Scientia Professor Paul Patton

Scientia Professor
BA, MA Sydney; University Doctorate Paris VIII
School of Humanities & Languages


9385 2391
Room 329, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Political Theory and Political Philosophy, Philosophy, Poststructuralism


Paul Patton is a Professor of Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Languages.

His current research interests include Political Philosophy in both Analytic and Continental tradtions. He has published widely on French poststructuralist approaches to political philosophy, including the work of Deleuze, Derrida and Foucault. He has also published on political liberalism, rights and the rights of Indigenous people. Other interests include Modern European philosophy since Kant, especially Nietzsche, philosophy and literature.



    • Patton PR, 2010, Deleuzian Concepts: Philosophy, Colonization, Politics, 1st, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
    • Patton PR; Protevi J, (eds.), 2003, Between Deleuze and Derrida, 1st, Continuum Publishing Co, London, UK

    Book Chapters

    • Patton PR, 2016, 'Deleuze and Foucault: Political Activism, History and Actuality', in Morar N; Nail T; Smith DW (ed.), Between Deleuze and Foucault, edn. 1st, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 160 - 173,
    • Patton PR, 2016, 'Afterword', in Chrulew M; Wadiwel DJ (ed.), Foucault and Animals, edn. 1st, BRILL, Leiden, pp. 339 - 344,
    • Patton PR, 2016, 'Philosophical Justifications for Indigenous Rights', in Short D; Lennox C (ed.), Handbook of Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Routledge, London, pp. 13 - 23,
    • Patton PR, 2016, 'Power and Biopower in Foucault', in Cisney VW; Morar N (ed.), Biopower Foucault and Beyond, edn. 1st, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, pp. 102 - 117,
    • Patton P, 2015, 'Postmodernism: Philosophical Aspects', in Wright JD (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioural Sciences, edn. Second, Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 684 - 689
    • Patton PR, 2015, '‘Redescriptive Philosophy: Deleuze and Rorty’', in Bowden S; Bignall S; Patton P (ed.), Deleuze and Pragmatism, Routledge, New York, pp. 145 - 162
    • Patton PR, 2015, '‘“The Lessons of History”: The Ideal of Treaty in Settler Colonial Societies’', in Belmessous S (ed.), Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion 1600-1900, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 243 - 269
    • Patton PR, 2015, 'Foucault, Michel (1926-84)', in Gibbons M (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Wiley-Blackwell,
    • Bowden S; Bignall S; Patton P, 2014, 'Deleuzian encounters with pragmatism', in Deleuze and Pragmatism, pp. 1 - 17,
    • Patton PR, 2014, 'Foucault and Rawls: Government and Public Reason', in Lemm V; Vatter M (ed.), The Government of Life: Foucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism, edn. First, Fordham University Press, New York, pp. 141 - 162,
    • Patton PR, 2014, 'Nietzsche on Power and Democracy circa 1876-1881', in Knoll M; Stocker B (ed.), Nietzsche as Political Philosopher, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 93 - 112,
    • Patton PR, 2014, 'History, normativity, and rights', in Douzinas C; Gearty C (ed.), The Meanings of Rights: The Philosophy and Social Theory of Human Rights, edn. 1st, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge CB2 8BS UK, pp. 233 - 250,
    • Patton PR, 2014, ''Foucault's Subject of Power'', in Owen D (ed.), Michel Foucault, edn. 1st, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PT, pp. 145 - 156,
    • Patton PR, 2014, ''Taylor and Foucault on Power and Freedom'', in Owen D (ed.), Michel Foucault, edn. 1st, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PT, pp. 121 - 137,
    • Patton PR, 2013, 'Nietzsche, Genealogy and Justice', in Nietzsche and Political Thought, edn. st, Bloomsbury Publishing, UK, pp. 7 - 22,
    • Patton PR, 2013, ''After Critique: Experimentation, Creation, Construction ...'', in Challenging (the) Humanities, edn. 1st, Australian Scholarly Publishing, The Australian Academy of the Humanities, Melbourne, pp. 150 - 165,
    • Patton PR, 2013, 'From Resistance to Government: Foucault's Lectures 1976-1979', in Falzon C; O'Leary T; Sawicki J (ed.), A Companion to Foucault, edn. 1st, Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 172 - 188,
