Spring 2014 Phil 260: 20thCentury Continental Philosophy
"From Husserl to Derrida, twentieth century continental thought has been concerned with existential, social and philosophical transformation. Philosophy needs to make a new start so that our thinking and our lives can be changed for the better. Phenomenology, existentialism, deconstruction ... each in their different ways try to lead us out of Plato's cave into the light. We need to learn to read more thoughtfully, to experience more deeply, to understand ourselves better, and to connect more adequately with human and non-human others.
"Read this book and you will never be the same again" (Cover of Catch-22)
"Philosophy has only interpreted the world; the point is to change it." (Marx)
This course will read selections from Husserl, Sartre, Heidegger, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Deleuze, Levinas and Irigaray that chart their quest for the renewal of philosophy, and the human transformations it can bring."
Dr. Wood's interests lie in the possibilities of reading and
thinking opened up by contemporary continental philosophy and by
nineteenth century German thought. Current philosophical projects
include: reworking/displacing Heidegger's treatment of time within
fundamental ontology; developing a nonprescriptive posthumanistic
approach to ethics; providing an account of truth that does justice
both to its normative, 'existential' and metaphysical dimensions;
various different approaches to the philosophy of nature
(environmental philosophy, animals rights, thinking boundaries etc.).
He also runs a series of philosophy talks at the Nashville Downtown Public Library. For details of the program, see Thinking out of the Box. He is also an environmental artist and stages Art Events from time to time. See the Chronopod Cycle here, and his MNAC Artist Registry website. For interviews relating to these and other matters, check out the following additional interviews: Food for the Imagination, Contretemps Interview.
Charles Scott and David Wood discuss Thinking After Heidegger , Vanderbilt Philosophy Colloquium, September 24 2004:
Charles Scott's comments
David Wood's response
Ted Toadvine on David Wood (SPEP Scholar's Session, Oregon, 2006)
"Conversation with Wendell Berry"
David Wood's "The Lure of the Writer’s Cabin" recently appeared in the NYT November Opinionator.
John Llewelyn's response to The Lure of the Writer's Cabin, can be found here..
Books in Progress:
ReInhabiting the Earth
Things at the Edge of the World
Selected Recent Publications
Kierkegaard and Levinas: Ethics, Politics, Religion (ed. with Aaron Simmons) (Indiana, 2008)
Time After Time (Indiana University Press, 2007)
The Step Back: Ethics and Politics after Deconstruction (SUNY Press, 2005)
Read the Introduction.
Truth: A Reader (ed. with José Medina) (Blackwell, 2005)
Thinking After Heidegger (Polity Press, June 2002)
The Deconstruction of Time (second edition, Northwestern, 2001)
On Derrida, Heidegger and Spirit (ed. and intro.) (Northwestern, 1993)
Derrida: A Critical Reader (ed. and intro.) (Blackwell, 1992)
"A Poetics of Time", Cosmological and Psychological Time, ed. Michael Roubach, Springer (forthcoming 2014)
"If a Cat Could Talk," London: Aeon, July 2013
"Humanimality: The Silence of the Animal", PhiloSophia, 3, #2, 2013
"Is Art Dead? Can Art Save the Earth?" Environmental Aesthetics. Crossing Divides and Breaking Ground, ed. Martin Drenthen and Jozef Keulartz, Fordham, 2013.
"My Place in the Sun", in Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics, eds. Forrest Clingerman et al., New York: Fordham University Press (in press 2013)
"Continental Philosophy: Back to the Future", Southern Journal of Philosophy, 50, # 2, 2012
"The Truth About Animals", Environmental Philosophy, 9, # 2, 2012
"Toxicity and Transcendence: Two Faces of the Human", Angelaki 16, no.4, 2011
Moments of Intense Presence: A Conversation with David Wood (Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, 2008)
Philosophy: The Antioxidant of Higher Education