Samuel Talcott PhD

Samuel Talcott

Samuel Talcott PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy


BA (Penn State University)

MA (DePaul University)

PhD (DePaul University)

Research Interests

  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • 20th Century French Philosophy


Dr. Talcott’s research interests cover topics from the history of philosophy, continental philosophy, ethics, philosophy of medicine, social-political philosophy, and philosophy of the life sciences. Dr. Talcott is developing and teaching philosophy courses for the Humanities department on the basis of these research interests. 

Prior Positions

  • Core Lecturer, Seattle University, 2008-2010
  • Full-Time Faculty, DePaul University, 2006-2008
  • Part-Time Faculty, DePaul University, 2000-2001 & 2002-2006
  • English Language Instructor, Université Marc Bloch, 2002
  • Assistant English Language Instructor, Lycée Fustel de Coulanges, 2001-2002

Courses Taught

  • Intellectual Heritage, Belief and Thought
  • Ethics and Critical Thinking
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Race, Class and Gender

Selected Scholarly Activity

Journal Articles

“Errant Life, Molecular Biology, and the Conceptualization of Biopower: Georges Canguilhem, François Jacob, and Michel Foucault.” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, August 15, 2014.

“Canguilhem and the Philosophical Problem of Error,” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review. December 2013.


“Canguilhem, Foucault, and the Education of Philosophy,” Foucault Circle, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, June 6, 2014.

“Locating Disease: Canguilhem and Foucault on the Life of Place,” Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, September 28, 2013.

“From Violent Resistance to Philosophical Violence: The Philosophy of the Concept and Michel Foucault’s Analytics of Power,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Philadelphia, PA, October 20, 2011.

“Canguilhem, Jacob, and Foucault: the Emergence of Biopower as Concept,” IVR World Congress in Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Frankfort, Germany, August 18, 2011.

“Canguilhem’s Lecture Courses on Error,” Conference: On Error, Goldsmith’s College, London England, October 29, 2010.

Contact Information

Office location: East Building Room 200
Mailing address: Box 102
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.7129

s [dot] talcott [at] usciences [dot] edu