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Campus Address                                                                                         Home Address
Department of Philosophy                                                                          1469 Byron St. SE
Grand Valley State University                                                                    Grand Rapids, MI 49506
MAK B-3-201                                                                                            davevessey@yahoo.com
Allendale, MI 49401                                                                                             
vesseyd@gvsu.edu          

                       

Positions Held

2011-            Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University

2012-13       Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

2008-11         Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University

2004-08        Lecturer, Collegiate Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago

2005-07         Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Northeastern Illinois University

2004-05         Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago

2002-04          Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Philosophy and Religion, Beloit College

Spring 2003   Visiting Scholar and Instructor, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon

1996-2002      Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion Beloit College

Fall 1993        Visiting Instructor, Philosophy Department, St. Olaf College

 

Education

 1996    Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

 1993    M.A., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

 1989    B.A., Magna Cum Laude, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

                        Majors: Mathematics and Philosophy (both with departmental distinction)

                        Phi Beta Kappa


Areas of Specialization

 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy
 

Areas of Competence

 History of Philosophy, American Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Logic

 

 Teaching Honors

 2010    "Last Lecture," chosed by Student Senate, Grand Valley State University

2003    Beloit Rotary Club/Beloit Chamber of Commerce Teaching Award

2002    Beloit College, Underkofler Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching

 

Publications

"Medieval Hermeneutics" Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics, eds. Niall Keane and Chris Lawn (London: Blackwell, 2015)

"Dialogue, Goodwill, and Community" Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics, eds. Niall Keane and Chris Lawn (London: Blackwell, 2015)

"Hermeneutics and Pragmatism"Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics, eds. Niall Keane and Chris Lawn (London: Blackwell, 2015)

"Gadamer’s Logic of Question and Answer and the Difference Between the History of Philosophy and the History of Ideas"  Journal for the Philosophy of History, 8 (2014): 360–379.

"The Representation of Evil in Art: Post-1950" forthcoming in the Encyclopedia of Evil, Vol 4: Post-1950, ed. Charles Taliaferro (London: Acumen Publishing, 2014).

“Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Liber NaturaePhilosophy Today 58/1 (2014): 85–95.

"The Role of the Concept 'Person' in Gadamer's Hermeneutics" American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 88/1 (2014), 117-137.

“Gadamer and Davidson on Language and Thought” Philosophy Compass, 7/12 (2012): 33-42

"Heidegger's Existential Domestication of Luther"  in When Reason Is a Whore: The Quandary of Lutheran Philosophy, edited by Jennifer Hockenbery (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011)

 “Deriving Gadamer’s Account of Intersubjectivity from His Account of Dialogue,” in Gadamer’s Hermeneutics and the Art of Conversation, edited by Andre Wiercinski (Hermeneutic Press, 2011).

"Gadamer, Augustine, and the Universality of Hermeneutics: Against the Standard Interpretation" Philosophy Today55:2 (May 2011): 158-67.

"Ricoeur and Gadamer on Recognition" in Gadamer and Ricoeur: Critical Horizons for Contemporary Hermeneutics, edited by Jay Mootz and George Taylor (New York: Continuum, 2010), 142-55.

"Davidson, Gadamer, Incommensurability, and the Third Dogma of Empiricism" in Dialogues with Donald Davidson, edited by Jeff Malpas (Boston: MIT Press, 2010), 241-58.

"William James," Pragmatism," "Edmund Husserl," "Emmanuel Levinas," and "Jacques Maritain," entries in A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion, edited by Charles Taliaferro and Elsa Marty (Continuum, 2010)

"Hans-Georg Gadamer and the Philosophy of Religion," Philosophy Compass, 5/8 (2010), 645-55.

"Dewey, Gadamer, and the Status of Poetry Among the Arts," in John Dewey and Continental Philosophy, edited by Paul Fairfield (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. 2010), 161-73.

"Gadamer and the Fusion of Horizons," International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 17/4 (2009), 531-42.

"The Method of Question and Answer as a Principle of Charity in Gadamer’s Hermeneutics (w/interview)" Recherches en Philosophie (University of Tabriz, Iran) 51:203 (2009): 1-15.

Translation (with Chris Blaukamp) of Hans-Georg Gadamer's "Friendship and Solidarity," Research in Phenomenology,39/1 (2009), 3-12.

