Vita

 

John Charles Coker

Address:

Office: Department of Philosophy                                                         Home: 5812 Chalet Drive North

124 Humanities Building                                                                                    Mobile, AL 36608-3610

University of South Alabama                                                                             Phone: (251) 209-1068

Mobile, AL 36688

Phone: (251) 460‑6248

E-Mail:  jcoker@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

 

Birthdate:  November 18, 1956

Marital Status:  Unmarried

 

Academic Position: Chair

Academic Rank: Associate Professor of Philosophy

 

Dates of Appointment to the University of South Alabama to Current Rank:

Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of South Alabama, 10-01-2001 to present.

Assistant to the Dean, University of South Alabama, 6-1-02 – 5-15-2006

Acting Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of South Alabama, 8/15/2000 to 9/30/2001

Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of South Alabama, 9/94 to present

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of South Alabama, 9/87 to 8/94.

Instructor in Philosophy, University of South Alabama, 9/86 to  8/87.

 

Educational Credentials:

1. Ph.D., conferred Oct. 1986, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, attended 9/79 to 8/86, major: Philosophy.

2. Juris Doctor, conferred Feb. 1982, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, attended 9/78 to 12/81.

3. B.A., conferred May 1978, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA,  attended 9/75 to 5/78, majors: Philosophy (Honors), Religions (Honors). Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, attended 9/74 to 5/75.

 

Areas of Specialization:

     Continental Philosophy

     Ethics

Areas of Competence:

Philosophy of Law

Social-Political Philosophy

Professional Designations / Licenses:

Illinois State Bar (Law License)

Professional Memberships:

American Philosophical Association

International Association for Philosophy and Literature

North American Nietzsche Society

British Nietzsche Society

New Nietzsche Society

 

Teaching Experience:

Associate Professor (1994 ‑ present ), Assistant Professor (1987 ‑ 1993) or Instructor (1986 ‑ 1987), Dept. of Philosophy, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL.

Lower level courses:

PHL 110: Introduction to Philosophy; b) PHL 121: Introduction to Logic; c) PHL 131: Introduction to Ethics.

200 Level courses

PHL 290: Classical and Medieval Philosophy (taught in class and taught twice as a fully on-line e-course); PHL 244: Recent Philosophy; b) PHL 261 (formerly, PHL 290: Special Topics) Existentialism; PHL 236 (formerly, PHL 290: Special Topics) Philosophy of Law; PHL 233: Philosophy of Love; (W Credit Course); PHL 290: Special Topics: On Being Free..

Upper level courses:

PHL 336: Legal Theory (cross-listed with CJ 336); PHL 337: Liability and Punishmennt (cross-listed with CJ 337); PHL 348: Continental Philosophy Since Kant (Formerly PHL 390: Special Topics: Recent Continental Philosophy) (W Credit Course);. PHL 390: Special Topics: Philosophy of Human Relations [phenomenology and intersubjectivity]; PHL 390: Special Topics: Recent Liberalism; PHL 390: Special Topics: Ancient Greek Culture (Honors) (team-taught with Prof. Houston); PHL 390: 20th Century Political Philosophy (cross-listed with PSC 390, team-taught with Prof. Fishman); PHL 390: Philosophy and Literature of Friendship (cross-listed with EH 390, team-taught with Prof. Matheson ); PHL 390: Classical Mythology (cross-listed with EH 390, team-taught with Prof. McLaughlin).

PHL 492: Seminar: Advanced Philosophy of Law; PHL 492: Law and Lierature (cross-listed with PSC 492); PHL 494: Directed Studies (various)

Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.

a) Instructor:  duties included full responsibility for course content, text selection, lectures, and grades.

Introduction to Logic; Introduction to Ethics; Introduction to Philosophy.

b) Grader: duties included grading papers, assignments and   exams, and occasional lecturing and leading of discussion   groups.

