Ethics, Politics, and Law

Many faculty research projects assess particular conditions that enable or frustrate the realization of lives well-lived, including non-human lives such as socio-institutional trends, material conditions, interpersonal relations, and individual habits and capacities.

Particular projects involve shame, happiness, friendship and love, the many shapes of racism, sexism, and coloniality, freedom and equality, democratic culture and deliberation, justice, the rule of law, judicial review, cosmopolitanism, class, and interspecies ethics.

In pursuing these projects, many theoretical orientations and methodologies operate, even as the nature of social explanation is its own project. Approaches include various critical theories, democratic theory, feminism, liberalism, post-colonial and de-colonial theory, pragmatism, and psychoanalysis, often in dialogue with other disciplines like anthropology, ecology, legal theory, physics, and psychology.

Selected Publications

Ursula Goldenbaum, Ed. Doing without Free Will: Spinoza and Contemporary Moral Problems, Lexington Books 2015 – with Christopher Kluz.
Ursula Goldenbaum. “Sovereignty and Obedience 1550-1750.” The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Philosophy, Desmond M. Clarke and Catherine Wilson, Eds. Oxford UP 2011. 500-521
Dilek Huseyinzadegan. “Between Necessity and Contingency: A Critical Philosophy of History in Adorno & Horkheimer’s Dialectic of Enlightenment.” Epoché. 2017.
Noëlle McAfee. “Neoliberalism and Other Political Imaginaries,” Philosophy and Social Criticism. 2017
Noëlle McAfee. Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship, Cornell University Press, 2000
Mark Risjord. "Nursing and Human Freedom," Nursing Philosophy, 15 (1): 2014. 35-45
Mark Risjord. "Scientific Change as Political Action: Franz Boas and the Anthropology of Race,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 37(1): 2007. 24-45
John J. Stuhr. “Genres, Crossings, Hybrids,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 28, No. 4. 2015. 4-15.

John J. Stuhr. “Neither Mission Impossible nor Mission Accomplished:  Democracy as Public Experiment." Citizens, Deliberation, and the Practice of Democracy, Robert Kingston et. al. Eds. The Kettering Foundation, 2012.

Michael Sullivan. Legal Pragmatism: Community, Rights, and Democracy. Indiana University Press. 2007
Michael Sullivan. “Can Pragmatism Be Radical? Richard Posner and Legal Pragmatism: Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy.” Yale Law Review. Vol. 113, No. 3. 2003. 687-741 – with Daniel J. Solove
Donald Phillip Verene. Moral Philosophy and the Modern World. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013.
Jessica T. Wahman, José M. Medina, and John J. Stuhr, eds. Cosmopolitanism and Place
Indiana University Press, 2017.
Jessica T. Wahman. “The Idea(s) of America,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol 31.1, 2017.
Cynthia Willett. “Beastly Morality: Untangling Possibilities,” Epilogue to Beastly Morality, Jonathan Crane Ed. Columbia University Press, 2015 – with Ani Satz, Jonathan Crane and Lori Marino
Cynthia Willett. Irony in the Age of Empire: Comic Perspectives on Democracy and Freedom. Indiana University Press, 2008

Recent Courses

500 Aristotle on Justice (Jimenez)
501 Plato and Aristotle on Democracy and Tyranny, Freedom and Oppression (Jimenez)
525 Origins of Modern Political Philosophy (Goldenbaum)
525 Sovereignty and Individual Rights (Goldenbaum)
525 Kant's Practical Philosophy (Huseyinzadegan)
541 Virtue Ethics & Existentialism (Flynn)
551 Ethics, Neuroscience, Philosophical Psychology, and Animal Studies (Willett)
570 Accounting for Ourselves: Butler, Habermas, Cavell (Lysaker)
571 Habermas and his Critics (McAfee)
551 Cosmopolitanism (Stuhr)
571 Liberalism and its Critics (Stuhr)
789 Critical Legal Studies and Theory (Sullivan)
789 20th Century Legal Theory (Sullivan)
789 Relation, Affect, and Eros Ethics (Willett)