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Professor Maeve Cooke, BA, MA, DrPhil (Konstanz), MRIA

Telephone: 00353-1-716 8352
Fax: 00353-1-716 8258
Office: D501 
E-mail:  Maeve.Cooke@ucd.ie

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Interests: 
critical social theory; law, religion, politics and philosophy; autonomy, ideology and power

Academic Qualifications

1989: Dr. Phil. in Philosophy (University of Konstanz, Germany)

1982: MA in Politics (UCD) with first class honours

1980: BA in German and Politics (UCD) with double first class honours

 

Employment History

June 2006 to date: Professor, School of Philosophy, UCD

September 2009 to August 2011: Head of School of Philosophy, UCD

September 2005- to June 2006: Associate Professor, School of Philosophy, UCD

2003-2005: Associate Professor for German Social and Political Thought, Department of German, UCD

1993-2003: Statutory Lecturer, Department of German, UCD

1990-1993: College Lecturer, Department of German, UCD

1989-1990: Assistant Lecturer, Department of German, UCD

1984-1986: Assistant Lecturer, Department of Ethics and Politics, UCD

 

Visiting Appointments

2011-2012 (Spring semester): Visiting Scholar, STSC, University of California, Berkeley

2011-2012 (Winter semester): Senior Visiting Fellow, Dept. of Political Science, Yale University

2006-2007 (Winter semester): Visiting Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Konstanz, Germany

2006-2007 (Spring semester): Senior Visiting Fellow, Dept. of Philosophy, Yale University

2006-2007 (Spring semester): Visiting Professor, Dept. of Political Science, New School for Social Research

1997 (September): Visiting Professor, Dept of German, University of Bergen, Norway

 

Teaching

Areas of Expertise

Critical Social Theory, esp. Habermas; Contemporary Political and Social Philosophy Areas of Competence

Modern European Philosophy, esp., Rousseau, Hegel, Nietzsche; Modern Political Philosophy, Legal Theory, Feminist Theory, Philosophy and Literature

 

Academic Distinctions

2005: Elected member of the Royal Irish Academy.

 

Academic Awards and Research Fellowships

2011-12: Fulbright Award (nine months)

2002: Government of Ireland Senior Fellowship (one year funded research).

2001: A. v. Humboldt Foundation Fellowship (9 months funded research, University of Frankfurt/Main).

1999: UCD President’s Fellowship (one year funded research).

1994: A. v. Humboldt Foundation Fellowship (18 months funded research, Free University Berlin).

1991: DAAD (Bonn) Fellowship for postdoctoral research (4 months funded research, University of Konstanz).

1986: Swiss Government Scholarship for doctoral research (2 years, University of Zürich).

1982: DAAD (Bonn) Scholarship for doctoral research (one year, University of Konstanz).

1981: Norwegian Government Scholarship (3 months, University of Oslo).

1980: UCD Postgraduate Scholarship (monetary award).

1978: DAAD (Bonn) Scholarship (one year, University of Freiburg).

 

 

1977: UCD Arts Faculty Scholarship (monetary award).

1977: Henry Hutchinson Stewart Literary Scholarship (National University of Ireland (monetary award).

 

Editorial Positions, Directorships, etc.

Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Philosophical Studies

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Political Power

Member, Editorial Board, Constellations

Book Reviews Editor, Constellations

Member, Editorial Board, Irish Philosophical Society Yearbook

Co-Director, International Colloquium “Philosophy and the Social Sciences”

President, Alexander von Humboldt Association of Ireland

 

Publications

Books as sole author

1. M. Cooke (2006) Re-Presenting the Good Society, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 304 pp.

 

2. M. Cooke (1994) Language and Reason: A Study of Habermas's Pragmatics, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 232 pp.

