Anne O'Byrne

Anne O'Byrne

Associate Professor
Doctoral Program Director
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1999

Harriman Hall 252
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Tel: (631) 632-7570

Anne O'Byrne's field of research is 20th century and contemporary European philosophy. From her dissertation, "Who are we?": Plurality and the Questioning of Philosophy, to her present project of natality (the existential condition of having been born) and finitude, her work has been at the intersection of ontology and politics. In her articles she investigates the political and ontological questions that arise around embodiment ("The Politics of Intrusion" in The New Centennial Review), gender ("The Excess if Justice" in International Studies in Philosophy), labor ("Symbol, Exchange and Birth" in Philosophy and Social Criticism) and pedagogy ("Pedagogy without a Project" in Studies in Philosophy and Education) using the work of authors such as Heidegger, Arendt, Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jean Baudrillard and Julia Kristeva. O'Byrne also maintains an interest in Irish Studies and has written philosophical work concerning the functioning of sovereignty in Northern Ireland and the inheritance of the Irish language. At Stony Brook and while on faculty at Hofstra University (1999-2007) she has taught courses in feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophy and the Holocaust, modernity and post-modernity, existentialism, phenomenology, and Nietzsche.

Book Publication Announcement

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Professor Anne O'Byrne's translation of Jean-Luc Nancy's Corpus II: Writings on Sexuality has been published by Fordham University Press.


Umbilicus: Toward a Hermeneutics of Generational Difference [PDF]

Heidegger after Brennan

Nancy's Materialist Ontology [PDF]

Pedagogy without a Project- Arendt and Derrida on Teaching, Responsibility and Revolution [PDF]

Symbol, Exchange and Birth - Towards a Theory of Labour and Relation [PDF]

The Excess of Justice - Timaeus and Aristophanes on Sex and the City [PDF]

The God Between [PDF]

The Politics of Intrusion [PDF]

Traumatized Sovereignty [PDF]

Utopia is Here-Revolutionary Communities in Baudrillard and Nancy [PDF]

Upcoming Events

Fall 2015 Philosophy Department Colloquia


"Rights-Pragmatism and the Right of Humanity"

Faculty-Graduate Student Research Colloquium
Allegra de Laurentiis and Christopher Fremaux
September 30th
1:00 pm


"Economies of Violence"

John Protevi
October 22nd
4:00 pm


Department of Philosophy      Harriman Hall 213, Stony Brook, NY 11794     Phone: (631) 632-7570
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