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Christina Smerick

Christina Smerick

Chair, Philosophy and Religion Department; Shapiro Chair of Jewish-Christian Studies; Associate Professor of Philosophy

Year Started at GC: 2005
Phone: (618) 664-6814
Ph.D., Philosophy, DePaul University (2003)
M.A., Philosophy, DePaul University (1998)
Bachelor's Degree, Philosophy, Trevecca Nazarene University (1995)

Publications and Presentations

"The Failure of Hate: Anti-Semitism and Hate in Sartre" in Philosophy Today, Spring 2010;

"'And G-d Said:' Language, Translation, and Scripture in Two Works by Walter Benjamin." In Shofar: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Purdue University Press, Spring 2009;

"'Catholic' Continental Philosophers: Nancy and Vattimo on Incarnation and Christianity," in Via Media, Cambridge Scholars Press, Fall 2009.

"No Other Place to Be: Globalization, Monotheism, and Salut in Nancy" in "Thinking Plural:Expositions of Jean-Luc Nancy on World, Art, and Meaning", SUNY Press, 2012.

Professional Affiliations

  • Section Chair of Philosophical Theology in the Wesleyan Theological Society
  • Wesleyan Philosophical Society Member
  • Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Member
  • North American Sartre Society

Related Experiences

Studied in Berlin, Germany for 4 months as part of the Richardson Fellowship through DePaul University.

About Christina Smerick

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

My favorite thing about working at Greenville College is the camaraderie that exists between faculty, staff, and students. The community is close-knit-I worship with those I teach; my children go to school with my colleagues' children. There's a strong sense that we're all in this together, and we work hard to maintain a feeling of consensus and love, even when we disagree.

What attracted you to the Philosophy Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

What attracted me to philosophy was simply that I could not master it-it sounds stuck-up, I know! Philosophy kept me up at night with questions that wouldn't stop coming; philosophy keeps me humble by constantly reminding me how little I know or can know. It encourages me to think critically and historically about situations, rather than just taking them at face value. Whether it's a social problem like poverty, or a political issue, or my daughter's behavior, my discipline points me in the direction of asking questions rather than assuming I have all the answers.

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