Dr. Josh Hayes
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
- Ph.D., New School for Social Research: Graduate Faculty, 2005
- M.A., New School for Social Research: Graduate Faculty, 2001
- B.A., Classics-History-Politics, The Colorado College, 1998
About Dr. Hayes
Josh Hayes is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Alvernia University. His interest in Philosophy began as a high-school student at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California during a trip to El Salvador. He pursued his B.A. in Classics-History-Politics with a minor in German Studies at Colorado College where he completed his undergraduate thesis on the 1938 papal encyclical, Humani Generis Unitas, in light of the early Christian history of AntiSemitism. He completed his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in 2005 under the direction of Dr. Claudia Baracchi. His primary research interests are ancient and medieval philosophy and Twentieth Century and Contemporary European Philosophy.
He enjoys introducing students to Philosophy and promoting the practice of philosophy as way of life by organizing opportunities for students to participate in service-learning projects relevant to their communities and the environment. Over the last decade, he has taught a wide range of courses including social and political philosophy, applied ethics (biomedical ethics, business ethics, ethics and community engagement, environmental ethics), logic, environmental philosophy, and historically thematic courses in ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, early modern philosophy, and nineteenth and twentieth-century continental philosophy.
He is the author of numerous articles exploring the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics, to Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, the medieval Arabic tradition, and the continental tradition. After co-editing a volume of essays, Aristotle and the Arabic Tradition for Cambridge University Press, his current research explores the contemporary relevance of nature, place, and political community in light of ancient philosophy and Christian, Jewish, and Islamic medieval commentaries. He is currently finishing a manuscript entitled “Al-Farabi and the Arabic Cosmopolitan Tradition” where he defends Al-Farabi as a proponent of a cosmopolitan conception of citizenship and community. He is also working on another project treating the role of poetry and place in the Anthropocene Age with a particular focus on West Coast poetry-especially Robinson Jeffers, William Everson, and Gary Snyder. As part of his service to Alvernia University, he developed and now directs the Minor in Community Engagement and serves as a Faculty mentor for the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program. He also serves as chair of the Faculty Development and Research Committee.
In addition to his teaching, scholarship, and service, he is an active member of the Ancient Philosophy Society having served as a member of the Program Committee, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the International Association of Environmental Philosophy, the American Philosophical Association, and a founding member and editor of JPACT, Journal of the Pacific Association of the Continental Tradition.
Areas of Interest
Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, Ethics, Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy
- Aristotle and the Arabic Tradition, eds. Ahmed Alwishah and Josh Hayes (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Recent Articles and Contributions
- “Al-Fārābī’s Cosmpolitanism and the Arabic Commentary Tradition” The Edinburgh Critical History of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, eds. Andrew La Zella and Richard Lee (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)
- “Oikeiosis and the Fate of Nature in the Stoic Tradition” Continental Stoicisms, eds. Andrew Benjamin and Kurt Lampe (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming)
- “The Ambivalence of Eros: Plato and the Beginning(s) of Nature” Ontologies of Nature, eds. Marjolein Oele and Gerard Kuperus (Kluwer Academic Press, 2017)
- “The Arabic Reception of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics” Aristotle and the Arabic Tradition, eds. Ahmed Alwishah and Josh Hayes (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
- “Being Ensouled: Desire as an Efficient Cause in Aristotle’s De Anima” Epochē: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 17.2 (2013): 313-335.
- “Being at Home: Gary Snyder and the Poetics of Place” Philosophy of the Beats, ed. Sharin Elkholy (University of Kentucky Press, 2012), 47-62.
- “Being-Affected: Heidegger, Aristotle, and the Pathology of Truth” Interpreting Heidegger: Critical Essays, ed. Daniel Dahlstrom (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 156-173.
- “Deconstructing Dasein: Heidegger’s Earliest Interpretations of Aristotle’s De Anima” The Review of Metaphysics, vol. 61 (2007): 263-293.
- “Heidegger, Aristotle, Animality” Philosophy Today, vol. 51 (2007): 82-88.
- “Fundamental Ontology and the Problem of Animal Life” Revue de théorie et culture existentialistes et phénoménologie 2, no. 2 (2007): 42-60.
- “Heidegger’s Metontology and the Metaphysics of Transcendence” Gatherings: Proceedings of the North American Heidegger Circle, 2007.
- “A Life of Time and Desire: Reflections on Heidegger’s De Anima” Existentia: An International Journal of Philosophy, vol. XVI (2006): 365-378.
- “The Desire of Dasein: Heidegger’s Interpretation of Aristotelian Orexis” Gatherings: Proceedings of the North American Heidegger Circle, 2006.
