Skip to main content
  • Associate Professor
  • Philosophy
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Social Theory
  • Center for Equality and Social Justice
1425 Patterson Office Tower
Other Affiliations:
  • Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses

  • Hannah Arendt, COVID-19, and Thinking in Dark Times (graduate seminar, Spring 2021)
  • History and Science in Post-Kantian Philosophy (grad/upper division, Fall 2022, Spring 2019)
  • Philosophy, Context, and History (graduate seminar, Fall 2019)
  • Phenomenology (graduate/upper division, Fall 2019)
  • Philosophy of Law: Arendt and International Justice (graduate/upper division)
  • Philosophy of Law: Catharine MacKinnon (graduate/upper division)
  • Philosophy of Law: Sex Equality (graduate/upper division)
  • Heidegger, Philosophy, and Nazism (graduate seminar)
  • Heidegger's Being and Time (graduate seminar)
  • Advanced Topics in Ethics: Arendt with Heidegger (also covering Hegel, graduate/upper division)
  • Existentialism (graduate/upper division)
  • Hegel
  • Modernity, Pornography, Sex Equality (graduate seminar, Heidegger-oriented)
  • Social Theory Graduate Seminar: Justice (co-taught with faculty from Literature, Sociology, and Anthropology)
  • Epistemology and Ethics (upper division)
  • Philosophy, Law, and the #Me Too Movement (Spring 2020, 2019)
  • Introduction to Legal Philosophy
  • Introduction to Feminism and Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Pornography
  • Ethics
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Architecture
  • Historical Perspectives on the Holocaust

 

PHI 509 History and Science in Post-Kantian Philosophy (Fall 2022, Spring 2019)

This course centers on principal figures of Post-Kantian Philosophy as treated in Robert C. Scharff’s recent book How History Matters to Philosophy: Reconsidering Philosophy’s Past After Positivism (2015). Some of these figures include Dilthey, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Charles Taylor, and Richard Rorty. We examine how they reassert philosophy’s identity as a historical-humanistic enterprise distinct from the natural sciences, at a time when philosophy was losing its identity as the source of the sciences and was becoming, instead, an emulator of (an idea of) science. Moreover, philosophy was on a path to being reduced to logic and having little to do with life and existential concerns. We explore how they navigate a relation to scientific epistemology in their efforts to spell out an epistemology appropriate to philosophy. In this examination, we interrogate what these figures understood philosophy to be and how they did it. We thereby also appreciate some differences between academic philosophy and how these (and other) canonical figures understood philosophy’s vocation, differences that center on situated knowing of contemporary crises and generative relationships with philosophy’s past.

Student reviews:

  • Perhaps my favorite course in all my philosophical studies. The text was PERFECT; I WANTED to read it. I just really appreciated this class
  • This is the second class I’ve had with prof. Nenadic and with both her enthusiasm for the topic and knowledge of the content made being engaged in class easy. phenomenal professor.
  • [The professor is] very enthusiastic and passionate about the material. This helped everyone become more interested in it.
  • Dr. Nenadic knew the material inside and out, and was able to tie it to real world research…
  • Dr. Nenadic prioritizes her students and it shows. She is very helpful and accommodating to different learning styles.
  • The professor was extremely patient and understanding. The course material was difficult to understand, so she did a wonderful job at presenting the material and breaking it down bit-by-bit for the students.
  • Very knowledgeable. Very respectful to students.
  • I think she is probably one of the best professors that I know.

 

PHI 340 Introduction to Feminism and Philosophy (Spring 2023)

This course introduces students to treating feminist topics in a philosophical way. This means examining how experiences, which mainly (though not only) affect women and girls, have pushed us to rethink our understanding of matters such as human nature, freedom, awareness of oppression, and notions of victims and survivors. We trace how these experiences have led us to come up with new concepts that now help us see discrimination, abuses, and inequalities that, before, weren’t widely seen and were covered up. We also explore how these new concepts have spurred changes in law and in society.

To this end, this course focuses on feminist topics surrounding the #MeToo Movement such as sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and discrimination in the workplace and in education. We also explore how concepts from psychology such as narcissistic personality and sociopathy may help us better understand these experiences.

 

PHI 715 Hannah Arendt, COVID-19, and Thinking in Dark Times (Graduate Seminar, Spring 2021)

This course centers on close readings of Hannah Arendt’s major works The Origins of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil as well as key essays. Her thought analyzes major political crises of our era focused on authoritarian government -- from totalitarian systems (Nazism and communism) to other types of dictatorship. We will cover her treatment of such topics as: how societies slip into authoritarianism; concurrent shifts in societal and moral norms; systemic inequality, racism, and anti-Semitism; questions of law, criminality, evil, and legal accountability; and ethics and personal responsibility. Arendt evinces the idea that philosophy or thinking is most needed in times of crisis to help us understand and navigate them and that it emanates from a multidisciplinary proximity to these developments and through knowledge of the past that resonates with them. In this way, we will consider how her thought may help us make sense of today’s extraordinary times. We will center on the unique experience of COVID-19 in the United States and will include topics such as its disproportionate health and economic effects on communities of color, Native American nations, and women and its intersections with Black Lives Matter.

