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    Deliberative democracy
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 27 (5): 117-124. 2001.
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    Towards a critical theory of whiteness
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (2): 203-222. 2007.
    In this article I argue that a critical theory of whiteness is necessary, though not sufficient, to the formulation of an adequate explanatory account of the mechanisms of racial oppression in the modern world. In order to explain how whiteness underwrites systems of racial oppression and how it is reproduced, the central functional properties of whiteness are identified. I propose that understanding whiteness as a structuring property of racialized social systems best explains these functional …Read more
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    Critical Theory and Learning from History
    Radical Philosophy Review 8 (2): 187-195. 2005.
    In this paper I utilize Martin Beck Matuštík’s intellectual biography of Habermas as a means for reflecting on the meaning that criticaltheory has for us in the wake of September 11. I argue that the significant contribution of Matuštík’s book is that it fruitfully continues theconversation about the meaning of critical theory by underscoring the sociohistorical contexts that frame Habermas’s intellectual engagements. Matuštík’s figure of the critical theorist as witness refocuses attention on t…Read more
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    Between Reason and History: Habermas and the Idea of Progress
    State University of New York Press. 2002.
    The first book-length treatment in English of Habermas’s theory of social evolution and progress
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    Book Roundtable
    with Lasse Thomassen, Joe Hoover, Paul Patton, and Clayton Chin
    Theoria 67 (162): 88-116. 2020.
    Discussion text: Chin, C. 2018. The Practice of Political Theory: Rorty and Continental Thought. New York, Columbia University Press.Respondents: Lasse Thomassen, Joe Hoover, David Owen, Paul Patton, Clayton Chin
  • Sortition, Rotation, and Mandate: Conditions for Political Equality and Deliberative Reasoning
    with Graham Smith
    Politics and Society 46 (3): 419-434. 2018.
    The proposal to create a chamber selected by sortition would extend this democratic procedure into the legislative branch of government. However, there are good reasons to believe that, as currently conceived by John Gastil and Erik Olin Wright, the proposal will fail to realize sufficiently two fundamental democratic goods, namely, political equality and deliberative reasoning. It is argued through analysis of its historic and contemporary application that sortition must be combined with other …Read more
  • A Politics of Exemplarity
    Jura Gentium 14 (1): 12-17. 2017.
  • Both the pragmatic logic of social critique and the idea of a critical social theory presuppose the possibility of distinguishing progressive from regressive forms of social change. Thus, a condition of adequacy of social critique in general, and of critical social theory in particular, is the theoretical capacity to identify progressive social change. I begin this study by showing that, since it incorporates a theory of social evolution, Habermas's conception of critical social theory satisfies…Read more
  • ‘Taking up the Slack’ in the Context of Refugee Protection: A Reply to Matthias Hoesch
    Zeitschrift Für Ethik Und Moralphilosophie 1 (1): 177-184. 2018.