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Alexander Stern

Philosophy Instructor

Alexander Stern
Alexander Stern

I earned my doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, where I worked primarily on Frankfurt School critical theory and the philosophy of language. A version of my dissertation was recently published as The Fall of Language: Benjamin and Wittgenstein on Meaning by Harvard University Press. Before coming to Loyola, I taught courses on social and political philosophy and aesthetics at Notre Dame, and spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. I've also written on philosophy, language, and culture for the New York Times, the LA Review of Books, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications.

Recent Publications

  • "Guilt and Mourning: Adorno's Debt to and Critique of Benjamin," in the Blackwell Companion to Adorno (forthcoming)
  • The Fall of Language: Benjamin and Wittgenstein on Meaning, Harvard University Press
  • "'The familiar face of a word': Wittgenstein and Benjamin on the experience of meaning," European Journal of Philosophy
  • "'The Mother of Reason and Revelation': Benjamin on the Metaphysics of Language," Critical Horizons


Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Classes Taught

PHIL R122 - Philosophy of the Human Person

Areas of Expertise

Continental philosophy, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of language