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Dr. Deborah Cook

City view of ParisI received my doctorate from Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1985. In Paris, I had the opportunity to take courses with Jacques Derrida at the École Normale, and Michel Foucault at the Collège de France. Upon my return to Canada, I began to study Foucault’s work seriously. For the next five years, I led a peripatetic life as a wandering scholar, teaching (among other places) at Queen’s University and the University of Victoria. My research on Foucault during this period served as the basis for my first book: The Turn Towards Subjectivity: Michel Foucault’s Legacy (Peter Lang, 1993).

I was given a tenure-track position at the University of Windsor in 1989. In 1993, I was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor. Early in the nineties, I began to turn my attention to the work of Theodor W. Adorno. For more than two years I learned German while translating his work. Two translations were published in Telos in the mid-nineties: "Theory of Pseudo-Culture" and (a collaborative translation) "On Tradition." My first book on Adorno, The Culture Industry Revisited: Theodor W. Adorno on Mass Culture (Rowman and Littlefield) appeared in 1996. Thereafter, I spent a few years studying the phenomenon of political violence with the intention of writing a book. An article on the topic appeared in Social Justice, even as I continued to study Adorno’s work.

I was granted full professorship in 2000. At that time, I abandoned the project on political violence and began writing Adorno, Habermas, and the Search for a Rational Society (Routledge, 2004) To date, I have published more than thirty articles on Adorno; five of these are reprinted in anthologies. A book I edited, Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts, published by Acumen, appeared in 2008. Adorno on Nature was also published by Acumen in 2011. Currently, I am working on a new book that compares Adorno's and Foucault's social critiques. 

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Fall Courses:

  • Philosophy and Human Nature (PHIL 1120)
  • Recent German Philosophy (PHIL 4700/5700)

Winter Courses:

  • Existentialism (PHIL 2520)
  • Hegel and German Idealism 

Books (authored and edited):

  • Adorno on Nature (Stocksfield, England: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2011) pp. ix-198.
  • Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts, ed. Deborah Cook, (Stocksfield, England: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2008) pp. viii-211.
  • Adorno, Habermas, and the Search for a Rational Society (London and New York: Routledge, 2004) pp. xii-228.
  • The Culture Industry Revisited: Theodor W. Adorno on Mass Culture (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 1996) pp. xiv-190.
  • The Subject Finds a Voice: Foucault’s Turn Toward Subjectivity (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1993) pp. xi–151.

Chapters in books:

  • “The Rise and Decline of the Individual: Exit Hamlet, Enter Hamm,” Individualism: The Cultural Logic of Modernity, ed. Zubin Meer, (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield) forthcoming.
  • “Theodor W. Adorno,” History of Continental Philosophy, ed. Alan Schrift, Vol. 5: Critical Theory to Structuralism: Philosophy, Politics, and the Human Sciences, ed. David Ingram, (Chesholm, England: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2010), pp. 81-104.
  • “Adorno: An Introduction,” Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts, ed. Deborah Cook, (Stocksfield, England: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2008) pp. 3-19.
  • “Adorno: Influences and Impact,” Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts, ed. Deborah Cook, (Stocksfield, England: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2008) pp. 21-37.
  • “The Sundered Totality: Adorno’s Freudo-Marxism,” Theodor Adorno, Part IV: Reason, Domination and the Subject, ed. James Schmidt, (Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2007) pp. 371-96. [Reprint]
  • “Adorno, Ideology and Ideology Critique,” Theodor Adorno: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory, Vol. II, ed. Simon Jarvis, (London and New York: Routledge, 2007) pp. 294-311. [Reprint]
  • “Reassessing the Culture Industry,” Theodor Adorno: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory, Vol. II, ed. Simon Jarvis, (London and New York: Routledge, 2007) pp. 312-41. [Reprint]
  • “From the Actual to the Possible: Nonidentity Thinking,” Adorno and the Need in Thinking: New Critical Essays, eds. Donald Burke, et al., (Toronto, Buffalo, and London: The University of Toronto Press, 2007) pp. 163-80. [Reprint]
  • “Adorno and Habermas on the Human Condition,” Theodor W. Adorno, Vol. I: Philosophy, Ethics and Critical Theory, ed. Gerard Delanty, (London, Thousand Oaks, Delhi: Sage Publications, 2004) pp. 135-59. [Reprint]
  • “Adorno on Late Capitalism: Totalitarianism and the Welfare State,” Theodor W. Adorno, Vol. III: Social Theory and the Critique of Modernity, ed. Gerard Delanty, (London, Thousand Oaks, Delhi: Sage Publications, 2004) pp. 277-294. [Reprint]
  • “Adorno on Mass Societies,” Theodor W. Adorno, Vol. III: Social Theory and the Critique of Modernity, ed. Gerard Delanty, (London, Thousand Oaks, Delhi: Sage Publications, 2004) pp. 295-315. [Reprint]
  • “Foucault e il Corpo,” Michel Foucault e il Divenire Donna, eds. S. Vaccaro and M. Coglitore, trans. unknown, (Milan: Collana Mimesis, 1997) pp. 79-88.
  • “Symbolic Exchange in Hyperreality,” Baudrillard: A Critical Reader, ed. Douglas Kellner, (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1994) pp. 150-67.
  • “Rereading Gadamer: A Response to James Risser,” Gadamer and Hermeneutics, ed. Hugh Silverman, (New York: Routledge, 1991) pp. 106-16.

