“Learning to philosophize is finding one’s voice in a conversation that is already ongoing. In order to get started, one has first to find one’s bearings, immersing oneself in the work of philosophical thinkers, including historical figures, and also in the work of contributors to the other humanities, the social sciences, and the arts. This means that, to some extent, at the very beginning, one cannot help but rely on the authority of those—texts or, more likely, individuals—who play the role in one’s life as teachers. …
I would certainly say that, as philosophers, we cannot help being heirs to particular intellectual traditions, and I would add that we don’t properly receive this bequest unless, in accepting it, we undertake a standing responsibility to critically survey it. Part of what it is to come into one’s own philosophically is to insist on one’s readiness to assume this critical stance.”
– Excerpt from interview in Oxford Public Philosophy, 2020.
Selected existing courses
- The Philosophy of Wittgenstein—this course has been offered at NSSR with different texts and emphases, roughly triennially, since 2000, most recently in 2019
- Fate of the Novel—with Martin Stone (Cardozo), 2011 and solo, 2015—this course is the successor to a course on Philosophy and Literature I taught semi-regularly, 2000-2010
- Gender and Its Discontents—this is the core course for the New School’s Graduate Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, which I took the lead in founding; I designed and co-taught the course with Laura Auricchio (Parsons and NSPE) in 2015 and co-taught it with Terri Gordon (NSPE) in 2016
- Speech Acts—this course has been taught semi-regularly at NSSR, with different texts and emphases, since 2000, most recently in 2014