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Dr. Brent A. Adkins


Department: Religion/Philosophy
Office: 321 Francis T. West Hall




Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago
M.Phil. Institute for Christian Studies
B.Th. Ozark Christian College

Research & Teaching Interests

Modern Philosophy, particularly Spinoza and Kant.
Contemporary Philosophy, particularly recent French philosophy and psychoanalysis.


True Freedom: Spinoza’s Practical Philosophy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.

Death and Desire in Hegel, Heidegger, and Deleuze. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007.

Shifting Borders, Negotiating Places: Cultural Studies and the Mutation of Value(s). Co-edited with Anthony Ellis, et al. Boca Raton: Florida Atlantic University/Bordighera, Inc., 2006.

Recent Publications

“‘Now more than ever’: The intensification of piety and cynicism after 9/11.” Theorizing Power Post-9/11 (under review).

“Foucault and Klossowski: On the Limits of Sade.” Philosophy Today (under review).

“Two Perspectives on Univocity.” Hegel and Deleuze. Jim Vernon and Karen Houle, eds. (forthcoming).

“How (Not) to Think about Death: A Meditation on Life.” The Other Journal 14, 2009.

“The Politics of Fear: Hegel’s response to Hobbes in the Phenomenology.” Monokl 4, 2008: 29-38.

“A Rumor of Zombies: Deleuze and Guattari on Death.” Philosophy Today: SPEP Supplement, 2007: 119-24.

“Border Disputes: Philosophy and Interdisciplinarity,” in Shifting Borders, Negotiating Places, Anthony Ellis, et al, eds. Boca Raton: Florida Atlantic University/Bordighera, Inc., 2006.

“The Satisfaction of Reason: The Mathematical/Dynamical Distinction in the Critique of Pure Reason,” Kantian Review 3, 1999: 64-80.

“Kant and the Antigone: The Possibility of Conflicting Duties,” International Philosophical Quarterly 39, 1999: 455-66.

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