Stephen K. White

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Stephen K. White is James Hart Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on critical social and political theory, philosophy of social science, and continental political thought. He has contributed to several scholarly works on Jürgen Habermas, including The Cambridge Companion to Habermas, which he edited. He is also a past editor of the journal Political Theory.

Recently, White's research has focused upon the concept of weak ontology, which he uses to describe a non-foundationalist approach to normative affirmation extrapolated from the works of George Kateb, Charles Taylor, Judith Butler, and William E. Connolly.

White received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 1980.


  • The Recent Works of Jürgen Habermas (1988)
  • Political Theory and Postmodernism (1991)
  • Edmund Burke: Modernity, Politics and Aesthetics (1994)
  • Sustaining Affirmation: The Strengths of Weak Ontology in Political Theory (2000)
  • The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen (2009)

As Editor[edit]

  • Between Modernity and Postmodernity (1989)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Habermas (1995)
  • What is Political Theory? (2004) (co-edited with J. Donald Moon)

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