Florentien Verhage Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Florentien Verhage

Washington Hall 322
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Verhage joined the Department of Philosophy in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Professor Verhage’s research is concerned with intersubjective encounters, broadly construed. Her particular interest in the phenomenological philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty lies in his ability to make sense of such intersubjective encounters in terms of the close social, cultural, and political connections between subjects. In addition to exploring such encounters through a traditional phenomenological framework, Professor Verhage is concerned with letting this framework be challenged and unsettled by setting it in opposition to and letting it collaborate with contemporary work in feminist phenomenology, Chicana theory, critical race theory, and the relatively new field of borderland theory (as inspired by the work of Gloria Anzaldúa). A major objective of this interdisciplinary work is to develop a “phenomenology in and of the margins,” which is a project that attends to a double crisis: the crisis of the subject who is marginalized and silenced, and the crisis of phenomenology trying to heed her call.


Ph.D. Philosophy, McGill University (2009)

M.A. Philosophy of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex (2001)

M.A. Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Maastricht (1999)


20th Century Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology (esp. Merleau-Ponty), Feminist Philosophy, Chicana Theory


Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Continental Philosophy, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, Personal Identity, Existentialism, Postmodernism, Phenomenology of Embodiment, The Self and the Social World, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  1. "Philosophy Comes to Life: Elaborating an Idea of Feminist Philosohy," in bios: Feminist Philosophies of Life: Proceedings from philoSOPHIA 2013, eds. Chloe taylor and Hasana Sharp (McGill-Queens University Press, 2015)
  2. “The Vision of the Artist/Mother: The Strange Creativity of Painting and Pregnancy,” in Coming to Life: Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering, eds. Sarah LaChance Adams and Caroline Lundquist (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013): 300-319


  1. "Living With(out) Borders: The Intimacy of Oppression," Emotion, Space and Society (2014)
  2. “The Body as Measurant of All: Dis-covering the Other,” Symposium 12 (2008): 166-182.