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Martin Matustik

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Lincoln Professor of Ethics & Religion
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Biography

Martin Beck Matuštík, Lincoln Professor of Ethics & Religion

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Affiliate Professor of Jewish Studies

Director of Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University

President-elect, ASU-West Senate, Arizona State University Academic Council

Martin Beck Matuštík  -  Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Religion and Director of Center for Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University, joined the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASUW in Fall 2008. After earning his Ph.D. from Fordham University in 1991, he has been on the faculty in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University. Matustik has published six single author books, edited two collections, and co-edited New Critical Theory, a series at Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. Among his publications are Postnational Identity: Critical Theory and Existential Philosophy in Habermas, Kierkegaard, and Havel (1993); Specters of Liberation: Great Refusals in the New World Order (1998); Jurgen Habermas: A Philosophical-Political Profile (2001); and Kierkegaard in Post/Modernity (1995), co-edited with Merold Westphal. His most recent book, Radical Evil and the Scarcity of Hope: Postsecular Meditations (2008).

Areas of Expertise/Research Interests: 

Matustik's research and teaching specialties range from critical theory, Continental philosophy, phenomenology and existentialism to post-Holocaust and reparative ethics and East-Central European thought; his interests integrate in transdisciplinary form the fields of literature, philosophy, social theory, and spirituality.

 

 

Course Descriptions

http://www.public.asu.edu/~mmatusti/syllabus.htm

 

Martin Beck Matuštík  originally from Czechoslovakia, was 11 when the Soviet tanks invaded Prague. In 1969, at 12, Matustik published a photo from the funeral of Jan Palach, a Charles University philosophy student who immolated himself in protest of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia that took place in August 1968. While a first-year student at Charles University, at 19, Matustik signed "Charta 77," the Czechoslovak manifesto for human rights, issued in January 1977 by Vaclav Havel, Jan Patocka, and Jiri Hajek. He became a political refugee in August of that year. As a Fulbright student of Jurgen Habermas in Frankfurt a/M in 1989, he witnessed the historical November fall of the Berlin Wall and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia that lead to the election of Vaclav Havel as the first Czechoslovak President after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Matustik lectured at Prague's Charles University as a Fulbright fellow in 1995.

 

 

 

Research Interests

For current research and course descriptions with specific content & readings, go to my Home Page 

http://www.public.asu.edu/~mmatusti/

 

 

