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Tano S. Posteraro

Tano S. Posteraro

Graduate Student

228 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1150


  1. B.A. Philosophy (Honours), McMaster University, 2012 (summa cum laude).
  2. M.A. Philosophy, McMaster University, 2014.
  3. Thesis: Toward an Organismic Subjectivity: Affect, Relation, Entanglement.
  4. Advisor: Dr. B. Allen.


Refereed Journal Articles

  • “On the Utility of Virtuality for Relating Abilities and Affordances.” Ecological PsychologyForthcoming, Oct. 2014. DOI: 10.1080/10407413.2014.958039.

  • “Organismic Spatiality: Toward a Metaphysic of Composition.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Vol. 32, Issue 4 (2014): 739-752. DOI: 10.1068/d13111p.

  • “Organismic Temporality: Deleuze’s Larval Subject and the Question of Bodily Time.”    Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy / Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale. Forthcoming.

  • “Painting as Stylized Vision: The Movement of Invisibility in Merleau-Ponty’s ‘Eye and Mind’.” Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning the Thought of Merleau-Ponty. “Merleau-Ponty: Existence, Diacritics, Animality.” Issue 15 (2013): 343-358.

Research Awards and Honours

  • 2014                Society for Philosophy & Culture, Robert P. Wolff Thesis Prize

  • 2014-2018       Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Fellowship (SSHRC)

  • 2013-2014       Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS)

  • 2012-2014       McMaster University Graduate Scholarship

  • 2011                The F.W. Waters Scholarship in Philosophy

Conference Proceedings

  • “Painting as Stylized Vision.” Proceedings of ASA Graduate Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 2013. American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-Journal. Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2013). ISSN: 1946-1879. 

Conference Presentations

  • “Monstrous Temporalities.” A Matter of Lifedeath: An International Interdisciplinary Conference. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. The University of Manitoba. Winnipeg, Manitoba. October 2014. (Paper accepted, unable to travel.)

  • “Larval Subjectivity, Organismic Temporality.” Models, Machines, and Memories: The Seventh International Deleuze Studies Conference. School of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University. Istanbul, Turkey. July 2014.

  • “Deleuze’s First Synthesis of Time.” Philosophy of Time. Department of Philosophy, Duquesne University. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. February 2014. (Paper accepted, unable to travel.)

  • “Artistic Territoriality: Toward a Material Aesthetic.” The Territory In-Between: The Sixth International Deleuze Studies Conference. Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal. July 2013. 

  • “Painting as Stylized Vision.” Graduate Conference in Aesthetics. Independence Park Hotel, Philadelphia. American Society for Aesthetics and the Department of Philosophy, Temple University. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 2013. 

  • “The Phenomenology of Expression.” Essays of Significance. Department of Philosophy, University of Windsor. Windsor, Ontario. March 2013.

  • “Co-Disclosure: Freedom and its Other.” Critical Reflections. Department of Philosophy, University of Windsor. Windsor, Ontario. March 2012

Academic Appointments

  • 2012-2014  Teaching Assistant, Philosophy Department, McMaster University 

Teaching Assistantships

  • PHIL 1A03, Philosophical Texts
  • HUM 2C03, Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2X03, Early Modern (Guest Lecture, Spinoza’s Ethics)
  • PHIL 2ZZ3, Love and Sex

Professional Activity 

  • “Applied Phenomenology.” Panel Chair and Conference Organizer. A Phenomenological Method to the Madness. Department of Philosophy, McMaster University. Hamilton, Ontario. April 2013.