Lucas Swaine

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Government

Curriculum Vitae
230 Silsby Hall
HB 6108
B.A. (Hons.), M.A. University of Manitoba
D.Phil., University of Sussex
A.M., Ph.D., Brown University

Selected Publications

The Liberal Conscience: Politics and Principle in a World of Religious Pluralism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006; paperback edition, 2008).

“Freedom of Thought as a Basic Liberty,” Political Theory, Vol. 46, No. 3 (2018), pp. 405-25. Available at:

“Can Islam Transform Liberalism?” Politics, Religion & Ideology, Vol. 19, No. 3 (2018), pp. 285-304. Available at:

“Legal Exemptions for Religious Feelings,” in Religious Exemptions, ed. Kevin Vallier and Michael Weber (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 74-96.

“The Origins of Autonomy,” History of Political Thought, Vol. 37, No. 2 (2016): 216-37.

Works in Progress

Ethical Autonomy: The Rise of Self-Rule (book project): This book reconsiders the normative importance of personal autonomy for democratic citizenship and good lives. It identifies serious deficiencies in existing ideals of autonomy and articulates a new, morally robust understanding that delimits and justifies restraints on an autonomous individual’s imagination, deliberation, and will. Ethical Autonomy argues for a special ideal of individual-level autonomy, one that is consonant with sound ideals of moral character and grounded in fundamental principles of liberty of conscience.