Gordon C.F. Bearn, Ph.D.
Lehigh University Philosophy - Gordon C.F. Bearn
Professor, Department Chair
Existentialism; Aesthetics; Deleuze; Wittgenstein

Professor Bearn has published two books: Life Drawing: A Deleuzean Aesthetics of Existence (Fordham 2013) and Waking to Wonder: Wittgenstein's Existential Investigations (SUNY 1997). In the 1980's, Professor Bearn published a few essays providing a variously tempered defense of epistemological relativism, and has since published on aesthetic and epistemological aspects of Cavell, Wittgenstein, Derrida, Lyotard, Deleuze, and on the architectural work of Arakawa and Gins.  He is currently working on a few pieces of a larger project currently huddling together under the name Sound Sense. Motivated by an Emersonian interpretation of the lifelessness of our words and our lives in terms of conformity, he is pursuing the idea that, in such straits, any way to revive our lives or our words must begin with what's left: the aesthetic singularity of the sounds of our words, the textures of our lives. On the one hand, Sound Sense has an historical aspect, discovering and defending the uncompleted trajectory of Ordinary Language Philosophy whose target is, he argues, the aesthetic singularity of speaking.  The defense of this trajectory requires an answer to the familiar use of Gricean procedures to put the heirs of Austin and Wittgenstein into a pen marked pragmatics. On the other hand, Sound Sense is the development of an aesthetics and a semantics centered on expression,  inspired by a tendentious reading of Wittgenstein, an equally tendentious reading of Collingwood, and a more straight-laced reading of Deleuze.

See Professor Bearn's c.v. for a list of his publications. Most of them are available for downloading at