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  1. Matteo Bianchin (forthcoming). From Joint Attention to Communicative Action Some Remarks on Critical Theory, Social Ontology and Cognitive Science. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714556693.
    In this article I consider the relevance of Tomasello’s work on social cognition to the theory of communicative action. I argue that some revisions are needed to cope with Tomasello’s results, but they do not affect the core of the theory. Moreover, they arguably reinforce both its explanatory power and the plausibility of its normative claims. I proceed in three steps. First, I compare and contrast Tomasello’s views on the ontogeny of human social cognition with the main tenets of Habermas’ (...)
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  2. C. Bottici (forthcoming). Democracy and the Spectacle: On Rousseau's Homeopathic Strategy. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714559535.
    Rousseau maintains that the spectacle isolates us at the very same moment when it brings us together. This article argues that this striking remark must be understood within the more general framework of a critique of the spectacular nature of modern society. But if the spectacle is not simply an occasional form of entertainment, but a social relationship that pervades modern society as a whole, how can we escape from it? Rousseau’s homeopathic strategy, according to which we should fight an (...)
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  3. D. Chatterjee (forthcoming). Deciding on Preventive War: Amartya Sen's Idea of Justice. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714553498.
    In this article I present a critique of the moral permissibility of preventive war. Preventive intervention is a murky issue in the just-war thinking, so just-war doctrine does not provide moral clarity in this debate. By invoking the concept of a just peace, I discuss prevention from a non-interventionist perspective and show how it can be an effective measure for national security and humanitarian policies. I draw on Amartya Sen’s idea of justice to reconstruct a justice-based, non-interventionist platform where, instead (...)
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  4. E. Daly (forthcoming). Republican Deliberation and Symbolic Violence in Rousseau and Bourdieu. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714554026.
    Deliberation is widely viewed as being intrinsic to republican citizenship. Neo-Roman republicans such as Philip Pettit value deliberation primarily for its role in rendering coercive political authority non-arbitrary and thus non-dominating. Accordingly, a deliberative public sphere is seen as necessary to foil domination in politics. In this article, I consider a countervailing view shared by two otherwise very different theorists – Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In Bourdieu’s account of social practice, deliberation can harbour subtle forms of symbolic violence (and (...)
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  5. M. Forstater (forthcoming). Working for a Better World: Cataloging Arguments for the Right to Employment. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714553500.
    Taking the work of Amartya Sen as a point of departure, a case is made that there may be no single policy with as many potential benefits as a guaranteed job at a living wage–benefits package for every person ready and willing to work. The case is outlined in 4 arguments. Along the way, numerous social and economic costs of unemployment and underemployment and benefits of full employment are catalogued. Reference is also made to how the right to employment is (...)
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  6. G. B. Kuschel (forthcoming). Menke's Reconstruction of Benjamin's Law, His Tragic Aporia and Recognition. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714559534.
    Benjamin’s Critique of Violence (1921) has been a relevant source of legal and political philosophy about the nature of law, from Derrida to Menke. In this article, we rebuild the reading of Benjamin’s Critique proposed by Menke and consider the appropriateness of violence in the law not as a tragic tension, but as a condition for its reproduction. Finally, we will consider its paradoxical nature as a confirmation of the difference between the force of law and social-normative elements such as (...)
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  7. A. M. Macleod (forthcoming). Amartya Sen on Human Rights in The Idea of Justice. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714553292.
    In section I, I identify several mini-theses embedded in Amartya Sen’s theory of human rights – such theses as (1) that human rights are moral, not legal, rights, (2) that nevertheless they are not rights that are awaiting transformation into legal rights, (3) that an expansive doctrine of human rights can incorporate a broad swath of rights (civil, political, economic, social and cultural) without merely mimicking the catalogues in post-Second World War declarations and covenants, and (4) that not all the (...)
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  8. R. Sanin-Restrepo & G. Mendez-Hincapie (forthcoming). Manifest Injustice From the (de)Colonial Matrix: The Reversal of the Panoptic. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714553495.
    Amartya Sen’s theory of enhancement of justice bears an insurmountable blind side that impairs and makes it incomplete, if not parochial. It dismisses coloniality as the veiled face of modernity (and of capitalism) without which any understanding of a theory of justice in a globalized world is impossible. Constructing a theory outside the complex frame of coloniality makes the theory vulnerable to severe hindrances. The duality (coloniality/modernity) produces a twofold but interdependent reality: for the western world it means the achievement (...)
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  9. F. Wolkenstein (forthcoming). What Can We Hold Against Populism? Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714552211.
    Populist movements have become key players in European politics. These movements are readily criticized by journalists or political rivals, yet none of the common objections to populism seems to arrest their success. This article turns to normative political theory to cultivate sensitivity to problems arising from some existing arguments against populism, and to explore possible alternatives. It offers a critical reading of prototypical liberal and conservative arguments against populism, and proposes that the principles of solidarity and procedure provide good grounds (...)
