Dr. Penfield has called Sweet Briar home since 2017. Enamored of handsomely crafted French books and intrinsic pursuits, he first studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Haverford College. He remains committed to the vision of the humanities as integral to the liberal arts—and of liberal arts education as essential to social transformation and collective flourishing. It is in this spirit that Professor Penfield designs his philosophy courses, which he loves teaching. His teaching interests include social and political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of art and literature, philosophical psychology, environmental philosophy, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, and logic. He was recently awarded a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to support philosophy curricular development at Sweet Briar.
Dr. Penfield is also a dedicated scholar specializing in postwar French philosophy. His primary research interests include the topics of political, social and ethical agency in the philosophical areas of modern and contemporary European philosophy (from Kant to the present) and critical theory (including philosophy of race, feminist philosophy, and queer theory).
Fundamental Philosophical Questions
Philosophy & the Arts
Roots of Western Thought
Ethics: Theories & Applications
Nineteenth & Twentieth Century Philosophy
War, Power, & Justice
Philosophy of Race
Critical Social Theory
Philosophy of Human Nature
Philosophy of Religion
Nietzsche & Postmodernism
Existential Philosophy & Psychology
Religion & Revolution
Philosophy of the Environment
Contemporary Ethical Questions
Philosophy of Body, Consciousness, & Perception
Introduction to Political Philosophy
- Penfield, C. (under review). Deleuze’s Foucault. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Penfield, C., with Yubraj Aryal, Vernon Cisney, and Nicolae Morar (2016). Between Foucault and Derrida. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Penfield, C. (under review). ‘Deleuze and Foucault’s Virtual Ontology of the Event.’ (~10,000)
- Penfield, C. (under review). ‘Foucault’s Virtual Ontology of Forces: From Panoptic Dispersion to Algorithmic Policing.’ (~9000)
- Penfield, C. (2016). ‘Words and Images,’ In Focus: Parts of the Face: French Vocabulary Lesson 1961 by Larry Rivers, Sophie Cras, Tate Research Publication.<http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/in-focus/parts-of-the-face-french-vocabulary-lesson-larry-rivers/words-and-images>.
- Penfield, C. (2014). ‘Toward a Theory of Transversal Politics: Deleuze and Foucault’s Block of Becoming,’ Foucault Studies, 17(Special Issue: Foucault and Deleuze): 134-172. <http://rauli.cbs.dk/index.php/foucault-studies/article/view/4257>.
- Penfield, C. (2017). ‘Carceral, Capital, Power: The “Dark Side” of the Enlightenment in Discipline and Punish,’ Understanding Foucault, Understanding Modernism, Ed. David Scott. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing. Pages 95-112.
- Penfield, C. (2016). ‘Introduction: Between Foucault and Derrida,’ Between Foucault and Derrida. Pages 1-26.
- Penfield, C. (2014). ‘Critique,’ The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon, Eds. Leonard Lawlor and John Nale. New York: Cambridge University Press. Pages 87-93.
- Penfield, C. (2011). ‘Foucault, Michel,’ Encyclopedia of Global Justice, Ed. Deen K. Chatterjee. New York: Springer. Pages 365-367. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_453.
- Penfield, C. (2017). Review of Foucault/Derrida Fifty Years Later: The Futures of Genealogy, Deconstruction, and Politics, Eds. Olivia Custer, Penelope Deutscher, and Samir Haddad, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2017.04.15. (~3500) <http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/foucaultderrida-fifty-years-later-the-futures-of-genealogy-deconstruction-and-politics/>.
- Penfield, C. (2014). Review of Rethinking Philosophy and Theology with Deleuze by Brent Adkins and Paul R. Hinlicky, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2014.03.12. (~3000) <http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/46783-rethinking-philosophy-and-theology-with-deleuze-a-new-cartography/>.
- Penfield, C. (2022). ‘On Tyranny & Friendship: An Essay,’ Ed. Arendt Speser. Seattle and Rome: Andante Books.
- Penfield, C. (2019). Translation of The Deleuze Seminars: Foucault by Gilles Deleuze, Lectures 09-14, <https://deleuze.cla.purdue.edu/seminars/foucault>. (~112,000)
- Penfield, C. (2016). Translation of ‘“But Such People Are Insane”: On a Disputed Passage from the First Meditation’ by Jean-Marie Beyssade, Between Foucault and Derrida. Pages 82-100.
- Penfield, C. (2016). Translation of ‘A Return to Descartes’ First Meditation’ by Michel Foucault, Between Foucault and Derrida. Pages 101-103.
- Penfield, C. (2016). Translation of ‘The Literary Birth of Biopolitics’ by Judith Revel, Biopower: Foucault and Beyond, Eds. Nicolae Morar and Vernon Cisney. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Pages 29-47.
Dr. Penfield is the co-editor of the book Between Foucault and Derrida (2016) and the author of several articles on, or related to, post-war French philosophy, including those appearing in Foucault Studies (2014), The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon (2014), Tate Research (2016), and Understanding Foucault, Understanding Modernism (2017). He is also the translator of Gilles Deleuze’s 1985-1986 Foucault Seminars, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant; and his monograph, Deleuze’s Foucault, is currently under review with the University of Edinburgh Press. Most recently, Dr. Penfield published his essay, “On Tyranny & Friendship” (2022), as a standalone pamphlet with Andante Books.