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Christopher Watkin
Monash University
  1. Representing French and Francophone Studies with Michel Serres.Christopher Watkin - 2019 - Australian Journal of French Studies 56 (2):125-140.
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    Not More of the Same: Michel Serres’s Challenge to the Ethics of Alterity.Christopher Watkin - 2019 - Substance 63 (2):513-533.
    Much French philosophy of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries has been marked by the positive valorization of alterity, an ethical position that has recently received a vigorous assault from Alain Badiou’s privilege of sameness. This article argues that Badiou shares a great deal in common with the philosophies of alterity from which he seeks to distance himself, and that Michel Serres’s little-known account of alterity offers a much more radical alternative to the ethics of difference. Drawing on both (...)
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  3. Phenomenology or Deconstruction? The Question of Ontology in Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Luc Nancy.Christopher Watkin - 2009 - Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univeristy Press.
    Phenomenology or Deconstruction? challenges traditional understandings of the relationship between phenomenology and deconstruction through new readings of the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricur and Jean-Luc Nancy. A constant dialogue with Jacques Derrida's engagement with phenomenological themes provides the impetus to establishing a new understanding of 'being' and 'presence' that exposes significant blindspots inherent in traditional readings of both phenomenology and deconstruction. In reproducing neither a stock phenomenological reaction to deconstruction nor the routine deconstructive reading of phenomenology, Christopher Watkin provides (...)
     
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    Michel Serres: From Restricted to General Ecology.Christopher Watkin - 2017 - In Stephanie Posthumus & Daniel Finch-Race (eds.), French Ecocriticism: From the Early Modern Period to the Twenty-First Century. Bern: Peter Lang. pp. 153-172.
    Michel Serres's relation to ecocriticism is complex. On the one hand, he is a pioneer in the area, anticipating the current fashion for ecological thought by over a decade. On the other hand, 'ecology' and 'eco-criticism' are singularly infelicitous terms to describe Serres's thinking if they are taken to indicate that attention should be paid to particular 'environmental' concerns. For Serres, such local, circumscribed ideas as 'ecology' or 'eco-philosophy' are one of the causes of our ecological crisis, and no progress (...)
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    Difficult Atheism: Post-Theological Thinking in Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy and Quentin Meillassoux.Christopher Watkin - 2011 - Edinburgh University Press.
    Atheisms Today -- The God of Metaphysics -- The God of the Poets -- Difficult Atheism -- Beyond A/theism? Quentin Meillassoux -- The Politics of the Post-Theological I: Justifying the Political -- The Politics of the Post-Theological II: Justice -- General Conclusion: How to Follow an 'Atheism' That Never Was.
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    A Different Alterity: Jean-Luc Nancy's ‘Singular Plural’.Christopher Watkin - 2007 - Paragraph 30 (2):50-64.
    Under the influence of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, the theme of absolute alterity still dominates the thinking of the ethical in Continental philosophy. This article examines an alternative ethical démarche, Jean-Luc Nancy's ‘singular plurality’, which refuses to start with the opposition of same and other, arguing instead for a primacy of relation, the ‘in-common’ and the ‘with’. The article first distinguishes Nancy's ‘singular plural’ from other recent attempts to disengage ethical thinking from the Levinasian framework, before showing how Nancy (...)
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    Michel Serres' Great Story: From Biosemiotics to Econarratology.Christopher Watkin - 2015 - Substance 44 (3):171-187.
    From the background noise, nothing follows. Or sometimes. But that’s another story. From the five volumes of his Hermès series and through to The Natural Contract in 1990, Michel Serres has rooted the origins of human language firmly in the rhythms and calls of the natural world.1 To date, the Anglophone reception of this complex and varied oeuvre has been slender to the point of emaciation, but one area where he has received some small fraction of the attention he deserves (...)
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    Thinking Equality Today: Badiou, Rancière, Nancy.Christopher Watkin - 2013 - French Studies 67 (4):522-534.
    Recent work on Alain Badiou and Jacques Rancière has rightly identified equality both as a central theme in their own thinking and as the key notion in contemporary radical political thought more broadly, but a focus on the differences between their respective accounts of equality has failed to clarify a major problem that they share. The problem is that human equality is said to rest on a particular human capacity, leaving Badiou's axiomatic equality and Rancière's assumed equality vulnerable to the (...)
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    Rewriting the Death of the Author: Rancièrian Reflections.Christopher Watkin - 2015 - Philosophy and Literature 39 (1):32-46.
    It is possible to study the idea of the “death of the author” as a quaint museum piece of faded 1960s structuralist memorabilia, as an idea that characterized an era that, whatever it once was, is certainly not our own. Such a presentation is the fare in countless graduate literature courses and a sin to which some, if not many, of us would plead guilty. However, the idea of the death or disappearance of the author has, since the two inaugural (...)
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    Ricœur and the Autonomy of Philosophy.Christopher Watkin - 2014 - Philosophy Today 58 (3):411-425.
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    Neither/Nor: Jean-Luc Nancy's Deconstruction of Christianity. [REVIEW]Christopher Watkin - 2007 - Research in Phenomenology 37 (1):136-143.
  12. Proving the Principle of Logic: Quentin Meillassoux, Jean-Luc Nancy, and the Anhypothetical.Christopher Watkin - 2014 - In Admir Skodo (ed.), Other Logics: Alternatives to Formal Logic in the History of Thought and Contemporary Philosophy. Brill. pp. 26-43.
     
