Michael Strawser, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Strawser is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida, where he has taught since 2002. Prior to coming to UCF he taught for a decade at Folkuniversitetet in Helsingborg, Sweden. Dr. Strawser is Senior Editor of the Florida Philosophical Review and served as President of Florida Philosophical Association in 2016. He has served on the Søren Kierkegaard Society (SKS) Executive Committee as the APA Representative. He is also a coach of student ethics bowl teams that have participated in the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl since 2004, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl since 2015 (Regional Champions in 2017, Runners-Up in 2018), and the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in 2009, 2010, 2011 (National Champions), 2018, and 2019. Dr. Strawser is also the faculty adviser for the UCF Philosophical Society.
- Ph.D. in Philosophy from Florida State University (1993)
- M.A. in Philosophy from Florida State University (1990)
- B.A. in Philosophy & Religion and Social Sciences, magna cum laude, from Flagler College (1986)
Kierkegaard, Spinoza, Continental Philosophy (Modern & Contemporary), Ethics, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Love, Philosophy of Religion
Recent Research Activities
Michael Strawser is currently doing research on the phenomenology of emotion and Spinoza and the philosophy of love.
- Kierkegaard's God and the Good Life. Co-edited with J. Aaron Simmons and Stephen Minister. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2017. Reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion, Faith and Philosophy, Choice, and Pneuma.
- Kierkegaard and the Philosophy of Love. Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Paperback edition published 2017. Reviewed in Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion.
- Asking Good Questions: Case Studies in Ethics and Critical Thinking. Co-authored with Nancy Stanlick. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Company, 2015.
- Both/And: Reading Kierkegaard from Irony to Edification. Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series, Vol. 2, series editor John Caputo. New York: Fordham University Press, 1997. Reviewed in International Studies in Philosophy, Nineteenth-Century Prose, Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter, Theology Digest, and Kierkegaardiana.
- “The true Spinoza of Market Street.” Special Issue on “Spinoza's Artes” edited by Moira Gatens and Anthony Uhlmann. Textual Practice 33.5 (2019).
- "The Edified Mind: How Philosophy Can Unite People." Florida Philosophical Review XVII.1 (Winter 2017): 1-14.
- "Kierkegaard and the Phenomenology of Selfhood." International Philosophical Quarterly. 54.1 (March 2014): 59-74.
- "Erotic Perfectionism in Jewish Rationalist Philosophy." Soundings: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Humanities 96:2 (2013): 189-213.
- "On the Specter of Speciesism in Spinoza." NASS Monograph 15 (North American Spinoza Society) (2011): 3-30.
- “Creative Case Studies in Ethics.” Teaching Ethics (Fall 2010): 105-119.
- “H φιλοσοφία της αγάπης στους Σπινόζα, Κίρκεγκωρ και Σέλερ” [“The Philosophy of Love in Spinoza, Kierkegaard and Scheler”]. Translated by Michalis Katsimitsis. Celestia 2 (April 2009): 19-28.
- “Assessing Assessment: Toward a Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Perspective.” InSight: A Scholarly Journal of Teaching 4 (2009): 56-68.
- “A Panegyric on Spinoza and Derrida: Saintly Jewish Heretics Striving Towards a ‘Pure Religion’.” Florida Philosophical Review VIII.1 (2008): 108-124.
- “The Ethics of Love in Spinoza and Kierkegaard and the Teleological Suspension of the Theological.” Philosophy Today 51.4 (Winter 2007): 438-446.
- Gifts of Silence from Kierkegaard to Derrida. Soundings 89:1-2 (Spring/Summer 2006): 55-72.
- “Creating Philosophy: Using a Cooperative Learning Approach in the Classroom.” Teaching Philosophy 28:2 (June 2005): 115-134.
- “The Indirectness of Kierkegaard’s Signed Writings.” International Journal of Philosophical Studies 3 (March 1995): 73-90.
- “Kierkegaardian Meditations on First Philosophy: A Reading of Johannnes Climacus,” Journal of the History of Philosophy XXXII (October 1994): 623-43.
- “Reading Heidegger after Derrida,” Topicos IV (1994): 17-29.
- “How Did Socrates Become a Christian? Irony and a Postmodern Christian (Non)-Ethic,” Philosophy Today 36 (1992): 256-65.
- “Welcome to the Jungle: The Problem of Language in Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein,” Topicos II (1992): 97-110.
- “Välkomna till Djungeln: Språkets Problem hos Kierkegaard och Wittgenstein,” Philosophia 21 (1992): 167-76.
- “Dionysian Painting: A Nietzschean Interpretation of Munch,” Konsthistorisk Tidskrift [Journal of Art History] LXI (1992): 161-72.
- "More Than a Feeling: Kierkegaard’s Redemption of Love." The Religious Existentialists and the Redemption of Feeling. Eds. Anthony Malagon and Abi Doukhan (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019).
