Professor of Philosophy Texas A & M University
Claire Katz works on contemporary continental philosophy, philosophy of education, ethics, philoso- phy of religion, and modern Jewish thought. Her work focuses on the intersection of philosophy and religion, with specific interests in contemporary French philosophy and French feminist theory. She is the author of Levinas, Judaism, and the Feminine: The Silent Footsteps of Rebecca (Indiana 2003) and the editor of Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments vol. 1-4 (Routledge, 2005). She reg- ularly teaches courses in Gender and Religion and Feminist theory and she has written extensively on feminist theory, philosophy of religion, philosophy of education, and Emmanuel Levinas’s ethical project. Her 2012 book, Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism (Indiana) explores and responds to theories of education as they emerged in the history of philosophy (e.g., Plato, Locke, Rousseau, Dewey). Her most recent book, An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy (I.B. Tauris, 2014), provides academics and non-academics an introduction to some of the primary Jewish philosophers in the modern period. Her current project involves a return to her early work in teaching philosophy to pre-college students. Working with the Public Partnership and Outreach office (Office of the Provost), she has been leading workshops for K-12 teachers to help think consider how to introduce philosophy into their classroom.