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Steven Affeldt

Steven Affeldt

Associate Professor

Reilly Hall 442
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-6201


Associate Professor of Philosophy
Director of The McDevitt Center

B.A., The University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Harvard University

Steven Affeldt's research explores intersections of ethics, social/political philosophy, and aesthetics.  Drawing on a wide range of figures—including Plato, Augustine, Rousseau, Kant, Emerson, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein—he works to show how philosophy and philosophical texts may be redemptive: possessed of the power to inspire, inform, and effect liberating transformations of both individuals and societies. He has published highly influential articles on Rousseau, Wittgenstein, and Stanley Cavell and is Director of
The McDevitt Center at Le Moyne. He enjoys teaching in virtually any area of philosophy and at all levels.

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