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  13. Dancing Equality: Image, Imitation and Participation.Christopher Watkin - 2016 - In Carrie Giunta & Adrienne Janus (eds.), Nancy and Visual Culture. Edinburgh, UK: pp. 39-54.
    This chapter wagers that dance holds a singular, irreducible place in Nancy's work, that it cannot be reduced to thought about dance, and that it provides a way to understanding Nancy's approach to visual culture in general, to equality, and to the circulation of sense in terms of what he calls singular plural being. The chapter takes its starting point from Nancy's discussions of dance in the as yet untranslated Allitérations, a series of email exchanges from 2003 and 2004 followed (...)
     
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    Ricœur and the Autonomy of Philosophy: A Reappraisal.Christopher Watkin - 2014 - Philosophy Today 58 (3):411-425.
    Paul Ricoeur repeatedly maintained that his philosophical reflection was autonomous from theological influence. Those who seek to contest this view have hitherto sought to deny the autonomy of philosophy from theology, but this article makes a more radical argument: not that philosophy is not autonomous, but that autonomy is not philosophical. According to Ricoeur’s own understanding of the structure of philosophical systems, the very notion of autonomy to which philosophy makes claim can only be thought as a theological notion. The (...)
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    Badiou and Nancy: Political Animals.Christopher Watkin - unknown
    Both Nancy and Badiou probe the contemporary power of the political, seeking to refashion communism as, respectively, an ontology that issues an imperative, and an as yet unrealized hypothesis to be seized in the present. In both accounts of politics, the limit of the human and the animal plays a crucial yet hidden role. Badiou's articulation of the ‘human animal’ and the ‘immortal’ poses troubling problems for the relation between the limits of the human and the limits of the political. (...)
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    Being Just? Ontology and Incommensurability in Nancy's Notion of Justice.Christopher Watkin - 2012 - In Benjamin Hutchens (ed.), Jean-Luc Nancy: Justice, Legality and World. London: Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 19-34.
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  17. Paul Ricoeur and the Threatened Self.Christopher Watkin - 2010 - In Georgina Evans & Adam Kay (eds.), Threat: Essays in French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture. Oxford: pp. 217-232.
     
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  18. Paul Ricoeur and the Possibility of Just Love.Christopher Watkin - 2008 - In Bruce Ellis Benson & Norman Wirzba (eds.), Transforming Philosophy and Religion: Love's Wisdom. Bloomington, IN, USA: pp. 73-83.
     
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  19. Making Ethical Sense.Christopher Watkin - 2011 - In Lorna Collins (ed.), Making Sense: For an Effective Aesthetics. Oxford: pp. 51-54.
    A reflection on "sense" in the thought of Jean-Luc Nancy.
     
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  20. De Omni Re Scibili: Kevin Hart Philosopher, Theologian, Poet.Christopher Watkin - 2013 - Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 18:36-40.
     
