Michael Weinman

Michael Weinman is Professor of Philosophy at Bard College Berlin since 2013, after originally arriving as a Guest Professor in 2010. Michael received his doctorate in Philosophy in 2005 from The New School for Social Research in New York. He is the author of three books. His most recent book, due to be published in the SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy from SUNY Press in March 2018, is an investigation of the Parthenon as an education in the liberal arts co-authored with Bard College Berlin faculty member Geoff Lehman. His earlier books address the role of pleasure in Aristotle's ethical thought and the relevance of Virginia Woolf's experimentation with narrative for debates about subjectivity in continental philosophy, respectively. Michael also has published articles and book chapters on Ancient Greek science, especially mathematics, and its reception in 20th-century German philosophy and on themes in contemporary political philosophy. His current recent interests focus on Husserl's Crisis and the practical relevance of classical Phenomenology and the relevance of Aristotle’s model of public deliberation for contemporary debates about the purpose of higher education.

Classes Taught at Bard College Berlin:

Core Courses:
Greek Civilization: Plato's Republic and Its Interlocutors
Origins of Political Economy
Early Modern Science

Foundational and Advanced Modules:
Constitutions, Ancient and Modern
Truth in Action: Ethics and Practical Reason

The Calculus and the "Mathematization of Nature"

Aristotle's (so-called) Organon
Character in Aristotle's Poetics, Politics, and Rhetoric
Michel de Montaigne: Essays
The Violence in and of Political Life

General Teaching Interests:

Ancient Greek philosophy; Ethics and political philosophy; Philosophy and literature; 20th century Continental philosophy



Lehman, G. and Weinman, M. (In production, expected November 2017.) The Parthenon and Liberal Education. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Weinman, M. 2012. Language, Time and Identity in Woolf’s The Waves: The Subject in Empire’s Shadow. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Weinman, M. 2007. Pleasure in Aristotle’s Ethics. London: Continuum Books.

Book chapters

Weinman, M. (Forthcoming, 2017). “Husserl’s reception of Classical Greek mathematics.” In The Problem of Beginning, ed. Jesper Rasmussen. Berlin: Technical University.

Weinman, M. (Forthcoming, 2017). “Epic.” In Palgrave Handbook on Philosophy and Literature, eds. Michael Mack and Barry Stocker. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Lehman, G. and Weinman, M. (Forthcoming, April 2017). “Recursive knowledge procedures informing the design of the Parthenon.” In Revolutions and Continuity in Ancient Greek Mathematics, eds. Serafina Cuomo and Michalis Sialaros. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Weinman, M. 2016. “Phronēsis after the post-metaphysical age: Aristotle and practical philosophy today.” In Thinking the Plural: Richard J. Bernstein’s Contributions to American Philosophy, eds. Marcia Morgan and Megan Craig. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield

Weinman, M. 2016. “Aristotle’s ergon as contingent foundation for civic republicanism today.” In Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics, Vol. 4. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Weinman, M. 2013. “Education: The ethical-political energeia.” Bloomsbury Companion to Aristotle. London: Bloomsbury Books; pp. 263-76.

Weinman, M. 2009. “Making ‘men see clearly’: Physical imperfection and mathematical order in Ptolemy’s Syntaxis.” In: Ann Ward, ed. Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books; pp. 57-70.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Weinman, M. (Forthcoming, Spring 2017). Rosen’s Auseinandersetzung with Heidegger: On the occasion of Rosen (Andy German, ed.), Platonic Production (2014). Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal (37:2).

Weinman, M. 2015. Doing the impossible: The trace of the other between eulogy and deconstruction: Rereading Derrida’s Work of Mourning. Philosophical Papers (44:2); 261-76. (DOI: 10.1080/05568641.2015.1056958)

Weinman, M. 2014. Metaphysics, Lam and the echo of Homer: First philosophy as a way of life. Philosophical Papers (43:1); 67-88. (DOI: 10.1080/05568641.2014.901695)

Weinman, M. 2011. Living well and sexual self-determination: Expanding human rights discourse about sex and sexuality. Law, Culture, and the Humanities 7:1; 101-20.

Weinman, M. 2006. State Speech vs. Hate Speech? What to Do about Words that Wound. Essays in Philosophy (7:1).

Weinman, M. 2001. Cultural Engendering and Points of Resistance: Foucault, Butler, and Sexual Subjectivities. International Studies in Philosophy (33:1; 123-143).