The European Philosophy Research Group (EPRG) is supported by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), The University of Queensland. The aims of the group are to promote research and interest in European philosophy through a series of conferences, workshops, and seminars. Speakers, both national and international, will be invited to these events. On occasion, visiting scholars will be invited to stay for short periods of time to present papers and consult with postgraduate students.
Members are:
EPRG Postgraduate Students:
  • Emma Wilson, Receptivism: The real political dimensions of Heidegger's Ontology"
  • Mark Cutler, "Merleau-Ponty's later conceptions of Language and Ontology"
  • Grace Campbell, "A Philosophical Enquiry into Self-destruction"
  • Darcy Burgin, "Fundamental Ontology in Heidegger's Being and Time and Merleau-Ponty's The Visible and the Invisible"
  • Matthew Gildersleeve, "Heidegger, Being and Psychopathology"
  • Catherine Carol, "Heidegger, Irigaray, Thinking and Sexual Difference"
  • Mark Freakley, "The Fragility of Commitment"
  • Allan Popa, "British Idealism"
  • Bryan Mukandi, "Inscribing the Ineffable: the trouble with representing others"
  • Kelly Beck, "Exploring Method and Commitment in Simone de Beauvoir's body of work"
  • Leah Carr, "A Critique of the Medical Analogy in Hellenistic Philosophy"
  • Renee England, "Emotional Agents: Reconceiving the Place of Emotion in Agency"
  • Sam Harper-Russell, "What is Hubris? Hubris in Nietzsche's Philosophy"
  • Roland Williamson, "Nature Demystified - A reconstruction of Hegel's Philosophy of Nature"

  • Laura Roberts, "An Alchemy of Radical Love: Luce Irigaray's Ontology of Sexuate Difference" (2014)
  • Marco Motta, "Heidegger's Philosophy of Disclosedness: A Relational Interpretation of Being and Time" (2014)
  • Terrilyn Sweep, "An ethics of other-interest as a construct for authentic social inclusion" (2014)
  • Carole Ramsey, "Open-endedness: Toward an Encounter with Alterity" (2013)
  • Matthew Paul, "The Role and Presence of Plato in the work of Jacques Derrida" (2013)
  • Zeena Elton, "Beyond Dominant Paradigms of Motherhood and the Feminine: In Search of an Alternative Western Metaphysics of the Feminine 'Other'" (2013)
  • Kaye Gersch, "The Feminine Body, Language and Spirituality" (2013)
  • Jason Cullen, "The Wounds of Indetermination: Deleuze, Cinema and Ethology" (2013)
  • Cliff Fletcher, "A Philosophical Investigation of Entertainment" (2012)
  • Matthew Lamb, "The role of ascesis in the life and work of Albert Camus " (2011)
  • Jean Byrne, "Enlightenment Between Two: Luce Irigaray, sexual difference and nondual oneness" (2008)
  • Paul Formosa, "Evil: From the Banal to the Radical" (2008)
  • Jennifer Ang, "Moral limits of violence, war and revolution: a Sartrean analysis and response" (2008)
  • Richard Colledge, "Beyond Alethia: A Critique of Heideggerian Einaiology" (2006)
  • Julie Kelso, "'O mother where art thou?': an Irigarayan reading of the Book of Chronicles" (2006)
  • Ashley Woodward, "Nihilism in Postmodernity" (2006)
  • Angela Hirst, "Eating the Other: Levinas's Ethical Encounter" (2005)
  • Matthew Piscioneri, "The Myth of reason: a study of Jürgen Habermas's Theory of Communicative Action" (2004)
  • Virginia Berry, "Re-evaluating Hegel: Feminist Perspectives on Ethics, Agency & Love" (2003)
 Previous EPRG Conferences:
  • Symposium on Mimesis and Culture, 2011. Speakers: Luiz Costa Lima, Marilia Librandi Rocha, Costica Bradatan, Max Deutscher, John Frow, Simon During, James Phillips, Matthew Lamb, Michelle Boulous Walker and Marguerite La Caze
  • Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) Conference, December 2010 Theme: Affect. Invited speakers: Antonio Calcagno, Sara Heinämaa, Paul Redding and Anne Vila
  • Levinas Centenary Conference, July 2006 – My ‘Place in the Sun’: Levinas Today. Invited speakers: Deborah Bird Rose, Ghassan Hage and David L. Clark
