Dick Howard

Dick Howard

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1970
B.A. Rice University, 1965

www.dickhoward.com


Dick Howard is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University. His most recent books are The Primacy of the Political: A History of Political Thought from the Greeks to the French and American Revolutions (Columbia University Press 2010) and Aux origines de la pensée politique américaine (Hachette Pluriel 2008). He does a weekly commentary on US politics for Radio Canada and a monthly column on New York cultural life for Esprit

En route to his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Dick Howard studied in Paris (with Paul Ricoeur) and Bonn (with Klaus Hartmann). He later worked with Claude Lefort, Cornelius Castoriadis and Jürgen Habermas. A participant in the civil rights and anti-war movements in the US, he was a student at Nanterre in 1968, and traveled thereafter throughout West and East Europe, becoming an early “anti-totalitarian leftist.”

He has written frequently on current events, sociological trends, and philosophical themes—as can be seen in his Curriculum Vita. Articles, essays, public lectures and radio/tv appearances try to bring together these three dimensions of political thought.

He has written books in English and in French, on philosophical, historical and political themes. His more political articles and commentaries in recent years have been in French, perhaps because he has become a “token” francophone (although most of the French commentaries have been translated into German, a language that he reads and speaks but whose grammar he respects too much to abuse it).

His most recent book is The Primacy of the Political. A History of Political Thought from the Greeks to the French and American Revolutions (Columbia University Press, 2010). In its Introduction, and in several recent articles, he tries to explain why he—a product of the New Left and the Anti-totalitarian Left—returned to the history of political thought in order to better understand the challenges of today.

That work finally completed, he retired from teaching and has been writing a “Chronique transatlantique” of American culture for the journal Esprit, as well as doing a weekly commentary for Radio Canada (Montéal) on American politics.

A new project on American political culture is beginning to take form.  He has also begun working on a new edition of his earlier book From Marx to Kant.

Upcoming Events

Thinking the Plural: Richard Bernstein’s Contribution to American Philosophy
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September 26th-27th

“Other Histories, Other Temporalities: Latin American Thought in Intersection with Continental Philosophy”
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Alejandro Vallega
October 8th

Fré Ilgen: Arts and Bodies
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October 14th

Translating Jean-Luc Nancy: Invitations and Intrusions
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October 15th

*POSTPONED* Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award
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October 21st

Book Presentation
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Edward S. Casey and Mary Watkins, Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border
October 30th

Spaces of Control: Confronting Austerity and Repression
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Eleventh Biennial Radical Philosophy Association Conference
November 6th-9th

"Envelopes of Flesh"

November 7th

"The Avowal of the Truth: Torture and Confession in the Witch-Hunt"

November 13th

“Affective Labor and Feminist Politics”
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Johanna Oksala
November 18th

“Heidegger's Mask: Silence, Politics and 'World Jewry' in the Black Notebooks"
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Adam Knowles
November 20th

Transatlantic Collegium Workshop

Wesley Mattingly
December 1st

“The Big Picture: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions”
[CANCELLED]

Kelly Oliver
December 2nd

"Violence and Hyperbole: From the Death Penalty Seminar to the 'Cogito' Essay"

Michael Nass
December 11th

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