Faculty Highlights

Recent Faculty Achievements (2019-2023)

FGCU Philosophy Program

Faculty in the FGCU Philosophy Program are highly engaged teacher-scholars. They are engaged in research on a variety of important philosophical topics and questions – publishing books and journal articles and sharing their philosophical work with different audiences around the country. They are also dedicated teachers – creating transformative courses that engage students directly in the process of philosophical research. Below is a sample of the FGCU Philosophy faculty’s recent achievements.


  • Dr. Miles Hentrup publishes “Skepticism and Negativity in Hegel’s Philosophy” in Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 39 (2023).
  • Dr. Eli Portella publishes “The Formal and Real Subsumption of Gender Relations: Challenging the Transhistorical Status of ‘Patriarchy’,” co-authored with Dr. Larry Alan Busk in Historical Materialism (2023).
  • Dr. Carolyn Culbertson publishes “Testimonial Justice Beyond Belief: Gert-Jan Van der Heiden’s Philosophy of Testimony” in Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 27 (2023). 


  • Dr. Landon Frim publishes Prometheus and Gaia: Technology, Ecology and Anti-Humanism, co-authored with Dr. Harrison Fluss (Anthem Press, 2022).
  • Dr. Kevin Aho publishes One Beat More: Existentialism and the Gift of Mortality (Polity, 2022).
  • Dr. Eli Portella publishes “The Weapon of Theory Reconsidered: Anti-Colonial Thought and the Post-Cold War Imaginary” in Radical Philosophy Review, Vol. 25 (2022).
  • Dr. Miles Hentrup is promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy.
  • Dr. Kevin Aho publishes “‘We’re protecting them to death’: A Heideggerian Interpretation of Loneliness Among Older Adults in Long-term Care Facilities During COVID-19” in the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (2022).
  • Dr. Carolyn Culbertson publishes “The Historical Situation of Thought as a Hermeneutic Principle” in Truth and Method: A Polyphonic Commentary, edited by Cynthia Nielsen and Greg Lynch (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2022). 
  • Dr. Landon Frim publishes “Should the State Teach Ethics?: A Schematism” in Symposion, Volume 9 (2022).


  • Dr. Carolyn Culbertson publishes “Gadamer’s Concept of Language” in The Gadamerian Mind, edited by Theodore George and Gert-Jan van der Heiden (Routledge, 2021).
  • Dr. Eli Portella joins the faculty of FGCU as Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
  • Dr. Landon Frim is promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion.


  • Dr. Kevin Aho publishes “The Uncanny in the Time of Pandemics: Heideggerean Reflections on the Coronavirus" in Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual Vol. 10 (2020).
  • Dr. Kevin Aho publishes “The Contraction of Time and Existential Awakening: A Phenomenology of Authentic Aging” in The Evening of Life: The Challenges of Aging and Dying Well, edited by J. Davis & P. Scherz (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020).
  • Dr. Carolyn Culbertson publishes “Play in Conversation: The Cognitive Import of Gadamer’s Theory of Play” in Language and Phenomenology, edited by Chad Engelland (Routledge, 2020).  
  • Carolyn Culbertson presents “What Good is Feminist Analysis in a ‘Post-Truth’ World?” Dept. of Philosophy, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, 2020.
  • Glenn Whitehouse presents “Ricoeur and the Just University.” North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Virtual Meeting, 2020.
  • Landon Frim presents “Deep Ecology? A Tale of Two Spinozas.” Southeastern Association for the Continental Tradition. St. Leo University, Tampa, FL, 2020.
  • Carolyn Culbertson presents “Gadamer on Conversation as a Vehicle of Understanding.” Southeastern Association for the Continental Tradition. St. Leo’s University, Tampa, FL, 2020.
  • Miles Hentrup reviews “Comments on Knowledge and Ideology: The Epistemology of Social and  Political Critique.” Florida Philosophical Review, Vol. 19, 2020.
  • Kevin Aho reviews “Review of Lennard Davis, Obsession: A History.” Kritikon Litterarum, Vol. 47 (1-2), 2020.


  • Dr. Kevin Aho publishes Contexts of Suffering: A Heideggerian Approach to Psychopathology (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2019).
  • Dr. Carolyn Culbertson publishes Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language (Rowman Littlefield International, 2019).
  • Dr. Landon Frim publishes “Impartiality or Oikeiôsis?: Two Models of Universal Benevolence” in Symposium Volume 6 (2019).
  • Dr. Miles Hentrup publishes “Hegel’s Logic as Presuppositionless Science” in Idealistic Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 49 (2019).
  • Dr. Kevin Aho publishes “Dostoevsky, Existential Therapy, and Modern Rage: On the Possibility of Counseling the Underground Man” in Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2019).
  • Dr. Landon Frim publishes “Back to the Futurists: On Accelerationism Left and Right,” co-authored with Harrison Fluss, in Anti-Science and the Assault on Democracy: Defending Reason in a Free Society, edited by Michael J. Thompson and Gregory R. Smulewicz-Zucker (Prometheus Books, 2019).
  • Dr. Carolyn Culbertson publishes “The Genuine Possibility of Being-with: Watsuji, Heidegger, and the Primacy of Betweenness” in Comparative and Continental Philosophy, Vol. 11. 
  • Kevin Aho presents “The Phenomenology of Aging.” Institute for Hermeneutic Phenomenology, University of Buffalo College of Nursing, Buffalo, NY, 2019.
  • A. Minh Nguyen presents “The Land I Lost: A Vietnamese Refugee Story.” Asian Studies Colloquium, Berea College, Berea, KY, 2019.
  • Carolyn Culbertson presents “Hermeneutical Activity in On the Way to Language.” North Texas Heidegger Symposium, McKinney, TX, 2019.

Leadership in High-Impact Pedagogy and Mentorship

  • Glenn Whitehouse spearheaded and currently serves as Director of the PAGES program, an innovative career program at FGCU designed especially for the needs of students in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Miles Hentrup recently designed and taught a study abroad course entitled The German Philosophical Tradition, leading a group of students through Germany and Austria for three weeks.
  • A. Minh Nguyen has given several presentations on pedagogy and mentoring at recent meetings of the National Collegiate Honors Council. These presentations include “Guiding Big Hearts and Minds through a Hidden Curriculum: Advising First-Generation College Students Applying for Nationally Competitive Scholarship,” “Building the Scholarship Habit,” “Transgressive Course Design: The Final Frontier,” and “How Do I Know? Using Metacognition within the Honors Program.”  
  • The FGCU Philosophy faculty have been very involved in the support of undergraduate research on campus. In addition to teaching the skills of philosophical research in many of their courses, each of the core faculty in the program mentor additional undergraduate research projects each year through Directed Independent Studies, the WISER Program, and the Honors Summer Research Grant Program. 

Leadership Positions in Academic Organizations

  • Kevin Aho is currently serving on the Editorial Board for three journals: Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences, the International Journal for Applied Philosophy, and Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual. In addition, he serves on the Executive Committee for the Heidegger Circle.
  • A. Minh Nguyen is serving as Editor of The APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies.
  • Carolyn Culbertson is serving as Vice President of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics. She is also a founding member and a member of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Association for the Continental Tradition.
  • Glenn Whitehouse is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Ricoeur Unit of the American Academy of Religion.