Emeritus Professor Rosalyn Diprose

Emeritus Professor
B.App.Sc UTS, BA Hons Sydney, PhD UNSW
School of Humanities & Languages


Morven Brown
Fields: Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Phenomenology, Social Philosophy
Tags: Other Law, Politics and Community Services, Communication, Other Cultural Understanding, Expanding Knowledge

Rosalyn's research crosses the fields of social, ethical, feminist and political philosophy and engages with the work of a range of theorists including European philosophers such as Arendt, Beauvoir, Derrida, Foucault, Hegel, Heidegger, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, Nancy, Nietzsche, and Sartre. Themes addressed and concepts developed include embodiment, ethics (including bioethics and biopolitics), generosity, community, responsibility, sexual difference and cultural difference. She has published 2 single-authored books, 2 co-edited collections and 80 peer-reviewed papers on these topics in the past twenty years.

Current research collaborations: (1) "Natailty and Biopolitics: Arendt, Foucault, and Agamben" (with Prof Ewa Ziarek at SUNY Buffalo) and (2) "Phenomenology of photography and design" (with A/Prof Mark Roxburgh, University of Newcastle). 


Areas of philosophical research expertise include: Nietzsche, 20th Century European philosophy and existential phenomenology (especially Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Derrida, Foucault, Arendt) and feminist philosophy (sexual difference and philosophy of the body). Much of my published research applies concepts from these fields to develop ideas of community, generosity, and responsibility, and to address social and political issues especially in biopolitics.



    • Diprose RJ; Reynolds J, (eds.), 2008, Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts, Original, Acumen Publishing Ltd, Stocksfield, UK
    • Diprose RJ, 2002, Corporeal Generosity: On Giving with Nietzsche, Marleau-Ponty & Levinas, Original, SUNY Press, Albany, NY
    • Diprose R, 1994, The Bodies of Women: Ethics, Embodiment and Sexual Difference, Routledge, London

    Book Chapters

    • Diprose RJ, 2017, 'Speculative Research, Temporality and Politics', in Wilkie A; Savransky M; Rosengarten M (ed.), Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures, Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp. 39 - 51, https://www.routledge.com/Speculative-Research-The-Lure-of-Possible-Futures/Wilkie-Savransky-Rosengarten/p/book/9781138688360
    • Diprose RJ, 2013, 'Nietzsche on Truth, Honesty and Responsibility in Politics', in Pearson KA (ed.), Nietzsche and Political Thought, Bloomsbury Academic, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/nietzsche-and-political-thought-9781441129338/
    • Diprose RJ, 2011, 'The Body Intermediating Community', in Oosterling H; Ziarek E (ed.), Intermedialities: Philosophy, Art, Politics, edn. Original, Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), Lanham MA, pp. 178 - 186
    • Diprose RJ, 2010, 'In Light Relief the Image Sensitises Itself', in Roxburgh M (ed.), Light Relief (Part II), edn. Original, DAB Docs (UTS Faculty of Design & Architecture), Broadway, NSW, pp. 33 - 48
    • Diprose RJ, 2010, 'Arendt on Responsibility, Sensibility, and Democratic Pluralism', in Schaap A; Celermajer D; Karalis V (ed.), Power, Judgment and Political Evil: In Conversation with Hannah Arendt, edn. Original, Ashgate, Farnham UK, pp. 39 - 54
    • Diprose RJ, 2010, 'The Political Technology of RU486', in Braun B; Whatmore S (ed.), Political Matter: Technoscience, Democracy and Public Life, edn. Original, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis & London, pp. 211 - 242
    • Diprose RJ, 2009, 'Nietzsche and Levinas: After the Death of a Certain God', in Nietzsche and Levinas on the Meaning of Responsibility, edn. Original, Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 116 - 133
    • Diprose RJ, 2008, 'A guide to Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts', in Diprose R; Reynolds J (ed.), Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts, edn. Original, Acumen Publishing Ltd, Stocksfield, UK, pp. 8 - 14
    • Diprose RJ, 2006, 'The ethics and politics of the handshake: Levinas, Merleau-Ponty and Nancy', in Difficult Justice: Commentaries on Levinas and Politics, edn. Original, Toronto Uni Press, Toronto, pp. 221 - 245
    • Diprose RJ, 2005, 'A `Genethics` That Makes Sense: Take Two', in Shildrick M; Mykitiuk R (ed.), Ethics of the Body: Postconventional Challenges, edn. Original, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massacheusetts, pp. 237 - 258
    • Diprose RJ, 2002, 'Nietzsche and the Pathos of Distance', in Patton P (ed.), Nietzsche, Feminism and Political Theory, Routledge, pp. 1 - 26
    • Diprose RJ, 1998, 'Sexuality and the clinical encounter', in Vital signs: feminist reconfigurations of the bio/logical body, edn. Original, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 30 - 44
    • Diprose RJ, 1998, 'Ethics', in Oxford companion to Australian feminism, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 90 - 98
    • Diprose RJ, 1996, 'The gift, sexed body property and the law', in Thinking through the Body of the Law, edn. Original, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, pp. 120 - 135
    • Diprose RJ, 1995, 'Nietzsche, ethics and sexual difference', in Nietzsche: a critical reader, edn. Original, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, pp. 69 - 83
    • Diprose RJ, 1995, 'The body biomedical ethics forgets', in Troubled bodies: critical perspectives on postmodernism, medical ethics and the body, edn. Original, Duke University Press, Durham, pp. 202 - 221
    • Diprose RJ, 1995, 'A `Genetics` that makes sense', in Biopolitics: a feminist and ecological reader on biotechnology, edn. Original, Zed Books, London, pp. 162 - 174

