Dr. Lauren Swayne Barthold
Lauren Swayne Barthold joined the Department in 2005 as Assistant Professor of Philosophy. She received her Ph.D from the New School for Social Research in 2002, where she wrote her dissertation, under the supervision of Richard J. Bernstein, on Gadamer's conception of truth. She also holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, B.C.) and an M.C.S. from Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.). Previous teaching positions include Eugene Lang College, Haverford, and Siena. She has written and taught on Gadamer, Richard Rorty, Charles Taylor, Hannah Arendt, Harry Frankfurt, Jürgen Habermas, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Martin Heidegger. Other areas of research and teaching interests include philosophy and literature, feminism, ethics, American pragmatism, and hermeneutics. She is founder of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics (NASPH Home Page). Dr. Barthold was instrumental in starting the Gender Studies Minor at Gordon.
Having recently published a book, Gadamer's Dialectical Hermeneutics (Lexington 2010), she is now working on a new book exploring issues of gender identity from a hermeneutical perspective.