Associate Professor James Phillips

Associate Professor

MA Monash, PhD UTas

School of Humanities & Languages


9385 2987
369 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Cinema Studies, Aesthetics, Political Theory and Political Philosophy, British and Irish Literature, Literature in German, History of Philosophy, Philosophy, Phenomenology
Tags: Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Understanding Europe's Past

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).



    • Phillips J, 2019, Sternberg and Dietrich The Phenomenology of Spectacle, Oxford University Press, USA
    • Phillips JA, 2007, The Equivocation of Reason: Kleist reading Kant, Original, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
    • Phillips JA, 2005, Heidegger`s Volk: Between National Socialism and Poetry, Original, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA

    Book Chapters

    • 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,
    • Phillips JA, 2009, 'Beckett's Boredom', in Essays on Boredom and Modernity, edn. 1, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 109 - 126
    • Phillips JA, 2008, 'Glauber Rocha: Hunger and Garbage', in Phillips J (ed.), Cinematic Thinking, edn. 1, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, pp. 90 - 108
    • Phillips JA, 2008, 'Introduction: What Can Cinema Do?', in Phillips J (ed.), Cinematic Thinking, edn. 1, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, pp. 1 - 9

    Journal articles

    • Phillips J, 2018, 'Jacques Tati and the Unbound Gag: Notes for a Cinematic Phenomenology of Judgement', Film International, vol. 16, pp. 54 - 65,
    • 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,
    • 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,
    • 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,
    • Phillips J, 2016, 'Anti-oedipus: The ethics of performance and misrecognition in Matsumoto Toshio's funeral parade of roses', Sub-Stance, vol. 45, pp. 33 - 48,
    • Phillips J, 2016, 'For the unruly subject the covenant, for the Christian sovereign the grace of God: The different arguments of Hobbes' Leviathan', Philosophy & Social Criticism, vol. 42, pp. 1082 - 1104,
    • 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,
    • Phillips J, 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,
    • 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,
    • Phillips J, 2014, 'Sovereignty's ontological indecision: Derrida and heidegger on the other line (Between the Human and the Animals)', Sub-Stance, vol. 43, pp. 68 - 82,
    • Phillips JA, 2014, 'Instead of a Preface: Dostoevsky and Philosophising', The Dostoevsky Journal: an independent review, vol. 14, pp. i - vii
    • Phillips J, 2014, 'Agamben's Limbos: Robert Walser and the Refugee', Textual Practice, vol. 28, pp. 289 - 303,
    • 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,
    • Phillips J, 2013, 'The fates of flesh: Cinematic realism following bazin and mizoguchi', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 17, pp. 9 - 22,
    • Phillips JA, 2013, 'Jean-Luc Nancy's Fraternal First Philosophy of the "With": Rethinking Communion', Theory and Event, vol. 16,
    • Phillips JA, 2013, 'Mimesis and Justice: The Realism of Vidas Sêcas', Culture Theory and Critique, vol. 54, pp. 183 - 193,
    • 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,
    • 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
    • Phillips JA, 2012, 'The Practicalities of the Absolute: Justice and Kingship in Shakespeare's Richard II', ELH - English Literary History, vol. 79, pp. 161 - 177,
    • Phillips JA, 2011, 'Placing Ugliness in Kant's Third Critique: A Reply to Paul Guyer', Kant - Studien, vol. 102, pp. 385 - 395,
    • Phillips J, 2010, 'Wordsworth and the fraternity of joy', New Literary History, vol. 41, pp. 613 - 632
    • Phillips JA, 2010, 'Restoring Place to Aesthetic Experience: Heidegger's Critique of Rilke', Critical Horizons: Journal of Social and Critical Theory, vol. 11, pp. 341 - 358,
    • Phillips JA, 2008, 'Marriage in Jane Eyre: From Contract to Conversation', Bronte Studies, vol. 13, pp. 203 - 217,
    • Phillips JA, 2008, 'In the Company of Predators: Beowulf and the Monstrous Descendants of Cain', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 13, pp. 41 - 51,
    • Phillips JA, 2007, 'The Two Faces of Love in Wuthering Heights', Bronte Studies, vol. 32, pp. 96 - 105,
    • Phillips JA, 2006, 'Life in Space: William Burroughs and the Limits of the Society of Control', Literature and Aesthetics, vol. 16, pp. 95 - 112
    • Phillips JA, 2005, 'Dying is not Death: The Difference between Blanchot`s Fiction and Hegel`s Concept', Colloquy, vol. 10, pp. 57 - 68,
    • Phillips JA, 2004, 'Beckett's Boredom and the Spirit of Adorno', Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd`Hui, vol. 14, pp. 251 - 260,
    • 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,

    Edited Books

    • 2008, Cinematic Thinking, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA

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