Marjolein Oele

Full Professor

Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4369 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 (a research area she recently added). She is the author of the monograph E-Co-Affectivity (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. Her most recent publications include the articles "E-Co-Affectivity Beyond the Anthropocene: Rethinking the Role of Soil to Imagine a New 'Us'" (Environmental Philosophy 16 (2), Fall 2019) and "Mimesis and Clinical Pictures: Thinking with Plato and Broekman through the Production and Meaning of Images of Disease” (Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy 21(4) 2018, pp 507-515).

Dr. Oele is the chair of the Department of Philosophy and the director of faculty research (DFR) in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Department Chair, Philosophy
Director of Faculty Research (DFR), College of Arts and Sciences
PhD, Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago
MA, Philosophy, University of Amsterdam
MD, Free University of Amsterdam
Twentieth Century and Contemporary European Thought
Ancient Philosophy
Environmental Philosophy
Selected Publications

Oele, M. (2020) E-Co-Affectivity: Exploring Pathos at Life’s Material Interfaces. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Oele, M. (2019). "E-Co-Affectivity Beyond the Anthropocene: Rethinking the Role of Soil to Imagine a New 'Us,'" in: Environmental Philosophy 16 (2), (n.pag.), DOI 10.5840/envirophil201912482

Oele, M. (2019). “Priam’s Despair and Courage: An Aristotelian Reading of Fear, Hope and Suffering in Homer’s Iliad.” In: Logoi and Muthoi: Further Philosophical Essays in Greek Literature, ed. William Wians, Albany, NY: SUNY Press, pp. 297-317.

Oele, M. and Stefanello, L. (2019). Book Review of Deep Time, Dark Times: On Being Geologically Human by David Wood (Fordham University Press, 2018), in: Environmental Philosophy 16 (2), n. pag.

Oele, M. and Crawford, B. (2019). Book Review of Not Saved: Essays After Heidegger by Peter Sloterdijk (Polity Press, 2017), in: Comparative and Continental Philosophy 11 (1), pp. 61-67, DOI: 10.1080/17570638.2019.1596661

Oele, M. (2018). "Mimesis and Clinical Pictures: Thinking with Plato and Broekman through the Production and Meaning of Images of Disease," in: Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy 21(4), pp. 507-515,

Oele, M. et al. (2018). “The Newest System-Program of Pacific Philosophy,” in: Journal of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition 1, 2018,

Oele, M. (2018). "Aristotle on Physis: Analyzing the Inner Ambiguities and Transgression of Nature." In Companion to Ancient Philosophy, eds. E. Sanday & S. Kirkland. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, pp. 161-175.

Oele, M. (2017). "Philosophy and Friendship." In In Praise of Speaking, Reading, Writing, Teaching, Discussing: Festschrift for Adriaan Peperzak's 80 Birthday, ed. C. Hanley, Baltimore, MD: Apprentice House Press of Loyola University Maryland, 2017, pp. 45-58.

Oele, M. (2017). “Openness and Protection: A Philosophical Analysis of the Placenta’s Mediatory Role in Co-Constituting Emergent Intertwined Identities.” Configurations, 25(3), July 2017, pp. 347-371.

Oele, M. and Kuperus, G., eds. (2017). Ontologies of Nature: Continental Perspectives and Environmental Reorientations. Dordrecht: Springer.

Oele, M., DiGiammarino, P., Keiffer, M., LaVigne, M., Nicely, M. and Nosek, M. (2017). “Examining Assumptions about Student Engagement in the Classroom: A Faculty Learning Community’s Year-Long Journey.” In Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, 6(1), Article 14, 110-119.

Oele, M. (2013). "Review of Aristotle on the Nature of Truth by C.P. Long." In Classical Philology, 108(3), 163-168.

Oele, M. (2012). "Passive Dispositions: on the Relationship between Pathos and Hexis in Aristotle." Ancient Philosophy, 32(2), 1-18.

Oele, M. (2012). "Attraction and Repulsion: Understanding Aristotle's Poiein and Paschein." Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 33(1), 85-102.

Oele, M. (2012). "Heidegger's Reading of Aristotle's Concept of Pathos." Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, 16 (2), 389-406.

Oele, M. (2010). "Suffering, Pity and Friendship: an Aristotelian Reading of Book 24 of Homer's Iliad." Electronic Antiquity (special edition: The Passions of Achilles: Reflections on the Classical and Medieval Epic), 14(1), 51-65.

Oele, M., co-translator (German to English). (2010). "The Structure and Meter of Greek Comedy" by B. Zimmermann. In Brill's Companion to the Study of Greek Comedy, ed. G.W. Dobrov. Boston: Brill, 455-469.

Oele, M., Kuperus, G. and Bartlett, A. (2009). "Aesthetic Sensibility and Political Praxis: Foucault, Lyotard and the Darfur Crisis." Radical Philosophy Review, 12 (1-2),137-155.

Oele, M. (2007). "Being Beyond: Aristotle's and Plessner's Accounts of Animal Responsiveness." In Phenomenology and the Non-Human Animal: At the Limits of Experience, ed. C. Lotz & C. Painter. Dordrecht: Springer, 29-37.

Oele, M., ed. and co-translator (English to Dutch). (2007). "Aanspraak" and "Filosofie en Vriendschap" by A. Peperzak. In Aanspraak en Bezinning. Kampen: Klement.

Oele, M. (2005). "Diogenes of Sinope." In Meet the Philosophers of Ancient Greece: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Ancient Greek Philosophy But Didn't Know Who To Ask, ed. P. O'Grady. Aldershot: Ashgate, 139-142.

Awards & Distinctions

NEH Chair in the Humanities, USF, 2016-2017

Post-Sabbatical Merit Award for Exceptional Research Productivity, USF, 2015