Department of Philosophy
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0480
Ph.D. The University of Chicago, 1981
I’ve recently published books on the philosophy of history and on Werner Herzog. I’m currently working on essays on Kant and Wordsworth on self-knowledge, on Goethe on mythical conflict in human life, and on the theory (success-conditions and effect) of lyric poetry. I am the General Series Editor of Oxford Studies in Philosophy and Literature.
- Werner Herzog––Filmmaker and Philosopher (London: Bloomsbury, 2019).
- Images of History: Kant, Benjamin, Freedom, and the Human Subject (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
- “whose eye darted contagious fire”: Aesthetic Form, Performative Action, and Paradise Lost,” in Questions of Aesthetics, ed. George Levine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
- “Is Safe-Enough Pragmatism Good Enough?” [review essay], Los Angeles Review of Books, January 5, 2020; https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/is-safe-enough-pragmatism-good-enough/
- Plato, Žižek, and Herzog on Courage, Estetica. Studi e recherche, Vol. X, No. 1 (2020), pp. 3-24.
- “Hegel on Sculpture and Painting,” in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Painting and Sculpture, eds. Jonathan Gilmore and Nöel Carroll, forthcoming
- “Conceptual Analysis, Practical Commitment, and Ordinary Language,” The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 39, 2 (2018), pp. 1-23.
- “danger … at present … unperceived”: Self-Understanding, Imagination, Emotion, and Social Stance in Emma, in Philosophical Perspectives on Jane Austen’s Emma, ed. Eva Dadlez (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) pp. 109-133.
- “Becoming Who One is: Self-Consciousness, Stance, and Literary Art in Hegel, Lukacs and Adorno,” Kritikos 15 (Spring 2018), https://intertheory.org/richardeldridge.htm
- “Adorno as a a Modernist Writer,” The Blackwell Companion to Adorno, eds. Peter Gordon, Max Pensky, and Espen Hammer (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley- Blackwell, 2020), pp. 383-96.
- “What Was Liberal Education?” Los Angeles Review of Books, January 21, 2018, https://lareviewofbooks.org/?p=255908&post_type=article&preview=1&_ppp=4175dead77#!
- “Analytic Philosophy of Film (Contrasted with Continental Film Theory),” in The Palgrave Handbook for the Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures, ed.Noël Carroll, Laura T. Di Summa and Shawn Loht (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), pp. 237-58.