Ph.D., Instructor of Philosophy
The New School
Fordham University


B.S. Political Science - Texas A&M University (2000)
MA Philosophy - Texas A&M Unviersity (2003)
Ph.D. - The New School University (2014)

eric eric anthamatten received his PhD from New School for Social Research in 2014, completing a dissertation titled Habilitation and the Criminal: Punishment, Prisons, Pedagogy. His work focuses on philosophy, education, and social justice, more specifically on issues surrounding education in marginal, non-traditional, and non-academic settings: the prison, adult education, the homeless. The dissertation explores the intersections of education, criminality, punishment and the "therapeutic" possibilities of philosophy. Using a deep reading of Aristotle's notion of habit and virtue education, as well as the theories from various critical philosophies of education (Dewey, Buber, Freire, Ranciere), he develops the concept of "habilitation" (as opposed to re-habilitation) as a way of approaching pedagogy, most especially pedagogy in the context of marginalized or condemned communities.

anthamatten teaches at The New School and Fordham University. He also frequently teaches courses at the New York Public Library, free to the public, on various themes in philosophy.

anthamatten received an MA in Philosophy from Texas A&M University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in electronic music. During this time he studied primarily with Scott Austin, Steve Daniels, Theodore George, and, most especially, the great John J. Mcdermott, his mentor, his inspiration, his friend.

He has taught philosophy since 2001 at various institutions in Texas and New York, ranging from community colleges to small private schools, to major public universities, to maximum security prisons in rural Texas. He is also an instructor of martial arts in Manhattan, where he teaches students ranging from age three to sixty-three, a pedagogical scene that he sees as continuous with his philosophical work.

Articles by anthamatten at New York Times, The Atlantic, The Mantle and The New Criticals