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Iker Garcia , PhD

Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese

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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 Spanish Peninsular literature. 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 sharply distinguished from Spanish philosophy proper. which dates from various centuries back.

In my dissertation I plan to investigate neurological vocabulary in Spanish peninsular fiction of the late 19th century, in particular and centrally the use of cerebro ("brain") as substitute of mente ("mind") or alma ("soul") (as e.g. in Dicken's Pickwick Papers, where in the sentence “the possibility of going to sleep … had never entered Mr. Pickwick's brain” "brain" can be substituted by "mind" or "soul" without loss of meaning). I will argue that this use of cerebro as mente is causally related to (essentially results from) the reception in Spain of 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 field 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.) (forthcoming) 

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


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):



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