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  10. Badredine Arfi (forthcoming). Pluralism to-Come and the Debates on Islam and Secularism. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714548502.
    The article seeks to advance the debate on Islam and secularism, not by thinking of secularism in terms of whether there is or should be state neutrality toward religion, but rather by proposing that we think in terms of a state neutrality that is anchored in pluralism to-come. The latter is not a future pluralism that will one day arrive but is rather characterized by a structural promise of openness to futurity which thus exposes us to absolute surprise simultaneously of (...)
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  11. Gideon Baker (forthcoming). Paul and Political Theology Nihilism, Empire and the Messianic Vocation. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714559533.
    Nihilism, for Nietzsche, is the nothing that results from the devaluation of the highest values. There is widespread agreement with Nietzsche’s claim that the apostle Paul was the great devaluer of the values of the ancient world, even to the extent of breaking the history of the world in two. Yet the mode of Paul’s devaluating nihilism is contested. Using Nietzsche’s three types of nihilist, I frame this debate over Paul as giving us, respectively, Paul the reactive nihilist , Paul (...)
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  12. 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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  13. Drucilla Cornell (forthcoming). The Role of the Kantian Imagination in Realization-Focused Comparison. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714553496.
    In this article I review Amaryta Sen’s powerful critique of transcendental institutionalism and his own ‘realization-focused comparison’ as an alternative way to think about justice. While deeply sympathetic with his critique of John Rawls I also argue that the role of the Kantian imagination is extremely important in figuring ideals of justice, which must guide ‘realization-focused comparison’. To do so I turn to Kant’s Critique of Judgment and his development of what he calls ‘aesthetic ideas’ as ways of representing the (...)
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  14. George N. Fourlas (forthcoming). The Battle for the Future Book Review. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714548504.
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  15. Anna Elisabetta Galeotti (forthcoming). The Range of Toleration From Toleration as Recognition Back to Disrespectful Tolerance. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714559424.
    This article aims to provide a critical map of toleration as it is displayed in contemporary democracy. It does so by presenting three conceptions of toleration to which current practices of toleration can be traced, and, precisely, these are the standard notion, the political conception based on the neutrality principle, and toleration as recognition. The author argues that the latter is the appropriate conception to address the politically relevant issues of toleration arising in pluralistic democracy, while the first is adequate (...)
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  16. Jane Anna Gordon (forthcoming). Introduction Engaging Justice, Engaging Freedom. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714553497.
    This introduction outlines the core debates in the 8-piece symposium dedicated to critically engaging Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice. Among these is whether the establishment communities that are Sen’s primary interlocutors could ever be allies in the projects of freedom and social transformation that he so powerfully elucidated and the relationship of general theories of justice to the choice of some empirical examples over those that emerge from the places in the global South where conditions of self-determination for citizens (...)
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  17. Greg Graham (forthcoming). Justice and Capabilities in the Postcolony Extending Sen to the Jamaican and South African Contexts. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714553499.
    This article explores briefly the practical as well as theoretical issues that arise when Amartya Sen’s evaluation of justice through the capabilities afforded citizens in a society is applied to postcolonies like Jamaica and South Africa. It argues that the application of the capabilities approach to the circumstances of the postcolony gives rise to the need for an expansion of its purview as the informational focus of Sen’s theory of justice. This is so because of the manner in which domestic (...)
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  18. Jennie Choi Ikuta (forthcoming). Mill as Ambivalent Democrat The Corruption and Cultivation of Human Flourishing in Democratic Society and Politics. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714547895.
    Mill’s status in the democratic family is contested. However, regardless of their conclusions, scholars have largely focused on and interpreted the tension between competence and participation in his thought as a way to determine Mill’s democratic credentials. This article argues for a different approach in thinking about Mill’s status as a democrat – that is, an approach that takes seriously his multifaceted conception of human flourishing – and it also argues that Mill is an ambivalent democrat because different dimensions of (...)
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  19. Callum Ingram (forthcoming). Building Between Past and Future Nostalgia, Historical Materialism and the Architecture of Memory in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714556690.
    To balance radical changes in the built environment that accompany urban renewal, many cities deploy historical design elements to provoke a sense of physical and temporal continuity. By examining the theory and practice of nostalgia in renewal projects, I argue that this strategic deployment of historical signifiers is more complex and normatively problematic than it first appears. Analysing the design and construction of Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards through Walter Benjamin’s theories of cultural production and historical succession, I show (...)
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  20. Albert Joosse (forthcoming). Foucault’s Subject and Plato’s Mind A Dialectical Model of Self-Constitution in the Alcibiades. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714552212.