- "Love in 19th Century Western Philosophy." The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy. Ed. Adrienne Martin. Routledge, 2019.
- "Inside the Escritoire: Kierkegaard's Erotic Theory of Communication." Authorship and Authority in Kierkegaard's Writings. Ed. Joseph Westfall. Bloomsbury, 2018.
- “Love is the Highest Good,” Kierkegaard’s God and the Good Life, edited by Stephen Minister, J. Aaron Simmons, and Michael Strawser. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2017.
- "Kierkegaard's Erotic Reduction and the Problem of Founding the Self." Narrative, Identity, and the Kierkegaardian Self. Eds. John Lippitt and Patrick Stokes. Edinburgh University Press, 2015.
- "Why Spinozists and Kierkegaardians Should Love Each Other." Irreconcilable Differences. Eds. Jason C. Robinson and David A. Peck. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2015.
- "Kierkegaard filosofo del amor." Conversaciones sobre Kierkegaard. Coords. Catalina Elena Dobre, Rafael Garcia Pavon, Luis I. Guerrero, Leticia Valadez. Sociedad Iberoamericana de Estudios Kierkegaardianos. Mexico, 2014. 62-63.
- "Teaching the Art of Erotics." Desire, Performance, and Classification: Critical Perspectives on the Erotic. Ed. Jessica Pfeffer. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.
- “A Place for Forgiveness? A Derridean Response to Terrorism.” Politics and Religion in the New Century: Philosophical Perspectives. Eds. Philip Quadrio and Carrol Besseling. Sydney University Press, 2009.
- Forgiving Derrida: From Terrorism to Self-Forgiveness. Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries. Eds. Stephen Bloch-Schulman and David White. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2009.
- “Looking for a Common Watermark: Loving Others in Kierkegaard and Levinas.” Despite Oneself: Subjectivity and Its Secret in Kierkegaard and Levinas. Eds. Claudia Welz and Karl Verstrynge. London: Turnshare, 2008. 127-140.
- George Pattison, Kierkegaard: The Aesthetic and the Religious. Kierkegaard Secondary Literature, Vol. 18, Tome III, Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources, Routledge, 2016.
- Pat Bigelow, Kierkegaard and the Problem of Writing. Kierkegaard Secondary Literature, Vol. 18, Tome II, Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources, Routledge, 2016.
- Daniel Conway (ed.), Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling: A Critical Guide, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews: An Electronic Journal (January 11, 2016).
- Kevin Aho, Existentialism: An Introduction. The Review of Metaphysics LXIX.1 (September 2015): 115-116.
- Jill Gordon, Plato's Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review/Revue canadienne de philosophie 53.2 (June 2014): 375-377.
- Chris Danta, Literature Suspends Death: Sacrifice and Storytelling in Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot. Religion and Literature 44.3 (Autumn 2012): 261-263.
- Sharon Krishek, Kierkegaard on Faith and Love. Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter 56 (November 2010): 23-25.
- Irving Singer, Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review/Revue canadienne de philosophie 49, no. 3 (September 2010): 502-505.
- David Reisman, Sartre’s Phenomenology. Philosophy in Review/Comptes rendus philosophiques XXIX, no. 3 (June 2009): 216-218.
- Sherry Deveaux, The Role of God in Spinoza’s Metaphysics. Philosophy in Review/Comptes rendus philosophiques XXVII, no.5 (October 2007): 331-333.
- Amy Laura Hall, Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love and Joel D.S. Rasmussen’s Between Irony and Witness: Kierkegaard’s Poetics of Faith, Hope, and Love. Religion and Literature 39.1 (Spring 2007): 132-136.
- Rick Anthony Furtak, Wisdom in Love: Kierkegaard and the Ancient Quest for Emotional Integrity. Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter 50 (August 2006).
- George Pattison, Kierkegaard: The Aesthetic and the Religious. Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter 30 (1994): 21-23.
- James E. Loder and W. Jim Neidhardt, The Knight’s Move: The Relational Logic of the Spirit in Theology and Science. Kierkegaardiana 17 (1994): 191-94.
- M. Holmes Hartshorne, Kierkegaard, Godly Deceiver: The Nature and Meaning of the Pseudonymous Writings. Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter 26 (1992): 10-14.
- “The Philosophy of Love in Descartes and Spinoza,” Collegium Spinozanum III, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, July 2-5, 2019.
- “Levinas and the Spinoza Question,” 14th Annual International Conference on Philosophy, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, May 27-30, 2019.
- "The Courtesan and the Lens-grinder: The Joys of Amor in Aragona and Spinoza," The Joys of the Erotic: Building Human Connections, Palermo, Italy, June 29-30, 2018.
