Friday, May 15, 2015

Updated bibliography on Jürgen Habermas 1992-2015

I have updated my listing of publications on Jürgen Habermas: 

Books and articles on Jürgen Habermas 1992-2015

New and forthcoming in 2015-2016:

Jürgen Habermas: Faktizität und Geltung (Klassiker Auslegen)
(De Gruyter, forthcoming)

Habermas leicht gemacht: Eine Einführung in sein Denken
(UTB, forthcoming)

(Routledge, forthcoming)

Gemeinsame Welt denken: Bedingungen interkultureller Koexistenz bei Jürgen Habermas und Eilert Herms
(Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming)

Rethinking Rawls and Habermas: New Paradigms of Judgment and Justification
Political Theory vol. 43 no. 1 (2015), pp. 144-152

Das Dilemma der supranationalen Demokratie
Leviathan vol. 43 no. 1 (2015)

Religion und Toleranz von der Aufklärung bis zum postsäkularen Zeitalter: Bayle, Kant und Habermas
Postsäkularismus, ed. by Matthias Lutz-Bachmann (Campus Verlag, 2015), pp. 97-134.

A Difference in Kind? Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor on Post-secularism
The European Legacy vol. 20 no. 2 (2015), pp. 120-135

Jürgen Habermas im Gespräch mit Joseph Ratzinger
Aufklärung und Kritik vol. 52 no. 1 (2015)

Political Power and its Pathologies: An Attempt to Reconsider Habermas's Critical Theory of Democracy
Constellations, forthcoming.

Judgment and Imagination in Habermas's Theory of Law
Philosophy & Social Criticism, forthcoming.

Discourse Theory's Sociological Claim
Philosophy & Social Criticism, forthcoming.

Habermas and the Aporia of Translating Religion in Democracy
European Journal of Social Theory, forthcoming.

The Latent Cognitive Sociology in Habermas
Philosophy & Social Criticism vol. 41 no. 3 (2015) pp. 273-291

The Limits of Learning: Habermas' Social Theory and Religion
European Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming.

The Frankfurt School and the Young Habermas
Journal of Classical Sociology vol. 15 no. 2 (2015), pp. 191-208

The Positivist Dispute in German Sociology: A Scientific or a Political Controversy?
Journal of Classical Sociology vol. 15 no. 2 (2015), pp. 154-169

Über die unüberwundenen Begründungsdefizite der „Kritischen Theorie“. Von Habermas zu Forst
Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialtheorie und Philosophie vol. 2, no. 1 (2015), pp. 67-100.

Autonomy, Natality and Freedom: A Liberal Re-examination of Habermas in the Enhancement Debate
Bioethics vol. 29 no. 3 (2015) pp. 145-152 

An Empirically Informed Critique of Habermas's Argument from Human Nature
Science and Engineering Ethics vol. 21 no. 1 (2015), pp.95-113 

The Co-originality of Human Rights and Democracy in an International Order
International Theory vol. 7 no. 1 (2015), pp. 96-124

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

Ed. by Rowan Cruft, S. Matthew Liao, and Massimo Renzo

(Oxford University Press, 2015)

720 pages

Contents [preview]

Introduction - Rowan Cruft, S. Matthew Liao & Massimo Renzo 

Part I. Human Rights' Foundations

1. On the Foundations of Human Rights - John Tasioulas 
2. Response to John Tasioulas - Onora O'Neill
3. Human Rights as Fundamental Conditions for a Good Life - S. Matthew Liao 
4. From a Good Life to Human Rights - Rowan Cruft
5. Is Dignity the Foundation of Human Rights? - Jeremy Waldron
6. Human Rights, Natural Rights, and Human Dignity - A. John Simmons
7. Personal Deserts and Human Rights - James W. Nickel
8. Can Moral Desert Qualify or Justify Human Rights? - Zofia Stemplowska 
9. A Social Ontology of Human Rights - Carol Gould 
10. Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Power - Pablo Gilabert 

Part II. Human Rights in Law and Politics

11. Human Rights in the Emerging World Order - Joseph Raz 
12. Joseph Raz on Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal - David Miller 
13. Why International Legal Human Rights? -  Allen Buchanan
14. Human Rights Pragmatism and Human Dignity - David Luban
15. Human Rights and Constitutional Law - Samantha Besson 
16. Specifying Human Rights - Saladin Meckled-Garcia 
17. Rescuing Proportionality - George Letsas 
18. Rescuing Human Rights from Proportionality - Guglielmo Verdirame 

