- 19th-century European philosophy
- Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Western Ontario
- B.A. (Honours), Philosophy, University of New Brunswick
- B.Sc. (Honours), Mathematics, University of New Brunswick
I grew up in a small town in central New Brunswick. Growing up, I had little to no exposure to philosophy, other than what one might glean from literary works. It was through reading short stories like Flowers for Algernon and books like Black Like Me that I became interested in deeper questions about human existence. Thus, when I enrolled at the University of New Brunswick in 2001, I knew I wanted to study philosophy.
At UNB, I had the good fortune to be surrounded by wonderful professors, including Daniel Ahern, a Nietzsche scholar and my first teacher in philosophy. His lectures shaped the course of my academic career. My first class in Continental philosophy was on Albert Camus’ The Rebel. Through Camus, I was introduced to the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky and the Marquis de Sade. Since then, I have maintained an interest in Existentialism.
In the fall of 2003, I took an upper level seminar on Edmund Husserl. The focus was The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology (which was translated into English by David Carr, who would later act as the external examiner for my doctoral dissertation). I found Husserl both fascinating and difficult, and I certainly could not have guessed at that time that I would dedicate my career to studying his thought. Studying philosophy – and the humanities and social sciences in general – helped me to question and see past my own worldview, and to appreciate the perspectives and values of others in a new way. Phenomenology gave me the vocabulary and the conceptual tools I needed to study the various types and layers of meaning in the world, and their relationship to systems of knowledge and power.
I received my BA in Philosophy and BSc in Mathematics in 2006 and then began graduate school at the University of Western Ontario. I had initially planned to specialize in the philosophy of logic and mathematics under John Lane Bell but was drawn back to Husserl’s work on intersubjectivity and transcendental idealism. I spent the fall semester of 2011 at the Husserl Archives at KU Leuven researching and writing my doctoral dissertation, and in March of 2013 I defended my work on Husserl’s Transcendental Idealism and the Problem of Solipsism. My co-supervisors were Helen A. Fielding and Antonio Calcagno.
From 2012 to 2016 I was Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and its affiliated colleges. I then moved to Germany where I held a postdoc in the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists at the Universität Paderborn for two years.
My research focuses on Husserl and the early members of the phenomenological movement. I am primarily interested in the writings of Alexandre Koyré, Theodor Celms, Dietrich Mahnke, and Emmanuel Levinas. Students interested in learning about phenomenology are encouraged to contact me.
- Hart, James G. and Parker, Rodney K. B. (2020) Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ Ontological Phenomenology. Cham: Springer.
Articles and Book Chapters
- Does Husserl’s phenomenological idealism lead to pluralistic solipsism? Assessing the criticism by Theodor Celms. In The Subject(s) of Phenomenology. Rereading Husserl, ed. I. Apostolescu. Cham: Springer (2020): 155-184.
- Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ unveröffentlichtes Manuskript auf Husserls Ideen I, “Über Ontologie”. In Natur und Kosmos. Entwürfe der frühen Phänomenologie, ed. H. R. Sepp. Nordhausen: Bautz (2020) 170-188.
- (with Ignacio Quepons) Editors’ introduction. Emotions, moods, and feelings in the phenomenological tradition. The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy 16 (2018): xiii-xviii.
- Gerda Walther (1897–1977): A Sketch of a Life. Gerda Walther’s Phenomenology of Sociality, Psychology, and Religion, ed. Antonio Calcagno. Cham: Springer (2018): 3-9.
- Gerda Walther and the Phenomenological Community. Acta Mexicana de Fenomenología 2 (2017): 45-66.
- The History between Koyré and Husserl. Hypotheses and Perspectives within History and Philosophy of Science. Homage to Alexandre Koyré 1892-1964, ed. Agassi, Drozdova, and Pisano. Dordrecht: Springer (2017): 243-275.
- (with Dermot Moran) Editors’ Introduction. Resurrecting the Phenomenological Movement. Studia Phaenomenologica 15 (2015): 11-24.
- (with Ignacio Quepons) The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy 16: Phenomenology of Emotions. Systematical and Historical Perspectives (2018).
- (with Dermot Moran) Studia Phaenomenologica 15: Early Phenomenology (2015).
- Angela Ales Bello. The Sense of Things: Toward a Phenomenological Realism. New York: Springer, 2015. Symposium (Online 11 August 2016).
- Walther, Gerda. Phenomenology of Mysticism. Introduction and Chapter One. Gerda Walther’s Phenomenology of Sociality, Psychology, and Religion, ed. Antonio Calcagno. Cham: Springer (2018): 115-133.
- Maier, Heinrich. Psychology and Philosophy. The Sources of Husserl’s ‘Ideas I’, ed. A. Staiti and E. Clarke. Berlin: De Gruyter (2017): 231-238.