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  • James Dodd

    Professor of Philosophy


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    James Dodd


    James Dodd is Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research.

    Concentrations: Husserl; Heidegger; phenomenology.

    I turned to philosophy when I realized that there were common questions that drive very different kinds of disciplines, from anthropology to mathematics, from history to the natural sciences. I became dedicated to philosophy, both as a researcher and a teacher, when I learned just how powerfully and rigorously these questions could be articulated in philosophical conversation. Philosophy does not replace the diversity of intellectual pursuit, but it does illuminate the common horizon of questioning that all of these disciplines share--for they all equally engage fundamental questions such as "Who are we?" "What is just?" "What is truth?" "What is the world?" For this reason, I believe, philosophy is essential to any education in the arts and sciences, since it provides the best hope for a grasp of the comprehensive meaning of education itself.

    Degrees Held

    PhD 1996, Boston University

    Recent Publications

    Recent Books

    Phenomenological Reflections on Violence. A Skeptical Approach. Studies in Philosophy. New York: Routledge, 2017.

    Phenomenology, Architecture, and the Built World. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

    Violence and Phenomenology. Studies in Philosophy. New York: Routledge, 2009; Paperback, 2014.

    Recent Articles

    “O co usilovala asubjektivní fenomenologie“ ["On the Promise of an Asubjective Phenomenology”], trans. Jan Frei, in: Filosocký časopsis 6/65 (2017): 855- 871.

    Polemos in Jan Patočka's Political Thought,” in: Thinking After Europe: JanPatočka and Politics. Tava, ed. London: Rowman and Littlefield. August 2016: 77-94.

    "Deep History. Reflections on the Archive and the Lifeworld,” in: Historical Apriori inHusserl and Foucault. Allen and Aldea, eds. Special issue of Continental Philosophy Review49/1 (2016): 29-39.

    “Philosophy in Dark Times. An Essay on Jan Patočka’s Philosophy of History,” in: Religion, War, and the Crisis of Modernity. A Special Issue Dedicated to the Philosophy of Jan Patočka . The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy  XIV. Hagedorn and Dodd, eds. London: Routledge, 2015: 64-92.

    “Clarity, Fiction, and Description,” in: Commentary on Husserl's Ideas I . Andrea Staiti, ed. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2015: 159-176.

    “Aristotle and Phenomenology,” in: Phenomenology in a New Key—Between Analysis and History: Essays in Honor of Richard Cobb-Stevens. Bloechl and de Warren, eds. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015.

    Curriculum Vitae

    Current Courses

    Basic Problems of Phenomenolog
    GPHI 6074, Fall 2021

    Ind Senior Project
    LPHI 4990, Fall 2021

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2021

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Fall 2021

    Plato's City in Speech
    LPHI 2013, Fall 2021

    Future Courses

    Husserl & Kant
    GPHI 6550, Spring 2022

    Ind Senior Project
    LPHI 4990, Spring 2022

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Spring 2022

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Spring 2022

    Philosophy of Sartre
    LPHI 2023, Spring 2022

    Past Courses

    Ind Senior Project
    LPHI 4990, Spring 2021

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Spring 2021

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Spring 2021

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