Natalie Nenadic

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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 phenomenology and analyses of technology, freedom, and modernity to help us understand the harms of the pornographic and sexually violent culture of late modernity. I am the recipient of a 2013-2014 American Association of University Women (AAUW) 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 renown U.S. attorney Catharine MacKinnon to represent them. We initiated a landmark lawsuit in New York (Kadic v. Karadzic) that pioneered the crime's recognition under international law, in a judicial venue we created in the U.S. before the existence of the International Criminal Tribunals. These efforts were key in breaking through the massive denial surrounding these atrocities. I situate this original contribution to method in ethics within the phenomenological philosophical tradition, in particular Hannah Arendt's analyses of the Nuremberg Trials and the Eichmann trial, which strugged to adequately conceptualize what, before the Holocaust, was the "unknown" crime of genocide. I also draw on her analysis of how totalitarian regimes mask their atrocities.This book is tentatively entitled The Imperative of "Thinking" After Auschwitz: 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 and the Ubiquity and Invisibility of Pornography in the Internet Age" (under review)

"Catharine MacKinnon, Feminism, and Continental Philosophy: Comments on Toward a Feminist Theory of the State -- Twenty Five Years Later," American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, Vol. 14, no. 3 (Fall 2015)

"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

"Mary Wollstonecraft and the Ambivalence of Modernity," (Invited) American Philosophical Association (APA) Eastern Division Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 6-9, 2016

"Heidegger and the Ubiquity and Invisibility of Pornography in the Internet Age," Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, in conjunction with The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy 2015 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, October 8-12, 2015

Also presented as part of a panel I organized "Gender, Justice, and Gestell: New Beginnings" at the Heidegger Circle Annual Meeting, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, May 7-10, 2015

"Catharine MacKinnon, Feminism, and Continental Philosophy," Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition (PACT), Seattle University, September 24-26, 2015

First presented as an invited paper on a panel celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of Catharine MacKinnon's Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, American Philosophical Association (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)
  • Existentialism (graduate/upper division)
  • Social Theory Graduate Seminar: Justice (co-taught with faculty from Literature, Sociology, and Anthropology) (Spring 2016)
  • Modernity, Pornography, Sex Equality (graduate seminar, Heidegger-oriented)
  • Philosophy of Law: Catharine MacKinnon (graduate/upper division) (Spring 2016)
  • Philosophy of Law: Pornography (graduate/upper division)
  • Hegel (upper division)
  • Ethics
  • 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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