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    Trauma as counter-revolutionary colonisation: Narratives from revolutionary Egypt
    with Naomi Head
    Journal of International Political Theory 14 (3): 258-279. 2018.
    We argue that multiple levels of trauma were present in Egypt before, during and after the 2011 revolution. Individual, social and political trauma constitute a triangle of traumatisation which was strategically employed by the Egyptian counter-revolutionary forces – primarily the army and the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood – to maintain their political and economic power over and above the social, economic and political interests of others. Through the destruction of physical bodies, the …Read more
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    Jürgen Habermas and Bush’s Neoconservatives: Too Close for Comfort?
    Studies in Social Justice 5 (2): 167-182. 2011.
    In his recent political writings, Habermas has opposed his cosmopolitan project to that of the Bushite neoconservatives. However, this article argues that in some respects Habermas's works come closer to the neoconservative agenda than he realizes and that this poses a potential danger of its being appropriated by precisely the camp he opposes. These problems particularly come to the fore in his analysis of Islamic fundamentalism, democracy and the Middle East, but also in his recommendations co…Read more
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    Jürgen Habermas and Islamic fundamentalism: on the limits of discourse ethics
    Journal of Global Ethics 6 (2): 153-166. 2010.
    Using the example of contemporary Islamic fundamentalism, and especially the writings of Sayyid Qutb, this article raises questions about discourse ethics as a mode of conflict resolution. It appears that discourse ethics is only relevant when all parties have already agreed to settle disputes deliberatively and already share the notions of rational deliberation and individual autonomy. This raises questions not only about the capability of discourse ethics to incorporate a deep plurality of wor…Read more
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    Jürgen Habermas' s Writings on Europe
    Ethical Perspectives 14 (3): 287-310. 2007.
    This article explores Habermas’s recent political writings in which he proposes a thin post-national model of political integration for Europe. Whilst sympathetic to Habermas’s undertakings, this article argues that there are certain unresolved tensions within these writings between his thin proceduralist model of European integration and his appeals to a thicker European self-understanding. The conclusion to be drawn from this, the author argues, is that Habermas should have remained faithful t…Read more
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    Critical theory and the language of violence: exploring the issues
    with Naomi Head
    Journal of Global Ethics 6 (2): 79-87. 2010.
    In this article we, the authors, outline the thematic concerns of our special issue of the Journal of Global Ethics . We argue for a need to engage with notions of violence from an interdisciplinary and transformative perspective. The theoretical framework that provides such a perspective is critical theory, broadly construed. Critical theory has always been concerned with the relation between practice and theory, as well as notions of violence. It is therefore surprising to note that in the cur…Read more