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European Philosophy Research Group

The European Philosophy Research Group (EPRG) aims to promote research and interest in European philosophy through a series of conferences, workshops, and seminars. Speakers, both national and international, are invited to these events. On occasion, visiting scholars will be invited to stay for short periods of time to present papers and consult with postgraduate students.

The EPRG continues to build on a significant, faculty-wide strength in European philosophy and intellectual history in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

Group members include Dr Michelle Boulous WalkerAssociate Professor Marguerite La Caze and Dr Aurelia Armstrong.

Members and students affiliated with the group actively publish in a variety of national and international philosophical journals.

To join our mailing list and be contacted about our activities, email Dr Michelle Boulous Walker.

Current EPRG Postgraduate Students

  • Emma Wilson, "Receptivism: The real political dimensions of Heidegger's Ontology"
  • Mark Cutler, "Merleau-Ponty's later conceptions of Language and Ontology"
  • Grace Campbell, "A Philosophical Enquiry into Self-destruction"
  • Darcy Burgin, "Fundamental Ontology in Heidegger's Being and Time and Merleau-Ponty's The Visible and the Invisible"
  • Matthew Gildersleeve, "Heidegger, Being and Psychopathology"
  • Catherine Carol, "Luce Irigaray: Thinking sexuate difference and the law"
  • Mark Freakley, "The Fragility of Commitment"
  • Allan Popa, "British Idealism"
  • Bryan Mukandi, "Inscribing the Ineffable: the trouble with representing others"
  • Kelly Beck, "Exploring Method and Commitment in Simone de Beauvoir's body of work"
  • Leah Carr, "A Critique of the Medical Analogy in Hellenistic Philosophy"
  • Renee England, "Emotional Agents: Reconceiving the Place of Emotion in Agency"
  • Sam Harper-Russell, "What is Hubris? Hubris in Nietzsche's Philosophy"
  • Roland Williamson, "Nature Demystified - A reconstruction of Hegel's Philosophy of Nature"

Completed EPRG Postgraduate Students

  • Laura Roberts, "An Alchemy of Radical Love: Luce Irigaray's Ontology of Sexuate Difference" (2014)
  • Marco Motta, "Heidegger's Philosophy of Disclosedness: A Relational Interpretation of Being and Time" (2014)
  • Terrilyn Sweep, "An ethics of other-interest as a construct for authentic social inclusion" (2014)
  • Carole Ramsey, "Open-endedness: Toward an Encounter with Alterity" (2013)
  • Matthew Paul, "The Role and Presence of Plato in the work of Jacques Derrida" (2013)
  • Zeena Elton, "Beyond Dominant Paradigms of Motherhood and the Feminine: In Search of an Alternative Western Metaphysics of the Feminine 'Other'" (2013)
  • Kaye Gersch, "The Feminine Body, Language and Spirituality" (2013)
  • Jason Cullen, "The Wounds of Indetermination: Deleuze, Cinema and Ethology" (2013)
  • Cliff Fletcher, "A Philosophical Investigation of Entertainment" (2012)
  • Matthew Lamb, "The role of ascesis in the life and work of Albert Camus " (2011)
  • Jean Byrne, "Enlightenment Between Two: Luce Irigaray, sexual difference and nondual oneness" (2008)
  • Paul Formosa, "Evil: From the Banal to the Radical" (2008)
  • Jennifer Ang, "Moral limits of violence, war and revolution: a Sartrean analysis and response" (2008)
  • Richard Colledge, "Beyond Alethia: A Critique of Heideggerian Einaiology" (2006)
  • Julie Kelso, "'O mother where art thou?': an Irigarayan reading of the Book of Chronicles" (2006)
  • Ashley Woodward, "Nihilism in Postmodernity" (2006)
  • Angela Hirst, "Eating the Other: Levinas's Ethical Encounter" (2005)
  • Matthew Piscioneri, "The Myth of reason: a study of Jürgen Habermas's Theory of Communicative Action" (2004)
  • Virginia Berry, "Re-evaluating Hegel: Feminist Perspectives on Ethics, Agency & Love" (2003)

