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Elizabeth Portella
University of Oregon
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    “Caught in Its Movement”: Liberalism, Critique, and Dewey’s Implicit Philosophy of History.Elizabeth Portella - 2019 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 13 (3):363-383.
    “Philosophers,” Dewey writes, “are parts of history, caught in its movement; creators perhaps in some measure of its future, but also assuredly creatures of its past”. The question of the philosopher’s embeddedness in either her own or some earlier historical moment constitutes an important theme in Dewey’s account of pragmatism, in particular his account of politics. In lieu of a formal treatise on history, this paper focuses on Dewey’s claims about history as they are enacted in his political analyses. Drawing (...)
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    Mediation and Its Shadow.Elizabeth Portella - 2019 - Philosophy Today 63 (2):427-445.
    Emmanuel Levinas and Theodor Adorno never spoke to one another. Both thinkers were of Jewish ancestry, though their lives would be impacted in distinct ways by the rise of Nazism. With these historical parallels in mind, this paper seeks to place these thinkers in a productive juxtaposition with regard to the status of ethics and politics in either’s work. In particular, I examine the ramifications of philosophical reflection on Auschwitz as a mediating event in post-war European philosophy, reading Levinas’s and (...)
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  3. Mediation and Its Shadow in Advance.Elizabeth Portella - forthcoming - Philosophy Today.
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