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Michael D. Barber, S.J.



Ph.D., Yale University, 1985
MDiv., Loyola University, 1979
B.A., Saint Louis University, 1971

Research Interests

Phenomenology, Ethics, and Social Philosophy

Publications and Media Placements

  • "Schutz and Gurwitsch on Agency," The Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology, ed. Dan Zahavi, 268-285 (Oxford University Press,  2018).  
  • “Finite Provinces of Meaning: The Expansive Context of Relevance,” Relevance  and Irrelevance, eds. Jan Strassheim and Hisashi Nasu, 51-68 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018) 
  • Edited, with Lester Embree, The Golden Age of Phenomenology at the New School for Social Research (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2017) . 
  • "Religion and the Appresentative Mindset,Open Theology 3: 397-407, De Gruyter On-Line, 10.1515/opth-2017-0031.
  • Religion and Humor as Emancipating Provinces of Meaning (Dordrecht: Springer, 2017).

Honors and Awards

He has authored seven books and more than 80 articles in the general area of phenomenology and the social world. His seventh book, Religion and Humor as Emancipating Provinces of Meaning, was published in 2017 by Springer Press. He is also editor of Schutzian Research, an annual interdisciplinary journal.

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • President of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists 
  • member of the executive council of the International Alfred Schutz Circle for Phenomenology and Interpretive Social Science