Kas Saghafi

Kas Saghafi

Associate Professor of Philosophy

301 Clement Hall
Office Hours
MW 11:30-12:30; M 3:45-4:45; and by appointment

About Professor 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


Apparitions—Of Derrida's Other (New York: Fordham University Press, 2010).

Edited Volumes

Co-editor with Pleshette DeArmitt, Special Issue, "Thinking What Remains," Special issue, Derrida Today 9.2 (November 2016).

Editor, "Derrida and the Theologico-political," Spindel Conference Proceedings, Southern Journal of Philosophy Supplement (2012).

Co-editor, Special Issue, "An Entrusted Responsibility: Reading and Remembering Jacques Derrida," Epoché 10, 2 (Spring 2006).

Articles in Journals

"The World after the End of the World," Oxford Literary Review (December 2017): 265-276.

"For a Time," Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy vol. 23, no.2 (2015): 122-30.

"Dying Alive," Mosaic 48.3 (September 2015): 15-26.

"Revolutionary Derrida," Oxford Literary Review 36.2 (2014), Special Issue "A Decade After Derrida": 303-5.

"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): 245-264.

"'A Certain Spirit of a Certain Marx': Blanchot's Revolutionary Return in Specters of Marx" Philosophy Today 55 (2011) Supplement, Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy: 183-91.

"The Chase: Rivalry and Conjuration," Parallax 58 (January-March 2011): 33-41.

"Salut-ations," Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 39, 3 (September 2006): 151-172. Special issue "After Derrida."

"The Ghost of Jacques Derrida" Epoché 10, 2 (Spring 2006): 263-286.

"'An Almost Unheard-of Analogy': Derrida Reading Levinas," Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française 15, 1 (2005): 41-71.

"Phantasmaphotography," Philosophy Today vol. 44 (2000) Supplement, Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy: 98-111.

"The 'Passion for the Outside': Foucault, Blanchot, and Exteriority," International Studies in Philosophy, vol. XXVIII, no. 4 (1996): 79-92.

Chapters in Books

"Lyotard's Gesture," in Traversals of Affect: On Jean-François Lyotard, Edited by Mark Stoholski, Claire Nouvet, and Julie Gaillard (New York & London: Bloomsbury, 2016): 89-97.

"The Desire for Survival?" in Desire in Ashes: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Edited by Simon Morgan Wortham and Chiara Alfano (New York & London: Bloomsbury, 2015): 139-160.

"Safe, Intact: Derrida, Nancy, and the 'Deconstruction of Christianity,'" in A Companion to Derrida, Edited by Leonard Lawlor and Zeynep Direk (Walden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014): 447-463.

"Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003)," Cambridge Foucault Lexicon, eds. Leonard Lawlor and John Nale (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014): 52-6.


Jacques Derrida, "Remain(s)—The Master, or the Supplement of Infinity," Co-translated with Pleshette DeArmitt, in Remains: Jacques Derrida (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press), forthcoming.

Jacques Derrida, "Aletheia," Oxford Literary Review 32.2 (2010), 169-88. Co-translated with Pleshette DeArmitt.

Jacques Derrida, "A Europe of Hope," Epoché 10, 2 (Spring 2006): 407-12. Co-translated with Pleshette DeArmitt, and Justine Malle.