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A Journal of Social and Political Theory

Aims & Scope


Afro-Communitarian Rights

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Theoria is an engaged, multidisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal of social and political theory. Published every quarter, its purpose is to address, through academic debate, the many challenges posed by the major social, political and economic forces that shape the contemporary world, especially but not only with regard to Africa, the global South, and their relations with the global North. Theoria wishes to promote discussion of and writing about social and political theory in any form and from any time and place, regardless of ideological perspective and methodological approach. It is particularly interested in how modern systems of power, and traditional and emergent forms of politics, bear on the central questions in social and political theory, such as democracy, freedom, equality, justice, race, gender and identity.

The journal publishes full and original articles, review essays and book reviews. 

"Theoria is a journal which does not shy from the daunting task of dealing with issues which are not only increasingly complex but for which we no longer can make easy appeal to the certainty of foundations to answer. It deals with global issues in an authentically global way - it is interdisciplinary and intercultural in the very best sense of those terms and it understands that theory is one of the most important practices in which we can engage." —Professor James Buchanan, Xavier University

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Subjects: Social and Political Theory, Literature, Philosophy, History

The editors extend their gratitude to the following peer reviewers for their contribution to the journal in 2017:

Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Jacob Berkson, Andrew Botterell, Jonathan Bruno, Ryoa Chung, Richard Cross, Katerina Deligiorgi, Siphiwe Dube, Richard Galvin, Jon Garthoff, Walter Gershon, Nigel Gibson, Todd Hedrick, Andres Henao Castro, Sean Homer, George Hull, Augustine Uche Igwe, Michael Jackson, Oliver Jütersonke, Anna Kasimatis, Lindsay Kelland, Julian Korab-Karpowicz, Richard Kraut, Richard Kraynak, Siseko Kumalo, Alex Law, Christopher Meckstroth, Ezekiel Mkhwanazi, Alexander Moseley, Aaron Nicholas, Oritsegbubemi Oyowe, Martin Peterson, Luis Cordeiro Rodrigues, Monica Sanchez-Flores, William Scheuerman, Jane Schneider, Antje Schuhmann, Simon Springer, Piet Strydom, Jussi Suikkanen, William Talbott, Camila Vergara.

Current Issue

Number 152, September 2017


Kant’s Contradiction in Conception Test: A Causal-Teleological Version of the Logical Contradiction Interpretation
James Furner

Distinguishing Injustice, Exploitation and Harm: The Impossibility Result
Elias L. Khalil

Relational Ethics and Partiality: A Critique of Thad Metz’s ‘Towards an African Moral Theory’
Motsamai Molefe

Deliberation and Courts: The Role of the Judiciary in a Deliberative System
Donald Bello Hutt

Review Essay

South Africa’s Insurgent Citizens: On Dissent and the Possibility of Politics, by Julian Brown.

Freedom Is Power: Liberty through Political Representation, by Lawrence Hamilton.
Lasse Thomassen

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