Ph.D., French literature and philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara,
2011. M.A., French literature. University of Arizona. 2005. B.A., French studies, B.S., Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Areas of Specialization: Eighteenth-century French literature, Intellectual history
of the Enlightenment, Justifications of moral and political values, Interactions between
the emotions and reason.
Arthur Kölzow, the director of the French program at ETSU, joined the faculty of the
Language and Literature department in the fall of 2016. He teaches students of all
levels, from beginners to majors. His most recent courses focus on improving students’
language skills through the study of culturally-relevant texts and films, but he has
also developed and taught courses on the literature of France from the seventeenth
century to the present. His academic research centers on eighteenth-century French
philosophy and intellectual history, in particular the justification of moral and
political ideas. His most recent work discusses the relevance of the emotions in correcting
behavior and in distinguishing right from wrong.
Recent and Upcoming Publications:
“The Intense Uselessness of Anger in the Moral Philosophy of Enlightenment France.”
“The Emotionality of Moral Judgment in Diderot’s Philosophy.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 58.1 (Spring 2017).
“La Mettrie’s and d’Holbach’s Opposing Pathologies of Remorse.” Eighteenth Century Thought 16 (October 2016).
“La Mettrie: For or Against Liberty?” Sans Papier (Spring 2010). Cornell University. Acts of the Chance and Destiny Colloquium at the
University of California, Santa Barbara, May 14–15.