Research and Teaching Interests
Ken Baynes works primarily in social and political philosophy, with a special focus in critical theory (the "Frankfurt School") and modern and contemporary German philosophy. He is a co-editor of After Philosophy: End or Transformation? (MIT Press), and Discourse and Democracy (SUNY Press), and the author of The Normative Grounds of Social Criticism: Kant, Rawls and Habermas (SUNY Press). His current interests are in the normative or obligatory character of rules and practices, attempts to ground moral principles in practical reason, and the relationship between democracy and basic rights, including "multicultural rights" (if indeed there are any!). You can find many of his papers at his site on academia.edu, here.
Habermas, by Kenneth Baynes, Routledge; 1 edition (August 13, 2015), 272pp., ISBN-13: 978-0415773256
Discourse and Democracy : Essays on Habermas's Between Facts and Norms, edited by Rene Von Schomberg and Kenneth Baynes, Publisher State University of New York Press (2002-10-10), 277pp., ISBN 13: 9780791454985
The Critique of Power: Reflective Stages in a Critical Social Theory, by Axel Honneth translated by Kenneth Baynes, The MIT Press; Reprint edition (October 4, 1993), 350pp., ISBN-13: 978-0262581288
The Normative Grounds of Social Criticism: Kant, Rawls, and Habermas, by Kenneth Baynes, SUNY Press (December 6, 1991), 256pp., ISBN-13: 978-0791408681
After Philosophy: End or Transformation?, edited by Kenneth Baynes, James Bohman, and Thomas McCarthy, The MIT Press; First Edition edition (November 18, 1986), 300 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0262521130
“Rawls and Critical Theory,” in A Companion to Rawls, ed.
by Jon Mandle and David Reidy, (Blackwell, forthcoming, 2012)
“Morality and Critical Theory,” in International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. by H.
Lafollette (forthcoming 2012)
“Making Global Governance Public,” in Territories of Citizenship, ed. by E. Erman and
L. Beckman (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), 123-145.
“Self, Narrative and Self-Constitution: Revisiting Taylor’s Self-Interpreting Animals,”
The Philosophical Forum (December 2010), 441-457
“Deliberative Democracy and Public Reason,” Veritas 55 (2010), 135-163
“Discourse Ethics and the Political Conception of Human Rights,” Ethics and Global
Politics 2.1 (2009), 1-21.
“Toward a Political Conception of Human Rights,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 35
“Democratic Equality and Respect,” Theoria 117 (December 2008), 1-25.
“The Hermeneutics of ‘Situated Cosmopolitanism’,” Philosophy and Social Criticism
33 (2007), 301-08
“’Gadamerian Platitudes’ and Rational Interpretations,” Philosophy and Social Criticism
33 (2007), 65-80
“Ethos and Institution: On the Site of Distributive Justice” The Journal of Social
Philosophy 37 (2006), 184-198.
“Understanding Evil” (Review Essay), Constellations 11 (2004), 434-444.
“Freedom and Recognition in Hegel and Habermas”, Philosophy and Social Criticism 28
"Rights as Critique and the Critique of Rights: Karl Marx, Wendy Brown and the Social
Function of Rights," Political Theory 28 (2000), 451-468.
(April 25, 2016)
Social, political philosopher will use professorship to address theme of ‘Identity/Identities’
(Oct. 14, 2015)
Kenneth Baynes explores life, work of renowned German philosopher