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Photo of Dr. Joseph Westfall Joseph Westfall, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: -N-1045
(713) 221-2768


B.A. Santa Clara University
M.A. Boston College
Ph.D. Boston College

Joseph Westfall began teaching at UHD in 2005, and was promoted (with tenure) to Associate Professor in 2011. He is Faculty Advisor for the Texas Nu Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau at UHD, the International Honor Society in Philosophy. Dr. Westfall teaches courses on existentialism, ethics, and the philosophy of art and film.

Scholarly Interests
Joseph Westfall is a philosopher of art and literature trained in the Continental European philosophical tradition, with a special focus on the works of Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche. His primary research interests are in questions of style and authorship, and he has written and presented extensively on Kierkegaard’s use of pseudonymity. He also has interests in the philosophy of film, 20th-century Continental philosophy (especially Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, and Jacques Derrida), and in philosophy and popular culture.


The Kierkegaardian Author: Authorship and Performance in Kierkegaard’s Literary and Dramatic Criticism (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2007).

“Kierkegaard and Intentionally Fictional Authors,” Philosophy Today 56: 3 (2012).

“Larry David as … Himself?” in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy, ed. Mark Ralkowski (Chicago: Open Court, 2012) 25-42.

“Ironic Midwives: Socratic Maieutics in Nietzsche and Kierkegaard,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 35: 6 (2009) 627-648.

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