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Sean D. Kirkland

  • Associate Professor and Director of Teaching Practicum
  • PhD​​​
  • Philosophy
  • Faculty
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PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook

Sean was educated at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and also in Germany at the Bergische Universitaet, Wuppertal. His primary interest is in ancient Greek philosophy, but he also works in contemporary continental philosophy, specifically phenomenology.

His monograph, The Ontology of Socratic Questioning in Platos Early Dialogues, appeared in 2012 with SUNY Press. It won the 2013 Book of the Year award from Symposium, the journal of the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy.

He is currently working on two other book-length projects. One, tentatively titled Aristotle and Tragic Temporality, is near completion and undertakes a study of temporality (or the ontological structure of the present moment) as it appears in Aristotle's Poetics, then in the Ethics/Politics, and finally in the Physics. The other, still at an early stage, is an interpretation of Nietzsche's philosophy of history.

Sean has also co-edited two collections of essays. The Returns of Antigone: Interdisciplinary Essays, co-edited with Tina Chanter, appeared in November of 2014 with SUNY Press. The other, co-edited with Eric Sanday, is entitled A Companion to Ancient Philosophy and is under review with Northwestern University Press. It presents a continental alternative to traditional primer volumes, the essays employing more textually focused interpretive approaches leading to fundamental insights rather than the synoptic summary statements one usually finds in such collections.

Sean's work has appeared in various essay collections, including "Heidegger and Greek Philosophy" in The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger with Bloomsbury Publishing (eds. E. Nelson and F. Raffoul) and "Speed and Tragedy in Cocteau and Sophocles" in Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism with Oxford University Press (eds. S. E. Wilmer and A. Zukauskaite). Finally, he has published in a number of journals including Ancient Philosophy, Epoché, Research in Phenomenology, The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Continental Philosophy Review, the Bochumer philosophisches Jahrbuch für Antike und Mittelalter, and The Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium on Ancient Philosophy.

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