Dr. Stephen Minister
Stephen Minister, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics
2001 South Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57197
Ph.D., Fordham University, 2006. Dissertation: "Sizing Up Infinite Alterity: The Possibility of a Levinasian Practical Ethics" (Director: Merold Westphal).
M.A., Fordham University, 2004
B.A., Philosophy, Seattle Pacific University, 1999
B.S., Mathematics, Seattle Pacific University, 1999
Areas of Specialization
Ethics, Continental Philosophy, Levinas
Areas of Competence
History of Western Philosophy; Modern Philosophy (esp., Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche); Social and Political Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Logic
Augustana College, South Dakota, 2007-present; Assistant Professor
- Contemporary Ethical Theory
- Ethical Perspectives
- Human Rights: Theory and Practice
- Development, Poverty, and Ethics: What's our responsibility? (travel to Chiapas, Mexico)
- The Rainforest, Eco-tourism, and Fair Trade: Finding Solutions to Poverty in Guatemala (travel to Guatemala)
- Inside the Revolution: Life in Socialist Cuba (travel to Cuba)
- Marx and Modern Life
- The Ethics and Politics of Commitment
- Contemporary Moral Issues
- The Ethics of Food
- Understanding Good and Evil (Moral Psychology)
- Our Philosophical Heritage II (Modern Philosophy)
- Reason, Faith, and the Search for Meaning
- Dimensions of the Self
- Formal Logic
Fordham University, New York, 2004-07; Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Senior Teaching Fellow
- Philosophy of Human Rights
- Philosophical Ethics
- Philosophy of Human Nature
Works in Progress
Reexamining Deconstruction and Determinate Religion: Toward a Religion with Religion, co-edited with J. Aaron Simmons and including my chapter "Faith Seeking Understanding" (forthcoming with Duquense University Press).
Levinas Beyond the Face: Reason, Ethics, and Politics after Difference. Monograph considering the significance for Emmanuel Levinas's work for our understanding and practice of reason, ethics, and politics.
"An Ethics for Adults? Kierkegaard and the God-Man," in Kierkegaard on Revelation, Divine Knowledge, and Ethics, ed. Aaron E. Hinkley (in preparation for Springer)
"Emotions, Ethical Norms, and Pluralism" (under review)
"Levinas and the Philosophy of Religion," Philosophy Compass (October 2010). Co-authored with Jackson Murtha (Solicited).
"The Optics of Responsibility," Southwest Philosophy Review (July 2009).
"Works of Justice, Works of Love: Kierkegaard, Levinas, and an Ethics beyond Difference" in Kierkegaard and Levinas: Ethics, Politics, and Religion, eds. David Wood and J. Aaron Simmons (Indiana University Press, 2008). (Solicited)
"From Perpetual Peace to the Face of the Other: A Levinasian Reframing of Human Rights," Philosophy in the Contemporary World (Fall 2007).
"Derrida's Inhospitable Desert of the Messianic: Religion within the Limits of Justice Alone," Heythrop Journal (March 2007).
"In Praise of Wanderers and Insomniacs: Economy, Excess, and Self-Overcoming in Nietzsche and Levinas," Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology 37:3 (October 2006).
"Intersubjectivity, Responsibility, and Reason: Levinas and the 'New Husserl,'" Philosophy Today 50:5, special volume entitled "Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy" (SPEP Supplement 2006).
"Forging Identities and Respecting Otherness: Levinas, Badiou, and the Ethics of Commitment," Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 9:2, special volume entitled "Contemporary Issues in Continental Ethics" (Fall 2005).
"Is there a Teleological Suspension of the Philosophical? Kierkegaard, Levinas, and the End of Philosophy," Philosophy Today 47:2 (Summer 2003).
"The Ethics of Negative Soccer" in Soccer and Philosophy, ed. Ted Richards (Open Court, 2010). Selections re-published in "Pop Goes Philosophy" column at Popmatters.com.
Review of Aaron Simmons’ God and the Other (Indiana UP) on “The Church and Postmodern Culture” blog, ed. James K.A. Smith (http://theotherjournal.com/churchandpomo/2011/06/13/god-and-the-other-symposium-part-2/).
Review of Alan Schrift's Twentieth-Century French Philosophy (Blackwell Publishing), International Philosophical Quarterly (Fall 2007).
