Christopher Yates, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a philosopher specializing in German and French Phenomenology, Aesthetics, and Ethics. He is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Art Theory with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.
He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College in 2011, and his academic work focuses on movements such as Historical Ontology, Hermeneutics, Deconstruction, Post-Structuralism, and Critical Theory. His book, The Poetic Imagination in Heidegger and Schelling, appeared in 2013 (Bloomsbury) and he co-edited Philosophy and the Return of Violence (Continuum). But alongside these academic foci, Yates’ creative writing has included screenplays, short fiction, and poetry. His writing has appeared in Ruminate Magazine and other literary journals.
Praise for No Time To Be Lost: A Screenplay
"And after all is said and even more done, No Time to be Lost can be read as an alarm of sorts, a call for a more 'authentic' mode of questioning."
--Cheston Knapp, Tin House
"Ultimately, the comically absurd efforts of Yates' cast serve to refocus our attention on the more neglected aspects of Justice."
--M.A. Peterson, Dappled Things
"What Christopher Yates has achieved here is something more than a film script in book form. It’s really a hybrid screenplay, novel, and philosophical treatise fused into one, intended to put the reader in the director’s chair. In this No Time To Be Lost is nothing short of a new art form loosed on the world—a charge one imagines Yates' characters themselves might decry before begrudgingly stubbing a cigarillo in a ceramic seagull with a half-muttered, ‘Feckin’ A, man...Feckin A.’"
--Matt Chandler, Script Consultant, Los Angeles, CA
A Sense of Professor Yates
"Formulating the Question is not about ejecting from the world, but trying to engage it with greater care than is normally asked of us. It is about little interruptions, interventions of thoughtfulness and watchfulness. So then, wayfarers that we are, I give you these small bits of orientation from Schelling, Heidegger, and Arendt (three Germans it turns out, but don’t read into that too much). I suppose the message really comes back to the Greeks (and Sicilians). Some of you, in your creative work, may be forms of Euripides for our day, crafting works of promise and reckoning. And some of us may be more like the exiled Athenians who stowed his verses away like coveted truths in the cuffs of their sleeves or the longings of their memory, ready to share them with the world in which we dwell."
--Christopher Yates (from his 2014 commencement speech for the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts)