David Rasmussen

David Rasmussen is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and editor of Philosophy and Social Criticism.

  • Universalism vs. Communitarianism

    Universalism vs. Communitarianism

    Contemporary Debates in Ethics

    David Rasmussen

    Universalism vs. Communitarianism focuses on the question, raised by recent work in normative philosophy, of whether ethical norms are best derived and justified on the basis of universal or communitarian standards. It is unique in representing both Continental and American points of view and both the older and a younger generation of scholars. The essays introduce the key issues involved in universalism vs. communitarianism and take up ethics in historical perspective, practical reason and ethical responsibility, justification, application and history, and communitarian alternatives. Based on a special issue of the Journal Philosophy and Social Criticism, the book includes two additional essays by Chantal Mouffe and by Hubert and Stuart Dreyfus.

    Contents Introduction, David, Rasmussen • Universalisms: Procedural, Contextualist, and Prudential, Alessandro Ferrara • Beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism: Toward a Critical Theory of Social Justice, Gerald Doppelt • The Liberal/Communitarian Controversy and Communicative Ethics, Kenneth Baynes • Discourse Ethics and Civil Society, Jean Cohen • Equality, Political Order and Ethics: Hobbes and the Systematics of Democratic Rationality, Rolf Zimmermann • Atomism and Ethical Life: On Hegel's Critique of the French Revolution, Axel Honneth • The Gadamer-Habermas Debate Revisited: The Question of Ethics, Michael Kelly • What Is and What Is Not Practical Reason? Agnes Heller • Adorno, Heidegger, and Postmodernity, Hauke Brunkhorst • Impartial Application of Moral and Legal Norms: A Contribution to Discourse Ethics, Klaus Günther • An Ethics, Politics, and History, Jürgen Habermas in an interview conducted by Jean-Marc Ferry • Rawls: Political Philosophy without Politics, Chantal Mouffe • What Is Morality: A Phenomenological Account of the Development of Ethical Expertise, Hubert L Dreyfus, Stuart E. Dreyfus • Universalism and Communitarianism: A Bibliography, Michael Zilles

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  • The Narrative Path

    The Later Works of Paul Ricoeur

    T. Peter Kemp and David Rasmussen

    This book provides a perceptive analysis of the "narrative turn" that led Paul Ricoeur to his magisterial work Time and Narrative. Ricoeur has for many years explored the intersections of diverse strands of European philosophy, but it is his recent work that has attracted the most discussion and engendered the most debate in Europe and America. The Narrative Path explores the roots and meaning of that work.Two of the book's five essays reach back to Ricoeur's earlier work to clarify his themes: Richard Kearney concentrates on the role of imagination in hermeneuties, and Maria Villela Petit explores the development of Ricoeur's concept of history from History and Truth to Time and Narrative. Two essays analyze the significance of Ricoeur's reflections on metaphoric and narrative language: Serge Mellinger looks at the relationship between time and poetry from the point of view of Ricoeur's discussions of the connection between time and narrative, and T. Peter Kemp extends Ricoeur's analysis to argue that narration is indispensable to ethics. The book concludes with a reflection by Ricoeur himself on the linguistic, practical, and ethical dimensions of human beings, and with a bibliography of Ricoeur's work in English.

    The Narrative Path is based on a special issue of the journal Philosophy and Social Criticism, edited by David Rasmussen.

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  • The Final Foucault

    The Final Foucault

    James Bernauer and David Rasmussen

    The Final Foucault is devoted to his last published (and some as yet unpublished) work and includes a translation of one of his last interviews, a comprehensive bibliography of his publications, and a biographical chronology.

    Michel Foucault left a rich legacy of ideas and approaches, many of which still await exposition and analysis. The Final Foucault is devoted to his last published (and some as yet unpublished) work and includes a translation of one of his last interviews, a comprehensive bibliography of his publications, and a biographical chronology. Foucault was still working on his history of sexuality when he died in 1984, but his main concern remained, as throughout his career, a deeper understanding of the nature of truth. His final set of lectures at the College de France, described here by Thomas Flynn, focused on the concept of truth-telling as a moral virtue in the ancient world. In the other essays, Karlis Racevskis examines the questions of identity at the core of Foucault's work; Garth Gillan takes up the problems inherent in any attempt to characterize Foucault's philosophy; James Bernauer explores the ethical basis of Foucault's work and offers a context for understanding his late interest in the Christian experience; and Diane Rubenstein offers a Lacanian interpretation of the last work.

    The Final Foucault is based on a special issue of the Journal Philosophy and Social Criticism, edited by David Rasmussen and published at Boston College.

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