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George, Theodore Professor and Texas A&M Presidential Impact fellow, Head of the Department of Philosophy


Theodore George is Professor of Philosophy and Presidential Impact Fellow at Texas A&M University. He is the author of The Responsibility to Understand: Hermeneutical Contours of Ethical Life (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), Tragedies of Spirit: Tracing Finitude in Hegel's Phenomenology (State University of New York Press, 2006), and numerous articles and book chapters in his areas of expertise, including The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry, "Hermeneutics." He is co-ed. with Gert-Jan van der Heiden, The Gadamerian Mind in the Routledge Philosophical Minds series (Routledge, 2021), as well as co-ed. with Charles Bambach, Philosophers and their Poets: Reflections on the Poetic Turn in Philosophy Since Kant (State University of New York Press, 2019) and translator of G?nter Figal, Objectivity: The Hermeneutical and Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 2010). Recently, his first work of poetry has appeared, Motherfisher: a haiku-story of grieving in the age of COVID (Alien Buddha Press, 2021).

George's honorary appointments include Professor (Adjunct appointment) Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary (2021-present) and Professor (Adjunct appointment), College of Fellows, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University (2016-2021). George is Editor of Epoche: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, as well as category editor, PhilPapers, "Hermeneutics," / leaf editor "Hans-Georg Gadamer." His research has been supported by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Fulbright Commission, the Goethe Institute, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the University of Freiburg, Germany, as well as at Texas A&M University by the Presidential Impact Fellows Program, the Rothrock Fellows Program, and the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. He is a recipient of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award.

Dr. George is currently in his second term as Head of the Department of Philosophy. His service includes Academic Program Review work in conjunction with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board mandate, as well as peer-review work for granting agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, and for numerous presses and journals. He serves on advisory boards for journals and professional organizations in his areas of expertise, he is a former Director of the Collegium Phaenomenologicum, and former President of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics.

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