    • Patton PR, 2013, 'Political Liberalism and Indigenous Rights', in Tomsons S; Mayer L (ed.), Philosophy and Aboriginal Rights: Critical Dialogues, edn. 1st, Oxford University Press, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 0H5 Canada, pp. 151 - 160,
    • Patton PR, 2013, 'Power', in LaFollette H (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, edn. First, Wiley-Blackwell, NY, pp. 3972 - 3978,
    • Patton PR, 2013, 'Historical Normativity and the Basis of Rights', in Golder B (ed.), Re-reading Foucault: On Law, Power and Rights, edn. 1st, Routledge, London, pp. 188 - 206
    • Patton PR, 2012, 'Immanence, Transcendence and the Creation of Rights', in Sutter LD; McGee K (ed.), Deleuze and Law, edn. 1st, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 15 - 31
    • Patton PR, 2012, 'McCarthy's fire', in Murphet J; Steven M (ed.), Styles of Extinction, edn. 1st, Continuum, London and N.Y., pp. 131 - 143
    • Patton PR, 2012, 'Rancière's Utopian Politics', in Deranty J-P; Ross A (ed.), Jacques Rancière and the contemporary scene, edn. 1st, Continuum, London and N.Y., pp. 129 - 143
    • Patton PR, 2012, 'Deleuze's Political Philosophy', in Smith DW; Somers-Hall H (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Deleuze, edn. 1st, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 198 - 219
    • Patton PR, 2012, 'Deleuze, Foucault and History', in Herzogenrath B (ed.), Time and History in Deleuze and Serres, edn. 1st, Continuum, London, pp. 69 - 83
    • Patton PR, 2011, ''Coetzee's Opinions'', in Danta C; Kossew S; Murphet J (ed.), Strong Opinions: J.M. Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary Fiction, edn. Original, Continuum, London and New York, pp. 53 - 61
    • Patton PR, 2011, 'Continental Philosophy in Australia', in Oppy G; Trakakis NN (ed.), The Antipodean Philosopher Volume 1: Public Lectures on Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand, edn. First, Lexington Books, Plymouth, UK, pp. 159 - 167
    • Patton PR, 2010, 'Foucault, Michael (1926-1984)', in Bevir M (ed.), Encyclopedia of Political Theory, edn. 1, Sage, Los Angeles, pp. 516 - 523
    • Patton PR, 2010, 'Power and Right in Nietzsche and Foucault', in Golder B; Fitzpatrick P (ed.), Foucault and Law, edn. First, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, Surry, England, pp. 461 - 479
    • Patton PR, 2010, 'Multiculturalism and Political Ontology', in Ivison D (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism, edn. First, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, Surry, England, pp. 57 - 71
    • Patton PR, 2010, 'Demokratisch-Werden: Gilles Deleuze und Félix Guattaris politische Philosophie', in Bröckling U; Feustel R (ed.), Das Politische denken: Zeitgenössische Positionen, edn. First, transcript, Bielefeld, pp. 199 - 228
    • Patton PR, 2010, 'Derridean Beginning and Deleuzian Becoming', in McQuillan M; Wills I (ed.), The Origins of Deconstruction, edn. First, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 159 - 172
    • Patton PR, 2010, 'Foucault and Normative Political Philosophy', in O'Leary T; Falzon C (ed.), Foucault and Philosophy, edn. 1, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, pp. 204 - 221
    • Patton PR, 2009, 'Deleuze's Practical Philosophy', in Boundas CV (ed.), Gilles Deleuze: The Intensive Reduction, edn. First, Continuum, London, pp. 187 - 203
    • Patton PR, 2009, 'Societes de controle et devenir-democratique', in Chardel P-A; Rockhill G (ed.), Technologies de contrôle dans la mondialisation: Enjeux politiques, éthiques et esthétiques, edn. First, Éditions Kimé, Paris, pp. 119 - 132
    • Patton PR, 2009, 'History, the event and the untimely', in Berressem H; Haferkamp L (ed.), Deleuzian events: writing| history, edn. First, lit verlag, Berlin, pp. 170 - 187
    • Patton PR, 2009, 'Events, Becoming and History', in Bell JA; Colebrook C (ed.), Deleuze and History, edn. 1st, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 33 - 53
    • Patton PR, 2009, 'Foucault', in Boucher D; Kelly P (ed.), Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present, edn. Second, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 575 - 595
    • Patton PR, 2008, 'The Unfinished Business of Justice for Indigenous Australians', in Lagayette P (ed.), Recontres australiennes: Regards crois??s sur l`identit?? d`un peuple et d`une nation, edn. Original, Presses de l`Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France, pp. 19 - 37
