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Philosophy Department faculty, August 26, 2016. Not pictured: David Agler, Kathryn Gines, and Paul Taylor.

Leonard Lawlor

Leonard Lawlor

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy

Director of Philosophy Graduate Studies

246 Sparks Building

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Office Phone: (814) 865-7822

Education

  1. B.A., Philosophy, Dean's List, Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), 1978
  2. Ph.D., 1988, M.A., 1982, Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY)

Areas of Specialization

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy

Recent Courses

  • What is Philosophy, including Merleau-Ponty’s In Praise of Philosophy and Deleuze and Guattari’s What is Philosophy (fall 2014)

  • Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus (spring 2014)

  • Derrida’s Politics of Friendship (fall 2013)

Recent Publications

  • Author of From Violence to Speaking Out (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
  • Author of Early Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2011)
  • Co-Editor of Between Philosophy and Non-Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Hugh J. Silverman (SUNY Press, 2016).
  • Co-editor of A Companion to Derrida (Wiley Blackwell, 2014)
  • Co-editor of The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Articles

  • “Three Ways of Speaking: Deleuze’s Way, or Death and Flight,” in Deleuze Studies, special issue, Deleuze, Ethics and Dramatization, Volume 10, Number 1 (February 2016), edited by Leonard Lawlor and Aline Wiame: 70-84.
  •  “La passion noire,” in special issue on Derrida, Les Cahiers Philosophiques de Strasbourg, 1 (2016): 127-135.
  •  “Auto-Affection,” for Derrida: Key Concepts, ed., Claire Colebrook (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 130138.
  •  “Only Die Micrologically! A Note on Drama and Ethics in Deleuze,” in Divinatio: Studia Culturologica Series 38 (autumn-winter 2013-2014): 85-90.
  •  “No more Insults for Friendship!”, for the “Decade After Derrida” issue of the Oxford Literary Review 36.2 (2014): 240-244.
  •  Is it Happening? Or the Implications of Immanence,” in Research in Phenomenology, volume 44, issue 3 (2014): 347-361.
  •  “Nascency and Memory: Reflections on Véronique Fóti’s Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty,” in Chiasmi International, volume 16 (2013), pp. 293-306.
  •  “Apokalyptisches Denken: Versuch über die Erfahrung des Ereignisses,” German translation by Hans-Dieter Gondek of “Apocalyptic Thinking: An Essay on the Experience of the Event,” in Kraft der Dinge, ed., Iris Därmann (München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2014), pp. 139-158.
  •  “L’immanence est complète”: L’Heritage de la pensée de Jean Hyppolite,” in Jean Hyppolite. Entre Structure et existence, ed., Giuseppe Bianco (Paris : Editions Rue D’Ulm, 2013), pp. 143-156.
  •  “The Flipside of Violence, or Beyond the Thought of Good Enough,” in Phaenex: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Volume 8, Number 2 (2013): 80-104. Also, in A Blackwell Companion to Derrida, pp. 565-581.
  •  “Deleuze and Hearing-Oneself-Speak,” for The Continuing Impact of Husserl’s “Ideen”, edited by Thomas Nenon and Lester Embree, “Contributions to Phenomenology” Series, Volume 66 (Dordrecht: Springer Press, 2013), pp. 451-466
  •  “Heidegger and Deleuze,” co-authored with Andrea Janae Sholtz (50%), for The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger, edited by François Raffoul and Eric S. Nelson (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), pp. 417-424. Turkish translation in preparation.
  •  “Heidegger and Foucault,” for The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger, edited by François Raffoul and Eric S. Nelson (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), pp. 409-416.
  •  “What Happened? What is going to Happen? An Essay on the Experience of the Event,” in The Ends of History: Questioning the Stakes of Historical Reason, edited by Amy Swiffen and Joshua Nichols (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013), pp. 179-195.
  •  “Anachronism and Powerlessness: An Essay on Postmodernism,” in The Science, Politics, and Ontology of Life-Philosophy, edited by Scott Campbell and Paul Bruno (Continuum Press, 2013), pp. 141-155.

Forthcoming Publications

Articles

  • “Response to the Question of Postmodernism,” in Gavagai: Journal of the Philosophy of Science Department at the National University of Athens, 2016.
  •  “An Immense Power: Three Phenomenological Insights supporting Derridean Deconstruction,” in Oxford Handbook to the History of Phenomenology, edited by Dan Zahavi.
  •  “The Dualism of Truth and Freedom: The Origin of Foucault’s Neo-Kantianism in the Introduction to Kant’s Anthropology and its end in Foucault Final Lecture Courses, with a Speculation about Deleuze,” in Festschrift for Dimitri Ginez, ed., Emil Lensky (Königshausen and Neumann Verlag).
  •         “How not to Think: an Extension of Deconstructionist Methodology,” in The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology, eds., Guiseppina D’Oro and Soren Overgaard.
  •  “Immanence”; “Power”; and “Responsibility,” in M. Bunz, B.M. Kaiser, K. Thiele (eds.) Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary, Meson Press 2016.
  •  “Power and Intensity: Difference and Repetition, Chapters Four and Five,” in Deleuze Studies, special issue, edited by Henry Somers-Hall.
  •  “The Origin of Parrēsia in Foucault’s Thinking: Truth and Freedom in The History of Madness,” (co-authored with Daniel J. Palumbo) in Understanding Foucault, Understanding Modernism, ed., David Scott (Bloomsbury Press).
  •  “’Let Others be Ends in Themselves’: The Convergence between Foucault’s Parrēsia and Derrida’s Teleiopoesis,” for Between Foucault and Derrida, eds., Vernon Cisney, Nicolae Morar, and Yubraj Aryal (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
  •  “The Space-in-Between: The Frame and Excess in the Thought of Hugh J. Silverman,” in Between Philosophy and Non-Philosophy (The SUNY Press, 2016).
  •  “Speaking out for Others: Philosophical Activity in Deleuze and Foucault (and Heidegger),” co-authored with Andrea Janae Sholtz (25%), for Between Deleuze and Foucault, edited by Daniel W. Smith, Thomas Nail, and Nicolae Morar (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2016).
  •  “Violence and Animality: On Absolute Freedom in Foucault,” in Foucault and Animals, edited by Dinesh Wadiwel and Matthew Chrulew (Brill Press, forthcoming 2016).

Translations

  • “Politeness” by Henri Bergson, for a 2016 special issue of The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy.

Upcoming Talks

  • “’A Bird as Rare upon the Earth as a Black Swan’: The Dream of an Unusable Friendship in Derrida’s Politics of Friendship,” Conference on the Phenomenology of Vulnerability at the Husserl Archives at the New School University, May 5-6, 2016
  •  “The Dualism of Truth and Freedom: The Origin of Foucault’s Neo-Kantianism in the Introduction to Kant’s Anthropology and its end in Foucault Final Lecture Courses, with a Speculation about Deleuze,” Workshop on German Idealism and Twentieth Century French Thought, Royal Halloway University, London, June 15-16, 2016.

Current Projects

Revision for French translation of The Challenge of Bergsonism

 Violence against Violence, for Edinburgh University Press.

 

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