Part III. Canonical and Contested Human Rights

19. Free Speech as an Inverted Right and Democratic Persuasion - Corey Brettschneider 
20. Free Speech and "Democratic Persuasion" - Larry Alexander 
21. Religious Freedom in a Secular World - Lorenzo Zucca 
22. Religious Liberty Conceived as a Human Right - Robert Audi
23. The Right to Security - Liora Lazarus
24. Rights and Security for Human Rights Sceptics - Victor Tadros 
25. Self Determination and the Human Right to Democracy - Thomas Christiano 
26. A Human Right to Democracy? - Fabienne Peter
27. The Content of the Human Right to Health - Jonathan Wolff
28. Do We have a Human Right to the Political Determinants of Health? - Kimberley Brownlee
29. A Moral Inconsistency Argument for a Basic Human Right to Subsistence - Elizabeth Ashford
30. The Force of Subsistence Rights - Charles R. Beitz

Part IV. Human Rights: Concerns and Alternatives

31. The Relativity and Ethnocentricity of Human Rights - James Griffin
32. Human Needs, Human Rights - Massimo Renzo
33. Liberty Rights and the Limits of Liberal Democracy - Jiwei Ci
34. Human Rights without the Human Good? - Simon Hope
35. Care and Human Rights - Virginia Held
36. Care and Human Rights: A Reply to Virginia Held - Susan Mendus
37. Human Rights in Kantian Mode: A Sketch - Katrin Flikschuh 
38. Why there Cannot Be A Truly Kantian Theory of Human Rights - Andrea Sangiovanni

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Kantian Themes from the Philosophy of Thomas E. Hill

Reason, Value, and Respect
Kantian Themes from the Philosophy of Thomas E. Hill, Jr.

Ed. by Mark Timmons and Robert N. Johnson

(Cambridge University Press, 2015)

336 pages

Contents [preview]


I. Respect and Self-Respect

1. Servility and Self-Respect - Bernard Boxill & Jan Boxill
2. Humility, Arrogance, and Self-Respect in Kant and Hill - Robin S. Dillon 
3. Respect as Honor and as Accountability - Stephen Darwall

II. Practical Reason

4. Hypothetical Imperatives - Mark Schroeder 
5. More Right than Wrong - Jonathan Dancy
6. Autonomy and Public Reason in Kant - Onora O'Neill

III. Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy

7. Private and Public Conscience [pdf] - Gerald Gaus
8. Kant on Three Defenses in the Law of Homicide - Jeffrie G. Murphy
9. Virtue, Repugnance, and Deontology - Matt Zwolinski & David Schmidtz 
10. But What About the Animals? [pdf] - Cheshire Calhoun 

IV. Kant's Ethics

11. The Supererogatory and Kant's Imperfect Duties - Marcia Baron 
12. Did Kant Hold that Rational Volition is Sub Ratione Boni? [pdf] - Andrews Reath 
13. Kantian Complicity - Julia Driver

V. Conclusion

14. Looking Back: Main Themes and Appreciation - Thomas E. Hill, Jr.

Mark Timmons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. He is the author of "Morality without Foundations" (Oxford University Press, 1999) and co-editor (with Sorin Baiasu) of "Kant on Practical Justification" (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Robert Johnson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is the author of "Self-Improvement. An Essay in Kantian Ethics" (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Monday, April 20, 2015

New book on Axel Honneth’s Political Thought

Recognition and Freedom
Axel Honneth’s Political Thought

Ed. by Jonas Jakobsen & Odin Lysaker

(Brill, 2015)

286 pages


Recognition and Freedom brings together leading international scholars to discuss the political thought of the social philosopher Axel Honneth. In addition to providing an introduction to Honneth’s political thought, the book examines topics such as education, solidarity, multiculturalism, agonism, neo-liberalism and the ways in which these issues challenge core aspects of liberal democracies. The book includes an interview with Axel Honneth in the light of his most recent work, Freedom’s Right, as well as an essay by him previously unpublished in English.

