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James Stillwaggon, Ph.D.

Dr. Stillwaggon teaches courses in aesthetics, philosophy of culture, ethics, logic, philosophy of childhood and philosophy of education. Drawing from the work of Plato and Jacques Lacan, from philosophical aesthetics, popular film and literature as well as the history of democratic education in the United States, Dr. Stillwaggon’s work seeks to describe the emergence of subjectivity through the public structures that give it shape.

His recent projects include editing a symposium of papers on melancholia and education in Educational Theory, co-editing a special issue on formative justice for Teachers College Record, and a co-authored book titled Filmed School: Desire, transgression and the filmic fantasy of pedagogy, a review of one hundred years of teacher-student relationships in film through the Platonic/psychoanalytic concept of transference.

Professor Stillwaggon has served as the President of the Middle Atlantic States Philosophy of Education Society, the Executive Director of the Philosophy of Education Society, and the Director of the Iona College Honors Program.

Research Interests

  • Pedagogy of Relation
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Plato
  • Arendt
  • Film