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, political phenomenology 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, co-edited with Amy Allen, entitled "The Historical A Priori in Husserl and Foucault" and a special issue of Husserl Studies, co-edited with Julia Jansen, entitled "Imagination in Husserlian Phenomenology: Variations and Modalities." Her book Why Method Matters: Phenomenology as Critique(co-edited with David Carr and Sara Heinämaa) is forthcoming with Routledge.
She is currently working on a book on the imagination, where she argues, using phenomenological methods and resources, that the imagination has a distinctive critical potential, which could be harnessed in everyday life and theoretical endeavors alike. The book likewise shows what this critical import of the imagination amounts to for Husserl's late, eidetic-historical approach, especially his key notion of Besinnung (critical reflection). Last but not least, the book offers a novel phenomenological explication of the political imagination both in its possibility-opening and in its possibility-foreclosing dimensions.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, Professor Aldea held appointments as Fulbright Finland Research Scholar and Kone Foundation Finland Senior Research Scholar for her project Transcendental Phenomenology as Critique – Limits, Possibilities, and Beyond. She is also Visiting Researcher with the MEPA (Marginalization and Experience: Phenomenological Analyses of Normality and Abnormality) Academy of Finland project. As part of her ongoing collaboration with colleagues from University of Jyväskylä and University of Helsinki as well as her grant-funded work by the Kone Foundation Finland, she co-organized (October 2020) an international conference entitled "Phenomenology: From Method to Critique." She is currently expanding these collaborative endeavors with a focus on political phenomenology.
Her articles & book chapters include:
"Husserlian Phenomenology as Radical Immanent Critique – Or How Phenomenology Imagines Itself," in Why Method Matters: Phenomenology as Critique, Aldea, A.S., Carr, D. & Heinämaa, S. (Eds.), Routledge (forthcoming 2021)
"Matters of Method: Suspension, Imagination, and Critique" (co-authored with Sara Heinämaa and David Carr), in Why Method Matters: Phenomenology as Critique, Aldea, A.S., Carr, D. & Heinämaa, S. (Eds.), Routledge (forthcoming 2021)
"The Normativity of Imagination: Its Critical Import," in Norms, Values, Goals, Heinämaa, S. & Hartimo, M. (Eds.), Routledge (forthcoming 2021)
"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, Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, German Critical Philosophy, 19th Century Philosophy, Continental Rationalism, Philosophy of Imagination, Feminist Philosophy, Social & Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Art & Beauty.