Richard Charles Strong
PhD Villanova University, Philosophy, 2018
MA Villanova University, Philosophy, 2011
BA DePaul University, Philosophy, 2006
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 2019
Instructor, La Salle University, Fall 2018
Instructor, Villanova University, 2014-2019
Dissertation Committee Members: Yannik Thiem (Chair), Georg Theiner, James Wetzel
I argue, contrary to prevailing models, that a dispositional social ontological paradigm is our best option for theorizing the welter of heterogeneous entities, kinds, levels, structures, and relations that make up societies. I show that habitus provides a theoretically fruitful path for social ontological theorizing beyond agency-structure, nature-culture, and subject-object dilemmas. I fundamentally modify the narrow interhuman frame of habitus to incorporate a wider aperture of technological and ecological elements and relations of sociality. Click Here for More.
Specializations and Competencies
AOS: Social Philosophy, Social Ontology, Social Epistemology
AOC: Critical Theory, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
1. Strong, Richard C. “Habit and the Extended Mind: Fleshing Out the Extended Mind Theory with Merleau-Pontian Phenomenology.” Phenomenology and Mind. Special Issue entitled “Mind, Habits and Social Reality.” 122-131. Vol. 6, 2014.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
1. Strong, Richard C. and Christopher Drain, “Situated Cognition, Smartphones, and Technological Reflexivity: Perception, Apperception, and Action.” In Social Epistemology & Technology: Toward Increasing Public Self-Awareness Regarding Technological Mediation, edited by Frank Scalambrino, 187-196. New York: Rowman Littlefield International, 2015.
Reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NDPR). [Link]
2. Strong, Richard C. “Habit, Distraction, Absorption: Reconsidering Walter Benjamin and The Relation of Architecture to Film” in The Missed Encounter of Radical Philosophy with Architecture, edited by Nadir Lahiji, 163-182. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
Reviewed in Radical Philosophy [Link]
Under Review (Title Modified to Maintain Anonymity of Peer-Review)
1. Strong, Richard C. "Social Ontology and the Socialized Mind: Embodiment, Cognition, Emotion"
1. Strong, Richard C. "Social Epistemology and Social Ontology: On the Relationship of Knowing to Being in the Social World"
2. Strong, Richard C. "The Social Ontology of Pierre Bourdieu"
3. Strong, Richard C. "The Ontologically Constitutive Character of Social Know-How"
1. Strong, Richard C. “Sketches for Contemporary Applications of the Critical Concept of Second Nature from György Lukács, Theodore Adorno, and Herbert Marcuse.” Melbourne, Australia. December 2015.
1. Strong, Richard C. “Mind and Social World” Presentation at Social Ontology 2019: The 6th Biennial The European Network on Social Ontology. Tampere University , Tampere, Finland, August 2019.
2. Strong, Richard C. “Habitus Contra Background: Clarifying the Role of Socialization and Cognition for Social Ontology” Presentation at Social Ontology 2018: The 11th Biennial Collective Intentionality Conference, Tufts University, Boston, MA, August 2018.
3. Strong, Richard C. “Proust, Beckett, Bourdieu and the Cognitive Force of Habit: Social Structure or Individual Idiosyncrasy?” Presentation at Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities, Stony Brook, NY, June 2017.
4. Strong, Richard C. “Critical Social Ontology.” Presentation at the 9th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome, Rome, Italy, May 2017.
5. Strong, Richard C. “Situating Technology Within the Social: Pierre Bourdieu and the Limits of Here-and-Now Manipulation and Nudges by ‘Big Data.’” Presentation at the 7th International Colloquium on the Philosophy of Technics: Technology, Politics, Culture, Córdoba, Argentina. October 2016.
6. Strong, Richard C. “The Race to the Bottom of the Brain Stem: Digital Technologies, 'Big Data,' and Newer Forms of Control.” Presentation at the 9th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome, Rome, Italy, May 2016.
7. Strong, Richard C. “Philosophical Legacies of Marcel Proust’s À la Recherche du Temps Perdu.” Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA, March 2016.
