Associate Prof. of Phil., John Jay, CUNY
Kyoo Lee||
Department of Philosophy, John Jay College, CUNY, NYC, USA
Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center
Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center
Center for the Study of Women and Society, CUNY Graduate Center
SAFE, Women's Studies Quarterly
Spr/Sum 2011 (The Feminist Press)
Eds. by Alyson Cole & Kyoo Lee


Q, a.k.a. Kyoo Lee, author of Reading Descartes Otherwise: Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad (2012, Fordham UP), and co-editor of Women’s Studies Quarterly on “Safe” Issue (2011, The Feminist Press) and Critical Philosophy of Race on “Xenophobia & Racism” Issue (2014, Penn State UP), recipient of a Mellon Fellowship, NEH Stipend, CUNY Graduate Center Faculty Research Fellowship, John Jay Faculty Research Excellence Award, among others, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, where she teaches a wide range of courses at all levels, intro to doctoral: Modern European Phil to Classical Chinese Phil; Critical/Gender/Justice/Race Theories to Theories of Reading.

Schooled internationally and PhD-trained in Modern European Philosophy (Warwick Univ., PhD, Phenomenology/20th Century Continental/Descartes/Derrida) and Literary Theory (London Univ., ABD, Allegory/Irony/Poetics/Romanticism/Shelly to de Man), she works extensively in the interwoven fields of the Arts & the Humanities including Social Political Theories, and is currently writing three separate, strangely related books on Daodejing (Laozi), The Passions of the Soul (Descartes), and The Second Sex (Beauvoir), alongside a monograph on “Xenoracism” (xenophobia & racism) and another one on “Paper People” that explores the sociopolitical ontology of documentation.

An avid traveler, when not walking around or working alone, she sits on the Editorial Boards of Derrida Today (Associate Editor), Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (Associate Editor), Open Humanities Press, and Women's Studies Quarterly (The Feminist Press). Currently, she serves as Assistant Director of philoSOPHIA: A Feminist Society.

A translingual reader of all things poetic as well as prosaic, since 2002 she has been a member of the Poetry Translation Center based in the UK, where she collaborates on translating Korean poems into English among others. As of 2014, she is also summer visiting faculty at Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Univ., teaching workshops such as Cogitøgraphy 3.0 (2014) and A PhiloPoetics of Dreaming (2015). 
Kyoo Lee, 2012
Reading Descartes Otherwise:
Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad

"The effect is a revision of
what Cartesianism really
(Ref & Research Book News)


Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal
"Kyoo Lee's Reading Descartes Otherwise comes at a moment of revisionism in Descartes scholarship and her readings offer insightful alternative understandings of the "Father of Modernity" and "Cartesianism." Lee gives us a convincing portrait of Descartes as phenomenologist and, drawing on a host of post-structural theorists, illustrates the way his thought, so entrenched in the problems of dreams and madness, is not only distant from the caricature of Descartes that Lee wants to fight, but in fact puts Descartes right at home in our own philosophical age. Reading Descartes Otherwise makes a strong argument for fresh interpretations of the thinker and provides its readers with a slew of new questions and problems that point toward a reworked understanding of Descartes."

Comparative and Continental Philosophy
Descartes Otherwise
(Laura Hengehold)
"Descartes has been associated with a project of establishing the ego’s separation from and sovereignty over its material environment, a project often held to be constitutive of modernity as well as its discontents. Kyoo Lee’s Reading Descartes Otherwise tries to free our understanding of modernity from this imaginary and reductive reading, which she calls the “Cartesian complex,” by presenting the voice of The Meditations as embodied, phenomenologically astute, and emerging from the interstices of his own repeated dreamlike thought experiments."

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University Press Scholarship Online


"Just like Descartes, one might say":

Ah, I "miss" the point. I really do. But you just Walk Away Renee. Please do. Personal thanks to Ariana  for this brilliant reminder.

Before doing that, having seen something, Rene(e) should also say something or just ask, what's that "occasional gaffe"?

If in doubt, just like Descartes, think again, read again:

1) Closely, e.g.,  the endnote on the (con-fused/dualized) ID card(s) of  "Huxley," Thomas or Aldous, part of "Reframing "Jeux Descartes"." This point, missable yes, does not seem to have been "missed" by a majority of "author, readers, and editors," however, although the author is solely responsible for playing this way.

2) Connectively,  e.g., till the end of the book bookended by that very theme: a certain new "old boy" genealogy of Cartesian cogitation already under auto-deconstruction.

3) Broadly, e.g., "the practical, Spanish-Portuguese ego conquiro" (Enrique Dussel),  neither Spanish-Portuguese per se nor "wobbly Latin," but rather an epochally-recast, critically-hybrid, generative concept central to European & Latin American philosophy, both historical and contemporary.

There are readers, and then there are readers who read. Thank-you to y'all.

Blog: Minima Cogitøgraphia
Public Talks @ CUNY
2015 on Queer Philosophy, Philadelphia
2014 on Beauvoir, Radboud, Nijmegen
2014 w/ Vanessa Place, The White Review
2014 on Dark Fem Animal, Columbia UP
2014 on Ben Franklin, Critical Phil of Race