Professor of Philosophy
Office: Crowe 3-155
Cristina Lafont is Professor of Philosophy (PhD University of Frankfurt, 1992; Habilitation University of Frankfurt, 2000). She specializes in German philosophy, particularly hermeneutics and critical theory. She is the author of The Linguistic Turn in Hermeneutic Philosophy (MIT Press, 1999), Heidegger, Language, and World-disclosure (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Global Governance and Human Rights (Spinoza Lecture Series, van Gorcum, 2012), and co-editor of 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. One of her current research projects focuses on a defense of an ideal of deliberative democracy that could be implemented beyond national borders. In 2012/13 she had the opportunity to work on this project as a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
Professor Cristina Lafont's public lecture on June 26, 2013, on "Religion and the Public Sphere" at the Center for Advanced Study in Berlin now available online.
- 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)
- The Linguistic Turn in Hermeneutic Philosophy (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999)
- Galician (~Portuguese) translation of ch.2: "A Consideración da linguaxe na súa dimensión constitutiva nas conceptións de Humboldt", Grial 40 (2002), 35-67.
- Sprache und Welterschließung. Zur linguistischen Wende der Hermeneutik Heideggers (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 1994).
- Spanish Edition: Lenguaje y apertura del mundo (Madrid: Alianza Ed., 1997)
- La razón como lenguaje. Un analisis del giro linguístico en la filosofía del lenguaje alemana (Madrid: Visor, 1993)
Selection of Recent Articles
- "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?”, in Ethics & 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.
- "Heidegger and the Synthetic Apriori", in J. Malpas and S. Crowell (eds.), Transcendental Heidegger, California: Stanford University Press, 2007, pp. 104-118.
- "Was Heidegger an Externalist?", in Inquiry 48/6 (2005), pp. 507-532.
- "Universalization or Threat Advantage: The Difficult Dialogue between Discourse Ethics and The Theory of Rational Choice", in Dialogue 44 (2005), pp. 373-82.
- "Heidegger's Hermeneutics", in H. Dreyfus and M. Wrathall (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Heidegger , Cambridge , MA : Blackwell, 2005, pp. 265-284.
- "Moral Objectivity and Reasonable Agreement: Can Realism be reconciled with Kantian Constructivism?", Ratio Juris 17/1 (2004), pp. 27-51.
- "Procedural Justice? Implications of the Rawls-Habermas Debate for Discourse Ethics", Philosophy and Social Criticism , 29/2 (2003), pp.167-185.
- "Précis of Heidegger, Language, and World-disclosure ", Inquiry 45 (2002), pp.185-90.
- "Replies", Inquiry 45 (2002), pp.229-48.
Recent On-line Contributions
- "Inclusion and Accountability in the Public Sphere", The Immanent Frame.
- "Religious Citizens and Public Reasons", The Immanent Frame.
- Link to Habermas-texts and comments on his work
- Encyclopedia-article on Habermas with further links
- Older Link with still valuable and rich information and 'apocryphic' texts
The Philosophy Department welcomes Prof. Jurgis Skilters (University of Latvia) as a Visiting Scholar, and Mengxiao Huang (Renmin University of China) and Jan Hauke Plassman (Humboldt University Berlin) as visiting Pre-Doctoral Fellows.
All three will be visiting during the 2013-14 academic year.
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