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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: 3:30-5:20pm on Mondays during Winter 2020
  • Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature Department
  • Interests: Political Philosophy, Genealogy, Pragmatism, Information Politics and Data Ethics, History of Philosophy
  • Website: Website
  • Curriculum Vitae


My writing and teaching are focused on 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 in past work to develop an understanding of a range of figures across genealogy (Foucault, Nietzsche, Williams) and pragmatism (James, Du Bois, Dewey, Rorty, Brandom) as well as other thinkers in Continental (Deleuze, Habermas, Latour) and Analytic (Wittgenstein, Cavell, Rawls) philosophy.  I also aim to engage work developed in other disciplinary contexts by historians, anthropologists, political scientists, legal theorists, and information scientists.


My recent research on informaiton politics and data ethics is best summarized by:

Ongoing work includes research (individual or collaborative) toward contributions on:

  • The Genealogy of Information and the History of Genetics
  • A Genealogy of Medical Records
  • A Normative Theory of Fairness in Data
  • Richard Rorty's Metaphilosophy
  • Michel Foucault's Genealogy and Realist Political Theory



Articles and Essays:


  • 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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