Gerard Kuperus

Gerard Kuperus

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6969 Kalmanovitz Hall 131


Gerard Kuperus teaches in the philosophy department and the environmental studies program. He specializes in philosophy of nature / environmental philosophy, comparative philosophy (specifically zen and indigenous thinking), and continental philosophy.

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). Additionally, he has published articles about different areas of the history of philosophy (modern philosophy, Kant, German romanticism, existentialism, and Plato), Zen Buddhism, Native American thought, aesthetics, and animal philosophy. He is currently completing another monograph on ecopolitics.

MA, University of Amsterdam
PhD, DePaul University
Kant and Nineteenth Century Philosophy
Environmental Philosophy and Philosophy of Nature
Continental Philosophy
Comparative Philosophy
Zen Buddhism
Selected Publications

Philosophy in the American West: A Geography of Thought, edited with Josh Hayes and Brian Treanor, Routledge, 2020. 

“Listening to the Salmon: Latour’s Gaia, Aboriginal Thinking, and the Earth Community,” in: Environmental Philosophy, Volume 16.2, 2019.

“A Contextualized Self: Re-Placing Ourselves Through Dōgen and Spinoza,” Comparative and Continental Philosophy, Volume 11.3, 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., Oele, M. (Eds.). (2017). Ontologies of Nature: Continental Perspectives and Environmental Reorientations. 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. (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). The self as a becoming work of art in early romantic thought. Idealistic Studies, 46(1), 65-77.

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). 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.

Kuperus, G. (2007). Heidegger and animality. In C. Lotz & C. Painter (Eds.), Phenomenology and the Non-Human Animal. New York, NY: Kluwer/Springer.