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Areas of specialty:
• History of modern philosophy
• Philosophy of religion
• Continental philosophy (social/political philosophy; Jan Patočka; East-European philosophy; Existentialism)
• Philosophy and literature (especially philosophical styles; rhetorical devices in philosophy; the artist-philosophers; Nietzsche as an artist; Dostoevsky as a thinker)
Areas of competence:
• Interdisciplinary humanities; Philosophy and the arts (especially film); Intellectual History; 19th century European philosophy; East-European studies
|Address:||The Honors College
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for H-Ideas
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• 2004: Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Durham, United Kingdom
• 1998: MA (First Class) in Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania (1997-1998)
• 1997: BA (First Class) in Philosophy, University of Bucharest (1992-1997)
• 2006-current: Assistant Professor of Humanities (tenure-track position), The Honors College, Texas Tech University (Texas)
• 2004-2006: Havighurst Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy & Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University (Ohio)
• 2005 (Summer) & 2006 (Summer): Visiting Professor, European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin, Germany
• 2003-2004: Knight Post-Doctoral Fellow, John S. Knight Institute for Writing, Cornell University (New York)
• 2004 (Summer): Visiting Professor, Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)
• 2001-2003: Tutor & Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham (England)
• 1998-2000: Instructor, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest (Romania)
* At Texas Tech University:
• HONS 3301: Seeing Films Philosophically (Spring 2007) [self designed course]
• HUM 2302: A History of the New II (Introduction to Humanities II) (Spring 2007) [self designed course]
• HUM 2301: A History of the New I (Introduction to Humanities I) (Fall 2006) [self designed course]
• HONS 1301: The Brothers Karamazov (Fall 2006) [self designed course]
* At Miami University:
• PHL 360: Religion, Politics and Philosophy in “The Brothers Karamazov” (Fall 2005) [self designed course]
• PHL 440/540 Berkeley (Fall 2005) [graduate seminar; self designed course]
• PHL/POL 410-510: Politics and Philosophies of Time (Spring 2005; Spring 2006) [graduate seminar; self designed course]
• PHL-310/RUS-250: Dostoevsky as a Philosopher (Spring 2005; Spring 2006) [self designed course]
* At Cornell University:
• PHIL 100.11: Philosophy or Literature? The Literary Art of Philosophers (Fall 2003) [writing intensive; self designed course]
* At the European College of Liberal Arts Berlin (Germany):
• Under Western Eyes (Summer 2006) [team taught]
• The Cursed Questions and Modern Man (Summer 2005) [team taught]
* At the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary):
• Cosmologies of History – The Symbolic Organization of Time (Summer 2004) [team taught]
* At University of Durham (England):
• PHIL-2031: Modern Philosophy I (Fall & Spring 2001-2003) [team taught]
* At University of Bucharest (Romania):
• Historical Introduction to Ethics (Fall 1997; Fall 1998; Fall 1999)
• Philosophy of Religion (Spring 1998; Spring 1999; Spring 2000)
I. Books authored
1. The Other Bishop Berkeley. An Exercise in Re-enchantment, Fordham University Press, New York, 2006, xii+227 pp, ISBN: 082322693X (Hardcover)
2. Isaac Bernstein’s Diary [A collection of philosophical-literary essays], Nemira Publishing House, Bucharest, 2001, 186 pp., ISBN 973-569-484-0 [in Romanian]
3. An Introduction to the History of Romanian Philosophy in the 20-th Century, Romanian Cultural Foundation Publishing House, Bucharest, 2000, 264 pp., ISBN 973-577-293-0 [in Romanian]
II. Books translated
1. Robert McElroy, Morality and American Foreign Policy. The Role of Ethics in International Affairs, Paideia Press, Bucharest, 1998, 228 pp. [from English into Romanian]
2. John H. Hallowell, The Moral Foundation of Democracy, Paideia Press, Bucharest, 1997, 120 pp. [from English into Romanian]
III. Journal articles (peer-reviewed):
1. “Rhetoric of Faith and Patterns of Persuasion in Berkeley’s Alciphron,” The Heythrop Journal [Blackwell Publishing], 47: 4 (October 2006), pp. 544-561.
