Peter Stone
Ussher Assistant Professor, Political Science

Biography

Peter Stone received his B.A. in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1993. While at Penn State, he completed a Senior Honors Thesis entitled "Towards the Empowerment of Labor: The Allende Experience." He then entered postgraduate study in Political Science at the University of Rochester, receiving an M.A. in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 2000. His Dissertation was entitled "The Luck of the Draw: Revisiting the Lot as a Democratic Institution." From 2003 to 2010 he was Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He then spent a year as Faculty Fellow at Tulane University's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs before becoming Ussher Assistant Professor of Political Science (Political Theory) at Trinity College Dublin in fall 2011. Stone specializes in political theory, especially such areas as democratic theory, theories of justice, rational choice theory, and the philosophy of social science. He is particularly concerned with questions involving the scope and limits of human reason. He is the author of The Luck of the Draw: The Role of Lotteries in Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 2011) and the editor of Lotteries in Public Life: A Reader (Imprint Academic, 2011). He has published articles in such peer-reviewed journals as the Journal of Political Philosophy, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Rationality and Society, Social Science Information, Social Theory and Practice, and Theory and Research in Education. He belongs to many professional societies including the American Political Science Association, the Association for Political Theory, the Bertrand Russell Society, the Political Studies Association, and the Political Studies Association of Ireland. When not working on political science, he enjoys swing dancing, the music of Leonard Cohen, and the occasional game of poker.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Editor's Introduction in, editor(s)Peter Stone , Bertrand Russell's Life and Legacy, Wilmington, DE, Vernon Press, 2017, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2017

Philosophical Biography Reconsidered in, editor(s)Peter Stone , Bertrand Russell's Life and Legacy, Wilmington, DE, Vernon Press, 2017, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2017

Consent, Contract, and Autonomy in, Edwin Etieyibo , Social Contract Theory, Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, DC, 2017, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2017

The Wisdom of the Multitude: Diversity versus Size in, editor(s)Rafal Urbaniak and Gillman Payette , Applications of Formal Philosophy: The Road Less Travelled, Cham, Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, 2017, [Peter Stone and Koji Kagotani] Book Chapter, 2017

Russell's Literary Approach to History in, editor(s)Russell Wahl , Bloomsbury Companion to Russell, London, Bloomsbury, 2017, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2017

Peter Stone, Bertrand Russell's Life and Legacy, Wilmington, DE, Vernon Press, 2017 Book, 2017

Introduction: Who Was Bertrand Russell? in, editor(s)Tim Madigan and Peter Stone , Bertrand Russell, Public Intellectual, Rochester, Tiger Bark Press, 2016, pp13 - 23, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2016

Peter Stone, Sortition, Voting, and Democratic Equality, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP), 19, (3), 2016, p339 - 356 Journal Article, 2016

Russell the Political Activist in, editor(s)Tim Madigan and Peter Stone , Bertrand Russell, Public Intellectual, Rochester, Tiger Bark Press, 2016, pp99 - 132, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2016

Tim Madigan and Peter Stone, eds., Bertrand Russell, Public Intellectual, Rochester, Tiger Bark Press, 2016, 1 - 241pp Book, 2016 URL

Peter Stone, Hobbes' Problem, The Good Society, 24, (1), 2015, p1 - 14 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Peter Stone, Introducing Difference into the Condorcet Jury Theorem, Theory and Decision, 78, (3), 2015, p399 - 409 Journal Article, 2015

Peter Stone, Non-Reasoned Decision-Making, Economics and Philosophy, 30, (2), 2014, p195 - 214 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Voting, Michael T. Gibbons, Encylcopedia of Political Thought, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, [Peter Stone] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2014 DOI URL

Peter Stone, Social Contract Theory in the Global Context, Law, Ethics and Philosophy, 2, 2014, p177-189 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Peter Stone, The Pursuit of Consensus in Global Political Theory, Public Affairs Quarterly, 28, (3), 2014, p215 - 230 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Russell, Bertrand, Michael T. Gibbons, Encylcopedia of Political Thought, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, [Peter Stone] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2014 URL DOI

Collective Action, Michael T. Gibbons, Encylcopedia of Political Thought, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, [Peter Stone] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2014 DOI URL

Anarchism, Michael T. Gibbons, Encylcopedia of Political Thought, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, [Peter Stone] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2014 URL DOI

Peter Stone, Access to Higher Education by the Luck of the Draw, Comparative Education Review, 57, (3), 2013, p577 - 599 Journal Article, 2013

The Straw Theist? in, editor(s)Seyed Javad Miri , The Global Future of Religion, IPSC Press, 2013, pp153 - 171, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2013

