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Claire Katz

Professor of Philosophy and the Murray and Celeste Fasken Chair in Distinguished Teaching and an Associate Dean in the Office of Faculty Affairs
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  • (979) 847-6129
  • YMCA 402D
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Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Memphis, 1999


In addition to being a Professor of Philosophy, Claire Katz holds the Murray and Celeste Fasken Chair in Distinguished Teaching and is currently an Associate Dean in the Office of Faculty Affairs. Before coming to Texas A&M in 2006, she was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Penn State University.

Dr. Katz teaches courses and conducts research on contemporary continental philosophy, philosophy of education, ethics, philosophy of religion, feminist theory, and modern Jewish thought. Her work focuses on the intersection of philosophy and religion, with specific interests in contemporary French philosophy and French feminist theory. She is the author of Levinas, Judaism, and the Feminine: The Silent Footsteps of Rebecca(Indiana 2003) and the editor of Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments vol. 1-4 (Routledge, 2005). She regularly teaches courses in Gender and Religion and Feminist theory and she has written extensively on feminist theory, philosophy of religion, philosophy of education, and Emmanuel Levinas’s ethical project. Her 2012 book, Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism (Indiana) explores and responds to theories of education as they emerged in the history of philosophy (e.g., Plato, Locke, Rousseau, Dewey). Her response turns to modern Jewish thought and its alternative views of subjectivity and ethics in order to challenge our current models of education. Her most recent book, An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy (I.B. Tauris, 2014), provides academics and non-academics an introduction to some of the primary Jewish philosophers in the modern period.  Several features distinguish her book from other introductions: she considers the role of gender within the context of the development of modern Jewish philosophy; she considers the relationship of Jewish philosophy to the western canonical figures that developed at the same time; and finally, she uses literature by Wiesel, Levi, and Amery to consider philosophy’s limitations when confronted with questions about evil.

Returning to her early work in teaching philosophy to K-12 students, Dr. Katz directs the Program in Philosophy for Children at Texas A&M.  Working with the Public Partnership and Outreach office (Office of the Provost), she has been leading workshops for K-12 teachers to help think consider how to introduce philosophy into their classroom. Beginning with Summer 2016, she, along with several colleagues, graduate students, undergraduate students, and now high school students, has been offering a one-week philosophy summer camp for teens and tweens: the Aggie School of Athens, Philosophy Summer Camp for Teens.

She is currently working on a monograph, tentatively titled, Unrepentant Women: Gender, Judaism, and the Limits of Forgiveness (Advance contract with Indiana University Press).

For more information on this program, visit our P4C Texas website.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary French Philosophy
  • Feminist Theory
  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Philosophy of Religion

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