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Joan Braune

MMU FacultyJoan Braune
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Phone: (414) 258-4810, ext. 361
Office: Fidelis Hall 318


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Kentucky, 2013
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Kentucky, 2008
  • B.A., Philosophy and Mathematics, University of the Incarnate Word, 2006

"I have just begun teaching at Mount Mary in fall 2013, and it is truly a delight to teach such bright young women and to be part of a mission of educating to transform the world! Philosophy, the "love of wisdom," may not always give us answers, but it always gives us good questions, questions that shape us and open up new worlds for us. I attended a small Catholic liberal arts college as an undergraduate and have always wanted to return to teach in that sort of environment."

Research: Concentrated chiefly in the area of Critical Theory, which uses the resources of twentieth century thought to examine questions of social justice.


“Erich Fromm, Creativity, and Critical Pedagogy”
International Herbert Marcuse Society, University of Kentucky, November 2013

“Hope as Activity in Erich Fromm and Gabriel Marcel”
International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry, Grand Valley State University, July 2013

“Erich Fromm’s ‘Prophetic-Messianic’ Critique of Apocalypse”
Apocalyptic Politics: Framing the Present, Villanova University, April 2013

“Erich Fromm’s Pedagogy of Hope”
Critical Theories in the 21st Century, West Chester University, November 2012

“Response on Assessment of Erich Fromm in Abromeit’s biography of Max Horkheimer”
Radical Philosophy Association, Canisius College, October 2012

“Erich Fromm’s Contribution to a Pedagogy of Hope”
Radical Philosophy Association, Canisius College, October 2012

“Erich Fromm's Socialist Humanism for Today: Pedagogy and Humanistic Planning”
Left Forum, Pace University, March 2012

“Air from Other Planets: Herbert Marcuse and Apocalyptic Messianism”
International Herbert Marcuse Society, University of Pennsylvania, October 2011


“Erich Fromm: A Pedagogy of Disobedience” in R. Lake & T. Kress (Eds.), We Saved the Best for You: Letters of Hope, Imagination and Wisdom to 21st Century Educators. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, December 2012.

“Erich Fromm’s Socialist Program and Prophetic Messianism: Part II” in Radical Philosophy Review (Special Edition: Art, Praxis, and Social Transformation: Radical Dreams and Visions). Vol. 12.1-2, 2009.

*Soon to be reprinted in R. Lake and S. Javad Miri (Eds.), Reclaiming the Sane Society: The Life and Scholarship of Erich Fromm in Critical Theory for the 21st Century. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers (forthcoming, Dec. 2013).

 “Erich Fromm and Thomas Merton: Biophilia, Necrophilia, and Messianism,” in Fromm Forum, Vol. 15, 2011. *Also soon to be reprinted in R. Lake and S. Javad Miri (Eds.), Reclaiming the Sane Society

Books under review:

Erich Fromm’s Prophetic Messianism: A Critical Theory of Hope and the Future, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers (forthcoming, 2014).


Lawrence J. Friedman, The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet
Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, October 2, 2013.

Jeffery Nicholas, Reason, Tradition, and the Good: MacIntyre’s Tradition-Constituted Reason and Frankfurt School Critical Theory
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Fall 2013

Kevin Anderson and Russell Rockwell, Ed., The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978: Dialogues on Hegel, Marx, and Critical Theory
Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, April 30, 2013.

Stephen Eric Bronner, A Very Short Introduction to Critical Theory
Philosophy in Review, Vol. 33.1, 2013.

Sasha Lilley, David McNally, et. al., Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth
St. Catharine College Journal of Peace and Justice, 2012.

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
St. Catharine College Journal of Peace and Justice, 2012.

Professional Memberships:

  • International Erich Fromm Society
  • Radical Philosophy Association
  • American Catholic Philosophical Association