Gil Delannoi, Oliver Dowlen, and Peter Stone, The Lottery as a Democratic Institution, Dublin, The Policy Institute, July, 2013 Report, 2013 TARA - Full Text URL

Peter Stone, Many Voices, Different Voices, 2012 Working Paper, 2012 URL

Peter Stone, Varieties of Indeterminacy, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 6, (7), 2012, p107 - 116 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Michele Westhead and Peter Stone, Is Browne the Colour of Mud?, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, 7, (3), 2012, p53 - 62 Journal Article, 2012

Peter Stone, A Renaissance for Random Selection?, Redescriptions, 16, 2012, p125 - 136 Review Article, 2012

Peter Stone, The Luck of the Draw: The Role of Lotteries in Decision Making, Oxford University Press, 2011 Book, 2011 URL URL

Peter Stone, The Concept of Picking, 2011 Working Paper, 2011 URL TARA - Full Text

The Logic of Storytelling and the Storytelling of Logic in, editor(s)Seyed Javad Miri , Social Theory, Religion and Critical Discourses: Critical Theory in the Postmodern Globe, Saarbrücken, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011, pp389 - 416, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2011 URL

Peter Stone, Three Arguments for Lotteries, Social Science Information, 49, (2), 2010, p147 - 163 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Peter Stone, Lotteries, Justice, and Probability, Journal of Theoretical Politics, 21, (3), 2009, p395 - 409 Journal Article, 2009 URL

Peter Stone, The Logic of Random Selection, Political Theory, 37, (3), 2009, p375 - 397 Journal Article, 2009 URL

Peter Stone, Rationality, Intelligibility, and Interpretation, Rationality and Society, 21, (1), 2009, p35 - 58 Journal Article, 2009 URL URL

Peter Stone, Voting, Lotteries, and Justice, Polity, 40, (2), 2008, p246 - 253 Journal Article, 2008 URL

Peter Stone, What Can Lotteries Do for Education?, Theory and Research in Education, 6, (3), 2008, p267 - 282 Journal Article, 2008 URL

Peter Stone, Introduction: Reflections on Andrew Rehfeld's The Concept of Constituency.., Polity, 40, (2), 2008, p216 - 220 Journal Article, 2008 URL

Russell, Mathematics, and the Popular Mind in, editor(s)Alan Schwerin , Russell Revisited: Critical Reflections on the Thought of Bertrand Russell, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp46 - 66, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2008

Peter Stone, On Fair Lotteries, Social Theory and Practice, 34, (4), 2008, p573 - 590 Journal Article, 2008 URL TARA - Full Text

Peter Stone, Conceptualizing Lotteries, 2007 Working Paper, 2007 URL TARA - Full Text

Peter Stone, Why Lotteries Are Just, Journal of Political Philosophy, 15, (3), 2007, p276 - 295 Journal Article, 2007 URL

Peter Stone, The Impossibility of Rational Politics?, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 2, (2), 2003, p239 - 263 Journal Article, 2003 URL

Peter Stone, On Linking Cognitive Mechanisms to Game Play, Politics and the Life Sciences, 22, (2), 2003, p33 - 40 Journal Article, 2003 URL TARA - Full Text

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Peter Stone, The Passionate Bertrand Russell, Philosophy Now, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Peter Stone, Review of Freedom's Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life, by Axel Honneth , Philosophy Now, (121), 2017, p48-49 Review, 2017 URL

Peter Stone, Review of The Demarchy Manifesto: For Better Public Policy. How to Enlighten, Articulate, and Give Effect to Public Opinion , by John Burnheim , Contemporary Political Theory, 2017 Review, 2017

Peter Stone, Russell Needed to Write, Review of A Pacifist at War: Letters and Writings of Bertrand Russell, 1914-1918, by Nicholas Griffin (ed.) , Russell, 36, 2016, p92-94 Review, 2016 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Globalization and Global Justice, by Nicole Hassoun , Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 18, (2), 2015, p417-419 Review, 2015 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Rationality and Social Agency: The Philosophy of Michael Bratman, by Manuel Vargas and Gideon Yaffe, eds. , Metapsychology Online Reviews, 19, (15), 2015 Review, 2015 URL

Julian Culp, Nicole Hassoun, and Peter Stone, Review of Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights, by Diana Tietjens Meyers, ed. , Ethics, 126, (1), 2015, p234-238 Review, 2015

Peter Stone, Review of Choosing Not to Choose: Understanding the Value of Choice, by Cass R. Sunstein , Metapsychology Online Reviews, 19, (45), 2015 Review, 2015 URL

