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Burdman, Javier, Ph.D.


burdman (at) normativeorders [Punkt] net

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  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
    Exzellenzcluster: Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen
    Clustergebäude 1.06
    Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2
    60323

Tel. +49 (0)69 798-31442

Projects and Positions in the Cluster

    Programming period 2012-2019

  • Post Docs

Research topic

Disagreement, judgment, and universality in the work of Jean-François Lyotard

Brief description of research topic

The project examines the tension between universality and disagreement in the work of Jean-François Lyotard. Lyotard is well known for his diagnosis of a postmodern condition, in which a multiplicity of discourses interact without the mediation of a meta-language. Yet the implications of this diagnosis for his conception of politics is often simplistically interpreted as a nihilistic denial of universality, communication, and agreement. My goal is to show that, for Lyotard, universality and disagreement are not mutually exclusive, but essentially intertwined.

Subject areas

Consensus/Dissensus, political judgment, universality.

Main research interests

Kants moral and political philosophy, contemporary political theory, theories of political action and judgment.

Biographical Details

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science at Northwestern University in 2018, with a dissertation titled *Politics after Totalitarianism: Rethinking Evil, Action, and Judgment in Kant, Arendt, and Lyotard.* I hold an M.A. in Comparative Literature from SUNY Buffalo. I have been a visiting scholar at the École Normale Supérieure (2014-2015) in Paris and at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main (2015-2016). I have taught classes at University of Buenos Aires, SUNY Buffalo, Northwestern University, and the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main.

Website

http://javierburdman.weebly.com

Publications

  • Article
    • 2019
      • Open-Access-Logo Burdman, Javier (2019): "Universality without Consensus: Jean-François Lyotard on Politics in Postmodernity," Philosophy and Social Criticism (available Online First)
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    • 2018
      • Burdman, Javier (2018): “The Importance of Mutual Injuries: Nietzsche on God, Law, and Impersonal Punishment,” Law, Culture and the Humanities (Early View)
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  • Review
    • 2019
      • Burdman, Javier (2019): Book review: *Affekt und Revolution: Politisches Handeln nach Arendt und Kant,* by Judith Mohrmann, Philosophy Today 63.1
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    • 2019
      • Burdman, Javier (2019): “Between Banality and Radicality: Arendt and Kant on Evil and Responsibility,” European Journal of Political Theory 18.2
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    • 2018
      • Burdman, Javier (2018): “Knowledge and the Public World: Arendt on Science, Truth, and Politics,” Constellations 25.3
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    • 2016
      • Burdman, Javier (2016): “Necessity, Contingency, and the Future of Kant: Review of Catherine Malabous Before Tomorrow: Epigenesis and Rationality,” diacritics 44.1
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