|Absolutism and Relativism: Practical Implications for Philosophical Counseling
||This paper presents the contrast of two traditions within philosophy, the absolutist and relativists positions in relation to psychological counseling. It is argued that the problems presented to philosophical counseling in working out a suitable me...
|Book Review of The Century by Alain Badiou
||Badiou’s book succeeds in its argument and the work is an important contribution to our self-understanding of history....
|Corporatism and 'political context' in the Federal Republic of Germany
||The corporatist - pluralist debate is explored as it applies to the Federal Republic of Germany. It is argued that the Federal Republic has an 'accommodationalist' political structure in which elements that resemble both corporatism and pluralism may...
|Cyber citizen or cyborg citizen: Baudrillard, political agency, and the commons in virtual politics
||The ethical commitment to democracy requires creating the public space for a rational discourse among real alternatives by the population. In this article, I argue that the Internet fails in this task on 2 fronts. Inspired by the work of Jean Baudril...
|Deregulation and Reregulation: Structural Change and the Adoption of "Performative" Norms in the German Telecommunications Sector
||Reports on the deregulation of the German telecommunications industry during the restructuring of the regulatory regime for telecommunications at the Federal Republic of Germany. Deregulation as a performative strategy; Telecommunications and regulat...
|Economic Globalization and Regional Penetration: The Failure of Networks in Baden-Wuerttemberg
||This paper explores the emergence of direct linkages between the international economy and the state government of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In the early 1990s Baden-Württemberg embarked on a plan in which the laender government took the lead in or...
|Immanuel Kant, The Right of Necessity, and the Liberal Foundation of Social Welfare
||This paper will explore the writings of Immanuel Kant on the state's role within the social contract and his comments regarding the requirements for the effective functioning of the law. It will be argued that within the writings of Kant a liberal j...
|Interpreting God’s Truth: A Postmodern Interpretation of Medieval Epistemology
||Much of the work on Medieval thinkers, especially Augustine and Aquinas, has centered on the relationship between the emerging church doctrine and secular authority. Linear history treats Aquinas as a central figure in the progression out of the Midd...
|The Link Between Foreign Trade And Domestic Politics In The Clinton Economic Agenda
||This paper argues that the domestic mandate that Clinton received in the 1992 election has generated an increase in the search of external, international sources of economic stimulation for the American economy....
|Max Stirner: The Last Hegelian or the First Poststructuralist?
||Most political philosophers have argued that Stirner's concerns are compatible with those put forward by Hegel and by those influenced by Hegel. However, there is good reason for disputing this view and for understanding Stirner as an original think...
|The Ontological Assumptions of Max Weber’s Methodology
||This paper explores the ontological assumptions of Max Weber's methodology...
|Poststructuralism and the Epistemological Basis of Anarchism
||This essay identifies two different methodological strategies used by the proponents of anarchism. In what is termed the "ontological" approach, the rationale for anarchism depends on a particular representation of human nature. That characterization...
|Power, "Text," and Public Policy: The Political Implications of Jacques Derrida's Deconstructive Method
||This paper seeks to clarify the distinction between positivist/scientific and interpretive approaches to public policy using the critical framework of Jacques Derrida. Derrida s deconstructive method helps to clarify the relationship among state powe...
|Rationality, Romanticism, and the Individual: Max Weber's `Modernism' and the Confrontation with “Modernity"
||A discussion of rationality, romanticism, and the Individual in relation to Max Weber's `modernism' and the confrontation with “modernity"...
|The Rhetoric of Justice: A Poststructuralist Reading of the Exchange Between Socrates and Thrasymachus in Plato's Republic
||A Poststructuralist Reading of the Exchange between Socrates and Thrasymachus in Plato’s Republic...
|The Rise and Fall of the “Private” as Part of Western Political Socialization
||The private is a sphere of activity that is not subject to the regulations, control, and management by a
sovereign, institutional power. This work will seek to identify some of the major historical factors af~
fecting the balance between the public...
|Simulation and Symbolic Exchange: Jean Baudrillard’s Augmentation of Marx’s Theory of Value
||Jean Baudrillard's concept of "symbolic exchange" represents an important concept in understanding why Marx's prediction regarding the collapse of capitalism has not been realized. Baudrillard adds to the Marxian concepts of use value and exchange va...
|What is Still Critical in the Work of Jürgen Habermas?
||This paper will present a strategic reading of Habermas's project since the publishing of his "Legitimation Crisis." We examine his consensus theory of truth, the assumption of mutually acceptable outcomes in political discourse, and the role of law ...