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Todd Mei
University of California, Berkeley
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    Heidegger, Work, and Being.Todd S. Mei - 2009 - Continuum.
    This book provides a novel interpretation of the Aristotelian understanding of work in light of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. In a world of changing work patterns and the global displacement of working lifestyles, the nature of human identity and work is put under great strain. Modern conceptions of work have been restricted to issues of utility and necessity, where aims and purposes of work are reducible to the satisfaction of immediate technical and economic needs. Left unaddressed is the larger (...)
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    Are Reasons Enough? Sen and Ricoeur on the Idea of Impartiality.Todd S. Mei - 2014 - Dialogue 53 (2):243-270.
    Amartya Sen argues that a conception of impartiality built upon “trans-positional objectivity” provides a potential remedy to conflicts of distributive justice by securing the most “reasonable reasons” in a debate. This article undertakes a critical analysis of Sen’s theory by contrasting it with Paul Ricoeur’s claim that impartiality is a normative concept and therefore that the demand faced within the arena of competing distributive claims is not one of providing the most reasonable reasons but of exposing and understanding the role (...)
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    An Economic Turn: A Hermeneutical Reinterpretation of Political Economy with Respect to the Question of Land.Todd S. Mei - 2011 - Research in Phenomenology 41 (3):297-326.
    The philosophy of economics has been largely guided by analytic philosophy. Even Marx has been appropriated without much scandal by economists who separate his scientific contributions from his politics. In this article, I place philosophical hermeneutics (i.e., Heidegger and Ricoeur) in dialogue with the conventional understanding of land as a factor of production. The history of political economy misunderstands land as an entity classifiable as property and capital. I argue instead that land's ontological role, deriving from Heidegger's concept of earth, (...)
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    Review of Debating God’s Economy: Social Justice in America on the Eve of Vatican II. [REVIEW]Todd S. Mei - 2011 - Research in Phenomenology 41 (3):367-368.
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  5. Commitment and Communication: The Aesthetics of Receptivity and Historicity.Todd S. Mei - 2006 - Contemporary Aesthetics 4:30-30.
    A general tension in contemporary aesthetics can be described as existing between objective truth claims and historical relativity. The former is generally represented by the Enlightenment approaches and its descendants that ground aesthetic judgment in rationality. The latter characterizes the postmodern appeal to historicity and the exposure of historical prejudice. Following mostly the hermeneutical philosophy of Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Dupré, this paper argues how aesthetic theory, defined by either pole, inadequately accounts for historicity. In response to this critique, this (...)
     
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    Economy of the Gift: Rethinking the Role of Land Enclosure in Political Economy.Todd S. Mei - 2009 - Modern Theology 25 (3):441-468.
    The theological revivification of the concept of gift and gift exchange in the last two decades has provoked questions on how notions of divine superabundance can be translated into economics. In this article, I relate the thinking of Paul Ricoeur, John Milbank, Philip Goodchild and Albino Barrera to a specific economic reform that entails seeing land enclosure as inimical to the stability and fairness of an economy. I refer to the political economy of Henry George which takes land value taxation (...)
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    Form and Figure: Paul Ricoeur and the Rehabilitation of Human Work.Todd S. Mei - 2006 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 16 (1-2):57-70.
    This article examines the way in which Paul Ricoeur's philosophy of metaphor can help to rehabilitate the traditional reduction of work to an activity of mere necessity.
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    From Ricoeur to Action: The Socio-Political Significance of Ricoeur’s Thinking.Todd S. Mei & David Lewin (eds.) - 2012 - Continuum.
    From Ricoeur to Action engages with the thinking of the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur in order to propose innovative responses to 21st-century problems actively contributing to global conflict. Ricoeur's ability to draw from a diverse field of philosophers and theologians and to provide mediation to seemingly irreconcilable views often has both explicit and implicit practical application to socio-political questions. Here an international team of leading Ricoeur scholars develop critical yet productive responses through the development of Ricoeur's thought with respect to (...)
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    Heidegger and the Appropriation of Metaphysics.Todd S. Mei - 2009 - Heythrop Journal 50 (2):257-270.
    Heidegger’s deconstruction of the history of Western metaphysics has been a major influence behind poststructural critiques of modernity as well as more apologetic attempts to maintain a dialogue with historical sources, such as Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics. This bifurcation has intensified the ambiguity of Heidegger’s project: was it an attempt to relinquish philosophical ties to the past or a call for a fundamental reinterpretation of them? In this article I argue the latter,focusing my analysis on Heidegger’s notions of appropriation and historicity. (...)
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    Heidegger and Teilhard de Chardin: The Convergence of History and Future.Todd S. Mei - 2008 - Modern Theology 24 (1):75-101.
    This article explores the significant theoretical links between the two thinkers and how each can help to correct some misunderstandings about the other.
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    Heidegger and the Appropriation of Metaphysics.Todd S. Mei - 2007 - Heythrop Journal:070526091654001-???.
    The article examines Heidegger's understanding of metaphysics, arguing that he never intended its obsolescence.
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    Justice and the Banning of the Poets: The Way of Hermeneutics in Plato's Republic.Todd S. Mei - 2007 - Review of Metaphysics 60 (4):755-778.
    Interpretations of Plato’s consideration of poetry often see his position either as a rejection or an admittance of only a certain kind. This article offers a more complex analysis: questions concerning the nature of justice and poetry should be taken as mutually illuminating inquiries. This constitutes Plato’s hermeneutics which shows how understanding poetry ideally effects a metanoia (new understanding) that requires the harmony between ethical deliberation and narrative self-understanding. The dialogue is a mimesis of this process, and the conclusion in (...)
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  13. The Preeminence of Use: Reevaluating the Relation Between Use and Exchange in Aristotle's Economic Thought.Todd S. Mei - 2009 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (4):pp. 523-548.
    Aristotle’s economic thinking in the Nicomachean Ethics 5.5 and Politics 1 provides one of the earliest analyses of the economic nature exchange. Establishing the significance of Aristotle in this area has often led modern commentators to equate Aristotle’s descriptive analysis of use and exchange to the definitions of use-value and exchange-value as it is found in Karl Marx. In this article, I show that Aristotle’s understanding of use and exchange is qualitatively different from this interpretation, focusing in particular on the (...)
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