Abbreviated  VITA


Professor Emeritus, Departments of Religion and Philosophy, Syracuse University

77 Vesper St. #1, Portland ME 04101,


1968                   Ph.D.  Philosophy, University of California Santa Barbara

1966                   M.A.   Philosophy, University of California Santa Barbara

1962-64                                      American Studies, University of Michigan

1962                   B.A.    Philosophy, Oberlin College


2015 –                       Lecturer, University of Maine, Orono

2013 – 2014               Lecturer, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University

2002-2013                Professor, Religion and Philosophy, Syracuse University

2002-                        Emeritus Professor, California State, University, Sonoma

1968-2002               Assistant Professor/Professor, California State University, Sonoma


Excursions with Thoreau: Philosophy, Poetry, Religion, Bloomsbury, 2015

Excursions with Kierkegaard: Others, Goods, Death, Final Faith, Continuum Books, 2012

Lost Intimacy in American Thought: Recovering Personal Philosophy from Thoreau to Cavell, Continuum Books, 2009

Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Crumbs and Repetition, ed. & intro., Oxford World Classics, 2009

Ethics, Love, and Faith in Kierkegaard: A Philosophical Engagement, ed, Indiana University Press, 2008

On Søren Kierkegaard: Dialogue, Polemics, Lost Intimacy and Time, Ashgate, 2007

Postcards Dropped in Flight: In Praise of Avian Companions, Codhill Press, 2006

Wilderness and the Heart:  Henry Bugbee’s Philosophy of Place, Presence, and Memory, ed., foreword by Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Georgia Press, 1999

Selves in Discord and Resolve:  Kierkegaard’s Moral-Religious Psychology from Either/Or to Sickness Unto Death: Routledge, 1996

Knights of Faith and Resignation:  Reading Kierkegaard’s Fear andTrembling, SUNY, 1991


“Søren Kierkegaard and Religious Sensibility: Communion in Intimate Life,” in The Occlusion of Intimacy: Uncovering Relationships as a Path through the   Modern Christian West, ed. Dunn, Routledge, 2018

“Difficult Faith and Living Well,” Kierkegaard’s God and the Good Life, ed. A.Simmons, Indiana, 2017

“Passion, Reverie, Disaster, Joy: What Philosophers Learn at Sea,” Melville Among the Philosophers, ed. Corey McCall, Lexington, 2017

“The Very Tang of Life: Lyrical Jesting in Kierkegaard’s Postscript Title, Authority and Authorship in Kierkegaard’s Writings, ed. Westfall, 2018

“Henry Bugbee and Scripture,” Signs and Wonders: Scripture in the work of American Philosophers, ed. Jacob Goodson, Lexington, 2018

“Søren Kierkegaard: The Aesthete, the Absurd, and Affirmative Ironic Living,” Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to the Present, Goodchild and Phelps, Routledge, 2017

“Beyond Argument: The Literary Kierkegaard,” Kierkegaard and the Imagination, ed. Eric Zilkowski, Northwestern University Press, 2015

“The Feminine in Fear and Trembling”, Cambridge Critical Studies, Fear and Trembling, ed. Dan Conway, Cambridge University Press, 2015

“Kierkegaardian Faith Can’t be Self-deceptive” for Kierkegaard and Self-deception, ed. Tamar Yaguri, deGruyter, 2014

“Mother Midwife: Kierkegaard’s de silentio delivers  Derrida and Kristeva”, The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion, Indiana, 2013

“Style and Pseudonymity in Kierkegaard”, Oxford Handbook to Kierkegaard, ed  John Lippitt and George Pattison, Oxford, 2013.

“Witness to the Face of the River: Thinking with Levinas and Thoreau”, (authored with Lyman Mower), Faces of Nature: Levinasian Ethics and Environmental Philosophy, Eds. William Edelglass, Chris Diehm, and Jim Hatley, Duquesne University Press, 2012.

“Wonder and Affliction: Thoreau’s Dionysian World”, Thoreau’s Importance to Philosophy, ed. Rick Anthony Furtak, Fordham, 2012

“The Mysterious Agency of Death,” Kierkegaard and Death, ed. Patrick Stokes and Adam Buben, Indiana, 2011

“Hidden Inwardness as Interpersonal,” Why Kierkegaard Matters, ed. Mark A. Jolley, Mercer University Press, 2011

“Erik Erikson: Artist of Moral-Religious Development” in Kierkegaard and the Social Sciences, ed. Jon Stewart, Ashgate, 2010

“Julia Kristeva: Tales of Horror and Love,” in Kierkegaard and the Social Sciences, ed. Jon Stewart, Ashgate, 2010

“From the Garden of the Dead: Climacus on interpersonal inwardness”, Concluding Unscientific Postscript: A Critical Guide, Rick Anthony Furtak (ed.), Cambridge University Press, 2010.

