Andreea Smaranda Aldea | Department of Philosophy | Kent State University

Andreea Smaranda Aldea

Andreea Smaranda Aldea

Smaranda Aldea

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 forthcoming special issue of Husserl Studies on "Imagination, Modalities, Method: A New Look at Husserl’s Transcendental Idealism."

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.

Her articles include:

  1. "Making Sense of Husserl’s Notion of Teleology: Normativity, Reason, Progress and Phenomenology as ‘Critique from Within'," Hegel Bulletin 38/1 (2017): 104–128.
  2. "Phenomenology as Critique: Teleological-Historical Reflection and Husserl’s Transcendental Eidetics," Husserl Studies 31/1 (2016): 21–46.
  3. "Spinoza’s Imagination: Rethinking Passivity," Idealistic Studies 45/1 (2015): 21–39.
  4. "Husserl’s Break from Brentano: Abstraction and the Structure of Consciousness," Axiomathes 24/3 (2014): 395–426.
  5. "Husserl’s Struggle with Mental Images: Imaging and Imagining Reconsidered," Continental Philosophy Review 46/3 (2013): 371–394.

She is a member of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the Husserl Circle (for which she was the convenor of the Annual Meeting of the Husserl Circle in 2014 at Dartmouth College), and the Nordic Society for Phenomenology.

At Kent State, she teaches Phenomenology, German Critical Philosophy, 19th Century Philosophy, Philosophy of Imagination, Philosophy of Art & Beauty, Women & Philosophy.

Job Title

Assistant Professor

Job Department

Philosophy Department

Office Location

320 Bowman Hall



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