Rodney Parker | Dominican University College
Rodney Parker

Rodney Parker

Assistant Professor, Faculty of philosophy
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I grew up in a small town in central New Brunswick. Growing up, I had little to no exposure to philosophy, other than what one might glean from literary works. It was through reading short stories like Flowers for Algernon and books like Black Like Me that I became interested in deeper questions about human existence. Thus, when I enrolled at the University of New Brunswick in 2001, I knew I wanted to study philosophy.

At UNB, I had the good fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful teachers, including Dan Ahern, a Nietzsche scholar and my first teacher in philosophy. His courses shaped the course of my academic career. My first course in Continental philosophy was on Albert Camus’ The Rebel. Through Camus, I was introduced to the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky and the Marquis de Sade. Since then, I have maintained an interest in Existentialism.

Shortly thereafter, I took an upper level seminar on Edmund Husserl. The focus was The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology (which was translated into English by David Carr, who would later act as the external examiner on my doctoral dissertation). I found Husserl both fascinating and difficult, though I certainly did not know at that time that I would dedicate my career to studying his thought. Studying philosophy – and the humanities and social sciences in general – helped me to question and see past my own worldview, and to appreciate the different perspectives and systems of values of others in a new way. Phenomenology gave me the vocabulary and the conceptual tools I needed to study these various types and layers of meaning in the world, and their relationship to systems of knowledge and power.

I received my BA in Philosophy and BSc in Mathematics in 2006 and began graduate school at the University of Western Ontario. I had initially planned to specialize in the philosophy of logic and mathematics, but was drawn back to Husserl’s work on intersubjectivity and transcendental idealism. I spent the fall semester of 2011 at the Husserl Archives at KU Leuven researching and writing my doctoral dissertation, and in March of 2013 I defended my work on Husserl’s Transcendental Idealism and the Problem of Solipsism. My co-supervisors were Helen Fielding and Antonio Calcagno.

From 2012 to 2016 I was Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and its affiliated colleges. I then moved to Germany where I held a post doc in the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists at the Universität Paderborn for two years. Since completing my dissertation, my research has focused on Husserl’s students and the dialogue of ideas among the early members of the phenomenological movement. I am primarily interested in the writings of Alexandre Koyré, Theodor Celms, Dietrich Mahnke, and Emmanuel Levinas. Students interested in learning about the original philosophical insights of these figures or about how their work can help us to better interpret and understand Husserl are encouraged to contact me.



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