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Democracy as Voice

Dennis McEnnerney has article published in new book

Democracy as Voice

An article by Dennis McEnnerney, associate professor of philosophy, titled "Democracy as Voice: Political Liberalism and Critical Philosophy in Dialogue," was recently published in “Political Theory: The State of the Discipline.”

The book, edited by Evangelia Sembou, director of the Political Thought Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, seeks to identify and examine the problems and challenges that political theory faces today.  The book asks what is political theory’s importance as a distinctive branch of enquiry? What are its main concerns? It also highlights the fact that political thought operates across disciplinary boundaries and often challenges the boundaries of other disciplines, citing that as one of its greatest strengths.

McEnnerney is a specialist in political philosophy and interdisciplinary studies, and has published articles on the history of the concept of resistance in French and Anglo-American political thought; Franz Fanon and the origins of identity politics; and liberal education in the contemporary era. He also served as guest editor for a special volume of “Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques” on “Histories of Resistance.”

In 2000 McEnnerney co-founded the Association for Political Theory and then served as its first executive co-director for the next decade. He teaches in the Philosophy Department at Colorado College, cross-listing regularly in history and in Feminist and Gender Studies. Among the topics covered in his courses are classical and modern political thought, critical theory, liberal-democratic political philosophy, America pragmatism, and modern and contemporary French thought. He also regularly teaches a section of “Freedom and Authority” for the First-Year Experience program.  He received a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.