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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 mty 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. 


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:

Thomas Corbin, PhD.  

Cenk Atli, PhD.

Nathan Everson, PhD.  

Darlene Demandante, PhD.  

Yves Saint-James Aquino (with W. Rogers), PhD.  

Jacqueline Kenney (with R. Spillane MGSM), PhD.  



Cenk Atli, MRes 2017.

William Hebblewhite, PhD 2017.

Tracy Llanera (with N. Smith), PhD 2015.

Karl Moll (with N. Smith), PhD 2015.

Nathan Everson, MRes 2015.

Livia Cocetta, MRes 2014.

Toshiro Osawa, PhD 2014.

Bona Anna, PhD 2014.

David Wild (with N. Smith), PhD 2013.

Andrew Dunstall, PhD 2012.

Jeffry Ocay, PhD 2012.

Dale Tweedie (with N. Smith), PhD 2011.

Jerry Larson, PhD 2011.

Andrew Montin, MPhil 2011.

Ruth Cox (with N. Smith), PhD 2010.

Berndt Sellheim (with R. Sinnerbrink), PhD 2008.

Andres Vaccari (with J. Sutton), PhD 2006.

Dale Tweedie, MA (Hons) 2005.


I teach in the following units:


PHL 131 - Mind and World

PHL 132 - Happiness, Goodness and Justice

PHIL 201 - Business Ethics

PHL 238 - Existential Questions

PHL 254 - Freedom and Domination

PHL 351 - Social Philosophy

PHL 356 - Work and the Good Life

PHIL 704 - Research Topics in Modern European Philosophy

FOAR 701 - Research Paradigms

FOAR 707 - Neoliberalism and its Discontents



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Projects 2006 2021

Research Outputs 1995 2020

A matrix of intellectual and historical experiences: the Marxist core in Merleau-Ponty's post-war thinking

Deranty, J-P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Symposium.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

political apathy
post-war period

Critical Theory and / as Political Theory

Deranty, J-P., May 2020, (Accepted/In press) Hegel and the Frankfurt School. Giladi, P. (ed.). Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

critical theory
political theory
political philosophy

Defending equal pay for all against objections from the achievement principle

Deranty, J-P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Debating equal pay for all: economy, practicability and ethics. Örtenblad, A. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Moral Standing

Democratizing workplaces from below: beyond workplace republicanism

Deranty, J-P. & Renault, E., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Whither work?: The politics and ethics of contemporary work. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Deranty, J-P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion. Goetz, S. & Taliaferro, C. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference bookResearchpeer-review

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Oral presentation

Exposing Our Members’ New ARC-funded Projects and the Value of Cross-Disciplinary Research Knowledge Creation and Exchange

Jean-Philippe Deranty (Speaker), Fei Guo (Speaker), Lucy Taksa (Speaker), Kathryn Millard (Speaker)
28 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Press / Media

Work is a fundamental part of being human. Robots won't stop us doing it.

Jean-Philippe Deranty


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities