Dr. Gary Shapiro

Professor of Philosophy, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus



Archaeologies of Vision: Foucault and Nietzsche on Seeing and Saying, University of Chicago Press, 2003, 438 pp., 29 illustrations

Earthwards: Robert Smithson and Art After Babel, University of California Press, 1995; xiv + 271 pp.

Alcyone:  Nietzsche on Gifts, Noise, and Women, State University of New York Press, 1991; xii + 158 pp.

Nietzschean Narratives, Indiana University Press, 1989; x + 179 pp.

After the Future: Postmodern Times and Places, State University of New York Press, 1990, 360 pp. (Collection of original essays)

Hermeneutics: Questions and Prospects, co-editor (with Alan Sica) University of Massachusetts Press, 1984, 310 pp.; paperback edition, Fall 1988 (Collection of original essays)


“The Absent Image: Translation as Impossible and Necessary,” Journal of Visual Culture (April 2007) pp. 13-24 (lead article)

“Territories, Landscapes, Gardens: Toward Geoaesthetics,” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 9:2 (2004), pp. 103-115

“‘Give Me a Break!’ Emerson on Fruit and Flowers,” in Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 1999, pp. 98-113

“What was Literary History?” Social Epistemology, 1988, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 3-19

“An Ancient Quarrel in Hegel’s Phenomenology,” The Owl of Minerva, Spring 1986, pp. 165-180

“Gadamer, Habermas, and the Death of Art,” The British Journal of Aesthetics, Winter 1986, pp. 39-47

“From the Sublime to the Political,” in New Literary History, 1985 (XVI:2), pp. 213-235

“Nietzschean Aphorism as Art and Act.” in Man and World, (now Continental Philosophy Review) 17:  3-4 (1984), pp. 399-429 and in Phenomenology and the Human Sciences (Nijhoff, 1985), pp. 159-190

“Peirce and Derrida on First and Last Things,” in University of Dayton Review, Spring 1984 (Hermeneutics issue), pp. 33-38

“Some Genres of Post-Hegelian Philosophy,” Metaphilosophy, July-October, 1982, pp. 269-276

“Nietzsche Contra Renan,” History and Theory, 1982, 2, pp. 193-222

“Reading and Writing in the Text of Hobbes’s Leviathan,” The Journal of the History of Philosophy, April 1980, pp. 147-157

“Notes on the Animal Kingdom of the Spirit,” Clio, Spring 1979, pp. 323-338.

“The Owl of Minerva and the Colors of the Night,” Philosophy and Literature, Fall 1977, pp. 276-294

“Hegel’s Dialectic of Artistic Meaning,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Fall 1976, pp. 23-35

“Hegel on the Meanings of Poetry,” Philosophy and Rhetoric, Spring 1975, pp. 88-107; published also in Art and Logic in Hegel's Philosophy, edited by W. Steinkraus and K. Schmitz, Humanities Press, 1980, pp. 35-54

“Intention and Interpretation in Art: A Semiotic Analysis,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Fall 1974, pp. 33-42


“Assassins and Crusaders: Nietzsche After 9/11” Nietzsche at the Margins ed A.Hicks and A. Rosenberg (Purdue University Press, 2007), pp. 186-204

“Nietzsche and the Philosophy of Religion,” in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, ed. Chad Meister (Routledge, 2007), pp. 170-180

“Nietzsche on Geophilosophy and Geoaesthetics,” in the Blackwell Companion to Nietzsche, ed. Keith Ansell-Pearson (Blackwell, 2006), pp. 477-494

“Ariadne’s Thread: Walter Benjamin’s Hashish Passages,” in High Culture: Reflections on Addiction and Modernity, ed. Anna Alexander and Mark Roberts (State University of New York Press, 2003), pp. 59-74

“Nietzsche and Visuality” in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford, 1998), vol.3, pp. 364-366

“French Aesthetics: Contemporary Painting Theory,” in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford, 1998), vol. 2, pp. 235-240

“Diasporas,” in Jacob Golomb, ed. Nietzsche and Jewish Culture (Routledge, 1997), pp. 244-262

“Debts Due and Overdue: Beginnings of Philosophy in Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Anaximander,” in Nietzsche, Genealogy, Morality: Essays on Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals, Richard Schacht, ed. (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1994), pp. 358-375

“Art and its Doubles: Danto, Foucault and their Simulacra,” in Mark Rollins, ed., Danto and his Critics (Blackwell’s, 1993),  pp. 129-141

“Subversion of System/Systems of Subversion,” (on Hegel), in Writing the Politics of Difference, Hugh J. Silverman, editor (State University of New York Press, 1991), pp. 1-12

“Translating, Repeating, Naming:  Foucault, Derrida and the Genealogy of Morals,” in Nietzsche and Postmodernism, edited by Clayton Koelb (State University of New York Press, 1990) pp. 39-55

“To Philosophize is to Learn to Die,” in Signs in Culture: Roland Barthes Today, edited by Steven Ungar and Betty McGraw, University of Iowa Press, 1989, pp. 3-31


Ph.D., Columbia University

B.A., Columbia College

Contact Information

(804) 289-8736¿

Areas of Expertise

European Philosophy since Kant
American Philosophy
Philosophy of Art