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Thomas McCarthy

John C. Shaffer Distinguished Professor of the Humanities

Ph.D. Notre Dame

His major research interests are in social and political philosophy, German philosophy, and critical theory. He is the author of The Critical Theory of Jürgen Habermas (MIT Press, 1978), Ideals and Illusions (MIT Press, 1991) and Critical Theory (Blackwell, 1994), and Race, Empire, And the Idea of Human Development (Cambridge UP, 2009), and the general editor of the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


Books Edited

Guest Editor

  • The Philosophical Forum, Vol. XIII, No. 1 (Fall, 1981), Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
  • The European Journal of Philosophy, Vol.7, No. 2 (August, 1999), Hegel and His Legacy

General Editor

  • Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought (MIT Press)

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