David M. Scott PhD

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Dr. David Scott, Ph.D., Ph.D., serves as an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Philosophy Program at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD. His scholarly trajectory began with a fellowship in painting from the University of Tulsa. He decided to pursue a different path and undertook a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Chicago, followed by the attainment of a Doctorate in English Literature from the University of Virginia and a Doctorate in Philosophy (with a specialized concentration in French and German continental philosophy) from the University of Memphis.

Dr. Scott’s areas of expertise encompass phenomenology, particularly the works of Husserl, Heidegger, and Levinas, as well as post-structuralist thought, with a principal interest in Deleuze and Foucault. His research traverses the intersections of epistemology and ontology, with a particular emphasis on Spinoza, and extends into the socio-political realms of race and postcolonial thought. He engages deeply with the American Black Radical Tradition, as articulated by Cedric Robinson, in a dialogue that spans literature, art, and philosophy—seeking to reformulate and critique post-structuralist heritage through the lens of Critical Theory.

Dr. Scott is the author of two seminal works: "Gilbert Simondon's Psychic and Collective Individuation: A Critical Introduction and Guide" (2014, Edinburgh Press)—the first English-language monograph dedicated to this philosopher, and the edited volume "Understanding Foucault, Understanding Modernism" (2017, Bloomsbury).

Presently, Dr. Scott is immersed in two book projects. One delves into the intersecting realms of Black Studies, Critical Theory, and Political activism, while the other interrogates the concept of the theologico-political, endeavoring to reconceptualize the figure of the neighbor to advance what he terms "difficult" humanism.

Dr. Scott is currently a Fellow at the Hoffberger Institute for Ethical Engagement.

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