Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy
Director of Philosophy Graduate Studies
246 Sparks Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-7822
- B.A., Philosophy, Dean's List, Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), 1978
- Ph.D., 1988, M.A., 1982, Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY)
Areas of Specialization
- Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy
What is Philosophy, including Merleau-Ponty’s In Praise of Philosophy and Deleuze and Guattari’s What is Philosophy (fall 2014)
Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus (spring 2014)
Derrida’s Politics of Friendship (fall 2013)
- Author of From Violence to Speaking Out (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
- Author of Early Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2011)
- Co-Editor of Between Philosophy and Non-Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Hugh J. Silverman (SUNY Press, 2016).
- Co-editor of A Companion to Derrida (Wiley Blackwell, 2014)
- Co-editor of The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
- “Three Ways of Speaking: Deleuze’s Way, or Death and Flight,” in Deleuze Studies, special issue, Deleuze, Ethics and Dramatization, Volume 10, Number 1 (February 2016), edited by Leonard Lawlor and Aline Wiame: 70-84.
- “La passion noire,” in special issue on Derrida, Les Cahiers Philosophiques de Strasbourg, 1 (2016): 127-135.
- “Auto-Affection,” for Derrida: Key Concepts, ed., Claire Colebrook (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 130138.
- “Only Die Micrologically! A Note on Drama and Ethics in Deleuze,” in Divinatio: Studia Culturologica Series 38 (autumn-winter 2013-2014): 85-90.
- “No more Insults for Friendship!”, for the “Decade After Derrida” issue of the Oxford Literary Review 36.2 (2014): 240-244.
- Is it Happening? Or the Implications of Immanence,” in Research in Phenomenology, volume 44, issue 3 (2014): 347-361.
- “Nascency and Memory: Reflections on Véronique Fóti’s Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty,” in Chiasmi International, volume 16 (2013), pp. 293-306.
- “Apokalyptisches Denken: Versuch über die Erfahrung des Ereignisses,” German translation by Hans-Dieter Gondek of “Apocalyptic Thinking: An Essay on the Experience of the Event,” in Kraft der Dinge, ed., Iris Därmann (München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2014), pp. 139-158.
- “L’immanence est complète”: L’Heritage de la pensée de Jean Hyppolite,” in Jean Hyppolite. Entre Structure et existence, ed., Giuseppe Bianco (Paris : Editions Rue D’Ulm, 2013), pp. 143-156.
- “The Flipside of Violence, or Beyond the Thought of Good Enough,” in Phaenex: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Volume 8, Number 2 (2013): 80-104. Also, in A Blackwell Companion to Derrida, pp. 565-581.
- “Deleuze and Hearing-Oneself-Speak,” for The Continuing Impact of Husserl’s “Ideen”, edited by Thomas Nenon and Lester Embree, “Contributions to Phenomenology” Series, Volume 66 (Dordrecht: Springer Press, 2013), pp. 451-466
- “Heidegger and Deleuze,” co-authored with Andrea Janae Sholtz (50%), for The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger, edited by François Raffoul and Eric S. Nelson (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), pp. 417-424. Turkish translation in preparation.
- “Heidegger and Foucault,” for The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger, edited by François Raffoul and Eric S. Nelson (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), pp. 409-416.
- “What Happened? What is going to Happen? An Essay on the Experience of the Event,” in The Ends of History: Questioning the Stakes of Historical Reason, edited by Amy Swiffen and Joshua Nichols (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013), pp. 179-195.
- “Anachronism and Powerlessness: An Essay on Postmodernism,” in The Science, Politics, and Ontology of Life-Philosophy, edited by Scott Campbell and Paul Bruno (Continuum Press, 2013), pp. 141-155.
- “Response to the Question of Postmodernism,” in Gavagai: Journal of the Philosophy of Science Department at the National University of Athens, 2016.
- “An Immense Power: Three Phenomenological Insights supporting Derridean Deconstruction,” in Oxford Handbook to the History of Phenomenology, edited by Dan Zahavi.
- “The Dualism of Truth and Freedom: The Origin of Foucault’s Neo-Kantianism in the Introduction to Kant’s Anthropology and its end in Foucault Final Lecture Courses, with a Speculation about Deleuze,” in Festschrift for Dimitri Ginez, ed., Emil Lensky (Königshausen and Neumann Verlag).
- “How not to Think: an Extension of Deconstructionist Methodology,” in The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology, eds., Guiseppina D’Oro and Soren Overgaard.
- “Immanence”; “Power”; and “Responsibility,” in M. Bunz, B.M. Kaiser, K. Thiele (eds.) Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary, Meson Press 2016.
- “Power and Intensity: Difference and Repetition, Chapters Four and Five,” in Deleuze Studies, special issue, edited by Henry Somers-Hall.
- “The Origin of Parrēsia in Foucault’s Thinking: Truth and Freedom in The History of Madness,” (co-authored with Daniel J. Palumbo) in Understanding Foucault, Understanding Modernism, ed., David Scott (Bloomsbury Press).
- “’Let Others be Ends in Themselves’: The Convergence between Foucault’s Parrēsia and Derrida’s Teleiopoesis,” for Between Foucault and Derrida, eds., Vernon Cisney, Nicolae Morar, and Yubraj Aryal (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
- “The Space-in-Between: The Frame and Excess in the Thought of Hugh J. Silverman,” in Between Philosophy and Non-Philosophy (The SUNY Press, 2016).
- “Speaking out for Others: Philosophical Activity in Deleuze and Foucault (and Heidegger),” co-authored with Andrea Janae Sholtz (25%), for Between Deleuze and Foucault, edited by Daniel W. Smith, Thomas Nail, and Nicolae Morar (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2016).
- “Violence and Animality: On Absolute Freedom in Foucault,” in Foucault and Animals, edited by Dinesh Wadiwel and Matthew Chrulew (Brill Press, forthcoming 2016).
- “Politeness” by Henri Bergson, for a 2016 special issue of The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy.
- “’A Bird as Rare upon the Earth as a Black Swan’: The Dream of an Unusable Friendship in Derrida’s Politics of Friendship,” Conference on the Phenomenology of Vulnerability at the Husserl Archives at the New School University, May 5-6, 2016
- “The Dualism of Truth and Freedom: The Origin of Foucault’s Neo-Kantianism in the Introduction to Kant’s Anthropology and its end in Foucault Final Lecture Courses, with a Speculation about Deleuze,” Workshop on German Idealism and Twentieth Century French Thought, Royal Halloway University, London, June 15-16, 2016.
Revision for French translation of The Challenge of Bergsonism
Violence against Violence, for Edinburgh University Press.