Dr Adam J Graves
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Personal Biography Statement
Adam J. Graves received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he teaches courses in philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, hermeneutics and phenomenology and serves as the primary advisor for the minor in Religious Studies. Dr. Graves has published on Paul Ricoeur's philosophy of religion and has made numerous presentations in the United States, Canada, Belgium, Denmark and Russia. He is currently editing a volume on Ricoeur's philosophy of religion (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming) and is working on a project that traces the religious sources of modern conceptions of autonomy.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, August, 2007
Dissertation: "Before the Text: Phenomenology and Revelation"
B.A., South Asia Regional Studies, University of Pennsylvania, May, 2001
Honors: summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
University of Minnesota, Undergraduate Studies, 1996-1998
Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, July-August, 1999
Banaras Hindu University, Banaras, India, Visiting Student, September-December, 1997
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Modern European philosophy of religion, with particular interest in phenomenological philosophy (Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida, and Marion); the development of hermeneutic theory from Schleiermacher to Gadamer, Ricoeur and Vattimo; methodological issues in the study of religion; sociological and philosophical accounts of secularization; the theological and philosophical sources of modern theories of autonomy.
Paul Ricoeur and the Philosophy of Religion. Edited by Adam Graves, (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming) [Contains original translations of three pieces by Ricoeur as well as contributions from leading interpreters of Ricoeur, such as Richard Kearney, William Schweiker, Jean Greisch, Pamela Sue Anderson and Mark Wallace.]
“Revelation and Event: Ricoeur on the Uniqueness of Scripture” in Paul Ricoeur: Poetics and Religion. Edited by J. Verheyden, T.L. Hettema, P. Vandecasteele. Leuven, Peeters Press, 2011.
“Freedom, Responsibility and the Hermeneutics of Confession” in Who is Calling: Hermeneutics and Responsibility. Edited by Thomas Wentzer and Jon Nielsen, (forthcoming).
"Human Autonomy and Original Sin" in Paul Ricoeur and the Philosophy of Religion. Edited by Adam Graves (under review).
“God’s Awful Majesty: Ignorance, Freedom and Moral Faith in Kant” (in preparation).
"Kairos, Christlichkeit, and Counter-Contamination in the Early Heidegger" (in preparation).
Empathy in the Context of Philosophy (Lou Agosta, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) in Choice, January Issue, 2011.
Ways of Knowing: Kierkegaard’s Pluralist Epistemology (M. G. Piety, Baylor University Press, 2010) in Choice, April Issue, 2011.
Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry (Wesley J. Wildman, SUNY Press, 2010) in Choice (forthcoming).
Moral powers, fragile beliefs: essays in moral and religious philosophy (ed. by Joseph Carlisle, James Carter, and Daniel Whistler. Continuum, 2011) in Choice (forthcoming).
Freedom, Sin, Guilt: Religion and the Making of Modern Autonomy (book length project)
"Ricoeur and the Phenomenology of Revelation," New Perspectives on Hermeneutics in the Social Sciences and Practical Philosophy, National Research University, Moscow, Russia, September, 2011.
"Freedom, Responsibility and the Hermeneutics of Confession," Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy, University of Denver, Denver, 2011.
“God’s Awful Majesty: Ignorance, Freedom and Moral Faith in Kant,” invited presentation, CSU’s Philosophy Department’s Colloquium, November, 2010.
“From Debt to Destiny: Ricoeur’s Hidden Heideggerianism,” Society for Ricoeur Studies Annual Conference, Montréal, November, 2010.
“Freedom, Responsibility and the Hermeneutics of Confession,” Who is Calling? Responsible Hermeneutics/Hermeneutics of Responsibility, Institute of Philosophy and History of Ideas at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, 2010
“Kant’s Liminal Lord: Ignorance, Freedom and Moral Faith,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Montréal, 2009.
“Kierkegaard and the Symbolism of Sin,” Society for Ricoeur Studies Annual Conference held in conjunction with SPEP, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, 2009.
“God’s Awful Majesty: Kant on Moral Worth and the Theoretical Unkowability of God,” Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Denver, 2009.
“Revelation, Sacred or Profane: Ricoeur on the Uniqueness of Scripture,” International Conference: Poetics and Religion, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 2008.
Respondent, “Religion and Continental Thought: From Heidegger and Levinas to Vattimo, Badiou, and Cavell,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, 2007.
“Ricoeur on Translation: Philosophy, Poetics and the Production of Equivalents,” Society for Ricoeur Studies Annual Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, 2007.
“Kairos, Christlichkeit and (Counter)contamination in Early Heidegger,” Department of Religious Studies Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2007.
“Between Athens and Jerusalem: Ricoeur on the Relationship between Speculative and Religious Discourses,” After Ricoeur Conference, Omaha City University, Omaha, 2006.
“At the Brink of Conscience: Rethinking the Relationship between Phenomenology and Hermeneutics in Ricoeur’s Philosophy of Religion,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Philadelphia, 2006.
“On the (Im)possibility of a Phenomenology of Revelation: Jean-Luc Marion on the Anonymity of the Call,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, 2004.
“Hermeneutics of the Self: An Analysis of Paul Ricoeur’s Critique of the Cogito,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences held in conjunction with the Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Memphis, 2004.
“The Hermeneutics of Self: Textuality and the Social Sciences,” Bound/Unbound: Textuality Within and Beyond the Book, 3rd Annual Graduate Humanities Forum Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2003.
“Utpaladeva’s Theory of ‘abasa’ as Presented in the Isvarapratyabhijnakarika,” Sub-matriculation Masters Thesis, Advisor: Dr. Wilhelm Halbfass and Dr. Ludo Rocher, 2001.
Metropolitan State College of Denver:
Histories of Desire: Transgression and The Law
Sin, Guilt and Moral Responsibility (Senior Seminar), Spring, 2009
Evil, Responsibility and Freedom (Senior Seminar), Fall, 2009
Ethics, Fall, 2009
Paul, Augustine, Luther, Spring, 2009
Existentialism, Spring, 2009
Ethics, Spring, 2009
Philosophy of Religion, Fall, 2008
History of Modern Philosophy, Fall, 2008
Introduction to Philosophy, Fall, 2008
Phenomenology, Spring, 2008
Ethics, Spring, 2008
Philosophy of Religion, Fall, 2007
Ethics, Fall, 2007
University of Pennsylvania:
Religion and the “Clash of Civilizations,” Spring, 2006
Writing, Violence and Religion, Fall, 2005
Introduction to Christianity, Summer, 2005
Religious Violence & New Religious Movements, Fall, 2004
Introduction to Western Religions, Spring, 2003
Writing Tutor, 2001-2002
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS:
Letters, Arts and Science Pilot Grant, MSCD, Spring, 2009
Chimicles Fellowship ($20,000+tuition), UPenn, 2005-2006
Boardman Fellowship (full stipend+tuition), UPenn, 2001-2005
Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award, UPenn, 2004
Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, 2004
School of Arts and Sciences Research Grant, 2004
Theta Alpha Kappa, 2003
Phi Beta Kappa, 2001
Holden Furber Prize for Best Paper on South Asia Related Topic, 2001
South Asian Regional Studies Summer Research Grant, to conduct research in Rajasthan, India, and Madhya Pradesh, India, 1999
Distinguished Philosophy Student Award, Univ of Minn, 1996-1997
University of Minnesota Scholar Award, 1996-1997
American Academy of Religion
American Philosophical Association
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Society for Ricoeur Studies
Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences
Oriental Club of Philadelphia (elected member)