    • Patton PR, 2008, 'The Unimaginable and the Sublime', in Favero DD; Frohne U; Weibel P (ed.), Un-imaginable, edn. Original, ZKM/Centre for Art and Media; iCinema/University of New South Wales; University of Pittsburgh, Karlsruhe; Sydney; Pittsburgh, pp. 36 - 48
    • Patton PR, 2008, 'Becoming-democratic', in Buchanan I; Thoburn N (ed.), Ian Buschanan and Nicholas Thorburn eds Deleuze and Politics, edn. Original, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 178 - 195
    • Patton PR, 2008, 'Nietzsche on Rights, Power and the Feeling of Power', in Siemens H; Roodt V (ed.), Nietzsche, Power, and Politics: Rethinking Nietzsche`s Legacy for Political Thought, edn. Original, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, Germany, pp. 471 - 490
    • Patton PR, 2007, 'The Unfinished Business of Justice for Indigenous Australians', in White Matters / Il Bianca in Questione, edn. 1, Meltemi, Rome, pp. 313 - 325
    • Patton PR, 2007, 'Derrida`s Engagement with Political Philosophy', in Histories of Postmodernism, edn. 1, Routledge Press, New York, USA, pp. 149 - 170
    • Patton PR, 2007, 'Agamben and Foucault on Biopower and Biopolitics', in Calarco M; DeCaroli S (ed.), Giorgio Agamben: sovereignty and life, edn. 1, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, USA, pp. 203 - 218
    • Patton PR, 2006, 'The Event of Colonisation', in Deleuze and the Contemporary World, edn. 1, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 108 - 124
    • Patton PR, 2006, 'Order, Exteriority and Flat Multiplicities in the Social', in Fuglsang M; Meier B (ed.), Deleuze and the Social, edn. 1, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 21 - 38
    • Patton PR, 2006, 'After the Linguistic Turn: Post-structuralist and Liberal Pragmatist Political Theory', in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, edn. 1, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 125 - 141
    • Patton PR, 2006, 'Foucault, Critique and Rights', in Critique Today, edn. 1, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden and Boston, pp. 264 - 288
    • Patton PR, 2006, 'Mobile Concepts: Metaphor and the Problem of Referentiality in Deleuze and Guattari', in Margaroni M; Yiannopoulou E (ed.), Metaphoricity and the Politics of Mobility, edn. 1, Rodopi Press, Amsterdam and New York, pp. 27 - 45
    • Patton PR, 2006, 'Deleuze et la Democratie', in Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari et le Politique, edn. 1, Editions du Sandre, Paris, pp. 35 - 50
    • Patton PR, 2005, 'Deleuze and Democratic Politics', in Tonder L; Thomassen L (ed.), Radical Democracy: Politics between abundance and lack, edn. 1, Manchester University Press, Manchester and New York, pp. 50 - 67
    • Patton PR, 2005, 'Deleuze and Coetzee on Life and Becoming', in Kim S-K; Patton P (ed.), Poetics of In-Between Space, edn. 1, Pusan National University Press, Pusan, N. Korea, pp. 311 - 330
    • Patton PR, 2005, 'National Autonomy and Indigenous Sovereignty', in Nimni E (ed.), National Cultural Autonomy and its Contemporary Critics, edn. 1, Routledge Press, London and New York, pp. 112 - 123
    • Patton PR, 2004, 'Politics', in Reynolds J; Roffe J (ed.), Understanding Derrida, edn. 1, Continuum Publishing Co, New York - London, pp. 26 - 36
    • Patton PR, 2004, 'Colonization and Historical Injustice - The Australian Experience', in Mayer LH (ed.), Justice in Time, edn. 1, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Germany, pp. 159 - 172
    • Patton PR, 2003, 'Language, Power, and the Training of Horses', in Wolfe C (ed.), Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal, edn. 1st, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, pp. 83 - 99
    • Patton PR, 2003, 'Foucault', in Boucher D; Kelly P (ed.), Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present, edn. Second, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 516 - 535
    • Patton PR, 2003, 'Future Politics', in Patton P; Protevi J (ed.), Between Deleuze and Derrida, edn. 1st, Continuum Publishing Co, London, UK, pp. 15 - 29
    • Patton PR, 2002, 'Indigenous-Becoming in the Post-Colonial Polity', in Swearingmen; Gray C (ed.), Extreme Beauty: Aesthetics, Politics, Death, edn. 1, Continuum Publishing Co, London, UK, pp. 152 - 162

