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Phenomenology Research Center
My research interests are primarily contemporary German and French philosophy, especially, phenomenology and its development in thinkers like Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Scheler, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida, Marion, Waldenfels, and Lefort. Thematically, I am interested in the intersection of phenomenology and social ontology, critical theory, and the philosophy of religion. (For current research projects, click here.)
I explore many of these interests in my teaching: on the graduate level, in seminars devoted to careful and systematic readings of major continental figures; on the undergraduate level, in classes I have designed on the philosophy of film, the philosophy of education, ethics, and mystical literature and meditation. Every year I also conduct a special seminar in phenomenology [the PRC Research Group] which engages in focused phenomenological work. See the Phenomenology Research Center. The PRC Research Group has taken up the following themes: the phenomenology of hope, despair, trust, betrayal, repentance, guilt, and is presently focusing on a phenomenology of shame. Future plans include work on the phenomenology of forgiveness, humility, and pride.