Dr. Hakhamanesh Zangeneh

Lecturer, Philosophy

California State University, Stanislaus


I specialize in 19th and 20th C. European philosophy, with particular interests in metaphysics (events, time) and aesthetics (theories of art, of the symbol). I also teach texts from Ancient philosophy, as well as topics related to language.


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Université Paris XII - Docteur de philosophie 2009



The Structuration of Phenomenality:

Temporality, Trace, Event (Heidegger, Derrida, Nancy)

French, 386pp.


Jean-Luc Nancy, President, (Strasbourg),

Eliane Escoubas, Director, (Paris XII),

Alexander Schnell (Paris IV)


Mention: Très honorable, félicitations du jury à l’unanimité (= summa cum laude)

University of California, Irvine - B.A. Philosophy, 1995

The philosophers whose works I frequent include Kant and other figures in Classical German Philosophy, German phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger), and so-called “post-structuralist” French philosophers (Derrida, Nancy, Deleuze, Lyotard). In general, my work is situated at the intersection of different languages and traditions. When I teach Ancient or Medieval Philosophy, I try to pursue a lay-interest in traditions of commentary and interpretation that provide the framework and practices which led to the constitution of a tradition.

There is a more detailed statement of my current project here.

I began in physics, at UCI, and then slowly discovered European philosophy, in the margins of that institution. This led me to pursue graduate study in Europe, first in Germany, and then in France for the doctoral degree. I have studied with a variety of philosophers over the years – a lot of them hate each other, most if not all have been nice to me so I don’t hate any of them. Don’t you wish we could all just get along?



Research Articles:

“Time and Instant according to Jaspers (1919) and Janet (1909), and their importance for Heidegger,” [Historical study of notion of Augenblick and doctrine of multiplicity of times, in two unexpected sources for Heidegger.] forthcoming in Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.

 “An Impossible Waiting: Reading Derrida’s Reading of Heidegger in Aporias,” [Close reading of Derrida’s conceptions of modality and of the future, as derived from Being-towards-death; centered around the translation of the term Bevorstehen.] forthcoming in MLN Comparative Literature.

“Right Outta’ Nowhere: Jean-Luc Nancy, phenomenon and event ex nihilo,” [An articulation of Nancy’s conception of ex nihilo event in the context of recent French discussions of phenomenality and eventness]  in Continental Philosophy Review.

“Phenomenological Problems for the kairological reading of Augenblick in Being and Time,” [Critique of eschatological [Pauline] and phronological [Aristotelian] readings of temporality, remarks on individuation], in International Journal of Philosophical Studies.

“Novelty, Temporality, Negativity: Event Metaphysics with Jean-Luc Nancy,” Pli, vol 21, 2010, Warwick, UK. [An elaboration of Nancy’s reflections on creation ex nihilo, with particular emphasis on references to Kant, Schelling, Hegel]

“The Mathematical-Sublime in Kant’s Critique of Judgment,” w/ S. Schilz, transl. into Russian by D.Razeev, in Metaphysical Investigations, vol 13, 2000, pp.102-126, University of St. Petersburg, Russia. [On the particular import of the mathematical-sublime for purposiveness and imagination; with critical reference to Lyotard, de Man]

Encyclopedia Article:

Entry on “Heidegger” (w/ S.Schilz) in Les philosophes de l’antiquité au XXe siècle ed. Jean-François Balaudé, Le Livre de Poche, Paris, 2006, pp.1254-1267. (Augmented re-edition of Les Philosophes célèbres ed. M. Merleau-Ponty, Mazenod, Paris, 1956, original entry by A. de Waehlens.)



Heidegger en France, D. Janicaud, Vol. I. Chapters 7, 8, 9 (pp.233-345), Vol. II. Interviews with J. Derrida, J.-L. Nancy, E. Escoubas (pp.89-126, 244-255, 127-136), English forthcoming from Indiana UP.

“Painting,” E. Escoubas in Handbook of Phenomenological Aesthetics, (Contributions To Phenomenology, Vol. 59), Sepp, H. R.; Embree, L. (Eds.), Springer, 2010.

Into French (w/ S.Schilz): Psychoanalyse und Daseinsanalytik, Medard Boss, Kindler, 1980, 2 chapters, published as Psychanalyse et analytique du Dasein, ed., trans., Cabestan, Dastur and Ecole Française de Daseinsanalyse, Vrin, Paris, 2009.

Into French (w/ S.Schilz): “Die Idee der Reduktion. Husserls Reduktionen - und ihr gemeinsamer methodischer Sinn,” Dieter Lohmar, in Alter, 11, 2003.

Numerous other translations for conference presentations 2000-2009. Full list available upon request.



“What Heidegger (and Derrida) could have learned from Aristotle’s Greek commentators: dynaton and endekheton in the analysis of death.Circa 2k words. (The distinction, attested in Ammonius’ and Alexander’s commentaries on de Int and Analytica Priora, is used to both contextualize and to refine Heidegger’s language of the possibility of death. Some of the consequences of this for Derrida’s Aporias are hinted at.)

“One or many times in Kant? K. Düsing and J.-F. Lyotard , on two post-Heideggerian interpretations of Kantian time,” 4k words

 “The symbolic function of language in Kant and Schelling.” (An attempt to reconstruct a philosophy of language in Classical German Philosophy, not in anthropology but in philosophy of art.)




Spring 2013

Phil 1010 -- Intro to Philosophy x3

Phil 2100 – Logic x2

Spring 2012

Phil 2400 – Contemp. Moral Issues x2

Phil 2100 – Logic x2


Spring 2011

Phil 2230 – Modern (Descartes, Newton, Leibniz/Clarke, Kant)

Phil 3010 – Classics of Western Phil (Kant, Schelling)

Phil 3400 – Ethics (Aristotle, Kant, Mill)

Phil 4260 – 20th C (Husserl, Heidegger)


Fall 2012

Phil 1010 -- Intro to Philosophy x2

Phil 2100 – Logic x2

Phil 4260 -- 20th Century


Fall 2011

Phil 1010 – Intro (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Kant, Freud, Marx, Nancy)

Phil 2200 – Ancient (Anaximenes, Philolaus, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero)

Phil 3500 – Phil of Mind (Kant, Husserl)

Phil 4400 -- Professional Ethics x2

Fall 2010

Phil 1010 – Intro (Plato, Augustine, Freud, Heidegger) x2

Phil 4420 – Phil and Education (Dewey, Freire, hooks, Heidegger, Fynsk, Readings)

Phil 2200 – Ancient (Anaximenes, Pythagoras, Philolaus, Timaeus, Physics IV)