Eric Ritter is a lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Department of Philosophy. His research focuses on the topics of aesthetics, 20th century European philosophy and American philosophy. Ritter's current research project, Reaching for Another World: Restlessness and Human Finitude in Cavell, Baldwin, Levinas, is based on 19th and 20th century European and American philosophies of the world that include Thoreau, Cavell, Baldwin, Heidegger and Levinas. It addresses the problem of inequality and suffering, and how these ways of thinking in a religious-theological context have shaped the concept of the "world as a whole" . Among his publications are "Stanley Cavell and the Everyday of Thinking", published in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, and "Emerson's Abolitionist Perfectionism", which will appear in Philosophy and Social Criticism.