Richard J. White
Richard J. White

Richard J. White

Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Philosophy

Position

  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy
  • Current French Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Multiculturalism
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Philosophy of Love and Sex
  • Ultimate Questions/ Philosophy and Spirituality
  • World Philosophy

Biography

As a native of the United Kingdom, I studied Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick.  After I graduated I came to the United States where I completed my Ph. D in Philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook.  At Creighton I teach a variety of different courses, including:  Philosophy and Literature, Philosophy of Love and Sex, Multiculturalism, World Philosophy, 19th and 20th Century Philosophy, and most recently, Philosophy and Spirituality, which is now the focus of my concern. For several years I have been the Director of the Masters in Liberal Studies program.  My books include: Nietzsche and the Problem of Sovereignty (University of Illinois), Love's Philosophy (Rowman and Littlefield); Radical Virtues: Moral Wisdom and the Ethics of Contemporary Life (Rowman and Littlefield); The Heart of Wisdom: A Philosophy of Spiritual Life (Rowman and Littlefield).  My next book,The Spiritual Guide: Four Steps on the Path of Enlightenment, is to be published by Cascade Books. I have edited an anthology on the work of Friederich Nietzsche: Nietzsche: Critical and Historical Perspectives (Ashgate), and I have also published many essays on the history of philosophy.  I believe that philosophy asks all the big questions; it is a spiritual practice; and it can help us to live a better life.

Education

  • BA in Philosophy and Literature, University of Warwick (UK)
  • PhD in Philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • The Spiritual Guide: Four Steps on the Path of Enlightenment, Cascade Books, 2016
  • The Heart of Wisdom: A Philosophy of Spiritual Life, Rowman and Littlefield, 2013
  • Radical Virtues: Moral Wisdom and the Ethics of Contemporary Life, Rowman and Littlefield, 2008
  • Nietzsche: Critical Essays in the History of Philosophy, Ashgate, 2002
  • Love's Philosophy, Rowman and Littlefield, 2001
  • Nietzsche and the Problem of Sovereignty, University of Illinois, 1997

Articles

  • Walter Benjamin: the Storyteller and the Possibility of Wisdom, Journal of Aesthetic Education, forthcoming, 2016
  • Nietzsche on Generosity and the Gift-Giving Virtue, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, November 2015, 2015
  • “Dialectics of Mourning” [death in Freud, Barthes and Derrida] in Angelaki:, Angelaki, 20:4, 2015
  • Foucault on the Care of the Self as an Ethical Project and a Spiritual Goal, Human Studies, 37, 489-504, 2014
  • Teaching World Philosophy, APA Newsletter Teaching Philosophy, 11, 5-9, 2012
  • Levinas, The philosophy of suffering and the ethics of compassion., Heythrop Journal, 53, 111-123, 2012
  • “Schopenhauer and Indian Philosophy: on the Limits of Comparative Thought”, International Philosophical Quarterly, March 2010, 57-76, 2010
  • Bataille on Lascaux and the origins of art, JanusHead: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 11, 319-331, 2009
  • George Orwell: Socialism and Utopia, Utopian Studies, 19, 73-95, 2008
  • Rousseau and the education of compassion, Journal of Philosophy of Education, 42, 35-48, 2008
  • Lyotard and posthuman possibilities, Philosophy Today, 50, 183-181, 2006
  • Herder: On the ethics of nationalism, Humanitas, 18, 166-181, 2005
  • A Return to Virtues, Creighton University Magazine, Summer 2011

Editing and Reviews

  • The Right to be Loved, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 2015
  • Cultivating Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology and Psychology, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 2015
  • The Cambridge companion to virtue ethics, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 51, 648-649, 2013
  • A philosophical history of love, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 50, 888-888, 2013
  • Forgiveness and love [Review], Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 50, 1848-1848, 2013
  • Migrating texts & traditions [REVIEW], Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 50, 2244-2244, 2013
  • The Smile of tragedy: Nietzche and the art of Virtue, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 50, 679-679, 2012
  • Empathy: philosophical and psychological perspectives, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 49, 2070-2070, 2012
  • Love: a history, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 49, 1074-1074, 2012
  • Moralism: a study of a vice, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 50, 97-97, 2012
  • Understanding Nietzscheanism, NotreDame Philosophical Reviews, 2012
  • The Intersubjectivity of Time: Levinas and Infinite Responsibility, Heythrop Journal

Presentations

  • Schopenhauer's Philosophy of Music, presented at the European Studies conference, 2016
  • Rilke's Philosophy of Love, 2015
  • On Compassion presented at the Ethical Culture Society of New Jersey, 2015
  • “Kandinsky on the Spiritual in Art” (extended version) presented at the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, 2014
  • “Kandinsky on the Spiritual in Art” presented at the European Studies conference, Omaha,, 2014
  • “On Compassion” presentation with Carey Harrison, OM Center, Omaha, 2014
  • “Walter Benjamin: The Storyteller and the Decline of Wisdom” presented at the European Studies conference, Omaha, 2013
  • “Rumi: Mystic, Poet and Philosopher” presented at the Rumi Anniversary Celebration, OM Center, Omaha, 2013
  • “Foucault on the Care of the Self” presented at Creighton University, 2013
  • “Foucault on the Care of the Self: an Ancient Ideal for Modern Times?” presented at the European Studies conference, Omaha, 2012
  • “Nietzsche and the Death of God Theology (50 Years 0n)” presented at Doane College, Lincoln, NE, 2012
  • “Dialectics of Mourning,” presented at the European Studies conference, 2011
  • “Forgiveness as Spiritual Possibility: in Derrida and Modern European Thought,” presented at the European Studies conference, Omaha, 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • .Philosophical perspectives on love, spirituality, wisdom, literature, and art.

Current Research Projects

  • Philosophy and Spiritual Life; The Meaning of Love