S. CASEY, Founding Program Director
Ph.D. 1967, Northwestern University
Contact: (631) 632-7581,
Professor Edward S. Casey, immediate past chairman of the philosophy department at Stony Brook University, works in aesthetics, philosophy of space and time, ethics, perception, and psychoanalytic theory. He obtained his doctorate at Northwestern University in 1967 and has taught at Yale University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, The New School for Social Research, Emory University, and several other institutions. His published books include Imagining: A Phenomenological Study (Studies in Continental Thought) (Indiana University Press, 2000), Remembering: A Phenomenological Study (Studies in Continental Thought) (Indiana University Press, 1993), Getting Back into Place: A Phenomenological Study (Studies in Continental Thought) (Indiana University Press, 1993), and The Fate of Place (University of California Press, 1999). He is extending his close examination of the place-world to maps and landscape paintings in two new books: Representing Place (University of Minnesota, 2002) and Earth-Mapping (forthcoming). A new direction of research is visual perception, with an emphasis on the unsuspected power and subtlety of the glance. A book to be titled The World at a Glance is in the making. Future projects will focus on feeling and thinking. Overall, Casey’s philosophical work is broadly descriptive and attempts to bear out the nuances of basic phenomena of human experience that have been neglected in earlier philosophical accounts.
MENDIETA, Program Director
Ph.D. 1996, New School for Social Research
Contact: (631) 632-7577,
Associate Professor Eduardo Mendieta joined Stony Brook’s Department of Philosophy in 2001, following seven years at the University of San Francisco. His primary areas of research are global ethics, discourse ethics, critical theory (in Particular Karl-Otto Apel and Juergen Habermas), theories of modernity, postmodernity, postcolonialism, and Latin American philosophy. In addition to writing a book on Karl-Otto Apel, he edited two volumes of his writings. He has also translated and edited the work of Enrique Dussel and Juergen Habermas. He is at work on two manuscripts; one on globalization and critical theory, and another on utopia. He is also the senior editor of the forthcoming Routledge History of Latin American Philosophy.
DAVID B. ALLISON, Professor
Ph.D. 1974, Pennsylvania State University
Contact: (631) 632-7570,
David Allison’s research interests focus on two principal projects—one examining the widespread and disturbing psychological disorder, Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, and a series of studies on the major works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Future research plans include the ongoing editing of the New Nietzsche Studies series, of which Allison is the co-editor, the composing of a second volume of his Nietzsche book, Reading the New Nietzsche (first volume published in August 2000), and the completion of his study on Descartes. This publication will be a commentary on Descartes’ Discourse on Method and the Meditations. Allison is a member of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the Nietzsche Society, the North American Nietzsche Society, and the Society for Philosophy and Literature, among others. He is also the co-author of Disordered Mother or Disordered Diagnosis: Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (Analytic Press, 1998). Allison has published articles in The Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, and The New York Times Book Review, among others.
MEGAN CRAIG, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2006, New School for Social Research
Contact: (631) 632-7570,
Megan Craig studied philosophy at Yale University and The New School for Social Research, where her dissertation focused on Emmanuel Levinas's ethics, the relationship between Levinas's phenomenology and William James's radical empiricism, and the aesthetic dimensions of Levinas's prose. Craig has taught aesthetics and theory of art at Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College, and The Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to Levinas and the intersection of ethics and aesthetics, Craig is interested in memory and trauma in Freud and Kristeva, subjectivity and embodiment, and notions of experience, limits, and pivots. Her current work concerns phenomenology and painting, considering the state of painting after the "death" of painting, the challenges contemporary art poses to traditional aesthetic categories, and the value of phenomenology for destabilizing philosophic discourse on art. Craig is the founder of the Women in Philosophy Journal at The New School and edited the book, Art? No Thing! Analogies Between Art, Science and Philosophy by Dutch artist and theorist Fré Ilgen. Craig is also a painter and has exhibited nationally and internationally.
P. CREASE, Professor
Ph.D. 1987, Columbia University
Contact: (631) 632-7584,
In philosophy of science, Robert Crease—also the historian at Brookhaven National Laboratory—uses laboratory history to examine key issues in philosophy of science, science studies, and ethics. He is the author of The Prism and the Pendum: The 10 Most Beautiful Experiments in Science (Random House 2003). His co-authored books include Making Physics: A Biography of Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1946-1972 (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and The Play of Nature, Experimentation as Performance (Indiana University Press, 1993). His edited books include Hermeneutics and the Natural Sciences (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997); and translations include American Philosophy of Technology: The Empirical Turn (Indiana University Press, 2001) from the Dutch. Crease organized the Science Studies Forum, an interdisciplinary group of faculty in the social sciences, and is active in organizing and teaching ethics and science courses, including the training programs for the protection of human subjects in research. Crease writes a monthly column, “Critical Point,” about science and society issues for Physics World, and directs a course, Social Dimensions of Science, for Project WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). In philosophy of art, Crease is interested in the phenomenology of the lived body, especially related to dance. He wrote the entry on “Jazz and Dance” for both the Oxford and Cambridge Companions to Jazz.
J. SILVERMAN, Professor
Ph.D. 1973, Stanford University
Contact: (631) 632-7592,
Hugh Silverman is Executive Director of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature and has served as Co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (1980-86) and President of the Arts and Sciences Senate (1998-2000). He has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Warwick, Leeds, Turin, Nice, Vienna, Helsinki, and Sydney. He is a Fulbright-Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Vienna (2001). Silverman’s publications include Textualities: Between Hermeneutics and Deconstruction (Routledge, 1994) and Inscriptions: After Phenomenology and Structuralism (2nd edition, Northwestern, 1997). He has edited or co-edited many books including Jean-Paul Sartre: Contemporary Approaches to His Philosophy (Duquesné, 1980), The Textual Sublime (SUNY, 1990), and Piaget, Philosophy and the Human Sciences (Northwestern, 1997). As editor of the Routledge Continental Philosophy series, volumes published include Derrida and Deconstruction (1989), Postmodernism: Philosophy and the Arts (1990), Gadamer and Hermeneutics (1991), Questioning Foundations (1994), Cultural Semiosis (1998), and Philosophy and Desire (2000).
Ph.D. 1978, Yale University
Contact: (631) 632-7594,
Trained in both physics and philosophy, Lorenzo Simpson has research interests including contemporary Continental philosophy, philosophy of the natural and social sciences, philosophy of technology, neopragmatism, and philosophy and race. His recent work develops critical responses to various aspects of postmodernism. This has culminated in two books, one that examines the implications of technology’s temporal presuppositions, and another that fashions a conception of humanism that acknowledges social and cultural difference. Simpson is exploring the science and multiculturalism debates, as well as the relationship between aesthetics and social theory. He has also published articles and book chapters in the areas of hermeneutics, critical theory, the philosophy of science, and African-American philosophy. Simpson is a member of the Internal Advisory Board of Stony Brook’s Humanities Institute and is on the editorial board of a number of professional journals. He was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and he has been awarded postdoctoral fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Simpson is also an aspiring jazz saxophonist.