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Daniel Conway

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Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California, San Diego, 1985


A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Daniel Conway received his BA in Philosophy and Economics from Tulane University and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. He has held faculty appointments at Stanford University, Harvard University, Penn State University, and, since 2006, Texas A&M University, where he is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Affiliate Professor of Film Studies and Religious Studies, and Courtesy Professor of Law. A former Head of Department, he currently serves the University as Convener of the Working Group in Social, Cultural, and Political Theory, Liaison to the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, Member of the Advisory Committee of the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, and Immediate Past President of the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He is also a core faculty member in the Philosophy for Children initiative (P4C Texas) and the Space Governance Research Group.

Conway has lectured and published widely on topics in post-Kantian European philosophy, political theory, philosophy of religion, philosophy and literature, philosophy and film, American philosophy, and genocide studies. His research has been supported by competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (declined), the Oregon Humanities Center, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, the National Humanities Center, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State University, the Southeastern Conference, and the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. Here at Texas A&M University, he has received competitive grants from the Office of the Vice-President for Research, the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, the College of Liberal Arts, the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, the European Union Center, the Mays Innovation Research Center, and the Office of the Dean of Faculties.

Conway currently serves the profession as a member of the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Network, as Liaison to the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society. He sits on the Advisory Boards of Arendt Studies, Basilíade, Symposion, Nietzsche-Studien, Nietzsche Online, Studies in the History of Western Philosophy (Brill) and Monographien und Texte zur Nietzsche-Forschung (Walter de Gruyter). He is General Co-Editor of a book series with Edinburgh University Press. To date, he has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, University of Oregon, University of Warwick, the National Humanities Center, UMass Amherst, Amherst College, and the University of Southern California. In 2014 he was named an Honorary Life Member of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society.

Conway is the proud father of two young feminists.

Research Interests

  • 19th-Century European Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Critical Theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy and Film
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Genocide Studies

Spring 2021 Course Schedule

  • Phil 331.500 Philosophy of Religion (online) – M W F 10:40-11:30 AM
  • Phil 485.513 Directed Studies
  • Phil 685.605 Directed Studies
  • Phil 691.603 Research

Office Hours

Tuesday 2:15-3:30, by appointment