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Oliver Thorndike received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2009. His first book “Kant’s Transition Project and Late Philosophy. Connecting the Opus postumum and Metaphysics of Morals” was published with Bloomsbury in 2018. His current research explores the history of philosophical anthropology (Scheler, Plessner, and Cassirer in particular) and how new developments in Artificial Intelligence and neuroscience should change our understanding of various traditional philosophical topics such as freedom, agency, and the self.

Among the courses he is regularly teaching at the Liberal Arts Department are:

Freshmen Seminar
Introduction to the Philosophy of Art
18th and 19th Century Theories of Beauty, Art and Genius
Great Texts in Philosophy 
Contemporary Philosophy
E.T.A. Hoffmann, Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms
Beethoven and the Philosophers of his Time
Devil made me do it: Faust and Mephisto