    In this article I engage with Foucault’s reading of the Platonic dialogue Alcibiades in his Hermeneutics of the Subject, developing his view that this text offers a model of the self-constitution of the subject. Foucault’s reading is part of his larger aim to find alternative conceptualizations of subjectivity besides the Cartesian ones that he thinks have dominated modern thought. His reading has been contested; but I argue that the Alcibiades does indeed develop a notion of subjectivity as reflexive and self-constituting. (...)
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  21. Lindsay Kelland & Catriona Macleod (forthcoming). When is It Legitimate to Use Images in Moral Arguments? The Use of Foetal Imagery in Anti-Abortion Campaigns as an Exemplar of an Illegitimate Instance of a Legitimate Practice. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714556691.
    We aim to interrogate when the use of images in moral persuasion is legitimate. First, we put forward a number of accounts which purport to show that we can use tools other than logical argumentation to convince others, that such tools evoke affective responses and that these responses have authority in the moral domain. Second, we turn to Sarah McGrath’s account, which focuses on the use of imagery as a means to morally persuade. McGrath discusses 4 objections to the use (...)
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  22. Theresa Man Ling Lee (forthcoming). Modernity and Postcolonial Nationhood Revisiting Mahatma Gandhi and Sun Yat-Sen a Century Later. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714554025.
    Mahatma Gandhi and Sun Yat-sen were regarded as the respective founding fathers of modern India and China. Given this shared significance, their writings ought to be duly considered as the basis for comparative thought on postcolonial nation-building. Yet a survey of the literature points to the paucity of such study. The article is therefore an attempt to fill in this gap by juxtaposing Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj and Sun’s San Min Chu I as treatises on postcolonial nation-building. Such juxtaposition yields important (...)
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  23. 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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  24. Ella Myers (forthcoming). Presupposing Equality The Trouble with Rancière’s Axiomatic Approach. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714554027.
    Rancière’s political thought is the object of growing fascination, particularly as a lens through which to interpret contemporary political protests, yet his conception of axiomatic equality remains unexamined. This article investigates Rancière’s account of equality as a ‘presupposition’, showing that an axiom of equality guides momentary acts of resistance, but also serves as a ‘necessary and sufficient condition’ of all societies, however hierarchical. Although this account holds some appeal, I argue that it restricts equality to two, not especially satisfying possibilities: (...)
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  25. Piet Strydom (forthcoming). The Latent Cognitive Sociology in Habermas Extrapolated From Between Facts and Norms. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714563877.
    The aim of this article is twofold: to display some of the fruitful starting points in the later Habermas’ principal monograph for the development of a new kind of cognitive sociology; and to indicate the form of such a sociology by critically extrapolating its major parameters from Habermas’ assumptions regarding immanent transcendence, formal pragmatics and reconstructive sociology. The intended cognitive sociology is conceived as a refinement of a hitherto largely implicit dimension of Critical Theory. Its promise is far-reaching: to sharpen (...)
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  26. Sampie Terreblanche (forthcoming). Constraints to Democracy and Public Reasoning in the New South Africa. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714554069.
    I use part IV of Sen’s book on ‘public reasoning and democracy’ to make an evaluation of South Africa’s new democracy as it was institutionalized in the mid-1990s. I am rather critical about our democracy and about the level of justice attained over the past 18 years.
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  27. Shatema Threadcraft (forthcoming). ‘Movement’ Justice and the Capabilities Approach Resources, Social Environments and Social Attitudes in Black Urban Space. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714554028.
    The capability approach described by Amartya Sen illustrates the multiple aspects of injustice in such fields as racially motivated sexual harassment or segregation in urban space. In response to Sen’s pointing out that we should focus not simply on institutions but also on the social realizations they engender, the article illustrates the function of the natural and social environments for racial groups in affecting the distribution of resources necessary to secure justice.
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  28. Andrea Veltman (forthcoming). Is Meaningful Work Available to All People? Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714556692.
    In light of the impact of work on human flourishing, an intractable problem for political theorists concerns the distribution of meaningful work in a community of moral equals. This article reviews a number of partial solutions that a well-ordered society could draw upon to provide equality of opportunity for eudemonistically meaningful work and to minimize the impact of bad work upon those who perform it. Even in view of these solutions, however, it is not likely that opportunities for meaningful work (...)
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  29. Joris Vlieghe (forthcoming). Foucault, Limit-Experience and the Body. On the Possibility of a Critical Attitude. Philosophy and Social Criticism.
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  30. Stephen K. White (forthcoming). Does Critical Theory Need Strong Foundations? Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714555816.
    In this paper I take issue with Rainer Forst's claim that his account of the demand for justification that is at the core of the idea of justice provides our political thinking with a final “fundamentum inconcussum”.
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  31. Iris Marion Young (forthcoming). Throwing Like a Girl and Other Essays in Feminist. Philosophy and Social Criticism.
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