Deborah Goldgaber

Deborah GoldgaberAssociate Professor and Section Head, Philosophy

Ph.D.: Northwestern University, 2014

Phone: (225) 578-1043
Office: 208A Coates Hall


Deborah Goldgaber received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 2014, following an M.A. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research (NYC). She also holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Goldgaber's teaching focuses on the History of European Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy and Research Ethics. She also has teaching interests in ethics and social cognition, particularly in areas of cognitive bias and the epistemology of ignorance. She is the Director of the LSU Ethics Institute. 

Her current research divides into three streams: 1) the significance of Derridean deconstruction (particularly grammatology) for issues in continental metaphysics and materialisms; 2) the various ways that feminist philosophy motivates us to rethink the distinction between nature/culture; and 3) the role of ascetiscism in critical theory.

Courses Offered:

  • PHIL 1000: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2000: Contemporary Moral Problems
  • PHIL 3020:  Special Topics Foundations of Critical Theory
  • WGS 3150:  Survey of Feminist Theory
  • WGS 7150: Seminar in Feminist and Gender Theory

Awards and Grants

  • ATLAS Grant, 2017
  • Fellow, Moral Philosophy Project, LSU Ethics Institute, 2018
  • Council on Research, Summer Research Stipend, July 2017
  • ASPIRE Summer Faculty-Undergraduate Research Grant 2017
  • ORED Grant (International Conference Travel), 2017 

Selected Publications

Dr. Goldgaber is author of Speculative Grammatology: Deconstruction and the New Materialism (2020, Edinburgh University Press).
Recent Articles/Book Chapters/Reviews:
Goldgaber, D. (2018). Return to the Repressive: Re-thinking Nature- Culture in Contemporary Feminist Theory. Open Philosophy, 1(1), 245-255.
Goldgaber, D. (2018)  Derrida On Translation.  The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Philosophy (1st ed., vol. 1, pp. 141-156). New York: Routledge.
Goldgaber, D. (2018) "The Plasticity of Writing": Malabou and the Limits of Grammatology. Thinking Catherine Malabou (1st ed., vol. 1, pp. 39-56). London: Roman & Littlefield.

Goldgaber, D. (2017). Programmed to Fail? On the Limits of Inscription and the Generality of Writing. Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 31(3), 444-457.
Goldgaber, D. (2017). Review Essay: Derrida’s The Death Penalty Vol. II., Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews