Michael A. Portal

Graduate student in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of History at Texas A&M University. Book review editor for Arendt Studies.

I enjoy continental philosophy and pastrami on rye. I am on Twitter @michaelportal.

Email me at michaelportal @ tamu.edu


I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy and an M.A. in History at Texas A&M University.

I completed my M.A. in French Studies at the American College of the Mediterranean (2018). My thesis, Des Grottes aux camps : une non-histoire du rire juif, was under the direction of Dr. Michel Lantelme.

I completed my B.A. in Philosophy and Policy Studies at Rice University (2017). My Senior thesis, Martin Heidegger’s Critique of Technology and Modern Education, was under the direction of Dr. Steven Crowell.

You can find my CV here.


I am interested in:

  • Post-Kantian European Philosophy (esp. hermeneutics, phenomenology, and existentialism)

  • Social and Political Philosophy (esp. empire studies and French thought post-May 1968)

  • Jewish Philosophy (esp. Holocaust and memory studies)

  • Aesthetics

I am currently working on Derrida's notion of "survival" and how it might help us address contemporary nihilism.

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