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Dr Adam J Graves


Courses Taught


Current Semester Schedule

51316 PHI-1010-008 Introduction to Philosophy TR 1100-1215 WC-230
52689 PHI-1010-011 Introduction to Philosophy TR 1230-1345 PL-211

Central Classroom Building - 307G
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Office Hours

Tuesday - [12:15 to 01:30]
Thursday - [12:15 to 01:30]

Personal Biography

I received my B.A. (UPenn) in South Asia Studies (with a concentration in the religious traditions of India and Sanskrit studies) in 2001. I conducted original research in India and wrote my thesis on on Utpaladeva, a tenth-century Hindu philosopher of the Pratyabhijna school of Shaiva philosophy, under the supervision of Wilhelm Halbfass, one of the most accomplished scholars of Indian philosophy. My Ph.D. (UPenn, 2007) is in Religious Studies (with a concentration on Modern Religious Thought and Philosophy of Religion). I wrote my dissertation on the role of intersection of religious and philosophical thought in the work of three important twentieth-century philosophers: Heidegger, Marion and Ricoeur. I am currently elected an officer in the Society for Ricoeur Studies.

Teaching Philosophy

I enjoy teaching a range of subject within philosophy (ethics, phenomenology, existentialism, history of modern philosophy) and the field of religious studies (introduction to western and eastern religions, the history of Christian thought, religion and culture, etc.).


Modern European philosophy of religion, with particular interest in phenomenological philosophy (Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida, and Marion); the development of hermeneutic theory from Schleiermacher to Gadamer, Ricoeur and Vattimo; methodological issues in the study of religion; sociological and philosophical accounts of secularization; the theological and philosophical sources of modern theories of autonomy.



Metropolitan State University of Denver:
Assistant Professor:
Histories of Desire: Transgression and The Law
Sin, Guilt and Moral Responsibility (Senior Seminar), Spring, 2009
Evil, Responsibility and Freedom (Senior Seminar), Fall, 2009
Ethics, Fall, 2009
Paul, Augustine, Luther, Spring, 2009
Existentialism, Spring, 2009
Ethics, Spring, 2009
Philosophy of Religion, Fall, 2008
History of Modern Philosophy, Fall, 2008
Introduction to Philosophy, Fall, 2008
Phenomenology, Spring, 2008
Ethics, Spring, 2008
Philosophy of Religion, Fall, 2007
Ethics, Fall, 2007

University of Pennsylvania:
Religion and the “Clash of Civilizations,” Spring, 2006
Writing, Violence and Religion, Fall, 2005
Introduction to Christianity, Summer, 2005
Teaching Assistant
Religious Violence & New Religious Movements, Fall, 2004
Introduction to Western Religions, Spring, 2003
Writing Tutor, 2001-2002

Letters, Arts and Science Pilot Grant, MSCD, Spring, 2009
Chimicles Fellowship ($20,000+tuition), UPenn, 2005-2006
Boardman Fellowship (full stipend+tuition), UPenn, 2001-2005
Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award, UPenn, 2004
Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, 2004
School of Arts and Sciences Research Grant, 2004
Theta Alpha Kappa, 2003
Phi Beta Kappa, 2001
Holden Furber Prize for Best Paper on South Asia Related Topic, 2001
South Asian Regional Studies Summer Research Grant, to conduct research in Rajasthan, India, and Madhya Pradesh, India, 1999
Distinguished Philosophy Student Award, Univ of Minn, 1996-1997
University of Minnesota Scholar Award, 1996-1997

American Academy of Religion
American Philosophical Association
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Society for Ricoeur Studies
Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences
Oriental Club of Philadelphia (elected member)

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