Edited books

3. M. Cooke (ed) (1998) On the Pragmatics of Communication, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 454 pp.

 

Refereed articles as sole author (journals and books)

4. M. Cooke (2012, in press) “Violating Neutrality? Religious Validity Claims and Democratic Legitimacy”. In C. Calhoun, E. Mendieta & J. VanAntwerpen (eds) Habermas and Religion. Cambridge: Polity Press.

5. M. Cooke (2012, in press) “Re-Presenting the Good German. Philosophical Reflections”. In P. O’Dochartaigh & C. Schönfeld (eds) Representing the “Good German” in Literature and Culture. Suffolk: Camden House.

6. M. Cooke (2012) “Postmetaphysical Ethics – and Beyond”, Modern Philosophy, vol. 2, no. 2 (original publ. in Chinese).

7. M. Cooke (2012) “The Dual Character of Concepts and the Discourse Theory of Law”. In M. Klatt (ed) Institutionalized Reason, The Jurisprudence of Robert Alexy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 275-290.

8. M. Cooke (2012) “Habermas’ Social Theory: The Critical Power of Communicative Rationality”. In K. de Boer & R. Sonderegger (eds) Conceptions of Critique in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy. London: Palgrave, pp. 193-211.

9. M. Cooke (2011), “Pragmatics in Habermas’ Social Theory”. In W. Bublitz & N. Norrick (eds) Handbooks of Pragmatics, vol. I. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 289-312.

10. M. Cooke (2011) “Translating Truth”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 37, no. 4 (2011): 479-492.

11. M. Cooke (2011) “A Secular State for a Postsecular Society? Postmetaphysical Political Theory and the Place of Religion”. In C. Ungureanu, K. Günther & C. Joerges (eds) Jürgen Habermas, vol. ll. London; Ashgate (anthologized version of no. 26).

12. Honneth, A. Allen, M. Cooke (2010) “A Conversation about Power” Journal of Power, vol. 3, no. 2: 153-170.

13. M. Cooke (2010) “Privatization or Pluralization? Reflections on Multiple Jurisdictions”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 36, nos 3-4: 425-440.

14. M. Cooke (2010) “Cinq arguments en faveur de la démocratie deliberative”. In C. Girard, A. Le Goff (eds) La Démocratie Délibérative. Paris: Hermann Éditeurs (trans. of no. 47).

15. M. Cooke (2009) „Religiöse Argumente im demokratischen Verfahren. Kritische Überlegungen zu Habermas' Begriff der Legitimität“. In T. Schmidt & K. Wenzel (eds) Moderne Religion? Theologische und religionsphilosophische Reaktionen auf Jürgen Habermas, Freiburg: Herder, pp. 33-54.

16. M. Cooke (2009) 意识形态批判的合理性:对拉克劳意识形态的反思 Journal of World Philosophy (trans. of no. 31).

17. M. Cooke (2009) “ Wertepluralismus und Selbstverwirklichung. Überlegungen zu einer postuniversalistischen Politik der Anerkennung”. In R. Forst, M. Hartmann, R. Jaeggi & M. Saar (eds) Sozialphilosophie und Kritik, Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, pp. 17-39 (extended/translated version of no. 20).

18. M. Cooke (2009) „Zur Rationalität der Gesellschaftskritik“. In R. Jaeggi & T. Wesche (eds) Was ist Kritik? Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, pp. 117-133.

19. M. Cooke (2009) 越尊严和差异对承认政治的再思考,Journal of World Philosophy (trans. of no 20).

20. M. Cooke (2009) “Beyond Dignity and Difference. Revisiting the Politics of Recognition”, European Journal of Political Theory, vol. 8, no. 1: 76-95.

21. M. Cooke (2009) “Cinco Argumentos a favour da democracia deliberative”. In A. Salgueiro Marques (ed), A Deliberação Pública. Textos Fundamentais. Belo Horizonte: Autêntica (trans. of no. 47).

