All posts by Patrick Stokes

New Philosopher’s Zone episode: ‘Dangerous Minds’

Last November, A/Prof. Matthew Sharpe ran a successful workshop on Philosophy and the Far Right: From Weimar to Charlottesville.

This week (15 March 2020, 5:30pm AEST), ABC Radio National’s Philosopher’s Zone program will broadcast Prof. Ronald Beiner‘s presentation from the event:

A lot of interpretative energy has gone into rescuing the reputations of Nietzsche and Heidegger from the clutches of their fascist acolytes. But sometimes, when considering these philosophers, it’s hard to ignore the facts in front of you. Heidegger was an unrepentant Nazi. Nietzsche’s later texts contain passages which openly advocated slavery and genocide. Today, with far-right extremism on the rise around the world, how worried should we be when reading – and teaching – the work of these canonical figures?

You can listen online anytime or download the program here.

James Bahoh begins Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship at Deakin

Deakin’s Philosophy and the History of Ideas group is delighted to welcome Dr James Bahoh as a visiting Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow

James Bahoh’s main work is in ontology, drawing especially on German and French philosophy since Kant. He received his PhD from Duquesne University in 2016 and – before coming to Deakin University – has held positions as VolkswagenStiftung / Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bonn and Visiting Assistant Professor at Marquette University.

He is especially interested in the theories of events developed by Martin Heidegger and Gilles Deleuze and he recently published a book – Heidegger’s Ontology of Events – with Edinburgh. He has just begun a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship here at Deakin, where he’ll continue work on a new book examining ways Deleuze and Heidegger developed their theories of events via intellectual engagements with earlier classical German philosophy (especially Kant and late 18th– / early 19th-century post-Kantianism). This project will focus on ways these theories of events challenge the primacy of the traditional logic of identity and its apparatuses of representation. James’ academic website can be found here.

New book series: Philosophy as a Way of Life

Matt Sharpe, together with Michael Chase (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and Eli Kramer (Warsaw) have signed with Brill to produce a series of translations of French, German and Italian language texts on philosophy as a way of life, including foundational works by Pierre and Ilsetraut Hadot.  The series will include critical introductions and essays accompanying the texts, and bring together a team of translators and editors from across three continents.

New book from Matt Sharpe: Brill’s Companion to Camus

Congratulations to A/Prof Matthew Sharpe and his co-editors Maciej Kałuża and Peter Francev on the publication of Brill’s Companion to Camus: Camus Among the Philosophers

This book is the first English-language collection of essays by leading Camus scholars from around the world to focus on Albert Camus’ place and status as a philosopher amongst philosophers. After a thematic introduction, the dedicated chapters of Part 1 address Camus’ relations with leading philosophers, from the ancient Greeks to Jean-Paul Sartre (Augustine, Hume, Kant, Diderot, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Hegel, Marx, Sartre). Part 2 contains pieces considering philosophical themes in Camus’ works, from the absurd in The Myth of Sisyphus to love in The First Man (the absurd, psychoanalysis, justice, Algeria, solidarity and solitude, revolution and revolt, art, asceticism, love).

New book from George Duke: “Aristotle and Law: The Politics of Nomos”

A/Prof George Duke’s new book, Aristotle and Law: The Politics of Nomos, has just been published with Cambridge University Press:

In Aristotle and Law, George Duke argues that Aristotle’s seemingly dispersed statements on law and legislation are unified by a commitment to law’s status as an achievement of practical reason. This book provides a systematic exposition of the significance and coherence of Aristotle’s account of law, and also indicates the relevance of this account to contemporary legal theory. It will be of great interest to scholars and students in jurisprudence, philosophy, political science and classics.

Congratulations George!


Event: Eurasianism and the Globalisation of the New Right

Tuesday 19 November 2019 , 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Venue: N3.11 REDI multi purpose, Burwood campus, Deakin University

Preregistration: email,



Session 1:

8:45-10 am: (keynote) Tamir Bar-On, “Analyzing the Charlottesville Statement: Alt-Right, New Right, or Old Right?”


Session 2:

10:15-11-45: Imogen Richards, Matteo Vergani, Maria Rae, “‘Political philosophy and the Australian far-right: A mixed-methods analysis of philosophical, political, and far-right media discourses’.


Session 3:

12-1:15: (keynote) Robert Horvarth, “Putin’s fascists: Russkii Obraz and the politics of managed nationalism in Russia.'”


Session 4:

2:15-3:00 Filip Slaveski, ‘Are they all as bad as each other?’ Communists, fascists, and plain old bandits in Soviet Ukraine, 1939-1950 and today.’

3-3:45: John Morss “International Law as Higher Populism​”


Session 5:

4:00-4:45: Geoff Boucher, “Critical Theory on Authoritarian Populism Today: Testing the Communicative Perspective”

4:45-5:30: Matt Sharpe, “Critically, Trump’s: A Survey of Critical-Theoretic Responses to the New Right Populist Wave”

Event: Philosophy and the Far Right from Weimar to Charlottesville

Monday November 18, 12 noon to 5:30 pm

Burwood Corporate Centre, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood

Download the flyer here

We live in times of increasing political polarisation, wherein forms of Rightist mobilisation long considered impossible after 1945 are re-emerging across the globe, and new prospective “organic intellectuals” appeal to specifically philosophical sources to shape, vindicate, and direct these ‘movement(s)’.  It has often been thought that the antiliberal Right was anti-intellectual, and that its populism speaks against any real political and philosophical ideas informing their movements.  However, from shortly after 1789, reactionaries against modern ideals of liberty, equality and cosmopolitanism have developed theoretical perspectives to justify their hostility to liberalism, democracy, feminism, social democracy, socialism, and multiculturalism.  This event will critically examine the ideas of today’s New or Alt-Right thinkers, and their uncomfortable crossovers with more established philosophical perspectives, led by thinkers like Nietzsche, Schmitt and Heidegger.  Our keynote, Professor Ron Beiner (Toronto) is the author of one of only a few studies of these troubling and important phenomena, and our discussant, Professor Tamir Bar-on (Tecnológico de Monterrey) is a leading expert on the European and global New Right.


12-1:30: Opening plenary session: Pr. Ron Beiner, “Dangerous Minds in Dangerous Times”

2-2:40: Rory Jeffs, “The Danger of Idols: On Ronald Beiner’s Dangerous Minds and the Case of Nietzsche’s Politics”

2:40-3:20: As. Pr. Geoff Boucher, “The Frankfurt School and Authoritarian Politics: Classical Positions, New Insights”

3:20-4 pm: As. Pr. Matthew Sharpe, “Golden Calf: Reading Deleuze’s Nietzsche in the Time of Trump”

4:15-5:30: Closing plenary discussion, Pr. Ron Beiner and Pr. Tamir Bar-On

‘Gloomy Sunday’: Deakin Philosophers talk Suicide on The Philosopher’s Zone

Gloomy Sunday,’ an exploration of the philosophy of suicide – and the risks involved in philosophising in public about suicide – was broadcast on ABC Radio National’s The Philosopher’s Zone on Sunday 8 September.

The piece is presented and produced by Deakin’s A/Prof Patrick Stokes and features Deakin’s Dr Jon Roffe and Dr Valery Vinogradovs alongside the University of Melbourne’s A/Prof Justin Clemens and Prof. Jane Pirkis.

You can listen to the program here, or wherever you get your podcasts.