Professor Vern Cisney enjoys the opportunity to encourage students to embrace the complexity of philosophical and ethical questions, to reflect critically on their own preconceptions about the world, and to carefully and responsibly weigh the perspectives of others in the process. His research is broadly focused in the areas of 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, primarily Nietzsche and Bergson, Phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty), and Post-Structuralism (Derrida, Deleuze, and Foucault). Specifically he is interested in the intersections of ontology, agency, virtue, and justice in the history of Continental thought. He also maintains strong interests in Social and Political Philosophy, the history of Ethics, the history of Philosophy (Ancient and Modern, especially Stoicism and Spinoza), Philosophy of Film, and Philosophy of Religion.
His current research projects include:
Deleuze and Derrida: Difference, Immanence, and the Future, manuscript 50% complete, under advance contract with Edinburgh University Press.
Derrida's Voice and Phenomenon: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide, Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming, 2014.
Biopower: Foucault and Beyond, co-edited with Nicolae Morar (Penn State, Rock Institute), manuscript in final revision stages, under contract with the University of Chicago Press, 2014.
The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace: Philosophical Footholds on Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, co-edited with Jonathan Beever (Penn State, Rock Institute), completed manuscript under contract with Northwestern University Press.
Between Foucault and Derrida, co-edited with Yubraj Aryal (Purdue University) and Nicolae Morar (Penn State, Rock Institute), under advance contract with Edinburgh University Press.
Pierre Klossowski, La Monnaie Vivante, co-translated with Daniel W. Smith (Purdue University) and Nicolae Morar (Penn State, Rock Institute), under advance contract with Continuum, 2014.
Papers and Book Chapters
"Something that was Mine: The Time and Space of Ethical Reflection in Rian Johnson's Looper," FFP Seminar, Gonzaga University, October, 2013.
"The Madness of God: The Schizosign in Shutter Island," in Film and Philosophy, (Vol. XVIII, Winter, 2013).
"Becoming-Other: Foucault, Deleuze, and the Nature of Thought," in Foucault Studies, (forthcoming, 2014).
"All Things in Mind: Panpsychist Elements in Spinoza, Deleuze, and Peirce," co-authored with Jonathan Beever (Penn State, Rock Institute), in Biosemiotics, (forthcoming, Vol. VI, No. 3, April, 2014).
"Jacques Derrida and the Future," in ed. Lester Embree and Tom Nenon, Husserl's Ideen, Kluwer Academic Publishing, 2012.
Vernon W. Cisney
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
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PhD Purdue University, 2012
MA University of Memphis, 2006
BA Eastern Illinois University, 2004
AA Lake Land College, 2000
19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy