John J. Davenport

Professor teaching Political Philosophy, Global Justice, Ethics and Moral Psychology

John Davenport is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York City (Ph.D. Notre Dame, 1998; B.A. Yale, 1989). He teaches and writes on ethics and political philosophy (including human rights, democratic theory and global governance), moral psychology and agency, existentialism, and philosophy of religion. He regularly teaches courses on rights and global justice, environmental problems, libertarianism and its critics, and, and the history of American political thought. His recent articles include • Two Moral Grounds for the Wide Distribution of Capital Goods,” Quaestiones Disputatae 8 no.2 (2017) • “In Defense of the Responsibility to Protect: A Response to Weissman,” in Criminal Justice Ethics 35.2 (2015) • "Just War, Human Rights, and A Federation of Democracies" (Journal of Religious Ethics, 2011), • "For a Federation of Democracies: A Response to Stephen Schlesinger,” Ethics and International Affairs 23 no.1 (Spring 2009), Online Roundtable supplement: • “A Global Federalist Paper” (Journal of Value Inquiry 42, 2008), and books and essays on free will, norms, existential thought, and personal autonomy. He is working on a book about global governance, and another book on the errors in four main strands of political libertarianism (economic neo-conservativism). Davenport has a web page on the need for a constitutional convention to fix deep structural problems with our federal government: see A detailed version of the proposal is available at He has published several editorials on Assad’s mass atrocities in Syria, and also maintains a web page on the History of the Syrian Civil War with political commentary: see His books include a recent monograph on self and autonomy titled Narrative Identity, Autonomy, and Mortality (Routledge 2012), a monograph on motivation and goals titled *Will as Commitment and Resolve*, and a collection of essays on choice and virtue titled *Kierkegaard After MacIntyre* (co-edited with Anthony Rudd).