- "Spinoza and the Phenomenology of Joy," IISES 4th Arts & Humanities Conference, Best Paper Award, Stockholm, Sweden, June 25-28, 2018.
- "The True Spinoza of Market Street," The Arts of Spinoza + Pacific Spinoza, University of Auckland, New Zealand, May 28, 2017.
- "The Edified Mind: How Philosophy Can Unite People," Presidential Address, Florida Philosophical Association, 62nd Annual Meeting, Melbourne, Florida, November 4, 2016.
- Lecture on Kierkegaard and the Philosophy of Love, Respondent René Rosfort, The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2, 2016.
- "Authors Meet Critics: Asking Good Questions," with Nancy Stanlick, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 25th Annual International Conference, Reston, VA, February 18-21, 2016.
- "Kierkegaard's Feeling for Love," The Redemption of Feeling: The Religious Existentialists Conference, Queens College, NY, December 3-4, 2015.
- "Kierkegaard's Phenomenology of Love: Love's Immediacy," Søren Kierkegaard Society, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 22, 2014.
- "Asking Good Questions: Case Studies in Ethics and Critical Thinking," with Nancy Stanlick, Association of Practical and Profession Ethics 23rd Annual International Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, March 1, 2014.
- "On Love and Fearful Trembling," Søren Kierkegaard Society Meeting at the Eastern Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, Baltimore, Maryland, December 2013.
- “Why Spinozists and Kierkegaardians Should Love Each Other,” Kierkegaard Circle Conference: Celebrating SK at 200, Trinity College, University of Toronto, Canada, April 6, 2013.
- "Kierkegaard's Phenomenology of Love," Kierkegaard on Love and the Passions International Conference, Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 24, 2012.
- "Kierkegaard and Phenomenology," Conference on Kierkegaard and the Philosophical Traditions, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, August 10, 2012.
- “Teaching the Art of Erotics,” 6th Global Conference on the Erotic: Exploring Critical Issues, Prague, Czech Republic, November 11, 2011.
- “Kierkegaard and the Phenomenology of Selfhood,” Conference on Narrative, Identity, and the Kierkegaardian Self, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK, November 5, 2011.
- “Deliberating on Love and Sin,” Søren Kierkegaard Society Meeting at the Pacific Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, San Diego, California, April 21, 2011.
- “The Erotic Ideal in Saadia and Spinoza.” Florida Philosophical Association 56th Annual Conference. Daytona Beach, FL, November 6, 2010.
- “Toward the Perfect: Putting on the Armor of Love in the Edifying Discourses,” Conference on Kierkegaard’s Upbuilding Discourses, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, April 16, 2010. (Unable to attend due to Icelandic volcanic ash storm.)
- “Applying Creativity to Research in Ethics,” Engagement in Undergraduate Research: Florida Statewide Symposium, University of Central Florida, September 25, 2009.
- “Slaughtering Spinoza’s Speciesism with the Help of Derrida.” Towards a Philosophy of Life: An International Conference in Continental Philosophy of Religion, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK, June 27, 2009.
- “Is There a Self in Pre-reflective Consciousness?” International Interdisciplinary Conference on Self, Identity and Culture: East and West, Kolkata, India, January 6, 2009.
- “Assessing Assessment: Toward a Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Perspective,” Engagement in Undergraduate Research: Florida Statewide Symposium, University of Central Florida, September 26, 2008.
- “Between Terrorism and Forgiveness: Exploring Derrida’s Post-Secular Thinking,” First Global Forgiveness Conference, Salzburg, Austria, March 2008.
- “The Inadequacy of Spinoza’s Speciesism,” North American Spinoza Society Meeting at The American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Pasadena, CA, March 20, 2008.
- “A Place for Forgiveness? A Derridean Response to Terrorism,” Dialogues in Place: Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, December 2007.
- “Striving for Love in Spinoza and Kierkegaard,” Søren Kierkegaard Society Meeting at the Pacific Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, California, April 2007.
- “Looking for a Common Watermark: Loving Others in Kierkegaard and Levinas,” Kierkegaard and Levinas Workshop, Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, February 8, 2007.
- “A Panegyric on Saintly Jewish Heretics Striving Towards a ‘Pure Religion’,” Heresy, Blasphemy, and Freedom of Expression: Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, January 18, 2007.
- “Onto-theology and the Practice of Love,” 57th Annual Meeting of the New Mexico/West Texas Philosophical Society Meeting, Las Cruces, New Mexico, April 8, 2006.
- “The Ethics of Love in Spinoza and Kierkegaard and the Irrelevance of the Question of God,” North Carolina/South Carolina Philosophical Society Joint Meeting, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, February 11, 2006.
- “Communicating Silence: The Gift of Kierkegaard’s Authorship,” Kierkegaard, Subjectivity, and Silence Conference, UCF Cocoa Campus, Cocoa, Florida, April 3, 2004.
