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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 Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion
918-631-2820
stephen-gardner@utulsa.edu
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Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Trinity College-Hartford


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?

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


The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Book


Gardner, Stephen. Myths of Freedom: Equality, Modern Thought, and Philosophical Radicalism. Greenwood, 1998. Print.

Book Chapters


Gardner, Stephen. “Rene Girard.” The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy. Ed. John Protevi. University of Edinburgh Press, 2006. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “The Scapegoat.” The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy. Ed. John Protevi. University of Edinburgh Press, 2006. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Mimetic Desire.” The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy. Ed. John Protevi. University of Edinburgh Press, 2006. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy.” The Dictionary of Continental Philosophy. Yale University Press, 2017. Print.

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, Jeffrey. “Smiling Through Cultural Catastrophe: Towards the Revival of Higher Education.” Society: Social Science and Modern Society 2003: 102–104. Print.

Seligman, Adam. “Modernity's Wager: Authority, the Self, and Transcendence.” Society: Social Science and Modern Society 2002: 94–96. Print.

Journal Articles


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. “Democracy's Debt: Capitalism and Cultural Revolution.” Ed. Peter Paik and Merry Weisner-Hanks. Indiana University Press (2013): n. pag. 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, Stephen. “Modernity's Deepening Impasse.” 47.5 (2010): 452–460. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Psychological Man: Eros and Ambition in Democratic Desire.” (2006): n. pag. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Democracy and Desire in The Great Gatsby.” Ed. Wolfgang Palaver and Petra Steinmair-Posel. Lit-Verlag (2005): 273–293. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Tocqueville, Girard, and the Mystique of Anti-Modernism.” Ed. Peter A. Lawler and Dale McConkey. Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield (2001): 209–225. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “The Ontological Obsessions of Radical Thought.” 10.Spring 2003 (2001): 1–22. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Retributivism in Hegel as Modern Natural Law.” XII.1 (1992): 13–14. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “The Return of the Blob: Kierkegaard's Public and the Rise of the Individual.” (2017): n. pag. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “The Cartesian Origins of Modern Freedom.” (2017): n. pag. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Intimations of the Apocalypse: Rene Girard and the End of Utopia.” (2017): n. pag. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Intellectual Origins of Modern Willfulness: Revolution in Early Modern Thought.” (2017): n. pag. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Girard's Anti-Political Pessimism: Revisiting Raymond Aron.” (2017): n. pag. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Francis Bacon and The End of Paganism.” (2017): n. pag. Print.

Conference Proceedings


Gardner, Stephen. “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. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Why the Humanities?” Proceedings of the International Congress of Philosophy. Boston University, 1998. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “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, 2017. Print.

Others


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

Gardner, Stephen. “Modernity's Deepening Impasse.” (2011): n. pag. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Philip Rieff and the Self-Destruction of Democracy.” Pantheon Books 46.Jan-Feb 2009 (2009): 181–189. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “The Cult of Violence Revisited.” 44.5 (2007): 77–81. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “The Eros and Ambitions of Psychological Man.” Ed. Elizabeth Lasch-Quinn. ISI Books (2006): 225–245. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Heidegger's Children.” Princeton University Press 41.4 (2004): 93–96. Print.

Gardner, Stephen. “Mad Men and Mad Women: 'Who Cares?'.” (2017): n. pag. Print.

Translation or Transcription


Gardner, Stephen. “Reflexion, Intepretation, Und Dialektik.” Ed. Kevin Clark and Aron Mishara. 7.1 (1978): 15–34. Print.


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


HON 2003 Enlightenment and Its Critics
PHIL 1123 Philosophy and Film
PHIL 2093 Western Political Thought Ii: From the English Revolution to the Russian Revolution
PHIL 2233 Existentialism in the 20th Century
PHIL 2453 The Great Conversation Ii: Modern and Contemporary
PHIL 3183 The Tradition of Existentialism
PHIL 3263 Religion and Morality From Kant to Nietzsche
PHIL 4003 Seminar in the History of Political Thought