Stephen Gardner, PhD

Stephen Gardner, PhD
Chair, Bell Committee and Coordinator of William H. and Rita Bell Visiting Professor and Lectureship in Anglican and Ecumenical Studies
Associate Professor of Philosophy
College of Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion
918-631-2820 Chapman Hall Room 222

Education

PhD – Pennsylvania State University MA – Pennsylvania State University BA – Trinity College-Hartford

Research Interests

European thought from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution to the present.
A major issue: How do the peculiar dilemmas, impasses, and paradoxes of modernity erupt from vexed relations of philosophy, politics, and religion since the Reformation?

Teaching Interests

Philosophy and Theology in the Early Modern Period
19th Century Philosophy (Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard)
19th and 20th Century European thought
Aesthetics and philosophy of culture
Philosophy, anthropology, and social sciences
Philosophy of history
Existentialism (Sartre and Heidegger)
Philosophy of Art
The Enlightenment

Publications

Books

  • Gardner, S. Myths of Freedom: Equality, Modern Thought, and Philosophical Radicalism. Greenwood, 1998.

Journal Articles

  • Gardner, Stephen. “Democracy’s Debt: Capitalism and Cultural Revolution.” Ed. Peter Paik and Merry Weisner-Hanks. Indiana University Press (2013): n. pag. Print.

  • Gardner, Stephen. “Modernity as Revelation: Rene Girard’s Imagination of the Worst.” Ed. Wolfgang Palaver. The University of Innsbruck 1.2 (2013): 9500 words. Print.

  • Gardner, Stephen. “War of the Worlds: Enemy Brothers in the Modern Constitution.” Ed. F. Mercadante et alii. Giuffre (2012): n. pag. Print.

  • Gardner, Stephen. “Rene Girard’s Apocalyptic Critique of Historical Reason.” Michigan State University Press 18 (2011): 1–22. Print.

  • Gardner, S. “Modernity’s Deepening Impasse”. Society (Social Science and Modern Society), Vol. 47, 2010, pp. 452-60.
  • Gardner, S. “Psychological Man: Eros and Ambition in Democratic Desire”. The New Pantagruel, 2006.
  • Gardner, S. “Democracy and Desire in The Great Gatsby”. Passions in Economy, Politics, and the Media: In Discussion With Christian Theology, Lit-Verlag, 2005, pp. 273-9.
  • Gardner, S. “The Ontological Obsessions of Radical Thought”. Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, Vol. 10, 2001, pp. 1-22.
  • Gardner, S. “Tocqueville, Girard, and the Mystique of Anti-Modernism”. Faith, Reason, and Political Life Today, Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2001, pp. 209-25.
  • Gardner, S. “Retributivism in Hegel As Modern Natural Law”. Vera Lex, Vol. XII, 1992, pp. 13-14.
  • Gardner, S. Francis Bacon and The End of Paganism.
  • Gardner, S. Girard’s Anti-Political Pessimism: Revisiting Raymond Aron.
  • Gardner, S. Intellectual Origins of Modern Willfulness: Revolution in Early Modern Thought.
  • Gardner, S. Intimations of the Apocalypse: Rene Girard and the End of Utopia.
  • Gardner, S. The Cartesian Origins of Modern Freedom.
  • Gardner, S. The Return of the Blob: Kierkegaard’s Public and the Rise of the Individual.

Book Chapters

  • Gardner, S. “Mimetic Desire”. The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy, University of Edinburgh Press, 2006.
  • Gardner, S. “Rene Girard”. The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy, University of Edinburgh Press, 2006.
  • Gardner, S. “The Scapegoat”. The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy, University of Edinburgh Press, 2006.
  • Gardner, S. “The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy”. The Dictionary of Continental Philosophy, Yale University Press.

Translation or Transcriptions

  • Gardner, S. “Reflexion, Intepretation, Und Dialektik”. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Vol. 7, 1978, pp. 15-34.

Conference Proceedings

  • Gardner, S. “Charisma and the Case of Philip Rieff”. Language and the Scientific Imagination. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, The Language Center, The University of Helsinki, 2008.
  • Gardner, S. “Why the Humanities?”. Proceedings of the International Congress of Philosophy, Boston University, 1998.
  • Gardner, S. “Rene Girard: Christian Apocalypse of Modernity, or Modern Apocalypse of Christianity?”. Images of Europe: Past, Present, Future: Proceedings, 14th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Catholic University of Portugal.

Book Reviews

  • Dawson, David. “Flesh Becomes Word: A Lexicography of the Scapegoat or, The History of an Idea.” The Bulletin of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion 2014: 17–19. Print.

  • Hart, J. “Smiling Through Cultural Catastrophe: Towards the Revival of Higher Education”. Society: Social Science and Modern Society, Vol. 40, Yale University Press, 2003, pp. 102-4.
  • Seligman, A. “Modernity’s Wager: Authority, the Self, and Transcendence”. Society: Social Science and Modern Society, Vol. 39, Princeton University Press, 2002, pp. 94-96.
  • “Philosophy of Art”. Southern Humanities Review, Vol. XXVI, 1992, pp. 72-76.

Other

  • Rieff, Philip. “Triumph of the Therapeutic, Psychological Man, and Sigmund Freud.” Mars Hill Audio Journal (2014): n. pag. Print.

  • Gardner, S. “Modernity’s Deepening Impasse”. Imitatio, 2011.
  • Gardner, S. “Modernity’s Deepening Impasse”. Society (Social Science and Modern Society), Vol. 47, 2010, pp. 452-60.
  • Gardner, S. “Philip Rieff and the Self-Destruction of Democracy”. Society: Social Science and Modern Society, Vol. 46, Pantheon Books, 2009, pp. 181-9.
  • Gardner, S. “The Cult of Violence Revisited”. Society: Social Science and Modern Society, Vol. 44, 2007, pp. 77-81.
  • Gardner, S. “The Eros and Ambitions of Psychological Man”. The Triumph of the Therapeutic, ISI Books, 2006, pp. 225-4.
  • Gardner, S. “Heidegger’s Children”. Society: Social Science and Modern Society, Vol. 41, Princeton University Press, 2004, pp. 93-96.
  • Gardner, S. Mad Men and Mad Women: ’Who Cares?’.

Courses Taught

  • Senior Seminar
  • The Great Conversation Ii: Modern and Contemporary
  • Modernization and Its Discontents
  • Seminar in the History of Political Thought
  • Equality & the Social Order
  • Existentialism in the 20th Century

Professional Affiliations

  • Colloquium on Violence and Religion
  • Hegel Society of America
  • International Society for the Study of European Ideas
  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • American Philosophical Association

Awards & Honors

  • Teaching Assistantship
  • Philosophy Exchange Lecturer