Professor of Philosophy and Chair, Department of Communication & Philosophy
Phone: (239) 590-7422
Office: RH 220
Ph. D. Philosophy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
M.A. Philosophy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
B.A. Philosophy, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
Teaching Interests: Existentialism, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Health and Illness
Research Interests: Medical Humanities
- Contexts of Suffering: A Heideggerian Approach to Phenomenological Psychopathology (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, forthcoming)
- Existentialism: An Introduction (Cambridge: Polity, 2014)
- Heidegger’s Neglect of the Body (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2009)
- Body Matters: A Phenomenology of Sickness, Disease, and Illness, with James A. Aho (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008)
- Existential Medicine: Essays on Health and Illness (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018)
- Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground, edited and introduction with Charles Guignon (Cambridge, MA: Hackett Publishing Company, 2009
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- “Notes from a Heart Attack: A Phenomenology of an Altered Body,” Phenomenology of a Broken Body, C. Falke and E. Erikson (eds.) (London: Routledge, forthcoming)
- “Neurasthenia Revisited: On Medically Unexplained Syndromes and the Value of Hermeneutic Medicine,” Journal of Applied Hermeneutics (2018)
- "Temporal Experience in Anxiety: Embodiment, Selfhood, and the Collapse of Meaning," Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 2018
- "Existential Medicine: Heidegger and the Lessons from Zollikon,” Existential Medicine: Essays on Health and Illness, K. Aho (ed.) (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018)
- “Affectivity and its Disorders,” Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology, G. Stanghellini, M. Broome, P. Fusar-Poli, A. Raballo, R. Rosfort, and A. Fernandez (eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2018).
- "Authenticity and Social Critique,” with Charles Guignon, The Cambridge History of Philosophy, 1945-2015, K. Becker and I. Thomson (eds.) (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
- “Alienation and Belongingness,” with Charles Guignon. After Heidegger, R. Polt and G. Fried (eds.) (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, forthcoming).
- “Existentialism,” with Charles Guignon, 2nd ed. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (London: Routledge, 2016).
- “A Hermeneutics of the Body and Place in Health and Illness,” B. Janz (ed.) Place, Space, and Hermeneutics(Dordrecht: Springer, 2017)
- “Kierkegaard on Boredom and Self-Loss in the Age of Online Dating,” M. Gardiner and J. J. Haladyn (eds.) Boredom Studies Reader: Frameworks and Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2016)
- “Heidegger, Ontological Death, and the Healing Professions,” Medicine, Healthcare, and Philosophy (2015)
- “Guignon on Self-Surrender and Homelessness in Dostoevsky and Heidegger,” Horizons of Authenticity in Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Moral Psychology, M. Altman and H. Pedersen (eds.) (Dordrecht: Springer, 2014)
- “Depression and Embodiment: Phenomenological Reflections on Motility, Affectivity, and Transcendence,” Medicine, Healthcare, and Philosophy (2013)
- “The Body,” The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger, François Raffoul and Eric Sean Nelson (eds.) (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2013)
- “Diversity in Philosophy: Reflections on the Legacy of Ofelia Schutte,” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy, Vol. 12 (1) 2012, 2-5
- “Assessing the Role of Virtue Ethics in Psychology: A Commentary on the Work of Blaine Fowers, Frank Richardson, and Brent Slife,” Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 32 (1), 2012, 43-49
- “Medicalized Psychiatry and the Talking Cure: A Hermeneutic Intervention,” with Charles Guignon, Human Studies, Vol. 34 (3), 2011, 293-308
- “Dostoevsky and Modern Rage: On the Possibility of Counseling the Underground Man,” Philosophical Practice, Vol. 6 (2), 2011, 793-80
- “The Psychopathology of American Shyness: A Hermeneutic Reading,” Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, Vol. 40 (4) 2010, 190-206
- “Phenomenological Reflections on Work and Leisure in America,” with Charles Guignon, in The Value of Time and Leisure in the World of Work, Mitch Haney and David Kline, eds. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010), 25-39
- “Medicalizing Mental Health: A Phenomenological Alternative,” Journal of Medical Humanities, Vol. 29 (4) 2008, 243-259
- “Rethinking the Psychopathology of Depression: Existentialism, Buddhism, and the Aims of Philosophical Counseling,” Philosophical Practice, Vol. 3 (1) 2008, 207-218
- “Logos and the Poverty of Animals: Rethinking Heidegger’s Humanism,” The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, Vol. 7 2007, 109-126
- “Recovering Play: On the Relationship between Leisure and Authenticity in Heidegger’s Thought,” Janus Head, Vol. 10 (1) 2007, 217-238
- “Simmel on Acceleration, Boredom, and Extreme Aesthesia,” Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, Vol. 37 (4) 2007, 447-462
- “Gender and Time: Revisiting the Question of Dasein’s Neutrality,” Epoche: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 12 (1) 2007, 137-155
- “Acceleration and Time Pathologies: The Critique of Psychology in Heidegger’s Beiträge,” Time and Society, Vol. 16 (1) 2007, 25-42
- “Animality Revisited: The Question of Life in Heidegger’s Early Freiburg Lectures,” Existentia: An International Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 16 (5-6) 2006, 379-392
- “Metontology and the Body-Problem in Being and Time,” Auslegung, Vol. 28 (2) 2006, 1-20
- “The Missing Dialogue Between Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty: On the Importance of the Zollikon Seminars,” Body and Society, Vol. 11 (2) 2005, 1-23
- “Why Heidegger is not an Existentialist: Interpreting Authenticity and Historicity in Being and Time,” Florida Philosophical Review, Vol. 3 (2) 2003, 5-22
Dr. Mohamad Al-Hakim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from McMaster University and completed his Doctorate of Philosophy at York University (Toronto Canada). His primary research focuses on political, legal and moral theory, with special focus on issues of minority rights and justice. Dr. Al-Hakim has taught courses in legal and political theory, ethics, history of philosophy, logic and Islamic philosophy. He has has published on various topics, including multiculturalism and identity-politics, hate crime legislation, and government ethics.