Peter Stone, 'Guaranteed Rotation in Office': A Comment, Political Quarterly, 86, (3), 2015, p380 - 384 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Peter Stone, Review of The Constitution of Risk, by Adrian Vermeule , Perspectives on Politics, 13, (3), 2015, p851-853 Review, 2015 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Partiality, by Simon Keller , Metapsychology Online Reviews, 18, (25), 2014 Review, 2014 URL

Peter Stone, Why Not Try Leaving Things to Chance?, Policy Network, 2014 Journal Article, 2014 URL

The Happy Memes of "Hallelujah" in, editor(s)Jason Holt , Leonard Cohen and Philosophy, Chicago, Open Court, 2014, pp241 - 252, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2014 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Death and the Afterlife by Samuel Scheffler, Review of Death and the Afterlife, by Samuel Scheffler , Metapsychology Online Reviews, 18, (44), 2014 Review, 2014 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Lectures on the History of Moral and Political Philosophy, by G.A. Cohen , Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 2014 Review, 2014 URL

Peter Stone, Review of The Nature and Use of Lotteries by Thomas Gataker., Review of The Nature and Use of Lotteries, by Thomas Gataker , History of Political Thought, 34, (1), 2013, p172-175 Review, 2013 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Meaning and Value in a Secular Age: Why Eupraxsophy Matters - The Writings of Paul Kurtz , by Nathan Bupp, ed. , Metapsychology Online Reviews, 17, (44), 2013 Review, 2013 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Finding Oneself in the Other by G.A. Cohen., Review of Finding Oneself in the Other, by G.A Cohen , Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 2013 Review, 2013 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Virtues, Rules, and Justice: Kantian Aspirations by Thomas E. Hill, Jr. , Review of Virtues, Rules, and Justice: Kantian Aspirations, by Thomas E. Hill, Jr. , Metapsychology Online Reviews, 17, (8), 2013 Review, 2013 URL

Peter Stone, Zombie Movie Morals (I), Philosophy Now, 2013, p44 - 45 Journal Article, 2013 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil, by Ulrich Beck , Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 2013 Review, 2013 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Two Cheers for Anarchism by James C. Scott, Review of Two Cheers for Anarchism, by James C. Scott , Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 2013 Review, 2013 URL

Peter Stone, Review of The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution by Francis Fukuyama., Review of The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, by Francis Fukuyama. , Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 2012 Review, 2012 URL

Peter Stone, Review of The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould by Richard York and Brett Clark., Review of The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould, by Richard York and Brett Clark. , Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 2012 Review, 2012 URL

Peter Stone, Review of The Politics of Genocide by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson., Review of The Politics of Genocide, by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson. , New Political Science, 34, (1), 2012, p93-96 Review, 2012 URL

Peter Stone, Review of The Science of Language: Interviews with James McGilvray by Noam Chomsky., Review of The Science of Language: Interviews with James McGilvray., by Noam Chomsky , Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 2012 Review, 2012 URL

Peter Stone, Review of On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy by G.A. Cohen., Review of On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy, by G.A. Cohen , Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 2011 Review, 2011 URL

Peter Stone, Lotteries in Public Life: A Reader, Imprint Academic, 2011 Book, 2011

Peter Stone, An Aristotle's Eye View, Review of Experiments in Ethics, by Kwane Anthony Appiah , Radical Philosophy Review, 13, (2), 2010, p223-226 Review, 2010 URL

Peter Stone, Sophomoric, Review of Bertrand Russell's Socio-Political Ideas., by Jyotish Ch. Basak , Russell, 30, (1), 2010, p90-93 Review, 2010 URL

Peter Stone, Review of A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent Is Vital to Islam and America by Anouar Majid., Review of A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent Is Vital to Islam and America, by Anouar Majid , New Political Science, 32, (1), 2010, p154-156 Review, 2010 URL

Peter Stone, Review of The Political Potential of Sortition by Oliver Dowlen., Review of The Political Potential of Sortition, by Oliver Dowlen , Philosophical Quarterly, 60, (240), 2010, p664-666 Review, 2010 URL

Lotteries and Probability Theory in, editor(s)Gil Delannoi and Oliver Dowlen , Sortition: Theory and Practice, Imprint Academic, 2010, pp157 - 171, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Peter Stone, Review of Rescuing Justice and Equality by G.A. Cohen., Review of Rescuing Justice and Equality, by G.A. Cohen , Perspectives on Politics, 7, (3), 2009, p640-641 Review, 2009 URL

