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Phillip Honenberger

Part-Time Instructor

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Phillip Honenberger’s published work ranges over several areas of philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, social & political) and engages with both analytic and “continental” traditions. He follows the philosophers Helmuth Plessner and Marjorie Grene in understanding human beings as “naturally artificial” – that is, they are naturally capable of wide behavioral variation wherein this variation is mediated by (supported by, shaped by) historically contingent formations of a technical, social, and symbolic kind. His main project at present is to clarify the structure of natural artificiality and bring the implications of this structure to bear on canonical philosophical questions and problems.

Since completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Temple University (2013), Honenberger has held postdoctoral appointments at Dartmouth College (2016-2017) and the University of Pittsburgh (2017-2018). His work has been published in Synthese, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, HOPOS, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, and Human Studies.

Research Areas

  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • History of Modern European Philosophy (Kant to present)