Mussett, Shannon M.
Title:
Professor of Philosophy
Office:
CB 507f
Phone:
(801) 863-6264
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(801) 863-6146
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Last Updated: 4/29/19 -

Professor, Philosophy

Shannon M. Mussett has been at UVU since 2003.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. in Philosophy from Villanova University, 2002
M.A. in Philosophy from Villanova University, 1998
B.A. in Philosophy from Goucher College, 1996
PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:

Utah Valley University

Professor of Philosophy (2015-present)

Associate Chair, Department of Philosophy and Humanities (2018-present)

Associate Professor of Philosophy (2009-2015)

Chair, Department of Philosophy and Humanities (2012-2015)

Gender Studies Coordinator (2003-2012)

Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2003-2009)

Assistant Chair, Department of Philosophy and Humanities (2006-2009)

Chair, Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies (2006-2007)

The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy: Secretary-Treasurer (2011-2014)

Bryn Mawr College: Instructor (2002-2003)

Villanova University: Instructor (1998-2002)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
The American Philosophical Association
The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
The Comparative Continental Philosophy Circle 
The Beauvoir Circle
The Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition
PhiloSOPHIA 
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:  

Edited Collections

Beauvoir and the History of Philosophy from Plato to Butler. Co-edited with William Wilkerson. Albany: SUNY Press, 2012.

The Contradictions of Freedom: Philosophical Essays on Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Mandarins.” Co-edited with Sally J. Scholz. Albany: SUNY Press, 2005.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Ethical Freedom,” in 50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, edited by Ann Murphy, Gail Weiss, Gayle Salamon, Northwestern University Press, 2019.

“Simone de Beauvoir’s Ethics,” The Philosopher’s Magazine’s “Symposium on Existentialism,” 84 (1st Quarter) 2019.

“The Failure of Female Identity in Beauvoir’s Fiction,” in A Companion to Simone de Beauvoir. Eds. Laura Hengehold and Nancy Bauer, Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2017.

“Life and Sexual Difference in Hegel and Beauvoir” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Volume 31, Number 3, 2017.

“Death and Sacrifice in Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature,” Special edition of Epoché, Ed. Nancy Tuana, Volume 22, Issue 1, Fall 2017.

 “Sartre in Dialogue with Husserl and Beauvoir: The Evolution of Existential Freedom,” in Living Existentialism: Essays in Honor of Thomas W. Busch. Eds. Gregory Hoskins and J. C. Berendzen, Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2017.

“Crossing Boundaries: Hegel, Beauvoir, and hooks on Exclusion and Identity,” in Creolizing Hegel. Ed. Michael Monahan. London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.

“Sartre in Dialogue with Husserl and Beauvoir: The Evolution of Existential Freedom,” in Living Existentialism: Essays in Honor of Thomas W. Busch. Eds. Gregory Hoskins and J. C. Berendzen, Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2017.

 “Irrationality, Entropy and Nature: The Aesthetic Collision of Hegel and Smithson,” in Rendezvous with the Sensuous: Readings on Aesthetics. Eds. Linda Ardito and John Murungi. Newcastle upon Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.

“The Literary Grounding of Metaphysics: Beauvoir and Plato on Philosophical Fiction,” in Beauvoir and the History of Philosophy from Plato to Butler. Eds. Shannon M. Mussett and William Wilkerson. Albany: SUNY Press, 2012.

“Irony and the Work of Art: Hegelian Legacies in Robert Smithson,” Evental Aesthetics, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012: 45-73.

“Nature and Anti-Nature in Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy,” Philosophy Today, Vol. 53, Supplement, 2009: 130-137.

“Conditions of Servitude: The Peculiar Role of the Master-Slave Dialectic in Simone de Beauvoir’s, The Second Sex,” The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Critical Essays. Ed. Margaret A. Simons. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.

“Ageing and Existentialism: Simone de Beauvoir and the Limits of Freedom,” Death and Anti-Death, Volume 4: Twenty Years After De Beauvoir, Thirty Years After Heidegger. Ed. Charles Tandy. Palo Alto: Ria University Press, 2006.

“Personal Choice and the Seduction of the Absolute in The Mandarins,” in The Contradictions of Freedom: Philosophical Essays on Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Mandarins.” Eds. Sally J. Scholz and Shannon M. Mussett. Albany: SUNY Press, 2005.

“On the Threshold of History: The Role of Nature and Africa in Hegel’s Philosophy” in Tensional Landscapes: The Dynamics of Boundaries and Placements. Eds. Gary Backhaus and John Murungi. Lanham: Lexington Books, March 2003.

 Reprinted:

The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience. Ed. John McClendon and George Yancy. Vol. 3, No. 1, Fall 2003: 39-46.

Introductions and Encyclopedia Entries

Introduction to “A Review of The Elementary Structures of Kinship by Claude Levi-Strauss” in Feminist Writings by Simone de Beauvoir. Eds. Margaret A. Simons and Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

Introduction, co-authored with William S. Wilkerson, in Beauvoir and the History of Philosophy from Plato to Butler. Co-edited with William Wilkerson. Albany: SUNY Press, 2012.

“Simone de Beauvoir.” Encyclopedia of Modern Europe: Europe Since 1914 –

Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction. Eds. Jay Winter and John Merriman. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006.

Introduction, co-authored with Sally J. Scholz, in The Contradictions of Freedom: Philosophical Essays on Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Mandarins.” Eds. Sally J. Scholz and Shannon M. Mussett. Albany: SUNY Press, 2005.

Introduction to “An Existentialist Looks at Americans,” in Philosophical Writings by Simone de Beauvoir. Eds. Margaret A. Simons and Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005.              

“Simone de Beauvoir.” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/b/beauvoir.htm#top, 2003.

Popular Culture

“Site-Specific Art: Robert Smithson, Ooldouz Alaei Novin, and The Marble House         Project, Aesthetics for Birds (Link) September 28, 2017.

“Simone de Beauvoir,” NPR’s Philosophy Talk, Radio Interview, 3-9-2014.

“Berserker in a Skirt: Sex and Gender in D&D,” in Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophy. Ed. Christopher Robichaud. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014.

Book Reviews

Review of Sovereign Masculinity: Gender Lessons from the War on Terror by Bonnie Mann.  philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, 2015.

 “Facing Human Finitude,” Review of Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity by Sonia Kruks. The Review of Politics, Vol. 76, No. 1, 2013: 143-145.

Review of The Domestication of Derrida: Rorty, Pragmatism and Deconstruction, by Fabbri Lorenzo. Comparative and Continental Philosophy Vol. 2 No. 2, 2010: 311-12.

Forthcoming

 “Sartre and Beauvoir on Nature,” in The Sartrean Mind, edited by Constance Mui, Matthew Eshleman, and Christophe Perrin, Routledge Press, forthcoming, 2019.

“Simone de Beauvoir and Hegel on Freedom,” in The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism and Phenomenology, edited by Cynthia Coe

In Progress

Entropic Philosophy. Monograph under contract with Roman and Littlefield International’s Philosophical Projections Series, edited by Andrew Benjamin, forthcoming, 2020.

 RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy (particularly French Existentialism and German Idealism), Feminist Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature.