Iain Thomson Biography

American philosopher (b. 1968) Left to right: Tao Ruspoli, Mark Wrathall and Iain Thomson, November 2013

Iain D. Thomson (born 1968) is an American philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He is a well-known expert on Martin Heidegger.

Education and career

Thomson studied as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked with Hubert Dreyfus, and then earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. As a visiting graduate student at UC Irvine, he also studied with Jacques Derrida. He is known for his expertise on Heidegger's philosophy, philosophy of education, philosophy of technology, philosophy of art, philosophy of literature and environmental philosophy.

Thomson received a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship and UNM College of Arts and Sciences' Gunter Starkey Teaching Award in 2003. He is featured in Tao Ruspoli's film Being in the World. His articles on Heidegger have been published in such journals as Inquiry, Journal of the History of Philosophy, The Harvard Review of Philosophy, the International Journal of Philosophical Studies, and the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.


  • Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity, Cambridge University Press, 2011, ISBN:9780521172493
  • Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education, Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN:052161659X

See also

  • Ontotheology
  • The Origin of the Work of Art
  • Hubert Dreyfus
  • Martin Heidegger


    External links

    • The UNM Faculty Homepage of Iain Thomson
    • An interview with Thomson on his book Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education

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