European Philosophy Reading Groups meet fortnightly to discuss texts from a specific philosopher or from a theme or area and this page functions as a small archive for texts we are reading. The archive covers only readings for the group’s current topic.

The group centres on fortnightly meetings held in the Forgan Smith building on campus at UQ. 

If you are a student, staff member or associate of UQ and would like to participate in fortnightly meetings email to discuss membership.

Previous Reading Group Books


Feminist Philosophy.

  • 13th February: Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, chapters 2 and 3: 'The prevailing opinion of a sexual character discussed’ and ‘The same subject continued'.


Political Philosophy. Readings suggested by Paul Formosa. 

  • 18th January, Aristotle: Nichomachean Ethics, Book X: Chapters 7 and 8, Politics: Book 1: Chapter 1 and 2, Book 7, Chapters 1,2,3; Hannah Arendt, The Promise of Politics, 81-87; 6-11, 24-32, 37-39, The Human Condition, 12-21.
  • 1st February: Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, ed. C. B. Macpherson, London: Penguin, 1985: Hobbes' introduction, and Part I, Chs. 13-15. 
  • 15th February: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, Books One and Two.
  • 1st March: Hegel, Philosophy of Right, ‘Preface’ and ‘Introduction’. Additional readings, from: Frederick Beiser , Hegel, (2005) pg 185-91 - 'Lordship and Bondage', The following is included but optional - PoR stuff not really covered in intro: pp 200-202 – Freedom; 224-5 - Ethical Life; 244-5 - Civil Life; 252-3 – State, Plus Westphal, from Cambridge Companion to Hegel, p246-7 - very brief overview of PoR.  
  • 15th March: Karl Marx, Chapter 2 from The Portable Karl Marx, edited by Eugene Kamenka
  • 29th March: Jacques Derrida 'On Cosmopolitanism', from On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness, Trans. Mark Dooley and Michael Hughes, London: Routledge, 2001, vii-24.  
  • 12th April: Immanuel Kant, “To Perpetual Peace”, Perpetual Peace and other essays on politics, history, and morals, Trans. Ted Humphrey, Indianapolis: Hackett, 1983, pp. 107-143.
  • 26th April: Michel Foucault, (1994), ‘Technologies of the Self’, in P Rabinow (ed.), Michel Foucault: Ethics Subjectivity and Truth, The Penguin Press: London and New York, pp. 223-51. 

Aesthetics. Readings suggested by Marguerite La Caze.

  • 10th May: Immanuel Kant, Critique of the Power of Judgment. Trans. Paul Guyer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 55-83. 
  • 24th May: Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment, pp. 89-111, (5: 203-5:226).
  • 7th June: Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgement, §15-§25.  
  • 21st June: Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgement, §26-29
  • 19th July: Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgement, §45-53.
  • 2nd August: Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, §30-41.
  • 16th August, Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, §42-52. 
  • 13th September, G.W. F. Hegel, Lectures on Aesthetics, Selections
  • 27th September, G.W.F. Hegel, Lectures on Aesthetics, Selections. 
  • 10th October, Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy, §4-11.
  • 25th October, Martin Heidegger, ‘The origin of the work of art.’ 
  • 8th November, Sigmund Freud, 'Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood; The  Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Vol.XI, Ed. James Strachey, London: Hogarth, 1953-74, IV-VI.
  • 22nd November, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, ‘Eye and Mind.’ 
  • 5th December Hélène Cixous, 'The Laugh of the Medusa'.


Alain Badiou. Readings suggested by Simon Duffy.

  • 5th April: Introduction & Chapter 2 of Badiou's Infinite Thought, (Continuum, 2004). 
  • 19th April: Chapter 1, 'Mathematics and Philosophy', in Badiou's Theoretical Writings, (Continuum, 2004) & Chapter 6, 'Philosophy and Cinema', in Badiou's Infinite Thought, (Continuum, 2004).
  • 3rd May: Chapter 4, 'Philosophy and Psychoanalysis', in Badiou's Infinite Thought, (Continuum, 2004) & Chapter 10, 'Truth: Forcing and the unnameable', in Badiou's Theoretical Writings, (Continuum, 2004). 
  • 17th May: Chapter 4, 'Platonism and Mathematical Ontology', & Chapter 7, 'Spinoza's Closed Ontology', in Badiou's Theoretical Writings, (Continuum, 2004).

Love. Readings suggested by Julie Kelso. 

  • 7th June: Immanuel Kant, from 'The metaphysics of morals', in Practical Philosophy, Trans. & Ed. Mary J. Gregor, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996, 6:399 - 6:403, 6:448-6:474, or pages 528-531, 568-588.
  • 21st June: Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex Trans. & Ed. H. M. Parshley, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1983, Introduction (pp.13-31) and 'The Woman in Love' (pp.652-679).  
  • 5th July: Sigmund Freud, 'On the Universal Tendency to Debasement in the Sphere of Love', pp 394-400 of the Peter Gay’s Freud Reader, and 'Civilized Sexual Morality and Modern Nervous Illness', from the Penguin Freud Library Volume 12.
  • 19th July: Hannah Arendt's Love and Saint Augustine, University of Chicago Press, 1996, pp.3-44. 
  • 9th August: Parts II and III of Hannah Arendt’s Love and Saint Augustine
  • 16th August: Martha Nussbaum, 'Love and the individual: romantic rightness and Platonic aspiration', Love Analyzed, Ed. Roger E. Lamb, Boulder: Westview Press, 1997, 1-22. 
  • 23rd August: In the Mood for Love, film directed by Wong Kar-Wai.

Critical Theory. Readings suggested by Martyn Lloyd.  

  • 30th August: Walter Benjamin, ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’, ‘Critique of Violence’, ‘ Section N – On the Theory of Knowledge, Theory of Progress’ from The Arcades Project.
  • 4th October: Jacques Derrida, ‘The Force of Law: The Mystical Foundation of Authority.’  
  • 18th October: Moses Mendelssohn, 'On the Question: What is Enlightenment?' What is Enlightenment? Eighteenth Century Answers and Twentieth Century Questions, Ed. James Schmidt, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996, 53-57, Immanuel Kant, 'Was ist Aufklarung?' 7-20, and Michel Foucault, 'What is Enlightenment?', 101-134, from Michel Foucault, The Politics of Truth, New York: Semiotext(e), 1997.
  • 1st November: Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment. Trans. John Cumming, New York: Continuum, 1987, pp.ix-42, ‘Introduction’ & ‘The Concept of Enlightenment’. 
  • 16th November: Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment. Trans. John Cumming, New York: Continuum, 1987, pp.168-208, ‘Elements of Anti-Semitism: The Limits of Enlightenment’.
  • 23rd November: Baruch Spinoza, Ethics, Bk III. (Special session on Spinoza.) 
  • 30th November: Theodor Adorno: ‘Cultural Criticism and Society’ and ‘Culture Industry Reconsidered’, chapters 11 and 13 of the Adorno Reader.

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