Dr. Rick Elmore is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Appalachian State University. He earned his PhD in philosophy from DePaul University in 2012. He researches and teaches in 20th century French philosophy, critical theory, ethics, social political philosophy, environmental philosophy, and new realisms. His articles and essays have appeared in Politics & Policy, Symplokē, The Cormac McCarthy Journal, and The Aesthetic Ground of Critical Theory (Rowman and Littlefield) among others. Rick’s work is guided by the question of how political, ethical, and environmental systems and institutions situate themselves in relation to violence, that is, to issues of inclusion, exclusion, power, force, law, policing, and normativity. He is currently finishing work on a book project (co-authored with Peter Gratton) entitled The New Derrida (under contract with Bloomsbury), which explores the continued relevance and evolving character of Derrida’s thought in light of significant philosophical developments since his death, including those in critical animal studies and speculative realism.