"Relating Levinas and Gadamer through Heidegger," Levinas Studies, 4 (2008).

"Hermeneutics," in American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2008).

"Deriving Gadamer's Account of Intersubjectivity from His Account of Dialogue," forthcoming in Sprache ist Gespräch—Heremeneutics and the Art of Conversation, edited by Andzej Wiercinski (Toronto: The HErmeneutic Press, 2010)

"The Meaning of a Deathless Life," Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy (Chicago: Open Court, 2008)

"Who Was Gadamer's Husserl?" The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy VII (2007), 1-23.

"The Role of Language in Object Transcendence:A Gadamerian Response to Dreyfus and McDowell," Philosophy Today (Supplement, 2007).

"Gadamer's Hermeneutic Contribution to a Theory of Time-Consciousness," Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 7/2 (2007),

"Language as Encoding Thought vs. Language as Medium of Thought: On the Question of J. G. Fichte's Influence on Wilhelm von Humboldt," Idealistic Studies 36:3 (2007).

"Engaging Across Traditions: Royce and Gadamer on Interpretation," Issues in Interpretation Theory, ed. Pol Vandevelde (Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2006).

Introduction and translation (w/Chris Blaukamp) of Hans-Georg Gadamer's "The Incapacity of Conversation" Continental Philosophy Review, 39:4 (2006).

"Philosophical Hermeneutics," The Blackwell Companion to Pragmatism (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006), 209-214.

"Gadamer's Theory of Friendship as an Alternative to Intersubjectivity," Philosophy Today 49. no. 5 (2005): 61-67

"Reducing Religion to Theology: On Gracia on the Interpretation of Revealed Texts," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 78, no. 3 (Summer 2004).

"The Polysemy of Otherness: On Ricoeur's Oneself as Another" in Arobase 4:1-2 (Fall 2000), issue dedicated to the theme of Alterity and Ipseity, http://www.arobase.to/. Reprinted in in Ipseity and Alterity: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Intersubjectivity, ed. Shaun Gallagher (Rouen: Presses Universitaires de Rouen, 2002).

"Philosophy in Germany at the Time of the Expressionists," exhibition catalog The Will to Create: Expressionism in Germany (Beloit College, 2001).

"Hey-diddily-ho, Neighboreenos: Ned Flanders and Neighborly Love" in The Simpsons and Philosophy, ed. William Irwin (Chicago: Open Court Press, 2001).

Translation (with Peter Adamson) of H.-G. Gadamer's "Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity, Subject and Person," Continental Philosophy Review 33 (2000): 275-87.

"Gadamer and the Body Across Dialogical Contexts," Philosophy Today 44, no. 5(2000): 70-77.

"The Body as Anstoss in Sartre's Account of Constitution" in The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, http://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Cont/ContVess.htm.

"Foucault and Phenomenology" (with Stephen H. Watson) in The Encyclopedia of Phenomenology, ed. Lester Embree (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996).

"The Euler Phi- Function Generalized for Solutions to the n-Queens Problem," Undergraduate Journal of Mathematics 22, no. 2 (Sept. 1990).

 

Book Reviews


Review of Gianni Vattimo's Of Reality for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2016)

Review of Katherine Withy's Heidegger: On Being Uncanny for the Journal of the History of Philosophy (2016)

Review of John Arthos's The Inner Word in Gadamer's Hermeneutics for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (November, 2009).

Review Article of Nicholas Davey’s Unquiet Understanding: Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics, in Research in Phenomenology, 38/2 (2008), 293-302.

Review Article of Paul Fairfield's Theorizing Praxis: Studies in Hermeneutical Pragmatism in Contemporary Pragmatism (December 2006)

Review of Gabriel Marcel's Le Métaphysique de Royce in the Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (Winter 2006)

Review of Hans-Georg Gadamer's The Beginning of Knowledge in Philosophy in Review 23 (August 2003).

Review of Mitchell Aboulafia's G. H. Mead and Continental Philosophy in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 16, no. 4 (2002).

 

Work in Progress

"Gadamer's Philosophy of History," NASPH Group session 2017 central Division APA.

