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The Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy has a number of courses and videos freely available online.


  • Jon Roffe's Difference and Repetition course
  • Matt Sharpe's Course: 'Aristotle and Bacon on the Nature of Knowing'
  • Bryan Cooke's Course: 'Hegel: Philosopher of the Modern - A reading of The Phenomenology of Spirit'

The blog posts news in relation to new publications, conferences or other activities in relation to the work of French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault (1926 -1984).

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Circonfession (2004) Read by Jacques Derrida in French

In “Circumfession” Jacques Derrida seems to be coping with that thing that happens when we start writing or talking about ourselves, which is to start to explain ourselves as well. With surprising rapidity, relating something about oneself becomes something like self-justification, as if my actions could also have been mistakes. Explaining oneself, then, gets pulled closer and closer to confession: suddenly everything that I relate looks like it is something I am guilty of committing and for which I need forgiveness—especially if I then try to justify my right to a story that isn’t taken as justification, as Paul de Man captured well in the last chapter ("Excuses") of Allegories of Reading. In short, another way one can confess (besides walking into the confessional) is by guiltily relating a story about oneself; a story, that is, which makes one look and feel guilty.

On Religion

This extended interview with Jacques Derrida was conducted by John D. Caputo, Kevin Hart, and Yvonne Sherwood as the plenary session of the 2002 joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). The interview gives Derrida the opportunity to speak on a range of subjects from his secret life of prayer, to the Judeo-Christian heritage of deconstruction, to sacrifice, belief, faith, secularization, atheism, finitude, and beyond. But what pervades throughout is a certain feeling of anxiety, reserve, and humility, which to those already familiar with Derrida's work, should be of no surprise. However-given the audience at the annual meeting of the AAR/SBL, many of whom had long heard of Derrida but had never read him or seen him in person, given the reality of how Derrida's reception in the field of religious studies had come full circle from the original reading and employing of Derrida as the post-Enlightenment successor to the hermeneutics of suspicion to the more recent sentiment that positions Derrida as a quasi-Enlightenment pietist driven by an affirmative religious passion, and given the fact that it was only a short time afterward that Derrida would be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which meant that this would be one of his last major public appearances before his death in 2004-it is interesting to note Derrida's continued hesitation combined, as always, with a sense of urgency. Indeed, it was evident that Derrida knew his time was short. For instance, when discussing a midrash on Abraham and Abraham's relation with his two sons, Isaac and Ismael, and more broadly, the religio-political crisis in the Middle East, he states, "If I had time, I would go in that direction, in the direction of politics" (36). Not only was his time short, but Derrida also returns to a constant theme that runs throughout his work-namely, the limitation of language, the desire, even the need, to say the unsayable, but a persistent falling short, an indetermination, a state of undecidability that renders the line between belief/atheism and faith/skepticism indistinguishable. As Derrida said, "That's why being a believer, even a mystic believer, and being an atheist is not necessarily a different state of affairs" (37-38).


David Rathbone has posted audio files and readings of two of his MSCP courses.

Objective Spirit in Hegel

Twelve 2-hour lectures
Evening School first semester 2011

What Is Phenomenology?

Five Two-Hour Lectures
Winter School 2011

An attempt a non-trivial introductory course

A Large collection of links to Continental Philosophy Audio and Video resources.

A Discussion Section for the "Outer Circle" of Students becoming Familiar with Philosophy Teacher Hubert Dreyfus through Webcasting of his classes from UC Berkeley.

Minerva Podcasts

Minerva, the Roman goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom and crafts, is often symbolised as an owl: wise enough to see through darkness and vigilant enough to stay awake at night. The podcast is inspired by that metaphor. It consists of bite sized interviews with specialists from various domains. Sometimes short articles, pictures and quotes are posted as well. Minerva is a daughter project of brainfood, a Luxembourgish blog mainly concerned with culture and human experience.

Quentin Meillassoux

The Coup de dés, or the Materialist Divinization of the Hypothesis

Urbanomic / Sequence Press
New York
May 6, 2012

Urbanomic / Sequence Press are pleased to host Quentin Meillassoux in New York for the presentation of his much-anticipated book, The Number and the Siren.

A meticulous literary study, a detective story à la Edgar Allan Poe, a treasure hunt worthy of an adventure novel – such are the registers in which will be deciphered the hidden secrets of a poem like no other. Meillassoux continues his innovative philosophical interrogation of the concepts of chance, contingency, infinity and eternity through a concentrated study of Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem Un Coup de Dés jamais n’abolira le Hasard, patiently deciphering its enigmatic meaning on the basis of a dazzlingly simple and lucid insight with regard to ‘the unique Number that cannot be another’. The Coup de dés constitutes perhaps the most radical break in the history of modern poetry: the fractured lines spanning the double page; the typographical play borrowed from the poster form; the multiple interpolations disrupting reading. But the intrigue of this poem is still stranger and has always resisted full elucidation. We encounter a shipwreck, and a Master, himself almost submerged, who clasps in his hand the dice that, confronted by the furious waves, he hesitates to throw. The hero expects this throw, if it takes place, to be extraordinarily important: a Number said to be ‘unique’ and which ‘cannot be any other’.

