I specialize in 19th and 20th C. European philosophy, with particular interests in metaphysics (events, time) and aesthetics (theories of art, of the symbol). I also teach texts from Ancient philosophy, as well as topics related to language. More on all this under the links below.
PHIL 4960 - Senior Seminar (Heidegger 1925-1928)
PHIL 4300 - Philosophy of Language (Aristotle, Ockham, Rousseau, Saussure, Derrida)
PHIL 4260 - 20th C Philosophy (Husserl, Heidegger)
PHIL 4200 - Advanced Studies in the History of Philosophy (Heidegger, Nancy)
PHIL 3500 - Philosophy of Mind (Kant, Husserl)
PHIL 3400 - Ethics (Aristotle, Kant)
PHIL 3000 - Philosophical Reading and Analysis (Aristotle, Augustine, Kant, Husserl)
PHIL 3010 - Classics of Western Philosophy (Kant, Schelling)
PHIL 4420 - Phil and Education (Dewey, Freire, Hooks, Heidegger, Fynsk, B.Readings)
PHIL 4410 - Professional Ethics
PHIL 2400 - Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 2230 Modern (Descartes, Newton, Leibniz/Clarke, Kant)
PHIL 2200 - Ancient (Anaximenes, Philolaus, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Cicero)
PHIL 2100 - Logic
PHIL 1010 - Introduction to Philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Kant, Freud, Marx, Nancy)
Université Paris XII - Docteur de philosophie 2009
The Structuration of Phenomenality: Temporality, Trace, Event (Heidegger, Derrida, Nancy) French, 386pp.
Jean-Luc Nancy, President, (Strasbourg), Eliane Escoubas, Director, (Paris XII), Alexander Schnell (Paris IV)
Mention: Très honorable, félicitations du jury à l’unanimité (= summa cum laude)
University of California, Irvine - B.A. Philosophy, 1995
Research and Teaching
The philosophers whose works I frequent include Kant and other figures in Classical German Philosophy, German phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger), and so-called “post-structuralist” French philosophers (Derrida, Nancy, Deleuze, Lyotard). In general, my work is situated at the intersection of different languages and traditions. When I teach Ancient or Medieval Philosophy, I try to pursue a lay-interest in traditions of commentary and interpretation that provide the framework and practices which led to the constitution of a tradition. There is a more detailed statement of my current project here.
I began in physics, at UCI, and then slowly discovered European philosophy, in the margins of that institution. This led me to pursue graduate study in Europe, first in Germany, and then in France for the doctoral degree. I have studied with a variety of philosophers over the years – a lot of them hate each other, most if not all have been nice to me so I don’t hate any of them. Don’t you wish we could all just get along?
If you take a class from me, you should know this: I’m not your father, I’m not your brother and I’m not your boyfriend. I teach the class because I know the stuff. If you don’t understand the stuff you can ask me and I can explain the stuff. That’s it. It’s about the stuff, not about you, not about me. ;)
Research Articles on Kant, Heidegger, Jean-Luc Nancy, Derrida, Karl Jaspers and Pierre Janet
Encyclopedia Article on Heidegger
Translations of Janicaud, Escoubas, Lohmar
“What Heidegger (and Derrida) could have learned from Aristotle’s Greek commentators: dynaton and endekheton in the analysis of death.” Circa 2k words. (The distinction, attested in Ammonius’ and Alexander’s commentaries on de Int and Analytica Priora, is used to both contextualize and to refine Heidegger’s language of the possibility of death. Some of the consequences of this for Derrida’s Aporias are hinted at.)
“One or many times in Kant? K. Düsing and J.-F. Lyotard , on two post-Heideggerian interpretations of Kantian time,” 4k words
“The symbolic function of language in Kant and Schelling.” (An attempt to reconstruct a philosophy of language in Classical German Philosophy, not in anthropology but in philosophy of art.)
Place and Light according to Proclus
The Question of Being in the Anonymous Commentary on Plato's Parmenides