David Pettigrew is a professor of philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research interests include Heidegger studies, contemporary French thought, and psychoanalysis -- particularly the work of Parisian psychoanalyst J.D. Nasio.
Professor Pettigrew has taught a variety of courses at SCSU since 1987, including courses in the History of Philosophy required for the philosophy major (PHI 296, 297, 306, and 307), Philosophy of Education (PHI 370), and Phenomenology and Existentialism (PHI 408). He also teaches Problems in Philosophy (PHI 200), a course in which he blends philosophy and literature.
Professor Pettigrew was the recipient of the Southern Connecticut State University Faculty Scholar Award in the year 2000.
He was recently (2010) appointed to the Board of Directors of the institute for the Research of Genocide Canada, and listed as one of an "International Team of Experts".
Professor Pettigrew has co-translated and co-edited a number of books. These include the co-translation, (with Franτois Raffoul) of Jean-Luc Nancy's and Philippe Lacoue Labarthe's The Title of the Letter, A Reading of Lacan (SUNY Press 1992); Franτoise Dastur's Heidegger and the Question of Time (Humanity Books, 1998); and J.D. Nasio's Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan (SUNY, 1998). He also co-translated, with Gregory Recco, Franτois Raffoul's Heidegger and the Subject (Humanity Books, 1998). Pettigrew has co-edited, with F. Raffoul, Disseminating Lacan (SUNY 1996) and Heidegger and Practical Philosophy (SUNY 2002). Recently he completed the translation of J.D. Nasio's The Book of Love and Pain: Thinking at the Limit with Freud and Lacan (under contract with SUNY Press).
In addition, Professor Pettigrew has published articles addressing the work of thinkers such as Jacques Derrida, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Jacques Lacan.
Other Projects and Interests
In 2002, Professor Pettigrew served as secretary-convener at SCSU of the 36th annual
meeting of the North American Heidegger Conference. The theme of the Conference was
Heidegger and France. (copies of the conference proceedings are available.)
From 1992-2001, Professor Pettigrew coordinated a number of university projects for systemic reform of science and mathematics education in keeping with national standards. Most recently (from 1996-2002), he wrote and directed a series of seven consecutive successful grants (CT Dept. of Higher Education Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Grants) for standards-aligned reform in mathematics and science education
Office: EN D212
Phone: (203) 392-6778