Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy
246 Sparks Building
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
Areas of Specialization
- Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy
- Bergson’s Creative Evolution and The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (Spring 2018)
- Deconstruction: Theory and Practice, including Given Time, The Gift of Death, and the Death Penalty Lectures (Spring 2019)
- What is Philosophy, including Merleau-Ponty’s In Praise of Philosophy, Deleuze and Guattari’s What is Philosophy, and Agamben’s What is Philosophy (Spring 2020)
- 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)
- “‘Sacrifice a Cock to Asclepius’: The Reception of Socrates in Foucault’s Final Writings,” in Brill Companion to the Reception of Socrates, ed., Christopher Moore, (Leiden: Brill, 2019), pp. 928-949.
- “Power and Intensity: Difference and Repetition, Chapters Four and Five,” in Deleuze and Guattari Studies 13.3 (2019): 445-453.
- “The Most Difficult Task: On the Idea of an Impure, Pure Non-Violence (in Derrida),” in Studia Phaenomenologica (special issue on the phenomenology of violence), volume 19/2019: 11-20.
- “Machine à Contingence”: Bergson’s Theory of Freedom in L’évolution du problème de la liberté,” in Lo Sguardo, N. 26, 2018 (I), special issue on Bergson: “Bergson Dal Vito”: 47-64.
- “Violence and Reactions,” in The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Volume 56, Issue 3 (September 2018) (Symposium on the Thought of Leonard Lawlor): 403-413.
- “Difference and Dependency, Violence and Sublimation: Two Questions for Kelly Oliver,” in Philosophy Today, Volume 62, Issue 2 (spring 2018): 607-617.
- “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.
- Translation of Renaud Barbaras’ Introduction à la phénoménologie de la vie, delivered to Indiana University Press in April 2019.
- Interview on Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception, Études phénoménologues – Phenomenological Studies, forthcoming in 2020.
- “The Noumenon Closest to the Phenomenon: The Other in Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition,” in a volume edited by Vincente Munoz-Reja and Zach Joachim for the Routledge Research in Phenomenology series.
- “The Categorical Imperative and not being Unworthy of the Event: Ethics in Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition,” in The Vocation of Philosophy: On the Theory and Practice of Philosophical Cognition, eds., Brady Bowman and Birgit Sandkaulen.
- “Bergson on the True Intellect: The Tripartite Concept of Virtuality,” in Interpreting Bergson, edited by Alex Lefebvre, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
- “God Needs Us: On the Ideal Genesis of Matter in Bergson’s Creative Evolution (and The Two Sources of Morality and Religion),” for On Nietzsche, Bergson, Dewey, and Darwinism, ed. Antoine Daratos, 2019.
- “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.
- Scholar Session on the Works of Michael Naas, the Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, October 2019, Duquesne University.
- “The Ultimate Meaning of Counter-Actualization: On the Ethics of the Univocity of Being in Logic of Sense,” at the International Deleuze Congress, London, England, July 1-9, 2019.
- Book on Deleuze concerning his three books at the end of the Sixties (Difference and Repetition, Spinoza: Expressionism in Philosophy, and Logic of Sense).
Leonard Lawlor podcast (with Prof. Bikas K. Chakrabartiand Prof. Sudipta Maiti) on "Murmurs before Arrival": https://syntalk.wordpress.com/episodes/turn-five/tmba/