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Ferit Güven
Professor of Philosophy

Ferit Güven specializes in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, social and political philosophy, and postcolonial theory. For a May Term on “the roots of Otherness in philosophy,” Ferit traveled with students to his home country of Turkey. He published Madness and Death in Philosophy in 2005, and is currently writing Decolonization of Democracy.

Contact Info

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Drawer 168



328 Carpenter Hall

Office Hours
By appointment

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  • Philosophy
  • Comparative Languages and Linguistics
  • Film Studies
  • Peace & Global Studies


  • Ph.D., DePaul University
  • M.A., DePaul University
  • B.A., Bosphorus University, Turkey

Selected Courses:

Postcolonial Theory
19th Century Philosophy
Philosophy and Film Theory
Seminar: Foucault & Derrida

19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Postcolonial Theory, Film Theory, and Social and Political Philosophy.

Recent publications

Decolonization of Democracy (in progress)

“Hegel, Fanon and the Problem of Negativity in the Postcolonial" in Fanon and the  Decolonization of Philosophy, Edited by Elizabeth A. Hoppe and Tracey J. Nicholls,  (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2010).

“Hegel and The Dialectic of Racism,” Proceedings of the Twenty-First World  Congress of Philosophy, Volume 2, Social and Political Philosophy, ed. W. McBride, pp.  51-57.

Book: Madness and Death in Philosophy, (Albany: SUNY Press, 2005).

Office campus program leadership

May Term in Türkiye: The Roots of Otherness in Philosophy