Department of Sociology
Gambier, Ohio 43022
Telephone: Office: (740) 427-5849 Home: (740) 427-2999
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PROF. GEORGE E. MCCARTHY
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
DISTINGUISHED TEACHING PROFESSOR
Professor George E. McCarthy teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century European philosophy, classical and contemporary social theory, ethics and social justice, philosophy
and sociology of science, and political economy at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy
from Boston College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the Graduate Faculty,
New School for Social Research. He has been a DAAD Research Fellow (Deutscher Akademischer
Austauschdienst) at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität (University of Frankfurt) and the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt am Main. He has also been a guest research professor at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politische Wissenschaft at the University of Munich, the Katholische Sozialwissenschaftliche Zentralstelle in Mönchengladbach, and the department of Philosophie
und Erziehungswissenschaft-Humanwissenschaften at the Gesamthochschule, University of Kassel, Germany. In 1994-95, he was a Senior
Fulbright Research Fellow in Germany. In the spring of 2000 he received
the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship
in Sociology at Kenyon College. More recently, he has been the recipient of a twelve-month National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship (2006-2007) for his project, "Aristotle and Kant in Classical Social Theory," which examined the relationship between nineteenth-century European social theory and Greek and German philosophy. His main educational goals are: (1) to investigate the philosophical foundations of nineteenth- and twentieth-century European social theory with a special focus on the integration of the Ancients and the Moderns; (2) to help rediscover the nature of sociology as an empirical/historical and practical/ethical science; and (3) to reintegrate Philosophy, History, and Political Economy back into Critical Social Theory.
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467
M.A. in Philosophy, August 1969
Ph.D. in Philosophy, June 1972
Dissertation: The Social Anthropology of Hegel and Marx
Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität
Institut für Sozialforschung
Bockenheim, Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Research Fellow
Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science
The New School for Social Research
(The New School)
New York, New York 10003
M.A. in Sociology, June 1973
Ph.D. in Sociology, June 1979
Dissertation: Systems Theory and the Engineering of Utopia:
Urban Technology and Planning in the Post-Industrial City
Marx's Critique of Science and Positivism: Marx and the Ancients: Marx and the Ancients Eclipse of Justice: Eclipse of Justice: Marx and Aristotle: Dialectics and Decadence: Romancing Antiquity: Objectivity and the Silence of Reason: Classical Horizons: Dreams in Exile: Marx and Social Justice: Justice Beyond Heaven: Shadows of the Enlightenment:
The Methodological Foundations of Political Economy
(Dordrecht, Holland: Kluwer Academic Publications, 1988).
Classical Ethics, Social Justice, and Nineteenth-Century Political Economy
(Savage, Maryland; London, England: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1990).
Ma-ke-si yu Gu Ren:
Gudian Lunli, Shehui Zhengyi, yu 19 Shiji de Zhengzhi Jingzi xue,
trans. by Wennan Wang,
part of the series “Marx and the Western Tradition,” ed. by Liu Forest
(Shanghai, China: East China Normal University Press, 2011).
Ethics, Economics, and the Lost Traditions of American Catholicism,
with Royal Rhodes (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1992).
Ethics, Economics, and the Lost Traditions of American Catholicism
with Royal Rhodes (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2009),
new paperback edition.
Nineteenth-Century German Social Theory and Classical Antiquity,
edited collection of essays (Savage, Maryland; London, England: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1992).
Echoes of Antiquity in Marx and Nietzsche
(Lanham, Maryland; London, England: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1994).
German Critique of the Enlightenment from Weber to Habermas
(Lanham, Maryland; Oxford, England: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1997).
Weber, Habermas, and the Methodological Disputes in German Sociology
(New Brunswick, New Jersey; London, England: Transaction Publishers, 2001).
The Origins of Sociology in Ancient Greece
(Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2003).
Rediscovering Science and Ethics in Nineteenth-Century Social Theory
(Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2009).
Ethics and Natural Law in the Critique of Political Economy
The Historical Materialism Book Series
Brill Publishers (Leiden: The Netherlands), hardcover and
Haymarket Books (Chicago, IL), paperback, forthcoming 2016.
Natural Law and Economic Democracy in U.S., German, and Irish Catholic Social Thought
with Royal Rhodes (Amherst, New York: Humanity Books, forthcoming).
Toward a Critical Theory of Ecology and Social Justice
(work in progress).
Marx and the Ancients:
Marx and the Ancients
Eclipse of Justice:
Eclipse of Justice: Marx and Aristotle: Dialectics and Decadence: Romancing Antiquity: Objectivity and the Silence of Reason: Classical Horizons: Dreams in Exile: Marx and Social Justice: Justice Beyond Heaven: Shadows of the Enlightenment:
Marx and Aristotle:
Dialectics and Decadence:
Objectivity and the Silence of Reason:
Dreams in Exile: Marx and Social Justice: Justice Beyond Heaven: Shadows of the Enlightenment:
Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud
(Introductory Sociology Course)
|Socy 222|| State and Political Economy:
Profits and Poverty in the
|Socy 234|| Communitarianism and Social
Science and Society:
Crisis of the Enlightenment
and the Environment
(Environmental Studies Program)
|Socy 243|| Social Justice:
The Ancient and Modern Traditions
|Socy 248||Modernity and the Ancients|
|Socy 324|| Natural Law and Natural Rights
|Socy 360|| Kant, Hegel, and
Modern Social Theory
|Socy 361|| Classical Social Theory:
Marx, Weber, and Durkheim
|Socy 362||Contemporary Social Theory|
German Social Theory:
From Freud to Habermas
|Socy 474|| Western Marxism:
Critical Theory of the
|National Endowment for the Humanities Project|| Democracy and Social Justice:
Ancient and Modern