On transparency

In some of my current research, I’m looking at the concept of transparency, via Stefanos Geroulanos’s recent history of postwar France. Today, when we think of this idea, we might think of political transparency, in the sense of the availability of information, to the public, about political processes. That sort of availability, an access to information, is about… Continue reading On transparency

A new semester: social philosophy

It’s almost time for the second semester of the year here down under. While the Tour de France wraps up, and American academics are heading back to work after a summer break, in Oz we’ve been cramming things into the brief break between first semester marking and second semester organisation. I’m looking forward to teaching.… Continue reading A new semester: social philosophy

Responses to Theses on Theory and History

There’s a growing body of discussion for the recent Theses on Theory and History. Here’s some of them. I’ll try to update this. I’ve got a blog post of my own in preparation, but in the meantime, happy reading! Matt Fitzpatrick at The Kaiser and the Colonies The #theoryrevolt Twitter feed is very diverse, and… Continue reading Responses to Theses on Theory and History

A place for theory in history

Unsurprisingly, the recent manifesto, “Theses on theory and history” has received some grumpy responses. Some ask for “evidence” of the analysis, others say “we’ve already done this” (but then concede several points); some honest answers have at least admitted that they don’t quite understand the stakes, or the kind of critical history that is being… Continue reading A place for theory in history

Throat clearing

Whoah, so things got a little inactive here. Lots of the usual things going on – teaching, research, applying for jobs, autumn holidays – just not much of it registered on this site. But let’s kick back into gear and get some material circulating again, shall we? To that end, here are some thoughts on… Continue reading Throat clearing

Existentialism & Phenomenology course

The start of the teaching year in Oz is just around the corner, and I’m excited to be teaching on phenomenology and existentialism. It’s a 2nd year class, so really just introducing this period and style of philosophy, themes, methods, and authors. Still, a chance to look at some great work. Interesting too to think… Continue reading Existentialism & Phenomenology course