H.A. Nethery IV, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

To love wisdom is to strive to take better care of oneself and of others through critical thinking. This understanding of wisdom, and thus philosophy, informs every class that I teach. My goal is to help students develop their critical thinking skills in the greater service of living better lives and of being responsible local and global citizens.

- H.A. Nethery

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Dr. H.A. Nethery received his MA in philosophy from the University of Memphis and his PhD in philosophy from Duquesne University. His dissertation, entitled Husserl and Foucault on the Subject: the Companions, was directed by Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer and attempts to bridge the work of Edmund Husserl and Michel Foucault through a series of analyses on the points where the work of these two philosophers meet. His areas of specialization are in phenomenology, contemporary continental philosophy, philosophy of race, and social and political philosophy. Dr. Nethery is currently working on a project in the area of the philosophy of race on the constitution of racialized perception through discursive and non-discursive practices.


Ph.D. Duquesne University, Philosophy, 2013
M.A. University of Memphis, Philosophy, 2005
B.A. Humboldt State University, Philosophy, 2003

Honors and Awards

  • ODK Teacher of the Year, 2017
  • NSLS Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016
  • Duquesne University Philosophy Department Dissertation Fellowship, 2012-2013
  • Charles J. Dougherty Philosophy Graduate Student Teaching Award, 2010-2011
  • Duquesne University Philosophy Department Teaching Award (nominated), 2008-2009

Publications and Exhibitions

"Husserl and Racism at the Level of Passive Synthesis," Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology10.1080/00071773.2018.1451218

Author” entry for The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon. Ed. Leonard Lawlor and John Nale. Cambridge University Press, 2014

Jay-Z, Phenomenology, and Hip-Hop” in the APA Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience, Vol. 11, Issue 1, Fall 2012

Book Review: Husserl by David Woodruff Smith” in the International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Vol. 16, Issue 5, 2008

Works in Progress

Race and Experience (Book Manuscript)


Refereed Presentations:

“Husserl, Passive Synthesis, and Racism,” Husserl in a New Generation Conference, Kent State University, September 2016

“Husserl and History: the Limits of Phenomenology,” Nordic Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference, University of Helsinki, Finland, April 2014

“Hope’s Historical Contingency and Emancipatory Possibility,” with co-author Taine Duncan, Eastern Division Society of Women in Philosophy, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, April 2014

“The Phenomenological Contribution to the Social Sciences,” Hradec Králové International Philosophy Conference, University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, 2012

“Be-coming: Embodied Time and the Phenomenology of Otherness,” with co-author Taine Duncan, Atlantic Region Philosophical Association (ARPA) Annual Conference, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2008

Invited Presentations:

“Racism at the Level of Passive Synthesis,” The Phenomenology Research Group, Loyola University Chicago, 2015

“The Racialization of Perception,” Department of Religion and Philosophy Inaugural Lecture, Florida Southern College, 2014

“On Vengeance,” Honors College Supper Seminar, Florida Southern College, 2014

“Husserl, Foucault, and the Phenomenological Method,” Colloquia, Duquesne University, 2009

Response to Nicholas McGinnis’ “Merleau-Ponty and Torture,” Kent State University Graduate Conference, 2009

Response to Arun Iyer’s “Husserl on Phenomenology as Transcendental Idealism?,” Husserl Circle, Marquette University, 2008

Courses Taught

Knowledge, Truth, and Reality
Social and Political Philosophy
What is Philosophy?
Great Philosophers I
Great Philosophers II
Critical Theories of Race
Philosophies of Gender, Identity, and Sexuality
Philosophy and the Weird
Philosophy of Science
Dungeons, Dragons, and Philosophy
Fake News: History, Reality, and Conspiracy
Introduction to Women and Gender Studies