M.A., Texas A&M Univ. (2002)
B.S., Texas A&M Univ. (2000)
Eric Anthamatten is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the New School for Social Research in New York City. His work focuses on philosophy, education, and social justice, more specifically on issues surrounding education in marginal, non-traditional, and non-academic settings: the prison, adult education, the homeless. He is writing a dissertation titled Pedagogy of the Condemned that explores the intersections of education, criminality, punishment and the "therapeutic" possibilities of philosophy. Using a deep reading of Aristotle's notion of habit and virtue education, as well as the theories in various critical philosophies of education (Dewey, Buber, Freire, Ranciere), he seeks to develop the concept of "habilitation" (as opposed to re-habilitation) as a way of approaching pedagogy, most especially pedagogy in the context of marginalized or condemned communities.
He has taught philosophy since 2001 at various institutions in Texas and New York, ranging from community colleges to small privates schools, from major public universities to maximum security prisons in rural Texas.