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John  Protevi 
Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies
PhD: Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, 1990
Phone: (225) 578-6664
Office: 408 Hodges


John Protevi received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 1990. A long-time member of the faculty in French Studies at LSU, he was recently named Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies. In 2012 he also became Professor of Philosophy with teaching duties in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Area of Interest

Professor Protevi teaches courses primarily in contemporary French philosophy (Foucault and Deleuze) and plans to offer courses in philosophy of mind and philosophy of biology. His research focuses on the intersections of dynamical systems theory; the cognitive, life, and earth sciences; and contemporary French philosophy.

Courses Recently Offered

  • FREN 7410 Contemporary French Thought
  • HNRS 2013 Evolution and Biology of Morality
Awards & Honors
  • Scots Philosophical Club, Centenary Fellow, University of Dundee, Fall 2012
  • LSU College of HSS Manship Summer Research Grant, July 2011
  • LSU Council on Research Summer Research Stipend, July 2004
  • Program Enrichment Fund Award, Association of American Geographers, March 2003
  • Leverhulme Research Fellow, Dept of Philosophy, University of Warwick, 1995-96
Selected Publications
  • Life, Earth, War: Deleuzean Interventions, forthcoming with University of Minnesota Press.
  • Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic (Minnesota, 2009)
  • Editor, Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy (Edinburgh, 2005); North American edition, A Dictionary of Continental Philosophy (Yale, 2006)
  • “Semantic, Pragmatic, and Affective Enactment at Occupy Wall Street.” Theory & Event 14.4 Supplement.
  • “Mind in Life, Mind in Process: Toward a New Transcendental Aesthetic and a New Question of Panpsychism.” Journal of Consciousness Studies 18.5-6 (2011): 94-116.
  • “Adding Deleuze to the Mix.” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 9.3 (September 2010): 417-436.