Summary of Professor Pettigrew's Research
David Pettigrew is a Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) where he has taught since 1987. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Yale University Genocide Studies Program, LINK He teaches a range of courses including PHI 408 "Phenomenology and Existentialism," PHI 296 "Ancient Philosophy," PHI 200 "Problems in Philosphy," PHI 100 "Introduction to Philosophy," and PHI 120 "Ethics". He also teaches in the SCSU LINKS program for first-year students. A number of his classes interrogate the extent to which the ethical thought of Aristotle, Kant, Levinas and others, can respond to, interrupt, and perhaps prevent the causes of genocide.
Professor Pettigrew's essay "The Task of Justice," bearing on witness literature and the genocide in Bosnia, was published in Fall 2008 in Pathways to Reconciliation: Between Theory and Practice, edited by Philipa Rothfield, Cleo Fleming and Paul A. Komesaroff. Ashgate Publishing 2008.
Over the course of his research in Bosnia, Professor Pettigrew has developed a power point presentation/essay for his classes, entitled "Witnessing Genocide at Srebrenica: Obstacles to Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina." He also has presented this work at universities and conferences around the world, including The University of Maine, Wesleyan University, l'Université de Lille 3, and at the meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in Sarajevo, July 2007.(A version of the presentation can be seen as a web album at: Obstacles_to_Reconciliation.html)
In addition to his work on ethics and genocide studies Professor Pettigrew has co-edited and co-translated nine books concerning the work of Martin Heidegger or of Jacques Lacan. He has co-authored introductions for each of the books. He is co-director of a new book series at SUNY Press devoted to "Contemporary French Thought". His co-translation (with François Raffoul) of Jean-Luc Nancy's The Creation of the World or Globalization (Albany: SUNY Press, 2007), was the first book to appear in the book series. In September 2008, a book he has co-edited (with François Raffoul), French Interpretations of Heidegger: An Exceptional Reception (Albany: SUNY Press, 2008) has also appeared in the book series.
An essay addressing the work of Parisian psychoanalyst J.-D. Nasio entitled "The Unconscious Body in the Psychoanalytic Theory of J.-D. Nasio," has appeared in an edited volume entitled Rethinking Facticity François Raffoul and Eric Nelson, eds. (Albany: SUNY, 2008). The French language version of the essay can be found at mondesfrancophones.com .
In addition, he has authored essays addressing the work of such thinkers as Jacques Derrida, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Jacques Lacan.
In 2000 Professor Pettigrew received the Southern Connecticut State University Faculty Scholar Award for his co-translation of J.-D. Nasio's Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan (Albany: SUNY Press, 1998).
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