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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Jonathan Trejo-Mathys

philosophy department

In Memoriam 1979 - 2014


Jonathan Trejo-Mathys

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Northwestern University
B.A., DePaul University

Stokes 247N
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3849
Fax: 617-552-3874

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Career

Professor Trejo-Mathys came to Boston College as an Assistant Professor in 2011. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, studying under the supervision of Axel Honneth at the Goethe University of Frankfurt in 2006-7, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Justitia Amplificata Centre for Advanced Studies in Frankfurt in 2010-11. He is also a member of the recently formed Global Justice Network.

Fields of Interest

  • Social and political philosophy—in particular the issues of political authority and obligation in transnational and global politics, with additional interests in contemporary debates about global justice and human rights
  • Kant and the Kantian tradition in ethics and metaethics
  • Jürgen Habermas and the Frankfurt School tradition of ‘Critical Social Theory’

Current Teaching

  • Perspectives I: Perspectives on Western Culture
  • Modern Political Philosophy: Authority/Obligations/Rights

Recent Publications

“Authority, Legitimacy and Epistemic Accounts of Democratic Law”, Ratio Juris: An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law – (forthcoming)

“Towards a Critical Theory of the WTO: Thinking with Rawls beyond Rawls”, Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, (forthcoming)

“Towards a Discourse-Theoretical Account of Political Authority and Obligation in the Post-National Constellation”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, (forthcoming)

“Rorty on Liberal Democracy and Religion: An Internal and Habermasian Critique”, Contemporary Pragmatism, v. 8, n. 1 (June 2011), 97-115

“Identifying Recognition in the Age of Neoliberalism”, review essay on Emmanuel Renault's Mepris sociale: ethique et politique de la reconnaissance (Paris: Le Passant, 2004), Philosophy & Social Criticism, v. 36, n. 9 (November 2010): 1143-1148


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