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    Should we trust intellectuals?
    Common Knowledge 16 (1): 7-21. 2010.
    This article explores the problem of the political responsibilities of intellectuals and philosophers through an appraisal of Michael Walzer's work on the idea of “connected criticism.” The author elaborates the main elements of this theory, shows how it approaches various thinkers, like Herbert Marcuse and Jean-Paul Sartre, and shows where it fits into American intellectual life, particularly the intellectual history of Dissent Magazine and the democratic Left. Walzer's idea of a connected soci…Read more
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    Communitas: The Origin and Destiny of Community
    Common Knowledge 18 (2): 377-378. 2012.
  • Een algemene teleurstelling over Obama's beleid gaat in de Verenigde Staten gepaard aan de opkomst van de uiterst rechtse Tea Parties. De conservatieven die hiervan deel uitmaken, bedienen zich van een taalgebruik dat verwijst naar vroegere episodes uit de Amerikaanse geschiedenis — wat Richard Hofstadter een 'paranoïde stijl' noemde. Die stijl kennmerkt zich door een vrijheidslievend absolutisme, dat in elke ingreep van de overheid een aantasting van de individuele vrijheid ziet.
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    This special issue brings together contributions from nine scholars who have been working at the frontiers of the comparative study of risk. Most of the papers that follow use a cross-national approach to investigate public attitudes to risk in a broad range of settings including Germany, Sweden, Denmark, England, and the United States. Two of the authors represented here adopt more creative interpretations for carrying out comparative studies that reach considerably beyond conventional methodol…Read more
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    Princeton Readings in Political Thought: Essential Texts Since Plato (edited book)
    with Nicole Fermon
    Princeton University Press. 1996.
    Princeton Readings in Political Thought is one of the most engaging and up-to-date samplers of the standard works of Western political thinking from antiquity through modern times. Organized chronologically, from Thucydides to Foucault, the book brings together forty-four selections of enduring intellectual value--key articles, book excerpts, essays, and speeches--that have shaped our understanding of Western society and politics. Readers will find this work to be an invaluable reference, and th…Read more
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    Over the past decade risk society theory has become increasingly prominent within the field of environmental social theory. This perspective contends that conventional political divisions based on class are becoming less salient and are giving way to a politics predicated upon the distribution of risk. There is much in risk society theory, especially its central contention that public anxieties about high consequence-low probability events undermine the legitimacy of science, that has a distinct…Read more