Professor , HUHI/PHIL
Office: JO 5.416
Areas of Specialization: Hermeneutics, contemporary continental philosophy, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Derrida, Philosophy & Poetry
Education: PhD, University of Michigan, 1987
Graduate studies in German Philosophy, University of Tubingen, Germany 1977-1978 and 1980-1981
Graduate studies in German Philosophy, University of Heidelberg, Germany 1979-1980
University of Chicago, 1974
BA, State University of New York at Cortland, 1974
Dr. Charles Bambach teaches courses in the history of Western philosophy from antiquity to the modern period, especially Hegel through Levinas and a variety of courses tied to the history of hermeneutics, which focus on problems of language and translation. In his graduate seminars, Dr. Bambach explores the interrelationship between philosophy and poetry, Greeks and Germans, antiquity and modernity. He is especially interested in questions about aesthetics and ethics in the work of Heidegger, Nietzsche and Derrida.
Dr. Bambach has just completed a new book, Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice: Hölderlin-Heidegger-Celan to appear in the SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy. He has also published two books with Cornell University Press: Heidegger's Roots (2003) and Heidegger, Dilthey, and the Crisis of Historicism (1995). Recent publications include: "Nietzsche's Legacy" in: Robert Bernasconi & Jonathan Judd, eds., Situating Existentialism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012); "An Ethics of Haunting: Heidegger's Poetic Measure" in: Holger Zaborowski, ed., Heidegger (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2012), and "Nietzsche's Madman Parable: A Cynical Reading," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 84, no.2 Spring (2010): 441-456. Moreover, Professor Bambach has also published three recent essays on Heidegger: "Le Discours de Rectorat de Heidegger" in: Les Etudes philosophiques (Paris) ed. Jean-Francois Courtine & Christian Sommer, eds., vol. 93, no. 2 (2010), 163-186, "Heidegger und die Griechen" in Heidegger und der Nationalsozialismus (Freiburg: Karl Alber Verlag, 2009) and "Heidegger and National Socialism" in Heidegger: Key Concepts (London: Acumen Publishers, 2009), edited by Bret Davis.
Professor Charles Bambach is a former Fulbright Fellow (2008, Eberhard Karls Universität Tubingen, Germany) and is the co-chair of the North Texas Heidegger Symposium, which gathers recognized Heidegger scholars for a yearly conference in Dallas. His newest book project is entitled The German Heraclitus: Hölderlin-Hegel-Nietzsche-Heidegger-Gadamer.