Books: Monographs

Animal Crisis: A new critical theory, with Lori Gruen – Polity, June 2022

Previewed in Boston Review.

Reviewed in:


Selected podcast interviews with the authors:

New Books in Philosophy,

Knowing Animals,

Species Unite,

The Animal Turn,

Factually! with Adam Conover.

Inside Ethics: On the Demands of Moral Thought – Harvard University Press, January 2016

An Association of College and Research Libraries Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2016.

Subject of a book discussion in the book forum Syndicate, posted September 2018.

Reviewed in: 

Books and Ideas


Environmental Philosophy, 

The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal,


Journal of Animal Ethics

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal

La Vie des Idées, 


Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 

Nordic Wittgenstein Review.

Beyond Moral Judgment – Harvard University Press, 2007. 

Discussed at a 2008 “Author Meets Critics” session at the Eastern Division Meeting of the APA.

Reviewed in:

Analytic Philosophy, 


The European Journal of Philosophy



Metapsychology Online Reviews


Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


The Pluralist.

Edited collections

Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond – MIT Press, 2007.

Reading Cavell – Routledge, 2006 (co-edited with Sanford Shieh)

The New Wittgenstein – Routledge, 2000 (co-edited with Rupert Read). (Also translated into Polish and Italian.)

Edited collections in progress

A collection of interviews with Stanley Cavell, co-edited with Nancy Bauer and Sandra Laugier, prospectively with Harvard University Press, projected for 2024 or 2025.

Edited journal issues

Social Visibility, an issue of Philosophical Topics on ideology, social justice and critique, co-edited with Matt Congdon, spring 2021.

Ordinary Language Philosophy, a special issue of the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, co-edited with Joel de Lara, vol.39, no.2, 2019. 

Books in progress

Radical Animal, projected completion 2022-2023. 

The Political Wittgenstein, co-written with Joel de Lara, contracted with Cambridge University Press, anticipated for 2023.

Recent articles and book chapters

“The Toxic Ideology of Longtermism,” Radical Philosophy, forthcoming.

“Objectivity’s Politics,” forthcoming.

The Animal Crisis is a Human Crisis,” co-written with Lori Gruen, Boston Review, June 29, 2022.

Metaphysics and Morals: How four women defended ethical thought against the legacy of positivism,” Boston Review, June 8, 2022,

“Editors’ Introduction,” with Carol Adams and Lori Gruen, to The Good It Promises, the Harm It Does: Critical Essays on Effective Altruism, Oxford University Press, 2023.

“Coda—Future-oriented Effective Altruism: What’s wrong with longtermism?” with Carol Adams and Lori Gruen, to The Good It Promises, the Harm It Does: Critical Essays on Effective Altruism, Oxford University Press, 2023.

“Tolstoy: Literature and Animal Life,” in Clair Linzey, ed., Animal Theologians, Oxford University Press, 2023.

“Editors’ Introduction,” with Nancy Bauer and Sandra Laugier, to Stanley Cavell, Here and There: Sites of Philosophy, Harvard University Press, 2022.

Neutrality, Critique and Social Visibility: Response to David Beaver and Jason Stanley,” Philosophical Topics, Spring 2021—appeared in January 2022.

“Against Effective Altruism,” Radical Philosophy, 2.10, Summer 2021. (Reprinted in Carol Adams, Alice Crary, and Lori Gruen, eds., The Good It Promises, the Harm It Does: Critical Essays on Effective Altruism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023.)

The Theory and Politics of Racial Visibility: Response to José Medina,” in Robin Celikates, Sally Haslanger and Jason Stanley, eds., Ideology, Oxford, Oxford University Press, forthcoming. 

Dehumanization and the Question of Animals,” in Maria Kronfeldner, ed., Routledge Handbook on Dehumanization, London: Routledge, 2021. 

Wittgenstein Does Critical Theory” in Richard Amesbury, Hartmut von Sass and Christoph Ammann, eds., Doing Ethics With Wittgenstein, Bloomsbury, 2021. This chapter is a revised and expanded version of “Wittgenstein Goes to Frankfurt (and finds something useful to say)” and supersedes it. This article is also be published in Andreas Oberprantacher and Annemarie Siegetsleitner, Crisis and Critique, de Gruyter, 2021.

Seeing Animal Suffering,” in Maria Balaska, ed., Cora Diamond on Ethics, London: Palgrave McMillan, 2021. 

Literature and Ethics,” Hugh LaFollette, ed., International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Wiley Online Library, 2013; updated for 2020. 

Objectivity,” in James Conant and Sebastian Greves, Wittgenstein: Basic Concepts, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019. 

Recovering the Core of Critique: Response to Jaeggi’s ‘Lebensformen als Problemlösungsinstanzen’,” in Philosophisches Jahrbuch, 2019.

Animals, Cognitive Disability and Getting the World in Focus in Ethics and Social Thought: Reply to Eva Feder Kittay and Peter Singer,” Zeitschrift für Ethik und Moralphilosophie, 2019, vol.2, no.1: 139-146. This is my response to Singer’s and Kittay’s remarks on my article “The Horrific History of Comparisons between Cognitive Disability and Animality (And How to Move Past it)”.

Die unerträgliche Geschichte des Vergleiches zwischen geistiger Behinderung und Animalität (und der Versuch sie hinter sich zu lassen)” This is a brief German synopsis, co-authored with Dagmar Borchers, of my article “The Horrific History of Comparisons between Cognitive Disability and Animality (And How to Move Past It)”, see below, published together with responses to my original article by Eva Feder Kittay and Peter Singer, as well as with a response by me to both Kittay and Singer. Zeitschrift für Ethik und Moralphilosophie, 2019, vol.2, no, 1: 123-126. 

