Continental Philosophy, Critical Theory, Marxism, Modernity, Avant-Garde


Teaching in the Intellectual Heritage Program since 2018, Hammam Aldouri holds a PhD in philosophy from the Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University (London) and a Helena Rubinstein Fellowship in Critical Studies from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program (New York). He specializes in continental philosophy and critical theory, with a special focus on the work of G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx, and their respective legacies. His research currently works across three related, yet distinct, fields:

  • (1) the status and relevance of philosophy after its critique;
  • (2) the history and theory ofhistorical capitalism;
  • (3) and problems in modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on avant-garde strategies in Europe and North America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the ideology of artistic modernity in figures such as Richard Wagner, Charles Baudelaire, Edouard Manet and Marcel Duchamp.

Selected Publications

  • “Baudelaire Contra Manet? Rethinking the Influence of The Painter of Modern Life,” Nonsite [Forthcoming].
  • “Progress as Regress: Critical Reflections on an Open Letter to LA MOCA,” Journal of Aesthetics and Protest [Forthcoming].
  • “Hegel’s Natural Assumption: The First Sentence of the Phenomenology of Spirit,” Radical Philosophy [Forthcoming]. 
  • “Before Hegel: Schiller, Novalis, and the Concept of Aufhebung,” Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol.15, no.1, 2019.
  • “Search for a Method: A Reassessment of Hegel’s Dialectic in Art History,” Journal of Art Historiography, June 2019.

Courses Taught

  • IH2 - The Common Good