2. “A Time of Crisis – A Crisis of (the Sense of) Time. On the Political Construction of Time,” East-European Politics & Societies [Sage Publications], 19: 2 (May 2005), pp. 260-290.
3. “Alchemists or Ecologists? Some Remarks on the Philosophy of Alchemical Transmutation,” in Acta Philosophica. Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia [Publisher: The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome], Vol. 14: 2 (2005), 261-274
4. “Philosophy as Palimpsest. In Search for an Immemorial Wisdom,” in Existentia. An International Journal of Philosophy [Publisher: Societas Philosophia Classica, Frankfurt am Main & Budapest], Vol. XIV, No 3/4 (Fall 2004), pp. 337-344
5. “‘God is Dreaming You’: Narrative as Imitatio Dei in Miguel de Unamuno” in Janus Head – A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Continental Philosophy, Literature, Phenomenological Psychology and the Arts, 7: 2 (Winter 2004), pp. 453-467
6. “Waiting for the Eschaton: Berkeley’s ‘Bermuda Project’ between Earthly Paradise and Educational Utopia” in The Journal of Utopian Studies, 14: 1 (Spring 2003), pp. 36-50
7. “The Golden Generation and the Iron Guard” [An Essay on Eliade, Cioran, and Ionesco’s Romanian background], in Studii Culturale, Volume 1, 2000, Bucharest, Romania, pp. 84-132 [in Romanian]
8. “Berkeley and Liber Mundi” in Minerva – An Internet Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 3, November 1999, University of Limerick, Ireland [online at: http://www.ul.ie/~philos]
9. “Between Don Quixote and San Juan de la Cruz” [An essay on the Spanish Baroque] in Revista de Filosofie [Romanian Journal of Philosophy], Romanian Academy Publishing House, vol. XLII, nos. 5-6, 1995, pp. 593-599 [in Romanian]
10. “The Spirit of the Classical Logic and the Beginnings of Patristic Theology” in Revista de Filosofie, Romanian Academy Publishing House, vol. XLII, no.1, 1995, pp. 105-109 [in Romanian]
IV. Book chapters (peer-reviewed):
1. “Jan Patočka’s Socratic Art of Dying,” in Costica Bradatan and Serguei Oushakine (Eds.), The State of Ideas. Post-Utopian Reflections (under consideration with Indiana University Press)
2. “Notes on Bishop Berkeley’s America,” in Aurelian Craiutu & Jeffrey Isaac (Eds.), America Seen through European Eyes (University Park, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007) [forthcoming]
3. “Introduction” to Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2007), pp. vii-xv [forthcoming]
4. “Introduction” to Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2006), pp. vii-xv
5. “Introduction” to George Berkeley’s Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2006), pp. vii-xv.
6. “George Berkeley’s ‘Universal Language of Nature’” in Klaas van Berkel & Arjo Vanderjagt (eds.), The Book of Nature in Early Modern and Modern History (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2006), pp. 69-82.
7. “‘One is All, and All is One.’ The Great Chain of Being in Berkeley’s Siris” in Frank O’Gorman & Diana Donald (eds.), Ordering the World in the Eighteenth Century [The Studies in Modern History Series] (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), pp. 63-82.
