Joel Michael Reynolds

PhD Candidate

joel [dot] reynolds [at] emory [dot] edu  |  Personal website

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2016 Ph.D., Philosophy
Emory University


“The Life Worth Living: Ethics and the Experiences of Disability”


John Lysaker (Director), Cynthia Willett, Andrew J. Mitchell, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (English), Eva Feder Kittay (Stony Brook University)
2014 M.A., Philosophy
Emory University
2009 B.A., Philosophy, Religious Studiescum laude with departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa, winner of the President’s Award for Distinguished Thesis
Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon


Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

In Press “Merleau-Ponty’s Aveugle and the Phenomenology of Non-Normate Embodiment,” Chiasmi International 19
 2017 “‘I’d Rather Be Dead Than Disabled’: The Ableist Conflation and the Meanings of Disability.” The Review of Communication 17(3): 149-63. DOI: 10.1080/15358593.2017.1331255. Part of a special issue on Medical Humanities and Health Communication Studies.
 2016 “Toward a Critical Theory of Harm: Ableism, Normativity, and Transability (BIID),” APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine 16 (1)
“Infinite Responsibility in the Bedpan: Response Ethics, Care Ethics, and the Phenomenology of Dependency Work.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 31(3). DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12292
2015 “The Ableism of Quality of Life Judgments in Disorders of Consciousness: Who Bears Epistemic Responsibility?” American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 7(1): 59-61. DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2016.1150911

Articles, Chapters, or Entries Appearing in Edited Volumes
 ‡ = co-written    

In Press ‡ “Feminist Philosophy and Disability,” co-written with Anita Silvers, Feminist Philosophy, ed. Carol Hay, Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Philosophy, Cengage
“Normate,” 50 Concepts for an Intersectional Phenomenology, eds. Ann Murphy, Gayle Salamon, & Gail Weiss, Northwestern University Press
“The Ethics of Care” in Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies Ed. Tamar Heller, Sarah Parker Harris, Carol Gill, and Robert Gould. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO
2014 “Feeding Upon Death: Pain, Possibility, and Transformation in S. Kay Toombs and Kafka’s ‘The Vulture,'” in Jahrbuch Literatur und Medizin, ed. Bettina von Jagow & Florian Steger, Band 6,  135-54

Book Reviews, Responses, and Forwards

Forthcoming “Being Better Humans,” review of The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics by Melinda Hall, The Hastings Center Report.
“The Sickness Unto Science,” response to Kierkegaard After the Genome: Science, Existence, and Belief in This World by Ada Jaarsma, Syndicate.
Review of Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Subjectivity and Sexuality by Margrit Shildrick, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Forward to Addressing Ableism: Philosophical Questions Via Disability Studies by Jennifer Scuro, New York: Lexington Books


Instructor of Record 2017               Existentialism (Spring)

2016                Intro to Ethics (Fall)

2016                Intro to Phil of Medicine/Health (Spring)                    

2015                Intro to Bioethics (Fall)

2014                Intro to Business Ethics (Spring)

2013                Basic Problems in Philosophy (Fall)

Co-Instructor 2016                Bias, Perception, & Empathy (Fall)

2015                Bias, Perception, & Empathy (Spring)

2013                Intro to Biomedical Ethics (Fall)

T.A. 2012                 Intro to Logic (Fall)


  • Selected as a Piedmont TATTO Fellow in Sustainability, Teaching, and Curriculum (2014)
  • Completed Emory University’s “Teaching Assistant Training and   Teaching Opportunity (TATTO)” Program (2013)
  • Completed “PHIL 777: Philosophy and Pedagogy,” a department-run course designed to improve teaching skills (2012)



  • “Disability Theory and Phenomenology: From Type to Spectrum to Array,” American Comparative Literature Association, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, July


  • “Ableist Saturation: Antiblack Racism and the Intelligibility of Disability in the Case of Anna Stubblefield” SPEP, Salt Lake City, UT, October
  • “The Ableist Conflation: Empirical Folly, Inductive Risk, and Disability Bioethics,” Winner of the Graduate Student Paper Award for Best Submission, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Washington, D.C., October
  • “On Being Outside The (Normate) Body: Merleau-Ponty’s Aveugle and Crip Phenomenology,” Winner of the M.C. Dillon Memorial Lecture Award, International Merleau-Ponty Circle, Brock University, ON, Canada, September
  • “‘Wir leben, indem wir leiben’: Heidegger’s Body, Corpoietics, and the Binding of Δέμaς,” Heidegger Circle, Depaul University, Chicago, IL, September
  • “The Fault in Our Foundations: Kristeva’s New Humanism and the Poietics of Disability,” Critical Junctures: Intersectionality Across Race, Gender, and Disability, Emory University, April
  • “Normative Ethics at the Intersection of Ableism and Affect,” Eastern APA, Group Session for the Society for Philosophy of Disability, Washington, D.C., January


