Iker Garcia , PhD

 Iker Garcia

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400A Greg Hall
Graduate Student



Ph.D., Spanish (Literature) (Candidate)

M.A., Spanish (Literature), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013

[Dissertation title: "Object, standpoint, and partial truth: Sartre, Heidegger, and Hegel on consciousness, human being, and the Absolute."]

M.A., Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006

B.A., Philosophy, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), 2001

B.A., English, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), 1996


I'm interested in various issues at the crossroads of the history of literature, cultural history, history of ideas, and history proper in 19th century Spain. For instance, I am interested in the history of the concept filosofía española ("Spanish philosophy"), which I argue dates from around 1850 and should be distinguished from Spanish philosophy proper.

In my dissertation I plan to investigate neurological vocabulary in Spanish peninsular fiction of the late 19th century, in particular the use of cerebro ("brain") as substitute of mente ("mind") or alma ("soul"). I will argue that this use of cerebro as mente or alma results from developments in anatomy, physiology, and medicine resulting in the establishment of neurology as a scientific discipline in the 19th century, as well as the increasing empirical evidence provided by the discipline for the view that the mind is the brain. 


“Sartre and Kierkegaard on Consciousness and Subjectivity,” in: Prereflective Consciousness: Early Sartre in  the Context of Contemporary Philosophy of Mind (S. M. Travis and G. Preyer, eds.). New York: Routledge. 2016. 

Review of James Maffie's Aztec Philosophy: Understanding a World in Motion. Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions, 54 (3) 395-397. 2015.

Review of George Pattison’s Heidegger on Death: A  Critical Theological Essay.  Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions 53 (4): 575-577. 2014.

 “Untrue to One’s Own Self: Sartre’s The Transcendence of the Ego”. Sartre Studies International,  15: 17-35. 2010.


Hofstra University (NY), Symposium “Culture and Identity Configurations: Reflections onthe XXI century,” October 2017: “National Identity and the Conceptof a National Philosophy: The Birth and Rise of Filosofía Española in 19th century Spain.”

The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference(KFLC), Lexington (KY), April 2017: “Julián Sanz del Río traductor literal ymetafórico de K. C. F. Krause: Ideal dela humanidad para la vida.”

The Languages,Literatures, and Cultures Conference (KFLC), Lexington (KY), April 2016: “Ideasin 19th century brains: Neurological Vocabulary in Benito PérezGaldós’ Fortunata y Jacinta.” 

North American Sartre Society, June 2014: “Kierkegaard and Sartre on Prereflective Consciousness”

North American Society for Early Phenomenology, April 2014: “Ortega’s reception of Husserl: Meditations on Quixote

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, November 2013: “Antiquity, Modernity and Irony in Kierkegaard's The Concept of Irony

North American Sartre Society, November 2009: “Untrue to One’s Own Self: Sartre’s The Transcendence of the Ego


Review of "La Púrpura de la Rosa" (Opera Today):