Bernstein, J.M.

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J.M. Bernstein
PhD, Philosophy, University of Edinburgh; BA, Trinity College (Conn.)
University Distinguished Professor, Philosophy

Philosophy for me means interrogating the foundations of our life together, how we make sense of the world, and how we fail.  Philosophy profiles the human as upright and as failing, as knowing and as blinded, as world-making and as suffering, as flourishing and as dying; and how those competing images are bound together in our morals, politics, art, and ordinary life.
Courses Taught:
  • Existentialism and Feminism
  • Ethics after Auschwitz
  • Tragedy and Philosophy
  • Hannah Arendt: Philosophy and Politics
  • Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
Recent Publications:
  • Against Voluptuous Bodies: Late Modernism and the Meaning of Painting, Stanford: Stanford University Press. 2006
  • Classic and Romantic German Aesthetics, ed., New York: Cambridge University Press. 2003
  • Adorno: Disenchantment and Ethics, New York: Cambridge University Press. 2001
Office Location:

The New School for Social Research

Philosophy Department

79 Fifth Ave, Room 1114

New York, NY10003

Office Hours:
on leave 2008-2009
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5707 x3072


Research Interests:
  • Classical German Philosophy (Kant and Hegel)
  • Critical Theory
  • Aesthetics (Philosophy of Painting and Literature)
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
Professional Affiliations:
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • American Society for Aesthetics

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