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Professor of Philosophy, West Virginia University

Dr. Davidson’s research focuses on leading figures in contemporary French philosophy, such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, Michel Henry and Paul Ricoeur, to name a few. He is especially interested in exploring how recent developments in French theory can yield new insights into topics in the areas of ethics, political philosophy, the philosophy of law, and the philosophy of embodiment.
Dr. Davidson has translated four books and numerous articles by Michel Henry into English, and he has recently published The Michel Henry Reader. In addition, he has edited five books on the work of Paul Ricoeur, including most recently a three part series on Ricoeur’s early philosophy of the will. Samples of his own writings are available on his page on

Dr. Davidson serves as editor of the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy. The contents of the journal are open access and freely downloadable. They can be accessed at


  • –present
    Professor of Philosophy, West Virginia University