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Farhang Erfani

Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy and Religion

  • I joined the AU community in 2005. My teaching and research are focused on democratic theory, globalization, exile, existentialism and aesthetics, particularly philosophy of film.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Villanova University
    BA, University of the Pacific
  • Languages Spoken:

    Persian and French

  • CAS - Philosophy and Religion
  • Battelle Tompkins - 123
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Partnerships & Affiliations


  • Fall 2015

    • PHIL-485 Selected Topics in Philosophy: Existentialism
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  • Spring 2016

    • HNRS-300 Honors Collqm in Arts & Hum: Marginal Political Identities
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • The Aesthetics of Autonomy: Ricoeur and Sartre on Emancipation, Authenticity and Selfhood (Lexington Books: Under contract).
  • “Ricoeur and the Pre-Political” (Co-authored with John Whitmire), Continental Philosophy Review, Vol. 41 (4), 2008.
  • “Fixing Marx with Machiavelli: Claude Lefort’s Democratic Turn”, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Vol. 39 (2), May 2008, pp. 200-214. 
  • “Something New Under the Sun: Levinas and the Ethics of Social Imagination”, PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Vol. 1 (Spring/Summer) 2007, pp. 46-66.
  • “Committed Perception: Merleau-Ponty, Carroll and Iranian Cinema,” Philosophy Today, Accepted (September 6, 2006).
  • “Sartre and Kierkegaard on The Aesthetics of Boredom,” Idealistic Studies, Volume 34(3), Fall 2004, pp. 303-317.
  • “Being-There and Being-From-Elsewhere: An Existential Analytic of Exile,” Reconstruction, Vol. 2 (3), Summer 2002, pp. 1-24.
  • “Exile and the Philosophical Challenge to Citizenship,” (Co-authored with John Whitmire) in Creativity in Exile, ed.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Research Associate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa