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Eddie O'Byrn

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies, Philosophy

Education & Professional History

Eddie O’Byrn received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 2019 and was appointed as the Cowling Postdoctoral Fellow in Fall 2019. He will be starting a position as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Africana Studies in Fall 2021. Eddie’s research and teaching focus on Black American philosophy as well as existential philosophy in relation to topics such as identity (e.g. selfhood, race, gender, disability), agency, freedom, domination, leadership, and ethics. His classroom offers a vibrant and engaging space for discourse, affirmation, and community. In Northfield, you can find Eddie going for walks near the river or in the Carleton Arb. In Minneapolis, he enjoys biking the many lakes and trails of the city or relaxing near Minnehaha Falls.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2021
    AFST 115: Black Heroism in the Diaspora and Early America
    PHIL 260: Critical Philosophy of Race
  • Winter 2022
    PHIL 105: The Complications of Heroism
  • Spring 2022
    AFST 215: Contemporary Theory in Black Studies
    PHIL 228: Freedom and Alienation in Black American Philosophy