Previous EPRG Conferences

Symposium on Mimesis and Culture, 2011
  • Speakers: Luiz Costa Lima, Marilia Librandi Rocha, Costica Bradatan, Max Deutscher, John Frow, Simon During, James Phillips, Matthew Lamb, Michelle Boulous Walker and Marguerite La Caze
Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) Conference, December 2010
  • Theme: Affect
  • Invited speakers: Antonio Calcagno, Sara Heinämaa, Paul Redding and Anne Vila
Levinas Centenary Conference – My ‘Place in the Sun’: Levinas Today, July 2006
  • Invited speakers: Deborah Bird Rose, Ghassan Hage and David L. Clark
Sartre (1905-1980) Centenary Celebration, November 2005
  • Speakers: Paul Crittenden, Greg Hainge, Joe Hardwick, Diane Josey, Jennifer Ang Mei Sze, Michelle Boulous Walker and Marguerite La Caze
Mini-Conference: Virtual Mathematics, July 2005
  • Papers from the collection: Virtual Mathematics: the logic of difference, ed. Simon Duffy
  • Speakers: Arkady Plotnitsky, Jean-Michel Salanskis, Daniel W. Smith and David Webb
Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) Conference, November 2003
  • Theme: Imagination
  • Invited speakers: Moira Gatens, Professor Max Deutscher and Paul Patton

Previous EPRG Conference Speakers

  • Max Deutscher, Emeritus Professor Macquarie University, 2015, "Disposed to Remember"
  • Costical Bradatan, University Honors College, Texas Tech University, 2015, "In Praise of Failure"
  • Anne Freadman, University of Melbourne, 2014, "Experiences of Identity in French Jewish Diaries under the Nazi Occupation"
  • Diego Bubbio, University of Western Sydney, 2014, "Hegel, Heidegger and the 'I': Preliminary Reflections for a New Paradigm of the Self"
  • Andrew Inkpin, University of Melbourne, 2014, "Was Merleau-Ponty a 'transcendental' Phenomenologist?"
  • Christine Daigle, Brock University, Canada, 2013, "Rethinking Subjectivity: Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophy of Ambiguity"
  • Robin May Schott, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark, 2012, "Scales of Evil"
  • Michael Rosenthal, University of Washington, 2012, "Politics and Ethics in Spinoza: The Problem of Normativity"
  • Joanne Faulkner, UNSW, 2012, "Memory and ‘the Virtual’ in Henri Bergson: Thinking Through Children’s Agency"
  • Matthew Sharpe, Deakin University, 2011, "Philosophy and the view from above in Alejandro Amenábar’s Agora"
  • Philipa Rothfield, La Trobe University, 2010, "Between Movement Subjectivity and the Nietzschean body, Dance and Philosophy"
  • Richard Colledge, ACU, 2010, "On Philosophical Affectivity: Some Meta-Philosophical Thoughts"
  • Max Deutscher, Honorary Professor UQ, 2009, "In Sensible Judgement"
  • Lanei Rodemeyer, Duquesne University, 2009, "Phenomenology, Time and the Body"
  • Hugh Silverman, Stonybrook, 2008, "Excessive Responsibility and the Sense of the World (Merleau-Ponty & Nancy)"
  • Ghassan Hage, Melbourne, 2008, "Taking Hegel to Cronulla beach: From Recognition to Negotiation"
  • Frances Gray, UNE, 2008, "Original Habitation: Pregnant Flesh as Absolute Hospitality"
  • Robert Sinnerbrink, Macquarie, 2007, "Grace and Violence: Desire and Politics in von Trier's Dogville"
  • Catherine Mills, UNSW, 2007, "Genetic Screening and Selfhood: Toward a Bioethics of Singularity"
  • Arthur O’Neill, Melbourne, 2007, "Nietzsche"
  • Jana Sawicki, Williams College, 2006, "Foucault and Sexual Freedom: Should we embrace an ethics of pleasure?"
  • Max Deutscher, Macquarie, 2006, "The Magic of Judgement, 2007, Living on the premises"
  • Marion Tapper, Melbourne, 2006, "Sartre on Being-in-itself"
  • Matthew Sharpe, Deakin, 2006, "Only Agamben can save us: thoughts against ontological messianism"
  • Elizabeth Grosz, Rutgers, 2005, "Deleuze, Bergson, and Becoming"
  • Rosalyn Diprose, UNSW, 2005, "Derrida and the extraordinary responsibility of inheriting the future-to-come"
  • Andrew Schaap, Melbourne, 2005, "Politics, forgiveness and the invocation of polity"
  • Alison Ross, Monash, 2004, "The Work of Art after the 'The Origin of the Work of Art'"
  • Simon Lumsden, UNSW, 2004, "The Question of Subjectivity in Deconstruction"
  • Colin Gordon, 2004, "Citizenship, Conduct and Spirituality in Histories of Thought"