[SydPhil] Macquarie University Philosophy Lunchtime Seminar: Andrew Dunstall

Rachael Brown rachael.brown at mq.edu.au
Fri May 1 17:43:11 AEST 2015

Please note the following upcoming event as part of the Macquarie
University Philosophy Work in Progress Seminar Series

Naturalism in Merleau-Ponty and Derrida

Andrew Dunstall (Macquarie University)

Tuesday 5th May, 1-2pm
W3A Rm 501 (Blackshield Room)

In this paper I consider the kind of naturalism that can be found in the
work of Merleau-Ponty and Derrida, two of the main voices of French
phenomenology in the 20th Century. While Merleau-Ponty’s naturalism is
recognised in European philosophy today, Derrida’s remains unconsidered.
And yet, some significant connections can be established between the two
thinkers. Both of them aim for a strong, affirmative reading of science, as
a dialogue partner for philosophy; one that helps us oust metaphysical
excess. This helps both of them articulate an ontology of natural organisms
that includes humanity as an original level in this ‘history of life’. In
this paper, I intend to flesh out this connection between the two thinkers,
as well as consider the wider methodological implications for European

Feel free to bring your lunch.

Contact: Rachael Brown (rachael.brown at mq.edu.au), Paul Formosa (
paul.formosa at mq.edu.au), Mike Olson (michael.olson at mq.edu.au)

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Other upcoming talks in this series:
May 12th: Michael Olsen (Macquarie)
May 19th: Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie)
May 26th: Jeanette Kennett (Macquarie)
June 2nd: Carlos Bernal-Pulido (Macquarie)
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