Ph.D.: Northwestern University, 2014
Phone: (225) 578-7399
Deborah Goldgaber received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 2014, following an M.A. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research (NYC). She also holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Goldgaber's teaching focuses on contemporary Continental philosophy and Feminist philosophy and also on 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy. She also has teaching interests in applied ethics, particularly in exploring the question of what individuals and institutions might be required to do in order to correct for implicit/cognitive biases.
Her current research focuses on continental metaphysics, in particular on the question of how to conceptualize the relations between material and ideational processes in non-dualistic terms. In recent work, she argues that deconstructive theory, particularly the early work of Jacques Derrida, provides important resources for overcoming traditional philosophical dualisms (e.g. mind/matter; culture/nature) in order to reconceive the relations between the two poles. On her reading, deconstructive theory motivates the view that relations are ontologically prior to the relata.
She is currently working to publish a manuscript based on her dissertation, tentatively entitled “The Materiality of the Trace: Deconstruction after the Linguistic-Turn.”