Continental Philosophy

At Emory, “continental philosophy” is as much a set of philosophical orientations as it is an area of study wherein faculty members critically explore and assess figures and traditions that have emerged across Europe’s late 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, at times in relation to other philosophical periods and traditions, including American philosophy as well as ancient philosophy.

Figures of ongoing concern include Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Cassirer, Adorno, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, Foucault, Deleuze, and Kristeva. (Our affiliated faculty also bring expertise in Benjamin, Derrida, Foucault, and Levinas.)

More broadly, faculty also work with traditions such as critical social theory, existentialism, French feminism, German idealism, German romanticism, phenomenology, post-structuralism, and psychoanalysis.

Selected Publications

Jeremy Bell and Michael Nass, Eds. Plato’s Animals: Gadflies, Horses, Swans, and Other Philosophical Beasts. Indiana University Press, 2015.
Susan Bredlau. “On Perception and Trust: Merleau-Ponty and the Emotional Significance of Our Relations with Others.” Continental Philosophy Review. 2016.
Susan Bredlau. “An Organism of Words: Merleau-Ponty on Embodiment, Language and Literature.” Phenomenology and the Arts. Eds. Licia Carlson and Peter Costello. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. 2016. 165-175
Thomas R. Flynn. Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason, Volume One: Toward an Existential Theory of History. University of Chicago, 1997.
Thomas R. Flynn. Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason, Volume Two: A Poststructuralist Mapping of History. University of Chicago, 2005.
Noëlle McAfee. “Inner Experience and Worldly Revolt: Arendt’s Bearings on Kristeva’s Project,” Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 2014, Vol. 22(2): 26-35.
Noëlle McAfee. Democracy and the Political Unconscious, Columbia University Press, 2008.
Andrew J. Mitchell. “Rethinking Thinking: Heidegger in the 1950s.” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 8: 1. 2017. 115–29.
Andrew J. Mitchell. The Fourfold: Reading the Late Heidegger. Northwestern University Press, 2015.
John Lysaker. Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought. University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.
John Lysaker. You Must Change Your Life: Poetry and the Birth of Sense. The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002.
John J. Stuhr.  John J. Stuhr, "Pragmatism and Difference:  What’s the Use of Calling Deleuze a Pragmatist?” Deleuze and Pragmatism. eds. P. Patton, S. Bagnall, and S. Bowden. Routledge, 2014. 

John J. Stuhr, “Difference, Indifference, and Description." Epoché, 17:1, 2012. 25-37

Michael Sullivan. “Between Impotence and Illusion: Adorno’s Art of Theory and Practice.” New German Critique. 57. 1992. 87-122 -- with John Lysaker
Donald Phillip Verene. The Origins of the Philosophy of Symbolic Forms: Kant, Hegel, and Cassirer. Northwestern University Press, 2011.
Donald Phillip Verene. Hegel’s Absolute. SUNY Press, 2007.
George Yancy, "Forms of Spatial and Textual Alienation: The Lived Experience of Philosophy as Occlusion." Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 35:1-2: 2014, 7-22

Recent Courses

531 Emerson & Nietzsche (Lysaker)
540 Merleau-Ponty (Bredlau)
540 Sartre and Foucault (Flynn)
540 Heidegger and Holderlin (Mitchell)
541 Foucault's The Order of Things (Flynn)
541 Arendt (McAfee)
541 Heidegger's Reading of Nietzsche (Mitchell)
541 James, Deleuze, and Radical Empiricism (Stuhr)
554 Critical Theory (Lysaker & Sullivan)
556 Cassirer (Verene)
556 Phenomenology (Bredlau)
556 Phenomenology and Race (Yancy)
789 Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Political Philosophy (McAfee)
789 Irigaray & Kristeva (McAfee)