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Why Philosophy?

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Overall, philosophy is an excellent part of any student's general University Education. Courses in philosophy can be taken towards several degrees; and virtually all programs of study at SDSU can be enriched by the inclusion of one or more of our courses. Masters programs are offered for students who wish to go on to do graduate study in Philosophy.

Atterton

Peter Atterton
Ph.D. Essex University
Professor
Chair of Department
Director of the Institute for Ethics & Public Affairs

 

Publications

Books

Radicalizing Levinas (with Matthew Calarco) (Albany: SUNY Press, 2010).

Levinas Studies. An Annual Review, Vol. V (Pittsburg, PA.: Duquesne University Press, 2010).

Levinas and Buber: Dialogue and Difference (with Matthew Calarco and Maurice Friedman) (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2004). Translated into Spanish: Levinas y Buber, diálogo y diferencias (Argentina: Lilmod Ediciones, 2005).

Animal Philosophy: Essential Readings in Continental Thought (with Matthew Calarco, and with a preface by Peter Singer) (New York: Continuum, 2004).

On Levinas (with Matthew Calarco) (Belmont: Wadsworth, 2004).

The Continental Ethics Reader (with Matthew Calarco) (London: Routledge, 2003).

Articles and Book Chapters

"Do I Have the Right to Be?" New York Times, 6 July 2014, Sunday Review Section, p. 8. An extended version appears in The Stone philosophy series at http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/05/do-i-have-the-right-to-be/

"'More Human than Human': Blade Runner and Being-Toward-Death." Blade Runner (Philosophers on Film Series), ed. Amy Coplan and David Davies (New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2015).

"Dignity and the Other: Dignity and the Phenomenological Tradition." The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, eds. Marcus Düwell, Jens Braarvig, Roger Brownsword, and Dietmar Mieth (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2014), 276-285.

“Facing Animals.” Facing Nature: Levinas and Environmental Thought, eds. William Edelglass, Christian Diehm and James Hatley (Pittsburg, PA.: Duquesne University Press, 2012), 25-39.

“Levinas and Our Moral Responsibility Toward Animals,” Inquiry 54 (6) (2011): 633-649.

“Nourishing the Hunger of the Other: A Rapprochement between Levinas and Darwin,”Symplokē 19 (1) (2011): 17-33.

“What It Means to Be an American Today: Democracy ‘To Come’,” Culture and Dialogue 1 (2) (2011): 37-61.

“Morality in the Laboratory” (co-authored with Joelle Hansel). In Levinas Studies. An Annual Review, Vol. VI (Pittsburg, PA.: Duquesne University Press, 2011): 1-3.

“Editor’s Introduction: The Early Levinas (1930–49) and the Escape from Being.” In Levinas Studies. An Annual Review, Vol. 5, ed. Peter Atterton (Pittsburg, PA.: Duquesne University Press, 2010), pp. vii-xiv.

“Editors’ Introduction: The Third Wave of Levinas Scholarship” (with Matthew Calarco). In Radicalizing Levinas, eds. Peter Atterton and Matthew Calarco (Albany: SUNY Press, 2010), pp. ix-xvii.

“A Duty to Be Charitable? A Rigoristic Reading of Kant.” Kant-Studien 98 (2) (2007): 135-155.

“‘The Talking Cure’: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis.” The Psychoanalytic Review 94 (4) (August 2007): 553-576. Reprinted in Radicalizing Levinas (Albany: SUNY Press, 2010).

“Levinas, Justice, and Just War.” Levinas in Jerusalem, ed. Joelle Hansel (Dordrecht: Springer, 2008), 141-153.

“Art, Religion, and Ethics Post Mortem Dei: Levinas and Dostoyevsky.” Levinas Studies: An Annual Review, Vol. II, ed. Jeffrey Bloechl (Pittsburg, PA.: Duquesne University Press, 2007), 105-132.

“Philosophy as a Practice for Life.” Philosophical Practice 1 (2) (2005): 89-93.
 
“A Sign of Things to Come? On Emmanuel Levinas” (co-authored with Matthew Calarco and Joelle Hansel). Modern Judaism 25 (3) (2005): 285-286.

“Ethical Cynicism.” In Animal Philosophy (New York: Continuum, 2004), 51-61.
 
“Face-to-Face with the Other Animal?” In Levinas and Buber: Dialogue and Difference (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2004), 262-281. Translated into Spanish: “Cara a cara con lo otro no humano,” in Levinas y Buber, diálogo y diferencias [Argentina: Lilmod Ediciones, 2005).

“Derrida’s Gift to Levinas: The Feminine.” International Studies in Philosophy 35 (2) (2003): 1-26.

“Emmanuel Levinas.” In Postmodernism: The Key Figures. Eds. Hans Bertens and Joseph Natoli (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), 231-8.

“From Transcendental Freedom to the Other” In In Proximity: Emmanuel Levinas and the 18th Century. Eds. Melvyn New, Robert Bernasconi, and Richard A. Cohen (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2001), 327-54.

“The Proximity Between Levinas and Kant: The Primacy of Pure Practical Reason.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 40 (3) (1999): 61-77.

“Levinas’s Skeptical Critique of Metaphysics and Anti-humanism.” Philosophy Today 41 (4) (1997): 491-506. Reprinted in Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments, vol. 1, ed. Claire Katz with Lara Trout (New York: Routledge, 2005), 7-31.

“Power’s Blind Struggle for Existence: Foucault, Genealogy and Darwinism.” History of the Human Sciences Journal 7 (4) (1994): 1-20.

“Levinas and the Language of Peace: A Response to Derrida.” Philosophy Today 36 (1) (1992): 59-70.

Reviews

Review of Michael L. Morgan, The Cambridge Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas (Cambridge UP, 2011). In Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, July 18, 2011, 8 pp.

Review of Michael L. Morgan, Discovering Levinas (Cambridge UP, 2008). In Perspectives on Political Science 36, 4, Fall 2007.

Review of Lynne Sharpe, Creatures Like Us? (Imprint Academic, 2005). In Times Literary Supplement, June 2005, 29.

Translations from French into English

Josy Eisenberg & Emmanuel Levinas, " An Interview with Emmanuel Levinas." In Levinas Studies. An Annual Review, Vol. VI (Pittsburg, PA.: Duquesne University Press, 2011): 3-8.

Emmanuel Levinas, "The Meaning of Religious Practice." Modern Judaism 25, 3 (2005): 286-289. Reprinted in Levinas Studies. An Annual Review, Vol. 5, ed. Peter Atterton (Pittsburg, PA.: Duquesne University Press, 2010).

Emmanuel Levinas, "On Buber" (Interview). In Levinas and Buber: Dialogue and Difference (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2003).

Emmanuel Levinas, "Substitution" (with Graham Noctor). In Emmanuel Levinas: Basic Philosophical Writings. Eds. Robert Bernasconi, Simon Critchley and Adriaan Peperzak (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996), 79-95.

Emmanuel Levinas, "Peace and Proximity." In Emmanuel Levinas: Basic Philosophical Writings (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996), 161-69.

Emmanuel Levinas, "Is Ontology Fundamental?" In Philosophy Today 33, 2 (1989): 121-29. Reprinted in Emmanuel Levinas: Basic Philosophical Writings. Eds. Robert Bernasconi, Simon Critchley and Adriaan Peperzak (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996), 1-10.

 

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