James Phillips

Associate Professor

I have been at UNSW since 2006, first as a Vice-Chancellor's postdoctoral fellow, then as an ARC Australian Research Fellow (2007-2011), before taking up a combined research-teaching position in Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Languages.

Born in Brisbane in 1970, I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, undertook an MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory at Monash University, and was then awarded my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tasmania in 2002.  During my doctoral studies I spent nine months in Innsbruck as an OeAD scholar and six months in Potsdam as a DAAD scholar.  I have since then been a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and a resident associate at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

Apart from the publications listed below, I have also translated two books: Christoph Menke, Tragic Play: Irony and Theater from Sophocles to Beckett (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009) and Alexander García Düttmann, Philosophy of Exaggeration (London: Continuum, 2007).

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Publications

Books
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Phillips J, 2019, Sternberg and Dietrich The Phenomenology of Spectacle, Oxford University Press, USA
2019
Phillips JA, 2007, The Equivocation of Reason: Kleist reading Kant, Original, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
2007
Phillips JA, 2005, Heidegger`s Volk: Between National Socialism and Poetry, Original, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
2005
Book Chapters
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Phillips J, 2019, '"Metaphor and the Unprecedented: Byron's 'Darkness' and Responding to Ecological Disaster"', in Collett A; Murphy O (ed.), Romantic Climates: Literature and Science in an Age of Catastrophe, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 159 - 171,
2019
Phillips J, 2019, '"Metaphor and the Unprecedented: Byron's 'Darkness' and Responding to Ecological Disaster"', in Collett A; Murphy O (ed.), , Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 159 - 171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-16241-2
2019
Phillips JA, 2009, 'Beckett's Boredom', in Essays on Boredom and Modernity, edn. 1, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 109 - 126
2009
Phillips JA, 2008, 'Glauber Rocha: Hunger and Garbage', in Phillips J (ed.), Cinematic Thinking, edn. 1, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, pp. 90 - 108
2008
Phillips JA, 2008, 'Introduction: What Can Cinema Do?', in Phillips J (ed.), Cinematic Thinking, edn. 1, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, pp. 1 - 9
2008
Edited Books
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Phillips JA, (ed.), 2008, Cinematic Thinking, 1, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
2008
Journal articles
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Phillips J, 2018, 'Jacques Tati and the Unbound Gag: Notes for a Cinematic Phenomenology of Judgement', Film International, vol. 16, pp. 54 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/fiin.16.2.54_1
2018
Phillips JA, 2018, 'The Eternal Return of the Same and the Missed Opportunity of Heidegger’s Nietzsche: Sacrificing the Perspectivism of Moods to the History of Being', Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, vol. 22, pp. 141 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/symposium20182219
2018
Phillips JA, 2017, 'Straddling the Senses of a Contested Term: A Comment on the Use of ‘Aesthetic’ in Mohan Matthen's ‘The Pleasure of Art’', Australasian Philosophical Review, vol. 1, pp. 90 - 94, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/figure/10.1080/24740500.2017.1296388?scroll=top&needAccess=true
2017
Phillips J, 2017, 'The Cuckoo’s Egg in Honneth’s Hegel-Inspired Theory of Recognition: The Hobbesian Myth of Autonomy Revisited', Critical Horizons, vol. 18, pp. 19 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14409917.2017.1275167
2017
Phillips JA, 2016, 'Anti-Oedipus: The Ethics of Performance and Misrecognition in Matsumoto Toshio’s Funeral Parade of Roses', SubStance, vol. 45, pp. 33 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.3368/ss.45.3.33
2016
Phillips JA; McMahon J; Burns Coleman E; Macarthur D; von Sturmer D, 2016, 'Between philosophy and art: A collaboration at The Lock-Up, Newcastle', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 5, pp. 135 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ajpc.5.2-3.135_1
2016
