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Philip D Walsh

Department of Sociology

Associate Professor
Chair of Sociology
 
Office: Vari Hall, 2060C
Phone: 416)736-2100 Ext: 77999
Emailwalshp@yorku.ca
 
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   Area of Specialization

Classical and contemporary social theory, political sociology, sociology of knowledge, philosophy of social science



Degrees

Ph.D in Sociology, University of Warwick
MA in Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Warwick
BA in Philosophy, University of Delaware

Professional Leadership

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

International Social Theory Consortium, Canadian Sociological Association, British Sociological Association


Research Interests

I am completing a book on the significance of the work of the German-American philosopher and political theorist, Hannah Arendt, for the social sciences. This is a neglected area within the recent slew of studies of Arendt’s work, which have concentrated mostly on her political writings. I argue that Arendt’s (often bitter) objections to the social sciences can be interpreted constructively as a way to renew their integrity and significance. The book is due to appear in fall 2014. This book complements my ongoing interest in classical and contemporary sociological theory and the philosophy of the social sciences.

Selected Publications

February 2015: Walsh, Philip (author) Arendt Contra Sociology: Rethinking Theory, Society and its Science, London: Ashgate

Walsh, Philip (2015) 'Hannah Arendt's Critique of the Social Sciences', in Peter Baehr (ed.), The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt, Anthem: London, New York and Delhi

Walsh, Philip (2014) 'Is a Post-Philosophical Sociology Possible? Insights from Norbert Elias's Sociology of Knowledge'. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (2)

Walsh, Philip (2013) 'Norbert Elias and Hannah Arendt on Philosophy, Sociology and Science' in F. Dépelteau and T.S. Landini (eds.) Norbert Elias and Social Theory. London, New York: Palgrave

Walsh, Philip (2011) 'The Human Condition as Social Ontology: Hannah Arendt on Society, Action and Knowledge'. History of the Human Sciences 24 (2)

2005: Walsh, Philip (author). Skepticism, Modernity and Critical Theory. London, New York: Palgrave-MacMillan (182pp.)

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Books

February 2015: Walsh, Philip (author) Arendt Contra Sociology: Rethinking Theory, Society and its Science, London: Ashgate

2005: Walsh, Philip (author). Skepticism, Modernity and Critical Theory. London, New York: Palgrave-MacMillan (182pp.)

2004: Schneiderman, Davis, and Philip Walsh (editors). Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in an Age of Globalization. London, Sterling, VA: Pluto Books (312 pp.)

Book Chapters

Walsh, Philip (2015) 'Hannah Arendt's Critique of the Social Sciences', in Peter Baehr (ed.), The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt, Anthem: London, New York and Delhi

Walsh, Philip (2015) 'Sociology and Classicality: Texts, Borders and Borderline Classics', in P. Baehr, Founders, Classics, Canons: Modern Disputes over the Origins and Appraisal of Sociology's Heritage, 2nd ed. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction

Walsh, Philip (2014) 'Hannah Arendt on the Social', in P. Hayden (ed.) Hannah Arendt: Key Concepts London, UK: Routledge

Walsh, Philip (2013) 'Norbert Elias and Hannah Arendt on Philosophy, Sociology and Science' in F. Dépelteau and T.S. Landini (eds.) Norbert Elias and Social Theory. London, New York: Palgrave

Walsh, Philip (2004) 'Re-Activating the Dialectic of Enlightenment: Burroughs as Critical Theorist', in D. Schneiderman and P. Walsh (eds.) Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in an Age of Globalization, London, Sterling, VA: Pluto

Schneiderman, Davis and Philip Walsh (2004) “Millions of People of People Reading the Same Words”, in Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in an Age of Globalization, London, Sterling, VA: Pluto

Journal Articles

Walsh, Philip (2014) 'Is a Post-Philosophical Sociology Possible? Insights from Norbert Elias's Sociology of Knowledge'. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (2)

Walsh, Philip (2013) 'Knowledge and the Constitution of Society: Dead Ends and Ways Forward in the Sociology of Knowledge. Journal of Classical Sociology (13) 4

Walsh, Philip (2011) 'The Human Condition as Social Ontology: Hannah Arendt on Society, Action and Knowledge'. History of the Human Sciences 24 (2)

Walsh, Philip (2008) “Hannah Arendt, Sociology and Political Modernity”, Journal of Classical Sociology 8 (3)

Walsh, Philip (2008) “Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Theory: Beyond the Consumer Society”, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 25, "No Social Science Without Critical Theory"

Book Reviews

2011: 'Review of Peter Baehr (2010) Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism and the Social Sciences', British Journal of Sociology (62) 4

2011: 'Review of Laura L. Adams (2009) The Spectacular State: Culture and National Identity in Uzbekistan', American Journal of Sociology 116 (5)

2010: 'Review of Nicos Mouzelis (2008) Modern and Postmodern Social Theorizing' Contemporary Sociology 38 (6)

2008: Walsh, Philip, Review of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl (2006) Why Arendt Matters. History of the Human Sciences 21 (1)

Research Reports

October 2007: Walsh, Philip, Entry for Immanuel Kant, in The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology. Oxford: Blackwell

