Professor of Philosophy, New School for Social Research (New York)
Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:June and July 2012
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»Recent Reflections on Violence«
Violence is a topic that is frequently discussed but there has been little theoretical analysis of the meaning(s) of violence. My project consists of a number of critical essays dealing with Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Jan Assmann, and Frantz Fanon. In each case I seek to understand the consequences of their thinking for understanding violence. The project will conclude in an evaluation of their contributions. (Richard Bernstein) Richard Bernstein follows an invitation of Rainer Forst (Professor of Political Theory at Goethe University and speaker of the Cluster of Excellence »The formation of normative orders« at Goethe University). His stay at the Institute is supported by the Alfons und Gertrud Kassel-Foundation.
Scholarly profile of Richard Bernstein
Main areas of research:American Pragmatism; Social and Political Philosophy; Critical Theory; Anglo-American Philosophy
- The Pragmatic Turn. Cambridge: Polity Press 2010.
- The Abuse of Evil: The Corruption of Politics and Religion since 9/11, Cambridge: Polity Press 2005.
- Radical Evil: A Philosophical Interrogation. Cambridge: Polity Press 2002.
- Freud and the Legacy of Moses. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1998.
- Hannah Arendt and the Jewish Question. Cambridge: Polity Press 1996.
- The New Constellation: The Ethical-Political Horizons of Modernity/Postmodernity. Cambridge: Polity Press 1991.
- Habermas and Modernity, ed. with an indroduction by R.J. Bernstein. Oxford: Basil Blackwell (Polity Press) 1985.
- Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: Science, Hermeneutics and Praxis. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 1983.
- The Restructuring of Social and Political Theory. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1976.
- Praxis and Action. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1971.
- John Dewey. The Great American Thinkers Series, New York: Washington Square Press 1966.