Faculty Highlights

Recent Faculty Achievements (2016 - 2018)

FGCU Philosophy Program



  1. Dr. Mohamad Al-Hakim co-edited a special volume of the journal, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review (Cambridge University Press) celebrating the influential work of philosopher, David Gauthier. The volume [Dialogue 55, vol. 4 (2016)] includes an introduction co-authored by Dr. Al-Hakim entitled “30 Years After Morals by Agreement.”
  1. Dr. Kevin Aho’s new edited volume, Existential Medicine: Essays in Health and Illness, appeared in May 2018. The volume is published by Rowman and Littlefield International.
  1. Dr. Kevin Aho recently published an article entitled “Neurasthenia Revisited: On Medically Unexplained Syndromes and the Value of Hermeneutic Medicine.” The article appears in Journal of Applied Hermeneutics (2018)
  1. Dr. Kevin Aho recently published an article entitled "Temporal Experience in Anxiety: Embodiment, Selfhood, and the Collapse of Meaning.” The article appears in the journal, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (2018).
  1. Dr. Carolyn Culbertson recently published an article in a volume entitled Walker Percy, Philosopher (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) edited by Leslie Marsh. Dr. Culbertson’s article is entitled “Walker Percy, Phenomenology, and the Mystery of Language.”
  1. Dr. Carolyn Culbertson published an article in IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Volume 9, no. 2 (2016). Her article is entitled, “The Omnipotent Word of Medical Diagnosis and the Silence of Depression: An Argument for Kristeva’s Therapeutic Approach.”
  1. Dr. Carolyn Culbertson recently published two translations from Martin Heidegger’s Collected Works in the journal, Philosophy Today. “Art and Thinking” and “Reciprocal Mirroring,” co-translated with Tobias Keiling, both appear in Philosophy Today, Vol. 61, no. 1 (2017).
  1. Dr. Landon Frim recently published an article, “Substance Abuse: Spinoza contra Deleuze.” The article, co-authored with Dr. Harrison Fluss, appears in Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy Volume 23, no. 1 (2018).
  1. Dr. Landon Frim recently published an article, “Nature or Atoms? Reframing the IR Curriculum through Ethical Worldviews” in Teaching Ethics Volume 17, no. 2 (2017).
  1. Dr. Landon Frim recently published an article in Ethics, Policy, and Environment (Issue 3, 2017). Dr. Frim’s article is entitled “Humanism, Biocentrism, and the Problem of Justification.”
  1. Dr. Miles Hentrup recently published an article in Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. His article, “Self-Completing Skepticism: On Hegel’s Sublation of Pyrrhonism,” appears in Epoché, Volume 23, no. 1 (2018).


  1. In July 2018, Dr. Kevin Aho taught a seminar at the Institute for Hermeneutic Phenomenology at the University of Buffalo’s College of Nursing. The seminar was on Heidegger, technology, and health care. 
  2. Mo Al-HakimDr. Mohamad Al-Hakim was awarded a 2017-18 Aquila Award for Outstanding Student Scholarship Support. The award is given to those faculty members who students wish to individually recognize as important mentors for their own scholarly projects.
  3. Dr. Mohamad Al-Hakim was recently invited to be Advisory Board Member to the International Hate Studies Network (IHNS). The network, established in 2013, is a cross-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary organization that aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge about the study of hate and hate crime.
  4. Dr. Carolyn Culbertson was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University.
  5. Dr. Landon Frim recently joined the philosophy faculty at FGCU. Dr. Frim specializes in Spinoza, Early Modern Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Religion. He joins us from his most recent position as Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. Joseph’s College in New York.


  1. Dr. Mohamad Al-Hakim recently presented a public lecture at the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples. His lecture followed the theater’s production of Ayad Akhtar’s play, The Who and the What.
  2. FGCU philosophy professors recently served as judges for the Southwest Florida Regional High School Ethics Bowl competition, which brings together several high school ethics bowl teams from around the region to compete for a spot in the annual National High School Ethics Bowl. Drs. Al-Hakim, Culbertson, and Hentrup served as judges for the event, hosted in January 2018.


  1. Dr. Mohamad Al-Hakim has a chapter forthcoming in a new book entitled The Ethics of Homelessness Volume 2 (Brill Publishing), edited by G. John Abbarno. Dr. Al-Hakim’s chapter is entitled “Removing the Conditions of Homelessness.”
  2. Dr. Carolyn Culbertson’s new book, Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language (Rowman and Littlefield International) will appear in 2019.
  3. Dr. Landon Frim’s essay, "Back to the Futurists: On Accelerationism Left and Right," co-authored with Dr. Harrison Fluss, will appear in the new edited volume, Against the Rule of Irrationalism: Why Democracies Need Science, published by Prometheus Books.

4. Dr. Landon Frim’s new book, The Moral Labyrinth: Introducing Ethics through Thought Experiments (Kendall Hunt Publishing) will appear in 2019.