Paul Livingston

Graduate Director

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Philosophy Club Advisor

Office: Humanities 551
Hours: Monday 10-12PM or by appointment

  • A.B. (Harvard University, 1997)
  • M. Phil. (University of Cambridge, 1998)
  • Ph.D. (UC, Irvine, 2002)

Research Interests:

I work on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, phenomenology, metaphysics, and political philosophy from a perspective grounded in the history of twentieth-century philosophy, analytic and continental.

Recent Publications:

Idealism, Relativism, and Realism: New Essays on Objectivity Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide (anthology co-edited with Dominik Finkelde) (De Gruyter, 2020)

The Logic of Being: Realism, Truth, and Time (Northwestern, 2017)

The Problems of Contemporary Philosophy: A Critical Guide for the Unaffiliated (co-authored with Andrew Cutrofello) (Polity, 2015)

The Politics of Logic: Badiou, Wittgenstein, and the Consequences of Formalism (Routledge, 2012)

Philosophy and the Vision of Language (Routledge, 2008)

Philosophical History and the Problem of Consciousness (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

“Sense, Realism, and Ontological Difference” In Dominik Finkelde and Paul M. Livingston, ed., Idealism, Relativism, and Realism: New Essays on Objectivity Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide (De Gruyter, 2020)

“The Analytic Reception of Husserlian Phenomenology in the U.S.: History, Problems, and Prospects” In Michela Beatrice Ferri, ed., The Reception of Husserlian Phenomenology in North America (Springer, 2019)

“Science, Language, and the ‘Truth of the Subject’: Lacan and Wittgenstein”  Crisis and Critique 5:1 (March 2018), pp. 236-259.

“Husserl: From Intentionality to Transcendental Phenomenology” In Sandra LaPointe, ed., Philosophy of Mind in the 19th Century: Bolzano to Husserl (History of the Philosophy of Mind, vol. 5) (Routledge, 2018)

“Wittgenstein, Mathematics, and the Temporality of Technique” In Bharath Sririman, ed., Humanizing Mathematics and its Philosophy: Essays Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Reuben Hersh (Springer, 2017)

“Formalism, Ideology, Critique: Althusser after Badiou”  In Dominik Finkelde, ed., Badiou and the State (Nomos Verlag and Bloomsbury, 2017)

“Presentation and the Ontology of Consciousness” Grazer Philosophische Studien 94:3 (2017), pp. 301-331

“Univocity, Duality, and Ideal Genesis: Deleuze and Plato” (with John Bova).  In Abraham Greenstine and Ryan Johnson, eds., Continental Metaphysics: Ancient and Modern (Edinburgh U. Press, 2017)

“Lacan, Deleuze, and the Consequences of Formalism”  In Boštjan Nedoh and Andreja Zevnik, ed., Lacan and Deleuze: A Disjunctive Synthesis (Edinburgh U. Press, 2016)

“Naturalism, Conventionalism, and Forms of Life: Wittgenstein and the ‘Cratylus’,” Nordic Wittgenstein Review 4:2 (2015), pp. 7-38. 

“Wittgenstein Reads Heidegger, Heidegger Reads Wittgenstein: Thinking Language Bounding World” In Jeffrey A. Bell, Andrew Cutrofello, and Paul M. Livingston, ed., Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide: Pluralist Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2015)

Other Information:

Recent Teaching, Research and Editing

Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Science; Greek Philosophy; Wittgenstein; Deleuze; Theories of Truth; History of Analytic Philosophy; History and Philosophy of Mathematics; Buddhist Philosophy

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Freiburg University, Germany, January-August, 2007; June-August, 2009; October 2013-January 2014

Continental Philosophy Editor,

Twentieth Century Philosophy Editor, Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy