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Charles R Bambach
Professor-Arts And Humanities
Office MailstopMail Box: JO31, Room No.: JO5416 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-2006    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.HistoryUniversity of Michigan1987
 B.A. State University of New York at Cortland1974
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Areas of Specialization
  • Hermeneutics, contemporary continental philosophy, 19th & 20th-century European intellectual history and philosophy
  • Philosophy and Poetry in Dialogue
  • History of Hermeneutics
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  • Ethics in Continental Philosophy
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Humanities
  • History of Philosophy: Greeks and Modern Period
  • Philosophy and the University in Europe
  • Contemporary French Philosophy and Literary Theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Poetry
  • Justice, Dike, and Gerechtigkeit: Translating the Metaphysics of Dwelling
  • The Hermeneutical Tradition from the Romantics to Heidegger
  • Philosophy and the German University, 1810-1945
  • Translation and Philosophy of Language: Benjamin, Nietzsche, Hölderlin
  • Nietzsche and the Early Greeks
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  YearPublication  Type
Heidegger's Rectorial Address in: Les Etudes philosophiques (Paris) ed. Jean-Francois Courtine & Christian Sommer, eds., vol. 86 (2010).
Category: Les Etudes philosophiques
Popular press articles
The Concept of the Archaic in Nineteenth-Century German Thought in: Paul Bishop, ed., The Archaic: The Past in the Present (London: Routledge, 2010).
Category: The Archaic: The Past in the Present
Popular press articles
The Temporality of Becoming in: History and Theory vol. 49 ( December 2010)
Category: History and Theory
Popular press articles
Historicism: Spengler, Neo-Kantianism, Heidegger in: Peter Eli Gordon, ed., Weimar Thought (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010).
Category: Weimar Thought
Popular press articles
Nietzsche's Legacy in: Robert Bernasconi & Jonathan Judd, eds., Situating Existentialism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010)
Category: Situating Existentialism
Popular press articles
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2009 2009 Nietzsche's Madman Parable: A Cynical Reading
North Texas Philosophical Association, Spring 2009.
2009 2009 The Ethos of Dwelling Poetically
26th Annual DASEIN Heidegger Conference, Spring 2009.
2007 2007 Anaximander's DIKE and Heidegger's Notion of ethos
25th Annual DASEIN Heidegger Conference, Spring 2007.
2007 2007 Poetic Justice: H√∂lderlin, Pindar, and the Measure of Ethics

North Texas Philosophical Association, Spring 2007.

2007 2007 Invited Participant, "Philosophy and Literature: Reading Across the Disciplines"
An Interdisciplinary Colloquium, Wesleyan University, Spring 2007
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
1989-PresentProfessor  University of Texas at Dallas
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  • A&H 3300: Reading and Writing Texts
  • PHIL 2306: Ethics: Theory and Practice
  • PHIL 2316: History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 2317: History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 3326: Philosophy and the Modern University
  • PHIL 4305: Ancient Greek Thought
  • PHIL 4380: Nietzsche
  • PHIL 4380: Time in Western Philosophy and Literature
  • PHIL 4381: Topics in Continental Philosophy


  • Humanities: History of Ideas 5300: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 6305: Philosophy and Poetry
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 6325: History of Hermeneutics
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 6325: The Postmodern Plato
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 6390: Theory and Practice in the History of Ideas
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 7355: Heidegger and Nietzsche in Dialogue
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 7340: Nietzsche and Postmodernity
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 6390: The Greeks and the Germans
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 7379: Aristotle and Hermeneutics
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 7368: Philosophy and the Political
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 7332: Germans, Greeks, and Hebrews
  • Humanities: History of Ideas 7379: Philosophy and Aesthetics
  • Lecturer, The University of Michigan, 1986 - 1988
  • Philosophy 374: Existentialism
  • Great Books 191: The Ancient World
  • Great Books 192: Medieval and Renaissance
  • Great Books 291: Modern European Thought and Culture

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship (CIES) University of Tübingen, Germany 2008
  • Earhart Foundation Faculty Research Grant, 2005-2006
  • Earhart Foundation Faculty Research Grant, 1998-1999
  • Earhart Foundation Faculty Research Grant, Summer-Fall 1991; Summer 1992
  • University of Texas at Dallas Faculty Research Grant, 1989
  • William Rainey Harper Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago, 1988-89 (not accepted)
  • DAAD Study Abroad Fellowships, 1979-80, 1980-81
  • University of Tübingen Exchange Fellowship, 1977-78
  • Earhart Foundation Study Abroad Fellowships, 1976, 1977
  • University of Michigan Teaching Fellowships, 1976-78, 1982

