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Faculty Biography - Russell Newstadt

Faculty Biography - Russell Newstadt

Russell Newstadt

Lecturer

B.A. University of California, Berkeley

847.635.1950
rnewstad@oakton.edu
Room 2430 Des Plaines

Personal Statement

Russell has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, from which he will be receiving his doctorate in the fall of 2013. His dissertation, entitled, Omnis Determination est Negatio: A genealogy and defense of the Hegelian conception of negation, traces the development of the philosophical conception of negation as a grounding principle of traditional logic and metaphysics from Plato, through scholastic philosophy and finally to Hegel. It disputes the more entrenched view of negation as a philosophically insignificant feature of language. In addition to an overarching interest in medieval theories of individuation, abstraction and transcendence, and a more specific interest in Augustine, Scotus, Henry of Ghent, Gadhadara (a central figure in the medieval Indian school of Navya-nyaya), and Hegel, he is also interested in contemporary philosophical and psychoanalytic models of finitude (i.e., the perceived and unperceived limits constituted by temporality, death, the unconscious, political and cultural institutions, etc.) and representation.