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I was educated in Paris (Lycée Louis-le-Grand, École Normale Supérieure and Paris IV-Sorbonne), and Germany (Hegel-Archiv at the Ruhr Universität Bochum and Freie-Universität in Berlin). I received my PhD from Paris IV-Sorbonne in 1998 and began working in the Philosophy Department at Macquarie in 2002.

I am an editor of Critical Horizons, a journal of philosophy and social theory. 

I also edit this online repository on work:

as well as a newsletter:

Research interests

My areas of research specialisation are: 

  • Social and political theory, especially work, recognition and equality.
  • German philosophy, especially Hegel and the Hegelian tradition
  • Critical Theory, especially the work of Axel Honneth
  • Phenomenology, especially Merleau-Ponty
  • Continental aesthetics

My current research projects focus on:

  • The case for and against work
  • Paradoxes of equality
  • The iconography of political concepts

Research student supervision

I am available to supervise post-graduate projects in a number of areas of contemporary social and political philosophy, notably on work and recognition, as well as in areas of contemporary French and German philosophy, notably post-Hegelian thought and phenomenology.


Current supervisions: 

Cian Pearce, MRes: Housing Injustice.

Fraser Gray, PhD: Environmental Politics.

Daren McDonald, PhD: Workers' Capital as Radical Reform.

Tim Stroh, PhD: Job Guarantee and Workers Cooperatives.

Andrew White, PhD: Byung-Chul Han and Critical Theory.

Daniel Badenhorst, MPhil: The Young Hegel.



John Goris, PhD, 2024. Animal labour and alienation under capitalism.

Fraser Gray, MRes, 2023. Rancière and Latour on environmental politics.

Cenk Atli, PhD, 2023. Physis, logos, history: Husserl and Merleau-Ponty on the history of rationality.

Andrew White, MRes, 2022. Byung-Chul Han and burn-out.

Anastasia Chan, MRes 2022. Work, life and self-cultivation: Thoreau's Walden as a philosophy of work.

Livia Cocetta, PhD 2022. “Social Revolution is the daughter of Aesthetic Revolution”. The monumental dimensions in Jacques Rancière’s political and aesthetic thinking.

Tim Stroh, MRes 2022. An introduction to the reserve economy.

Jesse Lambourn, MRes 2021. Freedom's embodiment: Helmut Plessner and the natural foundations of critical theory.

Thomas Corbin, PhD 2021. 'A levelling fancy': Civic equality in the thought of Thomas Hobbes.

Georgia Rutherford (with R. Menary), MRes 2020. Connecting the extending mind hypothesis and Hegelian philosophy.

Darlene Demandante, PhD 2019. The political subject and its experience: an alternative reading of Rancière on political subjectivity.

Yves Saint-James Aquino (with Prof Wendy Rogers), PhD 2019. Pathologising ugliness: An ethical critique of the conflation of health and beauty in cosmetic surgery

Alex Jackson, MRes 2019. Generalism. A philosophical analysis.

Cenk Atli, MRes 2017. Archeology of logos: Husserl and Merleau-Ponty on the historicity of rationality

William Hebblewhite, PhD 2017. The emancipation paradox: a critical study of the Kantian tradition in political philosophy.

Tracy Llanera (with N. Smith), PhD 2015. Richard Rorty: Rethinking redemption in modernity.

Karl Moll (with N. Smith), PhD 2015. Work, anthropology and human human determination in the thought of Schiller, Marx, and Marcuse.

Nathan Everson, MRes 2015. A Merleau-Pontian approach to animal ethics.

Livia Cocetta, MRes 2014. Flights, intervals and conversions: the aesthetic politics of Jacques Rancière.

Toshiro Osawa, PhD 2014. Perfection and moralityA commentary on Baumgarten's Ethica Philosophica and its relevance to Kantian ethics.

Bona Anna, PhD 2014. Honneth and everyday intercultural (mis)recognition.

David Wild (with N. Smith), PhD 2013. Recognising Capital and the limits of theory.

Andrew Dunstall, PhD 2012. Jacques Derrida and the philosophy of history.

Jeffry Ocay, PhD 2012. Critical theory at the margins: applying Marcuse's model of critical social theory to the Philippines.

Dale Tweedie (with N. Smith), PhD 2011. Theories of work and contemporary workplace organisations.

Jerry Larson, PhD 2011. Albert Camus' philosophy and the ethics of tragic freedom.

Andrew Montin, MPhil 2011. Norms, language and self-regulating practices: On Brandom and the debate over the normativity of meaning.

Ruth Cox (with N. Smith), PhD 2010. Applying the ethics of recognition.

Berndt Sellheim (with R. Sinnerbrink), PhD 2008. Linguistic negativity in Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Andres Vaccari (with J. Sutton), PhD 2006. Machine metaphysics: Descartes, the mechanisation of life, and the dawn of the posthuman. 

Dale Tweedie, MA (Hons) 2005. Economics in social policy. A philosophical analysis.

External positions


1 Feb 2024 → …

Membre du Conseil Scientifique, Groupe d’études sur le travail et la santé au travail

2022 → …


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