“Une vertu complexe du Post-Scriptum : la subjectivité et la personnalité mises en scène,” in Pensée et problèmes de l’éthique chez Søren Kierkegaard, Lille University Press, Presses du Septentrion, 2009

“Love, that Lenient Interpreter,” The Wisdom in Love, ed. Benson and Wirzba, Indiana University Press, 2008

Postscript Ethics: Putting Personality on Stage” in Ethics, Love, and Faith in Kierkegaard: A Philosophical Engagement, ed. Edward F. Mooney, Indiana University Press, 2007

“Becoming What We Pray: Passion’s Gentler Resolutions,” in Prayer and Post-Modernism, ed. Bruce Benson and Norman Wirzba, Fordham University Press, 2005

“Self-choice or Self-reception: Judge Wilhelm’s Admonition,” in 19th Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 125, ed. Edna  Hedblad, the Gale Group, 2003

“Can History Begin in a Glance? Mutual Reflexive Recognition in Kierkegaard’s Concept of Anxiety,” Kierkegaard and The Word, ed. Gordon Marino, Reitzels, Copenhagen, 2003

“Words that Silence as They Build: Against a Boundlessly Loquacious Mind,” International Kierkegaard Commentary, Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, ed. Robert L. Perkins, Mercer University Press, 2003

“Judge Williams’ Admonition,”  “Ordeals of Silence,” and “Abraham Contra Socrates,” chapters from Selves in Discord (’96) and Knights of Faith (’91) in Kierkegaard: Critical Appraisals, Four Vols., ed. Daniel W.  Conway, Routledge, New York, 2002

“Moriah in Tivoli: Introducing the Spectacular Fear and Trembling”, Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, 2002, de Gruyter, New York, 2002

“The Perils of Polarity: Kierkegaard and MacIntyre on the Search for Moral Truth,” Kierkegaard After MacIntyre, Narrative, Virtue, and Freedom, eds. John Davenport and Anthony Rudd, Open Court, 2001

“When Philosophy becomes Lyric” in Wilderness  and the Heart, ed. Edward F. Mooney, University of Georgia Press, 1999

“Should Kant Approve of Abraham,” in Japanese translation, Kierkegaard and Language, ed., trans. Kinya Masugata, Showaado Publishing House, Kyoto, Japan, 1998

“Exemplars, Inwardness, and Belief: Kierkegaard on Indirect Communication” International Kierkegaard Commentary: Concluding Unscientific Postscript, ed. Robert L. Perkins, Mercer University Press, 1997

“Repetition,” in Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, eds. Alastair Hannay and GordonMarino, Cambridge University Press, 1997

“Self Choice or Self Reception: Judge William’s Admonition”, in International  Kierkegaard Commentary: Either / Or  II, ed. Robert L. Perkins, Mercer University Press, 1995

“The Teleological Suspension Revisited” in Japanese translation, Kierkegaard  – Trials of New Interpretation, ed. and trans. Kinya Masugata,  Showaado Publishing House, Kyoto, Japan, 1993

“Art, Deed, and System: The Prefaces,” International Kierkegaard Commentary: Fear and Trembling, ed. Robert L. Perkins, Mercer University Press, 1993

“Getting Isaac Back: Ordeals and Reconciliations,” Foundations of Kierkegaard’s Vision of Community, ed. Connell and Evans, Humanities Press, 1991

“Understanding Abraham: Care, Faith, and the Absurd,” Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling: Critical Appraisals, ed. Robert L. Perkins, University of Alabama Press, 1981


“Sympathy,” entry in Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Lawrence C. Becker, et. al.,  Garland Publishing, 1992  (pp. 1222-1225); and in revised edition, 2001

“Henry Bugbee,” entry in Dictionary of Modern American Philosophy, 4 vols., Thoemes Press, 2005


“ ‘Concord River’: Living Transcendentally on Currents of Time”, Journal of the International Society for Literature and the Environment, 2013.

