"Let Us Make God: Onto-Theology and the Political"
4:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Please join us in welcoming Timothy J. Golden to Villanova for the fall 2014 Ethics Lecture. Dr. Golden is associate professor of Philosophy and director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Memphis, and a J.D. from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review. In philosophy, his areas of specialization are nineteenth and twentieth century continental philosophy, philosophy of religion/philosophical theology, and African-American philosophy/critical race theory. He is the author of And the Word Was Made Flesh: Frederick Douglass and the Philosophy of Religion (Lexington Books, Under Contract) and Subjectivity, Transcendence, and the Problem of Onto-Theology(Palgrave Macmillan, Under Contract). He is the editor of both Racism and Resistance: Essays on Derrick Bell (SUNY Press, Under Contract) and Solidarity, Striving, and Struggle: The Moral, Political, and Religious Thought of Frederick Douglass (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Under Contract). He has also authored a book chapter entitled “Two Forms of Transcendence: Justice and the Problem of Knowledge” in Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics (Lexington Books, 2012). His journal essays include “Epistemic Addiction: Reading 'Sonny’s Blues' with Levinas, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche” in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy (2012) and “From Epistemology to Ethics: Theoretical and Practical Reason in Kant and Douglass” in the Journal of Religious Ethics (2012).
He has practiced law in Philadelphia, both as a public defender and also as a sole practitioner, concentrating primarily on criminal defense (both trial and appellate) and civil litigation. He has litigated several cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He currently practices law as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where he represents indigent criminal defendants who appeal their convictions and sentences. His legal academic interests include individual rights (constitutional criminal procedure, the right of privacy, and religious liberty) and federalism.
A recording of his lecture can be found here.