Cavell and Critique,” Conversations, issue 6, winter 2019.

Co-authored with Joel de Lara, “Who’s Afraid of Ordinary Language Philosophy? A Plea for Reviving a Wrongly Revived Tradition,” Introduction to a special issue of The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, vol.39, no.2, 2019, 317-339.

“For my teacher, Stanley Cavell,” in Conversations: the Journal of Cavellian Studies no.7, 43-47.  A Portuguese translation of this piece by Helena Carneiro is published as “Para o Meu Professor” in Forma de Vida, no.15,

“Humanistic Thought as a Route to the Value of Humanity” (in Spanish as “El Pensamiento Humanista Como Ruta Hacia el Valor de la Humanidad”) in Miguel Giusti, ed.,  El Conflicto de las Facultades. Sobre la Universidad y el Sentido de las Humanidades, published jointly by Anthropos Publishing House (Madrid) and the Editorial Fund of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima), 2019, 298-308. 

The Character of Whose Virtue? Response to Hauerwas” in The Syndicate, 2019. 

“Comments on a Contested Comparison: Race and Animals,” in Oskari Kuusela and Benjamin De Mesel, Ethics in the Wake of Wittgenstein, London: Routledge, 2019.  A German translation of this article will also appear as “Animalität und Ethnizität,” Malte Fabian Rauch, trans., in Martin Hähnel und Jörg Noller, eds., Die Natur der Lebensform: Perspektiven in Biologie, Ontologie und Praktischer Philosophie.

The Methodological is Political: what’s the matter with ‘analytic feminism’?Radical Philosophy, Issue 2.02, June 2018. (Published in Spanish as “Lo metodológico es político: ¿qué pasa con el ‘feminismo analítico’?” Translated by Gonzalo Bustamante Moya. Debates en paralelo. August 2019.)

“Ethics,” in Lori Gruen, ed., Critical Terms in Animal Studies, Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Press, 2018. 

“Cognitive Disability and Moral Status,” in Adam Cureton and David Wasserman, eds., Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Disability, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Wittgenstein Goes to Frankfurt (and Finds Something Useful to Say)” in Nordic Wittgenstein Review, June 2018. This article has been superseded by a revised and expanded version, which is published as “Wittgenstein Does Critical Theory” in Richard Amesbury, Hartmut von Sass and Christoph Ammann, eds., Doing Ethics With Wittgenstein, Bloomsbury, 2019. Anyone interested in the material should consult the updated version.

“The Horrific History of Comparisons Between Animals and Cognitively Disabled Human Beings (and How to Move Past it)” in Lori Gruen and Fiona Probyn Rapsey, eds., Animaladies, Bloomsbury, 2018.

“Response to Avner Baz,” “Response to Nora Hämäläinen,” “Response to Anne-Marie Christensen-Sondergaard,” “Response to Aaron Klink,” and “Thoughts on Cats and Theology: Response to Stanley Hauerwas,” posted as part of a book symposium on Inside Ethics at The Syndicate, September 3, 2018.

“‘Stories to Meditate on’: Animals in Gaita’s Narrative Philosophy,” in Ana Falcato, ed., Philosophy in the Condition of Modernism, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 

Coetzee’s Quest for Reality,” in Patrick Hayes and Jan Wilm, eds., Coetzee and Philosophy, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017. 

Putnam and Propaganda,” The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, vol.38, no.2, Fall 2017, pp.385-398. 

For the full list, see my CV here.

Selected public philosophy

Stanley Cavell and the American Contradiction: How to be a citizen in a profoundly imperfect nation,” co-authored with Nancy Bauer and Sandra Laugier, in The Stone, an online blog of the New York Times, July 2, 2018. 

A Portuguese translation of this piece by Helena Carneiro is published as “Stanley Cavell e a Contradição Americana” in Forma de Vida, no.15,

“A Continuing Engagement with Endangered and Excluded Scholars: Confronting political barriers that hinder the progress of knowledge,” co-written with Johan Heilbron and Ian Jauslin, in IAS’s  The Institute Letter, Spring 2019, online in two versions here and here.

Being Human Matters,” in The Philosophical Salon, a weekly column of The LA Review of Books, August 2015. 

The Faulty Logic of the Math Wars,” co-authored with J. Stephen Wilson, in The Stone, an online blog in the New York Times, June 16, 2013.

For Gender and Sexuality Studies: A Manifesto,” co-written with Elaine Abelson, Margot Bouman, Lisa Rubin and Miriam Ticktin, in Public Seminar, posted December 16, 2013.

Imagination and Advocacy,” a contribution to a symposium entitled “What are Animals For?” in The Point, Issue 6, Winter 2013, pp.131-137. 

Book reviews

D.Z. Phillips, Philosophy’s Cool Place in Mind, vol.110, no.437 (January 2001), pp.257-261.

Robert Kirk, Relativism and Reality: A Contemporary Introduction in Philosophical Investigations, vol.24, no.1 (January 2001), pp.83-86.

Robert Pippin, Henry James and Modern Moral Life in Ethics, vol.112, no.1 (January 2002), pp.403-406.

Margaret Urban Walker, Moral Contexts: A Feminist Study in Ethics in Hypatia (fall 2005), pp.220-223.

Catherine Osborne, Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers in Philosophical Investigations, vol.32, no.2 (April 2009), pp.191-197.

Cary Wolfe, What is Posthumanism? in Hypatia, Vol.29, Issue 3 (Summer 2012), pp.678-685. 

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