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Adam Knowles, PhD

Adam Knowles, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5034 MacAlister Hall
ajk358@drexel.edu
Phone: 215.895.2433
Fax: 215.895.1071

Education:

  • BA, History, Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin, 2001
  • Magister Artium, South Asian History, Philosophy, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2007
  • MA, Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, 2009
  • PhD, Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, 2014

Bio:

My research combines influences from Continental philosophy, phenomenology, Ancient Greek philosophy, ethics and feminism, drawing especially on Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Irigaray and Derrida. I am currently preparing a book manuscript entitled The Measure of Silence: Heidegger, Language and the Greeks which traces the emergence of silence as a central concern in 20th century philosophy. Prior to joining Drexel University, I was a Visiting Scholar at the Feminism and Legal Theory Project in the School of Law at Emory University where I began a project researching silence as a legal concept by investigating the origins and applications of the Miranda rights. As a teacher I am committed to a vision of philosophy that links contemporary political and ethical questions with philosophical concerns. I am especially passionate about introducing undergraduate students to the study of philosophy.

Selected Publications:

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • “Towards a Critique of Walten: Heidegger, Derrida and Henological Difference,” in Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 27:3 (2013), 265-276.

Book Chapters

  • “The Aristotelian Origins of Heidegger’s Thinking of Silence,” in Sources of Desire: Essays on Aristotle’s Theoretical Works, ed. James Oldfield (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), 94-110.
  • “Conjecturing Rudeness: James Mill’s Utilitarian Philosophy of History and the British Civilizing Mission,” in From Improvement to Development: Civilizing Missions in Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia, ed. Michael Mann and Carey Watt (London: Anthem Press, 2011), 37-64.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Language after Heidegger by Krzysztof Ziarek in Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual, 4 (2014).
  • Review of Are the Lips a Grave?: A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex by Lynne Huffer in Radical Philosophy 186 (Jul/Aug 2014).
  • Review of Towards an Epistemology of Ruptures: The Case of Heidegger and Foucault by Arun Iyer in Foucault Studies [submitted, forthcoming]

Translations

  • “Kant and the Project of the Metaphysics of Enlightenment” by Axel Hutter, The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal [under commission, 2015] (German).
  • “Basic Questions of Psychology” by Jonas Cohn for publication in Sources of Husserl’s Ideas, ed. Andrea Staiti, Phaenomenologica [submitted, forthcoming 2014] (German).
  • “Principles as ΤΟΠΟΙ” by Wolfgang Wieland, The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Vol. 32:1 (2011) (German).
  • Risky Proximity to Life by Wolfram Hogrebe, The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Vol. 31:2 (2010) (German).
  • Wolfram Hogrebe’s Philosophical Approach” by Markus Gabriel, The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Vol. 31:2 (2010) (German).

In Progress

  • Walten [sway], poiēsis and Sammeln [gathering], entries forthcoming in Heidegger Lexicon (ed. Mark Wrathall, Cambridge University Press 2015).
  • “Heidegger’s Mask: Silence, Politics and ‘World Jewry’ in the Black Notebooks.” [journal article]
  • “Questioning Miranda: What is the Right to Remain Silent a Right To?” [journal article]