Duquette, David A. 1949-
DUQUETTE, David A. 1949-
PERSONAL: Born May 22, 1949, in Nashua, NH; son of Albert C. (a journeyman printer) and Rolande (in retail sales; maiden name, Chomard) Duquette; married Ann F. Romenesko (in inventory control); August 11, 2001. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: University of New Hampshire, B.A. (political science), 1971; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S. (philosophy), 1976; University of Kansas, M.Phil. (philosophy), 1981, Ph.D. (philosophy), 1985. Religion: "Baptized and raised Roman Catholic."
ADDRESSES: Home—720 North Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115. Offıce—St. Norbert College, 100 Grant St., De Pere, WI 54115; fax: 920-403-4086. E-mail— [email protected]
CAREER: St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, professor of philosophy, 1985—, coordinator for philosophy discipline, 1994-96. Guest lecturer at other institutions, including University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.
MEMBER: International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (American section), North American Society for Social Philosophy, American Philosophical Association, Hegel Society of America (member of executive committee, 1992-96; vice president, 1998-2000), Southwestern Philosophical Society, Wisconsin Philosophical Association.
(Editor) Hegel's History of Philosophy: New Interpretations, State University of New York Press (Albany, NY), 2003.
Contributor to books, including The Social Power of Ideas, edited by C. Peden and Yeager Hudson, Edwin Mellen Press (Lewiston, NY), 1995; Rending and Renewing the Social Order, edited by Yeager Hudson, Edwin Mellen Press (Lewiston, NY), 1996; Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: A Reappraisal, edited by Gary K. Browning, Kluwer Academic Press (New York, NY), 1997; Memory, History, and Critique: European Identity at the Millennium (CD-ROM), edited by Frank Brinkhuis and Sascha Talmor, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 1998; and Universal Human Rights: Moral Order in a Divided World, edited by Mortimer Sellars, New York University Press (New York, NY). Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Review of Politics, Owl of Minerva, Southwest Philosophy Review, and Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Assistant editor, Auslegung: Journal of Philosophy.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on theory and practice in the history of political thought.
SIDELIGHTS: David A. Duquette told CA: "My primary motivation for writing is to give expression to ideas for self-clarification and to engage critically in the community of academic scholarship in philosophy and political thought. Academic writing is largely about communication, clarification, and argument, but it also involves creative thinking. A passion for the creativity of ideas is a central impetus for me, as well as the urge to perfect my thinking and writing skills.
"My earliest influences are the college mentors who inspired me to pursue the academic life, who taught me how to think and to write, particularly in my areas of interest and specialty. My mature professional work has been inspired to a great extent by the thought of G. W. F. Hegel and Karl Marx, both of whom have had a significant impact on the development of the thought of late modernity. More broadly, I have an abiding interest in the history of ideas and a desire to make sense of the history of human thought, particularly in philosophy and political theory. I'm convinced that there is much continuity and connectedness in the course of philosophical and political ideas, and that a careful study of their development can bring insights into human nature and the human condition.
"My writing emerges from wrestling with philosophical issues and problems with the wish to contribute intellectually and professionally to their ongoing discussion and debate. Given the responsibilities that go with a position at an academic institution where teaching is given the highest priority, I cannot write on a consistent and regular basis. Hence, my strategy is to set short-term goals and to commit myself in advance to scholarly contributions in books, journals, et cetera, in order to establish deadlines for myself.
"Publishing a book on Hegel is one significant way of expressing my commitment to the furthering of Hegel studies. In particular, a volume on Hegel's History of Philosophy has intrinsic connection to my larger philosophical interests. Moreover, Hegel was a philosopher of the 'big picture,' of a system of philosophy intended to be fully comprehensive and all encompassing, and while it would take a genius like him to accomplish anything of this magnitude and scale, those of us with lesser talents can still partake of such a project through scholarly examination, explication, and critical review."