About

I am a Ph. D. candidate in philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta. My areas of research and teaching interest are German idealism and nineteenth-century philosophy. I am also interested in the areas of continental philosophy, social and political thought, especially decolonial philosophy, philosophy of nature, and the history of philosophy.

I was born in El Paso, Texas, but grew up across the border in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. I spent my early adult years in Denver, Colorado, my family having emigrated to the U.S. when I turned fifteen. In 2012, I received B.A.’s in philosophy, history, and political science, from the University of Colorado Denver. A pluralistic department, I was trained in the history of philosophy, analytic philosophy, and continental thought. My interdisciplinary training exposed me early on to a variety of research and teaching methodologies.

At Emory, a department with emphasis in the history of philosophy and continental philosophy, I have built a solid foundation in the core questions and areas of the western philosophical cannon, in addition to other areas such as aesthetics, phenomenology, and critical theory. Because of Emory’s commitment to the liberal arts, I enjoyed the opportunity to take graduate courses in the Comparative Literature Department, the Institute for the Liberal Arts, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, and Emory’s Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (re: decolonial philosophy). In 2016, I was a research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, and in 2017 I was awarded a DAAD for German language training in Freiburg, Germany. I am also a founding member of Emory’s minorities and philosophy (MAP) chapter.

My research interests are informed by my life-long concern with understanding how we give accounts of the world and especially how we go about explaining change to ourselves, including large-scale social change. My experience as a first-generation immigrant and exposure to various methodological approaches in other academic disciplines contributed to my fascination with how we construct accounts of who we are and have become. This has brought me into metaphysical debates about the nature of account-giving, in particular the authority of reason, and its relation to history and theories of the natural world.

Besides theory, I enjoy photography, plant potting, and indie and folk music, in particular the Spanish singer-songwriter Nacho Vegas. In terms of literature, I especially like the work of Mexican writer Juan Rulfo. I love French cheeses and virtually any and all pastries.

For any questions, feel free to write me at omar.quinonez@emory.edu.