Daniel SelcerAssociate Professor and Chair
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
College Hall 303-A
Education:Ph.D., Philosophy, DePaul University, 2002
M.A., Philosophy, DePaul University, 1996
B.A., Philosophy, Oberlin College, 1993
Early Modern Philosophy
Dr. Selcer's research deals with early modern philosophy (especially Galileo, Hobbes, Spinoza, and Leibniz), but he also has interests in contemporary continental thought (especially Foucault and Deleuze).
He is particularly concerned with early modern debates about matter and materiality and the revival of Epicureanism, and takes this in three directions: 1) research in history and philosophy of science focused on connections between the histories of early modern physics and ontology; 2) an attempt to synthesize work in the history of early modern print and knowledge-organization technologies with early modern philosophical historiography; 3) an investigation into the status of diagrams in early modern philosophical and scientific texts.
GraduateUndergraduate courses Early Modern Philosophy; Later Modern Philosophy; Contemporary Philosophy; Seminar in Continental Rationalism; Philosophy of Information; Existentialism; Basic Philosophical Questions.
Selected recent publications
Philosophy and the Book: Early Modern Figures of Material Inscription (London: Continuum, 2010).
-The Mask of Copernicus and the Mark of the Compass: Bruno, Galileo and the Ontology of the Page,' in Thinking Allegory Otherwise, ed. Brenda Machosky (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009), 60-86.
-The Uninterrupted Ocean: Leibniz and the Encyclopedic Imagination,' Representations 98 (2007): 25-50.
-The Edges of Extension and the Limits of the Text: Leibniz, Materiality, and History,' in Origins of Scientific Learning: Essays on Culture and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, eds. Sara French and Kay Etheridge (Lewiston: Mellen, 2007), 1-25.