Minimizing Marriage: Marriage, Morality, and the Law, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Translated into Japanese, Tokyo: Hakutakusha Press, 2020.

Reviews in Ethics, Hypatia, Humana Mente International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Philosophy in Review, Reason, Res Publica, Social Theory and Practice, Journal of Applied Philosophy, The Philosopher’s Magazine, Journal of Homosexuality, APhEx Portale Italiano di Filosofia Analitica Giornale di Filosofia.


Edited collections

  1. Philosophical Foundations of Children’s and Family Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Co-edited with Lucinda Ferguson (Law Faculty, Oxford University). Reviewed in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.
  2. After Marriage: Rethinking Marital Relationships, New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Reviews in The New York Times Book Review (4/10/16), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Hypatia.

Journal special issue

Special Issue of Philosophical Studies, Papers from the 2020 and 2021 Pacific Division APA Conferences, with Clair Morrissey (forthcoming).

Journal articles and book chapters

  1. “Emotional Abuse and the Law,” for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy volume, edited by David Sobel and Steven Wall, forthcoming.
  2. “The Uses and Abuses of Sociality: A Reply to Kimberley Brownlee,” forthcoming, Criminal Law and Philosophy.
  3. “Rights to Belong and Rights to Be Left Alone?: Claims to Caring Relationships and Their Limits,” for Being Social: The Philosophy of Social Human Rights, ed. Kimberley Brownlee, David Jenkins, and Adam Neal (Oxford University Press, 2022).
  4. “Price Gouging and the Duty of Easy Rescue,” Economics & Philosophy 37:3 (2021): 329-353 (published online 12/23/2020).
  5. “Care as Work: The Exploitation of Caring Attitudes and Emotional Labor,” in Caring for Liberalism: Dependency and Political Theory, ed. Amy Baehr and Asha Bhandary, New York: Routledge, 2021.
  6. “Rebuilding after Disaster: Inequality and the Political Importance of Place,” Social Theory and Practice 45:2 (2019): 179-204.
  7. “Polyamorous Weddings: Subversive Weddings and Weddings without Marriages,” Analize: Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, Issue 11, 2018 (Online at: <;).
  8. “Paid and Unpaid Care: Marriage, Equality, and Domestic Workers,” Philosophical Foundations of Children’s and Family Law, ed. E. Brake and L. Ferguson (Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 75-94.
  9. “Introduction: The Importance of Theory to Children’s and Family Law,” co-authored with Lucinda Ferguson, Philosophical Foundations of Children’s and Family Law, ed. E. Brake and L. Ferguson (Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 1-40.
  10. “Love and the Law,” in Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Love, ed. Christopher Gray and Aaron Smuts, forthcoming with Oxford University Press, chapter published online 2017.
  11. “Is ‘Loving More’ Better?: The Values of Polyamory,” The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, 7th edition, ed. Raja Halwani, Sarah Hoffman, and Alan Soble (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), pp. 201-220, updated for 8th edition (2021).
  12. “Thinking Differently about Philosophical Progress: The Big Questions, Applied Philosophy, and The Profession,” Social Philosophy and Policy, Winter 2017, pp. 23-45.
  13. “Marriage for Everybody: What Is Marriage Equality?” in Desire, Love, and Identity: A Textbook for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, ed. Gary Foster (Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2017), pp. 310-319.
  14. “Equality and Non-Hierarchy in Marriage: What Do Feminists Really Want?” In After Marriage, ed. E. Brake (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).
  15. “Fair Care: Eldercare and Distributive Justice,” Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, vol. 16 no. 2 (2017), 132-151, first published online August 30, 2015.
  16. “Creation Theory: Do Genetic Ties Matter?” In Permissible Progeny, ed. S. Hannan, S. Brennan, and R. Vernon (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  17. “Recognizing Care: The Case for Friendship and Polyamory,” Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement Journal, Issue 1, 2014 (<;).
  18. “Feminism, Family Law, and the Social Bases of Self-Respect.” In Re-reading the Canon Series: Feminist Interpretations of Rawls, ed. Ruth Abbey (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2013), pp. 57-74.
  19. “Is Divorce Promise-Breaking?,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14:1 (2011): 23-39.
  20. “Minimal Marriage: What Political Liberalism Implies for Marriage Law,” Ethics 120:2 (2010): 302-337.
  21. “Willing Parents: A Voluntarist Account of Parental Role Obligations.” In Procreation and Parenthood, ed. David Archard and David Benatar (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010): 151-177.
  22. “Rethinking Marriage: What Role Should the State Play?,” Res Publica (Australia), Vol. 19, No. 1 (2010): 18-22.
  23. “‘You can always come back, but you can’t come back all the way’: freedom and the past in Dylan’s recent work.” In The Political Art of Bob Dylan (2nd), ed. David Boucher and Gary Browning (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2009): 184-206.
  24. “Marriage, Morality, and Institutional Value,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10:3 (2007): 243-254.  
  25. “‘To live outside the law, you must be honest’: freedom in Dylan’s lyrics.” In Dylan and Philosophy, ed. Peter Vernezze and Carl J. Porter (Chicago: Open Court, 2006): 78-89.
  26. “Fatherhood and Child Support:  Do Men Have a Right to Choose?,” Journal of Applied Philosophy 22:1 (2005): 55-73.  
  27. “Justice and Virtue in Kant’s Account of Marriage,” Kantian Review 9 (2005): 58-94.
  28. “Rawls and Feminism: What Should Feminists Make of Liberal Neutrality?,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 1:3 (2004): 295-312. REPRINTED in The Legacy of John Rawls, ed. Thom Brooks and Fabian Freyenhagen (London: Continuum Press, 2005): 67-84.
  29. “Responsibility, Paternity, and the Costs of Rearing Children: Do abortion rights undermine child support obligations?” Beihefte of Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2004): 211-218.
  30. “A Liberal Response to Catharine MacKinnon,” Southwest Philosophical Studies 22 (2000): 17-23.
  31. “Love’s Paradox: Hegel’s Account of Marriage,” Women’s Philosophy Review 22, Special Issue on Hegel, Stella Sandford and Alison Stone (1999): 80-104.
  32. “Marriage, Influence and Deception in Merchant Ivory’s Adaptations of The Europeans and The Bostonians.” In Henry James on the Stage and Screen, ed. John Bradley (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000), 143-156.
  33. “Personhood and the Family: Hegel’s Account,” Contemporary Political Studies (Proceedings of the Political Studies Association, 1997): 365-371.