Assistant Professor, Philosophy

864.294.3526
Furman Hall 125F
aaron.simmons@furman.edu

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      I specialize in 19th and 20th European Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Environmental Philosophy.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      I think that sustainability, broadly construed, should be a guiding virtue of academic inquiry. Accordingly, I have attempted to incorporate it into my research and activism in numerous ways. I have published several essays on Environmental Ethics, as well as on Political Philosophy in a time of Climate Change. I have also written a book manuscript on Evangelical Christianity and Environmental Activism (currently unpublished). I have organized several large conferences on Christianity and the Environment in Nashville, TN and Little Rock, AR. While on faculty at Hendrix College, I was part of a faculty working group on Incorporating Sustainability into the Curriculum. While at Vanderbilt University, I was also a member of a grant-funded Faculty Research Group studying the relationship between ecology, consumption, and spirituality. Moreover, I have tried to make sustainability something that shows up in my pedagogical practice as well. For example, I have hosted several “virtual lectures” in which I would have a distinguished scholar speak to my classes using Skype.

  • Sustainability courses taught

      I have taught courses that deal with sustainability in three main areas: (1) Environmental Philosophy, (2) Environmental Activism and Religious Identity (relating to Eco-theology and the notion of Environmental Stewardship), (3) Social Justice and Political Philosophy. I would like to develop a course entitled something like “Postmodernism and the Environment” that would deal with the recent work occurring in Continental ethics and philosophy of religion that opens productive spaces for thinking about our relationships to non-human others. Readings would include Heidegger, Derrida, Zizek, Foucault, Keller, and Levinas.

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