Phillips J, 2015, 'For the unruly subject the covenant, for the Christian sovereign the grace of god: The different arguments of Hobbes’ Leviathan', Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 42, pp. 1082 - 1104, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0191453715607590
2015
Phillips J, 2015, 'Hegel and heidegger on the essence of beauty: Plotting a trajectory from kant's third critique', Philosophy Today, vol. 59, pp. 23 - 36, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/philtoday201411649
2015
Phillips JA, 2015, 'Arendt and Deleuze on Totalitarianism and the Revolutionary Event: Among the Peoples of the Fall of the Berlin Wall', Deleuze Studies, vol. 9, pp. 112 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/dls.2015.0176
2015
Phillips JA, 2014, 'Sovereignty's Ontological Indecision: Derrida and Heidegger on the Other Line (Between the Human and the Animals)', SubStance, vol. 43, pp. 68 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sub.2014.0026
2014
Phillips JA, 2014, 'Instead of a Preface: Dostoevsky and Philosophising', The Dostoevsky Journal: an independent review, vol. 14, pp. i - vii
2014
Phillips J, 2014, 'Agamben's Limbos: Robert Walser and the Refugee', Textual Practice, vol. 28, pp. 289 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2013.835748
2014
Phillips JA, 2013, 'Between the Tyranny of Opinion and the Despotism of Rational Truth: Arendt on Facts and Acting in Concert', New German Critique, vol. 40, pp. 97 - 112, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/0094033X-2077717
2013
Phillips JA, 2013, 'Jean-Luc Nancy's Fraternal First Philosophy of the "With": Rethinking Communion', Theory and Event, vol. 16, https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event/v016/16.2.phillips.html
2013
Phillips J, 2013, 'The fates of flesh: Cinematic realism following bazin and mizoguchi', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 17, pp. 9 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2012.747327
2013
Phillips J, 2013, 'Mimesis and justice: The realism of Vidas Sêcas', Culture, Theory and Critique, vol. 54, pp. 183 - 193, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14735784.2013.782677
2013
Phillips J, 2012, 'The case for a convergence of the beautiful and the sublime: Kant, aesthetic form and the temptations of appearance', Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol. 43, pp. 161 - 177, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2012.11006765
2012
Phillips JA, 2012, 'Eric Rohmer's Die Marquise von O..., or Marriage Under Ambiguous Circumstances', Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur, vol. 104, pp. 232 - 243
2012
Philips J, 2012, 'The practicalities of the absolute: Justice and kingship in Shakespeare's Richard II', ELH - English Literary History, vol. 79, pp. 161 - 177, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/elh.2012.0002
2012
Phillips J, 2011, 'Placing Ugliness in Kant's Third Critique: A Reply to Paul Guyer', KANT-STUDIEN, vol. 102, pp. 385 - 395, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/KANT.2011.027
2011
Phillips J, 2010, 'Wordsworth and the fraternity of joy', New Literary History, vol. 41, pp. 613 - 632
2010
Phillips J, 2010, 'Restoring place to aesthetic experience: Heidegger's critique of Rilke', Critical Horizons, vol. 11, pp. 341 - 358, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/crit.v11i3.341
2010
Phillips JA, 2008, 'Marriage in Jane Eyre: From Contract to Conversation', Bronte Studies, vol. 13, pp. 203 - 217, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/174582208X338559
2008
Phillips J, 2008, 'In the company of predators beowulf and the monstrous descendants of cain', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 13, pp. 41 - 52, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09697250802550921
2008
Phillips JA, 2007, 'The Two Faces of Love in Wuthering Heights', Bronte Studies, vol. 32, pp. 96 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/147489307X182844
2007
Phillips JA, 2006, 'Life in Space: William Burroughs and the Limits of the Society of Control', Literature and Aesthetics, vol. 16, pp. 95 - 112
2006
Phillips JA, 2005, 'Dying is not Death: The Difference between Blanchot`s Fiction and Hegel`s Concept', Colloquy, vol. 10, pp. 57 - 68, http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/others/colloquy/issue10/phillips.pdf
2005
Phillips JA, 2004, 'Beckett's Boredom and the Spirit of Adorno', Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd`Hui, vol. 14, pp. 251 - 260, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25781470
2004
Phillips JA, 2004, 'From Radical to Banal Evil: Hannah Arendt against the Justification of the Unjustifiable', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 12, pp. 129 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09672550410001679828
2004