Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
James completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia in 1974.
The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, United Kingdom
James completed his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge in 1977.
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(John Locke's theory of property is perhaps the most disti...)
John Locke's theory of property is perhaps the most distinctive and the most influential aspect of his political theory. In this book James Tully uses a hermeneutical and analytical approach to offer a revolutionary revision of early modern theories of property, focusing particularly on that of Locke. Setting his analysis within the intellectual context of the seventeenth century, Professor Tully overturns the standard interpretations of Locke's theory, showing that it is not a justification of private property. Instead, he shows it to be a theory of individual use rights within a framework of inclusive claim rights. He links Locke's conception of rights not merely to his ethical theory, but to the central arguments of his epistemology, and illuminates the way in which Locke's theory is tied to his metaphysical views of God and man, his theory of revolution, and his account of a legitimate polity.
(John Locke's subtle and influential defense of religious ...)
John Locke's subtle and influential defense of religious toleration as argued in his seminal Letter Concerning Toleration (1685) appears in this edition as introduced by one of our most distinguished political theorists and historians of political thought. John Locke's subtle and influential defense of religious toleration as argued in his seminal Letter Concerning Toleration (1685) appears in this edition as introduced by one of our most distinguished political theorists and historians of political thought.
(This is the first comprehensive evaluation of Charles Tay...)
This is the first comprehensive evaluation of Charles Taylor's work and a major contribution to the leading questions in philosophy and the human sciences as they face an increasingly pluralistic age. Charles Taylor is one of the most influential moral and political philosophers of our time, and these essays address topics in his thought ranging over the history of philosophy, truth, modernity and postmodernity, theism, interpretation, the human sciences, liberalism, pluralism, and difference.
(The distinguished political philosopher James Tully addre...)
The distinguished political philosopher James Tully addresses the demands for cultural recognition that constitute the major conflicts of today, such as nationalism and federalism, the claims of Aboriginal peoples, feminism, linguistic and ethnic minorities. Tully's survey of four hundred years of constitutional practice shows that neither modern nor postmodern constitutionalism can adjudicate such claims justly, and in Strange Multiplicity, he instead develops a post-imperial philosophy of constitutionalism capable of bringing peace to the twenty-first century.
James completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia in 1974 and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge in 1977.
James Hamilton Tully served as a Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at McGill University from 1977 to 1996. He then took a position as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria from 1996 to 2001. In 2001 Tully became Henry N.R. Jackman distinguished professor in Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto in the departments of Philosophy and Political Science and the Faculty of Law.
In 2003 he returned to the University of Victoria as a distinguished professor. He retired in 2014. As an emeritus and adjunct professor, he continues his research and works with graduate students.
He was consulting editor of the journals Political Theory and Global Constitutionalism, co-editor of the Clarendon Works of John Locke, and former co-editor of the Cambridge Ideas in Context Series. He has published 11 authored and edited volumes and over 90 chapters and articles.
Tully's A Discourse on Property: John Locke and His Adversaries is part of a larger movement to place the classics of political theory in their historical context, rather than simply extracting the useful ideas and discarding the remainder. In contrast to C. B. Macpherson, the Canadian Marxist who saw Locke as the theorist of ruthless capitalism, Tully finds a more complicated theory of property, neither capitalist nor socialist. Instead, he traces Locke's ideas to the Levellers, who opposed the aristocratic conception of unrestricted rights to do with their land whatever they saw fit, even if that meant leaving it wild and throwing out the peasants. While Locke certainly acknowledged the right of private property, that was not an absolute, "but a use-right only, strictly limited by the continuing rights to preservation held by the rest of the community.
Tully followed up with another study of John Locke, An Approach to Political Philosophy: Locke in Contexts, a collection of his writings from the previous ten years. The essays cover Locke's views of the nature of God, his theories of law and justice and property, and other recurring motifs in Locke's work.
In addition to examining the works of Locke, Tully has also taken a strong interest in the works of two modern pioneers of political thought, Quentin Skinner and Charles Taylor. Meaning and Context: Quentin Skinner and His Critics brings together thirteen essays that confront five of Skinner's most influential works and explore the objections of Skinner's many critics.
Philosophy in an Age of Pluralism: The Philosophy of Charles Taylor in Question is a similar attempt to confront the work of another modern giant, but these essays are by different authors, each with a different take on Taylor's approach to the good life and the good society.
(The distinguished political philosopher James Tully addre...)1995
(John Locke's subtle and influential defense of religious ...)1983
(This is the first comprehensive evaluation of Charles Tay...)1994
(John Locke's theory of property is perhaps the most disti...)1980
At the heart of his work-from minority rights and the rights of Indigenous peoples to global inequality and the environmental crisis-is Tully's focus on public philosophy, civic freedom, and the capacities of individuals to act co-operatively and effectively in addressing the complex challenges of the day. Public philosophy as applied by Tully is a new kind of political and legal approach that explores how civic struggles take place around public problems; the history of their formation; and the possibilities of addressing them democratically and effectively by citizens and governments.
James is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Trudeau Foundation.
James married Debra Higgins in 1990. The couple has two children, Cynthia and Erin.