Miami University
Department of Philosophy

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“If the language of nature is mute, art seeks to make this muteness eloquent; art thus exposes itself to failure through the insurmountable contradiction between the idea of making the mute eloquent, which demands a desperate effort, and the idea of what this effort would amount to, the idea of what cannot in any way be willed.”   Adorno

Elaine Miller, Ph.D.

Elaine Miller, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy
19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Feminist Theory

B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., Boston College and Bosphorus University (Istanbul), Ph.D., DePaul University

I am interested in philosophical conceptions of nature and art and how they have influenced conceptions of subjectivity historically.  I approach my work in eighteenth and nineteenth century philosophy of nature and art (particularly in Kant, German Idealism, and Nietzsche) from the perspective of questions that originate in feminist theory and contemporary continental philosophy.  I also do work in aesthetics and I am interested in the conjunction of philosophy and literature.  I teach courses in 19th century philosophy, 20th century continental philosophy, existentialism, aesthetics, feminist theory, and environmental philosophy.