Keith Topper

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Associate Professor, Political Science
School of Social Sciences

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Phone: (949) 824-4467

University of California, Irvine
4143 Social Science Plaza A
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
History of political thought and political theory, American political thought, contemporary political and social theory, democratic theory, the philosophy of the social sciences, theories of power, theories of interpretation, language and politics
The Disorder of Political Inquiry. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.
Commitments in a Post-Foundationalist Age: Exploring the Possibilities of Weak Ontology. Special issue of The Hedgehog Review 7 (Summer 2005), guest edited with Dilip Gaonkar. Contributions by William E. Connolly, Jodi Dean, Andrew Douglas, Dilip Gaonkar, Richard Flathman, George Kateb, Charles Larmore, Charles Taylor, Leslie Paul Thiele, Keith Topper, Stephen K. White and Elizabeth Wingrove.
Critical Histories. Special issue of Strategies 4-5 (1991), co-edited with Kevin Tyner Thomas and Michael Wintroub. Contributions by Mario Biagioli, William E. Connolly, Susan Crane, Fred Dallmayr, Robert D’Amico, Carlo Ginzburg, John G. Gunnell, Martin Jay, Hans Kellner, Stephen Melville, M. K. Matsuda, Daniel S. Milo, Carlo Poni, Bill Readings, Stanley Rosen, Simon Schaffer, Kevin Tyner Thomas, Keith Topper and Michael Wintroub.
“Arendt and Bourdieu Between Word and Deed,” Political Theory 39 (2011): 352-377.
“Book Symposium on Political Methodologies: The Disorder of Political Inquiry by Keith Topper” (with James Farr, J. Donald Moon, Lynn M. Sanders, and Stephen K. White), The Journal of Politics 68 (August 2006): 733-743.
“Afterword: Notes on the Bearable Lightness of Being” (with Dilip Gaonkar), The Hedgehog Review 7 (Summer 2005): 93-102.
“An Interview with Richard Flathman,” The Hedgehog Review 7 (Summer 2005): 103-106.
“Not So Trifling Nuances: Pierre Bourdieu, Symbolic Violence and the Perversions of Democracy,” Constellations 8 (March 2001): 30-56. Reprinted in Derek Robbins, ed., Pierre Bourdieu 2, vol 3 (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005), pp. 269-302.
“In Defense of Disunity: Pragmatism, Hermeneutics and the Social Sciences,” Political Theory 28 (August 2000): 509-539.
“The Theory of International Politics? An Analysis of Neorealist Theory,” Human Studies 21 (April 1998): 157-186.
“Richard Rorty, Liberalism and the Politics of Redescription,” American Political Science Review 89 (December 1995): 954-965. Reprinted in Alan Malachowski, ed., Politics, Irony and Solidarity, vol. 3 of Richard Rorty (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002), pp. 33-57.
“The Politics of Postmetaphysics,” Strategies 7 (1993): 79-97. Reprinted, slightly revised, in Bradley J. Macdonald and R.L. Rutsky, eds., Strategies for Theory: From Marx to Madonna (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2003), pp. 115-30.
“Entitlements of Power” (with Kevin Tyner Thomas and Michael Wintroub), Strategies 4-5 (1991): 3-6.
“Building a New Left: An Interview With Ernesto Laclau,” Strategies 1 (Fall 1988): 10-28. Reprinted in Ernesto Laclau, New Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time (New York: Verso, 1990), pp. 177-196.
“Review of Jason Glynos and David Howarth, Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory,” Political Theory 38 (October 2010): 731-734.
“Review of James W. Davis, Terms of Inquiry; George Steinmetz, ed., The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences; and William H. Sewell, Jr., Logics of History,” Perspectives on Politics 5 (December 2007): 805-810.
“Review of Ian Shapiro, The Flight from Reality in the Human Sciences,” Ethics 117 (April 2007): 571-576.
“Review of Clarissa Hayward, De-Facing Power,” The Journal of Politics 66 (November 2004): 1336-1339.
"Review of Roy Bhaskar, Plato Etc.: The Problems of Philosophy and Their Resolution,” Political Theory 26 (April 1998): 253-61.
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