Contents [preview]

Introduction - Odin Lysaker & Jonas Jakobsen

1. Education and the Democratic Public Sphere [video] [German text] - Axel Honneth
2. Recognition, Education, and Civic Equality - Simon Laumann Jørgensen
3. Recognition, Solidarity, and the Politics of Esteem - Arto Laitinen
4. Sociality, Anti-Sociality, and Social Work - Heikki Ikäheimo
5. Dimensions of Freedom: Axel Honneth’s Critique of Liberalism - Morten Raffnsøe-Møller
6. Surplus of Indeterminacy: A Hegelian Critique of Neoliberalism - Arne Johan Vetlesen
7. Democratic Disagreement and Embodied Dignity - Odin Lysaker
8. Contextualising Religious Pain: Saba Mahmood, Axel Honneth, and the Danish Cartoons - Jonas Jakobsen
9. Inquiries into Identity: The Struggle for Recognition in Erik Allardt’s Study of Ethnic Conflicts - Arvi-Antti Särkelä
10. Ultimate Values and Immanent Critique - Carl-Göran Heidegren
11. Writing History from a Normative Point of View - Jørgen Pedersen
12. Freedom, Solidarity, and Democracy: An Interview with Axel Honneth - Morten Raffnsøe-Møller

Jonas Jakobsen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tromsø, Norway.

Odin Lysaker is Associate Professor at the University of Agder, Norway.

See also "Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy" (2013 no, 1), which features six essays on Axel Honneth's book "Freedom’s Right" and a reply by Honneth.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Essays on Rawls's Political Liberalism

Rawls's Political Liberalism

Ed. by Thom Brooks & Martha C. Nussbaum

(Columbia University Press, May 2015)

224 pages


Widely hailed as one of the most significant works in modern political philosophy, John Rawls's Political Liberalism (1993) defended a powerful vision of society that respects reasonable ways of life, both religious and secular. These core values have never been more critical as anxiety grows over political and religious difference and new restrictions are placed on peaceful protest and individual expression.

This anthology of original essays suggests new, groundbreaking applications of Rawls's work in multiple disciplines and contexts. 

Contents [preview]

Preface - Thom Brooks & Martha C. Nussbaum

Introduction - Martha C. Nussbaum

1. Changing Constructions - Onora O'Neill

2. Legitimacy and the Project of Political Liberalism [pdf] - Paul Weithman

3. Isolating Public Reasons - Jeremy Waldron

4. The Capabilities Approach and Political Liberalism - Thom Brooks

5. The Priority of Liberty - Frank I. Michelman

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Follesdal on European identity and public spheres

Two papers by Professor Andreas Føllesdal on European identity and public spheres:

* "A Common European Identity for European Citizenship?" (pdf, 2014)

* "Democracy, Identity and European Public Spheres" (pdf, 2015)

Andreas Føllesdal is Professor of Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. He is co-editor (with Reidar Maliks) of "Kantian Theory and Human Rights" (Routledge, 2014). See my post on the book here.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Habermas on the Adorno/Scholem Correspondence

"Die Zeit" (April 9, 2015) features an essay by Jürgen Habermas on the Adorno/Scholem correspondence published in "Theodor W. Adorno/Gershom Scholem Briefwechsel 1939-1969: Der liebe Gott wohnt im Detail" (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2015):

"Vom Funken der Wahrheit"
[now available online]

"Adorno und Scholem sind an dem möglichen Wahrheitsgehalt interessiert, den die monotheistischen Überlieferungen unter Bedingungen der Moderne noch entfalten können. Sie suchen nicht nach mythischen oder vorsokratischen Ursprüngen. Der Mythos, den der Logos der großen Weltreligionen überwunden hatte, darf nicht »das letzte Wort behalten«. Nietzsche ist abwesend, und der Schwefel geruch des neuheidnischen Nietzscheanismus erst recht. Das »Umschlagen der Mystik in Aufklärung« bezeichnet den Ort, an dem sich Adorno und Scholem treffen. Dieser hatte das Fortwirken der abgründigen Lehren eines Luria von Safed in den frankistischen Sekten des 18. Jahrhunderts untersucht und bis in die Französische Revolution hinein verfolgt. An dieser revolutionären Einmischung heterodoxer Lehren in die säkulare Gesellschaft sind die beiden aus verschiedenen Gründen interessiert. 

