- 326 Walker
- Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Humanities
- PhD (Philosophy) University of Guelph
- MA, BA (Philosophy) University of Toronto
My research focuses on the Continental Philosophical tradition (especially Phenomenology and Existentialism) and Social and Political Philosophy. I also work in the areas of Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Art, Philosophy and Literature, the Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Ethics. I am currently completing a book manuscript that addresses the ethical implications of Martin Heidegger’s phenomenological descriptions of subjectivity, community and finitude. My future projects will include research into the kinds of technological environments most conducive to character and community development with the help of philosophers like Merleau-Ponty, Bruno Latour and Peter-Paul Verbeek. I’m currently launching an interdisciplinary project in engineering ethics with faculty and graduate students in the computer sciences. We hope to promote a robust ethical literacy throughout the university community by stimulating interdisciplinary conversations about ethical issues that arise throughout the entire engineering design process.
- Continental Philosophy (especially Phenomenology and Existential Thought)
- Social and Political Philosophy (including Feminist Philosophy)
- Philosophy and Art (including Literature)
- Ethical Philosophy
- Philosophy of Technology
- Engineering Ethics
- “Rescuing Politics from Liberalism: Butler and Mouffe on Affectivity and the Place of Ethics” Forthcoming in Philosophy and Social Criticism (December 2018) Vol. 44 (2018) issue 5, pp. 528-549.
- “The Voice of Ambiguity: Beauvoir’s Phenomenological and Literary Echoes” with Laura Zebuhr. Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol 30, no. 2 (418- 433, Spring, 2015)
- “The Ruination of the Artwork” in The Proceedings of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Heidegger Circle 2013, Southern Connecticut State University
- "Heidegger and the Finitude of the Work of Art," Studia Philosophiae Christianae, vol. 49 (2013), issue 4, pp. 155-179.
- “Nicholson: Through Self-Loathing to Philosophy,” Philosophical Apprenticeships: Contemporary Continental Philosophy in Canada, eds. Lampert and Robinson. University of Ottawa Press, 82-89, 2009
- “Taking Heidegger at his word: the authentic happening of being – philosophy, freedom,” Heidegger Symposium, Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Quebec, November 10th, 2018.
- “Running Out of Breath: Derrida, Poetics and the Limits of Philosophy,” 6th Derrida Today Conference, Concordia University Montreal, May 23-26, 2018.
- “Phenomenology and Politics: Affectivity, Mitsein and the Body Politic,” Phenomenology of Solidarity: Community, Practice and Politics, 16th Annual Conference of the Nordic society for Phenomenology(NoSP), University of Gdansk & European Solidarity Center, Gdansk, April 19-21, 2018.
- “Threatened Chances in Lispector and Heidegger,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, July 6-9 2017.
- “Counter-Hegemony, Agonism and Feminist Politics,” 55th Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) October 20-22, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016.
- “Agonistics: Mouffe and Butler on Ethics and Politics,” Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy (CSCP) September 29 - October 1st, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2016.
- “Rethinking Feminist Politics with Butler and Mouffe,” Exploring Collaborative Contestations, Conference of Hypatia Journal of Feminist Philosophy and the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Women, Villanova University, May 28- 31, 2015.
- "Ashes to Ashes: Engaging with the Art of Tatu Vuorio," Finlandia University, Finlandia University Gallery, Art Exhibition Opening: Alchemy, September 25, 2014.
- “I have had my Vision: Mood, Perception and Transformative Agency in Woolf and Beauvoir,” The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, October 2013
- “The Ruination of the Artwork: Materiality, Repetition, Difference,” 47th Annual Meeting of the Heidegger Circle, May 2013
- “Echo, Existence and Universality in Beauvoir’s Feminism,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) April 2013
- “Equality, Happiness and the Good: The Legacy of J. S. Mill,” Guest lecture in the CORE Curriculum, University of Saint Francis, February 2013
- “The Voice of Ambiguity: Beauvoir’s Phenomenological and Literary Echoes” 19th International Conference of the Simone de Beauvoir Society, June 2011
- Feminist Philosophy
- Philosophy of Technology
- Continental Philosophy
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Engineering Ethics
- Logic and Critical Thinking
- Ethical Theory