Years at Knox: 2007 to present
Ph.D., 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., 2005, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., 2003, Knox College.
Philosophy of Music, Philosophy in Literature, American Philosophy, Greek Philosophy, Symbolic Logic.
"Tortured Calculations: Body Economies in Shakespeare's Cultures of Honor." Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference: Selected Papers, forthcoming.
"Prelude to a Theory of Musical Representation." Paper, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting, San Francisco, forthcoming (2013) and Illinois Philosophical Association meeting, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, forthcoming.
"Kant, Enlightenment, and the Freedom to Flourish: Philosophical Reflections on a Knox Education." Annual First-Year Preceptorial Opening Lecture. Knox College, 2012.
"Making Sense of Music." Paper, The Philosophy of Performance: Art in Modern Society Conference, Notre Dame University, 2012.
"Tortured Calculations: Body Economies in Shakespeare's Cultures of Honor." Paper, Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference. Michigan State University, 2011.
Member, American Philosophy Association.
Member, American Society for Aesthetic.
Member, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.
Campus & Community Involvement
Member, Knox College First-Year Preceptorial Steering Committee, 2012-present.
Member, Knox College Religious Studies Program Committee, 2012-present.
Faculty editor, The McNair Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Knox College, 2011-present.
Faculty advisor, Knox College Philosophy Club, 2010-present.
Faculty advisor, Knox College Improv Club, 2010-present.
Faculty advisor, Interfraternity Council of Knox College, 2010-present.
Chapter advisor, Delta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon, 2010-present.
"Studying and working with Brandon Polite is so enjoyable, one easily forgets that there is learning or work involved. He approaches teaching with a gifted mind and great affability that renders the most intimidating of texts understandable. After class, he is always available to answer questions or extend a classroom discussion. He also works closely with students on the development and fruition of their ideas, providing them multiple opportunities for success. His passion, both for Philosophy and for puns, leaves a fond and lasting impression."
-Lauren Assaf, English Literature Major and Japanese and Philosophy Minor
Through his music capstone project, Nate Beck -- who has a minor in business and management -- finds that the processes of brand management and music composition have more in common than you'd probably expect.
Baby talk is serious business for senior Megan Beney, a double major in music and anthropology and sociology. Her Honors research focuses on the musical qualities of the ways that people talk to infants.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."