Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., Indiana University
B.A., Calvin College
Background and Interests
Professor Aumann joined the faculty at Northern in the fall of 2010. Previously, he taught at the Ohio State University and held a post-doctoral fellowship at St. Olaf College. He regularly teaches courses on aesthetics, religion, and existentialism, and helps to oversee the Religious Studies Minor. His research primarily focuses on the writings of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. However, he also works on contemporary issues concerning the philosophy of literature and the emotions.
Forthcoming. “The Relationship between Aesthetic Value and Cognitive Value.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.
Forthcoming. “Emotion, Cognition, and the Value of Literature: The Case of Nietzsche’s Genealogy.” The Journal of Nietzsche Studies.
2014. “On the Validity of Pascal’s Wager.” The Heythrop Journal 55 (1): 86-93. First published online November 2011. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2011.00717.x
2013. “Self-Love and Neighbor-Love in Kierkegaard’s Ethics.” In Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, edited by Heiko Schulz, Jon Stewart, and Karl Verstrynge, 197–216. doi: 10.1515/kier.2013.2013.1.197.
2011. “The ‘Death of the Author’ in Hegel and Kierkegaard: On Berthold’s The Ethics of Authorship.” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 32 (2): 435–47. doi: 10.5840/gfpj201132211
2010. “Kierkegaard on Indirect Communication, the Crowd, and a Monstrous Illusion.” In International Kierkegaard Commentary: Point of View, edited by Robert L. Perkins, 295–324. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.
2009. “Kierkegaard’s Case for the Irrelevance of Philosophy.” Continental Philosophy Review 42 (2): 221–48. doi: 10.1007/s11007-009-9104-2
2006. “Sartre’s View of Kierkegaard as Transhistorical Man.” Journal of Philosophical Research 31: 361–72. doi: 10.5840/jpr_2006_12