    Journal articles

    • Patton P, 2016, 'Deleuze and Naturalism', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 24, pp. 348 - 364,
    • Patton P, 2015, 'Political legitimacy', Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 18, pp. 661 - 668,
    • Patton P, 2015, 'Government, rights and legitimacy: Foucault and liberal political normativity', European Journal of Political Theory, vol. 15, pp. 223 - 239,
    • Patton PR, 2014, 'Sovereignty Conditioned and Unconditioned', SubStance, vol. 43, pp. 162 - 173,
    • Patton P, 2014, 'Foucault and the Strategic Model of Power', Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy & Social Theory, vol. 15, pp. 14 - 27,
    • Patton PR, 2014, 'Cavell and Rawls on the Conversation of Justice: Moral versus Political Perfectionism', Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies, vol. 230, pp. 54 - 74,
    • Patton P; Krog A, 2014, 'As I was Saying in Berlin…', Life Writing, vol. 11, pp. 177 - 188,
    • Lefebvre A; Patton P, 2013, 'Alexandre Lefebvre interviews Paul Patton', Contemporary Political Theory, vol. 12, pp. 206 - 214,
    • Patton PR, 2013, 'Foucault's 'Critique' of Neoliberalism: Rawls and the Genealogy of Public Reason', New Formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics, vol. 80/81, pp. 39 - 51,
    • Patton PR; Gao JH, 2013, '德勒兹与福柯 (Deleuze and Foucault)', 河南大学学报(社会科学版)(Journal of Henan University (Social Science), vol. 53, pp. 1 - 6,
    • Patton PR, 2011, 'Biopower and Non-Sovereign Rights', Journal of Philosophy A Cross Disciplinary Inquiry, vol. 6, pp. 66 - 71
    • Patton PR, 2011, 'What is Deleuzian Political Philosophy?', Critica Contemporánea. Revista de Teoria Politica, vol. 1, pp. 115 - 126
    • Patton PR, 2011, 'Life, Legitimation and Government', Constellations, vol. 18, pp. 35 - 45,
    • Patton PR, 2010, 'Activism, philosophy and actuality in Deleuze and Foucault', Deleuze Studies Special Issue, vol. 4, pp. 84 - 103
    • Patton PR, 2009, 'Rawls and the Legitimacy of Australian Government', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 13, pp. 59 - 69
    • Patton PR, 2009, 'Deleuze, Rawls et la philosophie politique utopique', Cités, vol. 40, pp. 71 - 82
    • Patton PR, 2007, 'Derrida, Politics and Democracy to Come', Philosophy Compass, vol. 2, pp. 766 - 780
    • Patton PR, 2007, 'Utopian Political Philosophy: Deleuze and Rawls', Deleuze Studies, vol. 1, pp. 41 - 59
    • Patton PR, 2007, 'Deleuze and Derrida on the Concept and Future of Democracy', distinktion: Scandinavian journal of social theory, vol. 15, pp. 7 - 24
    • Patton PR, 2006, 'Deleuze`s Practical Philosophy', Symposium, vol. 10, pp. 285 - 304
    • Patton PR, 2006, 'L`identite des imaginaires sociaux et la nature des droits', Philosophiques, vol. 33, pp. 499 - 506
    • Patton PR, 2006, 'Becoming -Animal and Pure Life in Coetzee`s Disgrace', ARIEL - a Review of International English Literature, vol. 35, pp. 101 - 120
    • Patton PR, 2005, 'Historic Injustice and the Possibility of Supersession', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 26, pp. 255 - 266
    • Patton PR, 2005, 'Foucault, Critique and Rights', Critical Horizons: Journal of Social and Critical Theory, vol. 6, pp. 267 - 287
    • Patton PR, 2005, 'Deleuze and Democracy', Contemporary Political Theory, vol. 4, pp. 400 - 413
    • Patton PR, 2004, 'Power and Right in Niezsche and Foucault', International Studies in Philosophy, vol. 36:3, pp. 43 - 61
    • Patton PR, 2004, 'Why Philosophy ? Political Theory and The Creation of Concepts', FASS Faculty Papers, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 29
    • Patton PR, 2003, 'Concept and Politics in Derrida and Deleuze', Critical Horizons: Journal of Social and Critical Theory, vol. 4, pp. 157 - 175


PhD Supervision
2011 Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision.
2010 FASS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision.
2011 Mike Hale Escaping Architecture: Deleuze and the reinvention of experimental practice
2010 Daniel McLoughlin, Agamben's Exception: Sovereignty, Ontology and the Politics of Crisis
2010 Mark Nielsen, How Ought We Live? The Ongoing Deconstruction
of our Values

2010 Craig Lundy, Deleuze, History and Becoming *Awarded FASS Best Doctoral Thesis Prize 2010.
2009 Sean Bowden, The ontological priority of events in Gilles Deleuze’s The Logic of Sense. Co-Tutelle with University of Paris 8 – St Denis. *Awarded FASS Best Doctoral Thesis Prize 2009.
2008 Miriam Bankovsky, Social Justice after Kant: Between Constructivism and Deconstruction (Rawls, Habermas, Levinas, Derrida). Co-Tutelle with University of Paris X- Nanterre.
2008 Paula J. Keating, The Function of Ideas of Reason in Kant’s Political Philosophy.

ARTS 3362 Advanced Political and Legal Philosophy

Professional contribution

Contemporary-Critical Continental editor for Sage Encyclopedia of Political Theory, General Editor Mark Bevir.
Editorial Board, Continental, Philosophy Compass.
Editorial Board, Deleuze Studies.

Other information

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Council Member, Australasian Association of Philosophy 2008-2010.