Introduction to A Citizen Legislature by Ernest Callenbach and Michael Philips in, editor(s)Ernest Callenbach, Michael Phillips, and Keith Sutherland , A Citizen Legislature/A People's Parliament, Imprint Academic, 2008, pp9 - 16, [Peter Stone] Book Chapter, 2008 TARA - Full Text URL

Peter Stone, Pi and the Movie Mind, Philosophy Now, 2007, p44 - 46 Journal Article, 2007 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Justice and Democracy edited by Keith Dowding, Robert E. Goodin, and Carole Pateman. , Review of Justice and Democracy , by Keith Dowding, Robert E. Goodin, and Carole Pateman, eds. , Perspectives on Politics, 3, (3), 2005, p614-615 Review, 2005 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Democracy Defended by Gerry Mackie., Review of Democracy Defended, by Gerry Mackie , Public Choice, 125, (3-4), 2005, p471-475 Review, 2005 URL

Peter Stone, "Hanging Out with Russell, Brando, and Lennon.", Review of Street Fighting Years: an Autobiography of the Sixties, by Tariq Ali , Russell, 25, (1), 2005, p91-93 Review, 2005 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy by S.M. Amadae. , Review of Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy, by S.M. Amadae. , Perspectives on Politics, 2, (2), 2004, p347-348 Review, 2004 URL

Peter Stone, Russell in the Philippines, Review of Bertrand Russell to the Rescue: Can the Wit and Wisdom of Bertrand Russell Save the Philippines, by Ramon Suzara , Russell, 23, 2004, p183-185 Review, 2004 URL

Peter Stone, Ray Monk and the Politics of Bertrand Russell, Review of Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness, 1921-1970, by Ray Monk , Russell, 23, (1), 2003, p82-91 Review, 2003 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Microfoundations, Method, and Causation: On the Philosophy of the Social Sciences by Daniel Little, Review of Microfoundations, Method, and Causation: On the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, by Daniel Little , Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 32, (1), 2002, p120-126 Review, 2002 URL

Peter Stone, Adrift at Armageddon, Review of The ABC of Armageddon: Bertrand Russell on Science, Religion and the Next War, 1919-1938, by Peter H. Denton , Russell, 21, (2), 2002, p181-185 Review, 2002 URL

Peter Stone, Review of Cosmopolitan Intervention by Darrel Moellendorf, Review of Cosmopolitan Intervention, by Darrel Moellendorf , New Political Science, 24, (4), 2002, p612-615 Review, 2002 URL

Peter Stone, Making the World Safe for Methods, The Political Methodologist, 10, (1), 2001, p9 - 10 Journal Article, 2001 TARA - Full Text URL

Peter Stone, Russell the Political Theorist, by Bart Schultz, ed. , Russell, 20, (1), 2000, p85-92 Review, 2000 URL

Research Expertise

Description

Stone specializes in political theory, especially such areas as democratic theory, theories of justice, rational choice theory, and the philosophy of social science. He is particularly concerned with questions involving the scope and limits of human reason. His secondary research interests include politics and religion and the philosophy of Bertrand Russell.

Keywords

BEHAVIORAL/SOCIAL SCIENCES; bertrand russell; citizen juries; Comparative political institutions; Condorcet Jury Theorem; Decision Making; DEMOCRACY; Democratic Equality; Formal Theory (Political Science); Game Theory; Global Justice; INSTITUTIONS; Lotteries; Political Methodology; Political Philosophy; Political Science; Political Theory; Rational Choice Theory; RATIONALITY; Theories of Global Justice

Recognition

Representations

Secretary, Political Studies Association of Ireland 2016-Present

Member, Executive Committee, Political Studies Association of Ireland 2015-Present

Co-Convenor, Political Theory Specialist Group, Political Studies Association of Ireland 2015-Present

Vice President, Bertrand Russell Society 2015-Present

Board Member, Bertrand Russell Society 1997-Present

Vice Chair, Bertrand Russell Society 2010-2015

Political Theory Category Chair, Annual Meeting--European Political Science Association 2014

Review Editor, Foundations of Political Theory, Encyclopedia of Political Thought Project 2011-2013

Secretary of Society and Board, Bertrand Russell Society 1998-2001

Coordinator, Conference for the Study of Political Thought (Upstate New York Chapter) 2001-2003

Awards and Honours

Bertrand Russell Society Book Award 2017

M.A. (jure officii), University of Dublin. 2015

Best C&M Working Paper Award, Committee on Concepts and Methods, International Political Science Association 2014

Memberships

American Political Science Association

American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy

Association for Political Theory

Bertrand Russell Society

Conference for the Study of Political Thought

Midwest Political Science Association

Political Studies Association

Political Studies Association of Ireland

ASAP (Academics Stand against Poverty) Ireland 2016