Einem junghegelianischen Adorno steht der Zerfall der Hegelschen Philosophie vor Augen – der »Verwesungsprozess des absoluten Geistes« (Marx). Er sieht im Wahrheitskern der liegen gelassenen Metaphysik ein transzendierendes, ein befreiendes Moment, das die dumpfe Immanenz eines alle Lebensbezirke durchdringenden Kapitalismus aufsprengen könnte. Wie kann dieser Wahrheitskern in den fortgeschrittensten Gestalten der Moderne, vor allem in der Kunst, wirksam werden? Unter dieser Fragestellung empfiehlt Adorno Scholem seine Deutung von Schönbergs Oper Moses und Aron als einem »sakralen Fragment«. Als dieser skeptisch bleibt, wirbt er im Februar 1964 hartnäckig um Verständnis: »Mir will es scheinen, und ich dächte, auch Sie müßten dazu neigen, daß die einzige Möglichkeit, sakrale Kunst, ebenso wie ihren philosophischen Wahrheitsgehalt, zu retten, heute in der rücksichtslosen Einwanderung ins Profane liegt.«

Aber Scholem interessiert sich nicht für die kulturelle Gestalt eines philosophisch vermittelten Wahrheitsgehalts religiösen Ursprungs, der die säkulare Gesellschaft zu sich selber befreien sollte. Vielmehr sucht er in der Dimension der jüdischen Überlieferung, in der sich die Offenbarung fortsetzt, nach Funken der religiösen Wahrheit selbst. So wohnen wir in diesem Briefwechsel einer merkwürdigen Fortsetzung der ehrwürdigen Diskussion über den Gott Abrahams, Isaaks und Jakobs auf der einen, den Gott der Philosophen auf der anderen Seite bei. Scholem sucht die Stimme Gottes in der Tradition, Adorno nur noch dessen anonymes Pochen in den »Schründen« einer entstellten kapitalistischen Gesellschaft." 

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Richard Arneson on Equality of Opportunity

Richard Arneson has updated his entry on "Equality of Opportunity" at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

"Equality of Opportunity"

See also

* Richard Arneson on Egalitarianism and Justice

* Richard Arneson on Luck Egalitarianism

* Richard Arneson on Rethinking Luck Egalitarianism [pdf]

Review of Shlomi Segall on Egalitarianism

At "Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews", Blain Neufeld reviews Shlomi Segall's "Equality of Opportunity" (Oxford University Press, 2013):

Review of "Equality and Opportunity"

In this book, Shlomi Segall formulates a 'luck egalitarian' conception of justice and applies that conception to the policy areas of hiring, education, upbringing, and health. He also argues for the superiority of his conception of justice over rival luck egalitarian and 'relational egalitarian' views. While Segall's conception of justice strikes me as more plausible than the luck egalitarian alternatives that he discusses, I do not think that he scores any decisive points against the relational egalitarian approach to theorizing about justice.

Blain Neufeld is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Many of Shlomi Segall's papers are available here.

Some of my previous blog posts on egalitarianism:

* Iwai Hirose on Egalitarianism 

* Richard Arneson on Egalitarianism and Justice

* Richard Arneson on Luck Egalitarianism

* Zofia Stemplowska on Luck Egalitarianism

* Elizabeth Anderson on Egalitarianism

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Wolfgang Streeck's response to Habermas

Wolfgang Streeck's response to Habermas's critique of his book "Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism" (Verso Books, 2014):

"Small-State Nostalgia? The Currency Union, Germany, and Europe: A Reply to Jürgen Habermas" [pdf]

See the original papers in German here:

Jürgen Habermas - "Demokratie oder Kapitalismus? Vom Elend der nationalstaatlichen Fragmentierung in einer kapitalistisch integrierten Weltgesellschaft”, in "Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik" 5/2013, pp. 59-70. [English translation here. Also in J. Habermas - "The Lure of Technocracy" (Polity Press, 2015), pp. 85-102.]

Wolfgang Streeck - "Vom DM-Nationalismus zum Euro-Patriotismus? Ein Replik auf Jürgen Habermas“, in "Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik" 9/2013, pp. 75-92.

See also a paper on the Habermas/Streeck debate:

Thomas Biebricher & Frieder Vogelmann - "Die Zukunft Europas zwischen Demokratie und Kapitalismus" [pdf] [published in "Politische Vierteljahresschrift" 1/2014.]

