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    World Crisis and Underdevelopment examines the impact of poverty and other global crises in generating forms of structural coercion that cause agential and societal underdevelopment. It draws from discourse ethics and recognition theory in criticizing injustices and pathologies associated with underdevelopment. Its scope is comprehensive, encompassing discussions about development science, philosophical anthropology, global migration, global capitalism and economic markets, human rights, interna…Read more
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    Contractualism, democracy, and social law: Basic antinomies in liberal thought
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 17 (4): 265-296. 1991.
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    Jürgen Habermas and Hans-Georg Gadamer
    In Robert C. Solomon & David L. Sherman (eds.), The Blackwell Guide to Continental Philosophy, Blackwell. pp. 219--242. 2003.
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    Of sweatshops and subsistence: Habermas on human rights
    Ethics and Global Politics 2 (3). 2009.
    In this paper I argue that the discourse theoretic account of human rights defended by Jürgen Habermas contains a fruitful tension that is obscured by its dominant tendency to identify rights with legal claims. This weakness in Habermas’s account becomes manifest when we examine how sweatshops diminish the secure enjoyment of subsistence, which Habermas himself (in recognition of the UDHR) recognizes as a human right. Discourse theories of human rights are unique in tying the legitimacy of human…Read more
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    Reviews (review)
    with S. M. Easton, F. Seddon, Robert B. Louden, Michael Howard, Philip Moran, N. G. O. Pereira, and Thomas A. Shipka
    Studies in East European Thought 28 (2): 219-229. 1984.
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    Dworkin, Habermas, and the cls movement on moral criticism in law
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 16 (4): 237-268. 1990.
    CLS advocates renew Marx's critique of liberalism by impugning the rationality of formal rights. Habermas and Dworkin argue against this view, while showing how liberal polity might permit reasonable conflicts between competing principles of right. Their models of legitimate legislation and adjudication, however, presuppose criteria of rationality whose appeal to truth ignores the manner in which law is--and sometimes ought to be--compromised. Hence a weaker version of the CLS critique may be ap…Read more
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    Reviews (review)
    with Oliva Blanchette, Kurt Marko, John W. Murphy, Irving H. Anellis, Vladimir Zeman, and Thomas Nemeth
    Studies in East European Thought 31 (2): 135-137. 1986.
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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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    Between Political Liberalism and Postnational Cosmopolitanism
    Political Theory 31 (3): 359-391. 2003.
    It is well known that Rawls and Habermas propose different strategies for justifying and classifying human rights. The author argues that neither approach satisfies what he regards as threshold conditions of determinacy, rank ordering, and completeness that any enforceable system of human rights must possess. A related concern is that neither develops an adequate account of group rights, which the author argues fulfills subsidiary conditions for realizing human rights under specific conditions. …Read more
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    In today’s America the persistence of crushing poverty in the midst of staggering affluence no longer incites the righteous jeremiads it once did. Resigned acceptance of this paradox is fueled by a sense that poverty lies beyond the moral and technical scope of government remediation. The failure of experts to reach agreement on the causes of poverty merely exacerbates our despair. Are the causes internal to the poor – reflecting their more or less voluntary choices? Or do they emanate from stru…Read more
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    Foucault and Habermas
    In Gary Gutting (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Foucault, Cambridge University Press. 2006.
    The article is a comprehensive comparison of Foucault and Habermas which focuses on their distinctive styles of critical theory. The article maintains that Foucault's virtue ethical understanding of aesthetic self-realization as a form of resistance to normalizing practices provides counterpoint to Habermas's more juridical approach to institutional justice and the critique of ideology. The article contains an extensive discussion of their respective treatments of speech action, both strategic a…Read more
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    Reviews (review)
    with Michael Weiskopf, John W. Murphy, Oliva Blanchette, and Frederick J. Adelmann
    Studies in Soviet Thought 27 (2): 175-193. 1984.
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    Habermas and the Unfinished Project of Democracy
    Human Studies 28 (2): 223-225. 2005.
    This collection of ten essays offers the first systematic assessment of The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, Jurgen Habermas's masterful defense of the rational potential of the modern age. An opening essay by Maurizio Passerin d'Entreves orients the debate between Habermas and the postmodernists by identifying two different senses of responsibility. Habermas's own essay discusses the themes of his book in the context of a critical engagement with neoconservative cultural and political tren…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.
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    Reviews (review)
    with Irving M. Anellis and John W. Murphy
    Studies in Soviet Thought 35 (1): 57-80. 1988.
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    The author shows that conceptions of rationality in current theories of science and law can account for neither the legitimacy of paradigm shifts nor the communitarian integrity internal to paradigms generally. He proposes an alternative conception of rationality that does
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    Response to James Swindal and bill Martin on reason, history, and politics (review)
    Human Studies 23 (2): 203-210. 2000.
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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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    The Postmodern Kantianism of Arendt and Lyotard
    Review of Metaphysics 42 (1). 1988.
    THE PAST DECADE has witnessed an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Kant's writings on aesthetics, politics, and history. On the Continent much of this interest has centered on the debate between modernism and postmodernism. Both sides of the debate are in agreement that Kant's differentiation of cognitive, practical, and aesthetic domains of rationality anticipated the fragmentation of modern society into competing if not, as Weber assumed, opposed lifestyles, activities, and value spheres…Read more
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    Calhoun, Craig , "Habermas and the Public Sphere" (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 33 (n/a): 249-250. 1993.
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    The Political (edited book)
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2002.
    _The Political_ is a collection of readings by the most important political philosophers representing the six major schools of Continental philosophy: Phenomenology, Existentialism, Critical Theory, Poststructuralism, Postmodernism, and Postcolonialism