"Hermeneutics and Life" for  Études Phénoménologiques – Phenomenological Studies

'Hermeneutics and Interpretation"for Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion

"Gadamer" for Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion

Dialogue and Friendship: Intersubjectivity and Philosophical Hermeneutics 

General Editor, A Cultural History of the Self, 6 Vols. (Bloomsbury)


 

Conference Papers

"Gadamer, MacIntyre, Phronesis, and the Practice of Philosophical Education," 2015 Meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Philadelphia, PA.

"Descartes and The Allegory of Sight"2015 meeting of the Association of Core Texts and Courses, Plymouth, MA.

"Deweyean Experience, Hermeneutic Experience, and Experiential Education," 2105 meeting of the Society for the Adancement of American Philosophy, Grand Rapids, MI

"Gadamer's Interpretive Practice; Phenomena as Question Raising," 2014 Meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Roanoke, VA.

"Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Liber Naturae," 2013 Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Eugene, OR.

"Engaging the Tradition of Reading Nature as a Text," 2013 Meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Chicago, IL.

"MacIntyre's and Gadamer's Readings of Each Other's Books,"2013 Meeting of the International Society for MacIntyrian Enquiry, Grand Rapids, MI.

"The Telling Absence of Moderation in Foucault’s Discussion of Parrhesia," Main program, 2013 Pacific Division Meeting of the APA, San Francisco, CA.

"What We Can Learn from Reading Royce’s Interpretations of Fichte," SAAP session at the 2013 Pacific Division Meeting of the APA, San Francisco, CA.

"Shared Linguistic Responsiveness to Phenomena: Three Lessons on Language from Gadamer's Later Essays" presented at Phenomenology, Perception, and Normativity Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, June 2011

"Pedagogical Implications of Gadamer's 'Logic of Question and Answer,'" presented at "Truth and Method: Fifty Years After," University of Leiden, August, 2010.

"Reading Pippin's Hegel back into the 19th Century Context, " 2010 conference in honor of Robert Pippin's Hegel's Practical Philosophy, Kalamazoo MI.

"Moderate and Immoderate Candor: Foucault's Parrhesia without Sophrosyne," 2009 meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Arlington, VA.

"The Medieval Roots for Gadamer’s Claim for Hermeneutic Universality", 2009 meeting of the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, London, ON.

"On John Arthos' The Inner Word in Gadamer's Hermeneutics," 2009 meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Witchita, KS.

"Hermeneutics, Dialouge, Recognition" Boston College Workshop on Gadamer, Boston, MA.

"Gadamer, Augustine, and the Universality of Hermeneutics: Against the Standard Interpretation" 2008 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Pittsburgh, PA.

"The Role of the Concept 'Person' in Gadamer's Hermeneutics" 2008 North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Chicago, IL.

"On a Recent Husserlian Criticism of Gadamer's Account of the Subject," main program, 2008 Central Division APA, Chicago, IL

"Gadamer and Davidson on Incommensurability," Invited paper, main program, 2007 Eastern Division APA, Baltimore, MD.

"Can there be Evangelical Missionary Dialogue?" Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, December 2007.

"On Bernet’s Criticism of Gadamer’s Subject at Play," 2007 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Chicago, IL.

"The Uniqueness of Poetry," 2007 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Columbia, South Carolina.

"Language and the Transcendence of Objects: A Gadamerian Reply to Dreyfus and McDowell," 2006 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Philadelphia, PA.

"Who Was Gadamer's Husserl?" 2006 North American Society of Philosophical Hermeneutics, Boston, MA.

"Disconnecting Intersubjectivity and Ethics," Main program, 2006 Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago IL.

"Alterity and Faith in Gadamer's Hermeneutics," 2005 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Salt Lake City, UT.

"Gadamer on Heidegger on Authentic Relations to Others," Main Program, 2005 Central APA, Chicago.

"Gadamer's Theory of Horizons," 2005 Pacific APA, San Francisco.

"Dewey and Gadamer on Poetry," Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy session at the 2005 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Salt Lake City.

"Gadamer in Dialogue with American Philosophy," 2005 Summer Institute in American Philosophy, University of Oregon

"Shiva the Destroyer v. Scotland Yard: Unique Problems in Interpreting Religious Art," Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, November 2004.

"Gadamer's Theory of Friendship as Intersubjectivity," 2004 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Memphis.

"Gadamer's Theory of Time," 21st World Congress of Philosophy, August 2003, Istanbul.