See also two videos of discussions of Streeck's book:

* Columbia University, April 3, 2014 [Wolfgang Streeck, Adam Tooze, Katharina Pistor, Bruce Kogut, and Josh Whitford.]
* London School of Economics and Political Science, October 20, 2014 [Wolfgang Streeck, Colin Crouch, and David Soskice.] 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Festschrift for John Broome

Weighing & Reasoning
Themes from the Philosophy of John Broome

Ed. by Iwao Hirose & Andrew Reisner

(Oxford University Press, March 2015)

272 pages


John Broome has made major contributions to, and radical innovations in, contemporary moral philosophy. His research combines the formal method of economics with philosophical analysis. Broome's works stretch over formal axiology, decision theory, philosophy of economics, population axiology, the value of life, the ethics of climate change, the nature of rationality, and practical and theoretical reasoning. 

Weighing and Reasoning brings together fifteen original essays from leading philosophers who have been influenced by the work and thought of John Broome. It aims to offer a comprehensive evaluation of Broome's wide-ranging and far-reaching philosophical works over the past thirty years. 

Contents [preview]

My Long Road to Philosophy - John Broome 

Part I: Weighing

1. Liberty, Preference Satisfaction, and the Case Against Categories - Geoffrey Brennan 
2. Challenges to the Principle of Personal Good - Doug MacLean 
3. Metasemantics out of Economics? - Anandi Hattiangadi
4. Separability - Iwao Hirose
5. The Social Disvalue of Premature Deaths [pdf] - Hilary Greaves 
6. Being and Well-Being - Krister Bykvist 
7. On the Social and Personal Value of Existence [pdf] - Marc Fleurbaey & Alex Voorhoeve
8. The Affirmative Answer to the Existential Question and the Person Affecting Restriction - Gustaf Arrhenius

Part II: Reasoning

9.   The Meaning of 'Darn It!' [pdf] - Luc Bovens & Wlodek Rabinowicz 
10. Keeping Things Simple - Roger Crisp
11. Moral Requirements - Michael J. Zimmerman
12. Reasons for Broome - Jonathan Dancy
13. Normative Conflicts and the Structure of Normativity - Andrew Reisner 
14. Reasons and Rationality: the Case of Group Agents - Lara Buchak & Philip Pettit
15. Weighing Explanations - Stephen Kearns & Daniel Star 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Book: "Reclaiming Democracy"

Reclaiming Democracy
Judgment, Responsibility and the Right to Politics

Ed. by Albena Azmanova & Mihaela Mihai

(Routledge, March 2015)

230 pages


Democracy is in shambles economically and politically. The recent economic meltdown in Europe and the U.S. has substituted democratic deliberation with technocratic decisions. In Athens, Madrid, Lisbon, New York, Pittsburgh or Istanbul, protesters have denounced the incapacity and unwillingness of elected officials to heed to their voices.

While the diagnosis of our political-economic illness has been established, remedies are hard to come. What can we do to restore our broken democracy? Which modes of political participation are likely to have an impact? And what are the loci of political innovation in the wake of the crisis? It is with these questions that Reclaiming Democracy engages. We argue that the managerial approach to solving the crisis violates ‘a right to politics’, that is, a right that our collective life be guided by meaningful politics: by discussion of and decision among genuinely alternative principles and policies. The contributors to this volume are united in their commitment to explore how and where this right can be affirmed in a way that resuscitates democracy in the wake of the crisis. Mixing theoretical reflection and empirical analysis the book offers fresh insights into democracy’s current conundrum and makes concrete proposals about how ‘the right to politics’ can be protected.

Contents [preview]

Introduction [preview] - Albena Azmanova & Mihaela Mihai 

Part 1: Loci of Democracy 

1. Agonism and the Crisis of Representative Democracy - Paulina Tambakaki 
2. Freedom, Democracy, and Working Life - Keith Breen 
3. Technology: The Promises of Communicative Capitalism - Jodi Dean 
4. Ungovernability - Claus Offe 

Part 2: Modes of Democratic Politics 

5. Democracy, Law and Global Finance - Tamara Lothian 
6. Democracy and the Absolute Power of Disembedded Financial Markets - Alessandro Ferrara 
7. Success and Failure in the Deliberative Economy - Arjun Appadurai 
8. The Promise of Global Transparency - Matthew Fluck 

Part 3: Democratic Critique 

9. Neoliberalism, the Street, and the Forum - Noëlle McAfee 
10. Founding Political Critique in a Post-Political World - Nikolas Kompridis 
11. From the Assembly to the Agora - David Chandler