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    Friends and Citizens in Plato’s Crito.Elizabeth Lanphier - 2021 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 27 (1):44-67.
    I propose a revisionary reading of Plato’s Crito focusing on the dramatic rendering of the friendship between Crito and Socrates, which I argue affords a model for political participation in a social contract. Their friendship models how citizens can come to be conventionally related to one another, and how they should treat one another internal to that relationship. This approach is apt for contemporary democratic theory, perhaps more so than standard interpretations of the political theory traditionally mined from the text, (...)
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    Mass Deliberative Democracy and Criminal Justice Reform.Seth Mayer - 2021 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 27 (1):68-102.
    The American criminal justice system falls far short of democratic ideals. In response, democratic communitarian localism proposes a more decentralized system with a greater emphasis on local control. This approach aims to deconcentrate power and remove bureaucracy, arguing local control would reflect informal cultural life better than our current system. This view fails to adequately address localized domination, however, including in the background culture of society. As a result, it underplays the need for transformative, democratizing change. Rejecting communitarian localism, I (...)
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  3. Echeverría, Bolívar. Modernity and “Whiteness”. [REVIEW]H. A. Nethery - 2021 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 27 (1):103-111.
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  4. Special Section: Anarres Project for Alternative Futures Collection.José-Antonio Orosco, Lark Sontag, Zara Stevens & Taine Duncan - 2021 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 27 (1):5-19.
    This article contains four essays from the Anarres Project, a forum for conversations, ideas, and initiatives that promote a future free of domination, exploitation, oppression, war, and empire. In the spirit of philosophy in the contemporary world, the selection includes recent work on the pandemic and related struggles for justice in the past year. An introduction to the project is included.
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    Guests in the Out-Side: Becoming, Knowing, and Acting in Jane Bennett's Vital Materialism.Becky Vartabedian - 2021 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 27 (1):20-43.
    Jane Bennett’s vital materialism develops positive ontological commitments to lively matter and resistant vitality, articulated using notions of actant and assemblage, thing-power and the out-side. I show that these ontological commitments reveal a limit for traditional modes of human knowing, favoring an emergent epistemology that attends to the ways actants and assemblages express themselves. I then argue for an account of acting that positions humans as guests of vibrant matter. Compacts of guest-friendship in Plato’s Crito and Kant’s To Perpetual Peace (...)
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