February 2005: Walsh, Philip, Entry for Daniel Bell, in Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, Bristol: Thoemmes-Continuum Books (pp. 179-182)


Area of Specialization

Classical and contemporary social theory, political sociology, sociology of knowledge, philosophy of social science


Degrees

Ph.D in Sociology, University of Warwick
MA in Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Warwick
BA in Philosophy, University of Delaware

Professional Leadership

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

International Social Theory Consortium, Canadian Sociological Association, British Sociological Association


Research Interests:

I am completing a book on the significance of the work of the German-American philosopher and political theorist, Hannah Arendt, for the social sciences. This is a neglected area within the recent slew of studies of Arendt’s work, which have concentrated mostly on her political writings. I argue that Arendt’s (often bitter) objections to the social sciences can be interpreted constructively as a way to renew their integrity and significance. The book is due to appear in fall 2014. This book complements my ongoing interest in classical and contemporary sociological theory and the philosophy of the social sciences.

Selected Publications

February 2015: Walsh, Philip (author) Arendt Contra Sociology: Rethinking Theory, Society and its Science, London: Ashgate

Walsh, Philip (2015) 'Hannah Arendt's Critique of the Social Sciences', in Peter Baehr (ed.), The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt, Anthem: London, New York and Delhi

Walsh, Philip (2014) 'Is a Post-Philosophical Sociology Possible? Insights from Norbert Elias's Sociology of Knowledge'. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (2)

Walsh, Philip (2013) 'Norbert Elias and Hannah Arendt on Philosophy, Sociology and Science' in F. Dépelteau and T.S. Landini (eds.) Norbert Elias and Social Theory. London, New York: Palgrave

Walsh, Philip (2011) 'The Human Condition as Social Ontology: Hannah Arendt on Society, Action and Knowledge'. History of the Human Sciences 24 (2)

2005: Walsh, Philip (author). Skepticism, Modernity and Critical Theory. London, New York: Palgrave-MacMillan (182pp.)

All Publications

Books

February 2015: Walsh, Philip (author) Arendt Contra Sociology: Rethinking Theory, Society and its Science, London: Ashgate

2005: Walsh, Philip (author). Skepticism, Modernity and Critical Theory. London, New York: Palgrave-MacMillan (182pp.)

2004: Schneiderman, Davis, and Philip Walsh (editors). Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in an Age of Globalization. London, Sterling, VA: Pluto Books (312 pp.)

Book Chapters

Walsh, Philip (2015) 'Hannah Arendt's Critique of the Social Sciences', in Peter Baehr (ed.), The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt, Anthem: London, New York and Delhi

Walsh, Philip (2015) 'Sociology and Classicality: Texts, Borders and Borderline Classics', in P. Baehr, Founders, Classics, Canons: Modern Disputes over the Origins and Appraisal of Sociology's Heritage, 2nd ed. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction

Walsh, Philip (2014) 'Hannah Arendt on the Social', in P. Hayden (ed.) Hannah Arendt: Key Concepts London, UK: Routledge

Walsh, Philip (2013) 'Norbert Elias and Hannah Arendt on Philosophy, Sociology and Science' in F. Dépelteau and T.S. Landini (eds.) Norbert Elias and Social Theory. London, New York: Palgrave

Walsh, Philip (2004) 'Re-Activating the Dialectic of Enlightenment: Burroughs as Critical Theorist', in D. Schneiderman and P. Walsh (eds.) Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in an Age of Globalization, London, Sterling, VA: Pluto

Schneiderman, Davis and Philip Walsh (2004) “Millions of People of People Reading the Same Words”, in Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in an Age of Globalization, London, Sterling, VA: Pluto

Journal Articles

Walsh, Philip (2014) 'Is a Post-Philosophical Sociology Possible? Insights from Norbert Elias's Sociology of Knowledge'. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (2)

Walsh, Philip (2013) 'Knowledge and the Constitution of Society: Dead Ends and Ways Forward in the Sociology of Knowledge. Journal of Classical Sociology (13) 4

Walsh, Philip (2011) 'The Human Condition as Social Ontology: Hannah Arendt on Society, Action and Knowledge'. History of the Human Sciences 24 (2)

Walsh, Philip (2008) “Hannah Arendt, Sociology and Political Modernity”, Journal of Classical Sociology 8 (3)

Walsh, Philip (2008) “Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Theory: Beyond the Consumer Society”, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 25, "No Social Science Without Critical Theory"

Book Reviews

2011: 'Review of Peter Baehr (2010) Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism and the Social Sciences', British Journal of Sociology (62) 4

2011: 'Review of Laura L. Adams (2009) The Spectacular State: Culture and National Identity in Uzbekistan', American Journal of Sociology 116 (5)

2010: 'Review of Nicos Mouzelis (2008) Modern and Postmodern Social Theorizing' Contemporary Sociology 38 (6)

2008: Walsh, Philip, Review of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl (2006) Why Arendt Matters. History of the Human Sciences 21 (1)

Research Reports

October 2007: Walsh, Philip, Entry for Immanuel Kant, in The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology. Oxford: Blackwell

February 2005: Walsh, Philip, Entry for Daniel Bell, in Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, Bristol: Thoemmes-Continuum Books (pp. 179-182)