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  • Daniel Rodriguez-Navas

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy


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    Daniel Rodriguez-Navas


    Daniel Rodriguez-Navas works at the intersection of ethics and the history of philosophy. His interest in ethics lies both on theoretical and meta-theoretical questions about the nature of normativity, and on more concrete questions concerning what many think of as mechanisms of exclusion and what the best strategies for dismantling them might be. His historical interests center around the 19th and 20th-century European tradition.   His recent work on the history of philosophy has centered around Foucault’s work on ethics and related topics, specially his early work on psychology, his views about subjectivity (or if you prefer, agency) and autonomy, and on genealogical methodology.  He has also been working on a series of texts developing in some detail what he takes to be the core insights of Foucault’s ethical views, and presenting them in the framework of mainstream Anglo-American ethics.   On the more ‘applied’ side of things, he is currently working on two articles, one on the politics of narrative film, and two approaching the fact that narrative film has largely tended to work as an instrument for the perpetuation of gender inequality, and another one on deportation, where he describes and classifies various argumentative strategies deployed in immigration debates, and offers a ‘multi-pronged’ argument against the deportation, in the United States, of what is usually referred to underaged irregular migrants.

    Degrees Held

    PhD 2016, University of Chicago
    MPhil 2005, Sorbonne

    Recent Publications

    Edited Volumes & Conference Proceedings

    Immanence, Transcendence and Neutrality in Nietzsche’s Genealogical Critique of Morality. Critique in German Philosophy, Acosta, M.D. and McQuillan, C., eds., 2018.  

    Foucault’s Change of Attitude toward Psychology in 1953. Selections from the First Annual Meeting of the Historical Epistemology Research Group, Vagelli et Moya Diez, eds., Presses de la Sorbonne, France. 2017.  

    Does Consciousness Necessitate Self-Awareness? Consciousness and Self-Awareness in Sartre’s The Transcendence of the Ego. Pre-reflexive Consciousness. Sartre and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind. Preyer, Miguens, Morando, eds. Routledge. 2015.  

    Peer-Reviewed Journal

    "Transcendental Imaginations: From the Phenomenological Breakthrough to the Copernican Revolution." Revue Alter, No 14. 2006.  


    "Reduction, Construction, Destruction – of a Three-Way Dialogue: Natorp, Husserl and Heidegger." Jean-Francois Courtine (Daniel R. Rodriguez Navas and Karl Hefty, translation). Philosophiques. Vol. 36, no. 2. 2009.  

    Research Interests

    19th and 20th-century European philosophy, value theory, ethics, normativity, agency, Kant, ancient and Hellenistic ethics, modern ethics, modern epistemology, early analytic philosophy, psychoanalysis, philosophy of film, political philosophy

    Awards And Honors

    Creating Connections Consortium and Middlebury College, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016

    Current Courses


    Foucault: 1976-1979 (Spring 2020)

    Foucault: History of Sexuality (Spring 2020)

    Foucault's Ethical Views

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2020)

    Philosophy of Film

    The Consolation of Philosophy

    Theories of Subjectivity

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