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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 (On leave, Spring 2019)
    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.

    Recent publications
    • “Metaphysical Emerson.” Nineteenth Century Prose 45, no. 1 (2018): 109-116.
    • “The Normativity of the Natural.” In Varieties of Skepticism: Essays after Kant, Wittgenstein, and Cavell, edited by James Conant and Andrea Kern, De Gruyter Publishing, 2014, 309-59.
    • “Being Lost and Finding Home: Philosophy, Confession, Recollection, and Conversion in Augustine’s Confessions and Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations."  In Wittgenstein Reading, edited by Sascha Bru, Wolfgang Huemer, Daniel Steuer. De Gruyter Publishing, 2013, 5-22.

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