Roger S Foster

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Deputy Chairperson
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-651V

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5255

Roger has been at BMCC since 2003. Roger’s teaching emphasizes the importance of critical thinking, and students’ own ability to think through problems for themselves. Roger believes that the most important thing about education is its role in creating self-a self awareness, that is to say, the experience of the conditions (social and otherwise) that makes us the kind of beings (as individuals and as members of a species) that we are. .
Roger’s major research interest is the tradition of critical social theory associated with the Frankfurt School of Social Research. His Ph.D thesis attempted to reconstruct an Adornian version of critical social theory.
Roger Foster is the author of two books. His book, ‘Adorno: The Recovery of Experience’ was published in 2007 by SUNY Press.
His second book, Adorno and Philosophical Modernism: The Inside of Things was published in 2016 by Lexington Books.
Roger lives in South Orange, New Jersey with his wife and their three children


Populism, Political Theory, Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Critical Thinking


  • B.A. University of East Anglia, U.K., Economics,1993
  • M.A. University of York, U.K., English,1994
  • Ph.D. University of Ottawa, Philosophy,2000

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Erich Fromm and the Psychic Wounds of Capitalism

    This project will involve a comprehensive critique of the current state of neoliberal and ethno-national Capitalism from the perspective of Fromm’s psychoanalytically and philosophically informed humanism.


  • Adorno and Proust

    In his ‘Short Commentaries on Proust’, Adorno describes Proust as a Platonist whose resistance against the world of opinion comprised a ‘second alienation of the alienated world’. Adorno often describes the work of defamiliarization, in which the known and habitual is rendered unknown and alien, as central to the possibility of aesthetic experience. My paper will argue that this capacity to defamiliarize experience is crucial to Marcel Proust’s literary technique. I argue, further, that this idea, and the manner in which Proust executes it in La Recherche, is in fact key to Adorno’s understanding of how artworks are able to take up a critical perspective in relation to society. Drawing on De Beistigui’s (2007) interpretation of metaphor in Proust, and Anne Henry’s (2000) discussion of Proust and Schopenhauer, I argue that an appreciation of Proust’s aesthetic project enables us to make sense of several core concepts in Adorno’s aesthetics, including the idea of convulsion (Erschütterung) and the contrast between aesthetic happiness (Glück) and pleasure.


    Honors, Awards and Affiliations

    • Thomas Paine Prize
      Awarded for the best paper in political thought in the School of Social and Economic Studies, University of East Anglia, 1993.
    • Phi Beta Kappa Award for Excellent in Teaching
      Awarded for excellence in teaching at BMCC (2016)

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