Aden Evens

76 Brantwood Road
Arlington, Massachusetts 02476
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
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McGill University
Ph. D.
Cultural Theory and Philosophy
Dean's Honor List

McGill University

Harvard University
A.B. cum laude
Philosophy and Mathematics


2004 – present
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor of Technical Communications

2002 – 2004
Harvard University
Preceptor, Expository Writing
Teaching Composition (Theme: Digital Visual Culture)

2002 – 2004
Harvard University
Non-Resident Tutor, Kirkland House
Academic Advising and Tutoring

2001 – 2002
Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University
Research on Technology and Representation

2000 – 2001
The New School
Instructor, Department of Cultural Studies
Teaching in Music Studies and Cultural Theory

1999 – 2000
State University of New York at Albany
Instructor, Department of English
Teaching in Literature, Writing, and Music Studies

1997 – 1999
McGill University
Lecturer, Department of East Asian Studies
Teaching in Cultural Theory, Music, and Philosophy
Undergraduate Academic Advising

1991 – 1995
McGill University
Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy
Assistant Teaching in Existentialism, Introduction to Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, and Logic

1980 – 1990
Computer Programmer, various
Programming computers and managing programming teams

Honors and Awards

Dean's Honor List
McGill University
For Outstanding Doctoral Thesis and Graduate Career

1997 – 1998 and 1998 – 1999
McGill University
Manulife Fellowship
For Outstanding Scholarship

1990 – 1991
McGill University
McGill Fellowship

1986 – 1987
Harvard University
Phineas Shaw Sprague Scholarship
For Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics and the Sciences


“The Surd,” Virtual Mathematics: The Logic of Difference, Clinamen Press (forthcoming).

Sound Ideas: Music, Machines, and Experience, University of Minnesota Press (Spring 2005).

“Concerning the Digital,” differences, Duke University Press (Summer 2003, 14.2).

“Sound Ideas,” A Shock to Thought: Expression After Deleuze and Guattari, Routledge (2002).

“Math Anxiety: Deleuze and the Differential,” Angelaki (December 2000).

Practically Impossible: Deleuze and Ethics. Doctoral dissertation: McGill University, 1999.

“Another Always Thinks in Me,” Deleuze and Guattari: New Mappings in Politics, Philosophy and Culture, University of Minnesota Press (1998). Co-author.

“Sound Ideas,” Deleuze, Guattari, and the Philosophy of Expression, special edition of Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (September 1997).

Hilbert, Brouwer, and Wittgenstein: The Philosophy of Mathematics. Honors A.B. thesis: Harvard University, 1988.


“Intuitionism as Minor Mathematics,” Society for Literature and Science Annual Meeting 2004. Durham, NC. October 2004.

“Brouwer’s Intuitionism and Deleuze’s ‘Numbering’ Number,” Experimenting With Intensities. Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. May 2004.

“Music and Immersion: Four Models,” Lecture for the Pembroke Seminar. Pembroke Center, Brown University, Providence. April 2002.

Session Leader. “Hearing, Speaking, Meaning: The Word as Sound.” The 117th Modern Language Association Annual Convention, New Orleans. December 2001.

“Sound, Technology, and the Fourier Model,” Lecture for the Pembroke Seminar. Pembroke Center, Brown University, Providence. September 2001.

“The Question Concerning the Digital,” Lecture Series on Technology and Culture. Humanities Center, Harvard University, Cambridge. October 2000.

“Math Anxiety: Deleuze and the Differential,” International Conference on Deleuze and Guattari. University of Trent, Peterboro, Ontario. May 1999.

“Towards a Deleuzian Ethics,” International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL) Annual Meeting. University of Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta. June 1994.

“Another Always Thinks in Me,” Interdisciplinary Colloquium on the Works of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. March 5 – 7, 1993. Co-author.

“Writing Ethics: Lévinas and the Voice from Nowhere,” The Canadian Graduate Students Conference in Philosophy: Rounding the Corner. Toronto, Ontario. March 6 – 8, 1992.

Works in Progress

Deleuze and Ethics. A critical exegesis of Deleuze’s major works, written for scholars approaching Deleuze for the first time, and organized around the theme of ethics in his writings.

Interface. An examination of the possibilities and constraints of digital technology, centered around the interface, which determines the nature of the interaction between the person and the work.

A Mathematics of Philosophy. Though philosophy often undertakes to examine the nature of mathematics, there is little research on the contributions of mathematics to philosophy. This book examines mathematical philosophy, from Plato to Wittgenstein, Leibniz to Deleuze, Husserl to Brouwer, to show how math has implications much broader than the mathematical, including ethical, aesthetic, ontological, pedagogical, and other human dimensions.

Teaching Areas

History of Ideas and Continental Philosophy, including Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Adorno, Gadamer, Lévinas, Virilio, Agamben, Baudrillard, Foucault, Derrida, and especially Deleuze, as well as aesthetics and the philosophies of mathematics and language.

Ethics, including Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Leibniz, Spinoza, Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Kierkegaard.

Multimedia design and production, including vector- and bitmap-based drawing, basic animation, javascript, HTML, and web design.

Literature and composition, including postmodern fiction, science fiction, the literature of technology, rhetoric, technical communications, and the pedagogy of writing.

Studio production and sound design, including Cubase, Digital Performer, MAX/MSP, Csound, and other software.

Fundamentals of computers, including hardware architecture, storage, networking, logic, programming (assembly, Pascal, C, C++, BASIC, and some others), database design, sampling theory, and interface concerns.

Technology and culture, including visual culture, computers, the internet, digital/new media, and the arts.

Aural culture and music, with specialization in twentieth-century experimental and improvisational music, history of jazz, American minimalism, psychoacoustics, digital sound production, and technologies of sound.


Dr. Thomas Lamarre
Department of East Asian Studies
McGill University
3434 McTavish St.
Montreal, Québec
Canada H3A 1X9
(514) 398 6742 x8164

Dr. Mary Ann Doane
Department of Modern Culture and Media
Box 1957
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
USA 02912-1957
(401) 863 2807

Dr. Brian Massumi
Département de Communication
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-Ville
Montréal, Québec
Canada H3V 3J7
(514) 343 6858

Dr. Kenneth Dean
Department of East Asian Studies
McGill University
3434 McTavish St.
Montreal, Québec
Canada H3A 1X9
(514) 398 6741