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Daw-Nay N. R. Evans Jr.

Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Assistant Professor in the Humanities        

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies

Director, Ethics Center

Chair, Social Justice Studies


PhD Philosophy, DePaul University

MA Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic and State University

  • MA Coursework in Philosophy: St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University     

BA Philosophy, George Mason University    

Positions Held

Lake Forest College: Ass. Prof. of Phil., 2012-Present   
SAIC: Instructor, 2005-2012
DePaul University: Instructor, 2004-2009                         
DePaul University: Teaching Fellow, 2002-2004


Africana Philosophy                                                          
19th- and 20th-Century European Philosophy    

Additional Research and Teaching Interests

History of Philosophy; Black Male Studies; Moral, Social, and Political Philosophy; Metaphilosophy; Black Aesthetics; African American Historiography; African American Intellectual History                     

Current Courses

Spring 2018

PHIL 117: Political Philosophy     
PHIL/AFAM/CINE 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics
PHIL 330: History and Philosophy of Slavery

Previous Courses

FIYS 104: Africana Philosophy                                         
PHIL 117: Political Philosophy                                         
PHIL 118: Why Philosophy Matters 
PHIL 203: Business and Professional Ethics                       
PHIL/AFAM/CINE 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics      PHIL/AFAM 271: African American Philosophy                 
PHIL 292: Hegel to Nietzsche                                           
PHIL 320: Phen., Exist., and Deconstruction 
PHIL 440: Senior Seminar: Nietzsche


(N.B. Items marked as “forthcoming” have been submitted to the press/journal or are in penultimate draft form, while those marked as “in preparation” have been recently commissioned or are still in preliminary form).

Books: Authored

Nietzsche and Classical Greek Philosophy: Beautiful and Diseased (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Books: Edited

Contemporary African American Philosophy: Where Do We Go From Here? (London & New York: Bloomsbury) (w/Tommy J. Curry), [in preparation and under contract].

The Souls of Black Folk and Other Writings [Editor-Introduction, Notes, and Critical Apparatus], (Petersborough, Ontario: Broadview Press), [in preparation and under contract].    


“Socrates as Nietzsche’s Decadent in Twilight of the Idols,” Philosophy and Literature 34.2 (October 2010), 340-47.

Book Chapters

“The Eternal Recurrence,” in The Meillassoux Dictionary eds. Paul Ennis and Peter Gratton, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014), pp. 66-67.

“The Duty of Reason: Kantian Ethics in High Noon,” in B. Steve Csaki and Jennifer L. McMahon (eds.), Philosophy of the Western (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2010), pp. 171-83.

Book Reviews

Bernard Williams, Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline [Princeton University Press, 2008], The Philosopher’s Magazine 41 (2nd Quarter 2008), pp. 113-14. 

Robin Small, Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship [Oxford University Press, 2005], Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (October 2006), pp. 672-73.

“The Pre-Platonic Philosophers,” The Classical Review 54.2 (September, 2004), pp. 289-90 (reviewing Anthony Preus (ed.), Before Plato: Essays in Ancient Greek PhilosophyVI [SUNY Press, 2001]).

Richard Schacht (ed.), Nietzsche’s Postmoralism: Essays on Nietzsche’s Prelude to Philosophy’s Future [Cambridge University Press, 2001], Journal of Nietzsche Studies 25 (Spring 2003), pp. 93-95.


“Thick as Thieves: Nietzsche’s Debt to Aristotle.” The Harper College Speaker Series, Palatine, IL, November 2013.

“In Defense of Nietzsche’s Compatibilism.” Comment on Charles Huenemann’s “Valuing from Life’s Perspective.” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Colloquium Paper, Chicago, IL, April 2008.  

“Heidegger’s Nietzsche on Plato and Platonism.” 64th Annual Iowa Philosophical Society Conference, Department of Philosophy, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, October 2007.

“Elenchus and Dialectic in Plato’s Symposium.” Comment on Alessandra Fussi’s “Replacing the Old with the New: Diotima’s Response to Aristophanes.” Seventh Annual Independent Meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society, Department of Philosophy, Boston College, Boston, MA, April 2007 (comments delivered in absentia). 

“Scheler and the Problem of Complementarity.” Comment on Daniel Dahlstrom’s “Scheler on the Essence of Christian Religious Consciousness.” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Colloquium Paper, Chicago, IL, April 2006.

“Nietzsche’s Décadent: A Reading of ‘The Problem of Socrates’ in Twilight of the Idols.” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Colloquium Paper, Chicago, IL, April 2006

“Fanon, Phenomenology, and the Quest for Liberation.” Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association. Conference Theme for 2006  Meeting: “Democracy and Diversity.” Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 2006. 

“Kierkegaard’s Socrates as Seducer to Self-Realization.” Comment on Patricia Huntington’s “The Paradox of Loneliness and Innocence: A Reflection on the Paradox of Self-Realization.” 11th Annual Lewis University Philosophy Conference on “Faith, Reason, and Paradox: Kierkegaard and Religion.” Department of Philosophy, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, February 2006.

“Nietzsche’s Décadent: A Reading of ‘The Problem of Socrates’ in Twilight of the Idols.” Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, December 2003.

“Nietzsche’s Décadent: A Reading of ‘The Problem of Socrates’ in Twilight of the Idols.” 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference on “Philosophy and the Classical Tradition.” Department of Philosophy, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, April 2003.

“Affirming The Idea of Eternal Recurrence: A Reply to Brazier.” Comment on W.F. Brazier’s “The Eternal Return and the Relevance of Time: A Question of Matter, Energy and Weight.” Virginia Philosophical Association Conference, Department of Philosophy, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, October 2001. 

“A Critique of the Secondary Literature on Nietzsche’s View of Socrates.” The  Department of Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, April 2001

“A Critique of the Secondary Literature on Nietzsche’s View of Socrates.” The Ockham Society, Oxford University, UK, July 2000.

Professional Service

Conference/Committee Work

2012-2014: Chair, APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy

2011-2012: Associate Chair, APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy

2012: Chair and Organizer, APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy Session on “Africana Philosophy: Pedagogical Perspectives on the Black Experience,” APA Central Division Meeting          

2009: Chair, Colloquium on “Metaethics,” APA Central Division          

2007-2010: APA Committee on Black Philosophers  

Institutional Service

2016-2018: Graduate School Exploration Fellowship Mentoring Program

2015-2018: Faculty Personnel Policies Committee

2014-2015: Coordinator for Philosophy Department Speaker Series  

2014-2015: General Education Task Force  

2013-2017: Faculty Advisor, Philosophy Club            

2012-Present: African American Studies Program Committee

Manuscript Referee 

Teaching Philosophy; Film and Philosophy

Editorial Positions               

2010-2012: Book Review Editor, Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture, 2010-2012

2003-2007: Assistant Book Review Editor, Philosophia Africana (Emmanuel Eze [DePaul University], Editor), 2003-2007

Professional Affiliations

American Philosophical Association

African American Intellectual History Society

Fellowships and Awards

2017: George Mason University Distinguished Alumnus Award

2017: William L. Dunn Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarly Promise, Lake Forest College

2016: Endowed Professorship: Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Assistant Professor in the Humanities

2016: Lake Forest College Hotchkiss Fellowship

2007: Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention

2006: The Michael Mezey Excellence in Teaching Award     

2004: John T. Richardson Foreign Study Fellowship (Berlin, Germany)   

2004: German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Grant, Declined

2002-2003: DePaul University Teaching Fellowship