Andrew Norris


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Tuesdays & Thursdays
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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 about fifty articles.  His work has been translated into French and German, and he has presented it in invited public lectures at universities in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, 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), with Jeremy Elkins; 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.


In 2023/2024 he will be Senior Fellow at the Center for Post-Kantian Philosophy at Potsdam Universität; in the spring of 2024 he will also be Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.



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