Robert Chad McCracken

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Politics

Areas of Interest

Philosophy of Law; Political Philosophy; Analytic Philosophy; History of Philosophy; Philosophy of History; Philosophy and Literature; Law.

Selected Courses Taught

ENGL 235 Introduction to Creative Writing
ES 361 Environmental Law
FIYS 183 Law, Literature, Logic
PHIL 110 Classical Philosophical Questions
PHIL 156 Logic & Styles of Argument
PHIL 225 Philosophy of Science
PHIL 235 Philosophy & Popular Culture in the 1960s
PHIL 240 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 291 17th & 18th Century Philosophy
PHIL 355 Analytic Philosophy
PHIL 380 The Past
POLS 348 International Organization & Law
POLS 353 Sovereignty
POLS 365 Civil Liberties

Education 

JD The University of Texas School of Law 1999 
       Book Review Editor, Texas Law Review, vol. 77
PhD The University of Texas at Austin 1996
MA The University of Texas at Austin 1994
BA Yale University 1988

Selected Publications—Academic 

Review of Ariella Azoulay, The Civil Contract of Photography (Zone Books/MIT, 2008), 68 Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism 181-83 (2010).

Review of Kent Puckett, Bad Form: Social Mistakes and the Nineteenth Century Novel  (Oxford, 2008), 67 Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism 441-43 (2009).

Review of Ed Morgan, The Aesthetics of International Law (University of Toronto, 2007) 67 Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism 355-57 (2009).

Review of Eric Wertheimer, Underwriting: The Poetics of Insurance in America, 1727-1877 (Stanford, 2006), 66 Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism 407-09 (2008).

“Hegel, Abstract Personality, and Contract: A Reply to Professor Carlson,” 80 Texas Law Review 343-64 (2001).

“Hegel and the Autonomy of Contract Law,” 77 Texas Law Review 719-741 (1999).
        Reprinted in Hegel & Law (Michael Salter ed., Ashgate 2003).
        Response: David Gray Carlson, “How to Do Things with Hegel,” 78  Texas Law Review 1377 (2000).

“A Child’s Garden of Tyranny,” Telos, Summer 1994, no. 100, at 183-99.

Selected Publications—Literary

“Cooking with Medicine,” New Letters, 2010, v. 76, no.3, at 36-41.

“Fundamentals of Reinsurance,” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, http://www.mcsweeneys. net/links/sestinas (Oct. 16, 2006).

“Woody Hayes,” Aethlon, Spring 2005, at 144.

 “Post-Colonial Fat Man,” Open City, Summer/Fall 2004, no. 19, at 165.

 “Second Grade,” Open City, Summer/Fall 2004, no. 19, at 166-67.

Selected Talks

“The Same Thing, Under a Microscope—or, In the Lab, with Philonous,” Red and Black Talk, Lake Forest College, December 2009.

“Hegel, Consequentialism, and the Rule of Law,” The University of Missouri-Kansas City, October 2009.

“A Remark or Two on Nuremberg and the Rule of Law,” Panel Presentation on Judgment at Nuremberg, Richard Widmark Film Retrospective, Lake Forest College, November 2008.

“Philosophical Dandyism: A Rough Sketch,” Faculty Luncheon Discussion Group, Lake Forest College, November 2008.

“Complex of Opposites,” Octavian Presentation, Robert C. Solomon Memorial Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, February 2008.

“Hart and Sacks and Hegel: Some Thoughts on What’s Behind the Curtain,” Suffolk University Law School, December 2006.

“Uncomfortable Eternity: Remarks on Mackey, Philosophy, and Literature,” Wit, Scholar, Mentor: A Conference in Honor of Louis H. Mackey, The University of Texas at Austin, September 2005.

“Endless Politics, or The Unmanageable Future: Hegel, Schmitt, Berlin,” The Last Chapter of Philosophy Graduate Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, April 1998.

“Admirable Immorality and Moral Realism,” Lake Forest College, April 1995.

“The Original Position, Federalism, and the Limitation of Liberty,” Philosophy Graduate Students Association, The University of Texas at Austin, September 1993.