Antony Aumann

Professor of Philosophy

239 Gries Hall
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and by appt.
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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., Indiana University
B.A., Calvin College

Background and Interests:

Professor Aumann joined the faculty at Northern in the fall of 2010. He has also held positions at the Ohio State University, St. Olaf College, and Fordham University. He regularly teaches courses on aesthetics, religion, and existentialism, and he coordinates the Religious Studies Minor. His research focuses primarily on the writings of Kierkegaard as well as issues in contemporary philosophy of art. Professor Aumann received NMU's 2017-18 Excellence in Teaching Award, and he co-edits the book series New Kierkegaard Research.


2019. Art and Selfhood: A Kierkegaardian Account. Landham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield / Lexington Books. (Paperback version now available for purchase.)

Articles and Book Chapters:

Forthcoming. "Four Reasons for Rebellion: On the Existentialist Revolt against the Crowd.” In The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Existentialism, edited by Kevin Ago, Megan Altman, and Hans Pedersen. New York, NY: Routledge. (PDF)

Forthcoming. "In Defense of Art Museum Audio Guides." Journal of Aesthetic Education. (PDF)

2022. "Risk, Loss, and Finding Happiness after Despair: Lessons from Kierkegaard." Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter 72:3-9. (PDF)

2022. "Art and Transformation." Journal of the American Philosophical Association. doi: 10/1017/apa.2021.40

2021.“Form and Content in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry.” In Emily Dickinson and Philosophy, edited by Elisabeth Camp, 108-144. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. (PDF)

2020."Kierkegaard on the Transformative Power of Art." History of European Ideas. Special Issue on Imagination in Kierkegaard and Beyond. doi: 10.1080/01916599.2020.1799554 (PDF)

2020.“Forgiveness and the Multiple Functions of Anger" (with Zac Cogley). Journal of Philosophy of Emotion 1 (1): 44-71. doi: 10.33497/jpe.v1i1.7 (PDF)

2019."Kierkegaard on the Value of Art." In The Kierkegaardian Mind, edited by Adam Buben, Eleanor Helms, and Patrick Stokes. New York, NY: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429198571-15 (PDF)

2018."Kierkegaard and Asceticism." Existenz: An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts 13 (1): 39-43.

2016."A Moral Problem for Difficult Art." The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (4): 383–396. doi: 10.1111/jaac.12324 (PDF)

2014.“Emotion, Cognition, and the Value of Literature: The Case of Nietzsche’s Genealogy.” The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 45 (2): 182-195. doi:10.1353/nie.2014.0021 (PDF)

2014.“The Relationship between Aesthetic Value and Cognitive Value.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 72 (2): 117-127. doi: 10.1111/jaac.12073

2014.“On the Validity of Pascal’s Wager.” The Heythrop Journal 55 (1): 86-93. First published online November 2011. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2011.00717.x

2013.“Self-Love and Neighbor-Love in Kierkegaard’s Ethics.” In Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, edited by Heiko Schulz, Jon Stewart, and Karl Verstrynge, 197-216. Boston, MA: De Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/kier.2013.2013.1.197 (PDF)

2013.“Kierkegaard, Paraphrase, and the Unity of Form and Content.” Philosophy Today 57 (4): 376–87. doi: 10.5840/philtoday201357432; (PDF)​

2011. “The ‘Death of the Author’ in Hegel and Kierkegaard: On Berthold’s The Ethics of Authorship.” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 32 (2): 435-47. doi: PDF

2010.“Kierkegaard on Indirect Communication, the Crowd, and a Monstrous Illusion.” In International Kierkegaard Commentary: Point of View, edited by Robert L. Perkins, 295-324. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press. (PDF)

2009.“Kierkegaard’s Case for the Irrelevance of Philosophy.” Continental Philosophy Review 42 (2): 221–48. doi: 10.1007/s11007-009-9104-2​

2006.“Sartre’s View of Kierkegaard as Transhistorical Man.” Journal of Philosophical Research 31: 361–72. doi: 10.5840/jpr_2006_12​

Popular Philosophy:

2020."Kierkegaard's Silence on Slavery." Blog of the APA.

2020."Kierkegaard on Being Happy Again After You've Lost Everything." Blog of the APA.

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