Faculty Spotlight: Jesus Adrian Escudero

Faculty Spotlight: Jesus Adrian Escudero

Today our spotlight focuses on Jesus Adrian Escudero Ph.D., known to many as Jesus Adrian. Dr. Escudero is full-time faculty with the University of Phoenix, He has served as a dissertation chair for the School of Advanced Studies since the start of 2016.

Dr. Escudero received his Master’s in Social Anthropology and Archaeology at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain, and received his Ph.D. from Ludwig Albert Univeristat Freiburg in Germany. Prior to joining University of Phoenix as full-time faculty in 2015, he served as Senior Research Fellow with the Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

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Dr. Escudero’s current research interests cover two differing topics. First, his interest is in theories of selfhood. Specifically, he’s interested in analyzing the different dimensions of human consciousness, particularly the phenomenological and narrative dimension. Dr. Escudero explains: “From a narrative perspective, who we are depends on the story we and others tell about ourselves. … From a phenomenological perspective, the self is taken to be an integral part of our conscious life with an immediate experiential reality characterized by a peculiar quality of mine-ness.”

Second, his attention has more recently started to focus on the question of anti-Semitism in relation to the recent publication of Martin Heidegger’s philosophical journal under the title of The Black Notebooks (2014). Dr. Escudero adds: “My research tries to answer two basic questions which are closely intertwined in Heidegger’s thought: What is the destiny of the German people? What is the role of the others –particularly the Jews- in the history of Europe?”

When asked what inspired his research efforts, he said, “I was inspired by an astonishing quote of Theodor Adorno: “After Auschwitz you could no longer write poems.” (Negative Dialects) The devastating consequences of the WWII made us aware of the destructive power of human rationality. The first and probably most obvious dimension is related to the Holocaust as the utmost expression of barbarism. After 1945, it is impossible to naively continue believing in the purity of reason. It is imperative that individuals arrange their thoughts and actions so that Auschwitz will not repeat itself, so that nothing similar will happen again.  Our responsibility in light of this new moral imperative is to confront ourselves with our own irreparable failure and learn from our historical mistakes.”

Dr. Escudero’s prolific success in research and publishing was brought to our attention by the funding reviewers.  The following three research projects of his have been funded at least in part by the University:

  • What Is Agency? (2013)
  • Heidegger’s “Black Notebooks”: The Question of Anti-Semitism and National Socialism (2014)
  • Experience, Consciousness and Selfhood. A Phenomenological Approach (2015).

When asked what he has learned from many years of research, he said, “On a professional level, research has allowed to me accumulate knowledge and skills, become a respectable member of my philosophical community, and work in prestigious academic institutions across Europe and North America. On a personal level, research has helped me to become a better and more humble person.”

Finally, Dr. Escudero recommends any student interested in getting involved in research to join a Research Center, stating they, “create an empowering atmosphere by providing faculty and students with the necessary tools to successfully complete their educational, professional, and personal goals.”

Thank you Dr. Escudero for continually working to grow the research community and break new ground. Good luck with your ongoing efforts!

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