Dr. Daniela Vallega-Neu

Daniela Vallega-Neu
Philosophy Department Faculty
  • Ph.D., Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany, 1995. Major Area: philosophy. Minor Areas: cultural anthropology, Italian literature.
  • M.A., Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany, 1992. Major Area: philosophy. Minor Areas: cultural anthropology, Italian literature.
  • European Baccalaureate, European School, Varese, Italy: 1984.
  • Study abroad: Sorbonne, Paris, 1988-89.
Areas of Specialization:
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century European Thought (especially Nietzsche, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Contemporary French thought); Phenomenology; Hermeneutics; Deconstruction; Ontology related to issues of body.
Areas of Competence:
History of Philosophy (Ancient, Medieval, Modern); Ethics; Aesthetics; Philosophy of Mind; Theory of Knowledge, American Pragmatism.
Works in Progress
  • Research on the temporality of things through a consideration of the articulation of time in terms of rhythm. This is part of a larger project of an ontology that is not rooted in consciousness but in the configuration of bodies.
  • Co-translator of Martin Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy into English (Contract with Indiana University Press).
  • Associate Professor, California State University, Stanislaus since fall 2005.
  • Assistant Professor, California State University, Stanislaus, 2001-2005.
  • Lecturer, California State University, Stanislaus, 1999-2001.
  • Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University, 1998-1999.
  • Lecturer, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany: Spring 1997.
  • Academic assistant ("Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft,") Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 1987-1991.
  • The Bodily Dimension in Thinking (Plato, Nietzsche, Scheler, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Foucault). (SUNY Press, 2005)
  • Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy.’ An Introduction. (Indiana University Press, 2003)
  • (Co-editor) A Companion to Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy,’ Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
  • Die Notwendigkeit der Gründung im Zeitalter der Dekonstruktion. Zur Gründung in Heideggers 'Beiträgen zur Philosophie'; unter Hinzuziehung der Derridaschen Dekonstruktion. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1997. (“The Need of Grounding in the Age of Deconstruction: On Grounding in Heidegger's 'Contributions to Philosophy’ and its Relation to Derridian Deconstruction.”)
  • "Ereignis: Enowning or the Event of Appropriation“ (Forthcoming as Chapter 13 of Martin Heidegger: Key Concepts, edited by Bret W. Davis, Acumen Publishing)
  • “Rhythmic Delimitations of History: On Heidegger and History.” (Forthcoming in Idealistic Studies)
  • "Emercencies. A commentary on Richard Polt's 'The Emergency of Being'", in Proceedings of the North American Heidegger Conference, 2006.
  • “The Body in Max Scheler’s Phenomenology” (Epoche vol. 9:1, 2004).
  • “At the limit of Reflexivity. On Merleau-Ponty’s Notion of ‘Primitive Being’” (submitted to Chiasmi International).
  • “Thinking in Decision. On Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy” (in Research in Phenomenology, 2003).
  • “Poietic Saying,” in: A Companion to Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy,’ Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
  • “The Question of the Body in Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy,” in: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Heidegger Conference, Huntington University, 2000.
  • “La Questione del Corpo nei ‘Beiträge zur Philosophie’”, in: Giornale di Metafisica - Nuova Serie - XX, 1998, pp. 223-238.
  • “Overcoming the Ontological Difference in Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy’”, in: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Heidegger Conference, Villanova University, 1998.
  • Stephen Schneck (ed.), Max Scheler’s Acting Persons: New Perspectives, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002. Reviewed in Review of Metaphysics (in process).
  • Michel Haar, Nietzsche et la métaphysique, Paris: Gallimard 1993. Reviewed in: Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 47, July - September 1994.
  • Gerhard Ruff, Am Ursprung der Zeit, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1997. Reviewed in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 1998.
  • John Sallis, Einbildungskraft. (Mohr/Siebeck, forthcoming 2007)
  • Günter Figal, “Forgetfulness of God: Concerning the Center of Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy,’” in: A Companion to Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy’ (Indiana University Press, 2001).