The decisive point of the investigation proposed by Meillassoux comes with a discovery, unsettling and yet as simple as a child’s game: All the dimensions of the Number, understood progressively, articulate between them but a sole condition – that this Number should ultimately be delivered to us by a secret code, hidden in the Coup de dés, like a key that finally unlocks every one of its poetic devices. Thus is also unveiled the meaning of the siren that emerges for a lightning flash among the debris of the shipwreck: as the living heart of a drama that is still unfolding.

With this bold new interpretation of Mallarmé’s work, The Number and the Siren offers provocative insights into modernity, poetics, secularism and religion, and opens a new chapter in Meillassoux’s philosophy of radical contingency.

Quentin Meillassoux teaches philosophy at the École Normale Supérieur in Paris. He is the author of After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency.

Robin Mackay, publisher of Collapse

An introduction to speculative realism with Robin Mackay, publisher of Collapse, a magazine that was part of initiating the movement in 2007 and has published a number of essays by Resa Negarestani, Ray Brassier, Quentin Meillassoux, Iain Hamilton Grant and related authors active in the US such a Eugene Thacker and Nicola Masciandaro. Lately Mackay has published Nick Land, a central thinker to the work of Negarestani, and Francois Laruelle, Elie Ayache at his publishing house Urbanomic.

Robin Mackay will introduce us to the central strata of speculative realism, develop on key concept from Meillassoux, Brassier, Hamilton Grant.

Elie Ayache

Elie Ayache is the author of the ground breaking "The Blank Swan: The End of Probability", a book that redefines the premises of speculation from the conventional retrospective understanding of markets based on statistics and probability, to actual speculation based on contingency and event.

After ten years in the Pit of the London stock market Elie Ayache completed a PhD in quantum physics, translated his hands-on knowledge as a "market maker" into a revised theory of markets which abolishes predication in favor of "event" and the production of value rather then reliance on speed.

Elie Ayache's book concerns economy and market making but is moreover affiliated with a contemporary branch of philosophy, so called, speculative realism. Ayache revisits Borges Pierre Menard in order to renegotiate notions of reality and continuity in favor of contingency and the possibility of a world without humans.

"Ayache?s writing is a very interesting combination of the completely mad and the entirely sane, with the non–crazy just neatly outweighing the insane."– Dr Nina Power

The Forum for European Philosophy is an educational charity which organises and runs a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK.

About Figure/Ground

Welcome to Figure/Ground! We are an open-source, para-academic, inter-disciplinary collaboration. We publish in-depth interviews with scholars, researchers, and university professors, as well as artists, filmmakers, and creators of every stripe. To search older material, visit the Archives.

Figure/Ground began as a personal blog founded by Laureano Ralón in 2009. Since those modest beginnings, it has grown to contain one of the largest collections of scholarly interviews on the web, with numerous volunteer contributors ranging from senior undergraduates to PhD candidates. Figure/Ground sits on the edges of the academy and the art world. Our aim is to bring the voices of academics and artists out of their specialized domains and to give them a venue for speaking frankly to the public at large.

Conversation is one of the most basic forms of human communication, yet the interview is a deeply undervalued genre within academic discourse. The majority of peer-reviewed journals in the humanities and social sciences publish mostly essays and book reviews. In an age of digital interactive media, we believe the interview can serve as a pedagogic tool, a study aid, and a primary source that can facilitate reading of difficult texts by providing a point of entry. We hope you enjoy reading them!



New School for Social Research, New York

The Thursday Night Workshops are weekly guest lectures by distinguished American and European scholars, held on Thursday evenings at 6pm.

note: their website was hacked and destroyed in march 2012 and the last time I checked they were still to rebuild it properly.

Nietzsche Source is delighted to announce the publication of the complete posthumous fragments of Nietzsche in the Digital critical edition, based on the critical text established by Colli/Montinari and including recent philological corrections.

Furthermore, 20 new notebooks have been added to the Digital facsimile edition of the Nietzsche estate, bringing the total to almost 10,000 published manuscript pages.

Both editions have stable URLs allowing each fragment or manuscript page to be cited individually.

For the generous support we would like to thank the European Commission, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Maison Française d'Oxford, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Humboldt Foundation, the LMU Munich, and the Foundation of Weimar Classics (see all institutions and sponsors).

Nietzsche Source is a web site devoted to the publication of scholarly content on the work and life of Friedrich Nietzsche. It is not subscription-based and can be freely consulted and used for scholarly purposes.

A podcast of the conferenceFrom Structure to Rhizome: Transdisciplinarity in French thought, 1945 to the present‘ held at the French Institute, London, is now available.

From Structure to Rhizome
Transdisciplinarity in French thought, 1945 to the present: histories, concepts, constructions
16-17 April 2010

In the final decades of the twentieth century, the “great books” of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These books were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character. Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aims to redress this situation. Each speaker will reflect on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought.

Speakers:Éric Alliez, Étienne Balibar, Andrew Barry, Guillaume Collett, François Cusset, Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, Alain de Libera, Peter Osborne, Michèle Riot-Sarcey and Stella Sandford.

A new on-line resource on the philosophy and politics of recognition:

The site lists bibliographical material and has a discussion facility for the exchange of ideas.

Paul Patton discusses the work of Jacques Derrida on the ABC radio programme, 'The Philosopher's Zone':