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John Whitmire

Philosophy and Religion Department
Associate Professor


Phone: 828-227-2636
Office Address: Stillwell Building, Room 231


  • Ph.D., Villanova University
  • M.A., Villanova University
  • B.A., Wake Forest University

Areas of Interest

19th-20th Century Continental European Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature, Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy.

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • “Apocalyptic ‘Madness’: Strategies for Reading Ecce Homo.” Forthcoming (October 2012) in Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo, ed. Duncan Large and Nick Martin (New York: de Gruyter, 2012), Nietzsche Today series.
  • “Reconstructing the Religious: Deconstruction, Transfiguration, and Witnessing in The Point of View and On My Work as an Author.” In International Kierkegaard Commentary: The Point of View, ed. Robert Perkins (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2010), 325-358.
  • “The Many and the One: The Ontological Multiplicity and Functional Unity of the Person in the Later Nietzsche,” The Pluralist 4.1 (2009), 1-17.
  • “Ricoeur and the Pre-Political,” co-authored with Farhang Erfani, American University, Continental Philosophy Review 41.4 (2008), 501-521.
    o Reprinted as “A New Fragility: Ricoeur in the Age of Globalization,” in Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005): Honoring and Continuing the Work, ed. Farhang Erfani (Lexington, KY: Lexington Books, 2011).
  • “Questioning the Self: Kierkegaard and Derrida,” Philosophy Today 50.5 (2006), 418-427.
  • “The Double Writing of Les Mots: Sartre’s Words as Performative Philosophy,” Sartre Studies International 12.2 (2006), 61-82.
  • “Exile and the Philosophical Challenge to Citizenship,” co-authored with Farhang Erfani, American University. In Creativity in Exile, ed. Michael Hanne (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2004), 41-56.
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