Articles in print:

  • “The One and the Many: Revisioning Adorno’s Critique of Western Reason,” Studies in Social and Political Thought 18 (Winter 2010) pp. 30-6.
  • “Commentary on Michael Zimmerman’s ‘Religious Motifs in Technological Posthumanism’,” Western Humanities Review: Western Humanities Alliance Symposium, Special Issue on Nature, Culture, Technology, Vol. LXIII, no. 3 (Fall, 2009) pp. 88-95.
  • “Adorno’s Endgame,” Philosophy Today 52, no. 2 (2008) pp. 173-87.
  • “Thought Thinking Itself,” The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 38, no. 3 (2007) pp. 229-47.
  • “Nature, Red in Tooth and Claw,” Continental Philosophy Review, (March, 2007), DOI: 10.1007/s11007-006-9034-1 (24 pages).
  • “Adorno’s Critical Materialism,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 32, no. 6 (2006), pp. 719-37.
  • “Nature becoming Conscious of Itself: Adorno on Self-Reflection,” Philosophy Today 50, no. 3/5 (Fall 2006) pp. 296-306.
  • “Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Self-Preservation,” Rethinking Marxism 18, no. 3 (July 2006) pp. 433-47.
  • “The Sundered Totality of System and Lifeworld,” Historical Materialism 13, no. 4 (2005) pp. 55-78.
  • “From the Actual to the Possible: Non-identity Thinking,” Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory 12, no. 1 (2005) pp. 21-35.
  • Ein reaktionäres Schwein? Political Activism and Prospects for Change in Adorno,” Revue internationale de Philosophie 1, no. 227 (2004) pp. 47-67.
  • “A Response to Finlayson,” Historical Materialism 11, no. 2 (2003) pp. 189-98.
  • “Legitimacy and Political Violence: A Habermasian Perspective,” Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order 30, no. 3 (2003) pp. 108-26.
  • “Adorno and Habermas on the Human Condition,” The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 33, no. 3 (2002) pp. 236-59.
  • “Communication in Constellation: Adorno and Habermas on Communicative Practices under Late Capitalism,” Philosophy Today 46, no. 1 (Winter 2002) pp. 41-59.
  • “The Talking Cure in Habermas’s Republic,” New Left Review 12 (November-December, 2001) pp. 135-51.
  • “Habermas on Reason and Revolution,” Continental Philosophy Review 34 (2001) pp. 321-38.
  • “Critical Perspectives on Solidarity,” Rethinking Marxism 13, no. 2 (Summer 2001) pp. 92-108
  • “The Two Faces of Liberal Democracy in Habermas,” Philosophy Today 45, no. 1 (Spring 2001) pp. 95-104.
  • “Adorno on Mass Societies,” Journal of Social Philosophy 32, no. 1 (Spring 2001) pp. 35-52.
  • “Adorno, Ideology, and Ideology Critique,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 27, no. 1 (2001) pp. 1-20.
  • “Critical Stratagems in Adorno and Habermas: Theories of Ideology and the Ideology of Theory,” Historical Materialism 6 (Summer 2000) pp. 67-87.
  • “Adorno on Late Capitalism: Totalitarianism and the Welfare State,” Radical Philosophy 89 (May-June 1998) pp. 16-26.
