Liberal Arts faculty member Aaron Jaffe was born in Baltimore. He specializes in Kant and German idealism, critical theory, social and political philosophy, and the history of philosophy. His research generally investigates the historical sources and structures of norms and critique, and current research includes three distinct projects on Adorno’s “addendum,” Kant’s political critique, and the problems attendant to Arendt’s construction and valuation of merged political-philosophical orientations. In addition to tutoring in the Writing and Communications Center, courses he teaches at Juilliard include the core (Ethics; Society, Politics, and Culture; Arts and Aesthetics), while recent elective courses include: Metaphysics, 19th-Century Philosophy, and an historical exploration of the concept “Psyche.”
Jaffe received his bachelor’s degree in History, Politics, and European (German) Cultural Studies from Brandeis University (2005), his master’s in philosophy from the New School for Social Research (2008), and his doctorate in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research (2014). He has been a Juilliard faculty member since 2010.