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    Rule in Turn: Political Rule against Mastery in Aristotle's Politics
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (2): 301-311. 2013.
    Aristotle’s political theory is often dismissed as undemocratic due to his treatment of natural slavery and women and to his conception of political rule as rule by turns. The second reason presents no less serious challenges than the first for finding democracy in Aristotle’s political theory. This article argues that Aristotle’s account of ruling in turns hinges on a critique of master rule and an affirmation of political rule, which involves both the rulers and the ruled in the project of rul…Read more
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    Aristotle on the Nature of Community
    Cambridge University Press. 2014.
    This reading of Aristotle's Politics builds on the insight that the history of political philosophy is a series of configurations of nature and reason. Aristotle's conceptualization of nature is unique because it is not opposed to or subordinated to reason. Adriel M. Trott uses Aristotle's definition of nature as an internal source of movement to argue that he viewed community as something that arises from the activity that forms it rather than being a form imposed on individuals. Using these de…Read more
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    Nature, Action, and Politics
    Ancient Philosophy 37 (1): 113-128. 2017.
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    Fanny Söderbäck. Feminist Readings of Antigone (review)
    philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 2 (2): 234-237. 2012.
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    This paper argues that Aristotle challenges the view of Athenian democrats that all rule is master rule – the imposition of the will of the powerful on the powerless – by arguing that the politeuma, or government, should be identical with the politeia, understood both as the constitution and the collectivity of citizens. I examine Aristotle’s analysis and response to democrats’ skepticism of the law that the constitution embodies. Aristotle argues that democrats think law limits license even whe…Read more
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    Badiou and Hegel: Infinity, Dialectics, Subjectivity
    with A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens, Norman Madarasz, Gabriel Riera, Frank Ruda, Tzuchien Tho, and Alberto Toscano
    Lexington Books. 2015.
    This book collects the work of leading scholars on Alain Badiou and G.W.F. Hegel, creating a dialogue between, and a critical appraisal of, these two central figures in European philosophy
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    Departing from Aristotle's two-fold definition of anthropos as having logos and being political, the argument of this article is that human beings are always fundamentally political for Aristotle. This position challenges the view that ethical life is prior to or beyond the scope of political life. Aristotle's conception of the political nature of the human is developed through a reading of the linguistic argument at Politics I.2; a careful treatment of autos, or self, in Aristotle; and an exami…Read more
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    Plato’s Republic by Alain Badiou; Susan Spitzer trans (review)
    Ancient Philosophy 35 (1): 216-220. 2015.
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    This article addresses Rancière’s critique of Aristotle’s political theory as parapolitics in order to show that Aristotle is a resource for developing an inclusionary notion of political community. Rancière argues that Aristotle attempts to cut off politics and merely police (maintain) the community by eliminating the political claim of the poor by including it. I respond to three critiques that Rancière makes of Aristotle: that he ends the political dispute by including the demos in the govern…Read more
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    In recent years, the growing number of persons to whom basic human rights have been explicitly denied—stateless persons, refugees, undocumented workers, sans papiers and unlawful combatants—has evidenced the logic of contemporary nation-state politics. According to this logic, the state defines itself by virtue of what it excludes while what is excluded is given no other recourse than the state for its protection. Hannah Arendt elucidates this logic when she observes that the stateless and the r…Read more