Cristina Lafont Professor of Philosophy
Her current research focuses on normative questions in political philosophy concerning democracy and citizen participation, global governance, human rights, religion and politics. She is the author of Global Governance and Human Rights (Spinoza Lecture Series, van Gorcum, 2012), The Linguistic Turn in Hermeneutic Philosophy (MIT Press, 1999), Heidegger, Language, and World-disclosure (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and co-editor of The Future of Critical Theory: Transforming the Global Political and Economic Order (Columbia University Press, forthcoming) and The Habermas Handbuch (Metzler Verlag, 2010). She has also published numerous articles in contemporary moral and political philosophy. In 2011 she was named to the Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam, and in 2012/13 she was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. She is the director of the Program in Critical Theory and co-director of the Research Group on Global Capitalism and Law funded by a “Big Ideas” grant of the Buffett Institute at Northwestern University.
- Global Governance and Human Rights (Spinoza Lectures Series, Amsterdam: van Gorcum, 2012)
- Habermas Handbuch (Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag, 2009). Co-edited with H. Brunkhorst and R. Kreide.
- English edition: Columbia University Press, forthcoming.
- Chinese edition: Social Sciences Academic Press Beijing, forthcoming
- Heidegger, Language and World-Disclosure (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
- German Edition: Sprache und Welterschließung. Zur linguistischen Wende der Hermeneutik Heideggers (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 1994).
- Spanish Edition: Lenguaje y apertura del mundo (Madrid: Alianza Ed., 1997)
- The Linguistic Turn in Hermeneutic Philosophy (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999)
- Spanish Edition: La razón como lenguaje (Madrid: Machado Libros, 1993)
- Chinese Edition: Zhejiang University Press, forthcoming
Selection of Recent Articles
- Sovereignty and the International Protection of Human Rights, The Journal of Political Philosophy, doi: 10.1111/jopp.12086
- Philosophical Foundations of Judicial Review, in D. Dyzenhaus and M. Thornburn, eds., Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
- "Human Rights, Sovereignty, and the Responsibility to Protect" in Constellations 21/1 (2015), 68-78.
- “Deliberation, Participation, and Democratic Legitimacy: Should Deliberative Mini-publics Shape Public Policy?” in Journal of Political Philosophy, 23/1 (2015), 40-63.
- "Religious Pluralism in a Deliberative Democracy", in F. Requejo and C. Ungureanu, eds., Democracy, Law and Religious Pluralism in Europe, London: Routledge, forthcoming.
- "Agreement and Consent in Kant and Habermas: Can Kantian Constructivism be fruitful for Democratic Theory?" in The Philosophical Forum 43/3 (2012), 277-95.
- "Accountability and global governance: Challenging the state-centric conception of human rights," in Ethics & Global Politics, 3/3 (2010), 193-215.
- “Religion and the Public Sphere. What are the Deliberative Obligations of Democratic Citizenship?”, in Philosophy & Social Criticism, 35/1-2 (2009), 127-50.
- “Alternative Visions of a New Global Order: What should Cosmopolitans hope for?”, inEthics & Global Politics 1/1-2 (2008), 1-20.
- “Meaning and Interpretation. Can Brandomian Scorekeepers be Gadamerian Hermeneuts?”, in Philosophy Compass 2 (2007), 1-13.
- “Religion in the Public Sphere: Remarks on Habermas's Conception of Public Deliberation in Post-secular Societies”, in Constellations , 14/2 (2007), 236-56.
- "Is the Ideal of a Deliberative Democracy Coherent?", in S. Besson and J.L. Martí (eds.), Deliberative Democracy and its Discontents, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, pp. 3-26.