Natalie Nenadic

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on leave fall 2014

Ph.D. Yale University B.A. Stanford


History of Late Modern Philosophy, with an emphasis on Phenomenology and Ethics (especially Heidegger, Arendt, and Hegel), Philosophy of Law (especially Global Justice), Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist approaches to Philosophy

My research centers on illuminating contemporary ethical challenges through a combination of concrete practical investigation (a phenomenological approach) and creative use of the resources of philosophy's history, in a task that makes visible usually hidden dimensions of the human condition. To this end, I am completing two larger projects. The first uses Heidegger’s analyses of technology, traditional ontology, modern freedom, and philosophy of history to help us understand the pornographic and sexually violent culture of late modernity. I am the recipient of a 2013-2014 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Postdoctoral Fellowship to complete a book tentatively entitled Heidegger, Pornography, and Technology: Rethinking Freedom in the Age of the Internet ( The second project charts the philosophical method in conceptualizing the "new" crime of genocidal sexual atrocities and in attaining its recognition in law, a crime that before the Bosnian genocide had no name. I played a central role in this breakthrough, naming and theorizing the crime with Asja Armanda through our years of work with refugee-survivors in the war zone and enlisting Catharine MacKinnon to represent them and, with her, initiating a landmark lawsuit in New York (Kadic v. Karadzic) that pioneered the crime's recognition under international law. I situate this original contribution to method in ethics within the phenomenological philosophies of Hegel, Heidegger, Levinas, and Arendt. This book is tentatively entitled The Imperative of "Thinking" After Auschwitz: Phenomenology, Ethics, and the Genealogy of the Concept of Genocidal Rape, a project for which I was offered a 2014-2015 Hannah Arendt Center Fellowship. A significant aspect of my research is meta-philosophical. It grapples with the question of the nature and task of philosophy in our time and historically.

Selected Publications: 

"Heidegger, Feminism, and Pornography" in The Philosophy of Pornography: Contemporary Perspectives, eds. Lindsay Coleman and Jacob Held (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield), 105-125.

Review of Scott M. Campbell, The Early Heidegger's Philosophy of Life: Facticity, Being, and Language, Fordham University Press, 2012, Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual 4 (2014): 96-105. (

Review of Hans Maes and Jerrold Levinson (eds.), Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays, Oxford University Press, 2012, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2014.01.18. (

"Heidegger, Arendt, and Eichmann in Jerusalem," Journal of Comparative and Continental Philosophy 5, no. 1 (2013)

"Genocide and Sexual Atrocities: Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem and Karadzic in New York," Philosophical Topics 39, no. 2 (2011): 117-144.

"Sexual Abuse, Modern Freedom, and Heidegger's Philosophy," Social Philosophy Today 27 (2011): 83-98.

"Philosophy, International Law, and Genocide: The New York Case Against Karadzic," Brief: The Official Journal of the Law Society of Western Australia 38, no. 2 (2011): 20-23.

"Pornography, Genocide, and the Law" (with Asja Armanda), in Big Porn Inc: Naming the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry, eds. Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray (Melbourne: Spinifex Press, 2011), 229-238.

"Feminist Philosophical Intervention in Genocide," in Metacide in the Pursuit of Excellence, ed. James R. Watson (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010), 135-162.


Selected Presentations

"Heideggerian Reflections on MacKinnon and Feminism," (Invited) Panel on the 25th Anniversary of Catharine MacKinnon's Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, American Philosophical Association (APA) Pacific Division Meeting, Vancouver, April 1-5, 2015

"Heidegger and the Ubiquity and Invisibility of Pornography in the Internet Age," Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition (PACT) at the APA Pacific Division Meeting, Vancouver, April 1-5, 2015

"Heidegger, Pornography, and Technology: Rethinking Freedom in the Age of the Internet," Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) -- Ireland, University College Dublin, November 21-22, 2014

"Pornography and the Ambivalence of Modernity: A Heideggerian Critique," Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition (PACT), Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, October 2-4, 2014

"Heidegger, Feminism, and Pornography," Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (June 2014)

"Sexual Violence and Objectification: A Heideggerian Historical Analysis from Aristotle to Enlightenment Political Thought," American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago (Aug.-Sept. 2013); also presented as an invited lecture at Kennesaw State University, Georgia (November 2012)

"Pornography, Technology, and Closing off the Possibilities of Authentic Mitsein," Conference on "Discovering the 'We': The Phenomenology of Sociality," University College Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)

Organized and moderated "A Conversation with Karsten Harries" at The 47th Annual Meeting of the Heidegger Circle, New Haven, CT (May 2013)

"Sexual Abuse and Pornography: A Heideggerian Analysis," Annual Meeting of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle, Fudan University, Shanghai, China (March 2013)

"The Imperative of 'Thinking' After Auschwitz: The Genealogy of the Concept of Genocidal Rape," Society for the Philosophcal Study of Genocide and the Holocaust at the American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division Meeting, New Orleans (February 2013)

"Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite: Wollstonecraft contra Rousseau contra Aristotle," Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston (November 2012)

"Hannah Arendt, the United Nations, and the Srebrenica (Bosnia) Genocide," International Political Science Association World Congress, Madrid, Spain (July 2012)

"Heidegger, Arendt, and Eichmann in Jerusalem," Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle Annual Meeting, San Diego (March 2012)

"Hannah Arendt, Genocide, and Sexual Atrocities," Meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World at the American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Meeting, Chicago (February 2012)

"Hannah Arendt, Knowledge, and the Life-World," Confernece on Responsibility, Formal Knowledge, and the Life-World by the Australasian Phenomenology and Hermeneutics Association, Perth, Australia (November 2011)

  • Advanced Topics in Ethics: Arendt with Heidegger (graduate/upper division)
  • Philosophy of Law: Arendt and International Justice (graduate/upper division)
  • Heidegger's Being and Time (graduate seminar)
  • Modernity, Pornography, Sex Equality (graduate seminar, Heidegger-oriented)
  • Philosophy of Law: Pornography (graduate/upper division)
  • Hegel (upper division)
  • Philosophy and Pornography
  • Philosophy of Architecture
  • Epistemology and Ethics (upper division)
  • Introduction to Legal Philosophy
  • Introduction to Feminism and Philosophy
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to Philosophy


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