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Daw-Nay N. R. Evans Jr.

Professor Evans encourages collaborative learning in preparation for the final exam.Professor Evans encourages collaborative learning in preparation for the final exam.

Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies

Chair, Philosophy

Chair, African American Studies


PhD Philosophy, DePaul University

MA Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic and State University

  • MA Coursework in Philosophy: St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University     

BA Philosophy, George Mason University    

Positions Held

LFC: Associate Professor of Philosophy,  2018-Present
LFC: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 2012-2018  
SAIC: Instructor, 2005-2012
DePaul University: Instructor, 2004-2009                         
DePaul University: Teaching Fellow, 2002-2004

Research and Teaching Interests

Africana Philosophy
19th- and 20th-Century European Philosophy
History of Philosophy

Selected Courses Taught

FIYS 104: Africana Philosophy                                         
PHIL 117: Political Philosophy                                         
PHIL 118: Why Philosophy Matters 
PHIL/AFAM 120: Brooklyn’s Finest: JAY-Z & Philosophy
PHIL 203: Business and Professional Ethics
PHIL 223: Does God Exist?
PHIL/AFAM 255: Philosophy of Race and Racism                     
PHIL/AFAM/CINE 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics    
PHIL 320: Back to the Things Themselves: Husserl, Heidegger and Derrida
PHIL 322: Hegel to Nietzsche
PHIL/AFAM 330: History and Philosophy of Slavery
PHIL/AFAM 340: Philosophy Born of Struggle: Introduction to African American Philosophy    
PHIL 440: Senior Seminar: Nietzsche
PHIL 480: Senior Seminar: Heidegger’s Being and Time


(N.B. Items marked as “forthcoming” have been submitted to the press/journal or are in penultimate draft form, while those marked as “in preparation” have been recently commissioned or are still in preliminary form).

Books: Authored

Nietzsche and Classical Greek Philosophy: Beautiful and Diseased (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Books: Edited

Contemporary African American Philosophy: Where Do We Go From Here? (London & New York: Bloomsbury) (w/Tommy J. Curry), [in preparation and under contract].


“Socrates as Nietzsche’s Decadent in Twilight of the Idols,” Philosophy and Literature 34.2 (October 2010), 340-47.

Book Chapters

“The Eternal Recurrence,” in The Meillassoux Dictionary eds. Paul Ennis and Peter Gratton, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014), pp. 66-67.

“The Duty of Reason: Kantian Ethics in High Noon,” in B. Steve Csaki and Jennifer L. McMahon (eds.), Philosophy of the Western (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2010), pp. 171-83.

Book Reviews

Bernard Williams, Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline [Princeton University Press, 2008], The Philosopher’s Magazine 41 (2nd Quarter 2008), pp. 113-14. 

Robin Small, Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship [Oxford University Press, 2005], Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (October 2006), pp. 672-73.

“The Pre-Platonic Philosophers,” The Classical Review 54.2 (September, 2004), pp. 289-90 (reviewing Anthony Preus (ed.), Before Plato: Essays in Ancient Greek PhilosophyVI [SUNY Press, 2001]).

Richard Schacht (ed.), Nietzsche’s Postmoralism: Essays on Nietzsche’s Prelude to Philosophy’s Future [Cambridge University Press, 2001], Journal of Nietzsche Studies 25 (Spring 2003), pp. 93-95.


“Thick as Thieves: Nietzsche’s Debt to Aristotle.” The Harper College Speaker Series, Palatine, IL, November 2013.

“In Defense of Nietzsche’s Compatibilism.” Comment on Charles Huenemann’s “Valuing from Life’s Perspective.” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Colloquium Paper, Chicago, IL, April 2008.  

“Heidegger’s Nietzsche on Plato and Platonism.” 64th Annual Iowa Philosophical Society Conference, Department of Philosophy, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, October 2007.

“Elenchus and Dialectic in Plato’s Symposium.” Comment on Alessandra Fussi’s “Replacing the Old with the New: Diotima’s Response to Aristophanes.” Seventh Annual Independent Meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society, Department of Philosophy, Boston College, Boston, MA, April 2007 (comments delivered in absentia). 

“Scheler and the Problem of Complementarity.” Comment on Daniel Dahlstrom’s “Scheler on the Essence of Christian Religious Consciousness.” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Colloquium Paper, Chicago, IL, April 2006.

“Nietzsche’s Décadent: A Reading of ‘The Problem of Socrates’ in Twilight of the Idols.” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Colloquium Paper, Chicago, IL, April 2006

“Fanon, Phenomenology, and the Quest for Liberation.” Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association. Conference Theme for 2006  Meeting: “Democracy and Diversity.” Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 2006. 

“Kierkegaard’s Socrates as Seducer to Self-Realization.” Comment on Patricia Huntington’s “The Paradox of Loneliness and Innocence: A Reflection on the Paradox of Self-Realization.” 11th Annual Lewis University Philosophy Conference on “Faith, Reason, and Paradox: Kierkegaard and Religion.” Department of Philosophy, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, February 2006.

“Nietzsche’s Décadent: A Reading of ‘The Problem of Socrates’ in Twilight of the Idols.” Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, December 2003.

“Nietzsche’s Décadent: A Reading of ‘The Problem of Socrates’ in Twilight of the Idols.” 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference on “Philosophy and the Classical Tradition.” Department of Philosophy, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, April 2003.

“Affirming The Idea of Eternal Recurrence: A Reply to Brazier.” Comment on W.F. Brazier’s “The Eternal Return and the Relevance of Time: A Question of Matter, Energy and Weight.” Virginia Philosophical Association Conference, Department of Philosophy, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, October 2001. 

“A Critique of the Secondary Literature on Nietzsche’s View of Socrates.” The  Department of Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, April 2001

“A Critique of the Secondary Literature on Nietzsche’s View of Socrates.” The Ockham Society, Oxford University, UK, July 2000.

 Fellowships and Awards

2017: Distinguished Alumni Award, George Mason University

2017: William L. Dunn Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarly Promise, Lake Forest College

2016: Endowed Professorship: Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Lake Forest College

2016: Lake Forest College Hotchkiss Fellowship

2007: Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention

2006: The Michael Mezey Excellence in Teaching Award, DePaul University    

2004: John T. Richardson Foreign Study Fellowship (Berlin, Germany)   

2004: German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Grant, Declined

2002-2003: DePaul University Teaching Fellowship

Professional Affiliations
American Philosophical Association