Associate Professor of Philosophy
Co-Editor: Florida Philosophical Review
Office: Psychology Building 245
Office Phone: 407-823-2799 E-mail: email@example.com
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm and by appointment
Current Course Materials
PHM 3020 Philosophy of Love: Syllabus, Introduction, Singer, Plato’s Symposium, Phaedrus, Courtly Love in K. Lavransdatter, Aristotle on Friendship, Spinoza I, Spinoza II, Tullia D’Aragona, Kierkegaard I, Love Through Film?, Kierkegaard II, Ortega y Gasset, Marion I, Marion II, Gabriel Marcel, Marion III, bell hooks i, hooks ii, Frankfurt, Buber, Chemistry of Love
PHI 2010H Honors Introduction to Philosophy: Syllabus, Introduction, Arguments, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, etc., Phaedo, The Allegory of the Cave, The Clouds, Kierkegaard I, Kierkegaard II, Sartre, Spinoza I, Spinoza II, Spinoza III, Buddhism, Nietzsche I, Nietzsche II, Nietzsche III, Ethical Vegetarianism, Ayer’s Emotivism, Feminism
News and Awards
Flagler College Alumni Professional Achievement Award, 2008.
Recent and Selected Publications
“On the Specter of Speciesism in Spinoza,” NASS Monograph 15 (North American Spinoza Society) (2011): 3-30.
“Creative Case Studies in Ethics,” Teaching Ethics (Fall 2010): 105-119.
“A Place for Forgiveness? A Derridean Response to Terrorism.” Politics and Religion in the New Century: Philosophical Reflections. Eds. Philip Quadrio and Carrol Besseling. Sydney University Press, 2009.
“Forgiving Derrida: From Terrorism to Self-Forgiveness.” Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries. Eds. Stephen Bloch-Schulman and David White. Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2009.
“Assessing Assessment: Toward a Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Perspective.” InSight: A Scholarly Journal of Teaching 4 (2009): 56-68.
Review of David Reisman’s Sartre’s Phenomenology, Philosophy in Review/Comptes rendus philosophiques XXIX, no.3 (June 2009): 216-218.
“H φιλοσοφία της αγάπης στους Σπινόζα, Κίρκεγκωρ και Σέλερ” [“The Philosophy of Love in Spinoza, Kierkegaard and Scheler”]. Translated by Michalis Katsimitsis. Celestia 2 (April 2009): 19-28. (A Greek Journal of Philosophy.)
“Assessment and Experience.” Faculty Focus 8.1 (March 2009): 4-5. (A publication of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at UCF.)
for a Common Watermark: Loving Others in Kierkegaard and Levinas.” Despite Oneself: Subjectivity and Its Secret in
Kierkegaard and Levinas. Eds.
Claudia Welz and Karl Verstrynge.
“A Panegyric on Spinoza
and Derrida: Saintly Jewish Heretics Striving Towards a ‘Pure Religion’.”
“The Ethics of Love in Spinoza and Kierkegaard and the Teleological Suspension of the Theological.” Philosophy Today 51.4 (Winter 2007): 438-446.
Review of Sherry Deveaux’s The Role of God in Spinoza’s Metaphysics. Philosophy in Review/Comptes rendus philosophiques XXVII, no.5 (October 2007): 331-333.
Review of Amy Laura Hall’s Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love and Joel D.S. Rasmussen’s Between Irony and Witness: Kierkegaard’s Poetics of Faith, Hope, and Love. Religion and Literature 39.1 (Spring 2007): 132-136.
“Gifts of Silence from Kierkegaard to Derrida.” Soundings 89:1-2 (Spring/Summer 2006): 55-72.
“Creating Philosophy: Using a Cooperative Learning Approach in the Classroom.” Teaching Philosophy 28:2 (June 2005): 115-134.
Both/And: Reading Kierkegaard from Irony to Edification.
Recent Conference Presentations
“Deliberating on Love and Sin.” Søren Kierkegaard Society Meeting at the Pacific Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, San Diego, CA, April 2011.
“The Erotic Ideal in Saadia and Spinoza.” Florida Philosophical Association 56th Annual Conference. Daytona Beach, FL, November 6, 2010.
“Toward the Perfect: Putting on the Armor of Love in the Edifying Discourses.” Kierkegaard’s Upbuilding Discourses: International Conference in Modern European Thought, University of Oxford, UK, 16-18 April, 2010. (Unable to attend due to Icelandic volcanic ash.)
“Applying Creativity to Research in Ethics,” 2nd Annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, September 25, 2009.
“Slaughtering Spinoza’s Speciesism with the Help of Derrida.” Towards a Philosophy of Life: An International Conference in Continental Philosophy of Religion, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK, June 27, 2009.
“Is There a Self in Pre-reflective Consciousness?” International Interdisciplinary Conference on Self, Identity and Culture: East and West, Kolkata, India, January 6, 2009.
“On the Specter of Speciesism in Spinoza,” North American Spinoza Society Meeting at the Pacific Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, Pasadena, CA, March 2008.
“Between Terrorism and Forgiveness: Exploring Derrida’s Post-Secular Thinking,” First Global Forgiveness Conference, Salzburg, Austria, March 2008.
“A Place for Forgiveness? A Derridean Response to Terrorism,” Dialogues in Place: Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, December 2007.
“Striving for Love in Spinoza and Kierkegaard,” Søren Kierkegaard Society Meeting at the Pacific Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, California, April 2007.
“Looking for a Common Watermark: Loving Others in Kierkegaard and Levinas,” Kierkegaard and Levinas Workshop, Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, February 8, 2007.
PHI 5627 Theoretical and Applied Ethics
PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 2010H Honors Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 3083 Research Methods in Philosophy
PHH 3460 Modern Western Philosophy
PHH 3600 Contemporary Philosophy
PHI 3670 Ethical Theory
PHI 3700 Philosophy of Religion
PHM 3020 Philosophy of Love
PHP 3786 Existentialism
PHP 4782 Phenomenology
IDH 3600H Honors Case Studies in Ethics