"Others, Thous, Friends: On Gadamer's Theory of Intersubjectivity," North American Society for Social Philosophy at the 2003 Pacific APA, San Francisco.

"Gadamer and the Body Across Dialogical Contexts," 2002 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, State College, PA.

"Time and the Other Otherwise than Levinas," Marquette University, November 2001.

"On Jorge Gracia's How Can We Know What God Means?" Author Meets Critics Session at the American Catholic Philosophical Association, November 2001, Albany, NY.

"Gadamer and the Principle of Charity," 1999 Wisconsin Philosophical Association, Green Bay, WI.

"On the Incompleteness of George Herbert Mead's Theory of the Social Self as an Account of Intersubjectivity: Re-reading Henrich after Habermas," 1998 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Denver.

"The Body as Anstoss in Sartre's Account of Constitution," 20th World Congress of Philosophy, August 1998, Boston.

"Language as Encoding Thought vs. Language as Medium of Thought: On the Question of J. G. Fichte's Influence on Wilhelm von Humboldt," 1998 Wisconsin Philosophical Association, Mequon, WI.

"G. H. Mead and Dieter Henrich on Self-Consciousness," Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, March 1998, Milwaukee, WI.

"Gadamer's Expressive Dialogism," 1997 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Lexington, KY.

"Intersubjectivity and Time-Consciousness: Some Historical Philosophical Connections," 1995 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Chicago.

"Parsing Hermeneutics," 1992 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Boston.

 

Conference Organized

2013 Meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Chicago, September 2013.

2008 Meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Chicago, September 2008.

Revisioning the Aesthetic: Philosophy of Art after the Twentieth Century, Beloit College, Feb. 19, 1999.


Professional Talks Given 

Fall 2013         "The History of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, " Grand Valley State University, MI

Winter 2013    "Understanding the Philosophical Relevance of The History of Philosophy," St. Olaf College. MN

Winter 2013    "Hermeneutics and Reading the Book of Nature," University of Minnesota

Fall 2012       "The Importance of Moderation in Ancient Accounts of Frank Speech," University of Minnesota

Winter 2009, "Teaching Plato’s Crito from Crito’s Perspective," Grand Valley State University, MI

Fall 2008      "Moderate and Immoderate Candor: Foucault’s Parrhesia without Sophrosyne” Grand Valley State University, MI

Fall 2007      "Gadamer, Davidson and the Third Dogma of Empiricism,” Kent State, OH

Spring 2007  "Gadamer and Davidson on Charity,” St. Xavier University, IL

Spring 2006    "Charitable vs. Critical Interpretations," Linfield College, OR

Winter 2006    "Authenticity--Others--Death," Colby College, ME

Winter 2005    "Modern Others and Ancient Friends," Bennington College, VT

Winter 2005    "On Some Feminist Interpretations of Gadamer," Luther College, IA

Spring 2004    "Critical Reading," College of Wooster, Wooster, OH

Spring 2004    "Openness in, and as, Dialogue," Earlham College, Richmond, IN

Fall 2001         "Interpreting Sacred Texts," Beloit College Philosophy Colloquium

Spring 2001    "Philosophia Bios Kubernetes," Presidential Address, Phi Beta Kappa, Beloit College

Fall 2000         "Descartes' 'Errors'," Faculty Forum, Beloit College, Fall 2000

Fall 2000         "Plato, Poetry, and Politics," Faculty Homecoming Lecture, Beloit College, Fall 2000

Fall 2000         "Reading Book X of the Republic," Beloit College Philosophy Colloquium

Fall 2000         "Descartes Like You Have Never Seen Him Before," Beloit College Philosophy Colloquium

Spring 1999    "The Simpsons and the Problem of Paternalism," Beloit College Philosophy Colloquium

Fall 1998         "H. G. Gadamer and the Principle of Charity," Beloit Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series

Fall 1998         "Ascribing Rationality," Beloit College Philosophy Colloquium

Spring 1997    "Language and Intersubjectivity in Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics," Beloit College Philosophy Colloquium

Fall 1997         "Davidson's 'On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme'," Beloit College Colloquium

Spring 1996    "Phenomenology: Rigor without Proof?" St. Olaf College

Fall 1993         "Transcendental Meditations on Epistemic Obligations: Hegel, Merleau-Ponty, and Habermas," St. Olaf College

 

Conference Participation

Commentator, "What is it Like to Feel the Present?" 2016 meeting of the Central Division APA, Chicago, IL.

