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Paul Fairfield

B.A. (McMaster), M.A. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (McMaster)

Specialization: Continental Philosophy  
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Phone: (613) 533.6000 ext. 78185 


Paul Fairfield is Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University. He is the author of nine sole-authored books and editor or co-editor of five anthologies.

His writings fall generally within the traditions of philosophical hermeneutics, phenomenology, and 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 history entitled Transitions: Philosophical Reflections on Historical Change and a book co-authored with Jeff Mitscherling on artistic creation.

Fairfield was born in 1966 in Brockville, Ontario and attended J. L. Jordan and St. Mary elementary 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.

Professor Fairfield has taught at Queen's since 2002, and he holds a secondary affiliation with the Faculty of Education at the University of Warsaw. Whatever free time he has is spent with his wife, Gwyneth, and their seven-year-old daughter, Evangeline, or at the gym.