Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is currently an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Elon University in North Carolina, U.S.A. In 2014, he finished a Ph.D in Philosophy at Duquesne University under the advisement of Dan Selcer and John Protevi. There he co-edited and contributed to a volume of philosophical essays entitled The Movement of Nothingness: Trust in the Emptiness of Time (Davies Group Publishers, 2012). After graduation, he acted as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, taking the place of Brian Schroeder and Silvia Benso. He currently teaches at Elon University, in a three-year postdoctoral position. His recent published work includes an essay on Kantian Aesthetics and Barnett Newman, which appeared in the journal Evental Aesthetics, and an essay on Spinoza and the relationship between metaphysics and ethics that will appear in the next issue of Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy. He is also working on an edited collection of essays entitled Contemporary Continental Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in December 2016. His first monograph, which examines Deleuze’s engagement with Lucretius and ancient atomism, is in the final stages of contract negotiations at Edinburgh UP, and will likely appear shortly after the above-mentioned edited collection. Additionally, he is teaching classes at Elon, including the “Philosophies of Rome” that which will culminate in a trip to Rome in January 2018 wherein he and his students will not only study Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Skepticism, but seek to live as Stoics in the very places at which these ancient schools were located. His next book will look at the relationship between Deleuze and Stoicism.

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