Professor Dwayne Tunstall earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of Yes, But Not Quite: Encountering Josiah Royce’s Ethico-Religious Insight (Fordham University Press, 2009). Even though he has written a monograph on Royce’s ethico-religious insight, he recognizes that Royce’s social and political philosophy is a culturally antiblack one. Despite Royce’s problematic social and political philosophy, though, he thinks that other aspects of Royce’s philosophy are worth promoting (e.g., Royce’s epistemology, moral philosophy, ontology, and philosophy of religion). He promotes these worthwhile aspects of Royce’s philosophy in his role as the Vice President of the Josiah Royce Society.
Professor Tunstall’s second book is currently under contract with Fordham University Press. This book – tentatively entitled, Doing Philosophy Personally: Thinking with Gabriel Marcel and Lewis Gordon about Metaphysics, Theism, and Antiblack Racism – explores how Gabriel Marcel’s religious existentialism, when coupled with Gordon’s Africana existentialism, can provide valuable resources for constructing a religious humanism that is opposed to anti-black racism.
He is also the author of more than ten articles, book chapters, and book reviews on a variety of topics, including aesthetics, Africana philosophy, pragmatism, religious ethics, and social and political philosophy. These publications have appeared in several academic journals, including Contemporary Pragmatism, C. L. R. James Journal, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Philosophy Today, The Pluralist, and Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society.
Professor Tunstall’s research explores how Africana philosophy, existential phenomenology, moral philosophy, religious ethics, and classical American philosophy can complement one another when thinking about issues of moral agency, personal identity, race, and the legacy of Western modernity. Professor Tunstall also has had research interests in poststructuralism (especially Michel Foucault), social ontology, and postcolonial theory.
His interest in poststructuralism and postcolonial theory led him to be a co-editor of a volume on Orientalist Writers for The Dictionary of Literary Biography with his colleague and friend, Dr. Coeli Fitzpatrick. Their selection of Orientalist writers to be featured in this volume has been influenced by Edward Said’s Orientalism. However, they admit that Said’s genealogy of Orientalism excludes entire traditions of Orientalist writings and scholarship (e.g., 19th century Nordic Orientalism and German Orientalism). Accordingly, they will include some entries on these excluded Orientalist traditions in their volume. Their Orientalist Writers volume is scheduled to be in print sometime early 2012.
He is proud to be the American Society for Aesthetics Visiting Scholar for the 2011 Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute.
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