Sarah FELDMAN

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Sarah FELDMAN
Ph.D. Candidate

M.A., Philosophy, Dalhousie University
B.A., Philosophie, University of Victoria


Work E-mail: sfeld040@uottawa.ca

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Biography

Current Research

My dissertation, entitled “Opposition and Unity in Heraclitus”, argues that Heraclitus’ use of opposition aims to break down his audience’s existing modes of cognition in order to allow the apprehension of reality as an undifferentiated unity. I examine the role of the human ignorance/divine understanding dichotomy in Heraclitus’ thought, and consider the strategies that Heraclitus uses to bridge this epistemic gap. I claim that, by undermining his audience’s connection to the needs and values that ground the human perspective, Heraclitus offers a means of overcoming human epistemic limits and of approaching the understanding otherwise reserved for the god alone.  

Publications

Books

The Half-Life of Oracles: Poems. Markham: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2018.

Articles

“Symbolic Cognition in Poetic Experience: Re-representing the Paraphrase Paradox”, British Journal of Aesthetics, in press, DOI: 10.1093/aesthj/ayz063

Book Reviews

“Marco Antonio Santamaría (ed.), The Derveni Papryus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries, Leiden: Brill, 2019”, in: Ancient Philosophy 40 (1), p. 236-241.

Scholarships and awards

2019-2020 OGS Scholarship

2019-2020 University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship

2016-2020 University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship

Conference participation

“Unity of Ignorance, Ignorance of Unity: Animal-Human Juxtapositions in Heraclitus.” Short plenary to be presented at the International Association for Presocratic Studies Seventh Biennial Conference. Universidade Federale de Minas Gerais, Brazil, July 12-16, 2021.

“Do We Use Our Ears to Listen to the Logos? Empiricism as Method and Metaphor in Heraclitus.” Paper presented at 13th London Ancient Science

Conference, University College London, U.K., February 12, 2019.

“Reading Poetry with Terrence Deacon,” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Canadian Society for Aesthetics, University of Regina, May 27, 2018.

Employment

2016-present Teaching Assistant, University of Ottawa

Community service

2018-2020 VP University Affairs, Graduate Philosophy Student Association

2019 Co-organizer, Practical Philosophy & Philosophical Practice, 2nd Annual PhilosoFest Graduate Philosophy Conference, March 1-3.

Other relevant experience

2014-2016 Teaching Fellow, Springfield Commonwealth Academy, Massachusetts.

Fields of Interest

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Literature
  • Aesthetics
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