8. Strong, Richard C. “Making the Familiar Strange: Philosophy of Mind, Critical Theory, and the Concepts of Habit and Habitus.” Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Continual Philosophy, Sydney, Australia, December 2015.
9. Strong, Richard C. “Habit, Habitus, and Philosophy of Mind.” Presentation at Atelier de Théorie Critique, Paris, France, July 2015.
10. Strong, Richard C. “Towards a Sensorimotor Account of Social Cognition: Habitus as Hypothesis.” Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC), Satellite Workshop – The Sensorimotor Theory of Perception and Consciousness: Developments and Open Questions. Centre Biomédical des Saints Pères. Paris, France. July 2015.
11. Strong, Richard C. “Gewohnheit, Habitus and Second Nature: Benjamin, Bourdieu, and the Critical Discourse on Habit.” Presentation at the 8th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome, Rome, Italy, May 2015.
12. Strong, Richard C. “Reading Proust against Deleuze’s Proust and Signs.” Presentation at the 7th Annual Deleuze Studies Conference: Models, Machines and Memories hosted by Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey. July 2014.
13. Strong, Richard C. “Walter Benjamin and the Relation of Architecture to Film: Reconsiderations.” Presentation at the annual Conference for the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Eugene, OR, October 2013.
14. Strong, Richard C. “Habit, Architecture, Film; Updating and Revising Walter Benjamin in the Age of Digitality.” Presentation at Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2013.
15. Strong, Richard C. “Science and the Sciences, Revolution and Revolutions: Remarks on Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.” The First International Conference on the Concept of Time in Science, Philosophy, and Theology, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, February 2012. (Full Paper Accepted – Unable to Attend).
16. Strong, Richard C. “Art and History in by Merleau-Ponty’s ‘Eye and Mind.’” Presentation at Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Città di Castello, Italy, July 2011.
Critical Thinking La Salle University 2018
Environmental Ethics Villanova University 2019
Courses Prepared to Teach
ESL Instructor and Curriculum Designer, West Philly ESL, Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
I work mainly with adult refugees and immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia who live in the socially and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of West Philadelphia to improve their English language skills.
Atelier de Théorie Critique, July 2015, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France. “Revolutions Past, Present, Future”
Villanova Teacher Training Workshop, 2012, Led by Dr. Carol Weiss and Dr. John Immerwahr
Collegium Phaenomenologicum, July 2011, Città di Castello, Italy. “Philosophy, Truth, and Claims of Art”
Public Philosophy & Community Involvement
Invited Philosopher in Dialog, Participated in recorded conversations with artists about philosophical approaches to understanding artistic production and reception. Marginal Utility Gallery, Philadelphia, April 2019.,
Invited Guest Speaker, Question & Answer session with director and cast of The Nether (a play by Jennifer Haley). InterAct Theatre Company, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, April 2016.
Villanova Chapter Advisor, One for the World
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Professional Society Memberships
International Social Ontology Society
Social Epistemology Network
The Society for Philosophy and Technology
European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Grants and Awards
John G. Tich Research Award, Department of Philosophy, Villanova University, 2017
Awarded to one graduate student per-year in the Department of Philosophy on the basis of demonstrated excellence in research.
Villanova Graduate Student Summer Research Grant, 2016.
Competitive grant awarded to select graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences at Villanova University for summer research. Awarded on the basis of quality and feasibility of research proposal.
Augustine and Culture Professional Development Grant (multiple awards) 2015-2017.
Discretionary grants awarded to advanced graduate students to attend conferences, workshops, and similar events.
James Harvey Teaching Award, Department of Philosophy, Villanova University, 2014.
Awarded to one graduate student per-year in the Department of Philosophy on the basis of demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Villanova University Graduate Student Travel Grant (multiple awards) 2011-18.
Grants awarded for domestic and international travel to deliver presentations at professional conferences.
French (Advanced Reading, Conversational Speaking)
Castoriadis, Cornelius. "No God, No Caesar, No Tribune!..." in Postscript on Insignificance: Dialogues with Cornelius Castoriadis. London: Continuum, 2010. (Group Translation)
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