Andrew Norris

Vice Chair

Office Hours

Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Contact Phone


Office Location

Ellison 3810


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, Japan, 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 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 the Department of Religious Studies, and serves on the steering committee of the UCSB Center for the Humanities and Social Change.



Recent publications include: 

“Skeptical Politics,” Living Skepticism (forthcoming, Brill Press)
“Finitude and Limit” Der Philosoph als Quertreiber, (forthcoming, Konstanz University Press)
“Skepticism and Critique in Arendt and Cavell,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 44, no. 1 (January 2018): 81-99
“Michael Oakeshott and the Postulates of Individuality,” Political Theory 45, no. 6 (December 2017): 824-852
“Rhetoric and Political Theory,” The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies (Oxford University Press, 2017)
“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)
“‘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