Current Controversies:  On Being Free, Fall 81 (Prof. Schroeder); Ethics and Social Policy, Fall 81 (Prof. Rabinowitz), Fall 79 (Prof. Scheid); Marxist Philosophy, Spring 80 (Prof. Schacht); Ethics, Spring 80, Fall 80 (Prof. Diggs); Philosophy and Literature, Fall 80 (Prof. Schroeder); World Religions, Spring 80 (Prof. Tiebout)

 

Master's Thesis Committees Served On  Note:  The highest degree conferred by the Department of Philosophy of the University of South Alabama is a B.A.; however, since I became a Full Member of Graduate Faculty, owing to my publication record, I have been asked and have agreed to serve on Masters Thesis Committees in other Departments, as follows:

1992-3:  Tommy Franklin, English:  Creative Writing [thesis comprised of Short Stories; defense in Spring 1993]  (Chair:  Prof. James White)

1993-4:  Nancy Hartzog, Sociology [thesis on homelessness; defense in 1994] (Chair: Prof. Roma Hanks)

1997-1998:  Lavanda Caldwell, English [thesis on Keats' Odes; defense on Oct 16, 1998] (chair:  Prof. Lia Hotchkiss).

1998-1999: Michelle Wise, English: Creative Writing [thesis comprised of poems and short stories; defense on Mar. 18, 1999] (chair: Prof. Sue Walker.)

2002-3003: Victoria Horenstein (English) 6/6/02

2002-3003: Jason Griggs (English) 6/26/02

2003-3004: Carol Case (English) 6/20/03

2003-3004: Stacy Weston (English) 6/25/03

 

Grants, Fellowships and Honors:

University of South Alabama Arts and Sciences Support and Development Award.

University of South Alabama Special Faculty Development Fund (numerous times)

University of South Alabama, Faculty Support and Development Award (FSDA).

University of South Alabama Research Council Grant, 1991‑92.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Nietzsche's Philosophical Thought and its Interpretation, Director: Richard Schacht (University of Illinois, Urbana), 1989.

Alabama Humanities Foundation Grant, co‑applicant with Prof. Sheri Katz (Spring Hill College) to bring Norman Malcolm to address Alabama Philosophical Society, 1987.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation,  1985‑86.

University of Illinois Fellow, 1979‑80, 1982‑83.

Phi Beta Kappa, 1978.

 

Awards:

Han Essay Prize (1985)

Charles F. Schoen Award (1976)

 

Publications:

In Print

Refereed Journal Articles:

“Construing Perspectivism,” published in International Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXXIV, No. 3, 2002, pp. 5-28.

"Spectres of Friends and Friendship: A Reading of 'From High Mountains. Aftersong.,'" The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Issue 16, Fall 1998, pp. 1- 32.

"The Therapy of Nietzche's 'Free Spirit,'" International Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 29, No. 3, Summer 1997, pp. 63‑88.

"On the Bestowing Virtue (Von der Schenkenden Tugend): A Reading," Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Issue 8, Autumn 1994, pp. 5‑31.

"Riding the Fiery Steed: Von Den Freuden‑ und Leidenschaften," International Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 26, No. 2,  Summer 1994, pp. 117‑135.

"On Becoming Great Friends," International Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 25, No. 2, Summer 1993, pp. 113‑27.

"On Being Nemesętikos as a Mean," Journal of Philosophical Research, Vol. 17, 1992, pp. 61‑92.

Articles in Books:

Commissioned Pieces:

"Derrida," in The World's Great Philosophers, ed. Robert Arrington (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2003), 8: 53-58.

"Jacques Derrida," in The Blackwell Guide to Continental Philosophy, ed. Solomon & Sherman (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2003), 12: 291-313.

"Max Scheler," in A Companion to Philosophers, ed. Robert Arrington (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1999).

"Jacques Derrida," in A Companion to Philosophers, ed. Robert Arrington (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1999).

Editorially Reviewed Conference Proceedings Articles:

College Level Conferences:

"From the Name to the Signature" in Derrida's Glorious Glas ed. D. Goicoechea & M. Zlomislic (Port Colborne: Thought House Publishing Group, 1997).

