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College of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Philosphy > Jason Kemp Winfree
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Jason Kemp Winfree
Associate Professor
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Academic Background:
M.A. Thesis
Hegel’s Treatment of Evil in the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion
Director: Peter C. Hodgson
Ph.D. Dissertation
Abysses: Writing and Transformation in Nietzsche and Heidegger
Director: David C. Wood
Areas of Specialization
  1. 20th Century Continental Philosophy (Phenomenology, Deconstruction, Critical Theory; major figures including Heidegger, Derrida, Blanchot, Bataille, Nancy, Benjamin)
  2. 19th Century Continental Philosophy (esp. Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche)
Areas of Competence
  1. Philosophy of Literature
  2. Social and Political Thought (esp. Deconstruction, Frankfurt School, College of Sociology)
  3. Philosophy of Art
  4. Philosophy of Religion
Teaching Positions
Visiting Assistant Professor, Vassar College, Fall 2001 - Spring 2002
Assistant Professor, CSU-Stanislaus, Fall 2002 - Spring 2006
Associate Professor, Spring 2006-present
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  • B.A., Hiram College (Religious Studies), June 1991
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University (Religion), December 1993
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University (Philosophy), August 1998
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (Philosophy), August 2001
Educational | Academic Awards:
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USAC Study Abroad Language Grant (Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla, Mexico,
Summer 2007)
RSCA Grant, Fall 2006
Faculty Appreciation Award, Spring 2005
RSCA Grant (with James A. Tuedio), Fall 2004
Burke Teaching Fellowship, Fall 2000
University Fellowship, Die Freie Universität-Berlin, Fall 1999 – Spring 2000
Departmental Teaching Fellowship, English, Fall 1998 – Spring 1999
Travel Grant for The Phaenomenlogicum Collegium, Perugia, Italy, Summer 1998
Burke Teaching Fellowship, Fall 1997 – Spring 1998
Departmental Fellowship, Philosophy, Fall 1996 – Spring 1997
Magna Cum Laude, 1991
Departmental Honors, Religious Studies, 1991
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Edited Book
The Obsessions of Georges Bataille: Community and Communication, co-edited with Andrew J.
Mitchell (SUNY Press, forthcoming)
“Inoperativity at the End of History,” in Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, forthcoming.
“Solitude, Violation, Alterity: Juan Rulfo’s Wastelands,” SubStance, vol. 38, no. 2, 2009 (Issue119)
“The Contestation of Community,” in The Obsessions of Georges Bataille: Community andCommunication (SUNY Press, 2009)

