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Edward S. Casey

Distinguished Professor

Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1967
B.A. Yale University, 1961


Harriman Hall 217
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750

Tel: (631) 632-7570


Areas of Specialization:

Phenomenology, philosophical psychology, aesthetics, theory of psychoanalysis. Recent research includes investigations into place and space; landscape painting and maps as modes of representation; ethics and the other; feeling and emotion; philosophy of perception (with special attention to the role of the glance); the nature of edges.

Edward Casey, past chairman of the department (1991-2001), 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, 2000), Getting Back into Place (Indiana University Press, 1993), and The Fate of Place (University of California Press, 1997).

He has extended his close examination of the place-world to maps and landscape paintings in Representing Place in Landscape Paintings and Maps (Minnesota, 2002) and Earth-Mapping (Minnesota, 2005). A new direction of research is visual perception, with an emphasis on the unsuspected power and subtlety of the glance. The World at a Glance appeared in 2007; a companion volume, The World on Edge, was published in 2017. Currently being undertaken are a book tentatively entitled Emotion in Extremity as well as a book to be called Thinking in Transit, co-written with Megan Craig. Overall, Casey's philosophical work is broadly descriptive and attempts to bear out the nuances of basic phenomena and peri-phenomena of human experience that have been neglected in earlier philosophical accounts.


Professor Edward Casey’s CV

Ed Casey Website




The World on Edge(2017).


Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border(with Mary Watkins) (2014).


The World at a Glance (Indiana, 2007).


Earth-Mapping: Artists Reshaping Landscape (Minnesota, 2005).


Representing Place: Landscape Painting and Maps (Minnesota, 2002).


The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History (California, 1996).


Getting Back into Place: Toward a Renewed Understanding of the Place-World (Indiana, 1993; 2nd edition, 2009).


Remembering: A Phenomenological Study (Indiana, 1987; 2nd edition, 2000).


Imagining: A Phenomenological Study (Indiana, 2000, 2nd edition).
Spirit and Soul: Essays in Philosophical Psychology (Spring Publications, 1991).


Selected Essays

"Finding (Your Own) Philosophical Voice." The Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, Vol. 84, No. 2, 2010.

"Taking Bachelard from the Instant to the Edge." Philosophy Today. Celina, OH: Messenger Press, 2008.

"Public Memory in the Making: Ethics and Place in the Wake of 9/11." Architecture, Ethics, and the Personhood of Place. Ed. Gregory Caicco. University of New England Press, 2007.

"Mapping the Earth in Works of Art." Rethinking Nature: Essays in Environmental Philosophy. Eds. Bruce V. Foltz and Robert Frodeman. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2004.

"How to Get from Space to Place in a Fairly Short Stretch of Time: Phenomenological Prolegomena." Senses of Place. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press, 1997.

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Selected Translations

Mikel Dufrenne, Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience, Trans. Edward S. Casey (Northwestern, 1989).

Mikel Dufrenne, The Notion of the A Priori, Trans. Edward S. Casey (Northwestern, 1966).



Paintings by Edward Casey