William Clare Roberts
In the history of political thought: Marx and Marxism, ancient Greek political philosophy (especially Aristotle), classical political economy, Heidegger and his students.
In contemporary ethical and political thought: republicanism, moral particularism, institutionalism and non-ideal theory.
In social theory and philosophy of the social sciences: social ontology, institutional economics, prudential rationality.
- “BDS and Political Theory.” Critical Exchange in Contemporary Political Theory, edited and introduced by myself and C. Heike Schotten. Due 1 June 2019.
- “‘Centralism is a dangerous tool’: On CLR James's history of principles.” Essay in progress. Committed for a special issue of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism on CLR James, edited by Umut Ozsu and Philip Kaisary.
- “‘A Barricade, Not a Government’”: The Universal Republicanism of the Paris Commune.” Essay in progress. Committed for “la Commune n’est pas morte…”: a special issue of Nineteenth-Century French Studies, edited by Robert St. Clair and Seth Whidden, for May 2021.
- “Republicanism from Below: Powers, Counter-powers, and Ideological Impediments to Freedom.” Essay in progress.
- “Marx’s Politics of Freedom.” Essay in progress.
- A Radical Politics of Freedom: Domination, Ideology, and Liberation. Book manuscript in progress.
- Universal Emancipation and History: A Conceptual History of ‘History From Below.’ Book Manuscript in progress.
- The Politics of Primitive Accumulation. With Gavin Walker (History, McGill University). Edited volume in preparation.
- "Marx's Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital," (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017. 276 pp.).
- Winner of the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize (2017)
- Jacobin. David Harvey, “Reading Capital,” 10 March 2017.
- Choice. M. Perleman, May 2017, p. 1414.
- Perspectives on Politics (15:2). Emanuele Saccarelli, June 2017, pp. 609-11.
- Capital and Class (41:2). Nicholas Vrousalis, June 2017.
- Marxism and Philosophy Review of Books. Sean Ledwith, 5 December 2017.
- Political Studies Review (16:1). Alexander Tebble, December 2017.
- H-Ideas. Amy E. Wendling, December 2017.
- Disputatio (44:9). P. A. Raekstad, 2017, pp. 127-30.
- International Socialism: A Quarterly Review of Socialist Theory (157). Sam Popowich, 8 January 2018.
- The Nation. Daniel Luban, “In Marx’s Republic,” April 30-May 7, 2018 (https://www.thenation.com/article/in-marxs-republic/).
- Review of Politics (80:3). Alex Callinicos, Summer 2018, pp. 564-68.
- Contemporary Political Theory (17: Supplement 3). Christian Lotz, August 2018, pp 139–142.
- The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (26:1). Lucie Mercier & George Tomlinson, 1 November 2018, Pages 346–367.
- Sozialwissenschaftliche Literatur Rundshau (77) Michael Brie, „Durch de Hölle“, February 2018.
“Marx’s Social Republic: Political, not Metaphysical.” Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory. (Forthcoming: 27:2, 2019).
“What Was Primitive Accumulation: Reconstructing the Origins of a Critical Concept.” European Journal of Political Theory. (Online first: 11 October 2017). DOI: 10.1177/1474885117735961.
“The Idea of Emancipation after Postcolonial Theory.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 19:6 (August 2017): 747-763. DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2017.1347055.
“Compulsory Schooling: The University, the Market, and the Work Students Do.” Part of a “Critical Exchange on Education and Scholarship in the Twenty-First-Century Marketplace.” Contemporary Political Theory 14:4 (November 2015): 409-433.
“All Natural Right Is Changeable: Aristotelian Natural Right, Prudence, and the Specter of Exceptionalism.” Review of Politics 74:2 (Spring 2012): 261-283.
“The Reconstitution of Marxism’s Production Paradigm: The Cases of Benjamin, Althusser, and Marx.” Philosophical Forum 41:4 (Winter 2010): 413-440.
“Reading Capital as Political Theory.” In Marx's Capital after 150 Years: Critique and Alternative to Capitalism, ed. Marcello Musto. Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy. London and New York: Routledge, expected August 2019.
“Marx’s German and British Political Encounters.” In The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, eds. Jeff Diamanti, Andrew Pendakis, and Imre Szeman. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, 231-40.
“Feuerbach and the Left and Right Hegelians.” In The History of Continental Philosophy, Volume Two: The Revolutionary Responses to the Existing Order (1840-1900), edited by Daniel W. Conway, general editor Alan D. Schrift. Stocksfield, UK: Acumen, 2010, 17-34.
“Abstraction and Productivity: Structures of Intentionality and Action in Marx’s Capital.” In Marx and Contemporary Philosophy, edited by Andrew Chitty and Martin McIvor. Harmondsworth, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009, 188-203.
“The Origin of Political Economy and the Descent of Marx.” In Marx, Critical Theory, and Religion: A Critique of Rational Choice. Edited by Warren S. Goldstein. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2006, 31-58. (Paperback edition, Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2009.)
“‘Centralism is a dangerous tool’: On CLR James's history of principles,” at Historical Materialism 2018, SOAS, University of London, London, UK, November 2018.
“Ideologies of domination and democratic theory,” presented at “Political theory in/ and/ as political science,” McGill University, Montreal, QC, May 2018.
“The Past, Present, and Future of Primitive Accumulation,” at the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016.
“Unfree Agents: Emancipation and Domination after Postcolonial Theory,” at the Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA, March 2016.