Robert D Fine
EMERITUS Professor of Sociology
I am researching and writing in the areas of social theory, cosmopolitanism, human rights and antisemitism.
I am Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University of Warwick. I was Head of Department, founding director of Social Theory Centre, and convenor of MA Social and Political Thought. I had many PhD students who are teaching and researching in universities across the world. I continue to supervise PhD students.
I am on the Executive of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and helped establish ESA Network 31 on Racism and Antisemitism, for which I co-edited a Special Issue of European Societies on ‘Racism and Antisemitism in Contemporary Europe’ (2012). I also recently co-edited a Special Issue of Journal of Classical Sociology on ‘Natural law and the rise of social theory’ (2013).
I have conducted theoretical research on Enlightenment, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Marxism, Arendt, social theory after the Holocaust, human rights and cosmopolitanism. I have also conducted more substantive research on civil liberties and trade unionism in the UK, antiracism and the labour movement in South Africa, and antisemitism in Europe.
I am currently writing a jointly authored monograph on Cosmopolitanism and Antisemitism (Bloomsbury) and a single authored monograph on Hannah Arendt's Philosophical Sociology.
Past monographs include:
Cosmopolitanism (Routledge 2007)
Democracy and the Rule of Law: Marx’s Critique of the Legal Form (Blackburn Press 2002; Pluto 1984/ 1985)
Political Investigations: Hegel, Marx, Arendt (Routledge 2001)
Being Stalked: A Memoir (Chatto and Windus, 1997)
Beyond Apartheid: Labour and Liberation in South Africa (with Dennis Davis, Pluto 1990).
Co-edited collections include:
- ‘Racism and Antisemitism in Contemporary Europe’ (Special Issue European Societies 2012)
- ‘Natural law and the rise of social theory’ (Special Issue Journal of Classical Sociology 2013).
‘Cosmopolitanism: Past and Future’ (Special issue European Journal of Social Theory 2007)
Social Theory after the Holocaust (Liverpool University Press 2000)
People, Nation and State (IB Tauris 1999)
Civil Society: Democratic Perspectives (Frank Cass 1997)
Policing the Miners' Strike (Lawrence and Wishart, 1985)
Capitalism and the Rule of Law (Hutchinson 1979).
Forthcoming publications include
- ‘Antisemitism and the cosmopolitan imagination’, in Anastasia Marinopoulou (ed) On Cosmopolitan Modernity, Peter Lang, 2014.
- 'Hauke Brunkhorst: reflections on the idea of normative progress', in Chris Thornhill (ed) Special Issue on 'The Legal Thought of Hauke Brunkhorst', Social and Legal Studies, 2014.
- 'Hannah Arendt's Jewish Writings' in Peter Baehr (ed) The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt, Anthem Press 2014.
Recent articles and chapters include:
‘Natural law and critical theory: bringing rights back in’, in Daniel Chernilo and Robert Fine (eds)‘Natural law and Social Theory’, Classical Sociology, 2013.
‘Thoughts on the legitimacy of human rights’, in Aldo Mascareno and Kathya Araujo (eds) Legitimization in World Society, Ashgate 2012.
Robert Fine, 'Rights, Law and subjectivity: configuring Arendt and Adorno' in Samir Gandesha and Lars Rensmann (eds.) Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Questions, Stanford University Press, 2012.
Glynis Cousin and Robert Fine ‘A common cause: reconnecting the study of racism and antisemitism’, in Christine Achinger and Robert Fine (eds) ‘Racism and antisemitism in contemporary Europe’, European Societies, 2012.
- ‘Beyond Leviathan: Hegel’s contribution to the critique of human rights’, in Andrew Buchwalter (ed) Hegel and Global Justice, Springer 2011 .
- ‘Kant’s cosmopolitanism and the critique of natural law’, in Maria Rovisco and Magdalena Nowicka (eds) Ashgate Companion to Cosmopolitanism, Ashgate, 2011
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