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Jason Aleksander, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Email: aleksander@sxu.edu | CV (PDF) | Profile on academia.edu | Profile on PhilPapers

Areas of Specialization

Academic Background

Jason Aleksander earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University in May 2007, and he joined the faculty of SXU as an assistant professor in August of that year. He received promotion to associate professor in August 2011. Since June 2011, Aleksander has served as department chair of Philosophy. Aleksander's research focuses primarily on Dante and Nicholas of Cusa.

Courses Offered at SXU

Selected Publications:

For a full list of publications, see his CV (PDF).

  1. “Providence, Temporal Authority, and the Illustrious Vernacular in Dante’s Political Philosophy.” In Time: Sense, Space, Structure, Presenting the Past, vol. 5, edited by Nancy van Deusen and Leonard Michael Koff. Leiden: E. J. Brill, forthcoming

  2. “The Divine Comedy’s Construction of its Audience in Paradiso 2.1-18.” Essays in Medieval Studies 30 (2015), forthcoming

  3. “‘But following the literal sense, the Jews refuse to understand:’ Hermeneutic Conflicts in the De pace fidei.” American Cusanus Society Newsletter 31 (2014), forthcoming

  4. The Problem of Temporality in the Literary Framework of Nicholas of Cusa’s De pace fidei.” Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 1.2 (2014): 135-145

  5. All Philosophers Go to Hell: Dante and the Problem of Infernal Punishment,” with Scott Aikin. Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions 53, no. 1 (2014): 19-31

  6. Nicholas of Cusa’s De pace fidei and the Meta-Exclusivism of Religious Pluralism,” with Scott Aikin. International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 74, no. 2 (2013): 219-235

  7. Teaching the Divine Comedy’s Understanding of Philosophy.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Languages, Composition, and Culture 13, no. 1 (2013): 67-76

  8. The Significance of the Erosion of the Prohibition against Metabasis to the Success and Legacy of the Copernican Revolution.” Annales Philosophici 3 (2011): 9-22

  9. The Problem of Theophany in Paradiso 33.” Essays in Medieval Studies 27 (2011): 61-78

  10. Dante’s Understanding of the Two Ends of Human Desire and the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology.” The Journal of Religion 91, no. 2 (April 2011): 158-187

  11. The Aporetic Ground of Revelation’s Authority in the Divine Comedy and Dante’s Demarcation and Defense of Philosophical Authority.” Essays in Medieval Studies 26 (2010): 1-14

  12. The Future of Cusanus Research and the Modern Legacy of Renaissance Philosophy and Theology.” American Cusanus Society Newsletter 25, no. 1 (July, 2008): 45-48

  13. Modern Paradoxes of Aristotle's Logic.” Epoché 9, no. 1 (Fall 2004): 79-99

Research Honors

Honors and Awards from Saint Xavier University