Randy Wheeler



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Ph.D., Catholic University of America, 2005

M.A., Catholic University of America, 1999

B.A., Towson University, 1983

Areas of Expertise

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Areas of Competence:

History of Philosophy

Contemporary Continental Philosophy


A 1983 graduate of Towson University’s philosophy program, Randolph Wheeler received his master’s in 1999 and doctorate in 2005 from the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. Phenomenology and Existentialism, Kant, and Ethics are his areas of specialization, and the History of Philosophy and Contemporary Continental Philosophy are his areas of competence. His research focuses on the intersection of Immanuel Kant’s imperative and contemporary continental thought, including Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Lingis, and Žižek.

Dr. Wheeler’s publications include a book, Kant’s Imperative and Phenomenology’s Original Forces (Washington, DC: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2008), as well as journal articles, “Kant on Untruths and Lying” (Teaching Ethics, Vol. 8, 2007), “The Force of Truth versus the Power of Opinion” (EIDOS, Vol. 19, 2006), and Igor Stravinsky’s early ballet scores (“Progression to Primitivism,” The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies, Vol. 1, 1995). He is currently contributing an article to a collection of essays on the thought of Alphonso Lingis and is the editor of that work, which is now in process.

A former visiting professor at Xavier University, Dr. Wheeler has taught a number of courses at Towson University: Modern Philosophy, Business Ethics, Contemporary Ethical Problems, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy, and his T-Seminar “The Limits of Reason,” as well as Race, Class, and Gender. He is currently developing a course on phenomenology.

Selected Publications

  • Kant's Imperative and Phenomenology's Original Forces, The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2008
  • "Kant on Untruths and Lying," Teaching Ethics, Volume 8, 2007
  • "The Force of Truth versus the Power of Opinion," EIDOS Volume 19, 2006
  • "Progression to Primitivism," The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies, Volume 1, 1995