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Colin Koopman

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  • Title: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Pre-Law Advisor, & Ethics Minor Director
  • Additional Title: Director of New Media & Culture Certificate Program
  • Phone: 541-346-5980
  • Office: 250A Susan Campbell Hall
  • Office Hours: 3:00-4:50pm Mondays during Winter 2019
  • Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature Department
  • Interests: Political Philosophy, Genealogy, Pragmatism, Information Politics and Data Ethics, History of Philosophy
  • Website: Website
  • Curriculum Vitae


My work offers contributions to political theory and ethics.  My current focus is on the the politics of information and the ethics of data -- I explore these fields in terms of century-old predecessor technologies that continue to condition contemporary techno-trends that are often presented as importantly new. Methodologically, my work mobilizes analytics and concepts from the philosophical traditions of genealogy and pragmatism to engage current issues of politics, ethics, and culture.  From a metaphilosophical perspective, I always attempt to challenge myself (and my collaborators and students) to practice philosophy through a style of pluralism that draws widely on diverse figures, traditions, disciplines, and themes.  Thus I have sought to develop an understanding of a range of figures across pragmatism (James, Du Bois, Dewey, Rorty, Brandom) and genealogy (Foucault, Nietzsche, Williams), as well as other thinkers in the 'Continental' (Deleuze, Habermas, Latour) and 'Analytic' (Wittgenstein, Cavell, Rawls) traditions (and I would insist that the scarequotes are needed in both instances).  I also aim to make use of work developed in other disciplinary contexts by historians, anthropologists, political scientists, legal theorists, and information scientists.


I am currently working on a few related research projects:

I am also working on a handful of article-length contributions, including papers on:

  • The Genealogy of Information and the History of Genetics
  • Rorty's Metaphilosophy
  • Foucault's Genealogy and Realist Political Theory



Articles and Essays:

  • On Data Politics:
  • On Genealogy and Pragmatism:
    • I have summarized some of the key ideas in my first two books in a prĂ©cis article titled "Genealogical Pragmatism" in which I also map out future research(es).
    • Among my most representative publications are a pair of companion papers on Foucault's genealogy in Critical Inquiry (in the Summer 2013 issue) and in Constellations (in the December 2015 issue), and another pair of companion papers on James's pragmatism in Journal of the History of  Philosophy (in the July 2017 issue) and in diacritics (in a 2016 issue).
    • In addition to the above articles, I have published in such journals as Metaphilosophy, The Review of Metaphysics, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Philosophy & Social Criticism, The Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Contemporary Pragmatism, Foucault Studies, and elsewhere.
    • I have worked on three editorial projects on these topics: a special issue on interdisciplinary uses of Foucault (in History of the Human Sciences), another issue on Foucault and Pragmatism (published in Foucault Studies), and a co-edited volume on Rorty and cultural critical philosophy (published by Bloomsbury [formerly Continuum]).


  • For further details, please visit my regularly updated website where you will find a complete list of publications (and links) as well as information on courses I regularly teach:

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