Chair, "Phenomenology," 2016 meeting of the Eastern Division of the APA, Washington, DC

Chair, "Left Thatcherism," 2015 meeting Society for Phenomenology and Existnetial Philosophy, Atlanta, GA.

Chair, "The Human Condition and American Pragmatism," 2015 Meeting of Society for the Advacnement of American Philosophy, Grand Rapids, MI

Commentator, “Contaminating the Transcendental: Towards a Phenomenological Naturalism,” 2014 Eastern Division APA, Philadelphia, PA

Commentator, “Why Husserl Never Became an Idealist,” 2012 Central Division APA, Chicago, IL.

Chair, “Thing, Object, Sense”, 2011 Meeting of the NASPH, Boston, MA

Commenter, "How to Speak With the Dead: Brandom and. Gadamer on the Dialogical Relation Between Past and Present,” 2011 Central Division APA, Minneapolis.

Chair, "The Global Future of Hermeneutics," North American Society of Philosophical Hermeneutics (NASPH) session at the 2010 meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existnetial Philosophy (SPEP), Montreal.

Commenter, "Gadamer's Animals," 2010 meeting of NASPH, Seattle WA.

Chair, "Kierkegaard and Contemporary Continental Thought," Sixth International Kierkegaard Conference, June 2010, St. Olaf College.

Chair, “Gadamer and Brandom,” NASPH meeting the 2008 meeting of SPEP, Pittsburgh, PA.

Chair, "Naturalism," 2008 meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, East Lansing, MI.

Chair, "Articulation as the Condition for Meaning in Husserl," 2007 Central Division APA, Chicago.

Chair, "William James's Philosophy of Religion," William James Society, 2006 Central APA, Chicago.

Chair, "Rorty's Hope for Philosophy," 2006 Pacific APA, Portland, OR.

Commentor, "From Trauma to Existence: Kierkegaard's Suffering as Source and Focus of His Philosophy," Fifth International Kierkegaard Conference, June 2005, St. Olaf College.

Chair, "Peirce's Epistemology and Metaphysics," SAAP Session at the 2005 Central APA, Chicago.

Chair, "Gadamer and Thoughtfulness," 2002 Pacific APA, Seattle.

Chair, "Time and the Work of Art: Reconsiderations of Heidegger's Reading of the Will to Power," 2002 Pacific APA, Seattle.

Chair, "The Use and Abuse of Style: Heidegger Confronts Aristotle on Poetry and Philosophy," 2002 Pacific APA, Seattle.

Chair, "Imagination in Pragmatist Ethics," 2001 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Las Vegas.

Chair, "Pragmatism and Tragedy: A Second Look," 2001 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Las Vegas.

Moderator, "Communication and Rational Justification: A Phenomenological Stance," 2000 Meeting of the Wisconsin Philosophical Association, Stevens Point, WI.

Chair, "Michel Foucault and Latin American Critical Theory," 1999 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Eugene, OR.

Commentator, "The Role of Intentions in the Production of Artifacts," 1999 Central APA, New Orleans.

Chair, "Husserl's Attitude Problem: Some Remarks on Intersubjectivity," 1999 Central APA, New Orleans.

Commentator, "On Power and Agency in Judith Butler's Work," 1998 Pacific APA, Los Angeles.

Chair, "The Bodily Inauguration of the Nomos: The Convention of Justice in Hume's Ethics," 1997 Central APA, Pittsburgh.

Chair, "The Ethics of Death," 1996 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Washington, D.C.

Commentator, "Phenomenology and the Idea of Science," Minnesota Philosophical Society, October 1993, St. Cloud, MN.

