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Philosophy Faculty


Nathan Jun

Associate Professor and Coordinator

Ph.D. Purdue University (2008)

Nathan Jun specializes in 19th and 20th century philosophy and political philosophy, with special emphasis on the history of 19th and early 20th century radical philosophy. He has published articles and reviews in a variety of journals and is the author Anarchism and Political Modernity (2010) as well as the co-editor of Revolutionary Hope: Essays in Honor of William L. McBride (with Shane Wahl, 2013); Without Borders or Limits: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Anarchist Studies (with Jorell Melendez, 2013); Deleuze and Ethics (with Daniel Smith, 2011); and New Perspectives on Anarchism (with Shane Wahl, 2009). Dr. Jun is currently working on his second monograph, tentatively entitled The Immortal Idea: An Intellectual History of Anarchism.

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Donovan Irven

Donovan Irven

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Purdue University (2016)

Donovan Irven specializes in phenomenology, existential philosophy, and literary modernism. His published works include a collection of philosophical essays, The Ontological I and Other Essays (2011), and two novels, Things in Brown Paper (2012) and Two Days of Dying (2011). He is the recipient of the 2016 Eric L. Clitheroe Award in philosophy for his essay “Kant and the Trace of the Self in the Shadow of Hume,” and has studied at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum and the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense. His dissertation, Being and Literature: The Disclosure of Place in Modernity, explores the response of Modernist literature to Modern philosophy, exposing an ontology of place within Modernism that prefigures the ontological revolutions carried out within phenomenology and existential philosophy, particularly as expressed in the works of Martin Heidegger and Edward Casey. While at Purdue, Irven also assisted in the preservation of astronaut Neil A. Armstrong’s papers, part of the Barron Hilton Archives for Flight and Space Exploration in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections.

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