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James Tully
To Think and Act Differently

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Book Description

James Tully: To Think and Act Differently collects classic, contemporary, and previously unpublished examples of public philosophy in action from across James Tully’s four decades of scholarship.

The book provides readers with a perspicuous representation of public philosophy as an ongoing experiment with reconstructing the practice of political theory as a democratizing and diversifying dialogue between scholars and citizens. This volume offers an overview of this participatory mode of political philosophy and political change by reconstructing the arc of Tully’s intellectual trajectory in contexts, illuminating moments of clarification and transformation, and the ways it continues to shed new insights into the challenges of citizenship in the present. Topics discussed include approaches to the history of political thought, constitutionalism, democratic theory, comparative political theory, intercultural dialogue and translation; Indigenous political thought; settler colonialism and empire; climate change and sustainability; modernity; nonviolence; and mutual aid. It will be of interest to scholars of political philosophy, political theory, constitutional law, Indigenous studies, intellectual history, and ecological humanities.

Table of Contents


An Approach to Public Philosophy: James Tully in Contexts

Alexander Livingston


Part I: The Practice of Public Philosophy

1. Political Theory as a Critical Activity: The Emergence of Public Philosophy in a New Key (2017)

2. Public Philosophy and Civic Freedom: A Guide to the Two Volumes (2008)

3. Deparochializing Political Theory and Beyond: A Dialogue Approach to Comparative Political Thought (2016)


Part II: Modes of Citizenship and Practices of Freedom

4. The Agonistic Freedom of Citizens (1999)

5. The Historical Formation of Common Constitutionalism: The Rediscovery of Cultural Diversity 1 (1995)

6. Two Meanings of Global Citizenship: Modern and Diverse (2008)

7. Rethinking Human Rights and Enlightenment: A View from the Twenty-First Century (2012)


Part III: Sustaining Civic Freedom

8. Progress and Skepticism 1789-1989 (1989)

9. Introducing Integral Global Constitutionalism (2016)

Co-Authors: Jeffery L. Dunoff, Anthony F. Lang Jr., Mattias Kumm, And Antje Wiener

10. Life Sustains Life 2: The Ways of Re-Engagement with the Living Earth (2020)

11. A View of Transformative Reconciliation: Strange Multiplicity & the Spirit of Haida Gwaii at 20 (2015)

12. Integral Nonviolence. Two Lawyers on Nonviolence: Mohandas K. Gandhi and Richard B. Gregg (2018)

13. Sustainable Democratic Constitutionalism and Climate Crisis (2020)

An Interview with James Tully: Questions from Alexander Livingston

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James Tully is the Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Law, and Philosophy at the University of Victoria. He is the co-editor of over sixty volumes of Cambridge University Press’s celebrated ‘Ideas in Context’ series (1996-2014) as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In addition to his numerous scholarly books and academic accomplishments, he served as an advisor to the Canadian Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1993-1996). He has held positions at McGill University and University of Toronto.

Alexander Livingston is Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research addresses social movements, civil disobedience, democratic theory, and the history of twentieth-century political thought. He is the author of Damn Great Empires! William James and the Politics of Pragmatism (Oxford University Press, 2016).


"This collection offers a superbly curated selection of, and guide to, the work of James Tully. Alex Livingston expertly charts the evolving trajectory of one of the most creative political theorists of the 21st century from the exploration of imperialism in support of indigenous struggles to engagement with global climate change, democratic sustainability, and the ethics of non-violence. This is a landmark volume for understanding the past, present and future of Tully’s public philosophy and the transformation of political theory it accomplishes."

David Owen, University of Southampton, UK.