22. M. Cooke (2008) „Keine Wahrheit außer Wahrheit: Religion und Staat in Hegels Rechtsphilosophie im Lichte der gegenwärtigen Diskussion“. In H. Nagl-Docekal, W. Kaltenbacher & L. Nagl (eds) Viele Religionen - eine Vernunft? Ein Disput zu Hegel. Berlin/Vienna: Akademie Verlag, pp. 176-192.

23. M. Cooke (2008) “Civil Society. An Incomplete(able) Project”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 34, no. 9: 1095-1102.

24. M. Cooke (2008) “The Point of Discourse”, Social and Legal Studies, vol. 17, no. 1: 97-103.

25. M. Cooke (2007) “Law's Claim to Correctness”. In G. Pavlakos (ed) Law, Rights and Discourse. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 225-247.

26. M. Cooke (2007) “A Secular State for a Postsecular Society? Postmetaphysical Political Theory and the Place of Religion”, Constellations, vol. 14, no. 2: 224-238.

27. M. Cooke (2007) “Salvaging and Secularizing the Semantic Contents of Religion. The Limitations of Habermas’s Postmetaphysical Approach”. In E. Long (ed) Self and Other: Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion. New York: Springer, pp. 187-207 (anthologized version of no. 29).

28. M. Cooke (2006) “The Ethics of Post-Holocaust Art: Reflections on Redemption and Representation”, German Life and Letters, vol. 59, no. 2: 266-279.

29. M. Cooke (2006) “Salvaging and Secularizing the Semantic Contents of Religion. The Limitations of Habermas’s Postmetaphysical Approach, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, vol. 60, nos. 1-3: 187-207.

30. M. Cooke (2006) “Säkulare Übersetzung oder Postsäkulare Argumentation? Habermas über Religion in der demokratischen Öffentlichkeit”. In R. Langthaler & H. Nagl-Docekal (eds) Jürgen Habermas über Religion. Wien/Berlin: Oldenbourg Verlag (an early version of no. 27).

31. M. Cooke (2006) “Resurrecting the Rationality of Ideology Critique: Reflections on Laclau on Ideology”, Constellations, vol. 13, no. 1: 5-20.

32. M. Cooke (2005) “Making the Case for Privacy Rights”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 31, no. 1: 131-143.

33. M. Cooke (2005) “Avoiding Authoritarianism: On the Problem of Justification in Contemporary Critical Social Theory”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 13, no. 3: 379-404.

34. M. Cooke (2004) “Redeeming Redemption: The Utopian Dimension of Critical Social Theory”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 30, no. 4: 413-429.

35. M. Cooke (2004) “Privacy and Autonomy”. In B. Rössler (ed) Privacies. Philosophical Evaluations. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 98-112.

36. M. Cooke (2004) “Between ‘Objectivism’ and ‘Contextualism’: The Normative Foundations of Social Philosophy”. In D. Freundlieb, W. Hudson & J. Rundell (eds) Critical Theory after Habermas. Leiden & Boston: Brill, pp. 35-76 (anthologized version of no. 48).

37. M. Cooke (2003) “The Weaknesses of Strong Intersubjectivism: Habermas’s Conception of Justice”, European Journal of Political Theory, vol. 2, no. 3: 281-305.

38. M. Cooke (2003) “Ripensare il Momento della Redenzione: la Dimensione Utopica di una Teoria Sociale Critica”, Quaderni di Teoria Sociale, vol. 3: 79-94 (trans. of no. 34).

39. M. Cooke (2002) “Five Arguments for Deliberative Democracy”. In M. Passerin d’Entreves (ed) Democracy as Public Deliberation. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 53-87 (anthologized version of no. 47).

40. M. Cooke (2002) “Die Stellung der Religion bei Jürgen Habermas”. In K. Dethloff, L. Nagl & F. Wolfram (eds) Religion, Moderne, Postmoderne. Berlin: Parerga, pp. 99-119.

41. M. Cooke (2002) “Argumentation and Transformation”, Argumentation, vol. 16, no. 1: 79-108.

42. M. Cooke (2001) “Socio-Cultural Learning as a ‘Transcendental Fact’: Habermas’s Postmetaphysical Perspective”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 9, no. 1: 63-83.

