• Critique of Decolonial Reason
    Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 41 (1): 127-154. 2020.
  • Liberation Theologies, Postmodernity, and the Americas
    with David B. Batstone and Lois Ann Lorentzen
    Psychology Press. 1997.
    First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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    Latin America and Postmodernity a Comtemporary Reader (edited book)
    with Pedro Lange-Churión and Pedro Lange-Churion
    Humanity Books. 2001.
    This collection brings together some of Latin America's most important thinkers and writers, making available in one volume classic and recent essays that address the question of postmodernity in Latin America. Here readers can find Octavio Paz's Nobel Prize speech, Leopoldo Zea's recent observations on postmodernity and the question of revolution in Mexico, Enrique Dussel's seminal discussion of modernity and the rise of world capitalism, Walter Mignolo's discussion of the relationship between …Read more
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    The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere (edited book)
    Columbia University Press. 2011.
    _The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere_, co-edited by Eduardo Mendieta and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, represents a rare opportunity to experience a diverse group of preeminent philosophers confronting one pervasive contemporary concern: what role does, or should, religion play in our public lives? Reflecting on her recent work concerning state violence in Israel-Palestine, Judith Butler explores the potential of religious perspectives for renewing cultural and political criticism, while Jürgen …Read more
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    Habermas and Religion (edited book)
    with Craig Calhoun and Jonathan VanAntwerpen
    Polity. 2012.
    To the surprise of many readers, Jürgen Habermas has recently made religion a major theme of his work. Emphasizing both religion's prominence in the contemporary public sphere and its potential contributions to critical thought, Habermas's engagement with religion has been controversial and exciting, putting much of his own work in fresh perspective and engaging key themes in philosophy, politics and social theory. Habermas argues that the once widely accepted hypothesis of progressive seculariz…Read more
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    The Presumption of Undocumentation and Revoked Citizenship
    Philosophy Today 64 (4): 969-972. 2020.
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    EIGHT / The Biotechnological Scala Naturae and Interspecies Cosmopolitanism
    In Vernon W. Cisney & Nicolae Morar (eds.), Biopower: Foucault and Beyond, University of Chicago Press. pp. 158-180. 2020.
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    Reflexive secularization? Concepts, processes and antagonisms of postsecularity
    with Klaus Eder and Justin Beaumont
    European Journal of Social Theory 23 (3): 291-309. 2020.
    This article deals with the concepts, processes, and antagonisms that are associated with the notion of postsecularity. In light of this article’s expanded interpretation of José Casanova on the secular and secularization, as well as thoughts on James A. Beckford’s take on public religions, five rubrics on the postsecular derived from critical theory and an understanding of ‘reflexive secularization’ are presented. This term focuses on secularization processes and how these practices unleash com…Read more
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    Antinomies of a Pandemic
    Philosophy Today 64 (4): 883-887. 2020.
    The essay considers three classic definitions of philosophy, namely those offered by Socrates, Boethius, as semantically enriched by Montaigne, and Kant, in order to reflected on individual and collective death. Kant’s philosophical tool of the antinomies of reason is deployed to think through the antinomies of our pandemic in order to make clear that in a pandemic there is only collective, and not individual or even national, inoculation. The false dichotomies of physical versus social, embodim…Read more
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    Police Ethics after Ferguson
    with Ben Jones
    In Ben Jones & Eduardo Mendieta (eds.), The Ethics of Policing: New Perspectives on Law Enforcement, New York University Press. pp. 1-22. 2021.
    In 2014, questionable police killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice sparked mass protests and put policing at the center of national debate. Mass protests erupted again in 2020 after the brutal police killing of George Floyd. These and other incidents have put a spotlight on a host of issues that threaten the legitimacy of policing—excessive force, racial bias, over-policing of marginalized communities, historic injustices that remain unaddressed, and new technology that increase…Read more
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    Dussel's ethics begins with a consideration of the importance of history for ethics in general and for us, in particular, in an age of globaliz ation and exclusion. The first part of the work concerns foundational ethics, where he grounds three principles: a material principle, a formal or validity principle, and a feasibility principle. The second part deals with critical ethics, where he grounds three additional principles of ethics: a principle of the recognition of the corporeal dignity of c…Read more
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    The Axial Age, social evolution, and postsecular consciousness
    Critical Research on Religion 6 (3): 289-308. 2018.
    This article focuses on Karl Jaspers’s notion of the Axial Age, some of its critical appropriation, and how in particular Habermas has returned to this idea, after several critical engagements with Jaspers’s work through his long scholarly productivity. The article, however, centers on Habermas’s selective and critical use of Jaspers’s notion in his own latest and extensive engagement with what he calls “a genealogy of postmetaphysical thinking.” The goal of the article is to identify the ways i…Read more
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    From George Floyd to Breonna Taylor, the brutal deaths of Black citizens at the hands of law enforcement have brought race and policing to the forefront of national debate in the United States. In The Ethics of Policing, Ben Jones and Eduardo Mendieta bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars across the social sciences and humanities to reevaluate the role of the police and the ethical principles that guide their work. With contributors such as Tracey Meares, Michael Walzer, and Fran…Read more
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    Anthropocenic Temporalities
    Environmental Philosophy 17 (1): 125-141. 2020.
    The Anthropocene must also be seen as the convergence of the historicization of nature and human historicity, not simply metaphorically, but factually. As historical time is injected in nature through anthropogenesis, resulting in our having to see nature as a product of a historical process, our understanding of time is being transformed. The Anthropocene must be understood as a temporalization of time tout court. The key concern is what could be called an Anthropocenic matrix of intelligibilit…Read more
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    Habits of the Racist Self
    Philosophy Today 62 (4): 1243-1248. 2018.
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    The Cambridge Habermas Lexicon (edited book)
    with Amy Allen
    Cambridge University Press. 2019.
    Over a career spanning nearly seven decades, Jürgen Habermas - one of the most important European philosophers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries - has produced a prodigious and influential body of work. In this Lexicon, authored by an international team of scholars, over 200 entries define and explain the key concepts, categories, philosophemes, themes, debates, and names associated with the entire constellation of Habermas's thought. The entries explore the historical, philosophical a…Read more
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    The creature of language: Three postcards to Chuck
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 44 (7): 741-744. 2018.
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    This book addresses issues connected with political, ontological, existential, and spiritual borders that define our being-in-common. Engaging with various debordering practices relating to migration, the media, hospitality, and the more than human world, it is a timely contribution to contemporary philosophical, political, and social studies.
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    Discourse ethics and liberation ethics: At the boundaries of moral theory
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 21 (4): 111-126. 1995.
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    Surviving American Culture: On Chuck Palahniuk
    Philosophy and Literature 29 (2): 394. 2005.
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    This study calls for a re-evaluation of Schleiermacher’s relevance and contemporaneity, with special emphasis on his account of consciousness and his theory of religion. Through a critical examination of Hegel’s critique of Schleiermacher, the author argues that Schleiermacher suceeeded in overcoming the paradigm of subjectivity in some ways, and failed in others.
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    The U.S.-Mexican border es una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds. And before a scab forms it hemorrhages again, the lifeblood of two worlds merging to form a third country—a border culture. Borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them. A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is …Read more