Andreea Smaranda Aldea is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Kent State University. Prior to joining the department in 2017, she was Postdoctoral Mellon Research Fellow in Philosophy at Dartmouth College, Leslie Center for the Humanities (2012–2014) and Lecturer in Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2014–2017) at Dartmouth College. She earned her Ph.D. at Emory University with a dissertation on the methodological role of the imagination in Husserlian phenomenology.
Her research interests include phenomenology—especially issues surrounding phenomenological methods, possibility constitution, experiences of difference, as well as distinctive forms of consciousness such as imagination, perception, memory, and expectation—critical philosophy, feminist philosophy, and phenomenological psychopathology (focusing specifically on anomalous forms of imagination in schizophrenia spectrum disorders). She is the co-editor of a special issue of Continental Philosophy Review entitled "The Historical A Priori in Husserl and Foucault," and the co-editor of a special issue of Husserl Studies entitled "Imagination in Husserlian Phenomenology: Variations and Modalities."
She is currently working on a book project that examines the critical (including normative and socio-cultural) dimension of transcendental phenomenology through the lens of phenomenological analyses of imagining consciousness understood as consciousness of possibilities. The project seeks to show the critical import of the tension between the transcendental-eidetic and historical methods of Husserlian phenomenology. Rather than crippling, the book argues, this tension makes possible incisive diagnostic and prescriptive work in a distinctive vein – one that does not shy away from examining both contingent and necessary conditions for meaning and rule constitution.
“Self-Othering, Self-Transformation, and Theoretical Freedom: Self-Variation and Husserl’s Phenomenology as Radical Immanent Critique,” in Husserl, The Cartesian Meditations. Commentary and Interpretation, Ed. Daniele de Santis, De Gruyter (forthcoming 2021)
At Kent State, she teaches Phenomenology, German Critical Philosophy, 19th Century Philosophy, Continental Rationalism, Philosophy of Imagination, Feminist Philosophy, Social & Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Art & Beauty.