Faculty Highlights

Recent Faculty Achievements (2015 - 2020)

FGCU Philosophy Program

Faculty in the FGCU Philosophy Program are highly engaged teacher-scholars. They are engaged in research on a variety of important philosophical topics and questions – publishing books and journal articles and sharing their philosophical work with different audiences around the country. They are also dedicated teachers – creating transformative courses that engage students directly in the process of philosophical research. Below is a sample of the FGCU Philosophy faculty’s recent achievements.

Books Published

Journal Articles and Book Chapters Published

Review Articles

Invited Talks and Conference Presentations

  • Carolyn Culbertson. “What Good is Feminist Analysis in a ‘Post-Truth’ World?” Dept. of Philosophy, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, 2020.
  • Glenn Whitehouse. “Ricoeur and the Just University.” North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Virtual Meeting, 2020.
  • Landon Frim. “Deep Ecology? A Tale of Two Spinozas.” Southeastern Association for the Continental Tradition. St. Leo University, Tampa, FL, 2020.
  • Carolyn Culbertson. “Gadamer on Conversation as a Vehicle of Understanding.” Southeastern Association for the Continental Tradition. St. Leo’s University, Tampa, FL, 2020.
  • Kevin Aho. “The Phenomenology of Aging.” Institute for Hermeneutic Phenomenology, University of Buffalo College of Nursing, Buffalo, NY, 2019.
  • A. Minh Nguyen. “The Land I Lost: A Vietnamese Refugee Story.” Asian Studies Colloquium, Berea College, Berea, KY, 2019.
  • Carolyn Culbertson. “On the Play of Friendship in Judith Butler’s Thought.” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 2018.
  • Carolyn Culbertson. “Hermeneutical Activity in On the Way to Language.” North Texas Heidegger Symposium, McKinney, TX, 2019.
  • Kevin Aho, “What is Existential Health?” Center for the Study of Human Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2018.
  • Kevin Aho. “Pathologizing Shyness: Extrovert Privilege and American Selfhood.” Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, 2018.
  • Carolyn Culbertson. “Rethinking Women’s Silence: Hermeneutic and Feminist Considerations.” North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, North Central College, Naperville, IL, 2018.
  • Kevin Aho. “Acceleration, Technology, and Healthcare.” Institute for Hermeneutic Phenomenology, University of Buffalo College of Nursing, Buffalo, NY, 2018.
  • Miles Hentrup. “The Problem of Presuppositionlessness in Hegel’s Logic.” Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy. California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA, 2017.
  • Landon Frim. “Violence and Peace in Islam.” Annual Khatib Lecture, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY, 2017.
  • Landon Frim. “Should the State Teach (a Secular) Ethics?” Ethics Across the Curriculum Conference. Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2017.
  • Carolyn Culbertson. “Walker Percy, Phenomenology, and the Mystery of Language.” North Texas Heidegger Symposium, McKinney, TX, 2017.
  • Kevin Aho. “Kierkegaard on Boredom and Self-Loss in the Age of Online Dating.” Dept. of Philosophy, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016.
  • Miles Hentrup. “Skepticism in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit.” Lehigh Philosophy Conference, Lehigh University, Lehigh, PA, 2016.
  • Kevin Aho. “Heidegger, Ontological Death, and the Healing Professions.” Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016.
  • Landon Frim. “Impartiality or Oikeiôsis? Two Models of Universal Beneficence.” Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Reston, VA, 2016.
  • A. Minh Nguyen. “Not One Less: Why the Humanities Matter to Education for Global Citizenship.” Dialogue on Race and Education in the 21st Century, Berea College, Berea, KY, 2016.
  • Kevin Aho. “A Hermeneutics of the Body and Place in Health and Illness.” Theorizing the Body in Health and Medicine, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2015.
  • Carolyn Culbertson. “The Genuine Possibility of Being-With: Heidegger, Watsuji, and the Primacy of Betweenness.” Heidegger Circle, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2015.
  • Miles Hentrup. “Hegel’s Self-Completing Skepticism.” Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2015.
  • Landon Frim. “Can One Be a ‘Realist’ Cosmopolitan?” Ethics Across the Curriculum Conference. Greenville, SC, 2015.
  • A. Minh Nguyen and Manyul Im, “The Dao of Teaching Chinese Philosophy: Lessons from a Survey.” Joint Meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association and the Kentucky Philosophical Association, Owensboro Community and Technical College, Owensboro, KY, 2015.
  • Landon Frim, “Marx’s Metaphysics: Re-interpreting Marxist Humanism through a Rationalist Metaphysic.” Historical Materialism Conference. New York University, New York, NY, 2015.
  • Kevin Aho. “Who or What is the Body? Phenomenological Reflections on Race, Sex, and Disability.” Dept. of Sociology and Social Work. Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, 2015.
  • Culbertson, Carolyn. “The Life of the Other is Also Our Life: Friendship and Radical Alterity in Judith Butler’s Ethics.” Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2015.

Leadership in High-Impact Pedagogy and Mentorship

  • Glenn Whitehouse spearheaded and currently serves as Director of the PAGES program, an innovative career program at FGCU designed especially for the needs of students in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Miles Hentrup recently designed and taught a study abroad course entitled The German Philosophical Tradition, leading a group of students through Germany and Austria for three weeks.
  • A. Minh Nguyen has given several presentations on pedagogy and mentoring at recent meetings of the National Collegiate Honors Council. These presentations include “Guiding Big Hearts and Minds through a Hidden Curriculum: Advising First-Generation College Students Applying for Nationally Competitive Scholarship,” “Building the Scholarship Habit,” “Transgressive Course Design: The Final Frontier,” and “How Do I Know? Using Metacognition within the Honors Program.”  
  • The FGCU Philosophy faculty have been very involved in the support of undergraduate research on campus. In addition to teaching the skills of philosophical research in many of their courses, each of the core faculty in the program mentor additional undergraduate research projects each year through Directed Independent Studies, the WISER Program, and the Honors Summer Research Grant Program. 

Leadership Positions in Academic Organizations

  • Kevin Aho is currently serving on the Editorial Board for three journals: Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences, the International Journal for Applied Philosophy, and Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual. In addition, he serves on the Executive Committee for the Heidegger Circle.
  • A. Minh Nguyen is serving as Editor of The APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies.
  • Carolyn Culbertson is serving as Vice President of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics. She is also a founding member and a member of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Association for the Continental Tradition.
  • Glenn Whitehouse is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Ricoeur Unit of the American Academy of Religion.