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Fred Evans, Ph.D.

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

330 College Hall, Office Hours: Thursdays 4:30-5:30
Phone: 412.396.6507



Ph.D, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, 1986
M.A., Psychology, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1977
M.A., Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., 1969
B.A., Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., 1966
Academic Biography

Fred Evans is Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator for the Center of Interpretive and Qualitative Research at Duquesne University. He is the author of The Multivoiced Body: Society and Communication in the Age of Diversity (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009; 2011), Psychology and Nihilism: A Genealogical Critique of the Computational Model of Mind (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1993), and co-editor (with Leonard Lawlor) of Chiasms: Merleau-Ponty's Notion of Flesh (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2000). Evans has published numerous articles and book chapters on continental thinkers in relation to issues concerning psychology, politics, and technology. He is currently working on a new book, provisionally entitled Citizenship and Public Art: An Essay in Political Esthetics, focusing on Chicago’s Millennium Park and New York’s 9/11/01 memorial, and another book on cosmopolitanism. He also worked for five years at the Lao National Orthopedic Center and other positions in Laos, under the auspices of International Voluntary Services, and taught philosophy for a year at La Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia.


Articles and Book Chapters in Philosophy

"The Dilemma of Diversity: Rawls and Derrida on Political Justice," in Justice through Diversity?, ed. Michael Sweeny (Catholic University Press of America, forthcoming).

"Cosmopolitanism to Come: Derrida's Response to Globalization," in A Companion to Derrida, eds. Zeynep Direk and Leonard Lawlor (London: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming).

"Foucault and the ‘Being of Language'," in The Cambridge-Foucault Lexicon, eds. Leonard Lawlor and John Nole (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

"Citizenship and Public Art: The Political Aesthetics of New York's 9/11/01 Memorial," Belmont University Symposium Journal, (Sept. 2013, forthcoming).

"The Clamor of Voices: Neda, Barack, and Social Philosophy," Symposium:
Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 17 (2), Fall,/Automne, 2013, 158-177.

"Voices and the ‘Spirit of Place'," In Exploring the Work of Edward S. Casey: Giving Voice to Place, Memory, and Imagination, eds. Azucena Cruz-Pierre and Donald A. Landes (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013), 215-224.

"Citizenship and Public Art: Chicago's Millennium Park," in Outrage! Art, Controversy, and Society, ed. Richard Howells, Andreea Ritivoi, Judith Schachter (New York: Palgrave, 2012, pp. 144-171).

"9/11: The ‘Clash of Civilizations' and Cultural Rights," Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry, vol. 6, no. 14, Winter, 2011.

"'Unnatural Participations': Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze, and Environmental Ethics," Philosophy Today, 54, 2010, 142-52. (SPEP Supplemental Volume 35 of Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, eds. Cynthia Willett and Leonard Lawlor).

"Deleuze, Bakhtin and the ‘Clamour of Voices'," Deleuze Studies, vol. 2(2), 2008, 178-200.

"La sociedad de todas las voces: Los zapatistas, Bajtín y los derechos humanos," traducción por Juan Carlos Grijalva, Alteridad (revista académica, Faculdad de Ciencias Humanas y de la Educación, Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, Ecuador), No. 5, Nov. 2008, 44-62 (Spanish trans. of published English versión).

"Iris Marion Young and ‘Intersecting Voices'," Philosophy Today, 52, 2008, 10-18. (SPEP Supplemental Volume 33 of Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, eds. Peg Birmingham and James Risser).

Entries on "Genealogical Critique" and "The Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research," for The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, ed. Lisa M. Given (London: Sage Publications, Inc.), 369-71, 73-74, 2008.

"Chiasm and Flesh," in Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts, eds. Rosalyn Diprose and Jack Reynolds. Stocksfield, UK: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2008, 184-193.

(with Barbara McCloskey), "Sixties Redux? A Report from the 2004-05 Carnegie International (or, Kutlug Ataman's Provocation)," Kunst und Politik, Bd. 9, 2008, 175-181.

"Citizenship, Art and the Voices of the City: Wodiczko's The Homeless Projection." In Acts of Citizenship, eds. Engin Isin and Greg Nielsen. London: Zed Books, 2008, 227-246.

(with Barbara McCloskey) "The New Solidarity: A Case Study of Cross-Border Labor Networks and Mural Art in the Age of Globalization'," Toward a New Socialism, ed. Anatole Anton and Richard Schmitt. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007, 483-496.

"Lyotard, Foucault, and ‘Philosophical Politics,'" International Journal of the Humanities, 3, 2006, 85-98.

Entries on "Psychology," "Cognitive Science," "Bakhtin," "Hubert Dreyfus," "Dialogism," and "Heteroglossia/Monoglossia" for the Edinburgh University Press Dictionary of Continental Philosophy, ed. John Protevi, Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press Ltd., 2005, and for A Dictionary of Continental Philosophy, ed. John Protevi, Yale University, Yale University Press, 2006.

"Multi-Voiced Society: Philosophical Nuances on Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children," Florida Journal of International Law, 16:3, 2004, 727-741.

"Cyberspace and the Concept of Democracy," Studies in Practical Philosophy: A Journal of Ethical and Political Philosophy, 4:1, 2004, 71-101. (Originally published in First Monday).

"Witnessing and the Social Unconscious," Studies in Practical Philosophy: A Journal of Ethical and Political Philosophy, 3:2, Fall 2003, 57-83.

"Lyotard, Bakhtin, and Radical Heterogeneity," Continental Philosophy, Vol.8, 2003, 61-74.

