Associate Professor of Philosophy
Baccalauréat, Lycée International des Pontonniers
B.A., Syracuse University
M.A., Syracuse University
M.Phil., Syracuse University
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Dr. Noelle Vahanian’s approach to philosophy is both problem-oriented and existential. Her research interests aim at evaluating the master concepts—concepts that we take for granted, but that play an inordinate role in how we understand ourselves and our actions. Such concepts can be the topic of a class: Happiness, Madness, Faith, or Genocide, for example. On the other hand, her interests go beyond analysis. She is committed to the notion that philosophy is a way of life, not merely a tool to serve other ends: a way of thinking is a way of living. Her teaching expertise in Continental Philosophy of Religion reflects this understanding. She is the author of two books, and is currently engaged in research on philosophy, identity, and genocide.
Blanton, W., Crockett, C., Robbins, J. W. & Vahanian, N. (2016). An insurrectionist manifesto: Four new gospels for a radical politics. New York: Columbia University Press.
Vahanian, N. (2014). The rebellious no: Variations on a secular theology of language. New York, NY: Fordham University Press.
Vahanian, N. (2012). Madness or civilization: A draft. In G. Araoz (Ed.), Mad/sad/bad: Philosophical, political, poetic and artistic reflections on the history of madness (). Oxfordshire, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.