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Theodore George

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  • YMCA 301C
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Ph.D. in Philosophy, Villanova University, 2000


Theodore George is the author of The Responsibility to Understand: Hermeneutical Contours of Ethical Life (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), Tragedies of Spirit: Tracing Finitude in Hegel’s Phenomenology (State University of New York Press, 2006), and numerous articles and book chapters. He is also co-ed. with Charles Bambach, Philosophers and their Poets: Reflections on the Poetic Turn in Philosophy Since Kant (State University of New York Press, 2019) and translator of Günter Figal, Objectivity: The Hermeneutical and Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 2010). His recent publications include the entry on “Hermeneutics” in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and his current projects under commission include co-ed. with Gert-Jan van der Heiden, The Gadamerian Mind (Routledge).

George is Editor of Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, as well as category editor, PhilPapers, “Hermeneutics,” / leaf editor “Hans-Georg Gadamer,” and he holds an appointment as Senior Researcher, College of Fellows, Western Sydney University. His research has been supported by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Fulbright Commission, the Goethe Institute, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the University of Freiburg, Germany, as well as by the Rothrock Fellows Program and the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University. He is a recipient of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award.

George is currently in his second term as Head of the Department of Philosophy. His service includes Academic Program Review work in conjunction with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board mandate, as well as peer-review work for granting agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, and for numerous presses and journals. He serves on advisory boards for journals and professional organizations in his areas of expertise, and he is a former Director of the Collegium Phaenomenologicum and former President of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics.

Research Interests

  • Continental European Philosophy since Kant with emphasis on Gadamer
  • Contemporary Hermeneutics
  • Contemporary Continental Ethics
  • Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
  • Hegel, German Idealism and Romanticism

Fall 2021 Course Schedule

  • Phil 620.600 – Contemporary Philosophy, 6:00-9:00 Mon. YMCA 401.