Student reviews:

  • Dr. Nenadic has a particular orientation towards philosophy: namely, that it should be about the way we think about and love our lives. It should always be tied to experience, to understanding our moment, ourselves, and ourselves-in-our-moment. She refuses to do philosophy at an overly detached level from real life. As a result, her courses teach me so much about myself and my world. I think she is absolutely wonderful and I greatly admire her dedication.
  • The instructor designed the course so that we would be synthesizing work from the history of philosophy with work in contemporary (and philosophically attuned) psychology, social science, and history. It was a really innovative seminar and served as an exemplar for how to do innovative philosophy that is relevant to life.
  • Dr. Nenadic is an excellent teacher who cares about the material as well as her students. She was extremely encouraging and supportive in helping students develop their own projects.
  • …the Professor encouraged us to think personally and creatively about the way in which philosophy is extremely important for making sense of our current political moment.
  • It has been hugely instructive to participate in a collaborative process of destructive retrieval that is aimed at understanding a current crisis. It is heartening to be part of a course that deals with pressing issues – not just ‘issues’ in a scholarly sense, but existentially pressing real-world problems.

 

PHI 516 Phenomenology (Graduate/upper division, Spring 2021, Fall 2019)

This course introduces students to phenomenology, a largely late 19th century and early 20th century development in philosophy. We center on phenomenology as a response to modern philosophy’s increasing removal of philosophy from life concerns, from other disciplines, and from the great works of its past. We examine how phenomenology reasserted that philosophical problems arise from worldly challenges and crises in their multifaceted expressions and how it cast the relationship between those problems and philosophy’s past. The principal figures we cover are Dilthey, Husserl, and Heidegger, with a focus on the development of Heidegger’s hermeneutic phenomenology in its connections to Dilthey’s beginnings and in its distinction from Husserl’s phenomenology. We conclude by considering philosophy so understood in relation to the multiple crises we are currently in the middle of such as Covid-19, erosion of democratic institutions, Black Lives Matter, and sex inequality.

Student reviews:

  • She brought an excitement that spread through the entire class for a solid 3 months. I felt guilty if I missed one class because of how much I learned in an hour.
  • I wouldn’t “change” any aspects of the instructor or how the instructor approached the class. Dr. Nenadic even arranged it so that the author of the book we were reading visited the class and led us in a discussion. She went above and beyond to make the classroom a place where we felt valued and that our contributions were heard and mattered.
  • The professor allowed us to meet with the author of the text and my God did that inspire me. What an amazing course
  • Her willingness to answer any question and rephrase a concept in several ways was I think what made my success in this course possible.
  • PHI 516 covered foundational ideas in a way I had not encountered before, because most other courses neglect the crucial foundational questions that were the focus of this course. The professor did a stellar job keeping us grounded in the core motivating questions of the course, too. PHI 516 has been a unique and amazingly consequential learning experience for that reason.
  • Dr. Nenadic was very kind and knowledgeable.
  • I would change nothing she is a star.

 

PHI 680 Philosophy, Context, and History (Graduate Seminar, Fall 2019)

Since the rise of modern science and its aspiration to a God’s-eye view, in philosophy we have seen both an emulation of this stance (or some version of it) as well as an increasingly explicit grappling with the contextual and historical nature of thinking. The latter preoccupied 19th century philosophers such as Dilthey and Nietzsche, who considered that stance impossible for philosophy (and ultimately for science) without the alternative being relativism, and culminated in the early 20th century works of Heidegger. More recently, within analytic philosophy, post-positivists have also raised questions of context and history in philosophy. We examine this variety of considerations of the situatedness of thought and its ties to the past. We address issues of epistemology, ontology, and ultimately how we understand the nature and task of philosophy. Figures we may treat include Descartes, Comte, Dilthey, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Rorty, and Taylor. The course will center on analysis from Robert Scharff’s How History Matters to Philosophy: Reconsidering Philosophy’s Past After Positivism (2014).

Student review

  • Well, the course content itself was very, very helpful. In particular, it connected the way of an inquiry to the being of the inquirer, and that was just fantastic. PHI 680 was the kind of course that challenges you to not just learn new bits of content, but challenges you to confront yourself as an inquirer and how you understanding yourself in how you do inquiry, and how that self-understanding is intimately connected to how you proceed in inquiry. For me, it brought to light things that were previously invisible. In addition to teaching me all-new things, the perspectives and materials provided by Dr. Nenadic and also my classmates helped me better understand things I’ve been struggling to understand – and even articulate at all – for literally a decade, since when I was in graduate school for an entirely different discipline. This was a terrific class.

 

UKC 182 Philosophy, Law, and the #MeToo Movement (Spring 2020, 2019)

The #Me Too Movement has recently captured the public consciousness as years of unpunished incidences of sexual harassment and assault by high profile figures have come to light and triggered a social media tsunami by scores of other victims coming forward with similar experiences. The course will examine this social and political phenomenon and the implications that it might have on our own lives. We will address questions such as: What are sexual harassment and assault? How has our understanding of them changed over time? What are their relation to civil rights? What impediments are there to seeking justice? What is the role of law in this pursuit? The course explores this issue through focusing on its philosophical dimensions, which also introduces students to what philosophy is and to its central relevance to such problems. We will address philosophical topics such as existentialism, phenomenology, concept formation, human oppression, freedom, human nature, and ethics, among others. Throughout, we will explore the role and limits of law in seeking justice for these violations.

Student reviews:

  • It was most helpful that Dr. Nenadic had real conversations with us instead of throwing information at us. It felt like a discussion most of the time.
  • Dr. Nenadic has a very extensive background in this topic so it was great to learn from someone with so much experience.
  • The weekly responses we turned in seemed like they were going to be a hassle when I first saw them in our syllabus but they were really fun to write! The topics are interesting and engaging so most of the time I was sad I had to limit how much I wrote! The responses helped prepare you for the longer written assignments and definitely helped you be engaged in the discussion in class.