Janae Sholtz


Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Memphis (Memphis, TN) - 2009
  • M.A. Philosophy, New School University (New York, NY) – 2002
  • B.A. in Philosophy & B.A. in English Literature, Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) – 1998


About Dr. Sholtz

Dr. Sholtz, assistant professor of philosophy, teaches in major areas of philosophy such as Ancient Philosophy, the History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Art and Feminist Theory. She researches primarily in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Continental Philosophy and is writing a book on the intersections between ontology, art and the political in Martin Heidegger and Gilles Deleuze, situating this discussion in the larger context of contemporary philosophical conversation concerning community.

Dr. Sholtz is interested in investigating the nature of the creative event in Deleuze. The event is at once an instance of the generation of sense (thought) and also the production of the affect (sensibility). These two elements of the event are highlighted respectively in Deleuze’s Logic of Sense and Logic of Sensation. The future direction of her will be to analyze these two works in light of the ineluctable intertwined relation of affect-event. She has always been fascinated with the intersection between art and philosophy; this has been the motivating factor in much of what she has been drawn to, intellectually and in life.

Dr. Sholtz’s teaching interests are congruent with her research, though not limited to this arena. She is always exploring new ways to connect her own specific areas of interest to the broader field of philosophy and relishes the opportunity to expand her base of expertise. She is interested in developing courses that serve to stimulate a wide undergraduate audience to philosophical questioning and inspire students to continue along the path of philosophical inquiry. Dr. Sholtz incorporates literature, film, contemporary events and social critique into her lectures in order to provide multiple points of access to the material and generate what has been called the origin of philosophy, wonder.

In addition to philosophy, Dr. Sholtz is a health enthusiast. She enjoys spinning, running, kickboxing, TRX, kettlebell , swimming, and yoga. Her other passion is traveling to new places and countries. Her goal is to always discover one new place every year.

Areas of Specialization

  • Twentieth Century and Contemporary Continental
  • Feminist Theory
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Ontology
  • Ethical Theory



  • Review of John Sallis’ Logic of Imagination: The Expanse of the Elemental. (Indiana Press UP: 2012) in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Spring 2013
  • “Heidegger and Deleuze,” (co-author: Leonard Lawlor). The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger. Eds. François Raffoul & Eric S. Nelson. Continuum Press, Spring 2013
  • “What is Philosophy for Deleuze and Foucault?” (co-author: Leonard Lawlor). Between Deleuze and Foucault. Eds. Daniel Smith, Thomas Nail and Nicolae Morar. Continuum Press, Spring 2013
  • Review of Anthony Hatzimoysis. The Philosophy of Sartre, Acumen, 2011. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, May 2012
  • “Reflections on Continental and Feminist Pedagogy: Heidegger and Anzaldua.” PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism. Volume 2. Issue 1. January 2012
  • Article-length review of Gilles Deleuze: The Intensive Reduction. Constantin Boundas, Ed. Perspectives: International Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy. V.III, Autumn 2010


Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Beyond Heidegger’s Differential Ontology, The Deleuzian Complication” – Heidegger Circle, Spring 2013
  • “Perverse Thought: Deleuzian Cosmic-Immanence” – NTPA, Spring 2013
  • “Heidegger and Deleuze,” – Between Deleuze and Foucault Conference, Purdue, November 2012
  • “From Earth to Cosmos, Shattering Elemental Logic” – The Elemental, PACT Conference, Hawaii, September 2012
  • “The People are Missing: Heidegger and Deleuze”– International Deleuze Studies Conference, Tulane University, June 2012 
  • “Beyond Heidegger’s Differential Ontology, The Deleuzian Complication – reprised”– International Deleuze Studies Conference, Tulane University, June 2012 
  • “Beyond Heidegger’s Differential Ontology, The Deleuzian Complication” – NTPA, April 2012
  • “Heidegger, Feminism and Intersectional Consciousness” – PhiloSOPHIA, Vanderbilt University, May 2011
  • “The Diagram in the Image: A Provocation of Thought” – The International Image Conference, UCLA, December 2010
  • “We are the ‘They’: A Query about Feminist Pedagogy” – Feminism in Practice Conference, Lehigh University, Fall 2010
  • “You’re Not Like the Others, That’s How I Can Love You: Nietzsche and Irigaray” – NTPA, April 2010 
  • “Heidegger’s Nietzsche: the Completion of Metaphysics and the Importance of Art” - NTPA, March 2009
  • “Reflections on Feminism, Luce Irigaray and Gilles Deleuze” - Research in Progress Speaking Series, University of Memphis, October 2007
  • “Wondering about Alice through the Looking Glasses of Irigaray and Deleuze” - Irigaray Circle, New York, Fall 2007
  • “Deleuze’s Art: Thinking through the Diagram” - Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Italy, July 2007
  • “The Provocations of Art: Thinking the Unthought in Deleuze’s Aesthetics” - Research in Progress Speaking Series, University of Memphis, March 2007
  • Irigaray’s Diotima, A New Ethics from an Age Old Theme: Eros” - Rhodes College, November 7, 2006
  • “Crossing Boundaries and Re-conceiving Limits: Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray and Gilbert Simondon” - Tennessee Philosophical Association, October 2006
  • Response to Levi Bryant’s “Hegel’s Critique of the In-Itself: Notes towards an Immanent and Relational Ontology” - NTPA, May 2008 
  • Response to Julie Kuhlken’s “Kant, Heidegger, and Human Freedom: The Nationalization and Denationalization of Patriotism” - NTPA, May 2008

Contact Information



Janae Sholtz, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Women & Gender Studies
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

     Francis Hall 229
     Phone:  610-568-1488