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Richard William Miller

Professor and Director, Ethics and Public Life

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 329


Richard Miller's research and teaching are in political philosophy and ethics.


  • Philosophy
  • Program on Ethics & Public Life

Graduate Fields

  • Government
  • Philosophy


  • Social and political philosophy
  • Ethics




平等,民主,与国家主权:东西方的和解  [Equality, Democracy and National Sovereignty: Reconciling East and West] (Beijing: People's Publishing House, 2016).

Globalizing Justice: The Ethics of Poverty and Power (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Moral Differences: Truth, Justice and Conscience in a World of Conflict (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.)

Fact and Method: Explanation, Confirmation and Reality in the Natural and the Social Sciences (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987.)

Analyzing Marx: Morality, Power and History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984.)


"Michael Blake's Border Controls," Ethics & International Affairs 29 (2015): 289-99.

"Civilian Deaths and American Power" in Matthew Evangelista and Henry Shue, eds., The American Way of Bombing: Changing Ethical and Legal Norms, from Flying Fortresses to Drones (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014), pp.158-71.

"政治平等如何重要" (Chinese translation of "How Does Political Equality Matter?"), Marxism & Reality (Beijing), 24 (2014): 157-65.

"From Rationality to Equality: Three Stages of Doubt," Journal of Ethics 18 (2014): 253-64.

 “The Cosmopolitanism Controversy Needs a Mid-Life Crisis,” in Gillian Brock, ed., Cosmopolitanism versus Non-Cosmopolitanism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 272-93.

"Global Poverty and Global Inequality" in Jon Mandle and David Reidy, eds., A Companion to Rawls (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), pp. 361-77.

“Global Needs and Special Relationships” in David Grusky and Tamar Kricheli-Katz, eds., The New Gilded Age (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012), pp. 39-60.

“Rawls and Global Justice: A Dispute over a Kantian Legacy,” Philosophical Forum 43 (2012): 297-309.

“The Ethics of America’s Afghan War,” Ethics & International Affairs 25 (2011): 103-131.


“Rawls and Global Justice: A Dispute over a Legacy,” The Monist 94 (2011): 466-88.

“How Global Inequality Matters,” Journal of Social Philosophy 52 (2011): 88-98.

“Might Still Distorts Right: Perils of the Rule of Law Project” in James Fleming, ed., Getting to the Rule of Law, Nomos L  (New York: New York University Press, 2011), pp. 265-92.

“Relationships of Equality: A Camping Trip Revisited,” Journal of Ethics 14 (2010): 231-53.

“The Interest of the Governed and the Interests of Humanity: The Moral Importance of Borders,” Boston University Law Review 90 (2010): 1785-1804.

“Crossing Borders to Fight Injustice: The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention” in Roger Wertheimer, ed., Empowering Our Military Conscience (Ashgate: Farnham, 2010), pp. 59-73.

"Global Power and Economic Justice" in Charles Beitz and Robert Goodin, eds. Global Basic Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 156-80.


"Unlearning American Patriotism," Theory and Research in Education 5 (2007): 7-21. (pdf)

"Global Institutional Reform and Global Social Movements: From False Promise to Realistic Hope," Cornell International Law Journal 39 (2006): 501-14. (pdf)

"The Critique of Globalization" in Matthias Fritsch and Michel Seymour, eds., Reason and Emancipation: Essays on the Philosophy of Kai Nielsen (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2006), pp. 330-9.

"Terrorism and Legitimacy," Journal of Social Philosophy 36 (2005): 194-201.

"Beneficence, Duty and Distance," Philosophy & Public Affairs 32 (2004): 357-83. (pdf)

"Cosmopolitanism and Its Limits," Theoria (South Africa), 104 (2004): 38-53.

"Moral Closeness and World Community" in Deen Chatterjee, ed., The Ethics of Assistance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.), pp. 101-22.

"Terrorism, War and Empire" in James Sterba, ed., Terrorism and International Justice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.), pp. 186-205.

"Respectable Oppressors, Hypocritical Liberators," in Deen Chatterjee and Donald Scheid, eds., Ethics and Foreign Intervention, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 215-50.

"Marxism and Capitalism" in R.G. Frey and Christopher Wellman, eds., Blackwell Companion to Applied Ethics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003), pp. 62-74.

"Too Much Inequality," Social Philosophy and Policy, 19 (2002): 275-313. This issue was also published as Ellen Paul, ed., Should Differences in Income and Wealth Matter? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.)

"Marx's Legacy" in Robert Simon, ed., Blackwell Companion to Political Philosophy (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001), pp. 131-53.

"Moral Contractualism and Moral Sensitivity," Social Theory and Practice, 28 (2002): 193-220.

"International Justice" in Neil Smelser and Paul Baltes, eds., International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2001), pp. 7780-86.

"Nationalist Morality and Crimes Against Humanity" in Aleksandar Jokic, ed., War Crimes and Collective Wrongdoing (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001), pp. 143-62.

"Cosmopolitan Respect and Patriotic Concern," Philosophy & Public Affairs 27 (1998): 202-24. Subsequently anthologized. (JSTOR)