Douglas B. Rasmussen

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Douglas B. Rasmussen
Douglas B. Rasmussen in 2010
Douglas B. Rasmussen in 2010
Notable worksThe Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand (editor), Liberty and Nature: An Aristotelian Defense of Liberal Order (with Den Uyl)

Douglas B. Rasmussen (born 1948) is professor of philosophy at St. John's University, where he has taught since 1981.


Rasmussen earned his B.A. (1971) from the University of Iowa, and his Ph.D. (1980) in Philosophy from Marquette University.[1] Rasmussen's areas of scholarly interest include Political Philosophy, Ethics, Ontology, Epistemology, Business Ethics, and Political Economy.[2]

Rasmussen has contributed articles to leading journals such as American Philosophical Quarterly, International Philosophical Quarterly, The New Scholasticism, Public Affairs Quarterly, The Review of Metaphysics, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Social Philosophy and Policy, and The Thomist.[3]

Rasmussen coauthored (with Douglas Den Uyl) several books: Liberty and Nature: An Aristotelian Defense of Liberal Order (1991);[4] Liberalism Defended: The Challenge of Post-Modernity (1997);[5] and Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2005).[6] He also co-edited (with Den Uyl) The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand (1984).[7]

A collection of scholarly essays about Rasmussen and Den Uyl's Norms of Liberty, Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on "Norms of Liberty", edited by Aeon J. Skoble, was published in 2008.[8]


  1. ^ "Full Context website". Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  2. ^ St. John's University website. ""Douglas B. Rasmussen". Archived from the original on June 26, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010."
  3. ^ PhilPapers's list of Rasmussen's works
    "Liberalism and Natural Ethics," American Philosophical Quarterly, Apr. 1990, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 153–161. OCLC 478860503
    "Political Legitimacy and Discourse Ethics," International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol 32, No 1, 1992."Volume 32, Number 1 – 1992 – International Philosophical Quarterly – Philosophy Documentation Center". Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
    "Liberalism in Retreat," The Review of Metaphysics, 62, no. 4, (2009): 875.[1]
    "Ethical Individualism, Natural Law, and the Primacy of Natural Rights," Social Philosophy and Policy, 18, no. 1, (2001): 34 OCLC 96198267
  4. ^ Liberty and Nature at Library of Congress
  5. ^ Liberalism Defended at Library of Congress
  6. ^ Norms of Liberty at Library of Congress
  7. ^ The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand at Library of Congress
  8. ^ Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl at Library of Congress

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