Karen Robertson

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


Office CC G14
Phone (705) 748-1011 x 7234
Fax (705) 748-1693


Secretary Kathy Axcell


Professor Robertson completed her Ph. D. at the University of Guelph in 2013.  She completed her  M. A. in Trent University’s Theory, Culture and Politics program in 2007 and her B. A. in Philosophy at Concordia University in  2003.  Her doctoral thesis, “Heidegger and Institutional Life: A Critique of Modern Politics,” uses Martin Heidegger’s phenomenology to develop a new approach to interpreting the nature of social institutions, and to develop a critique of modern political life.  Her analysis focuses on the way contemporary institutions address the tension between human individuality and human intersubjectivity.  This research draws mainly on Heidegger, but also employs ideas from Merleau-Ponty, Rawls, and Gadamer and builds on the sociological work of Bourdieu and Mead.  More broadly, her research is oriented to developing an account of community that characterizes community as critically responsive to the demands of individual and communal life. Her research also seeks to show that an account of community as critically responsive is productive in dealing with political challenges in a global context.