My name is Fernando J. Villalovs. I was born and raised in Mexico City. At my 18 years of age, I graduated high school and chose to pursue a college education in the United States. I relocated to the Bronx and attended college at Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus, where I earned degrees in Philosophy and Psychology (with honors). Back in Mexico City, I was offered a position in the Communications Department of Tooriginal Solutions (translating, editing, and redacting content for magazines and startups), and worked part time at Arkesoul coaching children and adults through group and one-to-one sessions. After a year of coursework in the Master’s Program in Philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana, I parted ways with Tooriginal Solutions so as to accept a place in the Department of Philosophy. I translated and edited technical manuscripts for publication in academic journals and publishing houses (of note, two book-length translations with their respective edits), assisted Full-Time Professors with their research (of note, my transcription and translation of a conference delivered by J.M. Coetzee, a Nobel laureate in English Literature), taught introductory classes in Philosophy (Philosophy of Human Nature, Philosophy of Politics), and brokered visits of Professors working at Anglophone universities to deliver conferences at Ibero’s campus (among them, Dr. Samir Haddad of Fordham University, a renowned scholar of Derrida). I succesfully defended my dissertation and am now a Master in Philosophy. As of 2018, I parted ways with Universidad Iberoamericana to become a Full-Time Professor of the Languages Faculty at the private school, Eugenio De Mazenod, where I teach English and Humanities at the Secondary and Post-Secondary level.
I also work as a consultant for Arkesoul, a company originally formed to supplement the executive activities of Tooriginal Solutions. Arkesoul came on its own by finding its independence in the research of epistemological distortions that prevent learning and innovation. Arkesoul’s community works to advance a vision of nonlinearity, multidisciplinarity, and integration. My field of research at Arkesoul is critical and analytical thought in the spaces of culture. My services have included teaching workshops for clients in copy-editing and proofreading, close reading and critical writing, cultural analysis with a focus on Literature and Philosophy, and creative writing, and I have consulted clients in regard to the nonlinear methodology of the company, with the purpose of fomenting personal growth and professional development at the executive level.
In the academic vein, my current philosophical interests lie in the Philosophy of Literature, Cultural Studies, and Queer Theory. I am particularly interested in subject formation, identity, and the role of discourse in the configuration of our identities. But I am open to other topics and approaches in the field; my undergraduate thesis, for example, was a monograph on the nature of madness in Continental Philosophy, particularly in the discussions of Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida, while my graduate thesis focused on the Problem of Evil in Analytic Philosophy, specifically in the discussions of Alvin Plantinga and J.L. Mackie.
Although I’m veering away from academic philosophy and focusing on a nonlinear and integral vision of knowledge—a move motivated by my work at Arkesoul and Eugenio De Mazenod—academic philosophy has been a foundational discipline in my intellectual curiosity and professional formation. I am indebted to my Professors at Fordham University and Universidad Iberoamericana for their guidance, as it allowed me to move towards my passion for research, teaching, and writing.
I decided to open this blog as an exercise of my personal exploration of nonlinearity, and as a hub through which to write on the activities of my work at Arkesoul and Eugenio De Mazenod.
For my résumé and a portfolio of my academic work, refer to my Academia profile.