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Ted Toadvine

Ted Toadvine

Nancy Tuana Director of the Rock Ethics Institute

Associate Professor of Philosophy

129A Sparks Building


Office Phone: (814) 867-0471


Ph.D., The University of Memphis, 1996

M.A., The University of Memphis, 1995

B.A., Salisbury University, 1990


Areas of Specialization


  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Nature and Environment
  • Phenomenology
  • Deconstruction and Post-Structuralism


Recent Publications

  •             Forthcoming. Thinking After the World: Deconstruction and Last Things. In Eco-Deconstruction: Derrida and Environmental Ethics, edited by Matthias Fritsch, Philippe Lynes, and David Wood. Bronx: Fordham University Press.
  •             2016. Maurice Merleau-Ponty. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (
  •             2016. Phenomenology and Environmental Ethics. In Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics, edited by Stephen Gardiner and Allen Thompson. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  •             2016. (Interview) Qualche domanda a Ted Toadvine, intervista a cura di Prisca Amoroso. Emergenza Ecologica: Officine Filosofiche 3: 111-119.
  •             2015. Biodiversity and the Diacritics of Life. In Carnal Hermeneutics, edited by Brian Treanor and Richard Kearney, 235-248. Bronx: Fordham University Press.
  •             2015. Nicolae Morar, Ted Toadvine, and Brendan Bohannan. Biodiversity at Twenty-Five: Revolution or Red Herring? Ethics, Policy & Environment 18, no. 1: 16-29.
  •             2014. The Time of Animal Voices. Konturen 7 (2014): 16-34.
  •             2014. The Elemental Past. Research in Phenomenology 44, no 2: 262-279.
  •             2014. Apocalyptic Imagination and the Silence of the Elements. In Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment: The Experience of Nature, edited by Douglas A. Vakoch and Fernando Castrillón, 211-221. Berlin: Springer.
  •             2014. Tempo naturale e natura immemoriale. Translated by Roberto Brigati. Discipline Filosofiche 24, no. 2: 9-22.
  •             2013. Editor, Existence, Diacritics, Animality. Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty's Thought 15. Twenty-two articles, 461 pages.
  •             2013. Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Lifeworldly Naturalism. In Husserl's Ideen, edited by Lester Embree and Tom Nenon, 365-380. Berlin: Springer.
  •             2013. Nature's Wandering Hands: Painting at the End of the World. Klesis: Revue Philosophique 25: 109-123.
  •             2013. Le temps des voix animales. Chiasmi International 15: 269-282.
  •             2012. Editor, Continental Philosophy: What and Where Will It Be? Fiftieth Anniversary Special Issue of The Southern Journal of Philosophy 50, no. 2. Fourteen articles, 361 pages.
  •             2012. Enjoyment and its Discontents: On Separation from Nature in Levinas. In Facing Nature: Levinas and Environmental Thought, edited by William Edelglass, James Hatley, and Christian Diehm, 161-189. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press.
  •             2011. Six Myths of Interdisciplinarity. Thinking Nature: A Journal on the Concept of Nature 1
  •             2011. The Entomological Difference: On the Intuitions of Hymenoptera. Poligrafi: Journal for Interdisciplinary Study of Religion 16, no. 61-62: 185-214.
  •             2011. "Parentesco Extraño": Merleau-Ponty Sobre La Relación Humano-Animal. Translated by Ana Cristina Ramírez Barreto. Devenires. Revista De Filosofía Y Filosofía De La Cultura 12, no. 23: 83-104.
  •             2011. The Chiasm. In Routledge Companion to Phenomenology, edited by Sebastian Luft and Sören Overgaard, 336-47. London: Routledge.
  •             2010. Life Beyond Biologism. Research in Phenomenology 40, no. 2: 243-266.
  •             2010. Ecological Aesthetics. In Handbook of Phenomenological Aesthetics, edited by Lester Embree and Hans Reiner Sepp, 85-91. Berlin: Springer.
  •             2010. Ecophenomenology and the Resistance of Nature. In Advancing Phenomenology: Essays in Honor of Lester Embree, edited by Philip Blosser and Thomas Nenon, 343-55. Berlin: Springer.
  •             2009. Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Nature. Evanston: Northwestern University Press.
  •             2009. Truth and Resistance. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 30, no. 1: 111-124.
  •             2009. Natural Time and Immemorial Nature. Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existentialism, vol. 34, edited by Peg Birmingham and Len Lawlor. Supplement to Philosophy Today 53: 214-21.
  •             2009. Music, Being, Nature. Corps et Signes. No centenário do Nascimento de Claude Lévi-Strauss e Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Edited by  Jean-Yves Mercury and Nuno Nabais. Colecção Documenta (Lisbon) 5: 167-177.
  •             2008. La resistencia de la verdad en Merleau-Ponty. Investigaciones Fenomenológicas, Special Issue: Merleau-Ponty Desde la Fenomenología en su Primer Centenario, 1908-2008: 237-53.
  •             2008. The Reconversion of Silence and Speech. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 70: 457-77.
  •             2008. Le Passage du temps naturel. Alter: Revue de phénoménologie 16: 157-69.
  •             2008. Phenomenology and 'Hyper-Reflection'. In Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts, edited by Rosalyn Diprose and Jack Reynolds, 17-29. Stocksfield, UK: Acumen Publishing.
  •             2007. The Merleau-Ponty Reader. Edited with Leonard Lawlor. Evanston: Northwestern University Press.
  •             2007. Nature's Edge: Boundary Explorations in Ecological Theory and Practice. Edited with Charles Brown. Albany: SUNY Press.
  •             2007. 'Strange Kinship': Merleau-Ponty on the Human-Animal Relation. Analecta Husserliana 93: 17-32.
  •             2006. Editor, Merleau-Ponty: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers. Four volumes. London: Routledge.


Current Projects

  •             The End of All Things: Eschatology and the Elements (monograph)
  •             Climate Change and the Task of Thinking (edited with Timothy Christion Myers)
  •             Animality and Sovereignty: Reading Derrida's Final Seminars (edited with David Alexander Craig)