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  1. Chad Kautzer (forthcoming). Self-Defensive Subjectivity: The Diagnosis of a Social Pathology. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714541585.
    In his book Das Recht der Freiheit (2011), Axel Honneth develops a theory of social justice that incorporates negative, reflexive and social forms of freedom as well as the institutional conditions necessary for their reproduction. This account enables the identification of social pathologies or systemic normative deficits that frustrate individual efforts to relate their actions reflexively to a normative order and inhibits their ability to recognize the freedom of others as a condition of their own. In this article I utilize (...)
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  2. A. Honneth & F. Koch (forthcoming). The Normativity of Ethical Life. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714541538.
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  3. R. Pippin (forthcoming). Reconstructivism: On Honneth's Hegelianism. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714541586.
    In this paper I express enthusiastic solidarity with Axel Honneth’s inheritance and transformation of several core Hegelian ideas, and express one major disagreement. The disagreement is not so much with anything he says, as it is with what he doesn’t say. It concerns his rejection of Hegel’s theoretical philosophy, and so his attempt to reconstruct Hegel’s practical philosophy without reliance on that theoretical philosophy. This attitude towards Hegel’s Science of Logic – that it involves a “mystification” of essentially practical notions (...)
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  4. Roberto Brigati (forthcoming). Desert as a Principle of Distributive Justice A Reconsideration. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714536434.
    Can desert be the foundation of justice? Recent attempts to redefine distributive justice in the light of the notions of desert and merit depend largely upon how much independent moral force can be attributed to these notions. This is why a number of theorists, following in Joel Feinberg’s wake, assume desert to be a natural feature (of an action, or a person, or a performance), independently of the institutions that may reward it, and of the socio-political background against which it (...)
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  5. A. Calcagno (forthcoming). Jacques Derrida and Alain Badiou. Philosophy and Social Criticism.
    Page 1. Antonio Calcagno Jacques Derrida and Alain Badiou Is there a relation between politics and time ?This paper argues that though Derrida is correct to bring to the fore the undecidability that is contained in his ..
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  6. Maeve Cooke (forthcoming). Truth in Narrative Fiction Kafka, Adorno and Beyond. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714536433.
    Narrative fiction has the power to unsettle our deep-seated intuitions and expectations about what it means to live an ethically good life, and the kind of society that best facilitates this. Sometimes its disruptive power is disclosive, leading to an ethically significant shift in perception. I contend that the disruptive and disclosive powers of narrative fiction constitute a potential for ethical knowledge. I construe ethical knowledge as a learning process, oriented by a concern for truth, which involves the rational agency (...)
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  7. Charles Devellennes (forthcoming). Choice, Blind Spots and Free Will An Autopoietic Critique of Isaiah Berlin's Liberalism. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714545339.
    This article shows that the concept of choice is central to Isaiah Berlin’s liberalism. It argues that his valuing of choice is anchored in a particular conception of human nature, one that assumes and presupposes free will. Berlin’s works sketch a metaphysics of choice, and his reluctance to situate himself openly in the debate on free will is unconvincing. By introducing the theory of autopoiesis, this article further suggests that there is a way to take Berlin’s value pluralism seriously, by (...)
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  8. Anna Ezekiel (forthcoming). A Human Cry: Nietzsche on Affirming Others' Pain. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453713498253.
    This article is concerned with what Nietzsche claims about particular kinds of suffering that can emerge in encounters with others. I maintain that, even taking into account statements of Nietzsche’s that contradict or modify his language of solitude, hardness and domination, his acknowledgement of the capacity of witnessing others’ suffering to cause pain does not indicate an intersubjective notion of self-affirmation, but is an instance of a tension he identifies between our inescapable implication in social ways of being, and our (...)
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  9. Dimitri Ginev (forthcoming). Radical Reflexivity and Hermeneutic Pre-Normativity. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714536432.
    This article develops the thesis that normative social orders are always fore-structured by horizons of possibilities. The thesis is spelled out against the background of a criticism of ethnomethodology for its hermeneutic deficiency in coping with radical reflexivity. The article contributes to the debates concerning the status of normativity problematic in the cultural disciplines. The concept of hermeneutic pre-normativity is introduced to connote the interpretative fore-structuring of normative inter-subjectivity. Radical reflexivity is reformulated in terms of hermeneutic phenomenology.
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  10. James Gledhill (forthcoming). In Defense of Transcendental Institutionalism. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714536431.
