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    Unconditioned by the Other
    Idealistic Studies 45 (2): 125-147. 2015.
    Much philosophy of the last few decades has witnessed a turn toward otherness and a corresponding calling into question of the autonomy of the agent. In my paper I attempt to re-conceive what agency is in light of this emphasis placed on otherness. I undertake this reconsideration through an analysis of the concepts of unconditionality in Kant and of conditioning by the other in Levinas. Through these analyses I arrive at a new concept: the unconditioning of the agent by the other. I then provid…Read more
  • The infinite supplicant: On a limit and a prayer
    In Bruce Ellis Benson & Norman Wirzba (eds.), The Phenomenology of Prayer, Fordham University Press. 2005.
  •  48
    Introduction: Kierkegaard’s Challenge to the Single Individual in the Present Age
    with Avron Kulak
    The European Legacy 18 (7): 1-2. 2013.
    No abstract
  •  59
    International Studies in Philosophy 35 (4): 223-225. 2003.
  •  15
    Biblical Philosophy: an Introduction
    with Avron Kulak
    Sophia 54 (4): 491-496. 2015.
  •  16
    Introduction: Varieties of Continental Philosophy and Religion
    Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 20 (1): 1-10. 2016.
  • Religion (review)
    International Studies in Philosophy 36 (4): 112-114. 2004.
  •  159
    Deconstruction and creation: an Augustinian deconstruction of Derrida
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 66 (1): 15-32. 2009.
    In recent continental philosophy of religion there has been significant attention paid to the Abrahamic doctrines of creation ex nihilo and divine omnipotence, especially by deconstructive thinkers such as Derrida, Caputo, and Keller. For these thinkers, the doctrine represents a form of agency that does violence to various forms of alterity. While broadly supportive of their fundamental philosophical and ethico-political views, especially about the primordiality of alterity, I differ from them …Read more
  •  18
    In this essay I argue that Down by Law (Jarmusch, 1986) is about how the encounter with otherness renews freedom and American identity. I first develop the idea of renewal through otherness by way of a discussion of Levinas' philosophy of freedom and Arendt's notion natality, contrasting it with the idea of negative liberty, which I explicate through a discussion of Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, and Tocqueville. Next, I show how negative liberty is engrained in the idea of America through a discussion …Read more
  •  7
    Symposium 20 (1): 1-10. 2016.
  •  16
    Using Kierkegaard’s birthday as my starting point, my essay contends that in order to celebrate Kierkegaard’s birth we have to bring him into our present age, which task involves understanding how his thought is related to modernity. I first explain how, from Kierkegaard’s point of view, any celebration risks being mere celebrity and nostalgia, and discuss the conception of temporality that Kierkegaard identifies as undergirding both concepts. To counteract the temporality of celebrity and nosta…Read more