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  21. From Plato to Postmodernism: The Story of the West Through Philosophy, Literature and Art.Christopher Watkin - 2011 - London: Bloomsbury.
    From Plato to Postmodernism presents the cultural history of the West in one concise volume. Nearly four thousand years of Western history are woven together into an unfolding story in which we see how movements and individuals contributed to the philosophy, literature and art that have shaped today's world. The story begins with the West's Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian origins, moving through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment and Romanticism to twenty-first century postmodernity. The author covers key figures such as Moses, Michelangelo, (...)
     
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    French Philosophy Today: New Figures of the Human in Badiou, Meillassoux, Malabou, Serres and Latour.Christopher Watkin - 2016 - Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    Contemporary French philosophy is laying fresh claim to the human. Through a series of independent, simultaneous initiatives, arising in the writing of diverse current French thinkers, the figured of the human is being transformed and reworked. -/- Christopher Watkin draws out both the promises and perils inherent in these attempts to rethink humanity’s relation to ‘nature’ and ‘culture’, to the objects that surround us, to the possibility of social and political change, to ecology and even to our own brains. This (...)
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  23. If My Brain Is Damaged, Do I Become a Different Person? Catherine Malabou and Neuro-Identity.Christopher Watkin - 2017 - In Nicholas Monk, Mia Lindgren, Sarah McDonald & Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou (eds.), Reconstructing Identity: A Transdisciplinary Approach. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 21-40.
    The growing field of neuro-philosophy throws up important issues for our society about how we understand the persistence of personal identity over time: if my brain is damaged or otherwise altered, do I become a different person? This chapter explores some of the work of the French neuro-philosopher Catherine Malabou as she asks, and tries to answer, this fundamental question about who we think we are, giving a non-reductive materialist account of self-identity. I argue that Malabou has implicit within her (...)
     
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    Jacques Derrida.Christopher Watkin - 2017 - Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R.
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    Michel Foucault.Christopher Watkin - 2018 - Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R.
    Hugely influential, Michel Foucault's work has not only impacted a diverse range of disciplines—from history and sociology to fine arts, feminism, and gay and lesbian studies—but has also profoundly shaped Western culture at a street level. -/- Yet until now there has been no overarching systematic approach to his work from a Reformed perspective—let alone one that is as fair and accessible as Watkin's. After walking us through key elements of Foucault's thought, Watkin both critiques and answers Foucault through the (...)
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    Michel Serres: Figures of Thought.Christopher Watkin - forthcoming - Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    Michel Serres is a major twentieth-century thinker who has made decisive contributions to major debates across disciplines ranging from the history of science to literary studies and philosophy. This is the first monograph to offer a comprehensive assessment of Serres’ thought from his early work on Leibniz to his final publications in 2019. The first three chapters carefully explore Serres’ ‘global intuition’, how he understands and engages with the world, and his characteristic ‘figures of thought’, the repeated intellectual moves that (...)
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  27. Postmodernism.Christopher Watkin - 2019 - In Graham Oppy (ed.), A Companion to Atheism and Philosophy. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 138-151.
    I trace the genealogy and tensions of postmodern atheism through a series of encounters: Heidegger's reading of Nietzsche's “God is dead,” Foucault's critique of Sartre's humanism, Jean‐Luc Nancy's rejection of Alain Badiou's atheism, and the questions Derrida raises about Nancy's own position. I argue that there are plural postmodern atheisms, each of which defends its own claim to be following through on the consequences of the death of God more radically than the alternatives.
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    Thinking Through Creation: Genesis 1 and 2 as Tools of Cultural Critique.Christopher Watkin - 2017 - Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R.
    Reading Genesis 1 and 2, we are tempted to see only problems to solve. Yet these two chapters burst with glorious truths about God, our world, and ourselves. In fact, their foundational doctrines are among the richest sources of insight as we pursue robust, sensitive, and constructive engagement with others about contemporary culture and ideas. -/- With deftness and clarity, Christopher Watkin reclaims the Trinity and creation from their cultural despisers and shows how they speak into, question, and reorient some (...)
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  29. Why Michel Serres?Christopher Watkin - 2020 - Substance 48 (3).