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  1. Bryan Lueck (forthcoming). Contempt and Moral Subjectivity in Kantian Ethics. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie.
    I argue in this paper that Immanuel Kant's account of the moral wrongness of contempt in the Metaphysics of Morals provides important resources for our understanding of the nature of moral subjectivity. Although Kant typically emphasizes the subject's position as autonomous addressor of the moral law, his remarks on contempt bring into relief a dynamic relationship at the heart of practical subjectivity between the addressor and addressee positions. After tracing the development of reflection concerning the addressor and addressee positions in (...)
     
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  2. Bryan Lueck (forthcoming). Moral Dilemma and Moral Sense: A Phenomenological Account. Journal of Speculative Philosophy.
    In this paper I argue that a phenomenological account of moral sense-bestowal can provide valuable insight into the possibility of moral dilemmas. I propose an account of moral sense-bestowal that is grounded in the phenomenology of expression that Maurice Merleau-Ponty developed throughout the course of his philosophical work, and most explicitly in the period immediately following the publication of Phenomenology of Perception. Based on this Merleau-Pontian account of moral sense-bestowal, I defend the view that there are genuine moral dilemmas, i.e., (...)
     
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  3. Bryan Lueck (forthcoming). Tact as Ambiguous Imperative: Merleau-Ponty, Kant, and Moral Sense-Bestowal. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy.
    I argue in this paper that some of the most basic commitments of Kantian ethics can be understood as grounded in the dynamic of sense that Merleau-Ponty describes in his Phenomenology of Perception. Specifically, I argue that Merleau-Ponty’s account supports the importance of universalizability as a test for the moral permissibility of particular acts as well as the idea that the binding character of the moral law is given as something like a fact of reason. But I also argue that (...)
     
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  4. Bryan Lueck (forthcoming). The Terrifying Concupiscence of Belonging: Noise and Evil in the Work of Michel Serres. Symposium: The Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy.
    In this paper I examine the conception of evil and the prescriptions for its mitigation that Michel Serres has articulated in his recent works. My explication of Serres’s argument centers on the claim, advanced in many different texts, that practices of exclusion, motivated by what he calls “the terrifying concupiscence of belonging,” are the primary sources of evil in the world. After explicating Serres’s argument, I examine three important objections, concluding that Serres overestimates somewhat the role of exclusion in perpetuating (...)
     
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  5. Bryan Lueck (2014). Democratic Inheritance and the Problem of Normativity: A Review Essay of Samir Haddad’s Derrida and the Inheritance of Democracy. [REVIEW] SCTIW Review 1:1-6.
  6. Bryan Lueck (2014). Exposition and Obligation: A Serresian Account of Moral Sensitivity. Symposium: The Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 18 (1):176-193.
    In The Troubadour of Knowledge, Michel Serres demonstrates, by means of an extended discussion of learning, that our capacity to adopt a position presupposes a kind of disorienting exposure to a dimension of pure possibility that both subtends and destabilizes that position. In this paper I trace out the implications of this insight for our understanding of obligation, especially as it is articulated in the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Specifically, I argue that obligation is given along with a dimension (...)
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  7. Bryan Lueck (2014). On Cosmopolitanisms. In Lucian Stone (ed.), Iranian Identity and Cosmopolitanism: Spheres of Belonging. Bloomsbury. 159-175.
  8. Bryan Lueck (2012). Alterity in Merleau-Ponty's Prose of the World. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (2):425-442.
    I argue in this paper that Maurice Merleau-Ponty provides a compelling account of alterity in The Prose of the World. I begin by tracing this account of alterity back to its roots in Phenomenology of Perception. I then show how the dynamic of expression articulated in The Prose of the World overcomes the limitations of the account given in the earlier work. After addressing an objection to the effect that the account given in The Prose of the World fails for (...)
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  9. Bryan Lueck (2011). The Fact of Sense: Nancy and Kant on the Withdrawn Origin of Moral Experience. MonoKL 10:216-230.
  10. Bryan Lueck (2011). The Ethical Sense of “World” in the Era of Global Communication. Semiotics:37-43.
  11. Bryan Lueck (2010). The Event of Sense in Lyotard's Discours, Figure. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 41 (3):246-260.
    One of the dominant themes structuring the trajectory of Jean-François Lyotard's philosophical work is his concern to think the event in a way that renders it intelligible, but that also respects the alterity and the uncanniness that are essential to it. In this paper I defend Lyotard's earlier understanding of the event, articulated most thoroughly in Discours, figure, from the criticisms of the later Lyotard, articulated most thoroughly in The Differend. More specifically, I attempt to demonstrate that the event, as (...)
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  12. Bryan Lueck (2010). The Space of Cosmopolitan Communication. Semiotics:175-181.
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  13. Bryan Lueck (2009). Kant's Fact of Reason as Source of Normativity. Inquiry 52 (6):596 – 608.
    _In_ The Sources of Normativity_, Christine M. Korsgaard argues that unconditional obligation can be accounted for in terms of practical identity. My argument in this paper is that practical identity cannot play this foundational role. More specifically, I interpret Korsgaard's argument as beginning with something analogous to Kant's fact of reason, viz. with the fact that our minds are reflective. I then try to show that her determination of this fact is inadequate and that this causes the argument concerning practical (...)
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  14. Bryan Lueck (2009). Meaning and Dignity in the Work of Jean-Luc Nancy. Semiotics:416-423.
  15. Bryan Lueck (2008). Toward a Serresian Reconceptualization of Kantian Respect. Philosophy Today 52 (1):52-59.
    According to Immanuel Kant, moral experience is made possible by respect, an absolutely unique feeling in which the sensible and the intelligible are given immediately together. This paper argues that Kant's moral philosophy underemphasizes the role of this sensibility at the heart of moral experience and that a more rigorous conception of respect, grounded in Michel Serres's concepts of the parasite, the excluded/included third, and noise would yield a moral philosophy more consistent with Kant's own basic insights.
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