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Ira Allen is at work on two doctoral degrees in Rhetoric and Composition at Indiana University and Media and Communication at the European Graduate School. He is writing a dissertation on the ethical fantasy of rhetorical theory and another on an approach to writing constitutions that would account for rhetorical power. He translated thirty articles in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, edited by Stanley N. Katz.

Jeffrey Champlin is a postdoctoral fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College. He received his PhD in German Languages and Literatures from New York University in 2011 with a dissertation on violence and political representation in Arendt's political philosophy and literary texts by Goethe, Schiller, and Kleist. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled The Making of a Terrorist: Classic German Rogues and is editing a forthcoming volume entitled Terror and the Roots of Poetics.

Peter Fenves is the Joan and Serepta Harrison Professor of Literature at Northwestern University. He is the author of several books, most recently Late Kant: Towards Another Law of the Earth and The Messianic Reduction:Walter Benjamin and the Shape of Time.

Pierfrancesco Fiorato is Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Sassari. He is the author of Geschichtliche Ewigkeit. Ursprung und Zeitlichkeit in der Philosophie Hermann Cohens (1993) and has published widely on neo-Kantianism and German-Jewish thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is also the Italian editor and translator of several of Hermann Cohen's works. He has participated in international conferences and research projects on the thought of Hermann Cohen, Walter Benjamin, and Franz Rosenzweig at universities across Europe and North America.

Alexander Gelley is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Narrative Crossings: Theory and Pragmatics of Prose Fiction and essays on the modern novel and literary theory, and is the editor of Unruly Examples: On the Rhetoric of Exemplarity. His research interests [End Page 696] include Romanticism, contemporary theory, and German-Jewish literature and culture. He is preparing a book on Walter Benjamin's later writings.

Werner Hamacher is Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and the Emmanuel Levinas Professor at the European Graduate School. He has taught in the Humanities Center and the German Department at the Johns Hopkins University and was also a Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. His books include pleroma—Reading in Hegel and Premises: Essays on Philosophy and Literature from Kant to Celan. He is editor of the series Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics at Stanford University Press.

Bryan Klausmeyer is a PhD student in the German Program at the Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century German thought and literature, specifically representations of systematicity and subjectivity in transcendental philosophy and early German Romanticism, as well as theories of criticism, psychoanalysis, and phenomenological approaches to literature.

Marc de Launay researches and teaches German philosophy at the CNRS (École normale supérieure, Ulm). His areas of specialization are Nietzsche, Neo-Kantianism (Hermann Cohen, Heinrich Rickert), and contemporary Jewish thought. He is also the translator of numerous German philosophical works, including texts by Kant, Schelling, Lessing, Schleiermacher, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Scholem, Habermas, and Blumenberg. Most recently, he has published Qu'est-ce que traduire? (Vrin 2007) and Lectures philosophiques de la Bible (Hermann 2008).

Julia Ng is a PhD student in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University and has conducted archival research in Paris, Vincennes, Berlin, and Jerusalem with the support of the Josephine de Kármán Foundation, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the Paris Program in Critical Theory, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She writes on literary theory, political philosophy, and architecture theory, and most recently published on Walter Benjamin and material agency. She is currently completing a dissertation on "impossibility" as a condition for life, power, and agency that considers Benjamin's and Scholem's mathematically-inflected revision of Kant and the work of the science fiction novelist, Paul Scheerbart. [End Page 697]

Gérard Raulet is Professor of the History of...


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