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Steven CrowellSteven Galt Crowell
Professor of Philosophy
Houston, Texas 77005-1892
Department: 713-348-4994
Office: 713-348-2719
Fax: 713-348-5847

My main field of interest is twentieth century European philosophy, especially phenomenology (the philosophy of Edmund Husserl) and its development in Heidegger, existentialism (Sartre, Merelau-Ponty, Levinas), hermeneutics (Gadamer, Ricoeur) and post-structuralism (Derrida, Lyotard). My systematic interests lie in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, and the philosophy of history. I also do research in the 18th and 19th century background to contemporary European thought: Kant, German Idealism, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and the German neo-Kantians.

My current research continues in the tradition of phenomenological transcendental philosophy. More specifically, I am interested in the relation between intentionality and normativity; in other words, in the relation between our phenomenological experience of a meaningful world and our ability to respond to norms (standards, ideals, measures, rules, etc. – “norms” in my sense take many forms) as such, to understand ourselves as acting in light of them. This fundamental ability (which is, on my view, the essence of what it is to occupy the first-person stance and is best approached through the existential notion of “commitment”) is a condition of all ethics, cognition, understanding and, in general, our being-in-the-world. I hope to draw this work together in a book on the ontological roots of reason.

PhD (1981) Yale University
MA (1976) Northern Illinois University
AB (1974) University of California, Santa Cruz


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