Jordan Daniels

Jordan Daniels

Jordan Daniels

Adjunct Faculty

Jordan is interested in questions about what what appears to us as "natural" and what appears to be the product of human activity and influence. Denaturalizing what are in fact the effects of changeable human practices has long been a tool in many critical philosophies, used by thinkers to challenge the "naturalness" of a given economic and political system, of sexual and racial hierarchies, and of the relationship among these things. Alongside this useful critical operation, is there something valuable in still regarding ourselves as "natural"? Recently, Jordan has been writing about natural beauty, both regarding its role in the history of philosophy and in relation to our historical present. If climate change increasingly blurs the line between the "purely natural" and the human world, and moreover the designation of "pure nature" is itself a historical artifact, what kinds of aesthetic experiences of nature are available to us today?

Selected Publications

“Adorno, Benjamin, and Natural Beauty ‘On This Sad Earth.’” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 34/2 (2020): 159-178.

“Faith and Freedom: Kant at the Boundary of Reason,” in Gerichtshofs der Vernunft Akten des XIII. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses 2019. Eds. Camilla Serck-Hanssen et al. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2020 [Forthcoming].

“Dolphins in Venice: On Nature, Revenge, and Beauty,” in Philosophy World Democracy 1/1 (2020) [Forthcoming].

“Freedom in History: Contingency and Historical Inevitability,” in The Routledge Companion to History and Theory, March 2021.

Review. Amy Allen’s End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory, Journal of World Philosophies 3/2 (2018): 110-113.

Courses Taught

PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy


Emory University, Atlanta, expected Ph.D. October 2020

The New School for Social Research, M.A, 2012

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, B.A., 2009