Rachel Bath

PhD Student

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Fifth year in PhD

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION 

Phenomenology
Feminist Philosophy

AREAS OF COMPETENCE 

Philosophy of Emotions (esp. Grief and Empathy)

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Women’s Contributions to Early Phenomenology, esp. Edith Stein
  • History of Phenomenology
  • Critical and Feminist Phenomenology
  • Critiques of Phenomenology

DISSERTATION TOPIC

To counter the view that the phenomenological subject is a masterful subject who constitutes the world and others in it–and that everything which exists, including the world, objects, and other people, depend upon the ego’s activity–my dissertation presents Edith Stein’s account of a developmental, reflexive, emergent, and other-oriented phenomenological subjectivity. To develop this account, I argue that Stein’s accounts of formation and self-formation show that we develop into persons in correspondence to what we experience and our innate predispositions. According to Stein, the material world, other people, events, and values all play a part in shaping who we are and who we become, but so, too, does our “soul” with its “personality core,” which functions as a sort of “blueprint” for our personal possibilities. Accordingly, we aren’t entirely determined in advance, nor from without, which means that we are free to participate in our own development by directing our personal becoming. However, we also do not have full freedom over who we become, as we cannot control our facticity (ie. our material body, the soul we are born with, and what we experience). From this, I argue that the Steinian subject is neither self-contained nor self-constituting, but is always open, vulnerable, and unfinished. Its development is an ongoing process of realizing one’s possibilities in light of one’s facticity and in correspondence to who and what one encounters in the world, as well as the place and time one finds oneself in. This developmental view of phenomenological subjectivity shows that the subject is not masterful, but is responsively shaped from within and from without.

EDUCATION 

Emory University, Philosophy, Ph.D., 2022 (Expected – in coursework)

Western University, Theory and Criticism, M.A., 2017.

Thesis: In-Between What Once Was and What is Yet to Come: On the Phenomena of Bereavement and Grieving. Committee: Helen Fielding, Antonio Calcagno

Western University, Philosophy and Women’s Studies, B.A., 2014

SELECTED SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES 

  • DAAD Short-Term Research Grant 2021-2022, declined
  • DAAD Short-Term Research Grant 2020-2021, cancelled due to COVID-19
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2017 – 2020
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship, 2017 – 2020, declined
  • Laney Graduate School Fellowship,  2017 – 2022
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship,  2015 – 2016
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship, 2014 – 2015
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2014 – 2015, declined
  • Highly Commended Entrant in international award program, The Undergraduate Awards, 2014
  • Gold Medal, Women’s Studies and Feminist Research Dept.,  2014
  • Chair’s Annual Essay Prize, Philosophy Dept., 2014
  • The Shrimati Lajjawati Pathak Scholarship in Women’s Studies,   2013

PUBLICATIONS 

Books

Breached Horizons: The Philosophy of Jean-Luc Marion. Co-edited with Antonio Calcagno, Kathryn Lawson, and Steve G. Lofts (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Edith Stein’s Contribution to Critical Phenomenology: On Self-Formation and Value-Modification,” forthcoming in Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology

“Anticipatory Grief and Perceptions of the Future.” Chiasma: A Site for Thought (Volume 3, Article 5, 2016).

Book Review

Review of Kate Kirkpatrick’s “Sartre on Sin: Between Being and Nothingness,” Reading Religion, November 6, 2018, http://readingreligion.org/books/sartre-sin

PRESENTATIONS 

Conference Presentations

“Thematizing Oppression and Resistance: Beauvoir and Lugones’
Social Ontology,”
philoSOPHIA, Nashville, USA, May 14-17,
2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

“Gut Feelings,” Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Città di Castello, Italy, July 5th, 2019

“Freedom, Contingency, and the Death of the World: A Question of Ethical Openings in Being and Time,” The 2017 CAREP Conference on Heidegger: Dwelling, Thinking, and the Ethical Life, London, Canada, October 27-29, 2017.

“Living in-between: the world-shifting experience of loss,” The Canadian Hermeneutic Institute, Ramada Hotel, Toronto, Canada, June 16, 2016.

“Levels and Horizons: A Brief Exploration of the Possibility for a Phenomenology of Place,” The 2014 Undergraduate Awards, Google EU Headquarters, Dublin, Ireland, November 21, 2014.

Wege nicht Werke: an Auseinandersetzung with the Sache and language of Heidegger’s thought,” The Later Heidegger on Language, Art, and Technology Conference, King’s University College at Western University, London, Ontario, April 10, 2014.

Lectures

“Judith Butler on Performativity: Phenomenology and Feminist Theory” in “Modern and Postmodern Philosophy” undergraduate Philosophy course at King’s University College at Western University, April 4th, 2017.

“Heidegger’s Being and Time” in “Modern and Postmodern Philosophy” undergraduate Philosophy course at King’s University College at Western University, March 9th, 2017.

“Substitution in Otherwise than Being” in “Levinas” graduate/undergraduate Philosophy course at King’s University College at Western University, November 2014.

Departmental  Talks

“Speech and the Expression of our Past,” Philosophy Forum at Emory, March 8th, 2019

“In between what once was and what is yet to come: On the Phenomena of Bereavement and Grieving,” Philosophy Forum at Emory, March 30, 2017.

Responses

“Overcoming the Dichotomy of Choice and Motivation: The Will,” a response to “On Resolving the Priority Problem” by Thomas E. Randall, November 2015.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor

Philosophy 115 “Introduction to Ethics”, Emory University, Spring 2020

Co-Teacher (taught and graded 50% of course)

Philosophy 123 “Introduction to Feminist Philosophy” (with Professor Noëlle McAfee), Emory University, Spring 2019

Teaching Assistant

PHIL 134: “Philosophy of Human Nature” (for Prof. Cynthia Willett), Emory University, Fall 2018.

WS 2283: “Desiring Women” (for Dr. Andrea Allen), Western University, Winter 2016.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • President, Friday Philosophy Forum, Emory University (2018 – 2019)
  • Deputy Editor, Chiasma: A Site for Thought, Western University (2016 – 2017).
  • Research Assistant to Professor Bipasha Baruah on project “Social Innovation and Gender Equality,” Western University (May 2017 – July 2017).
  • Research Assistant to Professor Helen Fielding for book “Feminist Phenomenology Futures” (Indiana University Press, 2017), Western University (July 2016 – September 2016, March – July 2017).