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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Alphonso Lingis


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Alphonso Lingis

Alphonso Lingis is the author of fourteen major works over the last forty years, including The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common, The Imperative, Dangerous Emotions, Trust, and Violence and Splendor, works that span the history of continental philosophy, original contributions to phenomenological theory, and a series of innovative, controversial, and highly influential philosophical-ethnographic travel meditations, often focused on bodily experience. He is the preeminent English translator of the works of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emmanuel Levinas and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Penn State University.

From the Special Issue of Phenomenology & Practice (2018) dedicated to his work:

"Alphonso Lingis has moved philosophy and phenomenology in unique and innovative directions. His life work may be considered disruptive. His writing and subject matter have pushed boundaries to result in a body of work that reveals meaningful glimpses of human subjectivity and corporeality in relation to a living, sensible world of others. He is a philosopher-explorer describing individuals and cultures in ways that expand Levinasian notions of alterity and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of the lived body. Through Lingis’ travels we move into deeper and wider contact with the world.”

Earlier Event: November 8
Shana Agid
Later Event: December 6
Lana Lin