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Pleshette DeArmitt

Professor DeArmitt (PhD, DePaul University, Chicago) joined the department in 2006. She also holds an MA from DePaul University and a BA from Duquesne University. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary continental philosophy, feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and social and political thought. She has published articles on Derrida, Kofman, and Kristeva in journals such as Mosaic, Parallax, Philosophy Today, Research in Phenomenology, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy. She is the the author of The Right to Narcissism: A Case for an Im-possible Self-Love (Fordham University Press, 2013) and is the co-editor of Sarah Kofman’s Corpus (SUNY Press, 2008). She is also the editor of “Freudian Futures,” the 2013 Spindel Supplement to The Southern Journal of Philosophy, a memorial issue of Epoché on Jacques Derrida (2006). She is also the co-translator of Derrida’s “A Europe of Hope” (2006) and “Aletheia” (2010).

Having previously held visiting positions at Grinnell College and Villanova University, Dr. DeArmitt has taught numerous undergraduate courses in philosophy and gender theory. Since arriving at Memphis, she has taught graduate courses on Rousseau’s moral psychology, Freud’s metapsychology, Kristeva's philosophy of bios, and themes in recent Continental thought.

Dr. DeArmitt was the recipient of an American Post-doctoral Research Fellowship (2010-11), awarded by the American Association of University Women. She is also serving as the current President of Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française (SAPLF). Dr. DeArmitt is currently serving on SPEP’s Committee on the Status of Women (2013-2015).

Dr. DeArmitt serves as Department Chair.

Selected Publications

Books and Collections

The Right to Narcissism: A Case for an Im-possible Self-Love (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).

Editor, "Freudian Futures," Spindel Conference Supplement, Southern Journal of Philosophy 51 (2013). Issue found here.

Sarah Kofman’s Corpus, eds. Tina Chanter and Pleshette DeArmitt (Albany: SUNY Press, 2008).

Epoché, eds. Pleshette DeArmitt and Kas Saghafi, "An Entrusted Responsibility: Reading and Remembering Jacques Derrida," vol. 10, iss. 2 (Spring 2006).


"Cascade of Remainders," Derrida Today 7, 1 (forthcoming May 2014).

"Julia Kristeva’s The Severed Head," Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 12, 1 (2013).

"Conjuring Bodies: Kofman’s Lessons on Death," Parallax 58 (January-March 2011).

"Resonances of Echo: A Derridean Allegory," Mosaic 41, 3 (2009).

"Sarah Kofman’s Art of Affirmation, or the 'Non-illusory Life of an Illusion'," in Sarah Kofman’s Corpus (Albany: SUNY Press, 2008).

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

"Cascade of Remainders: Derrida on Ipseity and the Logic of the Remainder," Featured Session: "What Remains--Of Mastery and Ipseity," 3rd International Derrida Today Conference, University of California, Irvine (July 13, 2012).

"Kristeva's Radical Revaluation of (Women's) Work," The Kristeva Circle group session meeting, American Philosophical Association, Atlanta, GA (December 2012).

Invited Roundtable Speaker, Kristeva's Recent Work, The Kristeva Circle, Siena College, Loudonville, New York (October 2012).

"Narcissism of Minor Sexual Differences," philoSOPHIA: A Feminist Society, Miami University, Oxford, OH (April 2012).

Contact Details
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: 325 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-1505
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: pdearmtt<at>memphis<dot>edu
Office Hours (Fall 2013):
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-3:00pm
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