About the MSCP Affiliates

Martin Black has taught MSCP courses on Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and modern philosophy. His PHD on Plato was supervised by Stanley Rosen, and he has since edited two volumes of the latter's essays, and is presently editing Rosen’s rediscovered MS on Plato’s Phaedrus. He has also published essays on Plato, the crisis of modernity, and self-knowledge, and is working on a book on Plato. He has lectured in the philosophy, government, and classics departments of Suffolk University and in philosophy at Boston College.



Andy Blunden's interest lies in using the Marxist psychology of Lev Vygotsky to appropriate Hegel's philosophy, particularly the Logic, as a foundation for social theory. His book An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity was pubished by Brill in April 2010. Andy has given courses in Hegel and Marx at MSCP Winter Schools and is Secretary of the Marxists Internet Archive http://www.marxists.org. Website: http://home.mira.net/~andy/


Dr Robert Boncardo recently completed a PhD at the University of Sydney and at L’Université d’Aix-Marseille 1 in France. His thesis dealt with philosophical and political readings, by 20th century French thinkers including Sartre, Kristeva, Badiou and Rancière, of the late-19th century poet Stéphane Mallarmé. At the MSCP he has taught on phenomenology, French currents of Marxism and literary theory. He is currently extending the work of his thesis to include the interventions of Jean-Claude Milner and Quentin Meillassoux.


Dr Gilles Bouche holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne. His philosophical education has taken him from Luxembourg and Berlin to Melbourne and Pittsburgh and from Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche to Brandom. It will take him from Brandom to Hegel. Gilles has taught two courses for the MSCP, "Brandom and the Continental Tradition" with Andrew Montin in 2008 and "Brandom's Linguistic Rationalism" in 2011. His dissertation was half commentary on, half reconstruction of the major part of Brandom's work.


Dr Justin Clemens's research focuses upon the relation of the subject to its discourses, to poetry and art, mathematics, love and politics. He has published extensively on such contemporary thinkers as Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, and Jacqueline Rose, as well as on Spinoza, Kant and Nietzsche. He teaches at the University of Melbourne.

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Joanne Faulkner is an ARC Research Fellow at UNSW.


James Muldoon teaches critical theory at Monash University. He is currently writing a thesis on the concept of the drives in Hegel's philosophy. His research interests include contemporary critiques of capitalism, 20th century French philosophy, Early German Romanticism and philosophical aesthetics. He has published on Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and Maurizio Lazzarato.


Connal Parsley publishes and teaches in jurisprudence, critical legal theory and political philosophy. He is a doctoral candidate at the Melbourne Law School, writing a jurisprudence of the person through a consideration of the intersection between concepts of image and law in the writing of Giorgio Agamben. He is currently translating Roberto Esposito's 1988 Categories of the Impolitical, and he is co-convenor of New Natures, an ongoing lecture series on the theme "law, life, nature."


Jon Roffe was the original convenor of the MSCP and has been a long-time lecturer. He is the co-editor of Understanding Derrida (Continuum) and Deleuze's Philosophical Lineage (EUP) and the author of Badiou's Deleuze (Acumen).  His work concerns twentieth century and contemporary French philosophy, and he has published on range of figures in this context, including Badiou, Deleuze, Merleau-Ponty and Meillassoux.


David Sweeney: "I have studied, taught and worked at the University of Melbourne for the last decade. In 2009 I finished a master’s thesis in which I looked at the Calculus of Newton and Leibniz through the lens of paraconsistent logic (logic in which contradictions are allowed). In 2011 and 2012 I taught summer courses in the history of mathematics for the MSCP. A central part of these courses was that peerless contribution to the history of mathematics, Greek Mathematical Thought and the Origin of Algebra by Jacob Klein. I have an interest in the following thinkers and ideas: Jacques Rancière (equality, education), Diophantus of Alexandria and Jacob Klein (what were the ancient Greeks up to with their science of number), Rudolf Steiner (knowledge), Ivan Illich (what is modernity, education) and Helen Verran (number)." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dr Marion Tapper lectured in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne for over two decades and formally joined the MSCP in 2004. Her interests include the history of philosophy, existentialism and phenomenology (in particular, Kant, Husserl, Heidegger and Sartre). As a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy she supervised the postgraduate work of many present day MSCP members. She ran the Lives of the Philosophers public lectures and has co-organised MSCP events including the Sartre Colloquium in October of 2005, which included a performance of Huis Clos (held in conjunction with the Department of French, Italian and Spanish Studies and the Department of Philosophy).



Prof. Ian Weeks taught two courses on Medieval Philosophy for the MSCP in 2008-09.



Prof. James Williams's interests are in contemporary French philosophy (Deleuze, Lyotard, Foucault, Kristeva, Derrida, Badiou, Postmodernism and Poststructuralism) and in aesthetics, political philosophy, metaphysics and the history of philosophy (Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche and Whitehead). He taught a course on Gilles Deleuze's The Logic of Sense in the MSCP Summer School 2009. 
James Williams at the University of Dundee



10 Jan - 18 Feb Summer School 2022

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