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Kas Saghafi

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). 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.

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."

Selected Publications


Remains: Jacques Derrida (with Pleshette DeArmitt) (Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press), forthcoming.


“Revolutionary Derrida,” Oxford literary Review 36.2 (2014), Special Issue“A Decade After Derrida,” forthcoming.

Chapters in Books

"Safe, Intact: Derrida, Nancy, and the ‘Deconstruction of Christianity’," A Companion to Derrida, eds. Leonard Lawlor and Zeynep Direk (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

"Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003),” Cambridge Foucault Lexicon, eds. Leonard Lawlor and John Nale (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

“Dying Alive: The Phantasmatics of Living Death,” presented at Mosaic Conference “A Matter of Lifedeath”, October 1-4, 2014.

“The World after the End of the World,” presented at the 4th Derrida Today Conference, Fordham University, New York, May 30, 2014.

“Calculus,” Panel on Derrida’s Death Penalty Seminar presented at the American Comparative Literature Association, New York, March 20-23, 2014.

“For A Time,” Panel on Michael Naas’s Miracle and Machine, presented atthe Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Eugene, Oregon, October 24, 2013.
Contact Details
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: 111 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-4474
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: ksaghafi<at>memphis<dot>edu
Office Hours (Fall 2014): MW 11.15am-12.15pm, and by appointment
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