Dr. John Harfouch

Assistant Professor, Philosophy Pre-Law Advisor, Pre-Law


Dr. Harfouch researches the mind-body problem and the concept of race. His recent essay, Kant's Racial Mind-Body Unions," argues that Kant's concept of race should be recognized as a solution to the problem. He is wrapping up a manuscript entitled "Another Mind-Body Problem: Mind, Body, and Race from Descartes to Kant," which argues that the mind-body problem is less a problem of beings that lack unity, but rather unifies minds and bodies that lack being. Earlier this year, Dr. Harfouch saw The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon appear, a volume of which he is co-editor.

John Harfouch's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 2011
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Memphis, 2008
  • B.A., Philosophy, The George Washington University, 2003

Classes Taught

Honors and Awards

  • Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students Nominee, Penn State University, 2010
  • Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award Nominee, Penn State University, 2010
  • Penn State University Graduate Assistant Fellowship, 2008-2011
  • University of Memphis Graduate Assistant Fellowship, 2004-2008
  • Awarded 'Distinction' on Comprehensive Exam in Ancient Philosophy, University of Memphis, August 2005
  • The George Washington University, Presidential Scholarship, 2001-2003


  • "Kant's Racial Mind-Body Unions". Continental Philosophy Review.
  • "Descartes on the Disposition of the Blood and the Substantial Union of Mind and Body". Studia UBB Philosophia: Descartes' Scientific and Philosophical Disputes with his Contemporaries Volume 58 no. 3 (December 2013).
  • "Arthur de Gobineau on Blood and Race". Critical Philosophy of Race Vol. 2 No. 1 2014.
  • "Strategies and Tactics". The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon. Cambridge University Press. (April 2014).
  • "Biotic Competition and Progress in the Works of Charles Darwin". The Southern Journal of Philosophy. Volume 48. (September 2010).
  • "Divisions of Manet". Philosophy Today. DePaul University, Chicago, IL. (Spring 2007)