Clifford G. Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Education: B.A., Philosophy and Psychology, State University of West Georgia, 1995 M.A., Psychology, State University of West Georgia, 1998 M.A., Philosophy, Duquesne University, 2004 Ph.D., Philosophy, Duquesne University, 2008

Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Duquesne University. His dissertation, entitled “Aesthetic Pedagogy: Kierkegaard and Adorno,” was written under the direction of Dr. Ron Polansky. Prior to becoming a member of the history department, Dr. Lee taught at Kent State University, Westminster College, and Duquesne University. Dr. Lee has developed and taught courses on the history of Western philosophy, Ethics, Logic, Kierkegaard, and Existentialism; and while at Duquesne, he received an award for excellence in teaching. He is currently teaching Ethics and the Modern World, Introduction to Philosophy and World Religions and will be offering a special topics seminar this spring semester on the philosophy of religious and aesthetic experience.

Dr. Lee’s area of specialization is 19th and 20th Century Continental philosophy. His dissertation focused on the intersection in pedagogical methods existing between the religious writings of Søren Kierkegaard and the critical theory of Theodor Adorno. Dr. Lee’s interests extend beyond Continental philosophy to ancient philosophy, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, and phenomenological psychology. Dr. Lee’s current research interests include exploring the philosophical significance of aesthetic and religious experience. He is currently in the process of revising his dissertation for future publication.

Recent Publications: “Adorno’s Thought-Image of Kierkegaard,” Strategies of Critique, vol. 1, 2008. “Akrasia and the Philosopher,” Existentia: An International Journal of Philosophy, vol. 17, 2007.

Currently Teaching: Phil 2204 Ethics and the Modern World Phil 2203 Introduction to Philosophy Rel 2280 World Religions


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