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Raymond J. Davidson Jr

Position:Research Assistant

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Ray is a research assistant in the Near and Middle Eastern Studies department, in association with Dr. Ahmed’s ERC project Arabic Poetry in the Cairo Genizah, and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Rowan University. Ray completed his BA in Philosophy and Religion Studies: Specialization in Philosophy in 2012, where he simultaneously obtained concentrations in Ethics, Asian Studies, and International Studies. In 2014, Ray was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from University College Cork, where he studied with notable comparative philosophers Graham Parkes and Hans-Georg Moeller and political philosophers Vittorio Bufacchi and Cara Nine.

Ray’s main research interests are Value Theories (Political/ Social Philosophy, Ethics, and Aesthetics), Eastern Philosophy, and American Philosophy. More specifically, his research includes the relationship between people and place, environmental thought, intercultural and comparative philosophy, and poetic pragmatism. He has recently taught courses in American Philosophy, Applied Ethics, and Intercultural and Asian Philosophy at UCC, and Gender and Philosophy, Society and Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, and Philosophy of Science at Rowan University. He has also helped deliver graduate courses at UCC in Territorial Rights and Philosophy of Death and Dying. He has acted as a reader for final year research essays and graduate essays on Richard Rorty and William James.

Ray’s most recent publication, “Resilience Thinking and the Moral Imagination” in Pragmatist and American Philosophical Perspective on Resilience, decentralizes formal ethics in environmental discourse and replaces it with the reconstruction of individual and social identity through the engagement with literary texts and films, mainly cli-fi (climate fiction).