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Dennis J. Schmidt

Dennis J. Schmidt

Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy, comparative Literature, and German

209 Sparks
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Office Phone: (814) 865-1919

Education:

  1. Ph.D., Boston College, 1982
  2. B.A., Bucknell University, 1974

Biography:

Rather than describe my work as inter- or multi-disciplinary, I would prefer to describe it as not respecting disciplinary differences.  By that I mean that I find the questions that animate me to have been developed and explored in various literatures, theoretical approaches, and art forms.  To that end, I find myself writing about painting (Twombly and Klee most recently), music, poetry (above all, Celan, Rilke, Trakl, and Hölderlin), and tragedy (Sophocles and Aeschylus).  Likewise, my theoretical concerns span a range of figures and traditions (Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Heidegger, Gadamer, Derrida, and others).  Finally, I work mostly in four languages (Ancient Greek, German, French, and English).

Books

Idiome der Wahrheit, Klostermann Verlag, 2014

 

Between Word and Image, Indiana University Press, 2013

 

Edited and revised translation, with a new foreword, of Heidegger's Being and Time, SUNY Press, 2010.

 

The Difficulties of Ethical Life, Fordham UP, 2008. Co-edited with Shannon Sullivan

 

Lyrical and Ethical Subjects: Essays on the Periphery of the Word, Freedom, and History (SUNY Press, 2005)

 

On Germans and Other Greeks: Tragedy and Ethical Life (Indiana University Press, 2001)

 

Hermeneutishce Wege: Hans-Georg Gadamer zum Hundertsten, J.C.B. Mohr Verlag, 2000. Co-edited with Günter Figal

 

The Ubiquity of the Finite: Hegel, Heidegger and the Entitlements of Philosophy, MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusettsm, 1988

 

Natural Law and Human Dignity, a translation of Naturrecht und menschliche Würde by Ernst Bloch, MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1986

 

 

Areas of specialization

  • Post-Kantian Philosophy
  • Hermeneutic theory
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy and Literature
  • Aesthetic theory
  • Contemporary literary theory and criticism
  • Translation theory and practice