Vernon W. Cisney

Professor Vern Cisney’s research is focused on 19th through 21st century Continental philosophy, primarily Marx, Nietzsche, Bergson, Phenomenology, and Post-Structuralism, as well as recent critiques by such thinkers as Žižek, Rancière, Badiou, Irigaray, and Braidotti. Thematically, his interests include questions of difference and identity, the nature and meaning of philosophical thinking, and the intersections of ontology, agency, and aesthetics. His current projects explore these questions at the juncture of Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Film.

Courses Taught:

  • Kant and 19th Century European Philosophy
  • Existential Philosophies
  • Philosophy of Film
  • Philosophical Ideas in Literature
  • Early Modern European Philosophy
  • Great Philosophers: Spinoza
  • Reading Dostoevsky
  • First-Year Seminar: Plato, Personhood, and Popcorn: Big Ideas on the Big Screen
  • Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
  • Philosophies of Peace and Non-Violence
  • Beyond Terrorism

Recent and Current Research Projects:

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Derrida's Voice and Phenomenon: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide, Edinburgh University Press, (2014).

Deleuze and Derrida: Difference, Immanence, and the Future, manuscript 50% complete, under contract with Edinburgh University Press.

Biopower: Foucault and Beyond, co-edited with Nicolae Morar, The University of Chicago Press, forthcoming, 2015.

The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace: Philosophical Footholds on Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, co-edited with Jonathan Beever, Northwestern University Press, forthcoming, 2016.

Between Foucault and Derrida, co-edited with Yubraj Aryal and Nicolae Morar, under contract with Edinburgh University Press.

Papers, Articles, and Book Chapters

"Mechanism and the Tramp: Deleuze, Rancière, and the Becoming-Art of Cinema," International Philosophical Seminar, Südtirol/Alto Adige (Italy), July, 2014.

Living in the Land of the Dead: George Romero, Gilles Deleuze, and the Question of the Zombie,” Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Vol. XIII, No. 2, Special Issue: The Cultural and Political Life of Zombies (Summer, 2014).

"Becoming-Other: Foucault, Deleuze, and the Nature of Thought," in Foucault Studies, (Vol. XVII, April, 2014).

"All Things in Mind: Panpsychist Elements in Spinoza, Deleuze, and Peirce," co-authored with Jonathan Beever, in Biosemiotics, (Vol. VI, No. 3, April, 2014).

"The Madness of God: The Schizosign in Shutter Island," in Film and Philosophy, (Vol. XVIII, Winter, 2013).

“Differential Ontology,” (19,000 words), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (June, 2013).

"Jacques Derrida and the Future," in ed. Lester Embree and Tom Nenon, Husserl's Ideen, Kluwer Academic Publishing, 2012.



Vernon W. Cisney

Vernon W. Cisney
Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Phone: (717) 337 - 6296

Box: Campus Box 0404

Address: Weidensall Hall
Room 310
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

PhD Purdue University, 2012
MA University of Memphis, 2006
BA Eastern Illinois University, 2004
AA Lake Land College, 2000

Academic Focus:
19th through 21st Century Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Film

See Prof. Cisney's Recent IEP Article: Differential Ontology