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  • Dmitri Nikulin

    Professor of Philosophy; Director of Undergraduate Studies and Departmental Faculty Advisor for Philosophy


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    Dmitri Nikulin


    For me, philosophy stems from the experience of talking to others in an attempt to understand the other person, myself as the other, as well as the world. Even though such conversation can never be completed, it is still meaningful at any point, and can be always carried on. It is in such conversation that humans are recognized as people; to be is to be is to be in dialogue with the other, from which we draw our meaning and well-being.

    Degrees Held

    PhD 1990, Institute for Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

    Recent Publications


    Critique of Bored Reason: On the Confinement of the Modern Condition. Columbia University Press, 2022.

    Facets of Modernity: Reflections on Fractured Subjectivity. Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.

    Neoplatonism in Late Antiquity. Oxford University Press, 2019. 

    Productive Imagination: Its History, Meaning and Significance, (co-editor, with Saulius Geniusas). Rowman & Littlefied International, 2018.

    The Concept of History, Bloomsbury, 2017.

    "Philosophy and Political Power in Antiquity (co-editor, with Cinzia Arruzza). Brill, 2016.

    Memory: A History, ed. Oxford University Press, 2015.

    Comedy, Seriously: A Philosophical Study. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

    The Other Plato. SUNY Press, 2012.

    Dialectic and Dialogue. Stanford, 2010.

    On Dialogue. Lexington, 2006.

    Matter, Imagination and Geometry: Ontology, Natural Philosophy and Mathematics in Plotinus, Proclus and Descartes. Ashgate, 2002.

    Metaphysik und Ethik. Theoretische und praktische Philosophie in Antike und Neuzeit. C.H. Beck, 1996.    


    Journal Articles 

    “What is Productive Imagination?” In: Productive Imagination: Its History, Meaning and Significance. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018, pp. 1-28.


    “The Eternal Return of the Other: Benjamin on the Social and Political Effects of Boredom in Modernity.” Social Imaginaries 4 (2018), pp. 135-157.


    “Democracy and the Politics of Comedy.” Constellations 26 (2019), pp. 569-580.


    “Histories Beyond History.” Existenz 14 (2019), pp. 43-68.


     “Laziness and the Cunning of Reason: Kant on Boredom.” Stasis 8, (2019), p. 122-136.


    “Responsibility and Hope.” Bollettino della Società Filosofica Italiana 232, (2021), pp. 27-43.


    “The Laughing Philosopher: The Affectionate Laughter of Agnes Heller.” Philosophy of Humor Yearbook 2 (2021), 2021, p. 149-162. 

    Research Interests

    Philosophy and history of science of antiquity and early modernity, philosophy of dialogue, philosophy of history.

    Current Courses

    Collaborative Senior Project
    LPHI 4995, Spring 2024

    Ind Senior Project
    LPHI 4990, Spring 2024

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Spring 2024

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Spring 2024

    GPHI 6305, Spring 2024

    Future Courses

    Ind Senior Project
    LPHI 4990, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2024, Summer 2024

    Plato & His Modern Readers
    GPHI 6161, Fall 2024

    Plato & His Modern Readers
    LPHI 3066, Fall 2024

    Prospectus Seminar
    GPHI 6548, Fall 2024

    Past Courses

    Ancient Greek Political Theory
    GPOL 5031, Fall 2023

    Ancient Greek Political Theory
    GPHI 5031, Fall 2023

    Ancient Political Thought
    LPHI 3063, Fall 2023

    Ind Senior Project
    LPHI 4990, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    LPHI 3950, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    GPHI 6990, Fall 2023, Summer 2023

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