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. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at St. Olaf College and a visiting assistant professor at the Ohio State University. His research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century continental philosophy. In particular, he works on figures who are roughly in the existentialist tradition (esp. Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre) as well as those to whom these figures respond (esp. Hegel and Husserl). He is presently writing a series of articles that bring Kierkegaard’s and Nietzsche’s writings into dialog with recent developments in aesthetics and the literature on emotions. He also has interests in mediaeval philosophy and contemporary issues in philosophy of religion.
Forthcoming. “The Relationship between Aesthetic Value and Cognitive Value.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.
Forthcoming. “On the Cognitive Value of Literature: The Case of Nietzsche’s Genealogy.” The Journal of Nietzsche Studies.
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. “On the Validity of Pascal’s Wager.” The Heythrop Journal. Online first doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2011.00717.x
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