- “Creating Philosophy: Using a Collaborative Approach in the Classroom,” Florida Philosophical Association Conference, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, November 14, 2003.
- “Kierkegaard and Rorty: A Preliminary Study of Edifying Philosophy,” Winning Graduate Paper, Florida Philosophical Association, 35th Annual Meeting, Tallahassee, Florida, November 1989.
- “Welcome to the Jungle: The Problem of Language in Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard,” Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Centennial Conference, Tallahassee, Florida, April 1989.
- Interview in "The Examined Life," Pegasus: The Magazine of the University of Central Florida (Summer 2019), 23.
- “NEH Summer Seminar,” CAH Research Newsletter (Spring 2011) 1.1: 4.
- “Assessment and Experience,” Faculty Focus (Faculty Center of Teaching and Learning, UCF) 8.1 (March 2009): 4-5.
- “Collaborative Writing,” with Nancy Stanlick, Faculty Focus (Faculty Center of Teaching and Learning, UCF) 3.1 (January 2004): 5-6.
- UCF Scroll & Quill Society, November 2017.
- NEH Summer Seminar on "Emmanuel Levinas on Morality, Justice, and the Political," directed by Richard Cohen at the University at Buffalo, New York, June 17-21, 2017.
- UCF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, 2016.
- UCF CAH Research Incentive Award, 2016.
- UCF CAH Sabbatical, Type 1A, Fall 2013.
- UCF CAH Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2012.
- UCF CAH Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2011.
- NEH Summer Seminar on "Free Will and Human Perfection in Medieval Jewish Philosophy" directed by Jonathan Jacobs at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, June 27-July 30, 2010.
- UCF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, 2010.
- Flagler College Alumni Professional Achievement Award, 2008.
- UCF CAH Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2007.
- UCF CAH Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2007.
|Course Number||Course||Title||Mode||Date and Time||Syllabus|
|19542||PHM3020||Philosophy of Love||Face to Face Instruction (P)||Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM||Available|
In this course, students will be introduced to classical and contemporary issues in the philosophy of love through a careful reading of essential texts that range from Plato to Marion and hooks. These texts will raise critical questions and present insightful analyses in the philosophy of love, an area that is itself—to borrow the words of Kierkegaard—“essentially indescribable and inexhaustible.” Through a penetrating discussion of these rich primary sources, students will broaden their horizons in this often neglected area of philosophy, and they will be encouraged to develop their own response to the central over-arching question: “How does one enact the highest task of loving another?” Classes will be a mixture of lecture and discussion, and students will be expected to participate actively in class.
|Course Number||Course||Title||Mode||Date and Time||Syllabus|
|89926||IDH3600H||Hon Case Studies in Ethics||Face to Face Instruction (P)||Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM||Available|
This is an interdisciplinary, case-study approach to practical contemporary ethical issues in, for example, education, engineering, law, medicine, personal relationships, politics, etc. Students will conduct significant research on the cases, the nature of which will be highly interdisciplinary. Students will also write position papers applying creative and critical thinking skills and theoretical ethical concepts and frameworks to the cases. They will present and defend positions on the cases both individually and in groups. Thus, in this course students will develop their moral understanding and critical thinking skills, their argumentation and writing skills, and they will engage in public speaking and consensus building.
No courses found for Summer 2019.
|Course Number||Course||Title||Mode||Date and Time||Syllabus|
|20809||PHP3786||Existentialism||Face to Face Instruction (P)||Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM||Available|
This course will explore the diverse existentialist philosophies that are expressed in the writings of the major seminal thinkers who focus their attention on problems central to human existence. We shall begin with the 19th century precursors to existentialism, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and see how their thematic concerns are appropriated and developed by the 20th century French existentialists, Sartre and Camus. Themes and topics dealt with will include angst, radical freedom, existential choice, commitment, authenticity, subjectivity, the absurd, bad faith, etc. The majority of reading assignments will be from primary sources and will include several complete works. Classes will be a mixture of lecture and discussion, and students will be expected to participate actively in class.
|Course Number||Course||Title||Mode||Date and Time||Syllabus|
|80815||IDH3600H||Hon Case Studies in Ethics||Face to Face Instruction (P)||Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM||Available|
This is an interdisciplinary, case-study approach to practical contemporary ethical issues in, for example, education, engineering, law, medicine, personal relationships, politics, etc. Students will conduct significant research on the cases, the nature of which will be highly interdisciplinary. Students will also write position papers applying creative and critical thinking skills and theoretical ethical concepts and frameworks to the cases. They will present and defend positions on the cases both individually and in groups. Thus, in this course students will develop their moral understanding and critical thinking skills, their argumentation and writing skills, and they will engage in public speaking and consensus-building.
No courses found for Summer 2018.
Updated: Jan 2, 2020