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Erik Vogt
Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Philosophy
Phone: (860) 297-4095 Office Location: McCook 316
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Trinity College faculty member since 2002
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Univ.-Doz., Univ. of Vienna, Austria (2003)
Ph.D., Univ. of Vienna, Austria (1992)
M.A., Univ. of Vienna, Austria (1988)

Erik Vogt studied philosophy and German philology at the University of Vienna, Austria; he received his M.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Vienna, Austria. Before he came to Trinity in 2002, he had taught both at US and UK universities (such as Oxford University). He successfully completed his habilitation and received his venia legendi for "Allgemeine Philosophie" in 2003 from the Philosophy Department at the University of Vienna. In addition to directing doctoral and master's theses at the University of Vienna, he has also participated as external reader for doctoral committees in the US, as well as for graduate committees at other European institutions.

His main areas of publication are contemporary French, German, Italian aesthetics and political theory. He has authored and (co-)edited books interrogating the thought of Theodor W. Adorno, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Jacques Derrida, Frantz Fanon, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Mario Perniola, Jacques Rancière, Jean-Paul Sartre, Gianni Vattimo, and Slavoj Žižek. 

His critical and unwavering commitment to contemporary European theories is reflected in the topics and figures addressed in his courses, as well as in his insistence  - both in his publications and in his teaching - to confront the problematic and obscene underside of the European tradition(s) of philosophy manifest not only in Europe's genocidal past and present and its current racism(s) (he served as Vice-President of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Genocide and the Holocaust for 20 years), but also in the specter of socio-economic inequality continuing to haunt Europa. At the same time, he is challenging the deleterious effects of the "ethical", that is, either libertarian or identitarian banalisation of European political thought that has become de rigueur in much "Continental philosophy".