William A. B. Parkhurst
I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University.
I was the Inaugural Summer Archival Fellow with the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, a Research Fellow at the Leo Baeck Institute (DAAD), and a Doctoral Fellow at the Linda Hall Library. I received by PhD from the University of South Florida in 2021. My dissertation used Nietzsche's theory of eternal recurrence as a case study for a new archival methodology of doing the history of philosophy.
My area of specialty are Archival Research and Ethics, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and History of Philosophy. My areas of competency are in Feminism, Ethics, Philosophy of Science, and Ancient Philosophy.
I am particularly interested in how different kinds of archival evidence can be used reliably to support philosophical conclusions. This extends over my published archival research on Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Foucault.
My interest in archival work also extends into my pedagogy. As part of my courses, students actively fight against the erasure of women and people of color who have been unjustly excluded from the cannon of philosophy. My coursework involves archival transcription of these works as a way for students to learn about archival analysis as well as confront this history of erasure.
By transcribing these works, students also participate in fighting systemic bias in academia. They provide access to resources that marginalized scholars have long been denied. This formed the basis of the Transcribing Minorities and Philosophy project. In 2021, this project received a founding diversity grant from Hypatia: A Feminist Journal of Philosophy.