Professor Saghafi (PhD, DePaul University, Chicago) joined the faculty in 2006. He
researches and teaches in contemporary Continental philosophy, philosophy and literature,
aesthetics, and social/political philosophy. He is the author of Apparitions—Of Derrida’s Other (Fordham University Press, 2010) and the co-editor of a memorial issue of Epoché devoted to Jacques Derrida (2006). He has also published articles on contemporary
French thought in journals such as Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française, International Studies in Philosophy, Mosaic, Parallax, Philosophy Today, and Research in Phenomenology. Co-translator of Derrida’s “A Europe of Hope” and “Aletheia,” Dr. Saghafi is a regular
participant in the Derrida Seminars Translation Project, held annually at the IMEC archives in Normandy, France. He also serves as the Book
Reviews Editor for the Oxford Literary Review.
Dr. Saghafi was a Visiting Professor at the Center for Comparative Literature and
Cultural Studies at Monash University in Australia. Previously, he held an Andrew
W. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship at Grinnell College, where he offered courses in
philosophy and the humanities. While earning his doctorate, he was awarded a Chateaubriand
dissertation research grant from the French government.
Dr. Saghafi teaches undergraduate courses in existentialism, philosophy and literature,
philosophy and film, and aesthetics. Recent graduate courses he has offered include:
Levinas' Totality and Infinity, Derrida on Sovereignty, Nancy and Blanchot, and Recent Continental Philosophy on
themes such as "the Other" and "World."
Dr. Saghafi serves as the Director of Graduate Studies.
Editor, "Derrida and the Theologico-Political: From Sovereignty to the Death Penalty,"
Spindel Conference Supplement, Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (2012). Issue found here.
"The Death Penalty, in Other Words, Philosophy," Southern Journal of Philosophy Spindel Supplement 50 (2012): 136-42.
"Thomas the Marvelous: Resurrection and Living-Death in Blanchot and Nancy," Mosaic 45.3 (September 2012): 1-16.
“Incurable Haunting: Saluting Michel Deguy,” Oxford Literary Review 33.2 (2011): 245-64.
“‘A Certain Spirit of a Certain Marx’: Blanchot’s Revolutionary Return in Specters of Marx” Philosophy Today, Supplement, Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy 55: 5 (2011):
“Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003),” Cambridge Foucault Lexicon, eds. Leonard Lawlor and John Nale (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011),
“The Chase: Rivalry and Conjuration,” Parallax 58 (January-March 2011): 33-41.
Apparitions—Of Derrida's Other (Fordham University Press, 2010).
Recent & Upcoming Presentations
"The Master Trembles," featured session: "What Remains--Of Mastery and Ipseity," presented
at the 3rd Derrida Today conference, University of California, Irvine, July 13, 2012
"Derrida and Levinas," Guy L. Leonard Memorial Lecture, presented at the Twelfth Annual
Meeting of Levinas Research Seminar, University of Nevada, Reno, July 6, 2012 (invited).
“A Death Blow to Death,” workshop on La Peine de mort, volume 1, Derrida Seminars Translation Project, IMEC, Caen, France, July 7, 2011 (invited).
|Associate Professor of Philosophy
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