D. Miyasaki, Ph.D.

Sch of Humanities & Cult. Studies
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Millett Hall 369, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Donovan Miyasaki received his B.A. from the Colorado College (1997) and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (2004). His research and teaching interests include Continental Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Art, with a focus on Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, and Critical Theory. His articles have appeared in Journal of Moral Philosophy, Journal of Medical EthicsJournal of Nietzsche Studies, and History of Philosophy Quarterly. His two-volume study, Nietzsche's Immoralism: Politics as First Philosophy and Politics After Morality: Toward a Nietzschean Left (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2022), argues that Nietzsche's aristocratic politics is inconsistent with his core philosophical committments to determinism and immoralism. It critically reconstructs Nietzsche's theories of justice and rights as the potential ground for a non-liberal, democratic, socialist politics. 

Curriculum Vitae

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Education History

Ph.D., 2004, University of Toronto. B.A., 1997, The Colorado College.


Recent Undergraduate Courses: World Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, 19th Century Philosophy, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Literature and Film, Big Questions 

Graduate Courses, Master of Humanities: The Philosophy and Literature of Crime, The Ethics of Retribution: Torture, Terrorism, Punishment

Interviews and Public Talks

Honoring Contributions, Recognizing Complexities: A panel discussion to provide a context for recognizing and honoring artists’ achievements while grappling with the complexities of their personal actions.” Dunbar Library, Wright State University, January 27, 2022.

Literary lessons: Wright State philosophy and classics faculty say literature that reflects the impact of epidemics offers insights." Wright State Newsroom, July 8, 2020.

"Nietzsche's Case Against Political Moralism (video)." Wright State University College of Liberal Arts Research Conference, 2017.



Nietzsche's Immoralism: Politics as First Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan: forthcoming, 2022).

Politics After Morality: Toward a Nietzschean Left (Palgrave Macmillan: forthcoming, 2022).


A Nietzschean Critique of Liberal Eugenics” Journal of Medical Ethics (2021): 1–8. 

"Feeling, not Freedom: Nietzsche Against Agency." In Journal of Nietzsche Studies 47, no. 2 (2016): 256-74.

"The Equivocal Use of Power in Nietzsche's Failed Anti-Egalitarianism." Journal of Moral Philosophy 12, no. 1 (2015): 1-32.

"A Nietzschean Case for Illiberal Egalitarianism." In Nietzsche as Political Philosopher, edited by Barry Stocker and Manuel Knoll, 155-70. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2014.

"Nietzsche's Will to Power as Naturalist Critical Ontology." History of Philosophy Quarterly 30, no. 3 (2013): 251-69.

"Nietzsche’s Naturalist Morality of Breeding: A Critique of Eugenics as Taming." In Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life, edited by Vanessa Lemm, 194-213. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.

"Nietzsche contra Freud on Bad Conscience." Nietzsche-Studien 39 (2010): 434-54.

"The Confusion of Marxian and Freudian Fetishism in Adorno and Benjamin." Philosophy Today 46, no. 4 (2002): 429-43.

Political Violence as Bad Faith in Beauvoir’s The Blood of Others” (Original version published in French as  La violence politique comme mauvaise foi dans Le Sang des autres). In (Re)découvrir l’oeuvre de Simone de Beauvoir, edited by Julia Kristeva. Paris: Le bord de l’eau, 2008.

A Ground for Ethics in Heidegger’s Being and Time.” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 38, no. 3 (2007): 261-79.

Art as Self-Origination in Winckelmann and Hegel.” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 27, no. 1 (2006): 129-50.

"Morality and Art: Wayne Booth and the Case of Huck Finn.” Philosophy and Literature 31, no. 1 (2007): 125-32.

The Evasion of Gender in Freudian Fetishism.” Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society 8, no. (2003)



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