Rebecca Longtin

 

Alumna

rlongti [at] emory [dot] edu

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Areas of Specialization

19th and 20th century Continental
(especially German idealism, phenomenology, and aesthetics)

Areas of Concentration

History of philosophy, critical theory, Kant, and ethics

Education

PhD (Philosophy), Emory University, 2007 to present
BA (Philosophy), University of Dallas, 2006

Dissertation Title

“Transforming the Sensible: Dilthey and Heidegger on Art”

My dissertation addresses the relation between everyday experience and aesthetic experience and between ordinary objects and works of art by engaging Dilthey’s and Heidegger’s philosophies of art in light of contemporary concepts of “transfiguration.” My project situates these issues in terms of the distinction between sensibility and intelligibility—a distinction that I demonstrate is reversed and transformed in 19th and 20th-century German thought. I argue that art is a reconfiguration of the everyday that is rooted in the sensible, rather than ideas transposed on sensuous material. By emphasizing the everyday and materiality as catalysts for artistic transformation, my project opposes the idea of art as a fantastical escape from the mundane and asserts art’s essential connection to life and its enrichment of human experience.
Dissertation Committee:

Rudolf Makkreel (director), David Carr, Andrew Mitchell

Research Interests

My research explores the relation and distinction between everyday experience and aesthetic experience and between ordinary objects and works of art by engaging the aesthetic works of Dilthey and Heidegger in light of contemporary concepts of art as “transfiguration.” My project attempts to re-articulate the unique position of art as neither a mere imitation, which reduces art to repetition, nor a transcendent unity, which requires the conceptual aspect of the work of art to subsume its material elements. By emphasizing the idea of transformation, I attempt to question and rework the duality between sensible and intelligible aspects of art.

Selected Paper Presentations

A. Refereed Paper Presentations

“Visualizing The Order of Things: Foucault’s Archaeology and the Classical Quadrilateral,”
Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association (APA), Atlanta, GA, December 2012. (Upcoming)

“Poetically We Dwell: The Relation between Facticity and Poetry in Dilthey and Heidegger,” Heidegger Circle Satellite Meeting, Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association (APA), Atlanta, GA, December 2012. (Upcoming)

“Film as Phantasm: Nietzsche’s Stoicism and the Belief in Cinema in Dogville,” Film-Philosophy Conference, London, Great Britain, Sep. 2012

“The Dynamism of Form in the Critique of the Power of Judgment: Reflections on Kant’s Formal Aesthetics,” North American Kant Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 2011.

“The Aesthetic Dimension of Archaeology: Visualizing History in Foucault and Agamben,”
Annual Conference of the Society for European Philosophy in Rome, Italy, July 2010.

Honors and Awards

George W. Woodruff Fellowship for Graduate Study, Emory University, 2007-2012.
Valedictorian, University of Dallas, 2006.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation Scholarship, 2005.
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Dallas, 2005.
Trustees’ Scholarship, University of Dallas, 2002-2006.
Presidential Leadership Scholarship, University of Dallas, 2002-2006.