Hi, I’m Daniel Tutt. Welcome my website where I post blogs, essays and thoughts on philosophy. A little about me: I was born in Portland, Oregon right before the start of the Millennial Generation, but I’m too young to be a Gen Xer. My upbringing was blue collar. I worked as a brick layer’s assistant and a construction laborer for most of my teens until realizing as a young college student in the summer of 2001 that the life of books and ideas was where my true passion lies. My life since this moment has been a process of intellectual becoming.
Simultaneous to this intellectual event, I was growing in political and social awareness during the post 9/11 period in American life. The climate of hostility towards Islam and Muslims in America led me to explore the world of religion and specifically Islam. Thus was born my other calling: to work as an interfaith bridge builder. This second event was a spiritual event although it did not entail a religious conversion to Islam. If anything, it has brought me towards the Christianity of my youth in a way that is fuller and more critical.
My life is animated by these two events. I teach philosophy at George Washington University as Professorial Lecturer and I also teach philosophy at Marymount University. I am the Director of Programs and a Producer at Unity Productions Foundation, a media and educational organization based in Washington, DC that makes documentary films about Islam and Muslim culture.
Over the last four years, I have worked on a film series called Insurrections (still in production) that explores the philosophy of protest movements and includes interviews with leading philosophers and theorists. From 2012 – 2015, I served as Professor of Critical Theory and Dean of Student Affairs at the Global Center for Advanced Studies.
I received my Ph.D. from the European Graduate School, division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought under the supervision of one of the most important living philosophers, Alain Badiou. I also received a Masters of Arts in philosophy and ethics American University and wrote my thesis on Žižek’s critique of liberalism. This work won first place in 2012 and 2014 at the Žižek Studies conference and this drew me deeper into the Žižekian field. I then went on to study directly with Žižek and Badiou at the EGS in order to develop my ideas. My Ph.D. studies set me on a lifelong path of research and writing in philosophy.
I am also a Scholar with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, D.C. where I write and present on Islamophobia, Muslims in the west and interfaith dialogue.
My C.V. can be found here.
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