  • Sartre (1905-1980) Centenary Celebration, November 2005. Speakers: Paul Crittenden, Greg Hainge, Joe Hardwick, Diane Josey, Jennifer Ang Mei Sze, Michelle Boulous Walker and Marguerite La Caze
  • Mini-Conference: Virtual Mathematics, July 2005 – Papers from the collection Virtual Mathematics: the logic of difference, ed. Simon Duffy. Speakers: Arkady Plotnitsky, Jean-Michel Salanskis, Daniel W. Smith and David Webb
  • Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) Conference, November 2003 Theme: Imagination. Invited speakers: Moira Gatens, Professor Max Deutscher and Paul Patton
Previous Speakers:
  • Max Deutscher, Emeritus Professor Macquarie University, 2015, "Disposed to Remember"
  • Costical Bradatan, University Honors College, Texas Tech University, 2015, "In Praise of Failure"
  • Anne Freadman, University of Melbourne, 2014, "Experiences of Identity in French Jewish Diaries under the Nazi Occupation"
  • Diego Bubbio, University of Western Sydney, 2014, "Hegel, Heidegger and the 'I': Preliminary Reflections for a New Paradigm of the Self"
  • Andrew Inkpin, University of Melbourne, 2014, "Was Merleau-Ponty a 'transcendental' Phenomenologist?"
  • Christine Daigle, Brock University, Canada, 2013, "Rethinking Subjectivity: Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophy of Ambiguity"
  • Robin May Schott, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark, 2012, "Scales of Evil"
  • Michael Rosenthal, University of Washington, 2012, "Politics and Ethics in Spinoza: The Problem of Normativity"
  • Joanne Faulkner, UNSW, 2012, "Memory and ‘the Virtual’ in Henri Bergson: Thinking Through Children’s Agency"
  • Matthew Sharpe, Deakin University, 2011, "Philosophy and the view from above in Alejandro Amenábar’s Agora"
  • Philipa Rothfield, La Trobe University, 2010, "Between Movement Subjectivity and the Nietzschean body, Dance and Philosophy"
  • Richard Colledge, ACU, 2010, "On Philosophical Affectivity: Some Meta-Philosophical Thoughts"
  • Max Deutscher, Honorary Professor UQ, 2009, "In Sensible Judgement"
  • Lanei Rodemeyer, Duquesne University, 2009, "Phenomenology, Time and the Body"
  • Hugh Silverman, Stonybrook, 2008, "Excessive Responsibility and the Sense of the World (Merleau-Ponty & Nancy)"
  • Ghassan Hage, Melbourne, 2008, "Taking Hegel to Cronulla beach: From Recognition to Negotiation"
  • Frances Gray, UNE, 2008, "Original Habitation: Pregnant Flesh as Absolute Hospitality"
  • Robert Sinnerbrink, Macquarie, 2007, "Grace and Violence: Desire and Politics in von Trier's Dogville"
  • Catherine Mills, UNSW, 2007, "Genetic Screening and Selfhood: Toward a Bioethics of Singularity"
  • Arthur O’Neill, Melbourne, 2007, "Nietzsche"
  • Jana Sawicki, Williams College, 2006, "Foucault and Sexual Freedom: Should we embrace an ethics of pleasure?"
  • Max Deutscher, Macquarie, 2006, "The Magic of Judgement, 2007, Living on the premises"
  • Marion Tapper, Melbourne, 2006, "Sartre on Being-in-itself"
  • Matthew Sharpe, Deakin, 2006, "Only Agamben can save us: thoughts against ontological messianism"
  • Elizabeth Grosz, Rutgers, 2005, "Deleuze, Bergson, and Becoming"
  • Rosalyn Diprose, UNSW, 2005, "Derrida and the extraordinary responsibility of inheriting the future-to-come"
  • Andrew Schaap, Melbourne, 2005, "Politics, forgiveness and the invocation of polity"
  • Alison Ross, Monash, 2004, "The Work of Art after the 'The Origin of the Work of Art'"
  • Simon Lumsden, UNSW, 2004, "The Question of Subjectivity in Deconstruction"
  • Colin Gordon, 2004, "Citizenship, Conduct and Spirituality in Histories of Thought"
To join our mailing list and be contacted about our activities, email Dr Michelle Boulous Walker.
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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