"Bakhtin, Communication, and the Politics of Multiculturalism." Reprinted in Mikhail Bakhtin: Sage Masters of Modern Social Thought, vol. IV, ed. Michael E. Gardiner. London: SAGE Publications, 2003, 271-293. (Originally published in Constellations).

"Dialogisme et droits de l'Homme au Chiapas," trans. Louis Jacob, Cahiers de recherche sociologique, no. 36, 2002, 75-104 (A translation of my "Voices of Chiapas").

"Genealogy and the Problem of Affirmation in Nietzsche, Foucault, and Bakhtin," Philosophy and Social Criticism, 27:3, 2001, 41-65.

"Cyberspace and the Concept of Democracy," First Monday, Vol. 5 (10) (October 2000) URL: http//www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue5_10/evans/index.html (a peer-reviewed electronic publication).

"Voices of Chiapas: The Zapatistas, Bakhtin, and Human Rights," Philosophy Today, 42, 2000, 196-210. (SPEP Supplemental Volume Volume 25 of Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, ed. Linda Martín Alcoff and Walter Brogan).

"‘Chaosmos' and Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Nature," Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning the Thought of Merleau-Ponty, 2, 2000, 63-82.

"The Value of Flesh: Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy and the Modernism/Postmodernism Debate" (with Leonard Lawlor); critical introductory essay to Chiasms: Merleau-Ponty's Notion of the Flesh, ed. Fred Evans and Leonard Lawlor. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2000, 1-20.

"Merleau-Ponty, Lyotard and the Basis of Political Judgment," in Rereading Merleau-Ponty: Essays Across the Continental-Analytic Divide, ed. Lawrence Hass and Dorothea Olkowski. New York, NY: Prometheus Press, 2000, 253-274.

"'Solar Love': Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, and the Fortunes of Perception," Continental Philosophy Review, vol.31:2, 1998, 171-193.

"Voices, Oracles, and the Politics of Multiculturalism," Symposium, vol.2:2, 1998, 179-189.

"Bakhtin, Communication, and the Politics of Multiculturalism", Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, vol. 5:3, 1998, 403-423.

"Technology as Art and the ‘Spheres of Freedom and Necessity,'" Research in Philosophy and Technology, vol. 14, 1994, 219-234.

"Marx, Nietzsche, and the ‘Voices of Democracy,'" in Paradigms in Political Theory: Marxism-Liberalism-Postmodernism, ed. Steven Jay Gold, Iowa State University Press, Spring, 1993, 79-97.

"To ‘Informate' or ‘Automate': The New Information Technologies and Democratization of the Work Place," The Journal of Social Theory and Practice, vol. 17:3, 1991, 409-439.

"Cognitive Psychology, Phenomenology, and the ‘Creative Tension of Voices,'" Philosophy and Rhetoric, Vol. 24:2, 1991, 105-127.

"Language and Political Agency: Derrida, Marx, and Bakhtin," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, vol. 28:4, 1990, 249-266.

"Marx, Nietzsche, and the ‘New Class,'" Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 4:3, 1990, 505-524.

"Marx, Nietzsche, y ‘La Nueva Clase,'" trad. por Magdalena Holguin, Ideas y Valores, Num. 74-75, Agosto-Diciembre, 1987, Publicacion de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, 81-98.

Translations in Philosophy

Jean-François Lyotard, "On the Strength of the Weak," in Jean-François Lyotard, Toward the Post-Modern, ed. Robert Hurley and Mark Roberts, Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press International, 1993, 62-72.

Mikel Dufrenne, "Intentionality and Aesthetics," in Mikel Dufrenne, In the Presence of the Sensuous: Essays in Aesthetics, ed. Dennis Gallagher and Mark Roberts, Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1987, 3-12.

With Hugh J. Silverman, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, "The Experience of Others," in "Merleau-Ponty and Psychology," a special issue of the Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, 18 (1,2,&3), 1985, 33-63.

Inter-Disciplinary Publications

"Integrating Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture: Report on the Biopesticides Conference Workshop," (with Anne K. Hollander and Alan Wood), in National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Report 1: Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture: Policy Alternatives, ed. June Fessenden MacDonald (Ithaca, NY, Boyce Thompson Institute, 1989), vol. 1, 14-20.

"Research and Socio-Economic Rehabilitation Concerning the Handicapped in Laos," in M. Barber and A. Dore, eds., Sangkhom Khady San: Colloques en Sciences Humaines, Vientiane, Laos, 1974, 65-72.

"Lao Village Study: Economic, Social and Cultural Factors Related to Community Development in Tasseng Xieng Mene," a research monograph prepared for the Lao Government/International Voluntary Services, Inc., 1971; a copy of this monograph is included in the Cornell University South East Asian Studies Microfilm Library.


Graduate (Duquesne University)

Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
Gilles Deleuze: Anti-Oedipus
Gilles Deleuze: Difference and Repetition
Gilles Deleuze: A Thousand Plateaus
Philosophy of Communication: Saussure, Husserl, Derrida, Habermas, Lacan, Bakhtin
Language Theory and Continental Philosophy I: Saussure, Lacan, Irigaray, Kristeva
Language Theory and Continental Philosophy II: Gadamer, Habermas, Lyotard
Language Theory and Continental Philosophy III: Bakhtin
Philosophy of Foucault
Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty
Philosophy of Psychoanalysis
Philosophy of Science
Power and Dialogue: Gadamer, Foucault, Kögler

Undergraduate (Duquesne University)

Basic Philosophical Questions
Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophical Roots of Psychology
Integrated Honors Program: Basic Philosophical Questions
Later Modern (Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche)
Philosophy of Technology