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  1. James Gordon Finlayson (2015). Hegel, Adorno and the Origins of Immanent Criticism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (6):1142-1166.
    ‘Immanent criticism' has been discussed by philosophers of quite different persuasions, working in separate areas and in different traditions of philosophy. Almost all of them agree on roughly the same story about its origins: It is that Hegel invented immanent criticism, that Marx later developed it, and that the various members of the Frankfurt School, particularly Adorno, refined it in various ways, and that they are all paradigmatic practitioners of immanent criticism. I call this the Continuity Thesis. There are four (...)
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  2. James Gordon Finlayson (2013). The Persistence of Normative Questions in Habermas's Theory of Communicative Action. Constellations 20 (4):518-532.
  3. James Gordon Finlayson (2013). To the Things Themselves Again: Observations on What Things Are and Why They Matter. In Paul Graves-Brown, Rodney Harrison & Angela Piccini (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. OUP Oxford
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  4. James Gordon Finlayson (2012). The Artwork and the Promesse du Bonheur in Adorno. European Journal of Philosophy 23 (2):n/a-n/a.
    Adorno's saying that ‘art is the promise of happiness’ radiates into every corner of his work from his aesthetic theory to his critical theory of society. However, it is much misunderstood. This can be seen from the standard answer to the question: in virtue of what formal features do art works, according to Adorno, promise happiness? The standard answer to this question suggests that the aesthetic harmony occasioned by the organic wholeness of the form realized in the artwork contrasts with (...)
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  5. James Gordon Finlayson & Fabian Freyenhagen (eds.) (2011). Habermas and Rawls: Disputing the Political. Rouledge.
    Moreover, the volume will cover a number of other salient issues on which Habermas and Rawls have interesting and divergent views, such as the political role of religion and international justice.
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  6. James Gordon Finlayson & Fabian Freyenhagen (2011). Introduction : The Habermas Rawls Dispute : Analysis and Re-Evaluation. In James Gordon Finlayson & Fabian Freyenhagen (eds.), Habermas and Rawls: Disputing the Political. Rouledge
  7. James Gordon Finlayson (2009). Morality and Critical Theory: On the Normative Problem of Frankfurt School Social Criticism. Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2009 (146):7-41.
    I. The Problem of Normative Foundations: Habermas's Original Criticism of Adorno and Horkheimer In The Theory of Communicative Action, Jürgen Habermas writes:From the beginning, critical theory labored over the difficulty of giving an account of its own normative foundations …1Call this Habermas's original objection to the problem of normative foundations. It has been hugely influential both in the interpretation and assessment of Frankfurt School critical theory and in the development of later variants of it. Nowadays it is a truth almost (...)
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  8. James Gordon Finlayson (2007). Political, Moral, and Critical Theory : On the Practical Philosophy of the Frankfurt School. In Brian Leiter & Michael Rosen (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy. Oxford University Press
  9. James Gordon Finlayson (2007). The Habermas–Rawls DisputeRedivivus. Politics and Ethics Review 3 (1):144-162.
    This article re-examines the Habermas–Rawls debate. It contends that what is at issue in this dispute has largely been missed. The standard view that principle and the original position form a useful point of comparison between their respective theories and that the dispute between them can be fruitfully understood on this basis is rejected. I show how this view has arisen and why it is wrong. The real issue between them lies in their respective accounts of the justification of political (...)
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  10. James Gordon Finlayson (2005). Habermas: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
    J|rgen Habermas is the most renowned living German philosopher. This book aims to give a clear and readable overview of his philosophical work. It analyzes both the theoretical underpinnings of Habermas's social theory, and its more concrete applications in the fields of ethics, politics, and law. Finally, it examines how Habermas's social and political theory informs his writing on real, current political and social problems. The author explores Habermas's influence on a wide variety of fields--including philosophy, political and social theory, (...)
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  11. James Gordon Finlayson (2005). Habermas's Moral Cognitivism and the Frege-Geach Challenge. European Journal of Philosophy 13 (3):319–344.
  12. James Gordon Finlayson (2005). Review of Fred Rush (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (12).
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  13. James Gordon Finlayson (2003). The Theory of Ideology and the Ideology of Theory: Habermas Contra Adorno. Historical Materialism 11 (2):165-187.
  14. James Gordon Finlayson (2002). Adorno on the Ethical and the Ineffable. European Journal of Philosophy 10 (1):1–25.
    The thesis is that Adorno has a normative ethics, albeit a minimal and negative ethics of resistance. However Adorno’s ethical theory faces two problems: the problem of the availability of the good and the problem of whether a normative ethics is consistent with philosophical negativism. The author argues that a correct of understanding the role of the ineffable in Adorno’s Negative Dialectics solves both problems: it provides an account of the availability of the good that is consistent with his philosophical (...)
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  15. James Gordon Finlayson (2000). Modernity and Morality in Habermas's Discourse Ethics. Inquiry 43 (3):319 – 340.
    Discourse ethics is originally conceived as a programme of philosophical justification of morality. This depends on the formal derivation of the moral principle (U) from non-moral principles. The moral theory is supposed to fall out of a pragmatic theory of meaning. The original programme plays a central role in Habermas's social theory: the moral theory, if true, provides good evidence for the more general theory of modernization. But neither Habermas nor his followers have succeeded in providing a formal derivation. This (...)
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  16. James Gordon Finlayson (2000). What Are 'Universalizable Interests'? Journal of Political Philosophy 8 (4):456–469.
  17. James Gordon Finlayson (1999). Conflict and Reconciliation in Hegel's Theory of the Tragic. Journal of the History of Philosophy 37 (3):493-520.
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  18. James Gordon Finlayson (1997). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal of Aesthetics 37 (4):424-427.
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