Antony Aumann

Aumann Profile PictureAntony Aumann

Associate Professor
239 Gries Hall

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and by appointment
(906) 227-1682 Page
Curriculum Vitae


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 he coordinates the Religious Studies Minor. His research focuses primarily on the writings of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. He also works on contemporary issues concerning the philosophy of art and the emotions.


Under contract. Art and Selfhood: A Kierkegaardian Account of Personal Identity. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield / Lexington Books.
Forthcoming. “Form and Content in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry.” In Emily Dickinson and Philosophy, edited by Elisabeth Camp. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. (PDF)
2016. "A Moral Problem for Difficult Art." The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (4): 383–396. doi: 10.1111/jaac.12324 (PDF)
2014. “Emotion, Cognition, and the Value of Literature: The Case of Nietzsche’s Genealogy.” The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 45 (2): 182-195. doi:10.1353/nie.2014.0021 (PDF)
2014. “The Relationship between Aesthetic Value and Cognitive Value.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 72 (2): 117-127. doi: 10.1111/jaac.12073
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. Boston, MA: De Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/kier.2013.2013.1.197
2013. “Kierkegaard, Paraphrase, and the Unity of Form and Content.” Philosophy Today 57 (4): 376–87. doi: 10.5840/philtoday201357432; (PDF)​
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 (PDF)
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. (PDF)
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​