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    After a long period of neglect that began in his lifetime, why has Schelling reemerged as an important philosopher, germane to contemporary concerns? In the first part of this essay I offer a brief history of Schelling’s early descent into obscurity and gradual ascent back into the light of philosophical relevance. In the second and final part of the essay, I offer a brief survey of the current Schelling resurgence in the English speaking reception of Continental philosophy.
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    Thinkers like Slavoj Žižek and Tim Morton have heralded the end of our ideological constructions of nature, warning that popular “ecology” or the “natural” is just the latest opiate of the masses. Attempting to think what I call Nature after Nature, I turn to the Kamakura period Zen master Dōgen Eihei to explore the possibilities of thinking Nature in its non-ideological self-presentation or what Dōgen called “mountains and rivers.” I bring Dōgen into dialogue with his great champion, the Americ…Read more
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    Animal desiring: Nietzsche, Bataille, and a world without image
    Research in Phenomenology 31 (1): 96-112. 2001.
    This paper addresses the question of the earth. I center this effort on a reading of the figure of animality in the writings of Nietzsche and Bataille. I begin by accepting one of the decisive questions (die Entscheidungen) that Heidegger poses in the Beiträge zur Philosophie: "Whether nature is degraded to the exploitative place of calculation and furnishing and to an opportunity to 'have an experience' or whether nature as the self-closing Earth bears the opening of a world without image." In …Read more
  •  38
    Nietzsche’s Joy
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (1): 117-139. 2005.
    This essay is devoted to an examination of the relationship between truth and laughter in the works of Nietzsche. My central text shall be the much malignedbook four of Zarathustra, with special attention paid to the braying of the ass. Laughter has been traditionally considered irrelevent to serious philosophical content and, at best, a stylistic quirk. I argue that this stems from a basic predjudice that is constitutive of a large part of the Western tradition, namely, the confusion of working…Read more
  •  31
    Lactification and Lynching: Fanon and Linguistic Narcissism
    International Studies in Philosophy 38 (4): 143-154. 2006.
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    David Pollard and Philosophy
    Research in Phenomenology 46 (1): 117-134. 2016.
    _ Source: _Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 117 - 134 This essay attends to both the critical and poetic work of David Pollard. In so doing, it not only engages the works themselves, but also allows the contours of such an engagement to manifest themselves, both with regards to the works at hand and more broadly. What does reading and thinking with Pollard give us to experience about reading and thinking as such?
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    The Dark Night is also a Sun: Bataille’s Thanotic Mendacity in Red America
    International Studies in Philosophy 40 (1): 129-142. 2008.
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    Søren Kierkegaard and the Common Man
    Review of Metaphysics 57 (2): 387-389. 2003.
    Jørgen Bukdhal’s study is a quietly moving and deceptively simple corrective to Kierkegaard’s reception. First published in Danish in 1961, it dispels the image of a lonely, angst-ridden individual, hopelessly mired in interiority and oblivious to concrete social ills. By deftly and eruditely elucidating the problematics of his time and by following the full expanse of his philosophical career, Bukdahl’s Kierkegaard comes closer to someone like Levinas. For “what matters is to exist for the sake…Read more
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    The varieties of sick experience: Nietzsche, James, and the art of health
    Veritas – Revista de Filosofia da Pucrs 54 (1): 101-112. 2009.
    The essay seeks to bring William James into dialogue with Friedrich Nietzsche around the issue of the nature of sickness, and its overcoming or convalescence. It is, at first glance, folly to reconcile religious rebirth with the convalescence that led Nietzsche to the “great health.” To try and see beyond this folly, we will consider carefully the site in which health emerges for both thinkers. This discussion is further motivated by an interest in the prospects for religion after the death of G…Read more
  •  18
    Schelling Now: Contemporary Readings (edited book)
    Indiana University Press. 2004.
    These 14 essays bring Schelling in tune with such luminaries as Heidegger, Derrida, Bataille, Foucault, Deleuze, Levinas, and Irigaray and situate him squarely in the centre of current themes.
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    Mitwissenschaft
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (2): 215-232. 2004.
    This essay seeks to explicate the ethical dimension of Schelling’s project. Schelling complicates the theory/praxis distinction by arguing that these two modalities are different sides of the same movement in thinking. I attempt to establish this by first examining Schelling’s early essay, Neue Deduktion des Naturrechts, and then by turning to his celebrated Freedom essay. Although I chiefl y examine an early work and then a work from his middle period, I contend that the ethical dimension gover…Read more
  •  17
    The Vegetative Soul
    International Studies in Philosophy 38 (4): 171-172. 2006.
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    In This Issue
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 7 (1): 6-7. 2015.
  •  13
    In This Issue
    with Michael Schwartz
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 2 (2): 153-154. 2010.
    In this Issue Content Type Journal Article Pages 7-9 Authors Jason M. Wirth Michael Schwartz Journal Comparative and Continental Philosophy Online ISSN 1757-0646 Print ISSN 1757-0638 Journal Volume Volume 4 Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 1 / 2012
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    When Species Meet
    Environmental Philosophy 5 (2): 165-170. 2008.
  •  11
    Nietzsche’s Joy: On Laughter’s Truth
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (1): 117-139. 2005.
    This essay is devoted to an examination of the relationship between truth and laughter in the works of Nietzsche. My central text shall be the much malignedbook four of Zarathustra, with special attention paid to the braying of the ass. Laughter has been traditionally considered irrelevent to serious philosophical content and, at best, a stylistic quirk. I argue that this stems from a basic predjudice that is constitutive of a large part of the Western tradition, namely, the confusion of working…Read more
  •  11
    In This Issue
    with Michael Schwartz
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 3 (1): 9-10. 2011.
  •  10
    The Barbarian Principle: Merleau-Ponty, Schelling, and the Question of Nature (edited book)
    State University of New York Press. 2013.
    Essays exploring a rich intersection between phenomenology and idealism with contemporary relevance
  •  10
    You Must Change Your Life: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Birth of Sense (review)
    International Studies in Philosophy 37 (4): 152-153. 2005.
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    The Use and Abuse of Philosophy for Life: Notes on McCumber’s On Philosophy: Notes from a Crisis
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 6 (2): 196-202. 2014.
    John McCumber’s new book takes up the current professional crisis in the discipline of philosophy and traces it back to a series of fateful philosophical distinctions that have resulted in an oppressively substantialist disposition and, in so doing, have rendered philosophy pernicious. When humankind thrives, philosophy wanes, but when philosophy thrives, humankind generally wanes. In reviewing McCumber’s timely and important work, I also reflect on philosophy’s current crisis of relevance, both…Read more
  •  8
    In This Issue
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 11 (1): 4-5. 2019.
    Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2019, Page 4-5.
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    Review Article
    Research in Phenomenology 39 (1): 135-142. 2009.