Brian Treanor

Professor of Philosophy,
Daum Professor,
Director, Environmental Studies Program,
Faculty Moderator, Philosophy Society

Brian TreanorPh.D., Boston College, 2001

Specialties: Continental Philosophy (Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Existentialism), Ethics, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Special Interests: Hermeneutics and narrative; virtue ethics; body and world; the intersections of continental philosophy and theology

Current Projects: Dr. Treanor's current research includes two major projects. The first project includes a series of articles and a monograph addressing the lived experience of wonder, joy, and vitality. A second project is the development of an 'earthy' hermeneutics that takes seriously both carnal embodiment and worldly emplacement. Finally, he is developing a number of discrete essays on topics including the difference between avoiding evil and doing good, the experience of the elements, a virtue-theory approach to food, and, extending some existing work, on the nature of hermeneutics and its relation to the real.

Selected Publications:

Carnal Hermeneutics, with Richard Kearney (Fordham University Press, 2015).

Being-in-Creation: Human Responsibility in an Endangered World, with Bruce Benson and Norman Wirzba (Fordham University Press, 2015).

Emplotting Virtue: A Narrative Approach to Environmental Virtue Ethics (NY: SUNY Press, 2014).

Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics, co-edited with Forrest Clingerman, Martin Drenthen, and David Utsler (NY: Fordham University Press, 2013).

A Passion for the Possible: Thinking with Paul Ricoeur, co-edited with Henry Isaac Venema [NY: Fordham University Press, 2010].

Aspects of Alterity: Levinas, Marcel and the Contemporary Debate [NY: Fordham University Press, 2006].

Contact Information:

University Hall 3639
Phone: 310-338-3711