Joshua Winchester Ph.D Student

Winchester is a doctoral student in Comparative Literary Studies with home departments in Philosophy and German. Their current research interrogates the discursive transformation of obedience from the Stoic tradition to the Hebrew and Christian traditions into modernity. It has as its focus the critical attitude of Immanuel Kant’s project and its reception by twentieth-century French philosophers. The research attempts a genealogy of apathy from political virtue to ethical indifference, everyday laziness, and professional insensitivity. Winchester holds both a BA and MA from New York University. He received a BA in Comparative Literature as well as Creative Writing and an MA in German Studies. Winchester’s BA thesis examines how the French philosophy of community informs the artistic commons of downtown New York City from the 1970s to the ‘90s. Their MA thesis tracks the rough outline of ethical apprehension in Franz Kafka’s short stories. Winchester's interests include Friedrich Nietzsche’s political notion ‘like,’ queer theory and its relationship to mimesis, the jurisprudence of sovereignty, representations of philosophy and the corollary aversion of philosophy to think representation, the governmentality of privatization in postmodern nation-states, racism and race philosophy as well as the intellectual history of freedom.