Back to Main P. Sven Arvidson, Ph.D.

Director, Liberal Studies
Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Faculty Development
Founding Coordinator, Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars


BIOGRAPHY

Part of a large family, I was born and raised on the Maryland side of Washington D.C. My bride and I left D.C. for my career as a professor in the Midwest. Most recently I've followed my wife's career to Seattle. To do so I resigned my tenured position in the Midwest, but this was a fantastic opportunity for both of us and Seattle is where we belong.

I teach intelligent and engaging students and find time to publish in various fields. What more can a professor want?

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Georgetown University, 1990

M.A. in Philosophy, Georgetown University, 1985

M.A. in Phenomenological Psychology, Duquesne University, 1981

B.A. in Human Development, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 1980

Graduate Educational Technology Certification, San Diego State University, 2001

POSITIONS

Director, Liberal Studies, Seattle University, Seattle, WA, 2010-present

Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Seattle University, 1999 - 2012

Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Faculty Development, Seattle University, 2008 - present

Associate Professor of Philosophy, tenured, Department of Philosophy, College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH, 1999 - 2000

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH, 1993 to 1998

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, St. Mary's College of Maryland, MD, 1991 to 1993

BOOKS

Teaching Nonmajors: Advice for Liberal Arts Professors, Albany: NY, SUNY Press, 2008. Isbn: 978-0-7914-7491-4 HB and 978-0-7914-7492-1 pbk Abstract

The Sphere of Attention: Context and Margin, Dordrecht: The Netherlands, Springer Press, 2006. Isbn: 1-4020-3571-3 HB Abstract

Intuition: The Inside Story: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, co-edited with Robbie Davis-Floyd, N.Y.: Routledge Press, 1997. Isbn: 0-415-91593-7 HB and 0-415-91594-5 pbk Abstract

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ARTICLES and CHAPTERS

Between Phenomenology and Psychology: The Interdisciplinarity of Aron Gurwitsch, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 2014, 45 (2). Abstract

Restructuring Attentionality and Intentionality, Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences, 2013, 36 (2), pp. 199-216. DOI 10.1007/s10746-012-9250-0. Abstract

Artistic Reverence, Chapter in The Art of Social Critique: Painting Mirrors of Social Life, editor Shawn Bingham, Lexington Books, 2012, pp. 531-557. Abstract

Eportfolios in a Liberal Studies Program: An Experiment in Sustainability, Chapter in Teaching Sustainability and Teaching Sustainably, editors Kirsten Bartels and Kelly Parker, Stylus Publications, 2012. Abstract

Gurwitsch, Aron, 1500 word entry in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, subject editor Dan Zahavi and general editor Edward Craig, Routledge Press, 2013. Abstract

Attention in Context, Chapter in Handbook of Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, editors Daniel Schmicking and Shaun Gallagher, Springer, 2010, pp. 99-121. Abstract

Attentional Capture and Attentional Character, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 2008, 7 (4), pp. 539-562. Abstract

Transparent Teaching, Currents in Teaching and Learning, 1, (1). pp. 4-16. Co-written with Therese Huston. Abstract

Experimental Evidence for Three Dimensions of Attention, Chapter in Gurwitsch's Revelancy for Cognitive Sciences, editor Lester Embree, Springer, 2004, pp. 151-168. Abstract

A Lexicon of Attention: From Cognitive Science to Phenomenology Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 2003, 2 (2), pp. 91-131. Abstract

Moral Attention in Encountering You: Gurwitsch and Buber Husserl Studies, 2003, 19 (1), pp. 71-91. Abstract

Transformations in Consciousness: Continuity, the Self, and Marginal Consciousness, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 2000, 7 (3), pp. 3-26. Abstract

Bringing Context into Focus: Parallels in the Psychology of Attention and the Philosophy of Science, The Journal of Phenomenological Psychology<, 1998, 29 (1), pp. 50-91. Abstract

Looking Intuit: A Phenomenological Investigation of Intuition and Attention, Chapter in Intuition: The Inside Story: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, co-edited with Robbie Davis-Floyd, Routledge Press, 1997, pp. 39-56. Abstract

Relevance and Aesthetic Perception Chapter in To Work at the Foundations: Essays in Memory of Aron Gurwitsch, Evans, C. and Shufflebeam, A., (eds.), Contributions to Phenomenology Series, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997, pp. 131-140. Abstract

Toward a Phenomenology of Attention, Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences, 1996, 19, pp. 71-84. Abstract

Stability and Achievement in Richard Lind's Aesthetic Theory, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 1993, 51 (4), pp. 619-622. Abstract

The Field of Consciousness: James and Gurwitsch, Tansactions of the C. S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy, 1992, 28 (4), pp. 833-856. Abstract

On the Origin of Organization in Consciousness, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 1992, 23 (1), pp. 53-65. Abstract

Hegel on the Nature and Status of the Concept in Kant's Critical Philosophy, Kinesis, 1986, 15 (2), pp.88-106. Abstract

PRESENTATIONS

Cultivating Integrity: Virtue in Integrative Education, Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University (November 2013)

Opening Philosophy to Psychology: The Challenge of Interdisciplinarity, HUIC Arts and Humanties Conference, Honolulu, HA (January 2013)

Moral Artistry, HUIC Arts and Humanties Conference, Honolulu, HA (January 2012)

Eportfolios in a Liberal Studies Program: An Experiment in Sustainability, Association for Integrative Studies, San Diego, CA (October 2010)

One Person, One Job: A Modern View of Vocation and Justice in Plato's Republic, Southern Humanities Council ( February 2010)

A Gestalt-Phenomenology of Attention, University of Central Florida (March 2008)

The Riddle of Socrates in the Apology: At Home between the Human and Divine, Southern Humanities Council (February 2008)

Personal Identity and Authentic Reflection, Southern Humanities Council (January 2006)

Experimental Evidence for Three Dimensions in Attention, invited presentation, Florida Atlantic U. (October 2002)

Moral Attention and Compassion, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division (March 2002)

Gurwitsch's Phenomenology of Attention invited presentation / workshop for Phenomenology of Attention Conference, Southern Illinois U. at Carbondale (April 2001)

COURSES TAUGHT

Lower Level

  • Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Liberal Studies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy of the Human Person

    Upper Level

  • Methods of Interdisciplinary Research
  • Ethical Theories
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Philosophy of Love and Friendship
  • Aesthetics and Value Theory
  • Philosophy of Consciousness
  • Philosophical Approaches to Self
  • Personal Identity
  • Senior Synthesis

    AWARDS

    Teacher of the Year Award, 2010, awarded by Student Executive Council, College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University

    College Teaching Award, 2004, awarded by Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University

    Fellow, Academy of Consciousness Studies, Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory, Princeton University (1994 and thereafter with publication of Intuition book)

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    Association for Integrative Studies (since 2010)

    Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (since 1989)

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