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  1. 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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  2. B. Babich (forthcoming). Adorno's Radio Phenomenology: Technical Reproduction, Physiognomy and Music. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714548503.
    Adorno’s phenomenological study of radio offers a sociology of music in a political and cultural context. Situating that phenomenology in the context of Adorno’s philosophical background and the world political circumstances of Adorno’s collaboration with Paul Lazarsfeld on the Princeton Radio Project, illuminates both Adorno’s Current of Music and the Dialectic of Enlightenment with Max Horkheimer and the ‘Culture Industry’. Together with an analysis of popular music in social practice/culture, this article also explores Adorno’s spatial reflections on Paul Bekker’s notion (...)
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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. D. Loick (forthcoming). Terribly Upright: The Young Hegel's Critique of Juridicism. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714552210.
    Hegel is one of the few philosophers to devote systematic attention to phenomena that can be called pathologies of juridicism. Hegel claims that the law fundamentally contaminates the way in which we relate to ourselves, to others and to the world so that our (inter-) subjectivity becomes ethically deformed, distorted, or deficient. I outline this notion and reconstruct its development in the work of the young Hegel. I reconstruct Hegel’s critique of juridical forms of normativity as developed in his Spirit (...)
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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. J. Vlieghe (forthcoming). Foucault, Butler and Corporeal Experience: Taking Social Critique Beyond Phenomenology and Judgement. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714552209.
    This article is concerned with the possibility of conceiving a form of social critique that has its locus in the human body. Therefore I engage in a close reading of the (later) work of Butler which can be analysed as an elaboration of a Foucaldian critical ‘virtue’. In order to elaborate and to refine my ideas I go deeper into the criticisms McNay has uttered regarding the very impossibility of taking any distance from a given social or political order within (...)
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  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. 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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  15. George N. Fourlas (forthcoming). The Battle for the Future Book Review. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714548504.
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  16. Giunia Gatta (forthcoming). Visiting or House-Swapping? Arendt and Jaspers on Empathy, Enlarged Mentality and the Space Between. Philosophy and Social Criticism:0191453714548501.
    Hannah Arendt has been one of empathy’s most formidable and influential critics among contemporary political theorists. In this article, I suggest that her argument against empathy is no argument at all. The line she draws between empathy and imagination is arbitrary, and imagination cannot – in and by itself – sustain the work of representative thinking, which Arendt assigns to it. With this critique of Arendt, and the introduction of an alternative view of empathy put forth by Karl Jaspers, Arendt’s (...)
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Joris Vlieghe (forthcoming). Foucault, Limit-Experience and the Body. On the Possibility of a Critical Attitude. Philosophy and Social Criticism.
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  25. Iris Marion Young (forthcoming). Throwing Like a Girl and Other Essays in Feminist. Philosophy and Social Criticism.
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