8. “Liber Mundi: The History of a Metaphor,” in Cahiers of History of Philosophy and Philosophy of Culture (Paideia Press, Bucharest, 2001), pp. 161-175 [in Romanian]
9. “Why Do Philosophers Not Agree With Each Other?,” in Vasile Morar (ed.), Spirit and History (All-Beck Press, Bucharest, 1999), pp. 252-267 [in Romanian]
10. “On the Formal Conditions of Berkeley’s Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous,” in Marin Diaconu (ed.), Aesthetics and Morality (Crater Press, Bucharest, 1998), pp. 245-256 [in Romanian]
11. “One Hundred Years of Underground” [An Essay on Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground] in Vasile Morar (ed.), Ion Ianosi. A Scholar's Life (All-Beck Press, Bucharest, 1998), pp. 231-260 [in Romanian]
V. Dictionary/encyclopedia entries (peer-reviewed):
1. Entries in Bruce Murphy (ed.), Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition (New York., Harper Collins, 2007) [forthcoming]
2. “Idealism” in Heather Looy & Heidi Campbell (eds.), The Science and Religion Primer (Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2007) [forthcoming]
3. Several entries in Denis Huisman, A Dictionary of Major Philosophical Works [the Romanian enlarged version of Dictionnaire des mille oeuvres clés de la philosophie, Éditions Nathan, 1993] (Enciclopedica Publishing House, Bucharest, 2001) [in Romanian]
4. Two entries in Ion Ianosi (ed.), A Dictionary of Romanian Philosophical Works (Humanitas Publishing House, Bucharest, 1997) [in Romanian]
VI. Book reviews in peer-reviewed journals:
1. Review of The Fragment: Towards a History and Poetics of a Performative Genre, by Camelia Elias, in Janus Head – A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Continental Philosophy, Literature, Phenomenological Psychology and the Arts, 9.1 (Summer 2006), pp. 280-284
2. Review of How to Read Nietzsche, by Keith A. Pearson, in Practical Philosophy, Vol. 9, Issue 1 (Spring 2006)
3. Review of Humanism and Secularism: From Petrarch to Valla, by Riccardo Fubini, in European Journal of Cultural Studies, Volume 9.1 (February 2006), pp. 123-125.
4. Review of The Essence of Truth, by Martin Heidegger, in Practical Philosophy, Vol. 8, Issue 2 (Autumn 2005), pp. 49-50.
5. Review of The Passive Eye: Gaze and Subjectivity in Berkeley (via Beckett), by Branka Arsic, in Philosophy in Review/Comptes Rendus Philosophiques, Vol. XXIV, No 4 (August 2004), pp.237-239
6. Review of Heidegger's Way of Thought: Critical and Interpretative Signposts, by Theodore Kisiel, in Practical Philosophy, Vol. 7, Issue 1 (Summer 2004), pp.54-55.
7. Review of Sartre. The Philosopher of the Twentieth Century, by Bernard-Henri Lévi, in Metapsychology Online Book Review, New York, April 30, 2004
8. Review of Hermeneutics as Politics, by Stanley Rosen, in Metapsychology Online Book Review, New York, December 17, 2003
9. Review of Our Practices, Our Selves: or, what it means to be human, by Todd May, in Practical Philosophy, Vol. 6, Issue 2 (Autumn 2003), pp. 83-84
10. Review of Cosmopoiesis. The Renaissance Experiment, by Giuseppe Mazzotta, in Philosophy and Literature, Vol. 27, Issue 2 (October 2003), 471-475
11. Review of Masking the Abject. A Genealogy of Play, by Mechthild Nagel, in Philosophy in Review/Comptes Rendus Philosophiques, Vol. XXIII, No 5 (October 2003), pp. 352-353
12. Review of Anaximander and the Architects: The contribution of Egyptian and Greek architectural technologies to the origins of Greek philosophy, by Robert Hahn, in Philosophy in Review/Comptes Rendus Philosophiques, Vol. XXIII, No 1 (February 2003), pp. 31-33
13. Review of Genius. A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds, by Harold Bloom, in Metapsychology Online Book Review, New York, January 20, 2003
14. Review of Nietzsche. A Philosophical Biography, by Rüdiger Safranski, in Metapsychology Online Book Review, New York, October 24, 2002
15. Review of The Metaphysical Club, by Louis Menand, in Metapsychology Online Book Review, New York, May 20, 2002