  • German (fluent), French, and one year of Ancient Greek

  • Reader/ Reviewer, State University of New York Press
  • Reviewer for NIETZSCHE STUDIES
  • Reader for American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
  • Contributor to Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
  • Reviewer for Boston Book Review, 1999-2003
  • Organized DASEIN, a monthly philosophical reading group in North Texas
  • Reader for MOSAIC: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1993-94
  • Member of Editorial Board for Negations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Thought
  • Named Member of Who's Who Among America's Teachers

  • Philosophy Search Committee, 2008-2009
  • Tenure Review Committee, Michael Farmer, 2008-2009
  • Committee on Teaching Excellence, 2006-2007
  • Ad Hoc Search Committee, 2006-2007
  • Promotion Review Committee, 2004-2005
  • Library Committee, 2003-2005
  • Chair Ad Hoc Tenure Review Committee, 2003
  • Core Curriculum Committee, 2000-2001
  • Peer Review Committee, 2000-2001
  • Library Committee, 1999-2000
  • SFDA Committee, 1999-2000
  • Arts and Humanities Teaching Committee, 1997-98
  • Ad Hoc Third Year Review Committee, 1997
  • Ad Hoc Tenure Review Committee, 1997
  • University Committee on Library and Information Technology, 1996-97
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Revising Governance Document of Academic Senate, 1996
  • Faculty Third-Year Review Committee, 1996
  • Planning and Budget Committee, 1996-1997
  • Faculty Search Committee, 1995-1996
  • Graduate Studies Committee, 1994-1997
  • Faculty Third-Year Review Committee, 1994
  • University Library Committee, Chair, 1993-94
  • Course and Curriculum Committee, 1992-93
  • Faculty Search Committee, 1991-92
  • Arts and Humanities Library Committee, 1988-91
  • Arts and Humanities Coordinating Committee, 1990-91
  • Faculty Search Committee, 1989
  • Curriculum Committee, Great Books Program, 1983-87
  • Co-Chair, University Colloquium on Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching, Summer 1987, “Teaching History as Literature"

  • North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics
  • Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • American Philosophical Association
  • North American Heidegger Circle
  • North Texas Philosophical Association (President, 1993-1995)
  • German Studies Association
  • International Nietzsche Society
  • International Association for Environmental Philosophy

Personal Statement

Dr. Charles Bambach teaches courses in the history of Western philosophy from antiquity to the modern period, especially Hegel through Levinas and a variety of courses tied to the history of hermeneutics, which focus on problems of language and translation. In his graduate seminars, Dr. Bambach explores the interrelationship between philosophy and poetry, Greeks and Germans, antiquity and modernity. He is especially interested in questions about aesthetics and ethics in the work of Heidegger, Nietzsche and Derrida.

Dr. Bambach has just completed a new book, Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice: Hölderlin-Heidegger-Celan to appear in the SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy. He has also published two books with Cornell University Press: Heidegger's Roots (2003) and Heidegger, Dilthey, and the Crisis of Historicism (1995). Recent publications include: "Nietzsche's Legacy" in: Robert Bernasconi & Jonathan Judd, eds., Situating Existentialism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012); "An Ethics of Haunting: Heidegger's Poetic Measure" in: Holger Zaborowski, ed., Heidegger (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2012), and "Nietzsche's Madman Parable: A Cynical Reading," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 84, no.2 Spring (2010): 441-456. Moreover, Professor Bambach has also published three recent essays on Heidegger: "Le Discours de Rectorat de Heidegger" in: Les Etudes philosophiques (Paris) ed. Jean-Francois Courtine & Christian Sommer, eds., vol. 93, no. 2 (2010), 163-186, "Heidegger und die Griechen" in Heidegger und der Nationalsozialismus (Freiburg: Karl Alber Verlag, 2009) and "Heidegger and National Socialism" in Heidegger: Key Concepts (London: Acumen Publishers, 2009), edited by Bret Davis.

Professor Charles Bambach is a former Fulbright Fellow (2008, Eberhard Karls Universität Tubingen, Germany) and is the co-chair of the North Texas Heidegger Symposium, which gathers recognized Heidegger scholars for a yearly conference in Dallas. His newest book project is entitled The German Heraclitus: Hölderlin-Hegel-Nietzsche-Heidegger-Gadamer.

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