Steven Affeldt

Steven Affeldt

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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


(315) 445-6201


Associate McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy

Faculty Co-Director of the Manresa Program

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 Faculty Co-Director of The Manresa Program at Le Moyne. He enjoys teaching in virtually any area of philosophy and at all levels.

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