For a more detailed bio, see www.moalhakim.com.
- Al-Hakim, Mohamad. ‘Making a Home for the Homeless in Hate Crime Legislation’ Journal of Interpersonal Violence(July 2015)
- Dimock, S., Al-Hakim, M., MacSweeney, G., Barone, A., and Antonacci, A. Ethics in the Public Service: Trust, Integrity and Democracy (Nelson Publishing, 2013)
- Al-Hakim, M. and Dimock, S. 'Hate as an Aggravating Factor in Sentencing' New Criminal Law Review, Volume 15: Issue 4, 2012, pp. 572-610
- Al-Hakim M. 'Liberalism, Value Pluralism, and the Need for Cultural Recognition' in Mbonimpa and Copeman (eds.) Freedom of Expression: Culture and Religion (University of Sudbury Press, 2011), pp. 125-137
- Al-Hakim, M. 'Making Room for Hate Crime Legislation in Liberal Societies' Criminal Law and Philosophy, Volume 4: Issue 3 (October, 2010), pp. 341-358
Carolyn Culbertson joined the philosophy program at FGCU in 2013. She received her PhD in philosophy at the University of Oregon in 2010. Before joining the faculty of FGCU, Dr. Culbertson taught at University of Maine Farmington and Elon University in North Carolina. Her teaching and research areas include Twentieth-Century Continental philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Ancient Greek philosophy, and East Asian Philosophy. Her current research focuses on debates within contemporary philosophy regarding the role of language in knowledge and self-formation and the implications of these debates for ethical and political life. Her forthcoming book (Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language) explores the important contributions that twentieth-century Continental philosophers have made to these debates. At FGCU, Dr. Culbertson serves as an Honors Fellow in the FGCU Honors College and as the Humanities Representative for the FGCU Scholars Leadership Team.
- “Walker Percy, Phenomenology, and the Mystery of Language,” Walker Percy, Philosopher (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
- “Losing the Measure of Health: Phenomenological Reflections on the Role of Technē in Health Care Today,” Existential Medicine: Essays on Health and Illness (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018)
- “My Language Which Is Not My Own: Heidegger and Derrida on the Ambiguity of Linguistic Life,” Southwest Philosophy Review (2016)
- “The Omnipotent Word of Medical Diagnosis and the Silence of Depression: An Argument for Kristeva’s Therapeutic Approach,” The International Journal for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (2016)
- "The Ethics of Relationality: Judith Butler and Social Critique," Continental Philosophy Review (2013)
- "Nature and Self-Knowledge: On Schelling's Ambiguous Role in Merleau-Ponty's The Concept of Nature," The Barbarian Principle: Merleau-Ponty, Schelling, and the Question of Nature (State University of New York Press, 2013)
- "Finding Ourselves in Language: On the Theme of Entanglement in Heidegger's Unterwegs zur Sprache and Barthes' Literary Theory," Schreiben Dichten Denken (Vittorio Klosterman, 2011)
- "Ordinary Mind and the Mumonkan," Comparative and Continental Philosophy (2010)
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, MA in Counseling and Guidance for Higher Education
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, BS in Psychology & BA in Theatre Arts
Ashleigh has spent 10 years working in higher education, most notably as the career counselor for Liberal Arts students at Cal Poly and as an advisor for special populations at FGCU. She has taught 14 classes on career and student development and helped start the PAGES Program at FGCU, which creates career programming for Humanities and Social Sciences majors. She has presented nationally and internationally on career development, Liberal Arts education, and advising theory and practice. In addition, she serves as a member of FGCU's Assault and Rape Information, Support and Education (ARISE) Committee and as the RSO Advisor for the FGCU Habitat for Humanity Club.
When not teaching, coaching, or developing internship opportunities for FGCU students, she loves hiking, traveling anywhere and everywhere, and – most of all – her two rescue dogs.
Her strongest advice for students is to, “challenge yourself! Step out of your comfort zone, and explore intentionally."