Dennis J. Schmidt

Dennis J. Schmidt

Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy, comparative Literature, and German
209 Sparks
(814) 865-1919
Dennis J. Schmidt


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

Professional Bio

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).

Areas of specialization

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


 Klostermann Verlag, 2014
 Indiana University Press, 2013
 Edited and revised translation, with a new foreword. SUNY Press, 2010.
 Fordham UP, 2008. Co-edited with Shannon Sullivan.
 J.C.B. Mohr Verlag, 2000. Co-edited with Günter Figal
 a translation of Naturrecht und menschliche Würde by Ernst Bloch, MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1986.