Andrew Norris

Associate Professor

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Political Philosophy

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1995


Professor Norris is the author of Becoming Who We Are: Politics and Practical Philosophy in the Work of Stanley Cavell (Oxford University Press, 2017) and more than thirty articles.  His work has been translated into French and German, and he has presented it in numerous invited public lectures at universities in Australia, Canada, Germany, Northern Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States.  He is the editor of three books: Truth and Democracy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), The Claim to Community: Essays on Stanley Cavell and Political Philosophy (Stanford University Press, 2006), and Politics, Metaphysics, and Death: Essays on Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer (Duke University Press, 2005).  He has been awarded numerous fellowships from, among others, the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte; Dartmouth College; the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst; and, the Exzellenzcluster “Normative Orders” and Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of Goethe Universität.  Recent graduate courses include seminars on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit; Pragmatism; Nietzsche; Hegel’s Philosophy of Right; and, Critical Theory.  He is an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Philosophy and of the Department of Religious Studies.


Recent publications include:

“Michael Oakeshott and the Postulates of Individuality,” Political Theory (available on-line, forthcoming in print)

“Beyond the State of Exception: Hegel on Freedom, Law, and Decision,” in Sovereignty in Ruins: A Politics of Crisis (Duke University Press, 2017), 239-72

“Doubt in Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough,” Wittgenstein-Studien 6, no. 1 (April 2015): 1-18

“Rhetoric and Political Theory,” The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies (Oxford University Press, 2014)

“On Public Action: Rhetoric, Opinion, and Glory in Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition,” Critical Horizons 14, no. 2 (2013): 200-224

“‘How Can It Not Know What It Is?’ Self and Other in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner,” Film-Philosophy 17, no. 1 (2013): 19-50

“The Disappearance of the French Revolution in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit,” The Owl of Minerva: Journal of the Hegel Society of America 44, nos. 1-2 (2012-13): 37-66