Dr. Gary Shapiro
Professor of Philosophy, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus
Profile
Presentations
“Garden Variety Philosophy: Geophilosophy and Geoaesthetics,” Brown University, Feb. 25, 2009
“Earth’s Other Times,” CENDEAC (Center for Research in Contemporary Art) Murcia, Spain, March 11, 2008
“Art and Diagram: Geophilosophy and Geoaesthetics,” California College of the Arts, December 6, 2007
“Space, Time, and Hermeneutics,” (on Dennis Schmidt’s book, Lyrical Subjects), at Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, November 8, 2007
“The Paradoxes of Art,” American Philosophical Association (invited main program symposium), December 2005
“Borders, Boundaries, and Difficult Crossings,” (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy [SPEP] invited session, response to Edward Casey) American Philosophical Association, December 27, 2005
“On Archaeologies of Vision,” (SPEP invited session on my book), October 20, 2005
“Assassins and Crusaders: Nietzsche After 9/11,” Nietzsche in New York Conference, Hunter College, April 8, 2005
“Vision: Merleau-Ponty and Foucault,” American Philosophical Association, (invited main program symposium) Dec. 30, 2004
Institutional Service

Philosophy Workshop: Nietzche's New Politics, 2007

Film Series: Thinkers on Film, 2008

Faculty Seminars directed at the University of Richmond:

  • Multiculturalism, 1994
  • Seeing Across Cultures, 1997 (co-directed with Stephen Addiss)
  • Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze
Publications
Books
Archaeologies of Vision: Foucault and Nietzsche on Seeing and Saying, University of Chicago Press, 2003, 438 pp., 29 illustrations
Earthwards: Robert Smithson and Art After Babel, University of California Press, 1995; xiv + 271 pp.
Alcyone:  Nietzsche on Gifts, Noise, and Women, State University of New York Press, 1991; xii + 158 pp.
Nietzschean Narratives, Indiana University Press, 1989; x + 179 pp.
After the Future: Postmodern Times and Places, State University of New York Press, 1990, 360 pp. (Collection of original essays)
Hermeneutics: Questions and Prospects, co-editor (with Alan Sica) University of Massachusetts Press, 1984, 310 pp.; paperback edition, Fall 1988 (Collection of original essays)
Articles
“The Absent Image: Translation as Impossible and Necessary,” Journal of Visual Culture (April 2007) pp. 13-24 (lead article)
“Territories, Landscapes, Gardens: Toward Geoaesthetics,” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 9:2 (2004), pp. 103-115
“‘Give Me a Break!’ Emerson on Fruit and Flowers,” in Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 1999, pp. 98-113
“What was Literary History?” Social Epistemology, 1988, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 3-19
“An Ancient Quarrel in Hegel’s Phenomenology,” The Owl of Minerva, Spring 1986, pp. 165-180
“Gadamer, Habermas, and the Death of Art,” The British Journal of Aesthetics, Winter 1986, pp. 39-47
“From the Sublime to the Political,” in New Literary History, 1985 (XVI:2), pp. 213-235
“Nietzschean Aphorism as Art and Act.” in Man and World, (now Continental Philosophy Review) 17:  3-4 (1984), pp. 399-429 and in Phenomenology and the Human Sciences (Nijhoff, 1985), pp. 159-190
“Peirce and Derrida on First and Last Things,” in University of Dayton Review, Spring 1984 (Hermeneutics issue), pp. 33-38
“Some Genres of Post-Hegelian Philosophy,” Metaphilosophy, July-October, 1982, pp. 269-276
“Nietzsche Contra Renan,” History and Theory, 1982, 2, pp. 193-222
“Reading and Writing in the Text of Hobbes’s Leviathan,” The Journal of the History of Philosophy, April 1980, pp. 147-157
“Notes on the Animal Kingdom of the Spirit,” Clio, Spring 1979, pp. 323-338.
“The Owl of Minerva and the Colors of the Night,” Philosophy and Literature, Fall 1977, pp. 276-294
“Hegel’s Dialectic of Artistic Meaning,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Fall 1976, pp. 23-35
“Hegel on the Meanings of Poetry,” Philosophy and Rhetoric, Spring 1975, pp. 88-107; published also in Art and Logic in Hegel's Philosophy, edited by W. Steinkraus and K. Schmitz, Humanities Press, 1980, pp. 35-54
“Intention and Interpretation in Art: A Semiotic Analysis,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Fall 1974, pp. 33-42
Chapters
“Assassins and Crusaders: Nietzsche After 9/11” Nietzsche at the Margins ed A.Hicks and A. Rosenberg (Purdue University Press, 2007), pp. 186-204
“Nietzsche and the Philosophy of Religion,” in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, ed. Chad Meister (Routledge, 2007), pp. 170-180
“Nietzsche on Geophilosophy and Geoaesthetics,” in the Blackwell Companion to Nietzsche, ed. Keith Ansell-Pearson (Blackwell, 2006), pp. 477-494
“Ariadne’s Thread: Walter Benjamin’s Hashish Passages,” in High Culture: Reflections on Addiction and Modernity, ed. Anna Alexander and Mark Roberts (State University of New York Press, 2003), pp. 59-74
“Nietzsche and Visuality” in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford, 1998), vol.3, pp. 364-366
“French Aesthetics: Contemporary Painting Theory,” in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford, 1998), vol. 2, pp. 235-240
“Diasporas,” in Jacob Golomb, ed. Nietzsche and Jewish Culture (Routledge, 1997), pp. 244-262
“Debts Due and Overdue: Beginnings of Philosophy in Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Anaximander,” in Nietzsche, Genealogy, Morality: Essays on Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals, Richard Schacht, ed. (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1994), pp. 358-375
“Art and its Doubles: Danto, Foucault and their Simulacra,” in Mark Rollins, ed., Danto and his Critics (Blackwell’s, 1993),  pp. 129-141
“Subversion of System/Systems of Subversion,” (on Hegel), in Writing the Politics of Difference, Hugh J. Silverman, editor (State University of New York Press, 1991), pp. 1-12
“Translating, Repeating, Naming:  Foucault, Derrida and the Genealogy of Morals,” in Nietzsche and Postmodernism, edited by Clayton Koelb (State University of New York Press, 1990) pp. 39-55
“To Philosophize is to Learn to Die,” in Signs in Culture: Roland Barthes Today, edited by Steven Ungar and Betty McGraw, University of Iowa Press, 1989, pp. 3-31

Education
Ph.D., Columbia University
B.A., Columbia College
Contact Information
(804) 289-8736¿
Areas of Expertise
European Philosophy since Kant
American Philosophy
Philosophy of Art