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John Kress

Department of Philosophy
801 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0480

Phone: 865-974-3255
Curriculum Vitae


My Ph.D. is from Vanderbilt University. In addition to teaching here at UT, I have also taught at Oxford College at Emory University and at St. John's University in Annapolis.

My research is in ancient philosophy and in 19th and 20th century continental thought, especially its treatment of ancient philosophy.

Recent, representative publications

  • F. W. J. Schelling, entry in the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, ed. George Kurian, Blackwell Publishing, 2011.
  • "Pleasure Unlimited: Philebus and the Drama of the Unlimited in Plato's Philebus" in Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, V 15 number 1, Fall 2010.
  • Schelling, entry in the Encyclopedia of Christian Literature, ed by George Thomas Kurian and James D Smith, Hendrickson Publishers: New York, May 2010.
  • "Stasis and Universality: The Problem of the Modern University" in Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, v. 29 special edition The University and Its Discontents, Fall 2009.
  • "The Alliance of Laughter and Wisdom: What is Nietzsche's 'Gay Science'?" in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. XCI, no 1-2, spring 2009.
  • "Aristotle's Hermeneutics of Facticity: Heidegger's Early Phenomenological Reading of Aristotle." Research in Phenomenology, vol. 36, 2006.
  • "Phronesis or Sophia? Aristotle's Question of the Best hexis in Nicomachean Ethics VI" in Proceedings of the Ancient Philosophy Society, 2005.

Recent, representative presentations

  • "Hegel and the Family." The Family: Searching for Fairest Love, 9th Annual Conference of The Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, Nov 2008.
  • "Allergy and Transcendence: Plato, Heidegger, and the Possibility of Hope." Thinking Through Nature: Philosophy in an Endangered World, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, Jun 2008.
  • "Faith and the Last God: Heidegger's Augustinian Interpretation of Faith in Beiträge zur Philosophie." International Association of Environmental Philosophy, Philadelphia, PA. Oct 2006.
  • "Phronesis or Sophia? Aristotle's Question of the Best hexis in Nicomachean Ethics VI." Ancient Philosophy Society, Eugene, OR. April 2005.


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