I am Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Regis University (Regis College) in Denver, Colorado. I work primarily in contemporary Continental philosophy, focusing on its intersections with logic and mathematics, and the implications of these intersections for social and political thought.
My book, Multiplicity and Ontology in Deleuze and Badiou (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), contends that multiplicity is an ontological structure and as such prescribes an ontological procedure in the work of Gilles Deleuze, his collaborations with Félix Guattari, and in relation to that of Alain Badiou. This research was profiled in an "Early Career Research Spotlight" at the Blog of the American Philosophical Association: https://blog.apaonline.org/2017/11/15/early-career-research-spotlight-rebecca-vartebedian/.
In addition to continuing work with mathematics and logic - particularly geometry and its use by Descartes, Husserl, and Derrida, as well as the role and function of logics in Badiou's work - I am interested in questions of disintegration following from Deleuze and Guattari's account of geophilosophy, and forms of hospitality in new materialism; this latter interest engages work by Rosi Braidotti, Jane Bennett, and Sara Ahmed.
Connected more closely to my teaching, I maintain research interests in value of critical theory and phenomenology in service of questions of justice and the common good. This work is informed by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Iris Marion Young, Fred Evans, John Russon, and George Yancy. My interest in phenomenology is long-standing, and it was Merleau-Ponty's work in particular that inspired work on the Master's Thesis I wrote at the University of Colorado Denver in 2009.
(Monograph) Multiplicity and Ontology in Deleuze and Badiou. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
"Negation, Structure, Transformation: Alain Badiou and the New Metaphysics." In Open Philosophy topical issue, "The New Metaphysics: Analytic/Continental Crossovers" (2018): 213-222. Open Access online: https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opphil.2018.1.issue-1/opphil-2018-0015/opphil-2018-0015.xml?format=INT
"Allowances, Affordances, and the Collaborative Constitution of Identity.” Perspectives International Postgraduate Journal in Philosophy, vol. 5 (2014), 58-74.
"Should We Condemn Michael?” in Ultimate LOST and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone, ed. Sharon Kaye (Wiley, 2010), 233-241. Also appeared as “Should We Condemn Michael for Saving Walt?” in LOST and Philosophy: The Island Has Its Reasons, ed. Sharon Kaye (Blackwell, 2007), 18-25.
"Special Effects, Special Status: Lie, Visual Effects, and Stephen Prince’s Perceptual Realism,” Cinemascope 10 (Jan.-June 2008), special issue: Falsehood and Cinema, ed. Mariangela Fornaro, http://www.cinemascope.it.
Review of James Dreier, ed., Contemporary Debates in Moral Theory (Blackwell, 2006), Teaching Philosophy 30:1 (March 2007), 132-134.
Forthcoming and Under Review
Review of Alain Badiou and Gilles Haéri, In Praise of Mathematics (Polity, 2016). Forthcoming in Badiou Studies, vol. 6.
"Alain Badiou." Entry for Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers.
With S. Andarge, N. Aranda, J. Brady, T.M. Charfauros, K. Coakley, and R. Worles, "Seeing By / Seeing With: Returning to the 'I' after George Yancy." Book chapter in preparation for festschrift in honor of Dr. George Yancy.
teaching and course development
I develop courses around my firmly-held belief that philosophy is a form of immanent critique. Philosophy is a tool that exposes gaps between aspiration and actuality, and as such provides those who engage it with the awareness and skills necessary to transform the present for a better future. Where it is appropriate, students in my courses engage in Community-Based and Service learning as a way of expanding their understanding of course material.
I teach courses in the Philosophy department, the Honors Program, and the Integrative and Foundational Cores. A sampling of my recent and upcoming courses include the following:
With the exception of Writing for Social Justice, each of the courses listed above are of my own conception and design. When possible, I use live issues shaping campus and student life to inform my approach to course construction; such is the case with Hospitality, Justice, and the Common Good, and with Precarious Bodies.
In spring 2017, our Philosophy Capstone course focused on existentialism and existential themes in films. Together, my students and I completed a blog with our invitations. Read more here: http://regisphilosophycapstone.weebly.com/.
With Alexis Thieme (Language Arts teacher, Littleton High School), I have developed curriculum using Linda Christiansen's "Four Corners of Injustice" framework for discussing issues of sexist and racist oppression in introductory university and high school classrooms. We began our collaboration during the 2017 Denver Writing Project Intensive Summer Institute. Partnered with the National Writing Project, DWP gathers classroom teachers in grades K-16 to discuss strategies and best practices for teaching writing, and cultivates opportunities for writing practice.
My academic preparation is pluralistic; my work with contemporary Continental philosophy is informed by extensive training in the history of Philosophy and work with Analytic philosophy.
Ph.D., Philosophy, Duquesne University
M. Humanities, Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy and Film Studies, University of Colorado Denver
M.A., Philosophy of Religion (Honors), Denver Seminary
B.A., Philosophy and History, Regis University (Regis College)