Barbaza, Remmon E.

Full Time
Administrative Position: 

Chair, Department of Philosophy

Contact No.: 

Remmon E. Barbaza is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, and currently serves as chair of the Department of Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University. He earned a BA in Linguistics from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 1988, an MA in Philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Hochschule für Philosophie-München in 2002, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Gerd Haeffner, S.J. His dissertation, "Heidegger and a New Possibility of Dwelling," was published in 2003 (Frankfurt: Peter Lang). His essay, “There Where Nothing Happens: The Poetry of Space in Heidegger and Arellano,” appears as a chapter in the second, expanded edition of Heidegger and the Earth: Essays in Environmental Philosophy (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009). He also served as the Acting Dean of the School of Humanities (2014-15), editor of the Loyola Schools Review, and associate editor of Budhi: A Journal of Culture and Ideas. His research interests include Heidegger, technology, language, the city, environment and translation. He is currently working on a translation of Heidegger texts into Filipino and an interdisciplinary research project on human dwelling in a disaster-prone city.

Areas of Specialization: 
  • Heidegger
  • Technology
  • City
Courses Taught: 

Philosophy of the Human Person
Philosophy of Religion
Foundations of Moral Value [Ethics]
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of the City
Philosophy of Language
Methods of Research

Research Interest: 
  • Heidegger
  • Technology
  • Environment
  • City
  • Language
  • Translation


2015. “Katapatan sa Kalikasan: On Being True to the Environment.” In Environmental Values: Emerging from Cultures and Religions of the ASEAN Region. Edited by Roman Meinhold. Bangkok: Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung and Guna Chakra Research Center, Graduate School of Philosophy & Religion, Assumption University, 77-87.
2013. With Paloma Polo. “Dwelling Near in Mountains Farthest Apart: A Conversation.” Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture, 17: 149-168.
2013. “Higher Than the Original Stands the Translation: Translating Heidegger into Filipino.” Kritika Kultura 21/22: 241-256.
2012. “Letting It Flow: Towards a Phenomenology of Water in the Age of Modern Technology.” Kritika Kultura 18: 57-67.
2010. “Grußwort.” In Julia Inthorn, Lukas Kaelin, Michael Reder, Gesundheit und Gerechtigkeit: Ein Interkultureller Vergleich zwischen Oesterreich und den Philippinen. Vienna: Springer, viii-ix.
2009. “Could There Really Be 'More' in Philosophy?” Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture, XIII: 497-504.
2009. “There Where Nothing Happens: The Poetry of Space in Heidegger and Arellano.” In Heidegger and the Earth: Essays in Environmental Philosophy. Second, expanded edition, edited by Ladelle McWhorter and Gail Stenstad. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 186-200.
2009. (ed., with Paulynn Sicam) Agenda for Hope: Preserving and Transforming Philippine Identity and Culture. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.
2009. “Waters of Hope: How the People of Nagrebcan Brought Their River Back to Life.” Agenda for Hope: Promoting Sustainable Development: Managing Water for a Sustainable Future. Edited by Fabian M. Dayrit. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.
2007. “Commentary on 'The Promise of the Foreign.” Kritika Kultura 9: 105-111.
2006. “Heidegger and the Possibility of an 'Originary' Ethics.” Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture X: 177-185.
2003. Heidegger and a New Possibility of Dwelling. Frankfurt am Main.
2003. “The Question of Human Ecological Responsibility: On the Way to an Enduring Environmental Ethic.” In The Moral Dimension: Essays in Honor of Ramon Castillo Reyes. Edited by Nemesio S. Que, S.J., Oscar G. Bulaong, Jr., and Michael Ner E. Que, S.J. Quezon City: Office of Research and Publications, 287-307.
2002. “The Art of Liberating.” Ideya 4: 3-11.
2000. (Translator, with Arlene F. Barbaza). “Discourse Theory and Democratic-States-Under-the-Rule-of Law, Reform Movement and Cultural Diversity in East Asia: An Interview with Jürgen Habermas.” By Fransisco Budi Hardiman. Humanitas Asiatica 1, no. 1 (December): 39-46.

2015. “The Emptiness of the Manger.” Philippine Daily Inquirer. December 25.
2015. “Marcos and the Forgetfulness of Evil.” Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 21.
2014. “Christmas and the Gift of Solitude.” Philippine Daily Inquirer. December 15.
2014. “The Length of Lent.” Philippine Daily Inquirer. March 10.
2013. “Have we lost instinct and capacity for just rage?” Philippine Daily Inquirer. July 25.
2010. “The Nativity and Public Space.” Philippine Daily Inquirer. December 20, p. A15.