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    Hegel and Derrida on the subject (review)
    Derrida Today 10 (2): 243-251. 2017.
    A review essay on Simon Lumsden’s (UNSW) Self-Consciousness and the Critique of the Subject (Columbia University Press, 2014), assessing Lumsden’s Hegelian account of Self-Consciousness in comparison with Derrida’s in “The Pit and the Pyramid” (in Margins of Philosophy). Lumsden de-emphasises the teleology of presence in Hegel’s work, especially the Phenomenology of Spirit. Instead, he concentrates on how processes of intuition and concept for Hegel demonstrate the continued change of historical…Read more
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    The Impossible Diagram of History
    Derrida Today 8 (2): 193-214. 2015.
    This article presents Derrida as a philosopher of history by reinterpreting his De la Grammatologie. In particular, it provides a schematic reconstruction of Part II of that book from the perspective of the problem of history. My account extends work on historicity in Derrida by privileging the themes of ‘history’ and ‘diagram’ in the Rousseau part. I thereby establish a Derridean concept of history which aims at accounting for the continuities and discontinuities of the past. This is in contras…Read more
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    Is Close Enough Good Enough?: On the "Close Reading" of Derrida's "Grammatology" (review)
    Radical Philosophy Review 16 (3): 801-804. 2013.
    Review of Gaston and Machlachlan's 2011 book "Reading Derrida's Of Grammatology"
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    Symbols, Collective Memory, and Political Principles (review)
    Journal of the History of Ideas. 2017.
    Barash's work is both a philosophical work and a history of ideas. The one offers a conceptual account of collective memory, and the other a narrative of changing conceptions and ideological uses of “memory.” In both cases, he argues that careful attention to the border between memory and history is politically significant for criticising appeals to mythical bases of political unity.The main contention of the book is this: collective memory designates a restricted sphere of past references.
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    Alasdair MacIntyre, universities, and the common good
    European Journal of Philosophy 30 (3): 1173-1186. 2022.
    Best known as a political philosopher, Alasdair MacIntyre is also a critic of the modern university. The paper examines the grounds of MacIntyre's criticism of modern universities; it offers an assessment of the philosophical debate occasioned by MacIntyre's writings on the topic; and it proposes a way of taking this debate forward. The debate is shown to be centred around three objections to MacIntyre's normative idea of the university: that it is overly intellectualist, parochial, and moralizi…Read more
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    Doing justice to the past
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 43 (8): 812-836. 2017.
    In this article, we argue that the usual restriction of critical theory to ‘modern’ norms is subject to problems of coherence, historical accuracy and moral obligation. First, we illustrate how critical theory opposes itself to societies designated as pre-modern, through a summary of Honneth’s recognition theory. We then show how an over-emphasis on modernity’s normative novelty obscures counter-currents in ethical life that threaten the unity of the modern era. Those two steps prepare the main …Read more
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    "This thesis is presented by Andrew Dunstall in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the subject of philosophy, at Macquarie University, Sydney May 2012"