Student Profiles & Projects
PhD Student Profiles
|Mike Burns||The philosophical and religious writings of Søren Kierkegaard|
|Carrie Giunta||Philosophies of listening drawing on the work of Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy and Gayatri Spivak|
|Ryan Lewis||The conceptualization of ‘image’ from Henri Bergson’s philosophy|
|Andrew McDonald||An analysis of how pure difference functions as a form of language in the philosophy of Deleuze|
|Austin Smidt||Toward a transcendental historical materialist conception of the imagination|
|Rogi Thomas||The hermeneutical future of religion in the postmodern world according to Vattimo and Taylor|
Recent PhD and MPhil Theses and Dissertations
A Deleuzian interpretation of Beckett's linguistic experiments
This project questioned the perception of art and literature and critically analysed representation. Following the work of Gilles Deleuze, it offered a "clinical" interpretation of the work of Samuel Beckett and performed a reconfiguration between literature, philosophy and life. Accordingly, it explored Deleuze's reading of other philosophers concentrating on the work of Henri Bergson in relation to the Open Whole, the virtual, intensive multiplicity, and duration as well as the work of Leibniz, Foucault and Spinoza for their different analyses of subjectivity.
Realism in religion
This thesis sought to establish a realist view of religious texts, with particular reference to the Christian bible. The realism argued for was construed in terms of truth-evaluability, and via a sustained comparison with realism in the philosophy of science. The aim was not to comment on the individual truth-values of the various claims made in the bible. Rather, the thesis aimed to establish a realist reading of this particular religious text because this is necessary for the notion of religious community. Without community, it suggested, there can be no tolerance because there can be no genuine dialogue. Thus this project argued that far from breeding intolerance, realism is actually required for tolerance to be present.
Death and affirmation: a 'Nietzschean' critique of Christianity
The 'death' with which this project was concerned is the death of God, as announced and explored in the work of Nietzsche; the 'affirmation' is the affirmation of life in this world. The thesis was a Nietzschean critique of Christianity insofar as it rejects the 'holy lie' of the priest and the imposition of a transcendent teleology onto life. Central to the thesis was a critical examination of the relation between priest and believer, alongside a reading of The Anti-Christ as offering a reconfiguration of Christ. The thesis sought to move beyond anthropocentrism via its focus on life as living and dancing through humanity, in a ceaseless movement between suffering and wonderment.
Other recent topics have included:
- The architecture of emotional intuition
- The past as an idea: thinking through history with Deleuze and Benjamin
- The philosophy of metaphor
- Deleuze, Sgalambro and the problem of 'expression' in Spinoza
- The idea of difference in Hegel and Derrida
- Sounding the ineffable: Wittgenstein and ethics