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Dr. Timothy Stock, Associate Professor

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Dr. Timothy Stock
Philosophy House #106
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, Maryland 21801-6860 
(410) 677-5073 BA (DePaul) Philosophy, German

PhD (Toronto) Philosophy

My interests are in the history of philosophy, specifically Continental philosophy in the 19th and 20th Centuries. I specialize in Kierkegaard, as well as the fields on which he had broad impact, namely Existentialism and phenomenology.  In this latter context the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas is of special interest to me.  I am particularly intrigued by questions of performance, interaction, theatricality and intentionality - all of which I am most fond of contemplating in reference to humor, comedy and benign deception. I acted for over 10 years as a commissioning editor for the Toronto-based, annual publication Alphabet City (co-published with MIT Press).  I am a member of the Levinas Research Seminar and the Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy.  I am a contributing author to Wiley-Blackwell’s Companion to Kierkegaard and have several essays on the theatrical nature of his aesthetics and ethics, as well as how this has important implications for his philosophy of religion.  There is a large red button in my office that, when pressed, releases candy and free iPhones from a trap door in the ceiling.  I have several other active research areas, including the dramaturgical aspects of teaching, the relationship between comedy and ethics (especially as it bears on deception), as well as developing a Levinasian understanding of humor.  In addition to my academic writing I try to maintain miscellaneous writing projects, which have included graphic novels, plays, short humor, and dramatic writing.  At Salisbury University I am actively engaged in the Freshman experience through advising, committee work and Living Learning Communities, and I have worked to establish the Philosophy Department’s Community Impact Internship for students interested in non-profit work with an ethical emphasis.  Additionally, I am newly responsible for administering our Eastern Correctional Institution book discussion program.  Feel free to visit me in my office if you are curious as to which one of the preceding sentences is false!

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