|MA, Religious Studies - Universiteit van Amsterdam
BA, Philosophy and Religious Studies - Millsaps College
|Research and Teaching
|Justin's academic, intellectual and activist work is diverse yet strongly interconnected.
His current work in radical political philosophy is a sustained engagement with the
'communist hypothesis' and the contemporary meaning and possibility of revolutionary
socialism. Justin's dissertation (expected March/April 2014) closely re-reads Marx
in order to ground a historical and materialist ethic of freedom through revolutionary
solidarity. The project hopes to link the 'humanism' of the early Marx with the 'structuralism'
of the late Marx by arguing for an ever-present dialectic between ethics and politics
formed by a 'revolutionary horizon' in the corpus of Marx's thinking.
This project emerges out of Justin's ongoing activism in the labor movement and community
organizing and hopes to be practical for those thinking about the historicity of ethics
and the need for radical political change.
Previously, he has worked in the emerging sub-field of religious studies which investigates
the so-called 'western esoteric tradition' at the Universiteit Van Amsterdam where
he earned a Doctorandus (MA) in 2009. Specifically, Justin takes an interest in early
modern, non-canon philosophers, such as Paracelsus, Agrippa, Giordano Bruno and John
Dee in terms of their semiotics and metaphysics.
Justin also maintains teaching interests in religious studies, Jewish studies, and
philosophy of religion. He has taught part-time at the Memphis College of Art where
his Introduction to Latin Paleography class ('The Hidden Life of Letters') has proven
to be surprisingly popular.
In addition to his academic and activist work, he enjoys playing Go, calligraphy and
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