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Justin Sledge
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 home-brewing.


Contact Details
PhD student
Office: 313 Clement Hall
Email: jjsledge<at>memphis<dot>edu

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