“The Musical Substrate of Mourning: Thoreau’s Hound and Bay Horse,” A Journal of the Arts, Inaugural Issue, Fall, 2012

“Thoreau’s Wild Ethics”, The Concord Saunterer,  2012

“Thoreau: Mourning Turtle Doves,” Zeteo, 2012

“Kierkegaard on Self, Others, Goods, Final Faith,” The Graduate Faculty Journal of Philosophy (The New School), invited contribution, special issue on Kierkegaard, Fall 2011.

Passionate Speech in Dark Woods of a Life:  Academic Practice in a Post-Secular Age”, Listening:  A Journal of Religion and Culture, 2011

“Kierkegaard’s Mirrors: Interest, Self, and Moral Vision”, Kierkegaard Newsletter, 56, Nov. 2010

“What is a Kierkegaardian Author?”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, 35, no 7, 2009

“Thoreau’s Translations: Apples, John Brown, Lilies,” The Concord Saunterer, July 2009

“Kierkegaard at the APA (?)”, Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter, #54, March 2009

“Preservative Care: Saving Intimate Voice in the Humanities”, Soundings, An Interdisciplinary Journal, Fall/Winter, 2008

“Meditations on Death and the Sublime,” Journal for Culture and Religious Theory Winter  2009

“Whatever Happened to Ordinary Subjectivity? Recovering an Aspiration for Passion, Poetry, and Wisdom,”” Spring Journal, 2007

“Explorations of a Strange yet Familiar Terrain: Kierkegaard’s   Ethics” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, 64 no.3 (2008)

“How to Revoke a Book and Keep it Too.” Kierkegaardiana, v. 24, 2007

“Acknowledgement, Suffering and Praise: Stanley Cavell as Religious Continental Thinker,” Soundings, an Interdisciplinary Journal, Summer  2005

“Two Testimonies in American Philosophy: Stanley Cavell and Henry Bugbee,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2003

“Kierkegaard’s Category of Repetition,” Kierkegaard Newsletter, March 2002

“What has Hegel to Do with Henry James?  Acknowledgment, Dependence, and Having a Life of One’s Own,” Inquiry vol. 45, No 3, 2002, 331-50;  Symposium with Rorty and Conway on Robert B. Pippin’s Henry James and  Modern Moral Life,  Chicago, 1999

“Primal Ground: Addiction and Hunger for the Wild,” Human Studies December, 2001

“A Lyric Philosophy of Place: Henry Bugbee’s The Inward Morning,” Soundings, Fall,  ‘99

“Sounding the Religious-Humanistic Self,” Kierkegaard Newsletter, Spring, 1998

“Postcards Dropped in Flight” Terra Nova, a Journal of Nature and Culture, Spring, 1998;Selected a “Notable Essay for 1998,” The Best American Essays, 1999, Houghton Mifflin 1999

“Response to Hall’s Critique,” Kierkegaard Newsletter, Spring 1994

“Kierkegaard’s Job Discourse:  Getting Back the World,” International  Journal for Philosophy of Religion ,  December  1993

“The Music of the Spheres: Kierkegaardian Selves and   Transformations,” International  Philosophical Quarterly, Fall, 1992

“Should Kant Approve of Abraham?,”  Kierkegaard Newsletter, 1992; Reprinted in Japanese translation, Kierkegaard and Language, ed. Kinya Masugata, Showaado Publishing House, Kyoto, Japan, 1998

“Kierkegaard Our Contemporary: Care, Reason, & the Self,” Southern Journal of Philosophy, 1989

“Living with Double Vision: Objectivity, Subjectivity, and Human Understanding,”  critical notice of Thomas Nagel’s The View from Nowhere, Inquiry, June 1988

“Gender, Philosophy, and the Novel,” Metaphilosophy, July/ Oct.1987

“Preserving Fear and Trembling,” Kierkegaard Newsletter, Oct.  1985

“Abraham and Dilemma: The Teleological Suspension Revisited,” The International Journal   for Philosophy of Religion, Oct. 1986  Reprinted in Japanese translation in Kierkegaard — Trials of New Interpretation, ed. Kinya Masugata, Showaado Publishing House, Kyoto, Japan, 1993 (pp. 109-134)

“Religious Commitment,” Sophia, April 1973

“Care, Responsibility, and Guilt: Notes on The Stranger,Humanitas,  1973

 “Assertion and Commitment in Religious Belief,” Sophia, 1971

“Commitment and Belief,” Man and World, 1970

“A Renewal of Self and World: The Book of Job,Cross-Currents, 1970

“Nietzsche and the Dance,” Philosophy Today, 1970


Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology, Peter Dula, for Theology Today, Spring 2012

