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Michael House

Assistant Professor
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of South Carolina

Office: HUO 708
Email: housemk@mailbox.sc.edu
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Michael House (B.A. King’s College 2001; Ph.D. Princeton 2009) has recently joined the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures as an Assistant Professor of German. Before joining the faculty, he was an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University and an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute (2009-2010) at the University of Toronto.

His research explores the intersections of literature, philosophy, and human sciences around 1800. Generally, he is interested in the formation of the modern individual as a site of scientific exploration. He has recently published articles on this theme, including: “Beyond the Brain: Skeptical and Satirical Reactions to Gall’s Organologie” (2010) and “Writing Empirical Souls: Self-Deception and the Science of Man around 1800” (forthcoming, 2014).

He is currently completing a manuscript, tentatively titled, Grounding Fictions:Skepticism, Idealism and the Modern Individual, which looks at the reemergence of skepticism in post-Kantian philosophy and Early German Romanticism. A recent publication, “Kant’s Uncertain Mariner” (2014), which belongs to this project, looks at Kant’s use of literary-poetic writing to examine both the limits of philosophy and our desire to surpass these limits. 

He has taught courses on language, literature, and philosophy at all levels. 

Recent courses include: “The Apocalypse in German Thought,” “Modern German Philosophy,” and “Germany and the Environment.” He is excited to start teaching in at the University of South Carolina. In 2014/2015 he will be offering “German Conversation and Composition,” “In Pursuit of Freedom” and a Grad seminar entitled, "Enlightenment and its Counter-currents."