Tarek Dika

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Tarek Dika

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows

Office Location(s): 2030 Tisch Hall
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  • Fields of Study
    • Early Modern Epistemology and Metaphysics (Descartes)
    • Kant
    • German and French Phenomenology
  • About

    Tarek R. Dika earned his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, and specializes in early modern philosophy (Descartes), Kant, and phenomenology. His research in modern philosophy focuses on how philosophical and scientific methodologies influence theories of the human cognitive faculties, particularly with respect to (1) identifying relations between various faculties and (2) specifying regimes of cognitive perfection for the sake of knowledge in science, metaphysics, and morals.

    He is currently working on a monograph on Descartes, in which he argues that Descartes correlates the possibility of knowledge in science and metaphysics to the methodological configuration and perfection of the human cognitive faculties. These configurations, he argues, are diverse, and so, pace the standard interpretation, there is no one way in which Descartes’ method has to be applied.

    He is also working on a series of articles on Kant, in which he argues, against non-metaphysical interpretations of Kant, that non-human models of cognition play substantive roles in Kant’s method of transcendental reflection. These models are introduced in order to make up for problems and antinomies that are a function of the human conditions of cognition and action, and without these models, Kant cannot unify theoretical and practical reason.

    In contemporary phenomenology, Dika’s work has primarily consisted in establishing terms of debate between phenomenology and analytic philosophy. A book of interviews he, together with his co-editor, conducted with phenomenologists in Paris in 2010–2011, will be published next year by Fordham. Underscoring new developments––responses to the analytic philosophy of language and mind and the emerging significance of the ‘phenomenology of life’ in its biological dimension––the book, Quiet Powers of the Possible, aims to broaden the scope of phenomenological debate in the United States, much of which remains narrowly focused on the so–called ‘theological turn.’

    Recent Selected Publications:

    Quiet Powers of the Possible: Interviews in Contemporary French Phenomenology (Forthcoming).

    "Givenness and the Basic Problems of Phenomenology" (Forthcoming).

    Languages: French, German, Arabic, and Latin. Basic Greek.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Intellectual History, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
      M.A. Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 2010
      B.A., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, 2005