George Heffernan, B.A., M.A. (Catholic University of America 1975/76), Ph.D. (University of Cologne 1981), works in Classical Phenomenology, Early Modern Philosophy, and Hellenistic Epistemology.

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Publications:
Doing Philosophy Not for School but for Life: Exploring the Pedagogical Potential of the Philosophical Protreptic

The paper presents a philosophical protreptic and argues that teachers can use protreptics as effective pedagogical instruments to interest students in philosophy.

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The Paradox and the Protreptic of Plato’s Apology: How Socrates Justifies the Examined Life and How Philosophers Can Benefit from His Learned Ignorance

Philosophers can learn from the paradox of Plato’s Apology as a protreptic in which Socrates moves some to accept philosophy by moving others to reject it.

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The “Selbstaufhebung” of Philosophy in Augustine’s Theological Protreptic: Rationality, Revelation, and Fulfillment in “On the Happy Life”

Augustine’s position in his theological protreptic or exhortation "On the Happy Life", that philosophy shows that it does not lead to happiness, is problematic.

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Augustine of Africa: Contemporary Lessons from his Postcolonial Struggle against Roman Imperialism and Donatist Fundamentalism

This paper seeks to make a substantial contribution to the emerging field of study represented by the common ground between Augustine scholarship and empire studies.

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"Sie Verstehen Mich Nicht": On the Hermeneutical Upshot of the Rhetorical Breakdown in Zarathustra's Prologue and Nietzsche's Protreptic

This paper examines both the philosophical and the rhetorical reasons for the failure to communicate in Zarathustra's Prologue and Nietzsche's Protreptic.

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“Verwandelt ist Zarathustra”: On the Hermeneutical Significance of the Protagonist’s Existential Transformations (“Verwandlungen”) in Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”

This paper aims to demonstrate that understanding the existential mood shifts of Zarathustra as hermeneutical transformations provides a useful heuristic device for understanding the philosophical arguments of Nietzsche.

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