Karin Fry

Professor of Philosophy


Ph.D. — Philosophy, University of Memphis
M.A. — Philosophy, Boston College
B.A. — Philosophy, University of Rhode Island

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Karin and her husband, Rogue, come from New England and moved to Stevens Point in 2002. They have a son, William, who is being raised by his philosopher mom and magician dad.

Select Publications


Beyond Religious Rights and Secular Left Rhetoric:  The Road to Compromise.  Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2014. 

Arendt: a Guide for the Perplexed, London: Continuum Press, 2009.

 Compreender Hannah Arendt. Trans. Paulo Ferreira Valério. Petrópolis, Brazil:Editora Vozes, 2009.


Chapters in Books

"Natality." Hannah Arendt: Key Concepts, ED. Patrick Hayden.  Acumen Press: 2014. pp. 22-35. 

"The Common Enemy: The American Media Construction of Islam by the Christian Right and New Atheist Movements." Inter-Disciplinary Press, forthcoming 2014.

"The Enlightenment Narrative and Violence." The European Mind: Narrative and Identity. Ed. Henry Frendo. Malta: University of Malta Press, 2010, Volume II, pp. 446-452.

"Oh No. They Killed Kenny…Again: Kenny and Camus." Philosophy and South Park. Malden, MA: Blackwell Press, 2007, pp. 77-86.

"No Longer a Friend of Narnia: Gender in Narnia." Philosophy and the Narnia Chronicles. Chicago: Open Court Press, 2005, pp.155-166.


"Banality of Evil."  The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism.  John Stone, Dennis Rutledge, Polly Rizeva and Anthony D. Smith eds., forthcoming 2014.

"The Common Enemy:  The American Media Construction of Islam by the Christian Right and the New Atheist Movements,"  e-book, Interdisciplinary Press.

“Hannah Arendt and the War in Iraq.” Philosophical Topics,  Volume 39.2 (2011): 41-51.

“Expert Help: Arendt’s World Alienation.” Twin Cities Review of Political Philosophy. Volume 1, Summer 2011. http://www.minnidea.org/tcreview 

“Arendt, Hannah.” http://www.women-philosophers.com/Arendt.html, 2009. 

“Lyotard, Jean-François.” Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006, pp. 619-621.

“The Role of Aesthetics in the Philosophy of Jean-François Lyotard” Philosophy Today. Volume 48 (2004):87-93.

“The Role of Aesthetics in the Politics of Hannah Arendt.” Philosophy Today. Volume 45 (2002): 46-51.

“Kant and the Problem of Genius.” Kant und die Berliner Aufklärung. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2001, 546–552

“Preserving the Subject: Kristeva’s Aesthetics in Light of Kant.” Filozofski Vestnik proceedings from the XIVth World Congress on Aesthetics 2 (1999): 163–171.

Blanchot, Maurice. “Grâce (soit rendue) à Jacques Derrida.” Revue Philosophique 2 (1999): 167–173. Translation. Derrida: Critical Assessments. New York: Routledge, 2002, Volume 1, pp 43-49.

Recent Conferences and Presentations

 "Politics of the Straw Man," Society of Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Estes Park, CO, July, 2013.

"Religion and Politics in the United States: Challenging One Way Discussion," Invited Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture,  St. Mary’s University College, London, November, 2012.

"The Common Enemy: The American Media Construction of Islam by the Christian Right and New Atheist Movements."  Inter-Disciplinary.Net conference on Multiculturalism, Mansfield College, Oxford, U.K, September, 2012.

"The Democratic Dilemma of Religion and Politics: Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left." 29th International Social Philosophy Conference, Northeastern University, Boston. July, 2012.

"Challenging One Way Discussion: Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left." Advancing Public Philosophy, Washington D.C., October, 2011.

"Protestant Bias, Religious Freedom, and Anti-Muslim Rhetoric." Association for Political Theory, University of Notre Dame, October, 2011.

"The Need for an Inclusive Secularism in the United States." Association for Political Theory, University of Texas A&M, October, 2009.


"Obama and Secularism.” Public Values Faculty Seminar, Trinity College, October, 2009.

"Opening a Conversation between Secularism and Christianity in the United States" Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Oneonta, New York, July, 2009.

"Beyond Interpretation: Kristeva on the Life and Work of Hannah Arendt." Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, FL, January, 2006.

"Hannah Arendt and the War in Iraq." Forum on Arendt's Theory Today, UWSP, October, 2007.

"Aesthetics and Politics in the Philosophy of Jean-Francois Lyotard."Millennium Conference, Between Fear and Wonder: International Politics, Representation, and 'the Sublime,' London School of Economics, October, 2005.

University Service

  • Faculty Senate 2010-2012, 2013-present
  • Philosophy Coordinator, 2013-present
  • Assessment Coordinator , 2013-2014
  • Faculty Advisor, London, Fall 2012
  • Student Advisor for Phi Sigma Tau, National Honors Society for Philosophy, 2005-present

Contact Information

Email: kfry@uwsp.edu
​Office: ​CCC 418
​Phone: ​715.346.4759
​Fax: ​715.346.4215


PHIL 100 ​Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 303 ​Philosophy of Art
PHIL 327 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
PHIL 330 Existential Philosophy
PHIL 336 Social and Political Philosophy
​PHIL 350 ​Feminist Philosophy
​PHIL 490 ​Senior Seminar