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Rick Furtak

Associate Professor, Chair

My philosophical interests include the moral psychology of the emotions, the relations between philosophy and literature, and the tradition of existential thought (especially Søren Kierkegaard and his legacy).  See below for further information on some of my teaching areas and recent publications, and follow the link to my personal website for copies of selected writings as well as more photos, among other things.

Link to CV

Personal website

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Representative Publications

Wisdom in Love: Kierkegaard and the Ancient Quest for Emotional Integrity (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005).

Rilke's 'Sonnets to Orpheus': A New English Version, With a Philosophical Introduction (University of Scranton Press, 2007).

"The Kierkegaardian Ideal of 'Essential Knowing' and the Scandal of Modern Philosophy," in Critical Guide to Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript, edited by Rick Anthony Furtak (Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 87-110.

"Emotion, the Bodily, and the Cognitive," Philosophical Explorations 13 (2010): 51-64.

"Love and the Discipline of Philosophy," in Ethics, Love, and Faith in Kierkegaard, edited by Edward F. Mooney (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008), pp. 59-71.

"Skepticism and Perceptual Faith," Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society 43 (2007): 542-561.

" 'I Used to Care, but Things Have Changed': Passion and the Absurd in Dylan's Later Work," in Bob Dylan and Philosophy, ed. by Peter Vernezze (Chicago: Open Court, 2006), pp. 16-28.

"The Virtues of Authenticity," International Philosophical Quarterly 43 (2003): 423-438.

"Thoreau's Emotional Stoicism," Journal of Speculative Philosophy 17 (2003): 122-132.

"Poetics of Sentimentality," Philosophy and Literature 26 (2002): 207-215.

Regular Classes

PH 101 Greek Philosophy

PH 141 Philosophy and Literature

PH 201 History of Modern Philosophy

PH 260 Existential Philosophy

PH 261 Philosophy of Mind

PH 361 Philosophy of Emotions


    University of Chicago, 1997-2003.  PhD in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, 2003.

    Boston University, 1992-1996.  BA in Philosophy and English, summa cum laude, 1996.