Andrew Norris

Professor
Vice Chair

Office Hours

Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Contact Phone

805-893-5154

Office Location

Ellison 3810

Specialization

Political Philosophy

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

Bio

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 forty 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.

Publications

Recent publications include: 

“Cavell’s Inheritance of Luther” (forthcoming; published online), European Journal of Philosophy
“Resistances of the Will Must be Overcome: Wittgenstein on the Difficulty of Philosophy,” Wittgensteinian Exercises: Aesthetic and Ethical Transformations (forthcoming, Wilhelm Fink Verlag)
“Hegel and Cavell on Meaning and Sublation” (forthcoming), Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies
“Perfection and Disaster” (forthcoming), Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 27, no. 5
“Skeptical Politics,” Living Skepticism (forthcoming, Brill Press)
“On the First Person: Kierkegaard/Cavell,” Understanding Cavell, Understanding Modernism (Bloomsbury Press, 2021)
“Being Realistic About Neoliberalism,” Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory 27, no. 1 (March 2020): 63-78
“Making Ethical History in Thomä and Kierkegaard,” Der Philosoph als Quertreiber (Transcript Verlag, 2019)
“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