“Fragments—of the Philosophy of History,” Idealistic Studies, 2008
“Genealogy, History, and the Work of Fiction,” in Styles of Piety: Practicing Philosophy after the Death of God, ed. S. Clark Buckner and Matthew Statler (Fordham University Press, 2006)
“The Expiation of Authority: Towards a Genealogy of Community,” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, vol. 10, no. 1, 2005
“On the Lineage of Oblivion: Heidegger, Blanchot, and the Fragmentation of Truth,” Research in Phenomenology, 2005
“Before the Subject: Rereading Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy,” Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Spring 2003
“Crossing the Line: Heidegger, Blanchot, and the Lineage of Nihilism” Heidegger Conference Proceedings, 2002
“Bearing the Writing of the Subject,” Parallax 2002 (On Kant’s Critique of Judgment)
“The Repetition of Eternal Return, or the Disastrous Step: From Deleuze to Blanchot,” Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, 2001
“Concealing Difference: Derrida and Heidegger’s Thinking of Becoming,” Research in Phenomenology, 1999
Jean-Luc Nancy, “The Confronted Community,” in The Obsessions of Georges Bataille
Marc F. Meurice, “An Alteration of the Sense of His Blood,” in The Obsessions of Georges Bataille
Book Reviews
“Caring for Indifference: A Review of Charles E. Scott’s Living with Indifference,” in Research in Phenomenology, Vol. 38, No.1, 2008
Other Writing
“Searching for the Sound: Grateful Dead Music and Interpretive Transformation,” in The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisatio, ed. James A. Tuedio and Stan Specter (McFarland: New York, 2010)
Conference Presentations | Lectures:
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  • “Ecstatic Atheism: Bataille’s ‘Community’ with Nietzsche,” SPEP, November 5, 2010,Montreal, Quebec
  • “The Fate of Community: On the Conditions of Communication,” Just Theory LectureSeries, April 15, 2010, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, Comparative Literature (invited)
  • “Solitude, Alterity, and Violation in Juan Rulfo’s Deserts,” American Academy ofComparative Literature, April 2008, Long Beach, CA
  • “Recasting the Revaluation of Values: Unavowable Filth,” An Interdisciplinary Symposium:The Sacred and the Debased: Humanity, Community and Cruelty in the Work of Georges Bataille, Occidental College, Los Angeles, February 2008 (invited)
  • “Nondetermination and Exposure,” CSU Stanislaus Philosophy Colloquium, September2007 (invited)
  • “Nondetermination and Exposure: Photography and the Communication of Pain,”International Association of Philosophy and Literature, June 2007, Cyprus (invited)
  • “The Contestation of Community,” American Philosophical Association, Spring 2007,San Francisco (invited)
  • “Georges Bataille as Curator,” Philosophy, Art, and the Uncanny, StaffordshireUniversity, May 2003 (invited)
  • “The Expiation of Authority: Towards a Genealogy of Community,” AmericanPhilosophical Association (Pacific), April 2003 (invited)
  • “Writing at the Threshold of Common Sense,” International Association of Philosophyand Literature, June 2002 (On Kant and the Idea of a Universal History)(refereed)
  • “Crossing the Line: Heidegger, Blanchot and the Lineage of Oblivion,” North             American Heidegger Conference, Southern Connecticut State University, May2002 (refereed)
  • “Crossing through the Crossing: Writing and Displacement in Heidegger’s Beiträge zur Philosophie,” Participant’s Conference of the Phaenomenologicum Collegium,Cittá di Castello, Italy, Summer 2000
  • “Genealogy, History and the Work of Fiction: Cormac McCarthy and EnlightenmentThought,” International Association of Philosophy and Literature, SUNY-StonyBrook, May 2000 (refereed)
  • “The Repetition of Eternal Return,” Society for Phenomenological and ExistentialPhilosophy, University of Oregon, September 1999 (refereed)
  • “Heidegger and the Memory of Nietzsche,” Heidegger Conference, DePaul University,Chicago, IL, April 1999 (refereed)
  • “Heidegger’s Performative Discourse,” Participant’s Conference of thePhaenomenologicum Collegium, Perugia, Italy, Summer 1998
  • “On Time and Love in Nietzsche and Levinas,” Tennessee Philosophical Association,Fall 1996
Book Project
Towards a Genealogy of Community, a treatment of the issue of community in contemporary continental discourse with special attention to the way this issue exhibits different and conflicting lineages, problems, and conceptions of philosophy
Other Professional Activities:
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Publication Affiliations
  • Editorial board member for Die Fröhliche Wissenschaft
  • Manuscript reviewer for Indiana University Press
  • Manuscript reviewer for State University of New York Press
  • Article reviewer for Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy
Conference and Symposium Affiliations
  • Co-organizer with Kalliopi Nikolopoulou, “(E)scapes of Desolation: Deserts and Wastelands in Literature, Philosophy, and Art,” American Comparative Literature Association, Long Beach, CA, April 2008
  • Moderator for The Western Phenomenology Conference, “Dangerous Emotions,” Pasadena, March 2008
  • Moderator for Empire, Borderlands, and Border Cultures, “Empire and Post-modernism,” March 2006
  • Moderator for SPEP, “Derrida and the Democratic Tradition,” October 2005
  • Co-organizer of Normalization, Exclusion, Excess, a national conference held at CSU Stanislaus, October 2005 (with James A. Tuedio)
  • Faculty, The Phaenomenologicum Collegium, Cittá di Castello, Perugia, Italy, Summer
  • Panel organizer, International Association of Philosophy and Literature, “Writing/Transcribing the Uncanny” (refereed)
  • Assistant to the Director of The Phaenomenologicum Collegium, Cittá di Castello, Perugia, Italy, Summer 2001
  • Organizer of Participant’s Conference of the The Phaenomenologicum Collegium, Cittá di Castello, Perugia, Italy, Summer 1999
  • Primary organizer of Other Banalities, International Philosophy Conference, Vanderbilt University, March 1998
Membership in Professional Organizations:
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American Philosophical Association
Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy
International Association of Philosophy and Literature
Friedrich Nietzsche Society
Employment History:
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Associate Professor, California State University (2006 - present)
Assistant Professor, California State University (2002 - 2006)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Vassar College, (2001 - 2002)
Courses Taught:
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CSU Stanislaus
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophical Inquiry
  • Honors Critical Thinking Seminar
  • Classics of Western Philosophy
  • Philosophical Reading and Analysis
  • Introduction to Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophy through Literature
  • Advanced Studies in the History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Cognitive Phenomenology
  • Professional Ethics
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Senior Seminar
Vassar College
  • Existentialist Thought and Phenomenology
  • Philosophy and Contemporary Issues
  • Seminar in Continental Thought
  • Modern Philosophy
Vanderbilt University
Full teaching responsibilies:
  • Introduction to Philosophy, Fall 2000
  • General Logic, Summer 1999
  • Introduction to Writing, two classes, Fall 1998
  • Introduction to Philosophy, Spring 1998
  • Introduction to Philosophy, Fall 1997
  • Introduction to Philosophy, Spring 1997

Teaching Assistant for:

  • Introduction to Ethics, Ethics of Punishment, Fall 1997
  • Introduction to Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Fall 1996
Master's Thesis Advisor:
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John Bultena (Philosophy and Literary Studies)
Jeffrey Edwards (Biopolitics and Intersexed Persons)
Joshua Kerr (Philosophy and Poetry)
Jasvinder Johal (The Problem of Modernity)
Jorge Camarena (Historical Consciousness and Latin American Identity)
University Service:
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Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Philosophy (June 2010-present)
CHSS Committee on Committees, chair (2009-2010)
Department of Philosophy Library Representative (2010-present)
Departmental RPT Committee, chair (2009-2010)
IS Program (Fall 2009)
HSS Committee on Committees (Fall 2008-2010)
Departmental Retention, Promotion, and Tenure Committee (Fall 2007 - present)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum Committee (Fall 2006 - 2008)
Chair, Departmental Chair Search Committee (Spring 2004)
General Education Subcommittee (Fall 2004 - Spring 2006)
General Education Subcommittee, Chair (Fall 2005 - Spring 2006)
Honors Program Advisory Board (Fall 2002 - present)
Honors Program Steering Committee (Fall 2003 - present)
Philosophical Society Advisor (Spring 2004 - 2005)
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