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Kevin Aho, PhD

Dept of Communication & Philosophy
Office: Reed Hall RH - 222
Phone: 239-590-7422

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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

Research and Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests: Existentialism, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Health and Illness
Research Interests: Medical Humanities



Authored Books

  • 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)

Edited Books

  • 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