University of Frankfurt (Germany)
Alumnus, 1992
Evanston, Illinois, United States of America
Areas of Interest
Philosophy of Law
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    ABSTRACT Pablo Gilabert's book Human Dignity and Human Rights offers a bold and fascinating account of the claim that human rights are grounded in human dignity. I am quite sympathetic to the dignitarian approach articulated in the book and agree with many of its argumentative goals. My critical comments are therefore lodged in the spirit of a family quarrel. I focus on three issues: the relationship between the humanistic and political perspectives on human rights, the suitability of the substa…Read more
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    This essay is part of a dossier on Cristina Lafont's book Democracy without Shortcuts.
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    A militant defence of democracy: A few replies to my critics
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 47 (1): 69-82. 2020.
    In this essay, I address some questions and challenges brought about by the contributors to this special issue on my book ‘Democracy without Shortcuts’. First, I clarify different aspects of my cri...
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    Against Anti-democratic Shortcuts: A Few Replies to Critics
    Journal of Deliberative Democracy 16 (2): 96-109. 2020.
    In this essay, I address several questions and challenges brought about by the contributors to the special issue on my book Democracy without Shortcuts. In particular, I address some implications of my critique of deep pluralism; distinguish between three senses of ‘blind deference’: political, reflective, and informational; draw a critical parallelism between the populist conception of representation as embodiment and the conception of ‘citizen-representatives’ often ascribed to participants in…Read more
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    In this essay, I address some questions and challenges brought about by Thomas Christiano in his inspiring review of my book Democracy without Shortcuts. First, I defend the democratic credentials of the conception of self-government that I articulate in the book against conceptions of self-determination that are allegedly compatible with non-democratic government. To do so, I clarify some aspects of the notion of “blind deference” that I use in the book as a contrast concept to identify a minim…Read more
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    This book articulates a participatory conception of deliberative democracy that takes the democratic ideal of self-government seriously. It aims to improve citizens' democratic control and vindicate the value of citizens' participation against conceptions that threaten to undermine it. The book critically analyzes deep pluralist, epistocratic, and lottocratic conceptions of democracy. Their defenders propose various institutional ''shortcuts'' to help solve problems of democratic governance such…Read more
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    The Priority of Public Reasons and Religious Forms of Life in Constitutional Democracies
    European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 11 (4): 45-60. 2019.
    In this essay I address the difficult question of how citizens with conflicting religious and secular views can fulfill the democratic obligation of justifying the imposition of coercive policies to others with reasons that they can also accept. After discussing the difficulties of proposals that either exclude religious beliefs from public deliberation or include them without any restrictions, I argue instead for a policy of mutual accountability that imposes the same deliberative rights and ob…Read more
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    Habermas Handbook (edited book)
    with Hauke Brunkhorst and Regina Kreide
    Columbia University Press. 2017.
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    A Guide to Heidegger’s Being and Time (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 56 (1): 181-182. 2002.
    This book is one of the most comprehensive and detailed commentaries on both divisions of Heidegger’s Being and Time available in English. The chapters on division 1 were originally published in 1964 under the title Heidegger’s Philosophy: A Guide to His Basic Thought. The new edition prepared by John Llewelyn includes Magda King’s commentaries on division 2 of Being and Time, which are now published for the first time posthumously. The renderings of Heidegger’s German terms have also been revis…Read more
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    Human Rights and the Legitimacy of Global Governance Institutions
    Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofía Política 2 (1). 2013.
    In a recent article Allan Buchanan and Robert Keohane defend the view that one of the necessary conditions for the legitimacy of global governance institutions such as the WTO and the IMF is that they respect basic human rights. I certainly agree that setting the minimal threshold of moral acceptability any lower would be entirely unreasonable. But, unfortunately, the view that global governance institutions have human rights obligations is far from uncontroversial. These institutions themselves…Read more
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    Este artículo analiza el impacto del giro lingüístico en la transformación de la concepción kantiana de los juicios sintéticos a priori. Se centra para ello en dos concepciones contemporáneas de los mismos, a saber, el a priori hermenéutico de Heidegger y el a priori contextual de Putnam, y saca a relucir expresamente tanto sus rasgos similares como sus importantes diferencias: mientras que la concepción heideggeriana mantiene el idealismo transcendental de Kant a través de la suposición hermené…Read more
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    Alternative visions of a new global order
    Philosophical Inquiry 42 (1-2): 92-114. 2018.
    In this essay, I analyze the cosmopolitan project for a new international order that Habermas has articulated in recent publications. I argue that his presentation of the project oscillates between two models. The first is a very ambitious model for a future international order geared to fulfill the peace and human rights goals of the UN Charter. The second is a minimalist model, in which the obligation to protect human rights by the international community is circumscribed to the negative duty …Read more
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    Realismus und Konstruktivismus in der kantianischen Moralphilosophie - das Beispiel der Diskursethik Habermas und Kant
    with Reinhard Brandt
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 50 (1): 39-52. 2002.
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    Referencia y verdad
    Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 9 (2): 39-60. 1994.
    The main thesis of this article consists in that the two concepts “reference” and “truth” have an ultimate realist sense of which all epistemologizing conceptions -like relativism and incommensurabilist theses- necessarily have to come short. The arguments for this thesis are embedded in a revision of the ‘direct’-reference-position as well as of recent arguments against epistemic notions of truth, to show in the next,evaluating step how it is exactly the realist kernel of both concepts that mak…Read more
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    In this paper I analyze the tension between realism and antirealism at the basis of Kantian constructivism. This tension generates a conflictive account of the source of the validity of social norms. On the one hand, the claim to moral objectivity characteristic of Kantian moral theories makes the validity of norms depend on realist assumptions concerning the existence of shared fundamental interests among all rational human beings. I illustrate this claim through a comparison of the approaches …Read more
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    Philosophical Foundations of Judicial Review
    In David Dyzenhaus (ed.), Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press. pp. 265-282. 2016.
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    This essay focuses on recent proposals to confer decisional status upon deliberative minipublics such as citizen juries, Deliberative Polls, citizen’s assemblies, and so forth. Against such proposals, I argue that inserting deliberative minipublics into political decision-making processes would diminish the democratic legitimacy of the political system as a whole. This negative conclusion invites a question: which political uses of minipublics would yield genuinely democratic improvements? Drawi…Read more
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    Heidegger, Language, and World-Disclosure
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (2): 489-491. 2003.
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    The place of self-interest and the role of power in deliberative democracy
    with Jane Mansbridge, James Bohman, Simone Chambers, David Estlund, Andreas Føllesdal, Archon Fung, Bernard Manin, and José Luis Martí
    Journal of Political Philosophy 18 (1): 64-100. 2010.
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