• Phusis in pre-Socratic thought : seeking with Xenophanes
    In Sean D. Kirkland & Eric Sanday (eds.), A Companion to Ancient Philosophy, Northwestern University Press. 2018.
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    A careful reading of the Gorgias along with related dialogues, such as the Apology, the Theaetetus, and other texts, shows that agonism is indispensable to the critique of prevailing opinions, to the transformation of the interlocutor through shame-inducing elenchos, and to philosophy as an ongoing, lifelong ‘training’ (askêsis) of oneself in relation to others. In this way, following Plato’s texts in understanding philosophy as agôn involves rethinking philosophy as an engaged contestation of o…Read more
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    Cormac McCarthy and the Bioethical
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 23 (2): 57-70. 2016.
    This essay argues for a distinction between bioethics in the customary sense and the “bioethical”—where the latter involves exploration of disturbing literary and/or artistic material. The “bioethical” signifies an affective and imaginative sphere in which we experience the mattering-to-us-morally of other human beings and non-human animals. The essay further argues that Cormac McCarthy’s writings allow us to explore the bioethical, with certain philosophical implications of this discussed in de…Read more
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    The Elenctic Speech of the Laws in Plato’s Crito
    Ancient Philosophy 24 (1): 37-65. 2004.
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    Basic Concepts of Aristotelian Philosophy (edited book)
    Indiana University Press. 2009.
    Volume 18 of Martin Heidegger's collected works presents his important 1924 Marburg lectures which anticipate much of the revolutionary thinking that he subsequently articulated in Being and Time. Here are the seeds of the ideas that would become Heidegger's unique phenomenology. Heidegger interprets Aristotle's Rhetoric and looks closely at the Greek notion of pathos. These lectures offer special insight into the development of his concepts of care and concern, being-at-hand, being-in-the-world…Read more
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    The Situation of Epistemology in Plato’s Theaetetus
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (2): 241-260. 2015.
    While it may be controversial to categorize Plato’s Theatetetus as “epistemological,” given what is implied by this term, the dialogue does offer a discourse on knowledge, at least in the minimal sense of questioning knowledge. But more than that, the dialogue “situates” its questioning, and its critical examination of attempted definitions of knowledge, in two ways that are particularly illuminating: first, its dramatization of Socrates coming-to-know Theaetetus through philosophical dialogue; …Read more
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    The Trial of Socrates in Plato’s Symposium
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (1): 39-55. 2009.
    While many scholarly interpretations of Plato’s Symposium express skepticism toward the content of Alcibiades’ speech, this essay argues Alcibiades’ portrait of Socrates is credible on the whole, is consistent with the portrayal of Socrates elsewhere, and is of great significance for our understanding of philosophical eros as exemplified in Socrates’ philosophical activity. Furthermore, by putting Socrates on trial for hybris, Alcibiades’ speech raises important philosophical questions as to whe…Read more
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    The philosophical rhetoric of socrates' mission
    Philosophy and Rhetoric 37 (2): 143-166. 2004.
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    On the Fatefulness of Vision: Heidegger, Hegel, and the Greeks
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 6 (1/2): 55-73. 1998.
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    The Elemental Sallis: On Wonder and Philosophy's "Beginning"
    Journal of Speculative Philosophy 27 (2): 208-215. 2013.
    One will never be able to interrogate wonder philosophically except by way of a questioning that the operation of wonder will already have determined. It is a well-known teaching in the writings of both Plato and Aristotle that wonder (thauma) is the beginning of philosophy. But few philosophers have given wonder much thought—certainly, no philosopher that I am aware of has, like Professor Sallis, returned time and again to think through wonder. Sallis’s thinking through wonder is guided by his …Read more
  • The True Character of Elenchos
    Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik. 2006.
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    Rethinking 'Bodenständigkeit' in the Technological Age
    Research in Phenomenology 42 (1): 49-66. 2012.
    Abstract Although the concept of “groundedness/autochthony“ ( Bodenständigkeit ) in Heidegger's writings receives far less scholarly attention than, for example, that of “releasement“ ( Gelassenheit ), a careful examination of the famous “ Gelassenheit “ speech of 1955 demonstrates that, in fact, Bodenständigkeit is the core concept around which everything else turns. Moreover, in the “ Gelassenheit “ speech and the writings on Hebel that follow, Heidegger understands Bodenständigkeit to be, fun…Read more
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    The futures of history
    Research in Phenomenology 27 (1): 262-270. 1997.
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    The truth of shame-consciousness in Freud and phenomenology
    Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 31 (1): 1-18. 2000.
    This paper addresses the philosophical problems posed by shame-consciousness, specifically with respect to the question as to whether the feelings of shame signify an apprehension of truth. After reviewing several methodological problems posed by shame-consciousness, the paper takes up the theoretical treatment of shame in Freud, Scheler, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty, in order to show how shame illuminates the constitution of subjectivity by power relations in society. This psychoanalytic and pheno…Read more
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  • Brill Online Books and Journals
    Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 31 (1). 2000.