Peer-reviewed articles

  • Elements of Pragmatist Interpretation in Modern Aesthetics, Hermeneia: Review of Hermeneutics, no 7/2007, Axis, Iasi, pp. 45 – 59
  • Blinkered: A Pragmatist Critique of Liberalism, Tischner Debates published online by Warsaw University and the Institute for Social Sciences Vienna, November 2006.
  • Abstract

    This is a true story – the story of a young intellectual who travels from Eastern Europe to the UK, eager to see how liberal principles are put into practice in this promised land of democratic institutions and human rights movement, only to find that the latter are not necessarily an embodiment of the former. First, she gathers empirical data, studying the contexts in which liberal values don’t seem to be as pivotal as one would expect. Then she turns to liberal thinkers to see what, if anything in their writings might help explain why such contexts seem to elude or defy liberalism, and indeed if something truly important is missing (or terribly misunderstood) in their conception of social justice. At this point, she embarks on a pragmatist critique of what tends to be an ethereal and even utopian theory. In the end, she proposes a more dynamic interpretation of liberalism – one centred around people, rather than institutions; emphasising individual, rather than collective identities; seeing justice as a continuous and contextual process, not as a result; insisting that historical consciousness be part of that process; and therefore, teaching responsibility, alongside rights.

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  • Corporate Governance, Shareholder Value and Societal Expectations (with Richard Tudway), Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, Vol. 6, No 3, 2006, Emerald Publishing Group, Oxford, pp. 305 – 316
  • Beyond the Ivory Tower: From Business Aims to Policy-Making (with Richard Tudway), Public Administration and Development (Bimonthly ISSN: 0271-2075) Vol. 26, No 2, 2006, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, England, pp. 99–108
  • Cioran’s West: On Heroes, Foreignness, and Destiny, Hermeneia: Review of Hermeneutics, no 6/2006, Axis, Iasi, pp. 129-137.
  • Abstract

    This essay explores the various rapports that Emil Cioran entertained with the West. Far from being simple or straightforward, these do not however make up a sophisticated, well structured philosophical view; and yet, they are not incoherent either. The same goes for their practical consequences: ambivalence seems to be the word that best describes Cioran’s stand vis-à-vis the West, so far as we can tell from his actions. A fierce critic of Western civilisation, Cioran chose, however, to make it his own home; a ruthless accuser of his countrymen for their lack of will, vigour and heroism, he preferred to deny his being a Romanian in that sense, rather than cease to believe in the country’s ability to discover its strength and destiny some day. It is not the purpose of this essay to clarify which of these positions was his „true” one; or which of the author’s gestures most accurately represented his views. I don’t believe Cioran had any such things – „true”, everlasting convictions vs. „apparent”or temporary ones, which would be simple wims. But what he did have was passion and the courage to live through the struggle, pain and contradictions that come with that. He was genuinely interested in the topics he wrote about; they kept him awake at night and sometimes defeated him. But he was honest about that. And when the subject happens to be home or Europe, that kind of courage is all the more needed, if we hope to have any sense of ourselves left at all.

  • Par amnésie – or Forgetting as Therapy, ID, No 2 (17), February 2006, Bucharest, p. 48
  • International Aid. From the Moral Case, to Everyday Life Experiences, a reply to Sir Tim Lankester’s “International Aid: Experience, Prospects and the Moral Case”, Cultura: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology (Semiannual ISSN: 1584-1057) Iasi, No 4, 2005, pp. 154-71
  • The Master/Slave Dialectics in Leibniz’s Théodicée, The Scientific Annals of Al. I. Cuza University, Faculty of Philosophy, Iasi, 2003
  • Recognition of the Other in a Theodicy, The Scientific Annals of Al. I. Cuza University, Faculty of Philosophy, Iasi, 2002
  • Wittgenstein, Rorty, and the Wild Orchid, Hermeneia: A Journal for Hermeneutic Studies and Research, No. 2-3 / 2001-2, Axis, Iasi, pp. 80-94
  • From Language to Discourse: Foucault at Crossroads, Journal of Petre Andrei University, Iasi, 2001
  • The Theory of Ideas in Descartes, The Scientific Annals of Al. I. Cuza University, Faculty of Philosophy, Iasi, 2000-2001, pp. 58-67
  • National Identity and European Integration (with Liviu Drugus), Journal of Petre Andrei University, Iasi, 2000
  • The Cross as Sacred Centre of the Created World, Krisis, no 5 / 1997, Bucharest