J. Aaron Simmons

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J. Aaron Simmons is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Furman University in Greenville, SC. Previously he held faculty positions at Hendrix College, Vanderbilt University, and The University of the South (Sewanee).

Simmons specializes in Philosophy of Religion and 19th/20th Century European Philosophy (especially Phenomenology and Existentialism). Simmons is the author or editor of numerous books: The New Phenomenology: A Philosophical Introduction (Bloomsbury, 2013) (co-authored with Bruce Ellis Benson); Reexamining Deconstruction and Determinate Religion (Duquesne UP, 2012) (co-edited with Stephen Minister); God and the Other: Ethics and Politics After the Theological Turn (Indiana UP, 2011); Kierkegaard and Levinas: Ethics, Politics, and Religion (Indiana UP, 2008) (co-edited with David Wood). Additionally, Simmons has edited a special issue of Philosophia on “The Virtue of Justice” (co-edited with John Sanders), and he is currently editing an issue of the Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory on “Mashup Philosophy of Religion.

At present, Simmons is working on a book dealing with deconstructionism and epistemology as well as edited book projects addressing contemporary phenomenology and Christian philosophy.

Simmons is the President of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy, the Soren Kierkegaard Society’s Representative to the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the Midwest Regional Board for the Society of Christian Philosophers.