmopolitanism” (3,000+-word entry) in Encyclopedia of Global Justice, edited by Deen Chatterjee et alia (Springer, 2012).
 
“Moral Cosmopolitanism” (3,000+-word entry) in Encyclopedia of Global Justice, edited by Deen Chatterjee et alia (Springer, 2012). 

“The Law of Peoples” (3,000+-word entry) in Encyclopedia of Global Justice, edited by Deen Chatterjee et alia (Springer, 2012).

“The Original Position” (3,000+-word entry) in Encyclopedia of Global Justice, edited by Deen Chatterjee et alia (Springer, 2012).

“The Second Original Position”
(3,000+-word entry) in Encyclopedia of Global Justice, edited by Deen Chatterjee et alia (Springer, 2012).

“Simon Caney”
(1,200+-word entry) in Encyclopedia of Global Justice, edited by Deen Chatterjee et alia (Springer, 2012).

“Political, not Metaphysical, yet Kantian?  A Defense of Rawls,” in Politics and Metaphysics in Kant, edited by Howard Williams, Sorin Baiasu, and Sami Pihlström (University of Wales Press, 2011).

"Force and Freedom:  Kant's Legal and Political Philosophy," (book review) in Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vol. 48 Issue 4, October 2010.

"Universal Human Rights in a World of Difference -- by Brooke A. Ackerly" (book review), in Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 23, Issue 4, 2009.

“Kant, Rawls, and Cosmopolitanism:  Toward Perpetual Peace and The Law of Peoples,” in Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik/Annual Review of Law and Ethics, Volume 17 (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2009, pp. 3-52).

“Kant on Rights and Coercion in International Law:  Implications for Humanitarian Military Intervention,” in Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik/Annual Review of Law and Ethics, Volume 16 (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2008), pp. 57-100.

"Nussbaum versus Rawls: Should Feminist Human Rights Advocates Reject the Law of Peoples and Endorse the Capabilities Approach?" in Global Feminist Ethics , eds. Peggy Des Autels and Rebecca Whisnant (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).

"Human Rights, Global Justice, and Disaggregated States: John Rawls, Onora O'Neill, and Anne-Marie Slaughter," in American Journal of Sociology and Economics (2007) and in The Challenges of Globalization: Rethinking Nature, Culture, and Freedom , eds. Steven Hicks and Daniel Shannon (Malden, MA Blackwell: 2007).

"International Law and Democracy: A Critique of Kant via Tesón," in: Valerio Rohden/Ricardo Ribeiro/Guido Antonio de Almeida, eds.: Proceedings of the Tenth International Kant Congress (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008.)

"Justifying Universal Human Rights via Rawlsian Public Reason," in ARSP (Archiv für Rechts und Sozialphilosophie) Beiheft Nr. 108 (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2007).

"A Human Right to Democracy? Legitimacy and Intervention,"in Rawls's Law of Peoples: A Realistic Utopia?, eds. Rex Martin and David Reidy (Blackwell, 2006).

"Stuart Hampshire," (entry) in The Dictionary of American Philosophers (Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press, 2005).

"Democratization as an Aim of Intervention: Rawls's Law of Peoples on Just War, Human Rights, and Toleration," in ARSP (Archiv für Rechts und Sozialphilosophie) Beiheft Nr. 95 (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2004).

"Women, Gender, and Human Rights: A Global Perspective," (book review) in Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2002.

"AIDS and Development in Africa," (book review) in The Harvard International Review (Summer Issue), 2002.

"The Law of Peoples," (book review) in Philosophical Inquiry, 2002.

Papers Presented

"International Peace and the Rule of Law:  Reflections on Pauline Kleingeld’s book, 'Kant and Cosmopolitanism'," (invited comments for the Author-Meets-Critics session on Pauline Kleingeld, Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship, at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, CA:  March 2013).

"Climate Change and Global Justice: A Critique of V. Zanetti, E. Posner, and D. Weisbach" (Atlanta, Georgia: September 2012, invitation-only conference entitled "Global Justice and International Law", co-organized by the Philosophy Department of Georgia State University and the Philosophy Department of Bielefeld University, Germany; list of speakers and program available at: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwphi/13996.html).

Political, Not Metaphysical, Yet Kantian:  Rawls versus Flikschuh” (Pisa, Italy:  September 2007, the UK Kant Society’s Section, entitled "Politics and Metaphysics in Kant," at the annual General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research).

