Professor Marjolein Oele

Marjolein Oele


Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 138


Marjolein Oele is a professor of philosophy and was trained as an MD at the Free University of Amsterdam. She has a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and received her PhD in philosophy in 2007 from Loyola University Chicago. Her primary research interests are in 20th century and contemporary European philosophy, in ancient philosophy (mainly Aristotle), and in environmental philosophy. She is the author of the monograph E-Co-Affectivity: Exploring Pathos at Life's Material Interfaces (SUNY: 2020), co-editor of the edited volume Ontologies of Nature (Springer, 2017), and the author of numerous articles and book chapters that intertwine topics and figures in continental philosophy and environmental philosophy with Aristotle’s philosophy. She is currently working on a new book manuscript, entitled "Elemental Loss."

Research Areas

  • Twentieth Century and Contemporary European Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy (mainly Aristotle)
  • Environmental Philosophy



  • PhD, Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Amsterdam
  • MD, Free University of Amsterdam

Awards & Distinctions

  • NEH Chair in the Humanities, USF, 2016-7; 2022-3
  • CRASE Research Summer Mini-Grant, USF, 2022
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, USF, 2021

Selected Publications

  • “Dasein and the Experience of Pregnancy: Contemplating Becoming-With, Attunement and Temporality with and beyond Heidegger,” in: Dasein and Gender, co-edited by Susanne Claxton and Patricia Glazebrook (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2023)
  • “Dialectics of Silence for a Time of Crisis: Rethinking the Visionary Insights of Michel Serres and Simone Weil,” in: Special Topics Issue “Fundamental Questions in a Time of World-Crises,” in: Research in Phenomenology 52 (2022), 183-202
  • “Philosophizing Extinction: On the Loss of World, and the Possibility of Rebirth through Languages of the Sea,” in: Contesting Extinctions: Critical Relationality, Regenerative Futures, edited by Wagner et al. (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2021).
  • “Prometheus’ Gift of Fire and Technics: Contemplating the Meaning of Fire, Affect, and Californian Pyrophytes in the Pyrocene.” In: Philosophy in the American West, eds. J. Hayes, G. Kuperus, and B. Treanor. London: Routledge. (2020)
  • E-Co-Affectivity: Exploring Pathos at Life’s Material Interfaces. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. (2020)