43. M. Cooke (2001) “Meaning and Truth in Habermas’s Pragmatics”, European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 9, no. 1: 1-23.

44. M. Cooke (2001) “Critical Theory and Religion”. In D. Z. Phillips and T. Tessin (eds) Philosophy of Religion in the 21st Century. London: Palgrave, pp. 211-243.

45. M. Cooke (2001) “An Evil Heart: Moral Evil and Moral Identity”. In M. P. Lara (ed) Rethinking Evil. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, pp. 113-130.

46. M. Cooke (2000) “Verdade e Signifacado na Pragmática Habermasiana”, trans. I. Morgado, Cadernos de Filosofia, no. 8, pp. 9-42 (trans. of no. 43).

47. M. Cooke (2000) “Five Arguments for Deliberative Democracy”, Political Studies, vol. 48, no. 5: 947-969.

48. M. Cooke (2000) “Between ‘Objectivism’ and ‘Contextualism’: the Normative Foundations of Social Philosophy”, Critical Horizons, vol. 1, no. 2: 193-227.

49. M. Cooke (2000) “A Feminist Theory of Justice”. In J. Dunne, A. Ingram & F. Litton (eds) Questioning Ireland. Dublin, IPA Press, pp. 124-139.

50. M. Cooke (1999) “Kritische Theorie und Religion”, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, vol. 47, no. 5: 707-884 (trans. of no. 44).

51. M. Cooke (1999) “Habermas, Feminism and the Question of Autonomy”. In Peter Dews (ed) Habermas: A Critical Reader. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 178-210.

52. M. Cooke (1999) “A Space of One’s Own: Autonomy, Privacy, Liberty”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 25, no. 1: 23-53.

53. M. Cooke (1998) “Questioning Autonomy: The Feminist Challenge and the Challenge for Feminism”. In R. Kearney and M. Dooley (eds) Questioning Ethics. London: Routledge, pp. 258-282.

54. M. Cooke (1998) “Are Ethical Conflicts Irreconcilable?” In S. O’Neill & I. MacKenzie (eds) Reconstituting Social Criticism. London: Macmillan, pp. 171-189 (anthologized version of no. 58).

55. M. Cooke (1997) “Individualita a Solidarita”. In Etika Autonomie a Autenticity, edited and translated by Josef Velek, Prague: Filosofia, pp. 137-168 (trans. of no. 61).

56. M. Cooke (1997) “Authenticita a Autonomi: Taylor, Habermas a Politika Uznání”. In Etika Autonomie a Autenticity, edited and translated by Josef Velek, Prague: Filosofia, pp. 169-215 (trans. of no. 57).

57. M. Cooke (1997) “Authenticity and Autonomy: Taylor, Habermas, and the Politics of Recognition”, Political Theory, vol. 25, no. 2: 260-290.

58. M. Cooke (1997) “Are Ethical Conflicts Irreconcilable?” Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 23, no. 2: 1-19.

59. M. Cooke (1995) “Habermas and Law”. In G. Quinn, A. Ingram & S. Livingstone (eds) Justice and Legal Theory in Ireland. Dublin: Oak Tree Press, pp. 121-133.

60. M. Cooke (1995) “Die Suche nach einem Selbst: Überlegungen zur Frage der Selbstwerdung in Jonathan Rabans Hunting Mr Heartbreak”. In A. Fuchs & T. Harden (eds) Reisen im Diskurs: Modelle der literarischen Fremderfahrung. Heidelberg: C. Winter, pp. 35-54.

61. M. Cooke (1994) “Selfhood and Solidarity”, Constellations, vol. 1, no. 3: 338-358.

62. M. Cooke (1994) “Postkonventionelle Selbstverwirklichung: Überlegungen zur praktischen Subjektivität”, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, vol. 42, no. 1: 61-72 (trans. of no. 63).

