Quotes by Brian M. Barry

"One simple answer is that there has been a massive rise in the incidence of sanctimony and smugness among the successful that has nothing to do with any change in the underlying reality. Rather, it has been stimulated by politicians who have realized that it is possible to win power by recruiting the most economically successful forty per cent or so of the population in a crusade to roll back the gains made by their fellow citizens in the previous forty years. And how better to rationalize this than to tell people that they deserve the incomes that the market generates?"

Books by Brian M. Barry

Brian M. Barry
  • Brian M. Barry

  • Date of birth: January 13, 1936
  • Died: March 09, 2009
  • Born: in The United Kingdom.

  • Description: Brian Barry [Fellow of the British Academy] was a moral and political philosopher. He was educated at the Queen's College, Oxford, obtaining the degrees of B.A. and D.Phil under the direction of H. L. A. Hart.

    Along with David Braybrooke, Richard E. Flathman, Felix Oppenheim, and Abraham Kaplan, he is widely credited with having fused analytic philosophy and political science.[citation needed] Barry also fused political theory and social choice theory and was a persistent critic of public choice theory.

    During his early career, Barry held teaching posts at the University of Birmingham, Keele University and the University of Southampton. In 1965 he was appointed a teaching fellow at University College, and then Nuffield College. In 1969 he became a professor at Essex University.

    Barry was Lieber Professor Emeritus of Political Philosophy at Columbia University and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the London School of Economics. He was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science in 2001. Barry also taught at the University of Chicago, in the departments of philosophy and political science. During this time he edited the journal Ethics, helping raise its publication standards. Under his editorship, it became perhaps the leading journal for moral and political philosophy.

    He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1978. Barry was a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York in 2006.

    Selected publications
    * Why Social Justice Matters (Polity 2005)
    * Culture & Equality: An Egalitarian Critique of Multiculturalism (2001)
    * Justice as Impartiality (1995)
    * Theories of Justice (Berkeley, 1989)
    * Democracy, Power, and Justice: Essays in Political Theory (Oxford, 1989)
    * The Liberal Theory of Justice (1973)
    * Sociologists, Economists and Democracy (1970)
    * Political Argument (1965, Reissue 1990)