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  1. William S. Lewis (2005). Art or Propaganda? Dewey and Adorno on the Relationship Between Politics and Art. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 19 (1):42-54.
    This paper articulates the similarities and differences between Adorno's and Dewey's aesthetics, showing the way in which these theories juxtapose real art against other forms of cultural expression which, in their duplication and strengthening of existing modes of culture, may be seen as progressively closing off the possibilities for the realization of true democracy or (what may be the same thing) the end of alienation. The paper distinguishes between art and propaganda and argues that, despite obvious differences between their philosophies (...)
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    William S. Lewis (2011). Evolutionary Psychology in the Service of Moral Philosophy: A Possible Future for Ethics? Journal of Speculative Philosophy 25 (1):48-63.
    The question this essay takes up is that of whether Ethics as a discipline has something to learn from the literature in evolutionary moral psychology and if this mode of explanation should be part of its future. Its primary thesis is that Ethics does have much to learn because the sciences that study the evolutionary mechanisms by which ethical judgments are produced will allow us, in a naturalist and pragmatist fashion, to better understand the possibilities for achieving our ethical goals. (...)
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    William S. Lewis (2007). “Editorial Introduction to Louis Althusser’s ‘Letter to the Central Committee of the PCF, 18 March, 1966’.”. Historical Materialism 15 (2):20.
    As an accompaniment to the translation into English of Louis Althusser's 'Letter to the Central Committee of the PCF, March 18th, 1966', this note provides the historical and theoretical context necessary to understand Althusser's 'anti-humanist' interventions into French Communist Party policy decisions during the mid-1960s. Because nowhere else in Althusser's published writings do we see as clearly the political stakes involved in his philosophical project, nor the way in which this project evolved from a 'theoreticist' pursuit into a more practical (...)
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    William S. Lewis (2008). War, Manipulation of Consent, and Deliberative Democracy. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 22 (4):pp. 266-277.
    Adding to the literature on the feasibility of deliberative democracy, this article catalogs the practices, institutions, and psychological proclivities that have been cited as obstacles to the realization of a deliberative democratic politics. It then makes the case that one of the irremediable obstacles, ideology, is also the the necessary starting point for actual deliberation.
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    William S. Lewis (2007). “Concrete Analysis and Pragmatic Social Theory (Notes Towards an Althusserian Critical Theory).”. International Studies in Philosophy 39 (2):19.
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    William S. Lewis (1998). Of Bonding and Bondage. International Studies in Philosophy 30 (2):109-115.
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  7. William S. Lewis (2001). The Purification of Theory for Practice: Louis Althusser and the Traditions of French Marxism. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
    Through tracing the articulation, rise and eventual fall of Marxist theory in France, I seek in my dissertation to show the difficulties of wedding Marxist theory to ameliorative political practices.Specifically, I follow the development of French Marxism between 1920--1965 in order to demonstrate how the thought of Althusser is a reaction to and correction of both the crude materialist philosophy of the French Communist Party and of the more sophisticated humanist Marxism of such intellectuals as Cornu, Lefebvre, Garaudy, Sartre and (...)
     
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