Ph.D. Philosophy, Texas A&M University, 2018
M.A. English, Texas A&M University, 2015
B.A., Philosophy, Lehigh University, 2010
Email: alexhaitos [at] gmail [dot] com
AOS: American Philosophy, Metaphysics
AOC: History of Philosophy, Phenomenology and Existentialism
Teaching Competencies: Logic (Term, Sentence, and First-Order predicate Logic), Philosophy of Medicine/Medical Ethics
My research focuses on American philosophy and metaphysics, especially their intersection in William James’s radical empiricism and the organic, processual philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. The goal of my work is to develop this decisive turn in the history of metaphysics with respect to its implications for the existential and social dimensions of life. I contend that the deeply important and complicated metaphysics of Whitehead is best understood through James’s radical empiricism and Whitehead’s own ideas about aesthetics. Indeed, Whitehead’s metaphysics and aesthetics converge to produce rich nectar with an existential bite for myriad areas of human endeavor and inquiry, including education, scientific thought, and political practice. I conceive of this project as an integrative and rehabilitative endeavor whereby Whitehead’s philosophical contributions are brought into productive conversation with those of his American and European predecessors and contemporaries, as well as with the concerns and thinkers of our own times, including the Continental philosophical traditions and Science and Technology Studies. This vein of inquiry remains overlooked in most corners of academic philosophy, and so my aim in pursuing it is to expand the range and applicability of James’s and especially Whitehead’s insights within and beyond the discipline of philosophy.
I am able to teach a wide variety of courses, addressing major philosophical themes from various historical contexts, ancient to contemporary. My strength is in the European and American traditions. With my training in English, I can also teach philosophy in literature courses. My pedagogical dream is to teach the entire arc of the history of philosophy over many consecutive terms, covering splintering traditions as well as those with origins other than Greece—perhaps it’s idealistic, but I enjoy exploring and learning as I teach.
“Aesthetics of Existence: A Whiteheadian Existential Sensibility,” in Variations on Some Themes of Process Metaphysics, Alexander Haitos and Helmut Maaßen, eds., Cambridge Scholars (essay complete, publication expected 2019).
“The Cultivation of Aesthetic Intensity: A Whiteheadian Philosophy of Education,” in Rhythm, Process, and Poiesis: Education from a Whiteheadian Point of View, Vesselin Petrov, ed., Cambridge Scholars (forthcoming 2019).
“The Problem of Novelty and the Atomization of Time,” in A. N. Whitehead’s Thought through a New Prism, Aljoscha Berve and Helmut Maaßen, eds., Cambridge Scholars (2016), pp. 119-134.