Philosophy Department

Joseph Arel

Joseph Arel

Office Location

122 Payson Smith


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Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Guelph, Philosophy
  • MA, University of Memphis, Philosophy
  • BS, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Double Major Philosophy and Sociology


I completed my dissertation in 2013 on Hegel, titled "The Intimate Practice of Self-knowing in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit." I work on Hegel, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and applied ethics. I also work in public philosophy and am the founder of, a nonprofit public philosophy organization that focuses on applying philosophical insight to local communities. 

Research Interests

19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy (especially Hegel)

Ancient Philosophy; Theoretical and Applied Ethics; Philosophy of Art; Logic

Recent Publications

“Alienation: Now Delivered Right to Your Home.” In Loneliness and the Crisis of Work. Edited by Pritika Nehra. Cambridge Scholars Press (2021), 149-158.

“The Music Video of the Future”. Special volume on The Philosophy of Motion Pictures: New Trajectories.” Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics. Volume 44(3), Autumn 2021.

“The Role of Marriage in Hegel’s Phenomenology.” Philosophical Forum. Summer, 2020 (Vol.51, no.2), 161-175.

“Conscience and the Oracular Affirmation of Contingency.” Symposium. Fall, 2016 (Vol.20, no.2), 104-121.