Professor Overvold received a B.A. from St. Olaf College in 1962 and a Ph.D. in 1965 from Claremont Graduate School. He has been at Clark since 1969. He has been either Visiting Professor or Research Professor at, among other schools, the University of British Columbia, the University of Louvain, Belgium, and the University of Trier, Germany. He has received fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Belgian American Education Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson foundation, the NEH and FIPSE, among others. Besides his appointment in Philosophy, he has been Affiliate Professor of Management and Adjunct Professor of Education. He is editor of the professional journal Idealistic Studies.
Current Research and Teaching
Gary Overvold's research and teaching interests are primarily in the cultural and intellectual history of Modernism, the period from about 1890 to 1930. In Philosophy, his teaching is mostly in Contemporary Continental Philosophy and in its 19th century antecedents, in the history of Contemporary Philosophy, and in Epistemology, though he also teaches interdisciplinary courses on topics dealing with education and human nature, Modernism, the human sciences, existentialism, and professional ethics. He teaches graduate courses in the MALA, the MSPC and MPA programs and has been thesis committee member or director for graduate degrees in those programs as well as in English, and Women's Studies.
In addition to a number of articles exploring various aspects of Modernism, he has written extensively on Edmund Husserl and Phenomenology, and on the Philosophy of Culture. He has also published in the areas of philosophy of history, organizational theory, postmodernism, managerial, and professional ethics, ethical theory, cultural criticism, capitalism and organizational development, humanities theory, hermeneutics, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, Discourse Ethics, the Enlightenment, European identity, and a number of other topics.
"The Concept of Europe and the Enlightenment Ideal," [in] U. Beitter, ed. Europe at the Crossroads, Vol. III, Berlin: Peter Lang, 2002.
"The Philosopher's Fortune: The Times and Lesson of Husserl." Idealistic Studies, Vol. 31-3, 2001.
"Culture Crises." [in] J-P Harpes, ed. Nouvelle Voies de la Democratie, Hamburg: Lit-Verlag, 2000.
"Fractious Pluralism and Husserl's European Reason," Analecta Husserliana LVIII, 1999.
"Deception, Disclosure and Role Morality," [in] W. Kuhlmann & J-P Harpes, ed. Zur Relevanz der Diskursethik: Anwendungsprobleme der Diskursethik in Wirtschft und Politik, Hamurg: Lit-Verlag, 1997.
"Husserl, Mann, and the Modernist Crisis of Culture," Analecta Husserliana, XLIX, 1996.
"Radicalizing Theory and the Interpretive Crisis of Intellectual History," Analecta Husserliana, XLVIII, 1996.
Interpreting the Humanities, coedited with T. March, Princeton: Woodrow Wilson Educational Foundation, 1985.