  • Charles Scott, “Überlieferungen jenseits von Bildern und gestohlenen Erinnerungen,” in: Hermeneutische Wege: Hans-Georg Gadamer zum Hundertsten, ed. by Günter Figal, Jean Grondin, and Dennis J. Schmidt (Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 2000), pp.1-33.
  • Lore Hühn, “The Truth of Nihilism. Schopenhauer’s Theory of the Negation of the Will in the Light of the Critiques of Friedrich Nietzsche and Theodor W. Adorno” (unpublished).
  • John Sallis, “Die Elementare Erde,” in: Festschrift für Klaus Held (2002).
  • John Sallis, “Timaios' Rede über die Cwra.” In: Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik (ed. by Günter Figal, vol. 1, 2002), pp.65-79.
  • John Sallis, “Doppelt Sehen.” (Paper presented at a conference on “Bildlichkeit” organized by the Graduiertenkollegs “Phänomenologie und Hermeneutik” at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, October 1997.)
  • "Embodied time: On Rhythm in the Work of John Cage,"Philosophy Lecture Series CSU Stanislaus, March 2007.
  • "On Rhythm and Animality in Merleau-Ponty's Ontology of the Flesh."Invited lecture at the New School for Social Research, April 2007.
  • "Rhythmic Delimitations of History: On Heidegger and History," Society for the Philosophy of History, Central APA, April 2007.
  • "Emercencies. A commentary on Richard Polt's 'The Emergency of Being'." North American Heidegger Conference, Boston, 2006.
  • "Rhytmus und Ethos: Eine Begegnung mit Octavio Paz." International Hermeneutics Symposium, Freiburg, Germany, July 2005.
  • On Charles Scott’s The Lives of Things. SPEP October 2004.
  • On Charles Scott’s The Lives of Things. SPEP “Gewebe der Zeiten. Zu Leibhaftigkeit undZeit-Raum in Heideggers spätem Denken.“ Dritte Inernationale Aussprache zu Martin Heidegger, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Juni 2004.
  • “Rhythm as the Morphology of Being (An Encounter with Gadamer’s Reading of Plato’s Timaeus).” Conference titled “Ethics, Politics and History in Contemporary Philosophy,” University of Toledo, April 2003.
  • “Exorbitant Gazes. On Foucault’s Genealogies of Bodies.” Western Phenomenology Conference, Seattle, March 2002.
  • “Transformative Transgressions. Heidegger in Charles Scott’s Work.” Conference on Postmodern Ethics, The Brock University, February 2002.
  • “Thinking In Decision,” invited paper for the Symposium on Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy, APA Atlanta, December 2001.
  • “The Body as Work of Art. (Nietzsche)” Seattle University, May 2001.
  • A Response to Claudia Baracchi, “Of Earth and its Time” (On Husserl’s “The Origin of Geometry”). Western Phenomenology Conference, March 2001.
  • “Thinking on ‘a Fragile Bridge of Fortune, Thrown Over Emptiness.’ On Italo Calvino’s ‘Six Memos for the Next Millennium,’” SPEP, October 2000.
  • “Being and Time and Contributions to Philosophy.” Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Citta’ di Castello, July 2000 (lecture course).
  • The Question of the Body in Heidegger’s “Contributions to Philosophy,” 34th Annual Heidegger Conference, Huntington University, May 2000.
  • “Re-flecting the Primitive. On Merleau-Ponty’s ‘The Visible and the Invisible.’” Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Citta’ di Castello, July 1999.
  • “The Role of the Body in the Genesis of Thinking,” (On Merleau-Ponty). Body Politics Symposium, The University of Toledo, April 1999.
  • “On the Relation between Being and Humans in Heidegger’s Beiträge zur Philosophie and in his Humanismusbrief “, Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, August 1998.
  • “Overcoming the Ontological Difference in Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy’”, The 32nd Annual Heidegger Conference, Villanova University, 1998
  • “Rethinking the Body; Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche”, Pennsylvania State University, February 1998.
