Morality, Governance, and Social Institutions

Reflections on Russell Hardin

  • Thomas Christiano
  • Ingrid Creppell
  • Jack Knight

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Thomas Christiano, Ingrid Creppell, Jack Knight
    Pages 1-21
  3. Gerald Gaus
    Pages 23-56
  4. Geoffrey Brennan
    Pages 57-83
  5. Paul-Aarons Ngomo
    Pages 111-130
  6. Jon Elster
    Pages 157-195
  7. Michael Baurmann, Gregor Betz, Rainer Cramm
    Pages 259-287
  8. Kimberly Stanton
    Pages 313-326
  9. Cristina Bicchieri, Erik Thulin
    Pages 327-349
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 351-353

About this book


This book reflects on the research and career of political theorist Russell Hardin from scholars of Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, and Law, among other disciplines. Contributions address core issues of political theory as perceived by Hardin, starting with his insistence that many of the basic institutions of modern society and their formative historical beginnings can be understood as proceeding primarily from the self-interested motives of the participants. Many of the contributions in this volume struggle with the constraints imposed on political theorizing by the idea of self-interested agents, or homo economicus. Some reject the idea as empirically unfounded. Others try to show that homo economicus is even more versatile than Hardin depicts. And yet others accept the constraints and work within them. But all pay tribute to the lasting intellectual contribution of Russell Hardin and the challenge he poses. The book should appeal to scholars and students interested in collective action, public choice and democracy, moral reasoning and its limits, constitutionalism, liberalism, conventions and coordination, trust, identity politics, social epistemology, and methods in politics philosophy.


political theory legal theory government constitutionality Russell Hardin social norms social theory legal theory normative theory cynicism political psychology moral philosophy liberalism reason collective action Festschrift

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Christiano
    • 1
  • Ingrid Creppell
    • 2
  • Jack Knight
    • 3
  1. 1.PhilosophyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Political ScienceGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.LawDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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