Publications
  • Martin Beck Matuštík. OUT OF SILENCE: Repair across Generations. (2015).
  • Martin Beck Matustik. "Stages, States, and Modes of Existence in Integral Critical Theory.". Dancing with Sophia: Integral Philosophy on the Verge (2015).
  • Martin Beck Matustik. "Conversation with Gabriele M. Schwab on Haunting Legacies: Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma" (co-edited with G. Schwab and editors of the book). In Monica Casper and Eric Wertheimer, Eds. Within Trauma: Poetics, Politics, Praxis. New York: State University of New York Press, 2013. "Conversation with Gabriele M. Schwab on Haunting Legacies: Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma" (co-edited with G. Schwab and editors of the book). In Monica Casper and Eric Wertheimer, Eds. Within Trauma: Poetics, Politics, Praxis. New York: State University of New York Press, 2013 (2014).
  • Martin Beck Matustik. "Singular Existence and Critical Theory.". Apokalipsa (Ljubljana, Slovenia) (2013).
  • Martin Beck Matustik. Postnational Identity: Critical Theory and Existential Philosophy in Habermas, Kierkegaard, and Havel. The Second Twentieth-Anniversary edition, new Preface. Pp. 425+ i-lxxxii. (2013).
  • Martin Beck Matustik. "The Consolations of Philosophy After 1989.". Revolutionary Hope: Essays in Honor of William L. McBride. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Book Review: William McBride has been a tireless advocate for Sartre studies. In fact it was due to his efforts that the North American Sartre Society came into existence: a society that has been thriving ever since and will in 2013 be organizing its twentieth conference. His knowledge of philosophy is encyclopedic and his awareness of trends knows no bounds. He is an indefatigable traveler and he is usually on his way to some faraway city to organize or attend a conference, give a paper or sit on a committee. Everyone knows Bill for his carefully pondered insights and clearly articulated comments and, as a consequence, this tribute should find an appreciative audience worldwide. - Adrian van den Hoven, University of Windsor (2013).
  • Martin Beck Matustik & Ivica Ruttkayova. "The Traces of Silence.". "Radio Devin" broadcast interview with Martin Matustik http://213.215.116.181:8001/devin/2013-12-06/129-Ranne_ladenie-07-00.mp3. Broadcast ran for the first time on December 6, 2013, 7:30 am. Interview conducted by Ivica Ruttkayová in Bratislava (2013).
  • Martin Beck Matustik and Ivica Ruttkayová with Julia Kunovská, curator of the exhibit, Traces of Silence (Bratislava, 2013), Eva Mosnakova, psychotherapist who works with the Holocaust survivors at OHEL DAVID in Bratislava, and Alexander Bachnar and Marta Silandová, Slovak Holocaust survivors. "The Traces of Silence". Radio Devin, program Rubicon. The second, longer version of the interview ran on 27 December 2013 (2013).
Research Activity
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 318Philosophy of Religion
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 304Existentialism
PHI 318Philosophy of Religion
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 294Special Topics
REL 300Future of Religions
PHI 303Future of Religions
HON 394Special Topics
PHI 494Special Topics
JHR 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 411Continental Philosophy
MAS 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 294Special Topics
HST 357Hist Persp on Phil & Religion
PHI 391Hist Persp on Phil & Religion
REL 391Hist Persp on Phil & Religion
HON 394Special Topics
IAS 493Honors Thesis
MAS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 300Future of Religions
PHI 318Philosophy of Religion
HON 394Special Topics
IAS 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 304Existentialism
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
MAS 598Special Topics
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 294Special Topics
REL 294Special Topics
IAS 294Special Topics
HON 294Special Topics
ENG 294Special Topics
PHI 494Special Topics
REL 494Special Topics
MAS 550Issues in Death and Dying
REL 585Issues in Death and Dying
MAS 585Capstone Course
REL 590Reading and Conference
JHR 593Applied Project
JHR 598Special Topics
Presentations
  • Martin Beck Matustik. "Out of Silence: Repair Across Generations." In Transgenerational Suffering: Historical Violence, Memory, and Repair. Colloquium (Apr 2013).
  • Martin beck matustik. Reading from Out of Silence, followed by a discussion. Jewish Historical Society book club presentation. Public event (Apr 2013).
  • Martin Beck Matustik. Reading from Out of Silence, followed by a discussion. The CUNY Graduate Center - invited single event (Mar 2013).
Service
  • ASU Senate, Arizona State University Academic Council, President-elect, ASU-West Senate (2013 - Present)
  • Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies - Director http://ccics.asu.edu/, 2013-14 CCICS Illuminations awards: Patrick Bixby & Michael Stancliff, Patricia J. Huntington, Arthur Sabatini & Jeffery T. Kennedy, Julia Sarreal, Stefan Stantchev, Michelle Tellez & Ilana Luna (2012 - Present)
  • Hospice of the Valley and New Song for Grieving Childern, Facilitator and Volunteer (2012 - Present)
  • Jewish Studies Center, program committee member for The Harold and Jean Grossman Lectures in Jewish Thought http://jewishstudies.asu.edu/grossman (2012 - Present)
  • The Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, volunteer with hospice patients (2008 - Present)
  • President Crowe's and Provost's Page task force on institutional ethics at ASU, appointed as a task force member (2013 - 2014)
  • ASU Senate - ASU Provost search, UAC (2013 - 2013)
  • Board meeting of the Center of Global Studies, Prague, Czech rep., international board member (2012 - 2013)
  • Board meeting of the Center of Global Studies, Prague, Czech rep., international board member (2011 - 2011)
  • Hospice of the Valley, certified volunteer (2011 - 2011)
  • Lion's Club, invited presenter (2011 - 2011)
  • Spirit of the Senses, invited presenter (2011 - 2011)
  • Hospice of the Valley, certified volunteer (2009 - 2011)
Expertise Areas