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Alistair Welchman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Phone: (210) 458-7215
Office: MH 4.05.30 M
Office hours: Tues. & Thurs. 11:15AM -12:45PM and by appt.

Research area: Contemporary European Thought, Nineteenth Century German Philosophy, Border Ethics, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Kant

Additional Information
  • Biography

    I am originally from the United Kingdom, from a small town that no one’s heard of in what is statistically attested to be the most boring county in the UK, Hertfordshire. But I won a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin Madison, met my future partner and here we now are (she teaches philosophy at Trinity) with our two kids. When I haven’t been doing philosophy, I used to program computers for a living. And when I’m not earning a living, I like to play the piano, even though my son now plays better than me!


    • M.S. in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems, University of Sussex (Distinction) (1998)
    • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Warwick (1996)
    • B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Christ Church, Oxford (Hons.) (1988)
  • Recent Courses

    • HUM 3013: History of Ideas (Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011)
    • HUM 3063:  The Modern World (Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012)
    • PHI 1043: Critical Thinking (Fall 2013)
    • PHI 2013: Basic Philosophical Problems (Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2013)
    • PHI 2043: Introductory Logic (Spring 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012)
    • PHI 2123: Contemporary Moral Issues (Spring 2007)
    • PHI 2123: Moral Issues: Engineering Ethics (Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010)
    • PHI 2123: Moral Issues: Border Ethics (Fall 2011)
    • PHI 3053: Philosophy of Art (Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013)
    • PHI 3213: Ethics(Fall 2007)
    • PHI 3343: Issues and Movements: Heideggerianism (Spring 2009)
    • PHI 3343: Issues and Movements: Phenomenology & Ethics (Spring 2010)
    • PHI 3403: Philosophy in Literature (Spring 2008)
    • PHI 4123: Contemporary Continental Philosophy (Spring 2007, Spring 2012, Spring 2013)
    • PHI 4973: Senior Seminar: Kant’s Critical Philosophy (Fall 2010)
    • PHI 4973: Senior Seminar: Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud (Spring 2013)
    • PHI 4973: Senior Seminar: Topics in Logic (Fall 2013)
    • Various Independent Studies on Contemporary European Political Thought, Contemporary French Ontology, Nietzsche’s Genealogy and Advanced Logic.
  • Research in Progress

    My training is in contemporary French philosophy, especially Gilles Deleuze. But this French thought is so steeped in its German antecedents that I have been increasingly drawn into working on them, Kant, Maimon, Schopenhauer and Schelling in particular. Professor Judith Norman (Trinity University) and I have been working on translating Schopenhauer's major work, The World as Will and Representation for a number of years for Cambridge University Press (Volume 1 came out in 2010, and Volume 2 is--finally!--in proofs as I write this). Since moving to San Antonio I’ve also become  interested in normative issues, especially Border Ethics, which led to my edited collection Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer 2014) and right now I’m working on Schopenhauer's theory of compassion as the ultimate moral virtue as well as normative issues in Deleuze and Badiou.

    Occasionally I make forays into the philosophy of embodied cognitive science, often in collaboration with Professor William Short (Classics, formerly UTSA and from fall 2017 University of Exeter in the United Kingdom).


  • Recent Publications

    • ‘The Art of Willing: The Impact of Kant’s Aesthetics on Schopenhauer’s Conception of the Will’ in Stefano Bacin, Alfredo Ferrarin, Claudio La Rocca and Margit Ruffing (eds.) Kant und die Philosophie in weltbürgerlicher Absicht (Berlin: de Gruyter 2013), Vol. 5, pp. 639-50
    • ‘Heidegger among the Robots’ Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring/Printemps 2013), pp. 229-249
    • ‘The Question of Romanticism’ in Alison Stone (ed.) The Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy: Volume 5—The Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh University Press/Columbia University Press 2011), pp. 47-68 [co-written with Judith Norman]
    • ‘Unacknowledged Harms’ Global Virtue Ethics Review Vol. 6, No. 2 (2011), pp. 20-54
    •  ‘Creating the Past: Schelling’s Ages of the WorldJournal for the Philosophy of History 4 (2010) 23-43 [co-written with Judith Norman]
    • ‘Deleuze’s Post-Critical Metaphysics’ Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Fall 2009), pp. 25-54
    • ‘Schopenhauer and Asian Thought’ on Matthias Koßler (Herausgeber) Schopenhauer und die Philosophien Asiens (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2008) in Journal of Indo-European Studies Vol. 37, Nos. 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2009), pp. 26-43 [invited review article subject to editorial review]
    • ‘Deleuze and Deep Ecology’ in Bernd Herzogenrath (ed.) An (Un)easy Alliance: Thinking the Environment with Deleuze/Guattari (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press 2008), pp. 116-138
  • Forthcoming Translation and Edited Collection:

    • Arthur Schopenhauer The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
    • Alistair Welchman (ed.) Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer)

    Articles in Under Contract and Submission

    • ‘Deleuze and Schopenhauer’ in Craig Lundy and Daniella Voss (eds) Deleuze and Post-Kantian Thought (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, under contract)
    • ‘Schopenhauer’s Moral Philosophy’ in Jens Timmerman and Sacha Golob (eds) The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, under contract)
    • [33%] ‘Deleuze: Sense and Nonsense’ in Tom Froese and Massimiliano Cappuccio (eds) Making Sense of Non-Sense: Enactive Cognition and Sense-Making Theories Facing the Uncanny (Palgrave Macmillan: under contract) [with William Short and Wilson Shearin]
    • ‘Schelling’s Moral Argument for a Metaphysics of Contingency’ in Emilio Corriero (ed) Schelling’s Realism and the Philosophy of Nature (aAccedemia Press, Turin, Italy, under contract)
    • ‘Schelling and Schopenhauer on Evil’ in Douglas Hedley, Chad Meister and Charles Taliaferro (eds.) The History of Evil in the 18th and 19th Centuries (Acumen Press under contract)
    • ‘Introduction’ to Alistair Welchman (ed.) Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer under contract)
    • ‘Border Sovereignty’ in Alistair Welchman (ed.) Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer)
    • ‘The Concept of Eternity in Modern European Thought’ in Yitzhak Melamed (ed.) Eternity (Oxford University Press)