About the MSCP Members

aj-bartlett A. J. Bartlett (Secretary) has published extensively on the work of Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, Plato and education. Books include, Lacan, Deleuze, Badiou with Justin Clemens and Jon Roffe, (EUP 2014), Badiou and Plato: an education by truths (EUP 2011) and the edited collections Alain Badiou: Key Concepts (Acumen 2010) with Justin Clemens and The Praxis of Alain Badiou (re.press 2006).


emma black

Emma Black finished an MPHIL in 2017 at University of Queensland with the thesis "After Misology: Speculations on Kant, Heidegger, and Deleuze." She is co-founder of the Queensland School of Continental Philosophy, and one half of >ect — an online podcast series tackling recent trends in philosophy and techno-politics. She is author of "#Accelerate's Feminist Prototypes." Platform Journal of Media and Communications. 6.2. (2015). pp. 33-45.


Sherah Bloor is a PhD candidate in philosophy of religion at the Committee for the Study of Religion, Harvard University. She completed an MA in Philosophy at La Trobe University under an ARC grant on the so-called Analytic-Continental Divide. Her thesis Sophistry and Metaphilosophical Aporia gives a reading of Plato's Sophist alongside a dramatic reconstruction of the divide (See http://tinyurl.com/lcpuvuv). She also holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Social Theory from the University of Melbourne. She has tutored philosophy at La Trobe, Swinburne, and Ormond College and lectured on Kant's First Critique for the MSCP. She is also the Editorial Manager of the Sophia journal of philosophy and religion and the Assistant Editor of the Sophia book series. For seven glorious years she served as the MSCP administrator.


Bryan Cooke (Convenor & Treasurer) is a Leading Tutor in Humanities (Philosophy) at Ormond College. He is currently writing a thesis about the connections between contemporary french Rationalism (Badiou, Meillassoux, Lacan), German Idealism and contemporary Marxism. Bryan has taught nine full courses including courses on Adorno, Malabou, Spinoza, Hegel and Badiou He has tutored at Swinburne University, Medley Hall; Newman, Trinity, and St. Mary's College and has lectured in political philosophy at Deakin University, Geelong. Apart from Plato, he is heavily influenced by Badiou, Hegel, Spinoza, Adorno, Augustine, Giorgio Agamben and Quentin Meillassoux. He is currently writing a book with Robert Boncardo on Badiou's 'Theory of the Subject' and is  the host of the podcast "Philosophy Can Ruin Your Life".  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


paul daniels

Paul Daniels has studied philosophy at the University of Melbourne, UNSW and Monash University. His research has focused on Nietzsche's early and late writings, Schopenhauer's critique of Kant, and Wittgenstein's early philosophy of language. More broadly, his interest lies with the intersections of art, language and the limits of philosophy. Paul has taught several MSCP courses: 'Reading Nietzsche's Zarathustra' (2005), 'An Introduction to Schopenhauer' (2007), 'Nietzsche and The Birth of Tragedy' (2008) and 'Meaning and Metaphor in Nietzsche and Wittgenstein' (2009). He also lectured at the 2009 Winter School course 'Kant's Critical Philosophy', which he convened. He has written on Kant's aesthetics and ethics, and is the author of Nietzsche and The Birth of Tragedy (Acumen, 2012). Paul was Convenor of the MSCP from 2007 - 2009.

Apart from philosophy, Paul enjoys playing piano, composing music, restoring furniture, and kicking back with the odd cigar. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Dr Emily Finlay (Vice-Convenor) is an Adjunct Research Associate working in the European Philosophy Research Unit (EPRU) at Monash. Her PhD, 'Inappropriations: Maurice Blanchot and Georges Bataille', was awarded through The University of Sydney. The thesis explored the philosophical legacy of appropriation underlying the political and ethical positions of these two writers with particular attention to the presence of Kojève, Heidegger and Nietzsche within their works.


James Garrett James Garrett (Webmaster, Publicity Officer) received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. His thesis was on the early Heidegger's reading of Aristotle. He has an MA in critical theory (on Plato's reading of Heraclitus) from Monash. His areas of interest are in Greek and German Philosophy, principally focused on the foundations of philosophy. He has taught MSCP courses on the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle and Heidegger.  During daylight hours he works as a web developer at Preflight. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Born in the goldfields and bred on sport, Merlyn Gwyther-McCuskey (Administrator) enjoyed a latent interest in philosophy. This culminated in the completion of his B.A. (Hons) in philosophy at the University of Melbourne. Exercising his taste for the fringe Merlyn worked on Badiou's Theory of the Subject (a work whose readers include the 'insane or fanatical') attempting to locate the latent tensions that inform Badiou's later work. As a result Merlyn has been spurred on to go deeper and probe the ramification of Badiou's thought in other areas - notably literature. Currently Merlyn is pursuing a further Honours qualification through La Trobe University in English working on the ethics of courage in the oeuvre of Samuel Beckett.

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.



