History of Philosophy

The study of the history of philosophy has been a long-time strength of Emory’s philosophy department. We regard it as integral to philosophical inquiry and as a stand-alone field of study, where faculty members explore and assess the historical lineage of problems and positions, as well the overall character, development, and influence of key figures.

Multiple figures and traditions orient current research projects, including Aristotle, Emerson, existentialism, German Idealism and Romanticism, Hegel, Hobbes, James, Kant, Plato, pragmatism, Santayana, Sartre, Spinoza, Vico, and transcendentalism.

Various methodologies orient this research, including deconstruction, genealogy, hermeneutics, historicism, and post-colonial and de-colonial theory.  

Selected Publications

Jeremy Bell. “A Toil-Loving Soul: On Sleep, Dreams, and the Forgetting of Self.” Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy, James Ambury & Andrew German, Eds. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming
Jeremy Bell. “The Coherence of Socrates’ Mission.” International Philosophical Quarterly 56:3. 2015. 101-118
Thomas R. Flynn. Sartre: A Philosophical Biography. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Thomas R. Flynn. Sartre and Marxist Existentialism: The Test Case of Collective Responsibility. University of Chicago Press. 1986.
Ursula Goldenbaum. “Leibniz‘s Metaphysical Concept of Time and its Meaning for History as a Science,” in: Studia Leibnitiana, XLIV, 1 (2012), pp. 107-125. 
Ursula Goldenbaum. “Leibniz‘ Marginalia on the Back of the Title of Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus,” in: The Leibniz Review 2008, 269-272.
Dilek Huseyinzadegan.  “Kant’s Political ZweckmässigkeitKantian Review 20/3. (2015): 421-44
Dilek Huseyinzadegan. “Hegel’s Radicalization of Kantian Dualisms: The Debate between Kant and Hegel.” Hegel-Jahrbuch 21 (2015): 155-60
Marta Jimenez. “Aristotle on Enduring Evils While Staying Happy,” in Evil in Aristotle, Pavlos Kontos Ed., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming
Marta Jimenez. “Aristotle on Learning Virtue by Doing Virtuous Actions,” Phronesis 61:1, 2016, 3-32
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John Lysaker. Emerson and Thoreau: Figures of Friendship (Indiana University Press, 2010 — Edited with Bill Rossi)
Andrew J. Mitchell. “The Botany of Romanticism: Goethe, Hegel, Schelling.” Comparative and Continental Philosophy 8: 3. 2016. 315-28
Andrew J. Mitchell. “The Coming of History: Heidegger and Nietzsche Against the Present.” Continental Philosophy Review 46. 2013. 395–411
John J. Stuhr. “A permanência da mudança: Empédocles, Dewey e dois tipos de metafísicas pluralistas de força” (“The Permanence of Change:  Empedocles, Dewey, and Two Kinds of Pluralist Metaphysics of Force”). Cognitio: Revista de Filosofia, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2016. 349-362
John J. Stuhr, Ed., 100 Years of Pragmatism:  William James’s Revolutionary Philosophy, Indiana University Press, 2010.
Donald Phillip Verene. Vico’s New Science: A Philosophical Commentary. Cornell University Press, 2015.
Donald Phillip Verene. The History of Philosophy: A Reader’s Guide; Including a List of 100 Great Philosophical Works from the Pre-Socratics to the Mid-Twentieth Century. Northwestern University Press, 2008.
George Yancy, "Through the Crucible of Pain and Suffering: African American Philosophy as a Gift and the Countering of the Western Philosophical Metanarrative," Educational Philosophy and Theory (2015)

Recent Courses

500 Aristotle (Jimenez)
501 Plato and Aristotle (Jimenez)
520 Renaissance Philosophy and the Humanist Tradition (Verene)
524 Descartes and Spinoza (Goldenbaum)
524 Leibniz (Goldenbaum)
525 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (Huseyinzadegan)
525 Kant's Critique of Judgment (Huseyinzadegan)
531 Fichte, Schelling, Hegel (Mitchell)
531 Hegel's Phenomenology (Verene)
541 Arendt (McAfee)
541 Heidegger's Being & Time (Mitchell)
551 Cosmopolitanism (Stuhr)
789 Dialectics and Four French Philosophers (Flynn)
789 Peirce, James, and the Origins of Pragmatism (Stuhr)