Amanda R. Greene

Associate Professor

Amanda Greene is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on legal and political philosophy, ethics, and Classical Greek philosophy.

Previously she has taught or held fellowships at the University of Chicago, University College London (UCL), Princeton University, and UC Berkeley School of Law. She received her Ph.D. in 2014 from Stanford University. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a strategy consultant in the private and non-profit sectors in the United States, India, and Australia. 

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“Social Media and Mass Empowerment: Towards a Theory of Digital Legitimacy” (Forthcoming) Journal of Moral Philosophy.  [With S.J. Gilbert]

"Legitimacy." 2023. In Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. [With N.P. Adams]

“Tyranny, Tribalism, and Post-truth Politics”. 2021. In Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology, Routledge, pp. 74-84.

“When Are Markets Illegitimate?” 2020. Social Philosophy and Policy 36 (2): 212-241.

“Can Power be Self-Legitimating? Political Realism in Hobbes, Weber, and Williams” 2019. European Journal of Philosophy 27 (4): 1016-1036.   [with I. Cozzaglio]

“Is Sincerity the First Virtue of Institutions? Police, Universities, and Free Speech”. 2019. Law and Philosophy 38 (5): 537–53. 

“Is Political Legitimacy Worth Promoting?” 2019. NOMOS: The Journal of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy LXI: 65–101.

“Making a Living: The Human Right to Livelihood”. 2019. In Human Rights and Economic Liberties, Routledge (pp. 153–181). 

“Legitimacy without Liberalism: A Defense of Max Weber’s Standard of Political Legitimacy”. 2017. Analyse und Kritik 39(2): 295–323. 

“Tolerating Hate in the Name of Democracy.” 2017. The Modern Law Review 80 (4): 746–65.   [with R. M. Simpson]

“Consent and Political Legitimacy.” 2016. Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy 2: 71–97.