Dr. Michael Anker
Dr. Michael Anker is an American philosopher and Instructor of Letters and Philosophy at The College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources, John Cardinal O’Connor Campus in New York City. He also teaches a summer session workshop entitled “Research for Dissertations” as a visiting professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Dr. Anker completed his bachelor of arts degree in comparative history of ideas and then pursued his master's in liberal studies. While working on his Ph.D. at the European Graduate School, he studied under renowned philosophers Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy.
In January 2009, Dr. Anker published his first book, "The Ethics of Uncertainty: Aporetic Openings with Atropos Press." This book offers an alternative framework and a refreshing perspective on an otherwise dogmatic and often misunderstood concept of uncertainty. Anker’s work invites us to consider the notion of ethical possibility inherent in and contingent on the aporetic structure of uncertainty itself. The book continues to receive great reviews for its philosophical insight, and perhaps most importantly, for its interdisciplinary accessibility.
Anker continues to present his ideas on the topic of uncertainty through lectures, papers, essays, and conference presentations. In July 2010, he presented at the Camden Philosophical Society, “Thinking about The Good” conference, where his presentation “Poetic Becomings: A Sensing of the Good” drew upon our understanding of uncertainty as illuminating a more poetic sensibility of an experience and relation with “the good,” rather than a fixed or fundamental idea of good in itself. In 2013, sections of his "Ethics of Uncertainty" book were translated into Polish for a museum publication entitled: "Przyjdzcie, pokazemy Wam, co robimy. O improwizacji tanca" (Come, we'll show you what we do: On dance improvisation).
As co-chairman of the Letters department, Anker has also been able to create and teach a series of philosophy courses for undergraduate students, including Introduction to Philosophy, Existentialism, and Ethics. This series of philosophy courses at the School of New Resources in the South Bronx has proven to be highly successful, now serving hundreds of inner-city adult college students. Dr. Anker’s goal and belief is to encourage philosophy as a way of life; to teach philosophy as a process of thinking, which not only empowers the individual in relation to the formation of a rejuvenated identity, but which engenders ethical interactions with others. His ongoing work in relation to a core seminar at the college entitled “Experience, Learning, and Identity” highlights this philosophical and pedagogical work in progress. His current research and writings continue to focus on the ethical possibilities and ontological implications of living in the various antinomies of the world.
In addition to teaching at The College of New Rochelle, Dr. Anker is a member of numerous academic committees, including the curriculum committee. He sees his participation in this area as an opportunity to promote and develop an ongoing commitment to the integration of philosophy and ethics across the curriculum.