“Kant on Rights and Coercion in International Law:  Implications for Humanitarian Military Intervention” (Jena, Germany:  July 2007, an international symposium on Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals, organized by Professors Sharon Byrd, Joachim Hruschka, and Jan Joerden, at the University of Jena).

“Contemporary Kantian Views on Humanitarian Intervention, Just War, and Peace” (Hiroshima, Japan:  June, 2007, the International Society for Universal Dialogue’s seventh biennial World Congress).

"Nussbaum versus Rawls on Human Rights" (Washington, D.C.: December 2006 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association).

"Toward Perpetual Peace and The Law of Peoples : How Rawls Develops Kant" ( Copenhagen, Denmark: August 2006 conference entitled Kant's Vision of Peace in his Zum ewigen Frieden, sponsored by the Network on Ethics and Justice in the Community of Nations and the Danish Public Research Council for the Humanities) .

" The 2005 Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (UDBHR) and the Duty of International Assistance" ( New York City : April 2006 conference entitled Is There a Global Bioethics? Moral, Legal, and International Norms in Bioscience , sponsored by the International Humanist Ethical Union, the Appignani Center for Bioethics, the Genetics Policy Institute, and the Alden March Bioethics Institute).

" Rawls on Respect for Persons and Religious Restraint: A Reply to Eberle" (Portland, Oregon: March 2006 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association).

"International Law and Democracy: A Critique of Kant via Teson," International Kant Society (Sao Paulo, Brazil: August, 2005, quinquennial world congress).

"Human Rights, Global Justice, and Disaggregated States: John Rawls, Onora O'Neill, and Anne-Marie Slaughter," International Society for Universal Dialogue (Helsinki, Finland: July, 2005, biennial world congress).

"Justifying Universal Human Rights via Rawlsian Public Reason," International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (Granada, Spain: May, 2005, biennial world congress).

"Is Kant's Political Philosophy Statist?", Western Political Science Association (Oakland, CA: March, 2005, annual meeting).

"Democratization as an Aim of Intervention: Rawls's Law of Peoples on Just War, Human Rights, and Toleration," invited paper presented to the Special Session on John Rawls's The Law of Peoples in the Politics of Human Rights Workshop, World Congress of the IVR (International Society for Social Philosophy and Philosophy of Law), Lund, Sweden, 2003.

"The Human Right to Health Care and the HIV Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa," The University Committee on Human Rights, Fellows' Colloquium, Harvard University, 2002.

"Human Rights, HIV, and Gender: A Critique of the Report of the WHO's Commission on Macroeconomics and Health," Kennedy School, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Fellows' Colloquium, Harvard University, 2002.

"International Obligations," Harvard Model United Nations, Boston, MA, 2002.

"A Cosmopolitan Conception of Human Rights and Global Justice," Internationalization of Human Rights and Globalization Conference, Portland State University, 2001.

"AIDS, Human Rights, and Gender in Sub-Saharan Africa, Kennedy School, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Fellows' Colloquium, Harvard University, 2001

"Kantian Constructivism and 'Welfare Rights'," Hong Kong University Department of Philosophy, California State University Department of Philosophy, and Ohio University Department of Philosophy, 2001.

"Basic Economic Rights," Kennedy School, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Fellows' Colloquium, Harvard University, 2001.

"Two Kantian Constructivist Conceptions of Human Rights," Department of Philosophy, Harvard University, 2001.

"Human Rights, Democracy, and Rawls's Law of Peoples," Kennedy School, Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University, 2000.

"Toward a Contractualist Conception of Global Justice," Program in Ethics at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2000.

"Rawls versus Pogge on Global Distributive Justice," Workshop in Philosophy and Economics, Harvard University, 1999.

"Human Rights, Liberalism, and Democracy," Workshop in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999.

"Moral Rights as Correlates of Perfect Duties of Justice: Rawls, O'Neill, Kant," Workshop in Moral and Political Philosophy, Harvard University, 1998.

"Human Rights and International Relations," Workshop in Moral and Political Philosophy, Harvard University, 1997.

"Rawls's Law of Peoples and Its Conception of Human Rights," Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1995.

"The Rights of Cultural Minorities," Human Rights, Ethics and Justice in Multicultural Perspectives, Conference at N.Y.U., 1993.