Miller, James

Miller, James

James Miller
PhD, History of Ideas, Brandeis University, 1975
Professor of Politics and Liberal Studies and Special Advisor to Provost; The New School for Social Research

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Areas of Expertise:
Philosophy As a Way of Life; Democracy in Theory and Practice; Social Movements; Popular Culture; Intellectual History, Eighteenth Century to the Present; Radical Social Theory; History of Political Philosophy
James Miller is the chair of Liberal Studies and professor of politics at The New School for Social Research. He is the author of several books, his latest, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche, has just been published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. The original editor of The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll (1976), he has written about music since the 1960s, when one of his early record reviews appeared in the third issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Subsequent pieces on music have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times and Newsweek, where he was a book reviewer and pop music critic between 1981 and 1990. Miller’s pieces on philosophy and history have appeared in The London Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review. In 2000, the magazine Lingua Franca published his best-known essay, "Is Bad Writing Necessary? George Orwell, Theodor Adorno, and the Politics of Language."

Besides publishing in such peer-reviewed academic journals as History and Theory and Political Theory, he has contributed to a variety of reference works, from Encyclopedia Britannica and A New Literary History of America, published by Harvard in 2009, to the Dictionnaire de Philosophie morale edited by Monique Canto-Sperber in 1996.

From 2000 to 2008, Miller edited Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an NEH Fellow twice, and in 2006-2007 he was a Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
Courses Taught:
  • Closer: Understanding Tragedy
  • Dark Places
  • Practical Curricular Training
  • Reading Foucault
  • Social Inquiry
  • Modernity and Its Discontents
Recent Publications:
Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche. Picador; First Edition, 2011.
Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977. Touchstone; First Edition, 1999
The Passion of Michel Foucault. Anchor; Reprint Edition, 1993.

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