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Professor to revive work of social philosopher

A specialist in 19th and 20th Century European philosophy, J.C. Berendzen has recently published articles on critical theory, French phenomenology, and the work of G.W.F. Hegel. One of his primary research projects since his arrival at Loyola in 2004 has focused on the social philosopher (and long time leader of the so-called “Frankfurt School”) Max Horkheimer. In Dr. Berendzen’s view, Horkheimer’s thought has been unjustly ignored relative to his contemporaries, and Dr. Berendzen is attempting to correct this error. To this end, he has spoken on Horkheimer at the 2005 Eastern meeting of the American Philosophical Association and in 2007 he lectured on Horkheimer at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also has published articles on Horkheimer’s work in the International Journal of Philosophical Studies and Philosophy and Social Criticism (forthcoming), and has published an entry on Horkheimer in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. This latter work (which can be found at is particularly important for Dr. Berendzen’s project, because it provides an accessible overview that can hopefully introduce otherwise unfamiliar students and scholars to the work of an important 20th Century philosopher and social theorist.