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Harry 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 service of living better lives and of being responsible local and global citizens, while also showing them the crucial role that the Humanities play in this task.

-Harry Nethery, IV

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Dr. Nethery grew up in Eureka, California. He received his BA in philosophy from Humboldt State University, his MA from the University of Memphis, and his Ph.D. from Duquesne University. He specializes in continental philosophy, critical theories of race, and the philosophy of time. His interests include science-fiction, ice hockey, video games, and his cats.


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


  • 2017: Omicron Delta Kappa Professor of the Year (Florida Southern College)
  • 2016: Excellence in Teaching Award (National Society for Leadership and Success) (Florida Southern College)
  • 2013: Duquesne University Dissertation Fellowship (Duquesne University)
  • 2010: Charles J. Doughtery Graduate Student Teaching Award (Duquesne University)


2021: “To Remove the Scales from their Eyes: A Phenomenology of Rap Music” in George Yancy: A Critical Reader. Rowman and Littlefield, 2021

2020: “Philosophy as a Practice of Suffering: An Interview with George Yancy,” Philosophia Africana, Vol. 19, Issue 1, 2020

2020: “Philosophy as a Practice of Suffering: An Interview with George Yancy (Extended),” in George Yancy, Across Black Spaces: Essays and Interviews by an American Philosopher. Rowman and Littlefield, 2020

2018: “Husserl and Racism at the Level of Passive Synthesis” in the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. Routledge, 2018. URL: (

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

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