Recent Book Reviews
- Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth: Reading Snyder and Dogen in an Age of Ecological Crisis, by Jason M. Wirth, Frontiers of Philosophy in China (2017)
- Naturalizing Heidegger: His Confrontation with Nietzsche, His Contributions to Environmental Philosophy by David. E. Storey, Phaenex: Revue de théorie et culture existentialistes et phénoménologie, vol. 11, no. 1 (2016): 119-131.
- Aristotle on the Nature of Community by Adriel Trott, Journal of Hellenic Studies, vol. 135 (2015): 291-292.
- Plato’s Gods by Gerd Van Riel, Review of Metaphysics, vol. 67 (2014): 891-93.
- The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition by Roger Berkowitz, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 3 (2008): 523-526.
- Heidegger and Aristotle: The Twofoldness of Being by Walter Brogan Existentia: An International Journal of Philosophy, XVII (2007): 473-479.
- Praxis und Logos bei Aristoteles by Friederike Rese, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Vol. 26, no. 1 (2005): 224-228.
Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Papers
- “Aristotle, Avicenna, and the Nature of Inclination in De Caelo III.2 and De Anima II.4” Marquette University Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition Workshop, June 2017
- “Robinson Jeffers’ Inhumanism and the Poetics of Place ” International Association of Environmental Philosophy, October 2016
- “Originary Anxiety: Henry, Freud, and the Incarnation of Animal Life” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Salt Lake City, October 2016
- "Robinson Jeffers and the Reinvention of Stoicism” Pacific Association of the Continental Tradition, Sheldon Jackson College, August 2016
- “Al-Fārābī’s Cosmopolitanism and the Aristotelian Commentary Tradition” Ancient Philosophy Society, Colby College, May 2016 (keynote panel)
- “A Politics to Come: On Benevolence and the Nature of Friendship in Aristotle’s Ethics” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, October 2015
- “Feasting Socrates: Hospitality and the Play of Number in Plato’s Timaeus” Pacific Association of the Continental Tradition, Seattle University, September 2015
- “Al-Fārābī and the Arabic Reception of the Nicomachean Ethics” Marquette University Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition Workshop, June 2015
- “Wallace Stegner and the Place of the American West” International Association of Environmental Philosophy, New Orleans, October 2014
- “Fifty Days At Illiam: Cy Twombly and the Homeric Tradition” Pacific Association of the Continental Tradition, Loyola Marymount University, October 2014
- “Always Coming Home: Wallace Stegner’s West” Pacific Association of the Continental Tradition, University of San Francisco, November 2013
- “Aristotle’s Zoo: Thinking with Other Animals” Alvernia University Salon Series, November 2013
- “A Conflict of Interpretation: Agamben and Derrida before the Law” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Rochester, November 2012
- “Back on Fire: Dōgen, Snyder and the Heraclitean Logos” Pacific Association of the Continental Tradition, University of Hawaii, September 2012
- “Ambiguities of Eros: Heidegger’s Encounter with Plato’s Theaetetus” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Philadelphia, 2011
- “Being at Home: Gary Snyder and the Poetics of Place” International Association of Environmental Philosophy, Philadelphia, October 2011
- “The Myth of the Trickster: Old Man Coyote and Hermes as Political Animals” Pacific Association of the Continental Tradition, Seattle University, October 2011
- “The Striving Soul: On Plato’s Theaetetus 186a” William J. Prior Philosophy Conference, Santa Clara University, May 2010
- “A Fact of Life: Heidegger and the Facticity of Ruinance” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Montreal, November 2010
- “Being Ensouled: Desire and Movement in Aristotle’s De Anima” Ancient Philosophy Society, Michigan State University, April 2010
- “Life and Logos: Revisiting the Problem of Animal Cognition” Bay Area Continental Philosophy Association, University of San Francisco, May 2009
- “Taking the Leap: Heidegger and the Other Beginning” Philosophy Research Group, Stanford University, October 2008
- “The Logos of the Living: An Ontology of the Animal” International Association of Environmental Philosophy, Eugene, May 2008
- “Being Open and Being True: Reading Heidegger, Reading Aristotle” Philosophy Lecture Series, University of San Francisco, February 2007
- “Dasein and the Facticity of Animality” Philosophy Lecture Series, California State University-Stanislaus, May 2007
- “Heidegger’s Metontology and the Metaphysics of Transcendence” North American Heidegger Conference, DePaul University, May 2007
- “Heidegger, Aristotle, and Animal Life” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Philadelphia, Fall 2006
- “The Desire of Dasein: Heidegger’s Interpretation of Aristotelian Orexis” North American Heidegger Conference, Boston University, Spring 2006
- “Deconstructing Dasein: Heidegger’s Earliest Interpretations of Aristotle’s De Anima” Invited lecture, University of Wisconsin, December 2005
- “Kant’s Phenomenology of Respect”Collegium Phaenomenologicum, July 2004
Josh Hayes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
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