63. M. Cooke (1994) “Realizing the Post-Conventional Self”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 20, nos. 1/2: 87-101.

64. M. Cooke (1993) “Habermas and Consensus”, European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 1, no. 3: 247-267.

65. M. Cooke (1992) “Habermas, Autonomy, and the Identity of the Self”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 18, nos. 3/4: 269-291.

66. M. Cooke (1993) “Negative Freiheit? Zum Problem eines postmetaphysischen Freiheitsbegriffs”. In C. Menke & M. Seel (eds) Zur Verteidigung der Vernunft gegen ihre Liebhaber und Verächter. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, pp. 285-299.

 

Articles in Lexica, Encyclopaedia, etc

67. M. Cooke (2008) „Habermas“. In S. Goepath, W. Hinsch & B. Roessler (eds) Handbuch der Politischen Philosophie und Sozialphilosophie. Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 463-465.

68. M. Cooke (2008) „Diskurstheorie“. In S. Gosepath, W. Hinsch & Beate Roessler (eds) Handbuch der Politischen Philosophie und Sozialphilosophie. Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 238-243.

 

Book reviews (a selection)

69. M. Cooke (2011) Cogent Science in Context. The Science Wars, Argumentation Theory, and Habermas, by William Rehg, Contemporary Sociology, vol. 40: 73-75.

70. M. Cooke (2008) Weber, Habermas, and Transformations of the European State: Constitutional, Social and Supranational Democracy, by John P. McCormick, Perspectives on Politics, vol. 6, no. 3: 589-591.

71. M. Cooke (2002) Jürgen Habermas: A Philosophical Political Profile by Martin Beck Matustík, Philosophy in Review, vol. XXII, no. 6: 344-346.

72. M. Cooke (1998) Reflective Authenticity: Rethinking the Project of Modernity by Alessandro Ferrara, Constellations, vol. 5, no. 4: 572-575.

73. M. Cooke (1997) Freedom within Reason by Susan Wolf, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 5, no. 3: 486-489.

74. M. Cooke (1995) The Absorbed Self by Ciarán Benson, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 3, no. 2: 350-353.

 

Guest Edited Issues of Journals

Special Issue on “Power and Critical Theory”; Journal of Power, vol. 3, no. 1 (2010). Editorial with M. Haugaard, pp. 1-5.

Invited Lectures (since 2007, a selection)

“Social Freedom”, U Cal, Santa Cruz (April, 2012) / New School for Social Research, New York (Dec, 2011)

“The Limits of Learning. Habermas’ Social Theory and Religion”, U Cal, Berkeley (Feb., 2012) / Harvard University (Nov, 2011)

“Postmetaphysical Ethics and Beyond”, Loyola University, Chicago (Oct, 2011)

"Deliberative Democracy in the 21st Century”, Dept. of Political Science, Indiana University (Oct, 2011)

“Violating Neutrality? Religious Validity Claims and Democratic Legitimacy”, Yale University (Sept, 2011) / Columbia University (Oct, 2011) / CUNY (Oct, 2011) / Université de Paris Descartes (April, 2011) / Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (March, 2011) / Luiss University, Rome (Dec, 2010) / NYU (Oct, 2009)

“Social Movements and Truth”, Columbia University (Oct, 2011)

“Translating Truth”, Istanbul Seminars, Bilgi University, Istanbul (May, 2010)

“Truth and Politics”, Philosophy and the Social Sciences Colloquium, Prague (May 2010)

“Wertepluralismus und Selbstverwirklichung“, Goethe University, Frankfurt (July 2009)

“Law and Violence”, London School of Economics (Feb, 2009)

“Discourse Theory as Critical Theory” Oxford University (Sept, 2008)

“Realism and Constructivism in Critical Social Theory”, University of Chicago (March, 2007)
“A Secular State for a Postsecular Society?” Northwestern University (March 2007) / Universidad Autònoma Metropolitana, Mexico City (March 2007)