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    This paper argues that the diagnostic import of Adorno’s culture industry writings lie in the psychoanalytically-rooted claim that contemporary culture is losing its ability to negate and reconfigure experience, due to the modern subject’s instrumentalized relationship to culture. Adorno uses psychoanalytic ideas—namely, modified and historicized versions of Freud’s theory of the instincts, ego formation, the reality principle, and the superego—to show that changes in the social organization of …Read more
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    This article examines the role of class divisions in critical social theory through Habermas’ theory of law and democracy. It begins with Hegel’s view that social freedom involves reconciliation with the modern division of labor, which in turn requires membership in ‘estates’, and his thoughts on their role in the state. While subsequent Left Hegelian thinkers reject these institutions as authoritarian, the melancholic tenor of much Frankfurt School social theory stems partly from their view tha…Read more
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    The critical theory tradition has, since its inception, sought to distinguish its perspective on society from more purely descriptive or normative approaches by maintaining that persons have a deep-seated interest in the free development of their personality—an interest that can only be realized in and through the rational organization of society, but which is systematically stymied by existing society. Yet it has struggled to specify this emancipatory interest in a way that avoids being either …Read more
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    Should We Believe in Progress? (review)
    Radical Philosophy Review 19 (3): 737-741. 2016.
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    Re‐Presenting the Good Society by Maeve Cooke
    European Journal of Philosophy 17 (3): 451-454. 2009.
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    Book Notes (review)
    with Bradford R. Cokelet, Yusuf Has, Sean McKeever, and David A. Williams
    Ethics 115 (1): 187-191. 2004.
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    Reification in and through law: Elements of a theory in Marx, Lukács, and Honneth
    European Journal of Political Theory 13 (2): 178-198. 2014.
    This paper proposes reformulating the theory and critique of reification around the democracy-undermining consequences of reification in law. In contradistinction to Axel Honneth’s attempts to revive reification as an orienting concept for critical theory using moral and psychological categories, I reconstruct the elements of a theory of legal reification from Marx’s and Lukács’ writings, both of whom suggest the formality of modern legal systems tends to render legally mediated social relations…Read more
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    This paper has several aims. Its main interpretive task is to argue that the democratic aspirations of contemporary critical theory are informed and haunted by an essentially Hegelian conception of constitutional order that I describe in part 1, according to which the modern state represents an institutional structure that integrates society through rational activity by mediating between the different interests of various social strata, connecting them in a common enterprise—haunted, because thi…Read more
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    Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Idea of World Citizenship
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (3): 623-627. 2013.
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    This paper explores issues that arise between Adorno and Marcuse over the potentials and implications of Freudian theory. These concern whether it is possible to expound a non-repressive relationship between what Freud calls the life and death drives, on the one hand, and the ego, on the other, that does not collapse into abstract utopianism or clear heteronomy. After detailing the theory of instincts and ego formation that early critical theory draws from Freud, I argue that neither Adorno nor …Read more
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    A critical evaluation of Rawlsian and Habermasian paradigms of political philosophy that offers an interpretation and defense of Habermas's theory of law and ...
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    Hegel and the Metaphysical Frontiers of Political Theory by Eric Lee Goodfield
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (2): 343-344. 2016.
    Canonical, system-building philosophers often have a characteristic “way of looking at things,” that is, a specific method for doing philosophy that they apply to a wide array of topics, and which they view as rooted in some basic propositions about, for example, rationality, human nature, or the nature of reality. This is part of what makes them compelling. For contemporary interpreters, however, it raises questions about how much these foundational claims need to impact our ability to understa…Read more
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    Race, difference, and anthropology in Kant's cosmopolitanism
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2). 2008.
    This paper explores the connections between Kant’s theory of hierarchical racial difference, on the one hand, and his cosmopolitanism and conceptions of moral and political progress, on the other. I argue that Kant’s racial biology plays an essential role in maintaining national-cultural differences, which he views as essential for the establishment of the cosmopolitan union. Unfortunately, not only are these views racist, they also complicate Kant’s ability to consistently think through the pro…Read more
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    Coping with constitutional indeterminacy: John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (2): 183-208. 2010.
    In this article, I argue that political philosophers like Rawls and Habermas that characterize their methods as non-metaphysical or postmetaphysical depend on constitutions in order to provide a positive and public reference point for democratic participants. Michelman shows how this dependency is problematic, by contending that disagreement about the meaning of constitutional rights and the indeterminacy of their application undermines the rationality of consensus. I argue that his concerns rai…Read more
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