  • “The Rhetoric of Protest: Adorno on the Liberal Democratic Tradition,” Rethinking Marxism 9, no. 1 (Spring 1996-97) pp. 58-74.
  • “Some Notes on the Human Condition at the End of the Millennium: A Response to Gwynne Dyer,” Dianoia 5, no. 1 (Spring 1996) pp. 9-16.
  • “The Sundered Totality: Adorno’s Freudo-Marxism,” Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 25, no. 2 (June 1995) pp. 191-215.
  • “Domination and Enlightenment: The Limits of Manipulation,” The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 26, no. 1 (January 1995) pp. 17-26.
  • “Tradition and Critique,” Telos 94 (Winter 1992) pp. 30-6.
  • Ruses de Guerre: Baudrillard and Fiske on Media Reception,” Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 22, no. 2 (1992) pp. 227-38.
  • “Umbrellas, Laundry Bills and Resistance: The Place of Foucault’s Interviews in his Corpus,” Clio 21, no. 2 (1992) pp. 145-55.
  • Amor Fati and the Spirit of the Lion,” Joyful Wisdom, eds. M. Zlomkslic, Gerard Grand, David Goicoechea, (St. Catherine’s, Ont.: Joyful Wisdom Press, 1991) pp. 95-103.
  • “History as Fiction: Foucault’s Politics of Truth,” The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 22, no. 3 (1991) pp. 139-47.
  • “Nietzsche and Foucault on Ursprung and Genealogy,” Clio 19, no. 4 (1990) pp. 299-309.
  • “Madness and the Cogito: Derrida’s Critique of Folie et Déraison,” The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 21, no. 2 (1990) pp. 164-73.
  • “Remapping Modernity,” The British Journal of Aesthetics 30, no. 1 (1990) pp. 35-45.
  • “Michel Foucault: Rebel with a Cause,” in The Subject in Postmodernism, (Ljubljana: Aesthetics Society, 1989) pp. 46-65.
  • “Nietzsche, Foucault, Tragedy,” Philosophy and Literature 13, no. 1 (1989) pp. 140-50.
  • “In Vino Metaphora,” Vestnik 9, no. 1 (1988) pp. 173-9.
  • “Reading for Pleasure,” Poetics Today 8, nos. 3-4 (1987) pp. 557-63.
  • “Telesprache,” Philosophy and Literature 11, no. 2 (1987) pp. 292-300.
  • “The Limit of Histories: Michel Foucault’s Notion of Partage,” The Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory 11, no. 3 (1987) pp. 46-55.
  • “The Turn Towards Subjectivity: Michel Foucault’s Legacy,” The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 18, no. 3 (1987) pp. 215-25.
  • “‘Psychoanalysis and Telepathy’,” International Review of Psychoanalysis 14, no. 3 (1987) pp. 419-20.
  • “Hans-Robert Jauss and the Exemplarity of Art,” The British Journal of Aesthetics 27, no. 3 (1987) pp. 259-67.
  • “Reflections on Gadamer’s Notion of Sprachlichkeit,” Philosophy and Literature 10, no. 1 (1986) pp. 84-92.
  • “Translation as a Reading,” The British Journal of Aesthetics 26, no. 2 (1986) pp. 143-50.
  • “Writing Philosophy and Literature: Apology for Narcissism in Merleau-Ponty,” Eidos 4, no. 1 (1985) pp. 1-9.
  • “Metafizika in Metafora,” tr. Ales Erjavec, Anthropos, nos. 3-6 (1984) pp. 57-60.
  • “Merleau-Ponty and the Modern Novel,” Praxis, nos. 21-2 (1982) pp. 64-9