Kierkegaard, Jamie Ferreira, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, June 2009

“Evans on Faith,” Review of Metaphysics, 2008, 20-1

Wisdom in Love: Kierkegaard and the Ancient Quest for Emotional Integrity, Rick Furtak, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Fall, 2005

Fashionable Nihilism, A Critique of Analytic Philosophy, Bruce Wilshire, for Parabola, Mar. 2004

Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love, Amy Laura Hall, Religious Studies Review, Spring 2003

Primal Roots of American Thought, Bruce Wilshire, for Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Oct. 2002

Wild Hunger: The Primal Roots of Modern Addiction, Bruce Wilshire, for Call to Earth: Journal of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, March 2001

Passionate Reason: Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments, Steve Evans, for Journal of the AAR, Critical Review of Books in Religion, Fall 1994

Loneliness, Ben Mijuskovic, The Journal of Modern Sociology, Winter, 1988

Passion, ‘Knowing How,’ and Understanding, A. J. Burgess, for The International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 1981


“Literature, Philosophy, and the Classroom,” The Vitalist, June 2012

“The 60s: Protests and Burn Out”, a video oral history available (on invitation: write; then

“Reflections on a Career Teaching in Religion,” lead response introducing 10 interviews, Religious Studies News, Fall, 2005.


“Is Liberalism a Failed Religion? The Case of the Danish Cartoons,” Counterpunch, Feb 2006

“What is Free Speech?  The HillTV Scandal,” The Daily Orange, December 2005


Clinton Square, Syracuse;  Booksmith, Brookline MA;  Live Oak Books, Berkeley CA


Featured Author, Kierkegaard Society Meetings, San Francisco AAR, November 19, 2011: Commentators: Sharon Krishek, Haifa, Rick Furtak, Colorado College, Sheridan Hough, Charleston

President, Kierkegaard Society of North America, 2011-13

Presented the George Utech Memorial Seminars: led discussions of my work with Summer Research Fellows, Hong Kierkegaard Center, St Olaf, MN., July 2010

Curator of Henry Bugbee’s Papers

Thoreau Blog, Mists on the Rivers: Thoreauvian Reflections on Wonder and Suffering

Guest Editor, Religious Studies News, Spotlight on Teaching, Fall 2005; Conducted and edited  interviews with 10 senior scholars

International Conference Organizer: Festschrift conference-celebration for Alastair Hannay,  Kierkegaard Research Center, Copenhagen,  August 18-20, 2004

Consulting Editor:  International Kierkegaard Commentary, Eithe/Or  Vol II., ed. Robert L. Perkins, Mercer University Press, 1995

Referee, several Grant Projects for National Endowment for the Humanities; Referee, Grant Projects for Canadian Humanities Council

Keynote Address, Søren Kierkegaard Society, American Philosophical Society, Dec. 28, 2008

J. Glenn Gray Lecturer, Colorado College, April 12-14, 2006

“Postcards,” Notable Essay, The Best American Essays 1999,  Houghton Mifflin

Sixth Annual Henry Bugbee Lecturer, University of Montana, May, 1997

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 1988

NEH Summer Institute for Philosophy, 1974


American Kierkegaard Society  (President 2011;  Exec. Committee  ’95-’01)

American Philosophical Association

Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology

National Honor Society for the Study of Religion

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

International Association for Environmental Philosophy

American Academy of Religion

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

Pacific Coast Theological Society


2 comments on “CV

  1. remckee says:

    Ed… probably don’t remember me from Sonoma State…we called it back then…. I studied there from 1998 to 2001….graduated in 2000. I served for a while as a graduate assistant….. I have followed your work over the years…and have preached several times on your studies on the book of Job..often citing my experiences with your teachings. After leaving Sonoma I sent to UC Riverside and completed a MA, then years working at B Dalton Bookseller and more recently ordained in The Episcopal Church…serving in Minneapolis. I have grown, now at 64, into a theological philosopher if there is such a thing…and teach often in this area at the local seminary….Meister Ekhart, Kierkegaard, Spong, Matt Fox, and more recently Robin Myers…. what we call the emergent church… I pray you are well….clearly you are prospering… much of who I have become is rooted in my experiences with you at Sonoma…and you have my gratitude. shalom, Rex

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