    What do we want from a theory of justice? Amartya Sen argues that what we should not want is to follow the social contract approach revived by John Rawls, or transcendental institutionalism, in its preoccupation with perfectly just institutions. Sen makes an effective case against approaches, such as G. A. Cohen’s, concerned with transcendent, fact-independent principles of justice, but not against Rawls’ constructivist approach to justice when this is properly interpreted as making a weak transcendental argument. Situating Rawls’ approach within (...)
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  11. Joseph Heath (forthcoming). Rebooting Discourse Ethics. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714545340.
    In this article I argue that the conception of discourse ethics that Jürgen Habermas advances in his seminar paper, ‘Discourse Ethics: Notes on a Program of Philosophical Justification’, is subject to significant revision in later work. The central difference has to do with the status of the universalization principle and its relationship to the ‘rightness’ validity claim. The earlier view is structured by a desire to provide a weak-transcendental defense of the universalization principle. The later revision, however, essentially undercuts the (...)
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  12. Daniel Loick (forthcoming). Juridification and Politics From the Dilemma of Juridification to the Paradoxes of Rights. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714541584.
    The article starts with the observation of an ambivalence inherent to the politics of juridification. On the one hand, some spheres of the life-world such as the family and the school are often places of exploitation, degradation and humiliation and therefore seem to require the implementation of legal protection for their members. At the same time, the demand for rights seems somehow to grasp too little, would be inadequate or even counterproductive. How can this ambivalence be politically dealt with? I (...)
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  13. Eduardo Mendieta (forthcoming). The Legal Orthopedia of Human Dignity Thinking with Axel Honneth. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714541582.
    This article develops a constructivist, non-metaphysical, non-essentialist conception of human dignity using Jeremy Waldron, Michael Rosen, Ernst Bloch, Jürgen Habermas and Axel Honneth. This constructivist conception of dignity is then related to the communicative or reflexive conception of freedom developed by discourse ethics. Then, these two conceptions are demonstrated to be foundational for the development and implementation of human rights.
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  14. Marcus Morgan (forthcoming). Revisiting Truth and Freedom in Orwell and Rorty. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453713514766.
    This article uses differing interpretations of a thread of narrative taken from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four as a springboard to exploring the connection between philosophical truth and political liberalism. It argues that while no positive connection exists between realist truth and political liberalism, minimal negative connections do exist between Rorty’s humanistic account of truth and a basic commitment to democratic and liberal frameworks. It sees these minimal connections as limiting in their failure to provide a politics that moves beyond an exclusive (...)
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  15. Serena Parekh (forthcoming). Beyond the Ethics of Admission: Stateless People, Refugee Camps and Moral Obligations. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453713498254.
    This article examines our moral obligations to refugees and stateless people. I argue that in order to understand our moral obligations to stateless people, both de jure refugees and de facto stateless people, we ought to reconceptualize the harm of statelessness as entailing both a legal/political harm (the loss of citizenship) and an ontological harm, a deprivation of certain fundamental human qualities. To do this, I draw on the work of Hannah Arendt and show that the ontological deprivation has three (...)
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  16. William E. Scheuerman (forthcoming). Whistleblowing as Civil Disobedience The Case of Edward Snowden. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714537263.
    The media hoop-la about Edward Snowden has obscured a less flashy yet more vital – and philosophically relevant – part of the story, namely the moral and political seriousness with which he acted to make the hitherto covert scope and scale of NSA surveillance public knowledge. Here I argue that we should interpret Snowden’s actions as meeting most of the demanding tests outlined in sophisticated political thinking about civil disobedience. Like Thoreau, Gandhi, King and countless other (forgotten) grass-roots activists, Snowden (...)
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  17. Michael J. Thompson (forthcoming). Axel Honneth and the Neo-Idealist Turn in Critical Theory. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714541583.
    I provide a critique of Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition by calling into question the extent to which recognitive relations are immune to the effects of social and economic power and their ability to shape consciousness and moral cognition. I maintain that as a theory of socialization, Honneth’s theory is inadequate to deal with the strong structural-functional forces that hold administrative-capitalist societies together. This has the effect of constituting subjectivity in particular ways, and this problem of the constitution of the (...)
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  18. Joris Vlieghe (forthcoming). Foucault, Limit-Experience and the Body. On the Possibility of a Critical Attitude. Philosophy and Social Criticism.
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  19. Iris Marion Young (forthcoming). Throwing Like a Girl and Other Essays in Feminist. Philosophy and Social Criticism.
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