[ colin koopman : writings ]







Pragmatism as Transition: Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty (Columbia University Press, 2009; ppbk. 2015)


Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity (Indiana University Press, 2013; simultaneous cloth and ppbk.)


Articles & Essays on Pragmatist Methodology

My most recent work on pragmatist method is focused on an actionistic or conduct-centered pragmatism via William James.

  • "Being Pragmatist about Pragmatism: Replies to Stéphane Madelrieux, Alexander Livingston, and Brad Stone" in Contemporary Pragmatism, v14n2, "Symposium on paperback edition of Pragmatism as Transition", 2017: 231-242
  • "From Philosophy to Philosophies: Prefatory Notes on Deleuzianism and Pragmatism" in Simone Bignall, Sean Bowden, and Paul Patton (eds.), Deleuze and Pragmatism (Routledge Press, 2014): xi-xiv
  • "Conduct Pragmatism: Pressing Beyond Experientialism and Lingualism" in European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, v6n2, Fall 2014: 145-174
  • "Challenging Philosophy: Rorty's Positive Conception of Philosophy as Cultural Criticism" in Colin Koopman, Alexander Gröschner, and Mike Sandbothe (eds.), Richard Rorty: From Pragmatist Philosophy to Cultural Politics (Bloomsbury Press, 2013) [pdf]
  • "Pragmatist Resources for Experimental Philosophy: Inquiry in Place of Intuition" in Journal of Speculative Philosophy, v26n1, 2012: 1-24 [link]
  • "Genealogical Pragmatism: How History Matters for Foucault and Dewey" in Journal of the Philosophy of History v5n3, 2011: 533-561 [link] [pdf]
  • "Rorty's Linguistic Turn: Why (More Than) Language Matters to Philosophy" in Contemporary Pragmatism, v8n1, 2011: 61-84 [link]
  • "Foucault and Pragmatism: Introductory Notes on Metaphilosophical Methodology" in Colin Koopman (ed.), Foucault Studies special issue on "Foucault and Pragmatism", n11, Apr., 2011: 3-10 [link]
  • "Historicism in Pragmatism: Lessons for Historiography and Political Philosophy" in Metaphilosophy, v41n4, October 2010: 690-713 [link]
  • "The History and Critique of Modernity: Dewey with Foucault against Weber" in Paul Fairfield (ed.), John Dewey and Continental Philosophy (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010): 194-218
  • "Language is a Form of Experience: Reconciling Classical Pragmatism and Neopragmatism" in Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, v43n4, Fall 2007: 694-727 [link] [pdf]
  • "Pragmatism as a Philosophy of Hope: Emerson, James, Dewey, and Rorty" in Journal of Speculative Philosophy, v20n2, Summer 2006: 106-116 [link] [pdf]

Articles & Essays on Genealogical Methodology

My work on genealogical method is best exemplified in my essay pair distinguishing Foucault's methods and concepts (e.g., genealogy v. biopower) so as to free up his method for inquiry into the contemporary (e.g., a genealogy of infopower).

  • "Conceptual Analysis for Genealogical Philosophy: How to Study the History of Practices after Foucault and Wittgenstein" in Southern Journal of Philosophy 55, Special Supp. on “Critical Histories of the Present,” Verena Erlenbusch (ed.), Sept. 2017: 103-121.
  • "Must Philosophy Be Obligatory?: History versus Metaphysics in Foucault and Derrida" in Olivia Custer, Penelope Deutscher, and Samir Haddad (eds.), Foucault/Derrida Fifty Years Later: The Futures of Genealogy, Deconstruction, and Politics (Columbia University Press, 2016)
  • "Critical Problematization in Foucault and Deleuze: The Force of Critique without Judgment" in Nicolae Morar, Thomas Nail, and Daniel W. Smith (eds.), Between Deleuze and Foucault (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
  • "Conduct and Power: Foucault’s Methodological Expansions in 1971" in Perry Zurn and Andrew Dilts (eds.), Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016): 59-74
  • "Genealogy, Methodology, & Normativity beyond Transcendentality: Replies to Amy Allen, Eduardo Mendieta, & Kevin Olson" in Foucault Studies, "Symposium on Genealogy as Critique", no. 18, Oct. 2014: 261-273
  • "Michel Foucault’s Critical Empiricism Today: Concepts and Analytics in the Critique of Biopower and Infopower" in James Faubion (ed.), Foucault Now: Current Perspectives in Foucault Studies (Polity Press, 2014): 88-111
  • "Putting Foucault to Work: Analytic and Concept in Foucaultian Inquiry" (co-authored with Tomas Matza) in Critical Inquiry, v39n4, Summer 2013: 817-840 [link]
  • "Genealogical Pragmatism: How History Matters for Foucault and Dewey" in Journal of the Philosophy of History v5n3, 2011: 533-561 [link] [pdf]
  • "The Direction of Contemporary Critical Theory: A Response to Amy Allen’s The Politics of Our Selves" in Current Perspectives in Social Theory, v29, 2011: 91-103 [link]
  • "Foucault Across the Disciplines: Introductory Notes on Contingency in Critical Inquiry" in Colin Koopman (ed.), History of the Human Sciences special issue on "Foucault Across the Disciplines", v24n4, Oct. 2011: 1-12 [link] [pdf]
  • "Foucault and Pragmatism: Introductory Notes on Metaphilosophical Methodology" in Colin Koopman (ed.), Foucault Studies special issue on "Foucault and Pragmatism", n11, Apr., 2011: 3-10 [link]
  • "Bernard Williams on Philosophy's Need for History" in The Review of Metaphysics, v64n1, September 2010: 3-30 [pdf]
  • "The History and Critique of Modernity: Dewey with Foucault against Weber" in Paul Fairfield (ed.), John Dewey and Continental Philosophy (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010): 194-218
  • "Historical Critique or Transcendental Critique in Foucault: Two Kantian Lineages" in Foucault Studies, n8, February 2010: 100-121 (with reply by Kevin Thompson and my response to reply in no. 8, and reply by Colin McQuillan and my response to reply forthcoming in no. 9) [link]
  • "Two Uses of Genealogy: Michel Foucault and Bernard Williams" in Carlos Prado (ed.), Foucault's Legacy (Continuum Books, 2009): 90-108 [pdf]
  • "Foucault's Historiographical Expansion: Adding Genealogy to Archaeology" in Journal of the Philosophy of History, v2n3, Fall 2008: 338-362 [link]

Articles & Essays on Pragmatist Politics & Ethics

Recent work on these topics includes an essay pair linking James's moral psychology and normative ethics of belief, and then situating that link in James's historical context of probability.

Articles & Essays on Genealogical Politics & Ethics

Recent work on these topics includes an essay in political theory exploring how to make use of the distinction between methods and concepts I develop in methodological work.






Articles & Essays on Information Politics & Data Ethics