Articles forthcoming, or in press:


  • Of Julien Freund, “Les Lignes de Force de la Pensée politique de Carl Schmitt,” in Telos 102, (Winter, 1995) pp. 11-42.
  • Of “L’Appel à la Vigilance lancé par quarante Intellectuels;” “Appel à la Vigilance;” “L’Eté des Dinosaures” by Charles Champetier; “De la Race à la Culture,” “Transfuge paradoxal ou Nazi masqué: L’Alternative: Discussion ou Inquisition?” “Origines et Métamorphoses de la Nouvelle Droite,” and “Les Intellectuels et la ‘Confusion des Idées’: Une Lourde Erreur d’Analyse” by Pierre-André Taguieff; “Entretien avec Alain de Benoist,” “Une Lettre d’Alain de Benoist,” “Querelles d’Ancien Régime,” and “L’Idée d’Empire” by Alain de Benoist; “La Confusion des Idées,’ and “Les Mots et les Faits” by Roger-Pol Droit; “Un Jeu dangereux” by Pierre VidalNaque; in Telos 98-99 (Winter, 1993–Spring, 1994) pp. 34-54, 81-125, 135-80.
  • Of Theodor W. Adorno, “Theorie der Halbbildung” in Telos 95 (Spring, 1993) pp. 15-38.
  • Collaborated in the translation of Theodor W. Adorno’s “Über Tradition” in Telos 94 (Winter, 1992-93) pp. 75-82.
  • Of “Le Cyclisme canadien” for Radio France; March, 1983.


  • Critical Theory After Habermas: Encounters and Departures, Dieter Freundlieb, Wayne Hudson, and John Rundell, eds., in Journal of Critical Realism 5, no. 1, (2006) pp. 183-7.
  • Adorno’s Positive Dialectic by Yvonne Sherratt, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (April 2003).
  • Derrida and the Future of Literature by Joseph G. Kronick, in Philosophy in Review 20, no. 4 (August 2000) pp. 264-5.
  • Knowing and Being: A Postmodern Reversal by James Richard Mensch, in The University of Toronto Quarterly 68, no. 1 (Winter 1998-99) pp. 355-6.
  • Nietzsche and the Modern Crisis of the Humanities by Peter Levine, in Clio 25, no. 3 (Spring, 1996) pp. 329-32.
  • The Decline of Modernism by Peter Bürger, in Canadian Philosophical Reviews 13, no. 6 (1993) pp. 288-90.
  • The Coming Community by Giorgio Agamben, in Canadian Philosophical Reviews 13, no. 5 (1993) pp. 209-11.
  • Radical Parody by Daniel O’Hara, in Canadian Philosophical Reviews 13, no. 3 (1993) pp. 113- 15.
  • The Twelfth International Congress of Aesthetics, in the International Association of Aesthetics Newsletter no. 2 (Winter, 1992) pp. 1-2.
  • Writing the Politics of Difference, ed. Hugh Silverman, in Canadian Philosophical Reviews 11, no. 6 (1991) pp. 416-18.
  • Heidegger and Derrida: Reflections on Time and Language by Herman Rapaport, in Canadian Philosophical Reviews 10, no. 10 (1990) pp. 427-9.
  • The Postmodern Scene: Excremental Culture and Hyper-Aesthetics by Arthur Kroker and David Cook, in Canadian Philosophical Reviews 7, no. 3 (1987) pp. 114–16.
  • Prophets of Extremity: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida by Allan Megill, in Queen’s Quarterly 92, no. 4 (1985) pp. 874–76