Workshops and Events

July 3-4 2014

Reinventing Philosophy as a Way of Life’
‘A Monash-Warwick ARC Discovery Workshop’

This is the first of a series of workshops based on the Australian Research Council Discovery grant, ‘Reinventing Philosophy as a Way of Life’. The Discovery project investigates early modern and modern reinventions of the idea of philosophy as a ‘way of life’. In this workshop our speakers will investigate the salience and formative role of this ancient model of philosophy in the work of Spinoza, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus and Deleuze.

Keynote Speaker
Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson holds a Personal Chair in Philosophy at the University of Warwick and in 2013/14 was Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities at Rice University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on Nietzsche, Bergson, and Deleuze.

  • Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson (Warwick): Deleuze, Naturalism and the Art of Life
  • Dr. Aurelia Armstrong (University of Queensland): Spinoza’s Art of Living
  • Dr. Alexandre Lefebvre (USYD): TBC
  • Professor William McDonald (UAE): Kierkegaard’s Critique of Philosophy as a Way of Life
  • Thomas Ryan & Michael Ure (Monash): Nietzsche’s Post Classical Therapy
  • Dr. Matthew Sharpe (Deakin): Solitaire-Solidaire: Camus and the Vita Contemplativa in Polemical Times

Day 1
Thursday 3 July 2014
3:00pm – 5:30pm
Building H, Level 8 Room 05 (H8.05), Monash Caulfield Campus

Day 2
Friday 4 July 2014
9:30am -12:30pm
Building H, Level 5 Room 95 (H5.95), Monash Caulfield Campus

Further information can be obtained from Michael Ure

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Listed below are some past events


Reading Seminar on Schelling’s The Philosophy of Art

The Research Unit in European Philosophy (RUEP) will hold a reading seminar on Schelling’sThe Philosophy of Art. The group will be lead by Dr Mildred Galland-Szymkowiak (CNRS Paris/RUEP Monash) and Professor Andrew Benjamin (RUEP Monash).

The Seminar will be held on March 7,14,21 and 28. It will meet from 3.00-4.30 in Building T, Room 2.27 on the Caulfield Campus. The edition to be used is F.W.J Schelling The Philosophy of Art. Minnesota University Press. (A few copies have been ordered for the bookshop.) For further information contact Professor Andrew Benjamin (

Workshop on Post-Kantian German Philosophy

The Workshop will be a joint undertaking by the RUEP and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. The Workshop will be held on March 15-16.

Speakers include. Professor Paul Redding (Philosophy/University of Sydney), Dr Vanessa Lemm (Philosophy/University of New South Wales), Dr Alison Ross (RUEP/Monash), Professor Christoph Jamme (Philosophy/ University of Lueneburg), Professor Jeffery Malpas (Philosophy/University of Tasmania), Dr Jean-Philippe Deranty (Philosophy/Macquarie University), Dr Mildred Galland-Szymkowiak (CNRS Paris/RUEP Monash).

The Workshop will start at 3.00 pm on March 15 and continue throughout the day on March 16. It will be held in Building A Room A1.34 on the Caulfield Campus. A programme will be available in a few weeks. For further information contact Professor Andrew Benjamin (

May 2

Jean Amery and the Jewish Tradition of Conscious Pariahdom

Magdalena Zolkos

Magdalena Zolkos is a Senior Research Fellow in Political Theory at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. Her research interests are in memory studies, literary trauma theory, continental philosophy, and radical democratic theory.

She is the author of Reconciling Community and Subjective Life: Trauma Narrative as Political Theorizing (Continuum 2010), and editor of On Jean Amery: Philosophy of Catastrophe (Lexington 2011).

  • Wednesday 2nd March, 3-5pm
  • Building T, Room 2.27, Monash Caulfield Campus
May 9

Ethical Life and Second Nature: the Role of Habit in Hegel’s Social and Political Philosophy

Simon Lumsden

Simon Lumsden is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He works on German Idealism, Phenomenology and Poststructuralism. His current research interests are concerned with the problem of experience in Hegel’s thought.

He is currently completing a manuscript concerned with the development of self-consciousness in German Idealism and the critique of the subject in Heidegger and Poststructuralism.

  • Wednesday 9th March, 3-5pm
  • Building T, Room 2.27, Monash Caulfield Campus