D. R. KOUKAL

I teach philosophy at the University of Detroit Mercy.  I earned my Master's and Ph.D. at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. I taught at several schools in Pittsburgh and central Florida before arriving in Detroit.
I regularly teach introductory philosophy, ethics, social and political philosophy, person and society, existentialism, media critique, phenomenology and architecture, and occasionally introductory logic. I have also taught thematic courses on friendship, the good life, appearance and reality, and have directed readings on Husserl, Heidegger, Nietzsche, continental philosophy, postmodernism, the phenomenology of place, and the topic of dwelling. My scholarly research has centered on the phenomenological method, and I have published articles on Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Sartre.   In addition, I am interested in the actual practice of phenomenology, and have undertaken several investigations of expression, the lived body, imagination, media, pedagogy, politics and various technologies.  I also maintain an abiding interest in social and political questions.
I am proud to have earned my Bachelor's degree at the smallest liberal arts and Great Books school in the nation, Shimer College, now located in Chicago. As a senior at Shimer, I studied and lived for a year in Oxford, England. My partner and I like to visit cities, and we have spent time in London, Dublin, Leuven, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Freiburg, Florence, Milan, Helsinki and Prague, among other places.
I take a pretty close look at the New York Times Online and Talking Points Memo every day, and I also occasionally look at Informed Comment. The satiric commentary of Jon Stewart, The Onion and A Tiny Revolution keep me sane in insane times.  When I have the chance, I read the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books recreationally.  Everyone should listen to National Public Radio, and This American Life is one of the most wondrous hours on radio anywhere in the world.

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