  • “The Body as Guiding Thread of Nietzsche’s Thought”, University of Jena, December 1997.
  • “Heidegger’s Humanismusbrief in the light of his Beiträge zur Philosophie”, International Congress “50 Years of Heidegger’s ‘Brief über den Humanismus”, University of Amsterdam, April 1997.
Courses Taught:
Course Course Title
PHIL 1010 Introduction to Philosophy
(Course taught regularly).
PHIL 2000 Philosophical Inquiry.
(Informal logic and argumentative reasoning. Course taught regularly)
PHIL 2230 Modern Philosophy
(fall 1999, spring 2002, spring 2003).
PHIL 2400 Contemporary Moral Issues
(winter 2002)
PHIL 3010 Classics of Western Philosophy
(On the Soul: Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Kristeva, spring 2002; Experience and Thought in Existentialism and Pragmatism, spring 2003; Our Place in Nature: Plato, Scheler, Dewey, spring 2005; On the Soul: Aristotle, Descartes, Foucault, spring and fall 2007).
PHIL 2400 Ethics
(winter 2000, spring 2003)
PHIL 3500 Philosophy of Mind
(fall 1999, fall 2000)
PHIL 4150 Cognitive Phenomenology
(Intersubjectivity: Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, spring 2001.Husserl’s Crisis and Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception, fall 2004; Husserl's Cartesian Meditations and Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception; spring 2007).
PHIL 4200 Advanced Studies in the History of Philosophy
(Foucault, fall 2001; Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, fall 2002; Gadamer’s Truth and Method, fall 2003; Heidegger's Being and Time, fall 2007).
PHIL 4960 Senior Seminar
(On Time: Aristotle, Augustine, Husserl, Heidegger, spring 2005; Dewey's Experience and Nature and Merleau-Ponty's lecture course on Nature, spring 2007).
Professional Services:
External evaluator for candidate for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at the University of Toledo.
External dissertation examiner for Hong Kong University, China, fall 2006.
External dissertation examiner for Dealin University, Australia, fall 2005.
Co-Director of the Collegium Phaenomenologicum 2004.
Co-founder of International Hermeneutics Symposium (Freiburg, Germany, 2003).
Co-organizer of the Philosophy Department’s annual lecture series, CSU Stanislaus since 1999.
Co-organizer of the Western Phenomenology Conference (APA Pacific) since 2000.
University Committee Services:
Committee on Committees 2006-3007.
Search Committee, Modern Languages, spring 2007
Interdisciplinary Masters Committee, 2005-2008.
Departmental RPT Committee, 2005-2006.
Gender Studies Advisory Board Committee, 2003-2004, 2004-2005.
Advisor for the search committee for an assistant professor position, CSU Stanislaus, fall 2002.
Committee for chair elect, CSU Stanislaus, fall 2002.
Committee for student commencement speaker election, CSU Stanislaus, spring 2002, 2003.
Participant in the program design of an English MA with concentration in Critical and Philosophical Studies, CSU Stanislaus, fall 2002.
Committee for the 5 year review of the philosophy program at CSU Stanislaus, fall 2001.
Participation at Congresses, Associations:
American Philosophical Association.
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.
Heidegger Conference of America.
Allgemeine Gesellschaft für Philosophie in Deutschland.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Phänomenologische Forschung.
Martin Heidegger Gesellschaft.
Participant at the “Collegium Phaenomenologicum" in Perugia 1989, 1991, 1993. Faculty member since1996.
Fellowships & Awards:
Research and Creative Activity award, CSU Stanislaus, spring 2007.
Research and Creative Activity Grant, CSU Stanislaus, 2003-2004.
DAAD (‘German academic exchange service”), research fellowship for the Pennsylvania State University, 1997-1998.
"Landesgraduiertenförderung von Baden Württemberg", fellowship for the doctoral thesis, 1993-1995.
Bilingual in German and Italian.
Fluent in speaking, reading, and writing: French and English.
Reading and speaking: Spanish.
Reading: Latin, Greek.
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