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    The Divine Logos
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (1): 1-18. 2009.
    In this paper, I address the way in which Plato’s Sophist rethinks his lifelong dialogue with Heraclitus. Plato uses a concept of logos in this dialogue that is much more Heraclitean than his earlier concept of the logos. I argue that he employs this concept in order to resolve those problems with his earlier theory of ideas that he had brought to light in the Parmenides. I argue that the concept of the dialectic that the Stranger develops rejects, rather than continues, the idea reached at the …Read more
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    How is Philosophy Possible? Blanchot on Secrecy, Ambiguity and the Care for Death
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (2): 149-175. 2010.
    I examine the contribution that the first part of Maurice Blancot's recit Death Sentence makes to his understanding of the relationship between philosophy and literature. I use a reading of the Kantian, transcendental account of literature in “How is Literature Possible” as the starting point for an analysis of the way in which Blanchot uses secrets in describing J.'s death in Death Sentence, linking secrecy up with the imaginary, ambiguity and dissimulation. The purpose for this refinement is t…Read more
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    The Divine Logos: Plato, Heraclitus, and Heidegger in the Sophist
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (1): 1-18. 2009.
    In this paper, I address the way in which Plato’s Sophist rethinks his lifelong dialogue with Heraclitus. Plato uses a concept of logos in this dialogue that is much more Heraclitean than his earlier concept of the logos. I argue that he employs this concept in order to resolve those problems with his earlier theory of ideas that he had brought to light in the Parmenides. I argue that the concept of the dialectic that the Stranger develops rejects, rather than continues, the idea reached at the …Read more
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    Sobre a apresentação lírica da história: Hegel e o poema moderno
    Veritas – Revista de Filosofia da Pucrs 60 (1): 50-68. 2015.
    The article recasts the pre-history of philosophy as it is understood by G. W. F. Hegel, so as to examine what a “Lyrical Presentation of History” might have been. The essay argues that Hegel’s treatment of history at the end of his Lectures on Aesthetics suffers from an inattention to the specific philosophical content of modern lyrical poetry, which can be located in his claim that lyrical poetry is primarily concerned with the subject. In contrast, the author argues that Hegel’s account ought…Read more
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    Unresolved Futurities: On Hermeneutical Shapes
    Oxford Literary Review 37 (1): 45-66. 2015.
    I offer a hermeneutical/deconstructive interpretation of a specific drawing by Leonardo da Vinci and a thought-experiment suggested by that drawing. My reason for turning to this drawing is that it graphically illustrates an ambiguity in Martin Heidegger's notion of the hermeneutical circle. I take this ambiguity to be illustrative of an interpretive problem of crucial importance to mainstream interpretations of Heidegger as well as to the hermeneutical and deconstructive traditions. I explicate…Read more
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    On the Uses and Abuses of Pleasure for Art
    Australasian Philosophical Review 1 (1): 61-66. 2017.
    ABSTRACTI ask whether there is a place for apparently displeasurable experiences in a hedonistic aesthetics. Building on an ambiguity in Mohan Matthen's account of facilitating pleasures, I examine how avant-garde artists can use the ‘perverse’ or ‘difficult’ pleasures to force cognitions that are critical in the Marxist sense.
  • "The Lyrical Age: Reconfiguring Metaphysics, Modernity and Poetry in the Thought of Martin Heidegger," focuses on the intersections in 19th and 20th century philosophy between metaphysics and aesthetics, and the influence they have on Martin Heidegger's understanding of the history of philosophy. Kant's Critique of Judgment suggested that the experience of art should play a central role in synthesizing theoretical and practical forms of knowledge. This suggestion played a crucial role in the dev…Read more