16. Review of Textual Narratives and a New Metaphysics, by Raymond T. Shorthouse, in Philosophical Writings, Vol. 18, No 3 (Autumn 2001), pp. 61-63
17. Review of Escape from Freedom, by Erich Fromm, in Adevarul literar si artistic, no. 418 (May 1998) [in Romanian]
18. Review of Sous benefice d’inventaire, by Marguerite Yourcenar, in Adevarul literar si artistic, no. 331 (August 1996) [in Romanian]
19. Review of Face à l’extrême, by Tzvetan Todorov, in Adevarul literar si artistic, no. 329 (July 1996) [in Romanian]
20. Review of Du dandysme et de George Brummell, by Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, in Adevarul literar si artistic, no. 320 (May 1996) [in Romanian]
21. Review of L’image interdite. Une histoire intellectualle de l’iconoclasme, by Alain Besançon, in Adevarul literar si artistic, no 317 (May 1996) [in Romanian]
VII. Guest talks
1. “(History of) philosophy as Palimpsest,” Models and methods of the history of medieval and renaissance philosophy, conference organized by the Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance & Gesellschaft für Philosophie des Mittelalters und der Renaissance, University of Munich, Germany, October 4-6, 2007
2. “Doing Philosophy Interdisciplinarily,” Department of Liberal Studies, California State University at Fullerton, 9 February, 2006.
3. “Who needs Artes Liberales in the Global Village”? Teaching Interdisciplinary Humanities in the 21st Century,” The Honors College, Texas Tech University, 27 January, 2006.
4. “On the Ideals of Liberal Education,” Department of Liberal Studies, Grand Valley State University, 22 April, 2005.
5. “Notes on Bishop Berkeley’s America” [within the symposium America Seen Through Foreign Eyes], Indiana University, Bloomington, 24-27 March, 2005.
6. “Time and (post)communism. On the political construction of time,” Russian and East-European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, 3 November, 2004.
7. “God is dreaming you: On Miguel de Unamuno, Life as a Dream, and Other Divine Tricks,” Department of Philosophy, Miami University, 22 October, 2004.
8. “A Time of Crisis – A Crisis of (the Sense of) Time” [within the symposium The Role of Ideas in the Postcommunism], Miami University Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg, 6-10 July, 2004.
VIII. Selected peer-reviewed conference papers:
1. "The 'terror of history' in Kieslowski’s Blind Chance," Rediscovering Polish Cinema: History – Ideology – Politics, University of Lodz, Poland, 23-25 September, 2006
2. "Philosophy as an Art of Dying," The Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium 2006, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, 2-3 March, 2006.
3. “The book as a metaphor. George Berkeley’s use of liber mundi,” The Book, The Twentieth Annual DeBartolo Conference, University of South Florida, Tampa (FL), 16-18 February, 2006.
4. “‘I was a stranger, and ye took me not in,’ Deus ludens and theology of hospitality in Lars von Trier’s Dogville,” Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, New York City (NY), 27-30 December 2005.
5. “Jan Patočka’s Socratic Art of Dying,” Thinking in/after Utopia, 27-30 October, 2005, Miami University, Oxford (OH), USA.
6. “Between Job and the Grand Inquisitor. Patterns of divine trial in Lars von Trier’s Dogville,” Sacred Text, Sacred Film? Responsible Interpretations of Scriptures in Film and Popular Media, University of Central Florida, Orlando (FL), 3-5April, 2005.
7. “Nature and archetypal knowledge in Berkeley’s Siris,” The Nature of Knowledge, The Nineteenth Annual DeBartolo Conference, University of South Florida, Tampa (FL), 17-19 February, 2005.
8. “Using sources and (almost) nothing else,” Bâtir de nouveaux ponts: sources, méthodes et interdisciplinarité, May 8-9, 2004, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.
9. “On George Berkeley as a Christian Apologist,” Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Regional Meeting, 4-7 December, 2003, Asbury College, Wilmore (KY), USA.
