Michael Strawser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Co-Editor: Florida Philosophical Review

Department of Philosophy

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL  32816-1352


Office: Psychology Building 245                                                                                                                                

Office Phone: 407-823-2799                                                                                                                                      E-mail: michael.strawser@ucf.edu

Office Hours: On Sabbatical Fall 2013


Current Course Materials

UCF Academic Ethics Seminar


News and Awards

UCF Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2011

NEH Summer Seminar in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

UCF Faculty Members Learn from Each Other

UCF Wins National Ethics Bowl

Students Honored for Ethics, National Competition Next

UCF Team Finishes Strong in Ethics Bowl

Two UCF Teams Placed in Top Five at Regional Ethics Bowl, November 2009

Philosophy Gets Creative with Ethics, September 2009

Honors Students Win Debates Over Life's Dilemmas in Regional Ethics Bowl, November 2008

UCF Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2007


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.


Review of Irving Singer, Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing Up, Dialogue 49, no. 3 (September 2010): 502-505.


Review of Sharon Krishek, Kierkegaard on Faith and Love, Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter 56 (November 2010): 23-25.


“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.)


Looking 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. London: Turnshare, 2008. 127-140.


“A Panegyric on Spinoza and Derrida: Saintly Jewish Heretics Striving Towards a ‘Pure Religion’.” Florida Philosophical Review VIII.1 (2008): 108-124.


The Ethics of Love in Spinoza and Kierkegaard and the Teleological Suspension of the Theological.” Philosophy Today 51.4 (Winter 2007): 438-446.



Honors in the Major Theses Supervised

Jesus Luzardo, “Upbuilding Oppositions: Kierkegaard, Camus, and the Philosophy of Love, 90 pp., defended March 26, 2013.


Douglas Zimmerman, “Navigating Authenticity in the Age of the Internet: A Phenomenological Exploration of the Existential Effects of Social Media,” 88 pp., defended November 14, 2012


Samantha Schroeder, “The Nature of Love: A Phenomenological Approach,” 122 pp., defended on April 2, 2012.


Carter Hardy, “Emotion and Knowing: Attuning Oneself to the World,” 82 pp., defended on March 31, 2012.


Benjamin Knob, “The Way to Freedom in Existential Philosophy,” 79 pp., defended on April 3, 2009.


Erin Rullo, “On the Moral Relevance of Nonhuman Animals,” 106 pp., defended on November 18, 2008.


Corey Stewart, “Following a Religion without Religion: Is Derrida’s Concept of ‘Pure Forgiveness’ Merely an Impossible Dream?” 60 pp., defended on November 15, 2006.



Courses Taught

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