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    This article examines the theoretical pathways connecting Benhabib’s thoughts on ethical normativity, human rights, legality, democracy, liberalism, pluralism, and the tragedy of the political. It endorses Benhabib’s dialectical treatment of these paradoxical political tropes but notes a possible unresolved tension in her discussion of the ambiguous moral and legal nature of human rights. I propose a pluralist approach to the moral grounding of legal human rights that might be at odds with Benha…Read more
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    This essay proposes recognition theory as a preferred approach to explaining poor women’s puzzling preference for patriarchal subordination even after they have accessed an ostensibly empowering asset: microfinance. Neither the standard account of adaptive preference offered by Martha Nussbaum nor the competing account of constrained rational choice offered by Harriet Baber satisfactorily explains an important variation of what Serene Khader, in discussing microfinance, dubs the self-subordinati…Read more
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    Response to my commentators
    Ethics and Global Politics 12 (4): 53-69. 2019.
  • Under consideration: James L. Marsh's Critique, Action, and Liberation
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 23 (5): 115-122. 1997.
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    Reconciling positivism and realism: Kelsen and Habermas on democracy and human rights
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 40 (3): 237-267. 2014.
    It is well known that Hans Kelsen and Jürgen Habermas invoke realist arguments drawn from social science in defending an international, democratic human rights regime against Carl Schmitt’s attack on the rule of law. However, despite embracing the realist spirit of Kelsen’s legal positivism, Habermas criticizes Kelsen for neglecting to connect the rule of law with a concept of procedural justice (Part I). I argue, to the contrary (Part II), that Kelsen does connect these terms, albeit in a manne…Read more
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    Imaginaries of modernity: politics, culture, tensions
    Tandf: Critical Horizons 20 (1): 88-94. 2017.
    Volume 20, Issue 1, February 2019, Page 88-94.
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    Hermeneutics and Truth
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 15 (1): 62-78. 1984.
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    List of Tables
    In Habermas: Introduction and Analysis, Cornell University Press. 2016.
  • Preface
    In Habermas: Introduction and Analysis, Cornell University Press. 2016.
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    Developments in Anglo-American philosophy during the first half of the 20th Century closely tracked developments that were occurring in continental philosophy during this period. This should not surprise us. Aside from the fertile communication between these ostensibly separate traditions, both were responding to problems associated with the rise of mass society. Rabid nationalism, corporate statism, and totalitarianism posed a profound challenge to the idealistic rationalism of neo-Kantian and …Read more
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    4. Knowledge and Truth Revisited
    In Habermas: Introduction and Analysis, Cornell University Press. pp. 95-114. 2016.
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    Appendix F: Systems Theory
    In Habermas: Introduction and Analysis, Cornell University Press. pp. 345-350. 2016.
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    Truth, Method, and Understanding in the Human Sciences: The Gadamer/Habermas Controversy
    Dissertation, University of California, San Diego. 1980.
    The Gadamer/Habermas controversy principally revolves around a group of interrelated issues pertaining to the capacity of the human sciences to provide practical knowledge. Rejecting the positivist dichotomy between "facts" and "values", Gadamer and Habermas maintain that normative institution
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    I propose to criticize two strands of argument - contractarian and utilitarian – that liberals have put forth in defense of economic coercion, based on the notion of justifiable paternalism. To illustrate my argument, I appeal to the example of forced labor migration, driven by the exigencies of market forces. In particular, I argue that the forced migration of a special subset of unemployed workers lacking other means of subsistence cannot be redeemed paternalistically as freedom or welfare enh…Read more
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    William Maker, Philosophy Without Foundations: Rethinking Hegel (review)
    Man and World 30 (4): 483-489. 1997.
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    Recognition Within the Limits of Reason: Remarks on Pippin's Hegel's Practical Philosophy
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 53 (5): 470-489. 2010.
    In Hegel's Practical Philosophy (2008), Robert Pippin argues that Hegel's mature concept of recognition is properly understood as an ontological category referring exclusively to what it means to be a free, rational individual, or agent. 1 I agree with Pippin that recognition for Hegel functions in this capacity. However, I shall argue that conceiving it this way also requires that we conceive it as a political category. Furthermore, while Hegel insists that recognition must be concrete?mediated…Read more
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    Clear, concise and comprehensive, this is the ideal introduction to the philosophy of law for those studying it for the first time.