"The Child's New Truth," in Joyful Wisdom: Zarathustra's Joyful Annunciations of ..., David Goicoechea & Mark Zlomislic (Port Colborne, Ontario: Thought House Publishing Group, 1995).

Book Reviews:

Book Review of Tim Murphy, Nietzsche, Metaphor, Religion and of Gilles Fraser, Redeeming Nietzsche: On the Piety of Unbelief.

Book Note on Philip Blosser, Scheler's Critique of Kant's Ethics, in Ethics, Vol. 107, No. 1, Oct. 1996.

Book Review of Bruce Wilshire, The Moral Collapse of the University, in Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 14, No. 2, June 1991, pp. 206‑9.

Book Note on J. Budziszewski, The Nearest Coast of Darkness, in Ethics, Vol. 100, No. 4, June 1990, p. 909.

Book Note on Paul Wadell, Friendship and the Moral Life, in Ethics, Vol. 101, No. 2, January 1991. p. 428

Book Review of Julian Young, Nietzsche's Philosophy of Art, in Journal of Aesthetic Education, Vol. 28, No. 4, Winter 1994, pp. 107‑110.

 

Forthcoming:

International Conference Proceedings

"Responding to the Image of Baubo," in Interrogating Images, ed. Stephen Barker (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2001).

 

 

Papers Presented:

"The Sublimity of Schiller's 'The Veiled Image at Sais,'" presented at the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, in Leeds, England, May 26-May 31, 2003.

"Construing Perspectivism," for North American Nietzsche Society, meeting at American Philosophical Association Central Division, Chicago, IL, April 21, 2000.

"A Postmodern Site of Encounter:  A Syncope between Apollo and Dionysus," presented at International Association for Philosophy and Literature:  Postmodern Sites, to General Session:  "Nietzschean Sites," Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut, May 12, 1999.

"'Love  For Example': Some Derridean Reflections," at Conference on Love and the Family, 2000 Years of Agape, Brock University, Feb. 11-13, 1999.

"Responding to the Image of Baubo," presented at International Association for Philosophy and Literature:  Interrogating Images, to Organized Session: "Legacies of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche: Images of Responsibility," University of California at Irvine, May 7, 1998.

"The Graft of The Ordinary" delivered at American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, May 9, 1998.

"Counterwords: Remarks on Cavell / Derrida," at the International Association for Philosophy and Literature: Dramas of Culture, to Panel: "The Rifts of Culture: Poetry, Politics, Ethics," George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, May, 1996.

"From Names to the Signature," to Conference, "The Resurrection in Derrida's Glorious Glas," Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, November 1995.

"Specters of Friends and Friendship," at the International Association for Philosophy and Literature: Virtual Incorporations, to Panel: "Requesting the Pleasure of Your Company: Derrida, Kristeva, Foucault," Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,  May, 1995.

"Nietzsche's Poetics of Metamorphosis," at International Association for Philosophy and Literature: Thinking Between Philosophy and Poetry, to Working Seminar: "The Poetics of the Stages on Life's Way," University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 1994.

"Towards a Tropology of Emotion," to Conference, "Eros ‑ Agape ‑ Philia In the Writings of Martha Nussbaum," Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, February 1993.

"Nehemasian Narrative and the Child's Truth," to Conference, Zarathustra's Joyful Annunciations," at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, November 1993.

"Riding the Fiery Steed: Von den Freuden‑ und Leidenschaften," to North American Nietzsche Society, at American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago IL, April 1993; and read as Presidential Address, Alabama Philosophical Society, November 1992.

 

Sessions Organized:

"Be(at)ginnings: Derrida and the Beats," International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Spelman College, Atlanta GA, May, 2001.  I also chaired this session.

"Demarcating Aesthetic Ideologies After DeMan," International Association for Philosophy and Literature, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Wed. May 9, 2000.

"Legacies of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche: Images of Responsibility," International Association for Philosophy and Literature, University of California at Irvine, May 1998.

 

Sessions Chaired:

"The Nomad and the Marginal," at International Association for Philosophy and Literature, conference Marginal Regions: Textual Margins, Mobile, AL, Wed. May 7, 1997.