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Professor Rentmeester was born in Green Bay, WI, where he went to Green Bay East High School, graduating as valedictorian in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA and lettering in three sports. He went on to play football at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI and was named Student-Athlete of the Year in 2005 as he graduated magna cum laude. He spent the summer of 2005 teaching English in rural China in the town of Changle of the Shandong province and then went on to receive his Master’s degree in philosophy at Kent State University in Ohio in 2007. He received his doctorate at the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2012 where he completed a dissertation on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, specifically focusing on applying Heidegger’s thought to environmental issues. He then spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage and has now settled down in Hancock, MI at Finlandia University with his fiancé, Cassandra Groeschl. Professor Rentmeester’s research interests include Continental philosophy, environmental philosophy, and Chinese philosophy. He represents Finlandia University as Vice President of the Copper Country United Way and also serves on the Finlandia Sustainability Committee and the Campus Read Committee. The following chronicles his recent research efforts:
“Knowing Thyself in a Contemporary Context: A Fresh Look at Heideggerian Authenticity,” with Steven Burgess. Horizons of Authenticity in Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Moral Psychology, forthcoming in 2014 (contracted through Springer).
“Do No Harm: A Cross-Disciplinary, Cross-Cultural Climate Ethics.” De Ethica: A Journal of Philosophical, Theological, and Applied Ethics 1.2 (2014).
“Leibniz and Huayan Buddhism: Monads as Modified Li?” Lyceum 13.1 (2014).
“A Kantian Look at Climate Change,” Essays in Philosophy 11.1 (2010).
PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Dwelling Freely Among Things: A Practical Heideggerian Ecology,” The 48th Annual Meeting of the Heidegger Circle, St. Petersburg, FL, May 8-11, 2014.
“Saving the Differences: Laozi, Zhuangzi, and the Conception of the Daoist Sage,” Asian Studies Development Program’s 19th National Conference, Phoenix, AZ, February 28-March 2, 2013.
“The Green Heidegger: (Re)-Introducing a Pivotal Environmental Thinker,” University of Alaska Anchorage Faculty Research Consortium, Anchorage, AK, November 9, 2012.
“Approaching Daoist Art Through Gadamer,” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 9-12, 2011.
“Kant and Climate Change,” Humanities and Sustainability: Ecology in the Information Age, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, May 8-9, 2009.
“The Need for Basic Rights: A Critique of Nozick’s Entitlement Theory,” New Mexico-West Texas Philosophical Society’s 60th Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, March 27-28, 2009.