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Michael D. Barber

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Professor, Philosophy
Research Areas: Phenomenology, Ethics, and Social Philosophy
Office: Adorjan Hall 307
Email: barbermd@slu.edu
Phone: 314-977-3155

Curriculum Vitae

Michael D. Barber, S.J., is Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from Saint Louis University in 1971, a Master's degree from Saint Louis University in 1972, a Master's of Divinity degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1979, and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1985. He has published six books and more than 70 articles in the general area of phenomenology and the social world. His sixth book,The Intentional Spectrum and Intersubjectivity: Phenomenology and the Pittsburgh Neo-Hegelians, was published in 2011 by Ohio University Press. He is also editor of Schutzian Research, an annual interdisciplinary journal. He is the president of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists and a member of the executive council of the International Alfred Schutz Circle for Phenomenology and Interpretive Social Science. He has just completed a manuscript entitled “Religion and Humor as Emancipating Provinces of Meaning," currently under review by Springer.

Representative Publications

  • “Schutz and Gurwitsch on Agency,” The Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology, ed. Dan Zahavi (Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • “Liberation Ethics and Transcendental Phenomenology” Political Phenomenology: Essays in Memory of Petee Jung, eds. Lester Embree and Hwa Yol Jung, (AG Switzerland: Springer, 2016), 123-144.
  • “The Religious Finite Province of Meaning and Suffering,” Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 36 (2016): 100-114.
  • “Resistance to Pragmatic Tendencies in the World of Working in the Religious Finite Province of Meaning,” Human Studies 38, online DOI 10.1007/s10746- 015-9356-2, July 2015.
  • “Making Humor Together: Phenomenology and Interracial Humor,” Società Mutamento Politica, Vol. 6, 12 (2015), a special edition: Sociology and the Life- World, ed. Luigi Muzzetto, 43-66.
  • “Apperception, the Influence of Culture, and Interracial Humor,” Perspectives on Interculturality: The Construction of Meaning in Relationships of Difference, ed. Michal Jan Rozbicki, 27-38. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.