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Amy Allen

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Advancement Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
111 Sparks Building
(814) 865-7691


PhD, Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1996
MA, Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1994
BA, Philosophy, Miami University (OH), 1992

Professional Bio

Areas of Specialization

  • 20th century Continental Philosophy
  • Critical Social Theory (esp. Frankfurt School)
  • Feminist Theory
  • Social and Political Theory

Recent Publications

“Critique as Melancholy Science,” in Critique in German Philosophy: From Kant to Critical Theory, ed. María del Rosario Acosta López and J. Colin McQuillan (SUNY Press, 2020).

Critical Theory between Klein and Lacan: A Dialogue, co-authored with Mari Ruti (Bloomsbury, 2019).

Justification and Emancipation: The Critical Theory of Rainer Forst, ed. Amy Allen and Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State Press, 2019).

Transitional Subjects: Critical Theory and Object Relations, ed. Amy Allen and Brian O'Connor (Columbia University Press, 2019).

The Cambridge Habermas Lexicon, ed. Amy Allen and Eduardo Mendieta (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

From Alienation to Forms of Life: The Critical Theory of Rahel Jaeggi, ed. Amy Allen and Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State Press, 2018).

“Foucault and the Problem of Psychoanalysis: Two Aspects of Problematization,” Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities23: 2 (April 2018): 170-186.

The End of Progress:  Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (Columbia University Press, 2016).

Forthcoming Publications

Decolonizing Ethics: The Critical Theory of Enrique Dussel, ed. Amy Allen and Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State Press, forthcoming).

Critique on the Couch: Why Critical Theory Needs Psychoanalysis (Columbia University Press, forthcoming).

“Recognizing Ambivalence: Honneth, Butler, and Philosophical Anthropology,” forthcoming in Ambivalences of Recognition, ed. Heikki Ikäheimo, Kristina Lepold, and Titus Stahl (Columbia University Press).

Current Projects

I'm currently working on a collection of essays on Marxism, colonialism, and the concept of progress.

Research Interests

  • Continental Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy
Amy Allen