Dr Maurita Harney is an Honorary Senior Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. She has taught philosophy at the ANU, where she convened Australia’s first phenomenology conference in 1976, and at the University of Melbourne, and Swinburne University. Her current interests include phenomenology and neuroscience, embodied cognition and biosemiotics. http://unimelb.academia.edu/MauritaHarney


marc hiatt As well as a translator and sometime scrivener, Marc Hiatt is a student of theories with an emancipatory intent. He has studied in Melbourne, Berlin and Freiburg in Breisgau, taught at Monash and La Trobe universities and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, with honours in German and social theory, from the University of Melbourne. MSCP students have known him mainly as an interpreter of the traditions of dialectics, but Marc is also an inconstant amateur of the violin. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Desmonda Lawrence is a freelance writer, poet, and lecturer. Her research and teaching specialties include ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of literature, criticism, and poetics. Desmonda has worked in community arts teaching writing and has held numerous poetry residencies in Western Australia. She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Notre Dame, Western Australia, awarded with a prizewinning dissertation on a reading of Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet in conjunction with Heidegger on boredom. She received her PhD from The University of Melbourne in 2018, with a dissertation on the ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry: its origins and contemporary iterations.

She has lectured in introductory courses on philosophy and ethics at UNDA, Fremantle, and has tutored in various philosophical disciplines at Melbourne and Monash Universities. Desmonda has taught courses at the MSCP on Fernando Pessoa, and on Philosophy and Poetry.


andrea leon After doing her undergrad studies in Colombia, Andrea Leon Montero did her MA and PhD studies at the New School for Social Research and also at Potsdam Universität. Her attention is focused on practical subjectivity, aka "the ethical subject". To that effect, the road has been complicated: Hegel, Habermas, Honneth and the classical Frankfurt School lead to psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan) and in the last years, she has been working through the work of Emmanuel Lévinas. She has taught philosophy at Universidad de Antioquia, La Trobe and MSCP, all in late modern and contemporary philosophy. At the MSCP, she has taught two introductory courses on Lévinas and keeps mentioning a book on responsibility based on Weber, Jonas, Derrida and Lévinas.. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


david rathbone Dr David Rathbone (B.Sc. M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.) has run M.S.C.P. courses on Hegel, on Feuerbach, on the preSocratics and on Medieval Philosophy, and has also taught in courses in the Melbourne University School of Philosophy on Nietzsche, on Kant, on Heidegger, on Derrida, on Foucault, and even on Sartre. His Ph.D. dissertation, entitled The Imperative to See the Whole traced the vicissitudes of that imperative from Parmenides to Heidegger and back again. He has written or will soon be writing articles on the problem of misogyny in Nietzsche; on Derrida's readings of Hegel; on Blanchot's friendship with Camus; on Heidegger's silences; on the conception of Chinese Philosophy in the writings of Malebranche, Leibniz, Wolff and Voltaire; on Kant's doctrine of metaphysical illusion; and on some resonances between Parmenides and the Old English Riddles of the Exeter Book. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


sean ryan Sean Ryan has lectured and tutored French and German philosophy at the University of Melbourne for the past 10 years. He holds an MA and PhD from the University of Melbourne. He currently teaches at RMIT in the Design dept. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


cameron shingleton Cameron Shingleton completed an honours thesis in German on Nietzsche's reading of the Pre-Socratics in "Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks". He is the author of a PhD on Nietzsche's many and varied conceptions of philosophy, a collection of aphorisms, and translations from the German of Karl Kraus. As convenor of the MSCP from 2005 to 2007, he kick-started the MSCP's History of Philosophy series, as well as inventing and teaching MSCP's inaugural Evening School series, "Global Warming: Science, Politics, Ethics". An assortment of his writings is to be found at his blog, "The Great Stage". This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


mark tomlinson

Mark Tomlinso holds a BA (Hons.) in English and Philosophy, as well as a Diploma in Modern Languages (French). His chapter, 'Nehamas's Nietzsche', recently appeared in Interpreting Nietzsche: Reception & Influence (Continuum, 2011) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


jessica whyte Jessica Whyte is a Lecturer in Cultural and Social Analysis at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She has published widely on contemporary continental philosophy (Agamben, Foucault, Rancière), theories of sovereignty and biopolitics, critical legal theory and critiques of human rights. Her current research is on the emergence of the “right to intervene” in the practices of the new activist humanitarian NGOs of the 1970s, and its transformation into a legitimising discourse for state militarism. Her book, Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben, will be published by SUNY in 2013.


ashley woodward

Ashley Woodward received a B.A. (hons.) from La Trobe University and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Queensland. His philosophical interests focus on problems of value, particularly existential meaning  and aesthetics, and his research has dealt particularly with Lyotard, Baudrillard, Vattimo, Deleuze, and the interpretation and influence of Nietzsche. His books include Nihilism in Postmodernity (Davies Group, 2009), Understanding Nietzscheanism (Acumen, 2011), the edited collection Interpreting Nietzsche (Continuum 2011), and the co-edited volumes Sensorium (Cambridge Scholars 2007), The Continuum Companion to Existentialism (Continuum, 2011), and Gilbert Simondon: Being and Technology (Edinburgh UP, 2012). He is also an editor of the journal Parrhesia. He currently teaches philosophy at the University of Dundee, Scotland.  His website can be found hereThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mailing List Subscribe

To keep up to date with MSCP activities and local philosophy related events, please subscribe to our mailing list

Please enable the javascript to submit this form

The MSCP only uses these details for the mailing list. We will not pass your details on to anyone.