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    Time and ambiguity: Reassessing Merleau-ponty on Sartrean freedom
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (2). 2010.
    Argues that standard interpretations of Merleau-Ponty's criticisms of Sartrean freedom fail and presents an alternative interpretation that argues that the fundamental issue concerns their different theories of time.
  •  2389
    Is it a choice? Sexual orientation as interpretation
    Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (1): 97-116. 2009.
    Argues that choice, as a form of interpretation, is completely intertwined with the development of both sexual orientation and sexual identity. Sexual orientation is not simply a given, or determined aspect of personality.
  •  650
    Neoliberalism, biodiscipline, and cultural critique
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 48 (s1): 64-73. 2010.
    Responds to a paper delivered by Ladelle McWhorter at the Spindel Conference. Argues that we must be more careful in distinguishing Foucault's thought from feminist criticism.
  •  228
    What is gay and lesbian philosophy?
    Metaphilosophy 39 (4-5): 433-471. 2008.
    Abstract: This essay explores recent trends and major issues related to gay and lesbian philosophy in ethics (including issues concerning the morality of homosexuality, the natural function of sex, and outing and coming out); religion (covering past and present debates about the status of homosexuality and how biblical and qur'anic passages have been interpreted by both sides of the debate); the law (especially a discussion of the debates surrounding sodomy laws, same-sex marriage and its impact…Read more
  •  57
    Merleau-Ponty the Metaphysician: The Living Body as a Plurality of Forces
    Journal of Speculative Philosophy 27 (3): 297-307. 2013.
    This essay pushes the ontological implications of Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception to their limit. While everybody knows he used Gestaltist notions to displace atomistic ontologies,1 I completely subordinate the phenomenological to the ontological, so that his deployment of Form from The Structure of Behavior becomes the fundamental maneuver of the Phenomenology. The more traditional concerns with subject/object and mind/body dualities are then both secondary to and solved by this use…Read more
  •  47
    Knowledge of self, knowledge of others, error; and the place of consciousness
    Continental Philosophy Review 33 (1): 27-42. 2000.
    "Knowledge of self, knowledge of others, error and the place of consciousness" examines texts and problems from the phenomenological tradition to show that the other does not present her/himself as a consciousness enclosed in a merely material body. I discuss Merleau-Ponty''s attempt to supplant this view with the view that the other is always seen as an "incarnate consciousness" - a unity of mind and body in activity. This view faces a difficulty in that it seems to collapse the distinction bet…Read more
  •  41
    Beauvoir and Western Thought From Plato to Butler (edited book)
    State University of New York Press. 2012.
    _Essays on Beauvoir’s influences, contemporary engagements, and legacy in the philosophical tradition._
  •  28
    Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy
    Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy 6 (1). 2010.
  •  26
    In the World but Not Of the World
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (1): 113-129. 2009.
    Kant’s and Sartre’s theories of freedom are both famous and controversial. Kant requires the subject to be both in time and not in time in order to be fully free, while Sartre seemingly requires that the subject continually reinvent itself each moment. I argue that these peculiarities stem from the similar way each thinker conceives of the relationship between freedom and time. A full and meaningful account of human freedom requires both continuity and rupture in the flow of time, and the parado…Read more
  •  23
    A Different Kind of universality
    In Shannon M. Mussett & William S. Wilkerson (eds.), Beauvoir and Western Thought From Plato to Butler, State University of New York Press. pp. 55-73. 2012.
  •  14
    Beauvoir and Merleau‐Ponty both recognize human freedom as fully situated and never total. Yet the concept of freedom receives radically different treatments and emphases in their work. Beauvoir never ceases to tout the importance of freedom to human existence, and to use it as the basis for an ethics of authenticity. Merleau‐Ponty offers only one extended treatment of the concept of freedom and appears skeptical of authenticity. After arguing that their views on both freedom and authenticity ar…Read more
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    New Critical Theory: Essays on Liberation
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2001.
    An edited collection of all new work in the area of "new critical theory," intended to serve as a signature volume for the New Critical Theory Series. The volume, like the series as a whole, is designed to capture the present moment in postdisciplinary theory, as the older tradition of critical theory in the Frankfurt School sense comes together with postmodernism and the new critical theory. It represents the dialogue that is taking place among the various strands of theory and can serve as a s…Read more