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Gerard Kuperus


Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 131


Gerard Kuperus specializes in philosophy of nature, comparative philosophy (specifically zen and indigenous thinking), continental philosophy, and aesthetics. He is the author of Ecopolitical Homelessness: Defining place in an unsettled world (Routledge, 2016) and has published two collections: Ontologies of Nature (Springer, 2017; co-edited with Marjolein Oele) and Thinking in the American West (Routledge, 2020, co-edited with Josh Hayes and Brian Treanor). His overall research focuses on place, art and literature, and notions of the self. Another monograph on ecopolitics is completed and is soon coming out with SUNY Press.


  • Philosophy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Art and Literature

Research Areas

  • Environmental Philosophy and Philosophy of Nature
  • History of Philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Comparative Philosophy
  • Aesthetics


  • Co-Chair Laudato Si' Action Platform (2022-present)
  • Faculty Director of Sustainability (2018-2020)


  • DePaul University, PhD in Philosophy, 2005
  • University of Amsterdam, MA in Philosophy, 1999

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Saint Xavier University, Chicago
  • Term professor, DePaul University, Chicago

Awards & Distinctions

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Chair, 2018-2019

  • Mellon Faculty Award, 2018 and 2019

  • Davies Professor, 2015

Selected Publications

  • “Bioregionalism: Rethinking Place Beyond Human Borders,” in: Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures, London: Palgrave, 2022.
  • “Green Thinking, Green Acting: Re-determining the Self as Ecological.” in: Tapalina Bhattasali, Usha Rao, and Xavier Savarimuthu (Ed.): Go Green for Environmental Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of The Theory and Applications, CRC Press 2021.
  • Philosophy in the American West: A Geography of Thought, edited with Josh Hayes and Brian Treanor, Routledge, 2020.
  • “Existentialism and the Problem of Being,” in Existential Concerns and Cognitive Behavioral Procedures: An Integrative Approach to Mental Health, edited by Ross Menzies, Rachel Menzies, and Genevieve Dingle, Springer 2020.
  • “A Contextualized Self: Re-Placing Ourselves Through Dōgen and Spinoza,” Comparative and Continental Philosophy, Volume 11.3, 2019.
  • “Listening to the Salmon: Latour’s Gaia, Aboriginal Thinking, and the Earth Community,” in: Environmental Philosophy, Volume 16.2, 2019.
  • “Beyond the Dread of Death: Existentialism and the Meaninglessness of Life,” in: Curing the Dread of Death: Theory, Research and Practice, Australian Academic Press, 2018.
  • “Continuum and temporality, Commentary on Peña-Guzmán on Animal Suicide” Animal Sentience, Volume XXX, 2018.
  • “The Newest System Program of Continental Philosophy” (with Tim Freeman, Josh Hayes, Chris Lauer, Marjolein Oele, Elizabeth Sikes, Brian Treanor, and Jason Wirth), Journal of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition, Volume 1, 1, 1-4, 2018.
  • Kuperus, G. (2017). An ecology of the future: Nietzsche and ecological restoration. In G. Kuperus & M. Oele (Eds.), Ontologies of Nature: Continental Perspectives and Environmental Reorientations (pp. 201-218). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Kuperus, G. (2017). [Introduction]. In G. Kuperus & M. Oele (Eds.), Ontologies of Nature: Continental Perspectives and Environmental Reorientations. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Kuperus, G., Oele, M. (Eds.). (2017). Ontologies of Nature: Continental Perspectives and Environmental Reorientations. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Ontologies of Nature, edited with Marjolein Oele, Springer, 2017
  • Kuperus, G. (2017). The self as a becoming work of art in early romantic thought. Idealistic Studies, 46(1), 65-77.
  • Ecopolitical Homelessness, Defining ‘Place’ in an Unsettled World, Routledge, 2016
  • Kuperus, G. (2016). Ecopolitical homelessness: Defining place in an unsettled world. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Kuperus, G. (2015). Heterogeneity and injustice: A sketch for a Lyotardian approach to animal ethics. Trans-Humanities, 8(3), 149-168.
  • Kuperus, G. (2011). [Review]. Anthropocentrism and the continental tradition: Calarco’s Zoographies. Society and Animals, 19(3), 326-327.
  • Kuperus, G. (2010). The development of the role of the spectator in Kant’s thinking: The evolution of the Copernican revolution. Idealistic Studies, 40(1-2), 65-82.
  • Kuperus, G., Bartlett, A., Oele, M. (2009). Aesthetic sensibility and political praxis: Foucault, Lyotard and the Darfur crisis. Radical Philosophy Review, 12(1-2).
  • Kuperus, G. (2007). Heidegger and animality. In C. Lotz & C. Painter (Eds.), Phenomenology and the Non-Human Animal. New York, NY: Kluwer/Springer.
  • Kuperus, G. (2007). Traveling with Socrates: Ways and non-ways in the Phaedo and Protagoras. In G. Scott (Ed.), Philosophy in Dialogue: New Essays in Platonic Method. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.