Ph.D. in Philosophy, DePaul University
Bob Vallier received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2001 from DePaul University, where he also served as the Assistant Director of the Honors Program from 2004-2010. He teaches at DePaul University, and his area of specialization is Continental Philosophy with a focus on the post-war French thought. He also teaches courses in philosophy of art, and on issues of socio-political philosophy.
Bob is scheduled to teach a summer course at CTU titled Existentialism. This course will examine several key themes in existentialism, as developed by the principal exponents of the movement, including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Heidegger, Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus, and others. Among the themes addressed: existence, the individual, the death of God, meaninglessness, bad faith, the role of others, nothingness, freedom, authenticity, engagement, valuation, situated embodiment. Attention will be given to the similarities and differences of theistic and atheistic existentialism, and to the the ethical dimension of existentialism.