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Peter A. Warnek

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  • Title: Associate Head of Philosophy
  • Additional Title: Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Phone: 541-346-5542
  • Office: 246 Susan Campbell Hall
  • Office Hours: TBA for Fall 2018
  • Affiliated Departments: Environmental Studies, German & Scandinavian
  • Interests: Ancient Philosophy, 19th-20th Century Continental Philosophy, Kant, Philosophy of Nature, Myth, Tragedy, History of Philosophy
  • Curriculum Vitae


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Professor Warnek's main areas of research are divided between ancient Greek philosophy and 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, beginning with Kant. He is currently is developing a reading of Aristotle that challenges prevailing interpretations of the Greek understanding of logos. In particular, this work focuses upon the way in which logos is always constituted in a necessary affective relation. This interpretation thus bears upon our possible understanding of human agency. The Aristotelian texts dealt with here are primarily the Ethics and Rhetoric. Warnek's research is also foocused at this time on the 19th century philosopher, F. W. J. Schelling. This work is concerned with how Schelling's account of human freedom is bound up with a historically transformative approach to nature. At issue here is how Schelling is able to expose the limits of our philosophical tradition by undermining the presumed self-sufficiency of the modern representationalist subject. In this regard, the reading of Schelling is connected with Warnek's interests in Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Nancy and Zizek.


Book: Descent of Socrates: Self-Knowledge and Cryptic Nature in the Platonic Dialogues. Indiana University Press, 2005.

Representative publications:

"Prolegomena to Monstrous Philosophy or Why it is Necessary to Read Schelling Today." Comparative Continental Philosophy, Vol. 6 No. 1, May, 2014.

"Fire from Heaven in Elemental Tragedy: From Hölderlin's Death of Empedocles to Nietzsche's Dying Socrates." Research in Phenomenology, 44, 2014.

"The Experience of Freedom at the Limits of Reflection in Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology." Chiasmi International, No 15, 2013. 

"Bastard Reasoning in Schelling's Freiheitsschrift." Epoché. A Journal in the History of Philosophy, 13, no. 2, 2009.

"Once more... for the first time:  Aristotle and Hegel in the Logic of History," Research in Phenomenology, 34, 2004.

"Translating Innigkeit: The Belonging Together of the Strange," in Heidegger and the Greeks, ed. Drew Hyland and John Manoussakis, Indiana University Press, 2004. 

"Reading Schelling after Heidegger: The Freedom of Cryptic Dialogue," in Schelling Now, ed. Jason Wirth, Indiana University Press, 2004.

"Teiresias in Athens: Socrates as Educator and the Kinship of Physis in Plato's Meno," Epoché. A Journal in the History of Philosophy, 7, no. 2, Spring 2003.

"Saving the Last Word: Heidegger and the Concluding Myth of Plato's Republic," Philosophy Today (Fall, 2002).


History of Philosophy, Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenism, Kant, Hegel, Schelling, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Bataille, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, Derrida, Zizek, Metaphysics, Philosophy and Myth and Tragedy, Philosophy and Art, Concepts of Time and History, Philosophy and Medicine, Philosophy of Religion.

Course Links

Fall 2018
PHIL 310 History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval
PHIL 670 Issues in Metaphysics

Winter 2019
PHIL 211 Existentialism
PHIL 433/533 17th- and 18th-Century Philosophers: Schelling

Professional Service

Charter member of the Ancient Philosophy Society and Program Committee Member (1998-present).

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