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Charles Scott

Charles Scott

Professor of Philosophy Emeritus
240 Sparks


Yale University, B.D., M.A., Ph.D.
Eberhard-Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany
Southern Methodist University, B.A.

Professional Bio

Areas of Specialization

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Existential Thought


  • Beyond Philosophy: Nietzsche, Foucault, Anzaldúa, co-authored with Nancy Tuana, Indiana University Press
  • Living With Indifference, Indiana University Press
  • The Lives of Things, Indiana University Press
  • The Time of Memory, SUNY Press
  • On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Ethics and Politics, Indiana University Press
  • The Question of Ethics, Indiana University Press
  • The Language of Difference, Humanities Press International and Macmillan, London
  • Boundaries in Mind: A Study of Immediate Awareness Based in Psychotherapy, Scholars Press and Crossroads Press

 Recent Articles

  • “Interpreting Silence?” Research in Phenomenology, forthcoming.
  • “Border Arte Philosophy: Altogether Beyond Philosophy,” co-author with Nancy Tuana,  The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2018.
  • “Words, Silence, Experience:  Derrida’s Unheimlich Responsibility.”  Research in Phenomenology, Spring, 2017.
  • “Nepantla: Writing (from) the In-Between, co-author with Nancy Tuana, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2017.
  • “Lives of Idioms,” Epoché 17 (1), 2017.
  • “livingdying,” Mosaic, 2016.
  • “An Infused Dialogue: Part One: Bodies, Fusions, Indifference.” Nancy Tuana, Charles Scott, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2016.
  • “An Infused Dialogue:  Part Two: The Power of Love Without Objectification.”  Charles Scott, Nancy Tuana, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2016.
  • “Technology, Essence, and Everyday Living,” Research in Phenomenology, 2015
  • “Differences, Borders, Fusions,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2015.
  • “Elemental,” Epoché, 2014.
  • “Force of Life and Faith: Nietzsche and Kierkegaard,”  New Nietzsche Studies, 2014 .
  • "Cultural Borders," Research in Phenomenology, 2013.
  • “Sensibility, Violence, Conduct,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2013.
  • "Speaking of Mystery: An Interpretation," Research in Phenomenology, 2012.
  • "Freedom and Oppression in North America," epoché, 2012.
  • “The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy’s Formation and ‘Postmodern’ Thought: The First Twenty-five Years," Journal of Speculative Philosophy (50th anniversary edition), 2012
  • "Ethics at the Boundary," Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2011.
  • "The Betrayal of Democratic Space," Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2010.
  • "Foucault, Genealogy, and Ethics," Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 2009.
  • "Sensibility and Democratic Space," Research in Phenomenology, 2008.
  • “Phenomenological Ethics," Research in Phenomenology, Vol. 37, 2007.

Works in Progress

  • A book on silence and silences
  • A paper with Nancy Tuana on hyper-activism

Fellowships and Awards

  • NEH Fellowship
  • Danforth Interdisciplinary Fellowship
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship
  • Ford Venture Summer Grant
  • Vanderbilt Senior Research Fellowship
  • Diversity Initiative Award, Vanderbilt University


  • Dean of Berkeley College and Instructor in Philosophy, Yale University
  • Assistant, Associate, Professor, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
  • Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Research Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt U.
  • Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt
  • Director, University Center for Ethics, Vanderbilt
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, Vanderbilt
  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University
  • Interim Head, Department of Philosophy, Penn State University
  • Professor of Philosophy, Penn State
Charles Scott
Charles Scott