 

Fellowships and Scholarships

2003-04          Sabbatical Supporting Research Grant, Beloit College

Fall 1998         Junior Faculty Research Grant, Beloit College

1994-95          Fulbright Research Fellowship, Husserl Archives, University of Leuven, Belgium

1994-95          Belgian-American Educational Foundation Research Fellowship (Honorary)

Spring 1994    Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Notre Dame

1990-96          Graduate Assistantship, University of Notre Dame

 


Courses Taught (syllabi and evaluations available upon request)

100 Level

Formal Logic
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Interdisciplinary Seminar: Creating a Self
Interdisciplinary Seminar: Individuation and Enculturation in Education
Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities, I (Ancient Greece)
Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities, II (Early Modern Europe)

200 Level

Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
19th Century Philosophy
20th Century Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Aesthetics/Philosophy of Art
Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
Existentialism
Postmodern Philosophical Issues

300 Level

Medieval Great Philosophers: Augustine
Late Modern Great Philosophers: Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard
Late Modern Great Philosophers: Philosophy in the Wake of Darwin
Late Modern Great Philosophers: The 19th Century in the Wake of Kant
Recent Great Philosophers: 1959: Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty
Recent Great Philosophers: Merleau-Ponty
Human Nature
American Philosophy
Seminar: Foucault
Seminar: Heidegger/Gadamer
Seminar: Recent Kantian Ethics
Senior Capstone

Graduate

Gadamer Graduate Seminar (University of Oregon)

Independent Projects (listed alphabetically)

Aesthetics; Simone de Beauvoir; Contemporary Analytic Metaphysics; Epistemology and Postmodernism; Feminist Readings of Nietzsche; Habermas and Gadamer, Hume's Ethics; Judith Butler's Conception of Agency; Kant's Empirical Realism; Kierkegaard; Kierkegaard and Phenomenology; Logic and Legal Analysis; Nietzsche and Darwin; Phenomenology; Philosophy of Biology; Philosophy of Education; Philosophy of History; Philosophy of Inter-Personal Relations; Philosophy of Poetry; Philosophy of Psychology; Queer Theory; Arthur Schopenhauer.

Other

Humans as Self-Interpreting Animals, Holden Village
William James: Living with Uncertainty, Society for Learning Unlimited (Beloit Elderhostel)
Emerson's American Ideal, Newberry Library, Chicago
Principles of Mathematical Thought, Mathematics Department, St. Olaf College
English Instructor, Karl Marx University, Budapest, Hungary.

 

Guest Lectures

Fall 2012,        Guest Lecturer, Feminist Philosophy of Art, St. Olaf College

Fall 2012,        Guest Lecturer, The Problem of Evil, St. Olaf College

Fall 2011         Guest Instructor "Heidegger's Philsoophy of Language", MSU Graduate retreat.

Fall 2011         Guest Lecturer for "Hermeneutics", Fall 2011, University of Notre Dame

Spring 2010    Guest Lecturer for "Gadamer Seminar", Michigan State University

Spring 2002    Guest Lecturer for "Abstract Expressionism," Beloit College
                                    "Kant's and Hegel's Philosophy of Art"

Fall 2001         Guest Lecturer for Women's Studies Senior Seminar, Beloit College
                                    "Phenomenology and the Body"

Spring 2001    Guest Lecturer for "Wittgenstein and 20th Century Continental," St. Olaf College
                                    "Introduction to Phenomenology: Husserl and Heidegger"

Spring 2000    Guest Lecturer for "The Body in Contemporary Art," Beloit College
                                    "The Body in Descartes and Postmodern Philosophy"

Fall 1999        Guest Lecturer for "Introduction to Philosophy," Beloit College
                                    "The Historical Background to Descartes' Meditations"

Spring 1998    Guest Lecturer for "Twentieth Century Art," Beloit College
                                   "Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on Tragedy and Art"

Fall 1997         Guest Lecturer for "Quantum Chemistry," Beloit College
                                    "The History of the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics"

Spring 1997    Guest Lecturer for "Modern Political Theory," Beloit College
                                   "Kant's and Hegel's Political Theory"

Fall 1996         Guest Lecturer for "French Literature," Beloit College
                                   "French Existentialism"

Spring 1994    Guest Lecturer for "Senior Seminar: Continental Philosophy," St. Olaf College
                                    "Phenomenology and Intersubjectivity"

                                                                                                                               

Committee Experience (At Beloit College unless otherwise noted)

2009-              General Education Committee (GVSU)

2009-12          Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee (GVSU)

2001-02          President, Phi Beta Kappa (Elected)

2001-02          Physics Search Committee (Appointed)

2001-02          History Search Committee (Appointed)

2000-01          Religious Studies Search Committee (Departmental)

2000-01          Honor Code Committee (Appointed)

