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Alan E. Johnson (alanjohnson@ncis.org) is the author of The First American Founder: Roger Williams and Freedom of Conscience (Philosophia Publications, 2015) (errata and supplemental comments are posted here, and excerpts are posted here and here) and First Philosophy and Human Ethics:  A Rational Inquiry (Philosophia Publications, 2000) (errata and revisions/supplemental comments are posted here).  He is currently working on a book on the electoral college, scheduled for publication by the end of 2017 or early 2018.  He is also the owner and president of Philosophia Publications.

Mr. Johnson holds an A.B. (Political Science, 1968) and an A.M. (Humanities, 1971) from the University of Chicago and a J.D. (1979) from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  He is retired from a long career as an attorney in which he focused mainly on constitutional and public law litigation.  He is currently a full-time independent scholar in the fields of history, constitutional law, political science, and philosophy.

Alan Johnson is also the Moderator of the Political Philosophy and Ethics discussion group on Goodreads.com.  All persons interested in political philosophy and/or ethics are welcome to join this group.

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The First American Founder: Roger Williams and Freedom of ConsciencePittsburgh: Philosophia Publications, 2015.  Excerpts are posted here and here.  Errata and Supplemental Comments are posted here.  For a summary of some of the points in this book, see the author's YouTube channel about Roger Williams, including an interview with the author about this book.

First Philosophy and Human Ethics:  A Rational Inquiry.  Cleveland: Philosophia Publications, 2000.  Paperback.  149 pages.  See also UPDATE.  (Note:  A revised edition of this book will be prepared and published sometime during the next few years.  In the meantime, please be sure to consult the open-source UPDATE for revised views.)

Federal Procedure, Lawyers Edition.  Rochester, N.Y.: The Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company.  Staff coauthor, 1981-83.

Concepts & Inquiry, a series of social science textbooks for elementary and secondary schools prepared by the Educational Research Council of America (ERCA) and published, in part, by Allyn & Bacon, Inc.  ERCA staff coauthor, 1972-78.


"Roger Williams: A Rhode Island and American Founder."  Online Review of Rhode Island History ("Small State Big History").  February 25, 2016.

"The Treason Clause of the US Constitution."  Academia.edu.  September 29, 2015.

"Some Historical Background Relevant to the Religion Clauses of the First
Amendment to the US Constitution."
  Academia.edu.  August 30, 2015.

"Deism, Unitarianism, and the US Founders."  Academia.edu.  August 29, 2015.

"The Banishment of Roger Williams from Massachusetts Bay."  Excerpt from Chapter 2 of The First American Founder: Roger Williams and Freedom of Conscience.  Academia.edu.  July 7, 2015.

"A Modest Proposal: Same-Sex Marriage and Judicial Review."  Academia.edu.  February 20, 2014.

"Was Massachusetts Bay a Theocracy?"  The Independent Scholar Quarterly 26, no. 4 (November 2013): 1-7.  (This article was published in a somewhat revised form in Appendix B of The First American Founder: Roger Williams and Freedom of Conscience.)

"Land Use Earthquake: Supreme Court Modifies 'Takings' Jurisprudence."  Defense Digest 11, no. 3 (September 2005).

"Due Process, Procedural."  In Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Edited by Thomas L. Lewis and Richard L. Wilson.  Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2000.

"Municipal Corporations."  In Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Edited by Thomas L. Lewis and Richard L. Wilson.  Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2000.

"Property Rights."  In Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Edited by Thomas L. Lewis and Richard L. Wilson.  Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2000.

"Why Read Tocqueville?"  History Matters! (a publication of the National Council for History Education, Inc.) 5, no. 6 (February 1993).

“The Teaching of Plato’s Seventh Letter.” Master’s essay, University of Chicago, 1971.  Typescript on file at the University of Chicago's Committee on General Studies in the Humanities.

Book Reviews:

Note:  Many of Alan Johnson's book reviews, including most of his reviews of primary and secondary sources relating to Roger Williams, are not listed here but can be accessed at his Academia.edu home page and/or on Goodreads.

Review of Ann Talbot, "The Great Ocean of Knowledge": The Influence of Travel Literature on the Work of John Locke (Amsterdam: Brill, 2010).  Goodreads.com.  September 13, 2015.

Review of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay,  The Federalist with Letters of "Brutus," ed. Terrence Ball (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).  Goodreads.com.  September 10, 2015.

Review of David O. Stewart, Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015).  Goodreads.com.  April 20, 2015.

Review of Arthur M. Melzer, Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014).  Goodreads.com.  February 6, 2015.

Review of Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away (New York: Pantheon Books, 2014).  Goodreads.com.  June 10, 2014.

Review of Masha Gessen, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (New York: Riverhead Books, 2014).  Goodreads.com.  February 4, 2014.

Review of John Milton, A Treatise of Civil power in Ecclesiastical causes: shewing That it is not lawfull for any power on earth to compell in matters of Religion.  Goodreads.com.  December 13, 2013.

"The Socratic Method."  Review of Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story (New York: Liverlight, 2012).  Amazon.com.  January 23, 2013.

"Philosophy and Power."  Review of Ron Suskind, The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill (New York: Simon & Schuster. 2004).  Amazon.com.  February 14, 2004.

"The Founders' Founder."  Review of Edwin S. Gaustad, Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams in America (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1999).  Amazon.com.  September 11, 2002.


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