Christopher Sauder | Dominican University College
Chris Sauder

Christopher Sauder

Professor, Faculty of philosophy
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I study models of movement, modality, matter, privation, negativity, temporality and moral evil in both the Platonist and Aristotelian traditions and the reception of these models in Heideggerian Phenomenology, German Idealism and Contemporary French Philosophy.

I completed a Master’s degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, before continuing my studies in Europe, where I adopted a more historical approach to philosophy, dealing primarily with secondary literature in German and French. During my studies, I learned to move between the fields of ancient Greek philosophy and modern continental philosophy. My Ph.D. thesis on Hegel and Heidegger (forthcoming in a joint publication from the Presses de l’Université de Laval and J. Vrin in Paris) was carried out at Paris-IV, Sorbonne, under the direction of Prof. Jean-François Courtine.

Comparisons of Hegel and Heidegger have always suffered from the problem of starting point: how to construct a legitimate dialogue between Hegel and Heidegger when the first relied on Kantian presuppositions and the second on Husserlian phenomenology ? In my thesis, titled Movements and Modalities: The Interpretation and Transformation of δυναμις and ενεργεια in the Philosophies of Hegel and Heidegger, I sought to circumvent this difficulty by using Aristotelianism to frame the terms of the debate and interpreting the differences between the two German philosophers as two possible alternatives within the peripatetic tradition. This line of work gave rise to a number of articles, book reviews and talks on Heidegger’s philosophy (Les jointures de la philosophie : Heidegger est-il un penseur systématique ? in : Qu'appelle -t-on la pensée? Le philosopher heideggérien, ed. C. Perrin, 2014 and “Machination et mobilisation: techno-nihilisme entre Friedrich Nietzsche et Ernst Jünger” in Lire les Beiträge, ed. A. Schnell, 2017).

I have worked in various currents of the Greek philosophical tradition: my first project examined formal ontological structures in an Aristotelian register and my more recent work deals with paradigms of moral evil in the Platonic tradition, especially in the thought of Plotinus. So far I have presented certain elements of this project at conferences and colloquia: (“The Difference Between the Dualisms of Plutarch and Numenius," International Society for Neo-Platonic Studies (ISNS), Buenos Aires, 2015),  ("Providence and Gnosticism from Ennead 33 (II.9) to Enneads 47-48 (III.2-3)," Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP), New York, 2016), and (“Das Problem des Bösen und das Dilemma des Dualismus: Zu Proklos’ Kritik an Plotin in De malorum subsistentia”, University of Heidelberg, 2017).


Past Courses:
  • Neoplatonism
  • Philosophical Anthropology (The Problem of Evil)
  • History of Ideas I & II
  • Descartes


Mouvement, modalité, temps: la dunamis et l'energeia chez Hegel et chez Heidegger, Zêtêsis collection, Québec/Paris, Presses de l'université Laval/J. Vrin, Forthcoming.
"Machination et mobilisation: techno-nihilisme entre Friedrich Nietzsche et Ernst Jünger" in Lire les Beiträge, ed. Alexander Schnell, Éditions Hermann, Paris, 2017, p. 325-342.
"La jointure de l'être: la pensée heideggérienne du système dans la période des Beiträge zur Philosophie" in Qu'appelle-t-on la pensée? Le philosopher heideggérien, ed. Christophe Perrin, Zeta Books, Bucharest, 2014, p. 35-52.


Review of Richard Capobianco, Heidegger’s Way of Being, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2014, 122 p. in Bulletin heideggérien, vol. 5, 2015, p. 126-130. 

Review of Charles Bambach, Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice: Hölderlin–Heidegger–Celan, New York: SUNY Press, 2103, 326 p. in Bulletin heideggérien, vol. 4, 2014, p. 119-122. 

Review of Daniel Dahlstrom, The Heidegger Dictionary, New York, Bloomsbury, 2013, 312 p. in Bulletin heideggérien, vol. 4, 2014, p. 134-136.