Paul Fairfield is Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (Canada) and the author of nine sole-authored books on topics ranging from hermeneutics to education, politics, and death.
His writings fall within the tradition of existential phenomenology and hermeneutics as well as pragmatism, and major influences on his work to date include Friedrich Nietzsche, John Dewey, Martin Heidegger, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. Current projects include a book on the philosophy of education entitled Teachability and Learnability: Can Thinking Be Taught? and one on the philosophy of history entitled Transitions: An Essay on Historical Change.
Fairfield was born in 1966 in Brockville, Ontario and attended J. L. Jordan and St. Mary Catholic schools and Brockville Collegiate Institute. He received a B.A. from McMaster University in 1989 and an M.A. from the University of Waterloo in 1991. In 1995 he completed a doctorate in philosophy at McMaster, following which he did postdoctoral work at Waterloo and held teaching positions at McMaster, Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier universities. He has taught at Queen's University since 2002. Email: email@example.com
"A Phenomenology of Listening." In Education and Conversation: Exploring Oakeshott's Legacy, eds. David Bakhurst and Paul Fairfield (London: Bloomsbury, 2016).
"Hermeneutical Themes in Education." In Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics, ed. Jeff Malpas (London: Routledge, 2014).
"Rationality, Knowledge, and Relativism." In A Companion to Hermeneutics, eds. Chris Lawn and Niall Keane (London: Blackwell, 2014).
"Hermeneutics and Education." In A Companion to Hermeneutics, eds. Chris Lawn and Niall Keane (London: Blackwell, 2014).
"Dialogue in the Classroom" and "Introduction." In Education, Dialogue, and Hermeneutics. Ed. Paul Fairfield (London: Continuum, 2010).
"Dewey, Nietzsche, and the Self-Image of Philosophy" and "Introduction: Overdue Conversations." In John Dewey and Continental Philosophy. Ed. Paul Fairfield (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2010).
"The Hermeneutics of Suspicion and Recovery and the Difference it Does Not Make: Gadamer and Foucault." In Gadamer's Hermeneutics and the Art of Conversation. Ed. Andrzej Wiercinski (Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2011).
"Dialogical Education?" In Gadamer's Hermeneutics and the Art of Conversation. Ed. Andrzej Wiercinski (Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2011).
"Ethical Expertise." Journal of the Interdisciplinary Crossroads. Vol. 3, No. 3. December 2006.
"A Modest Phenomenology of Democratic Speech." The European Legacy. Vol. 10, No. 4. 2005.
"La teorizzazione immanente alla pratica, o la pratica stessa." ("Practice-Immanent Theorizing, or To the Practices Themselves") Discipline Filosofiche. Vol. 14, No. 1. 2004.
"Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Practical Judgment." In Between Suspicion and Sympathy: Paul Ricoeur's Unstable Equilibrium. Ed. Andrzej Wiercinski (Toronto: The Hermeneutic Press, 2003).
"Hermeneutical Liberalism." Philosophy Today. Vol. 46, No. 4. Fall 2002.
"Hermeneutical Ethical Theory." In The Ethics of Postmodernity: Current Trends in Continental Thought. Eds. Gary B. Madison and Marty Fairbairn (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1999).
"Liberalism and Moral Selfhood." Philosophy Today. Vol. 40, No. 3. Fall 1996.
"Overcoming the Theory/Practice Opposition in Business Ethics." Business and Professional Ethics Journal. Vol. 14, No. 4. Winter 1995.
"Habermas, Lyotard, and Political Discourse." Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies. Vol. 19. Fall 1994.
"Habermas, Kohlberg, and the Myth of Expertise." Eidos. Vol. XI, No.s 1 & 2. June/December 1993.
"Truth Without Methodologism: Gadamer and James." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. Vol. XVII, No. 3. Summer 1993.