Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal

How Philosophy and Sociology Need Each Other: A Conversation, by Alice Crary and Steven Lukes

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Alice Crary is Professor of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research, Professor of Philosophy at University of Oxford, and Fellow in Philosophy and Christian Ethics at Regent’s Park College. She is the author of Inside Ethics: On the Demands of Moral Thought (Harvard University Press, 2016); and Beyond Moral Judgment (Harvard University Press, 2007). She is the editor of Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond (MIT Press, 2007); (with Sandford Shieh) of Reading Cavell (Routledge, 2006); and (with Rupert Read) of The New Wittgenstein (Routledge, 2000). Her recent articles include “The Methodological Is Political: What’s the Matter with ‘Analytic Feminism’?,” Radical Philosophy (2018); “Wittgenstein Goes to Frankfurt (and Finds Something Useful to Say),” Nordic Wittgenstein Review (2018); and “Feminist Thought and Rational Authority: Getting Things in Perspective,” New Literary History (2015).

Steven Lukes is Professor of Sociology at New York University. Among his many monographs in social and political philosophy are Moral Relativism (Profile Books, 2011); Liberals and Cannibals: The Implications of Diversity (Verso, 2003); Moral Conflict and Politics (Oxford University Press, 1991); Marxism and Morality (Oxford University Press, 1985); Power: A Radical View (Macmillan, 1974); and Émile Durkheim, His Life and Work: A Historical and Critical Study (Harper and Row, 1972). He is the editor (with Michael Carrithers and Steven Collins) of The Category of the Person: Anthropology, Philosophy, History (Cambridge University Press, 1985); and (with Andrew T. Scull) of Durkheim and the Law (Martin Roberson, 1983). Among Lukes’ recent essays are “‘Getting and Spending, We Lay Waste Our Powers’: On the Expanding Reach of the Market,” in Are Markets Moral?, ed. Arthur M. Melzer and Steven J. Kautz (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018); and (with David Jenkins) “The Power of Occlusion,” Journal of Political Power (2017).

Alice Crary and Steven Lukes, “How Philosophy and Sociology Need Each Other: A Conversation,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 40:1 (2019), pp. 81-99.


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