  • “Cripping Ecology: Transversal Bodies, Access, and the Ethics of Sustainability,” Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Atlanta, GA, October; Towson University 38th Annual Fall Colloquium, Towson, MD, September, 2014
  • “Crip Pride versus Pain Pathos: The Politics of Suffering in Contradictory Identification Strategies,” co-written with Florian Kiuppis (Lillehammer University), Translating Pain: An International Forum on Language, Text, and Suffering, Monash University/University of Warwick, Melbourne, Australia, August
  • “The Charmed Pendulum of Ability: Ethical Theorizing at the Intersection of Ableism and Affect,” Society for Disability Studies, Atlanta, GA, June
  • “Infinite Responsibility in the Bedpan: Response Ethics Meets Care Ethics at Work,” Hypatia Conference, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, May
  • “The Question of Ability: Heidegger, Ableism, and Philosophy of Disability,” Heidegger Circle, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MA, May


  • “The Ableist Conflation: Decoupling Disability and Pain Through a Phenomenology of MS,” Radical Philosophy Association, Stony Brook University, New York, NY, November
  • “‘He Drools Just Like His Brother’ or ‘Of The Limit From The Limit’—Hegemonic Dispossession, Ethical Ambiguity, and Transability (Disability) in Beauvoir, Butler, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson,” SPEP, New Orleans, LA, October
  • “No Metaphysics, No Cruelty: Rorty on Pain, Liberalism, and the Role of Philosophy,” Summer Institute in American Philosophy, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, July
  • “The Capabilities Approach & Autonomy: Thinking Belonging Pace Nussbaum,” Society for Disability Studies, Minneapolis, MN, June
  • “Interrupted Bodies, Breached Bodies: (Dis)Abled Ethics in Derrida, Levinas, and S. Kay Toombs,” Derrida Today Conference, Fordham University, New York, NY, May
  • “‘I am in Pain’: Symptomatology and the Semiosis of Suffering via Pierce and Heidegger,” Undoing Health: States of Body & Mind Graduate Conference, Indiana University Bloomington, March
  • “Solving Spinoza’s ‘Fiction’ of Human Eternality: Temporality, Duration, and Infinity in the Ethics,” South Carolina Society for Philosophy, Furman University, Greenville, SC, February


  • “The Pain of Being: Tragic Bodies, Entangled Ontologies, and Pain in Heidegger,” Heidegger Circle Satellite Meeting at SPEP, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, October
  • “The Joining of the Rift: Thinking Strife Through Pain in Heidegger’s Beiträge and ‘Die Gefahr,’” Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Participant’s Conference, Citti di Castello, Umbria, Italy, July


  • “Drawing the Soul Through εkπlήσiς: Kant and Aristotle on Interest and the Role of Emotion in Attic Tragedy,” University of Georgia Graduate Philosophy Conference, March

Invited Talks


  • “The Future of Bioethics: Ableism and the Life Worth Living,” Ryerson University, Department of Philosophy, February 7


  • “Ableist Saturation: The Case of Anna Stubblefield and the Intelligibility of Disability,” Florida Atlantic University, Department of Philosophy/Peace, Justice, & Human Rights Initiative, March 25


  • “Subjectivity and Ableism in Quality of Life Judgments,” Brown University, School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Grand Rounds, December 2

Invited Guest Lectures


  • “Ability Trouble: Disability, Variability, and Medical Praxis,” Brown University, School of Medicine, PHP 1680I: Pathology to Power: Disability, Health and Community, Dr. Bruce Becker, December 2
  • “Feminist Theory & Disability,” Emory University, PHIL 123: Intro to Feminist Philosophy, Instructor Kate Davies, September 29


  • “The Meaning of Pain,” Emory University, HLTH 230: Health & Humanities, Dr. Jennifer Sarrett, January 27
  • “The Charmed Pendulum of Ability: Of Savants, Normates, and Vegetables,” Florida Atlantic University, PHIL 3882: Philosophy of Literature, Dr. Lauren Guilmette, November 28 


2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellow
2015-16 Emory ORDER Teacher-Scholar Fellow
2014-15 Laney Graduate School Disability Studies Fellow
2011-16 Emory University Arts and Sciences Fellow         


German, French, Ancient Greek, Spanish



Dr. John T. Lysaker Professor of Philosophy Emory University jlysake [at] emory [dot] edu
Dr. Cynthia Willett Samuel Candler Dobbs Chair of Philosophy Emory University cynthia [dot] willett [at] emory [dot] edu
Dr. Andrew J. Mitchell Associate Professor of Philosophy Emory University andrew [dot] j [dot] mitchell [at] emory [dot] edu
Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson Professor of English Emory University rgarlan [at] emory [dot] edu
Dr. Eva Feder Kittay Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Stony Brook University Eva [dot] Kittay [at] Stonybrook [dot] edu
Dr. Mark Johnson Phillip H. Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences University of Oregon markj [at] uoregon [dot] edu