, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 221-223
Date: 06 Nov 2012

D. Cornell: Moral Images of Freedom: A Future for Critical Theory. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007, 188 pp, ISBN-10: 0847697932, ISBN-13: 978-0847697939 £16.95 (paperback); Renée J. Heberle and Benjamin Pryor (eds): Imagining Law: On Drucilla Cornell. State University of New York Press, 2008, 272 pp, ISBN-10: 0791474151, ISBN-13: 978-0791474150 £59 (hardback)

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I have been reading Drucilla Cornell’s output for a couple of decades, having come across her first major text, Beyond Accommodation, in the early 1990s. Since then, Cornell has developed a formidable body of work. For the most part, her work has been characterised by continuity, development, elaboration, rather than radical reversals or departures, and those familiar with Cornell’s earlier work will find the cast of interlocutors in Moral Images of Freedom (MIF) familiar. As in several of her earlier texts, there are chapters in MIF in which Cornell enters into dialogue with Kant, Heidegger, Derrida, and Levinas. Cornell’s engagement here is in the form of a review or a taking stock, during the course of which she summarises and defends again the fundamentals of her position and outlines the trajectory of her 20 year intellectual journey and in this sense MIF provides a useful entry point into Cornell’s oeuvre as a whole.

MIF also constitutes a reaffirmation, of what Cornell calls ‘the ...