Imagining Law

On Drucilla Cornell

Edited by Renée J. Heberle & Benjamin Pryor

Subjects: Continental Philosophy, Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Political Theory, Women's Studies, Political Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Gender Theory
Paperback : 9780791474167, 279 pages, January 2009
Hardcover : 9780791474150, 279 pages, June 2008

Table of contents

Renée J. Heberle
1. Transcendence and Finitude in Drucilla Cornell’s Philosophy of the Limit
Roger Berkowitz
2. Radical Feminist Liberalism
Adam Thurschwell
3. “The Capabilities Approach,” “The Imaginary Domain,” and “Asymmetrical Reciprocity”: Feminist Perspectives on Equality and Justice
Karin Van Marle
4. Sexuate Being: Foundations for a Feminist Legal Philosophy?
J. M. Bernstein
5. “Faute de Mieux”: Defending Ideals
Benjamin Pryor
6. Imagining Loss: Traces of Dignity
Carolin Emcke
7. Mourning and Metonymy: Bearing Witness between Women and Generations
Sara Murphy
8. Progress and Evil
Martin J. Beck Matuštík
9. Antiracism, Multiculturalism, and the Ethics of Identification
Drucilla Cornell and Sara Murphy
10. Affordance, or Vulnerable Freedom: A Response to Cornell and Murphy’s “Antiracism, Multiculturalism, and the Ethics of Identification”
Pheng Cheah
11. Drucilla Cornell, Identity, and the Evolution of Politics
Elizabeth Grosz
12. Thinking the Future, Imagining Otherwise
Drucilla Cornell
List of Contributors

Essays consider Drucilla Cornell’s contributions to philosophy, political theory, and legal studies.


Drucilla Cornell's contribution to legal thought and philosophy is unique in its attention to diverse traditions and the possibilities of dialogue among them. Renée J. Heberle and Benjamin Pryor bring together scholars from a range of disciplines who reflect on Cornell's influence and importance to contemporary social and political theory and critically engage with ideas and arguments central to her published work. The final chapter is Cornell's own response to the contributors' views, establishing a record of a critical exchange among top scholars from across disciplines.

Renée J. Heberle is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toledo and the editor of Feminist Interpretations of Theodor Adorno. Benjamin Pryor is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Codirector of the Program in Law and Social Thought at the University of Toledo.


"This book combines exegesis and critical assessment of a major thinker. Cornell is a prolific writer responding to major—and dead—philosophers, as well as many contemporary voices. Her interdisciplinary writing on ideals such as 'justice' and 'dignity' is distinguished from other 'postmodern' writings because of her insistence in reconstructing liberalism in the wake of post-structuralism. The contributors force Cornell, for the first time, to account for aspects of her work, including her disinterestedness in Nietzsche and Foucault and her liberal reading of Levinas." — Marinos Diamantides, author of Levinas, Law, Politics

"The contributors' essays offer very insightful and clarifying analyses of some of the most important aspects of Drucilla Cornell's work and point to the breadth and depth of her influence in many fields. The book also gives a helpful overview of Cornell's body of theoretical work as a whole. The contributors impressively situate Cornell's writing in terms of its relation to the various philosophers that she is influenced by and in theoretical conversation with, in particular Kant, Levinas, and Heidegger." — Christine Keating, The Ohio State University