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Véronique M. Fóti 
Associate Professor of Philosophy 
The Pennsylvania State University
Office Address 204 Sparks, Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Phone 814-863-0568
Fax 814-865-0119


Research Interests | Education | Publications | Professional Affiliations |Painting Exhibitions

Research Interests 

 Contemporary Continental Philosophy

 History of philosophy: early modern, ancient



Ph.D. in philosophy, Boston College, 1979

MLS, Simmons College School of Library Science, 1974

BA in philosophy, summa cum laude, Oglethorpe University, 1962


Authored Books
Heidegger and the Poets: Poiesis, Sophia, Techne (Humanities Press, 1992)

Vision's Invisibles: Philosophical Explorations (SUNY Press, 2003)

Edited Books
Merleau-Ponty: Difference, Materiality, Painting (Humanities Press, 1996)

Contributions to Edited Books

  • "Merleau-Ponty on Silence and the Work of Philosophy," Horizons in Continental Philosophy, Hugh Silverman, ed. (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1988), 272-288.

  • "Inversion and the (Dis)place of the Other in the Poetics of Paul Celan," Ethics/Aesthetics:  Postmodern Positions, Robert Merrill, ed. (Washington, D.C.:  Maisonneuve Press, 1988), 95-118.

  • "Paul Celan's Challenges to Heidegger's Poetics," Festivals of Interpretation:  Essays on Hans-Georg Gadamer's Work,  Kathleen Wright, ed. (Albany:  SUNY Press, 1990), 184-208.

  •  "Aletheia and Oblivion's Field:  On Heidegger's Parmenides Lectures." Ethics and Danger:  Essays on Heidegger and Continental Thought,  Charles E. Scott and Arleen Dallery, eds. (Albany:  SUNY Press, 1992), 71-82.

  • "Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Sophoclean Tragedy," for Heidegger Toward the Turn:  Essays on the Work of the 1930's, James Risser, ed. (Albany: SUNY Press, 1999), pp. 163-186.

  • "The Evidences of Painting:  Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Abstraction,"  Merleau-Ponty:  Difference, Materiality, Painting, Véronique M. Fóti, ed. (Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press, 1996), pp. 137-168.

  •  "Alterity and the Dynamics of Metaphor," Language Beyond Postmodernism, David M. Levin, ed. (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1997), pp. 305-317.

  • "Merleau-Ponty's 'Vertical Genesis' and the Aristotelian Powers of the Soul," Phenomenology: Japanese and American, Burt C. Hopkins, ed. (The Hague: Kluwer,1998), pp. 39-58.

  •  "The Tragic Thought of Empedocles:  Hölderlin, Heidegger, Nietzsche," The Presocratics After Heidegger, David Jacobs, ed. (Albany: SUNY Press, 1999), pp. 277-294.

  •   “Beauvoir, Simone de,” Blackwell’s Companion to the Philosophers, Robert Arrington ed. (London: Blackwell, 1999) pp. 158-160.

  •  “Descartes’s Corporeal and Intellectual Memories,” Descartes’s Natural Philosophy, Steven Gaukroger, John Schuster, and John Sutton, eds. (London: Routledge,2000), 582-603.

  • "Hölderlin, Johannn Christian Friedrich,"  The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Moderny Theory and Criticism,  Julian Wolfreys, ed. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002). 29-36.

  • "The Subtle Vision of Heraclitus: Alterity and Blinding in the Evidences of Sight," Kostas Boudouris., ed., 2003).

  • "The Measures of Fire: Temporalization and Transformation in the Heraclitean Fragments," Hans Ruin, ed. (publication information not yet available)

  •  "Chiasm, Flesh, Figuration: Toward a Non-Positive Ontology," W. Froman and B. Flynn, eds., (title not yet available) (Northwestern University Press, 2003). 

  • “Abstract Painting as a Spiritual Practice,” Ken’ichi Sasaki, ed,. The Great Book of Aesthetics, 2002  (this is an electronic publication).

  • “Through Form to the Formless: Practices of Painting,” Grazia Marchianò, ed. The Aesthetics of Chaos (Turin: Trauben, 2002)

Journal Articles

  • “Empty Transport and Sheer Time: On Hölderlin’s Philosophy of Tragedy,” Existentia  
    	XII:1-2 (2002), 185-195. 
  • “Heidegger and ‘The Way of Art’: The Empty Origin and Contemporary Abstraction,”                       
              Continental Philosophy Review, 31:4  (October, 1998), 337-51.
  • "Bound Transcendence and the Invisible: On Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy of Painting," Symploke 4:                             
              1-2 (1996), 7-20. Also published in Japan in Les études merleaupontiennes (2:2, 1996).
  • "Mortals Within the Fourfold: Heidegger and the Hölderlinian Figure of Man,"   PhilosophyToday, 
    special issue on Hölderlin and Philosophy, 37:4 (Winter, 1993), 392-401.
  • "Representation Represented: Foucault, Velázquez, Descartes," Postmodern Culture, 7:1 (September,1996), 15pp.
  • "The Dimension of Color," International Studies in Philosophy, XXII:3 (1991), 13-28.
  • "Politics at the Limits of Metaphysics:  Heidegger, Ferry & Renaut, and Lyotard," The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal,  
    double issue on "Heidegger and the Political," 14:2 - 15:1, (1991), 323-334.
  • "Textuality, Totalization, and the Question of Origin in Heidegger's Elucidation of Andenken,"Research in Phenomenology, 
    special issue on "Heidegger and Hölderlin," 19 (1989), 43-58.
  • "The Cartesian Imagination," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 46 (1986), 631-42.
  • "Presence and Memory:  Derrida, Freud, Plato, Descartes,"  The Graduate Faculty PhilosophyJournal  (October 1986), 67-81.
  • "Repetition/Subversion:  Derrida, Jabès, and the Language of Difference," Soundings,  68:3 (Fall 1985), 372-87.
  • "Representation and the Image: Between Heidegger, Derrida, and Plato," Man and World, 18 (1985), 65-78.
  • "Heidegger:  Remembrance and Metaphysics,"  The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 15 (1984), 243-48.
  • "Hades and Dionysos:  On Heraclitus, Fragment B15," Spring:  An Annual of Archetypal Psychology and Jungian Thought  (1983), 125-130.
  • "On Truth/Untruth in Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty," Research in Phenomenology, 13 (1983), 185-98.
  • "The Path of the Stranger:  On Heidegger's Interpretation of Georg Trakl," Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, 17 (1983), 223-34.
  • "Thought, Affect, Drive, and Pathogenesis in Spinoza and Freud," History of European Ideas, 3   
                                (1982), 221-36.  
  • "Painting and the Re-Orientation of Philosophy in the Thought of Merleau-Ponty," Philosophy Today, 24 (Summer 1980), 114-20.
  • "Spinoza's Doctrine of Immortality and the Unity of Love," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 17 (Winter 1980), 437-42.
  • "Painting and the Re-Orientation of Philosophy in the Thought of Merleau-Ponty," Philosophy Today, 24 (Summer 1980), 114-20.

Professional Affiliations

   American Philosophical Association

                 Society for Existential Philosophy and Phenomenology

                 International Association for Philosophy and Literature

                 Heidegger Conference

                 Merleau-Ponty Circle

                 International Plato Society

Painting Exhibitions

Group exhibitions

Abstraction: Painting/Philosophy
SUNY, Stony Brook, 1997
Exhibition and symposium, with Peter Pinchbeck, Edwin Ruda, And Edward S. Casey

Solo exhibitions

"Gaining Light," Schlow Memorial Library
State College, 2002

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