Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Barnard College, Columbia University
Postdoctoral Associate in Philosophy and the Humanities
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:
Moral Philosophy and its History
Kant’s Moral Philosophy
AREAS OF COMPETENCE:
19th and 20th Century European Philosophy
Aesthetics, especially Philosophy of Film
Ph.D. Philosophy. University of Chicago, 2011-2017
M.A. Philosophy. New School for Social Research, 2006-2008
B.A. Philosophy, Cinema Studies. University of Toronto, 2002-2005
I. Journal Articles
- “Filmic Reality.” Philosophical Topics. Forthcoming
- “Picturing the Mind: Methodology and Freud’s Metapsychology.” WestEnd: Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung. Spring 2022.
- “How shall we put ourselves in touch with reality? James Baldwin, Film, and Acknowledgment.” Social Research. Vol. 81, No. 4. Spring 2021.
- “Kantian Self-Conceit and the Two Guises of Authority.” Canadian Journal of
Philosophy (2019. Vol. 50, No. 2, 268-283. DOI:10.1017/can.2019.15
- “Unity and Synthesis in the Ego Ideal: Reading Freud’s Concept Through Kant’s Philosophy.” American Imago (2012). Vol. 69, No. 3, 351-381. DOI: 10.1353/aim.2012.0020
II. Articles in Edited Collections
- “The Opacity of Human Action” in Kant’s Fundamental Assumptions: Psychological, Methodological, and Normative. Eds. Colin McLear and Colin Marshall. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
- “I Want to Know More About You: Knowing and Acknowledging in Cavell and Chinatown.”
Cavell and Aesthetic Understanding. Ed. Garry Hagberg (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
- “The Space of Pathos: Meaning, Anxiety, and Ethics in Heidegger’s Being and Time.” Existenzphilosophie und Ethik. Eds. Hans Feger and Manuela Hackel. (De Gruyter, 2013) pp. 329-340.
- “Strange New Beauty: On Sublimation.” Cincinnati Romance Review (2013) 35:135-150.
III. Book Reviews
- Review: Tamar Schapiro’s Feeling Like It: A Theory of Inclination and Will. Oxford University Press, 2021. Philosophical Review. forthcoming
- Review: Laura Papish’s Kant on Evil, Self-Deception, and Moral Reform. Oxford University Press, 2018. Journal of the History of Philosophy. April 2020.
- Review: Melissa Merritt’s Kant on Reflection and Virtue. Cambridge University Press, 2018. Society for German Idealism and Romanticism. Vol.1, No.1. 2019.
Work in Progress:
Opaque Animals: Self-Opacity, Human Agency, and Ethics (book manuscript).
“Towards a Critical Theory of Self-Knowledge.”
“The Paradox of Apology.”
“The Opacity of Aesthetic Judgment.”
UPCOMING AND RECENT PRESENTATIONS
“Opacity and Psychic Reality.” University of Reading Colloquium.
“Opacity and Aesthetic Judgment.” Boston University Late Modern Workshop. Self-Knowledge and Self-Ignorance.
“Self-Opacity.” Kant’s Fundamental Assumptions. Workshop for an edited volume.
“Excessive Images: Immoralism in Film.” The Practical, The Political, and the Ethical Workshop. Institute of Philosophy, University of London.
“The Double.” Archive-Based Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Lockdown. New School for Social Research
“Picturing the Mind: On Freud’s Metapsychology.” Warwick Philosophy Conference (keynote).
“Self-Consciousness and Self-Opacity in Aesthetic Judgment.” New York German Idealism Workshop, Columbia University.
“Conventional Pleasures: On the Erotic Thriller and its Vision of the Human.” American Society of Aesthetics.
“The Philosophical Significance of Freud’s Theory of Sexuality.” Continental Philosophy Group, University of Toronto
“Aesthetic Self-Knowledge in Kant.” Invited Symposium: Kant on Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity. Central APA.
“Nothing New: Psychic Patterns and Genre Films.” Night of Philosophy.
“Towards a Critical Theory of Self-Knowledge: Lessons from Du Bois.” Self-Opacity, Ethics, and Agency Conference. Yale University
SELECT PUBLICATIONS IN ART CRITICISM
“It’s Over.” Los Angeles Review of Books Blog. August 2020.
“Film Comes to Mind.” Philosophical Salon, March 2020
“Last Man: On Claire Denis’ High Life.” Los Angeles Review of Books, Nov 2018
“Exercises in Self-Destruction: On First Reformed.” LARB, July 2018
“Haneke and the Technology of Intimacy.” Boston Review, April 2018.
“The Spirit of Things: On Personal Shopper.” LARB, April 2017.
“Roh, nicht medium.” Translation of “Unspeakable Appetites” for Der Freitag, March
“Unspeakable Appetites.” Lenny, March 2016
“An Education: On Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight.” Los Angeles Review of Books.
“The Politics of Self-Knowledge in Jason Bourne.” LARB, August.
“On the Movement for Lynching Memorials.” Lenny, June.
“Images to Work With, in Son of Saul.” LARB, February.
“How to Be Together: Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.” LARB, December.
“The Quietly Revolutionary Carol.” Lenny, November.
“Repetition and Difference in Two Days One Night.” LARB, December 2014.
“Kara Walker’s A Subtlety.” Los Angeles Review of Books, June 2014.
Columbia University/Barnard College
Kant and Moral Psychology (co-taught with Patricia Kitcher) (graduate seminar)
Introduction to Philosophy
Self-Opacity and Human Agency (graduate seminar)
Member of the Columbia Philosophy Department’s Committee for Diversity, Inclusion, Climate, and Equity
The Concept of Recognition. Philosophy, Humanities (seminar)
Directed Studies Program, Philosophy section.
Self-Knowledge and Ethics. Philosophy, Humanities (seminar).
Diversity Outreach Coordinator, Philosophy, University of Chicago.
Creating an Enabling Classroom. Chicago Center for Teaching, University of Chicago.
Diversity in the Classroom. Philosophy Pedagogy Program, University of Chicago.