2000-02          Professional and Program Development Committee (Elected)

1999-2000      Associate Director of Student Support Services Search Committee (Appointed)

1999-2000      Head Librarian Search Committee (Appointed)

1998-99          Photographer Search Committee, Art Department (Appointed)

1998-2000      Year of the Arts Steering Committee (Appointed)

1998-2003      Assessment Committee (Appointed)

1997-98          Academic Performance Committee (Elected)

 

Institutes Attended

July 2007        Faculty participant, Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Umbria, Italy

2002-05, 2009     Summer Institute in American Philosophy, University of Oregon

1998-2002      Summer Institute in American Philosophy, University of Vermont

 

Dissertation Committees

Spring 2013      Greg Lych, Fordham University "Answering to the World: Language and Normativity in Gadamer and Davidson"


Reviewer

Research in Phenomenology, Internationl Journal for Philosophical Studies, Continental Philosophy Review, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, American Catholic Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Philosophy Today, Broadview Press, Oxford University Press, University of Ohio Press, Wadsworth, Rowan and Littlefield, Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Midwest Pragmatism Group, North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics.

Memberships

North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics

American Philosophical Association

 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

 American Association for Philosophy Teachers

 

Graduate Seminars

Philosophy of Mind (Ramsey)            Feminist Theory (Sterba)                                Heidegger (Watson)
Philosophy of Science (McKim)         Time and Narrative (Watson)                          Habermas (McCarthy)
Husserl's Nachlass Seminar (Bernet) Intermediate Logic (Detlefsen)                        Metaphysics (Plantinga)
20th Century Ethics (Solomon)           Liberalism and its Critics (Weithman)          Epistemology (DePaul)
Levinas Seminar (Bernet)                    Kant's Philosophy of Religion (Quinn)          Hegel (Ameriks)
Recent Continental (Watson)              Foucault (Gutting)                                           Aesthetics (Watson)        
Thomistic Ethics (McInerny)              Intersubjectivity (Watson)                               Plato (Sayre)  

-- Passed Written Examination on the History of Philosophy from Pre-Socratics to Hegel

-- Passed With Highest Honors Extensive Oral Examination on Continental Philosophy

 

Dissertation Abstract

The Fruitfulness of Dialogue: An Account of Intersubjectivity Appropriate For Hermeneutics

(Director: Stephen H. Watson)A central tenet of hermeneutics is the claim that dialogue is necessary for the full understanding of ourselves. It follows, then, that dialogue must be fruitful for understanding in a way in which no solitary, "monological" activity can be. This dissertation provides a much needed defense of this claim by articulating and defending the essential parts of an account of intersubjectivity--that is, an account of the role that other subjects play in the constitution of our selves. Through exposing the necessity of our intersubjective relations for the very possibility of language use, awareness of time, and embodied awareness of the world, I demonstrate the existence of a pre-reflective relation between embodied subjects. The relation is expressed in dialogue in such a way that our expressions of ourselves are at the same time constitutive of ourselves. I focus on J. G. Fichte and Wilhelm von Humboldt on the issue of language, on Edmund Husserl and Martin Buber (and Emmanuel Levinas) on the issue of time-consciousness, and on Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty on the issue of embodied subjectivity. This thematic/historical method of the dissertation also serves to clarify some of the historical origins of the hermeneutic tradition.

 

References

Prof. Stephen H. Watson                    Prof. Phil Shields                           Prof. Ann Davies                                          Prof. John Uglietta
Dept. of Philosophy                            Chair, Dept. of Philosophy             Vice President of Academic Affairs            Chair, Dept. Philosophy
University of Notre Dame                   Beloit College                                 Beloit College                                             Grand Valley State University
Notre Dame, IN 46556                       Beloit, WI 53511                            Beloit, WI 53511                                         Allendale, Mi 49401

 

Prof. Shaun Gallagher                         Prof. Jim Risser                              Prof. Scott Pratt                                         Prof. Charles Taliaferro
Dept. of Philosophy                             Dept. of Philosophy                        Dept. of Philosophy                                 Dept. of Philosophy
University of Memphis                        Seattle University                            University of Oregon                               St. Olaf College
Memphis, TN 381                              Seattle, WA , 98122                         Eugene, OR 97403                                  Northfield, MN 55057
  

 

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