James Miller (academic)

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James Miller
Born 28 February 1947
Occupation Writer, educator
Nationality American
Subject History, philosophy, popular music

James Miller is an American writer and academic. He is known for writing about Michel Foucault, philosophy as a way of life, social movements, popular culture, intellectual history, eighteenth century to the present; radical social theory and history of political philosophy. He currently teaches at The New School.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in 1947, James Miller is Chair of Liberal Studies and Professor of Politics at The New School. His latest book, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche, has just been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is the author of five other books: Flowers in the Dustbin: the Rise of Rock & Roll, 1947-1977, winner of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award and a Ralph Gleason BMI award for best music book of 1999; The Passion of Michel Foucault (1993), an interpretive essay on the life of the French philosopher and a National Book Critics Circle Finalist for General Nonfiction, which has been translated into nine languages; Democracy is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago (1987), an account of the American student movement of the 1960s, also a National Book Critics Circle Finalist for General Nonfiction; Rousseau: Dreamer of Democracy (1984), a study of the origins of modern democracy; and History and Human Existence - From Marx to Merleau-Ponty, an analysis of Marx and the French existentialists.

The original editor of The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll (1976), he has written about music since the 1960s, when one of his early record reviews appeared in the third issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Subsequent pieces on music have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times and Newsweek, where he was a book reviewer and pop music critic between 1981 and 1990. Pieces on philosophy and history have appeared in The London Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review. In 2000, the magazine Lingua Franca published his best-known essay, Is Bad Writing Necessary? George Orwell, Theodor Adorno, and the Politics of Language.

Besides publishing in such peer-reviewed academic journals as History and Theory and Political Theory, he has contributed to a variety of reference works, from Encyclopædia Britannica[2] and A New Literary History of America,[3] published by Harvard in 2009, to the Dictionnaire de Philosophie Morale edited by Monique Canto-Sperber in 1996.

From 2000 to 2008, he edited Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.[4] He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an NEH Fellow twice, and in 2006-2007 he was a Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. A native of Chicago, he was educated at Pomona College in California, and at Brandeis University, where he received a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas in 1976.

Works[edit]

  • editor, Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock'n'Roll (1976)
  • History and Human Existence: From Marx to Merleau-Ponty (1982)
  • Rousseau: Dreamer of Democracy (1984)
  • Democracy Is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago (1987)
  • The Passion of Michel Foucault (1993)
  • Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977 (1999)
  • Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche (2011)

Essays[edit]

  • The Abyss of Philosophy: Rousseau's Concept of Freedom
  • El Paso
  • In Praise of Recklessness
  • Return of the Weathermen
  • Is Bad Writing Necessary?: George Orwell, Theodor Adorno, and the Politics of Language

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "James Miller, Professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies". The New School for Social Research. 13 Feb 2011. Retrieved 13 Feb 2011. 
  2. ^ "Credits". Encyclopædia Britannica Website. 13 Feb 2011. Retrieved 13 Feb 2011. 
  3. ^ "About the Authors". A New Literary History of America. 13 Feb 2011. Retrieved 13 Feb 2011. 
  4. ^ "Academy Names Dr. James Miller as New Editor of Dædalus". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 15 Sep 2000. Retrieved 13 Feb 2011. 

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