Heath Massey

Academic Specialties and Other Interests

I teach in the Philosophy department, as well as the Critical Identity Studies department. I’m interested in the history of philosophy, especially modern and contemporary thought, and my primary research interests are the philosophy of time and the critical philosophy of race. I specialize in Twentieth Century Continental philosophy, with an emphasis on phenomenology, existentialism, and Henri Bergson. In addition to European thought, I have a growing interest in Africana Philosophy and questions about the ethics and politics of identity and difference.

I really enjoy working with students to help you explore your questions and develop your thinking about issues of fundamental importance. I view the classroom is a place for discussion and debate, where we can develop our ideas in collaboration with one another and with the thinkers we read together. I also enjoy getting to know my students outside the classroom, hearing about your unique interests and aspirations, and helping you navigate your way through college and beyond. As your advisor, my role is to guide you on your journey by listening to you, answering your questions, connecting you with resources on campus, and assisting you in thinking concretely about your future.

When I’m not working, I like to spend time camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, or throwing the Frisbee. I also enjoy listening to music, watching movies, reading fiction, and hanging out with my wife and our ten-year-old son. I’m originally from the Southeast U.S., but I’ve really grown to love the Midwest, and I have a hard time imagining myself elsewhere. My time at Beloit has been amazing, thanks largely to my fantastic students and colleagues. I look forward to helping you make a smooth transition to college life and take ownership of your education at Beloit.

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