"A Levinasian Approach to the Ethics of Development," presented at the North American Levinas Society (May 2012, Anchorage, Alaska).
"Questions in the Ethics of International Development," presented an an Augustana College Research and Scholarly Activities Committee Luncheon (April 2012, Sioux Falls).
"Difference, Responsibility, and Politics: A Levinasian Account of the Political," presented at the South Dakota Philosophy Conference (November 2011, Sioux Falls, South Dakota).
"From the Divine Wisdom Within to a Weapon of War: The itinerary of reason in Levinas's early writings," presented at the North American Levinas Society, "Celebrating Totality and Infinity at 50" (May 2011, Texas A&M).
"Emotions, Ethical Norms, and Pluralism," presented at the North American Levinas Society, "Celebrating Totality and Infinity at 50" (May 2011, Texas A&M).
"Hearing 'Social Justice' in Levinas's Work," presented at the conference "Readings of Difficult Freedom" hosted by the Societe internationale de recherches Emmanuel Levinas (SIREL) and the North American Levinas Society (NALS) (July 2010, Toulouse, France).
"Global Poverty: Responsibility, Challenges, and Hope," presented at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University Center (May 2010, Sioux Falls). (Solicited)
"Human Rights: Promise, Problems, and Indigenous Communities" (with Margaret Koenig) presented at the 22nd Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum, "Striving for Peace: A Question of Will" (March 2010, Augsburg College, Minneapolis).
"Postmodernism: For and Against," presented an an Augustana College Research and Scholarly Activities Committee Luncheon (December 2009, Sioux Falls).
"Phenomenology beyond the visual," presented at the Southwestern Philosophical Society, 70th Annual Meeting (November 2008, Kansas City).
"'One must not sleep, one must philosophize!' Levinas's postmodern faith in reason," presented at Augustana College research colloquium (November 2008, Sioux Falls, South Dakota). (Solicited)
"In Praise of Rationality: Levinas's Faith in Reason," presented at the North American Levinas Society, "Levinas and the Sacred" (September 2008, Seattle).
"Development and the Human Good: Beyond Economics," presented at the 20th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum, "Striving for Peace: Investing in Community" (March 2008, Moorhead, Minnesota).
"Exclusion without Violence: An Agonistic Approach to Religious Pluralism," presented at the American Academy of Religion, Southwest Meeting (March 2008, Dallas).
"Obligation and/or Responsibility: Moral phenomenology with Husserl and Levinas," presented at the Nordic Society for Phenomenology, 5th Annual Meeting, "Self and Other" (April 2007, Copenhagen, Denmark).
"The Absolute Made Relevant: The possibility for social engagement in Kierkegaard and Levinas," presented at the Center for Subjectivity Research, "Despite Oneself: Subjectivity and its Secret in Kierkegaard and Levinas" (February 2007, Copenhagen, Denmark).
"Levinas's Third and Social Mediation: On the way to a Levinasian theory of social action," presented at the North American Levinas Society, "Levinas and the Political" (May 2006, West Lafayette, Indiana).
"The Love of Wisdom and The Wisdom of Love," invited lecture at Augustana College (December 2006, Sioux Falls, South Dakota).
"From the Interpersonal to the Social: What Levinasians can learn from Sartre's development of the third party," presented at the North American Sartre Society (October 2006, New York).
"Levinas and the 'New Husserl,'" presented at Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, 44th Annual Conference (October 2005, Salt Lake City).
"In Praise of Wanderers and Insomniacs: Economy, Excess, and Self-Overcoming," presented at the International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, "Nietzsche and Ethics" (September 2004, Brighton, England).
"Philosophy's Critical Potential for a Child of One's Time: Hegel and Levinas on the Relation between Philosophy and Society," presented at Boston College 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference, "Philosophy's Service" (April 2005, Boston).
"The Obligated Subject: A Comparative Study of Kant's and Levinas's Ethical Theories," presented at the Fourth Annual New School for Social Research Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, "Topics in Kant and Post-Kantianism" (April 2005, New York).
"Critique and the Socially Conditioned Subject: Thinking the Ethical Life with Hegel and Levinas," presented at the Loyola University Chicago Graduate Conference in Philosophy, "Encounters with the Other" (March 2005, Chicago).