10. “Berkeley’s Educational Utopia,” The Eleventh Quadrennial ISECS Congress on the Enlightenment, 3-10 August, 2003, University of California, Los Angeles (CA), USA (paper awarded a Travel Fellowship by the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies)
11. “Platonism and Berkeley’s Early Philosophical Writings,” George Berkeley International Conference, 3-5 April, 2003, Texas A&M University (TX), USA
12. “Unamuno and Self-Narration as Imitatio Dei,” The Annual Meeting of The Metaphysical Society of America, 7-8 March, 2003, Pennsylvania State University, College Park (PA), USA
13. “Philosophy as Palimpsest,” Philosophy As… A Conference Exploring the Nature and the State of Philosophy, 28-30 November 2002, University of London, United Kingdom
14. “Narrative and human authenticity in Miguel de Unamuno,” The 5th Conference of the Society for European Philosophy, 11-14 September 2002, University of Cork, Cork, Ireland (paper awarded a graduate bursary by the SEP)
15. “The Great Chain of Being in Berkeley’s Siris,” Ordering the World in the 18th Century, “The 5th Conference of the North Western Section of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies,” Manchester Metropolitan University, 12-13 September, 2002 (paper awarded a BSECS bursary)
16. “George Berkeley and the universal language of nature,” The Book of Nature. Continuity and Change in European and American Attitudes towards the Natural World, 22-25 May 2002, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
17. “Lapis philosophorum seu medicina universalis: medication, soteriology and symbolism in medieval alchemy,” The 37-th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, 2-5 May, 2002, Kalamazoo, USA (paper awarded a Congress Travel Award)
18. “George Berkeley: A Modern Alchemist?,” Society Of Christian Philosophers, Central Division Meeting, March 7-9, 2002, Bethel College, St. Paul (MN), USA
19. “The Island: an ideal space for paradisiacal nostalgias, educational utopias and other eschatological enterprises,” The Ninth Annual Conference of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, 15-18 November 2001, Philadelphia (PA), USA (paper presented in absentia)
20. “Communicating Paradigms: Alchemy and Philosophical Modernity in Berkeley,” Universities of Durham and Bergen Philosophy Conference, 27-30 September 2001, University of Bergen, Norway
21. “Matter as a source of Evil in Berkeley and Catharism,” Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness. The 2nd Global Conference, 16-21 March 2001, Anglo-American College, Prague, Czech Republic
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, APPOINTMENTS & SERVICES:
• 2006-present, founder & faculty advisor, Cine-Phil. Foreign Film Student Club, The Honors College, Texas Tech University
• 2006: manuscript reviewer, Princeton University Press
• 2005-present: senior editor, Janus Head. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts (Publisher: Trivium Publications, NY): http://www.janushead.org
• 2004-2007: online editor, Intellectual History network (H-Ideas), H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online: http://www.h-net.org
• 2001-present: member of the editorial board, Minerva — An Internet Journal of Philosophy, University of Limerick, Ireland: http://www.ul.ie/~philos
• 2005: conference coordinator, Thinking in/after Utopia. East-European and Russian philosophy before and after the Collapse of Communism [an international conference], Miami University, 27-30 October, 2005.
• 2004-2005: faculty advisor, Club Evropa [Miami University’s East-European culture student club]
• 2003-2004: member of the editorial board, Revista Respiro: www.respiro.org [on-line multilingual literary quarterly, New York City]
• 2003, May: co-organizer, Durham-Bergen Graduate Philosophy Conference, Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway
• 2002-2003: member, Board of Examiners, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham.
• 2002, May: project leader, Durham-Bergen Graduate Philosophy Conference, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham, United Kingdom
• 2001-2004: contributor, Selected Readings (online bibliographical database), edited by C18-L: Resources for 18th-century studies across the disciplines, Pennsylvania State University, USA
• 1999-2000: member of the editorial board, Studii Culturale, Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest
• 1996-2000: columnist, “Adevarul literar si artistic” [a weekly literary magazine in Bucharest]