    Journal articles

    • Diprose R, 2013, 'Corporeal Interdependence: From Vulnerability to Dwelling in Ethical Community', SubStance, vol. 42, pp. 185 - 204, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sub.2013.0035
    • Diprose R;Ziarek Ewa Ponowska, 2013, 'Time for Beginners: Natality, Biopolitics, and Political Theory', philoSOPHIA, vol. 3, pp. 107 - 120, http://www.complit.buffalo.edu/faculty/ziarek_ewa.shtml
    • Diprose RJ, 2012, 'Continental Philosophy: Thinking the Corporeal with the Political', Southern Journal of Philosophy, vol. 50, pp. 220 - 233
    • Diprose RJ, 2011, 'Building and Belonging Amid the Plight of Dwelling', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 16, pp. 59 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2011.641345
    • Diprose RJ, 2010, 'Dissensus, melancholic nationalism, and biopolitics in the work of Ewa Ziarek', Philosophy Today, vol. 54, pp. 43 - 50
    • Diprose RJ, 2009, 'Toward an Ethico-Politics of the Posthuman: Foucault and Merleau-Ponty', Parrhesia, vol. 8, pp. 7 - 19
    • Diprose RJ, 2009, 'Womens Bodies Giving Time for Hospitality', Hypatia, vol. 24, pp. 142 - 163
    • Diprose RJ, 2009, 'Women`s Bodies Between National Hospitality and Domestic Biopolitics', Paragraph, vol. 32, pp. 69 - 86
    • Diprose R;Stephenson N;Mills C;Race K;Hawkins G, 2008, 'Governing the future: The paradigm of prudence in political technologies of risk management', Security Dialogue, vol. 39, pp. 267 - 288, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0967010608088778
    • Diprose RJ, 2008, 'Biopolitical technologies of prevention', Health Sociology Review, vol. 17, pp. 141 - 150
    • Diprose RJ, 2008, '`Where` your people from, girl?`: Belonging to Race, Gender, and Place Beneath Clouds', Differences - A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, vol. 19, pp. 28 - 58
    • Diprose RJ, 2008, 'Arendt and Nietzsche on Responsibility and Futurity', Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 34, pp. 617 - 642
    • Diprose RJ, 2006, 'Derrida and the extraordinary responsibility of inheriting the future-to-come', Social Semiotics, vol. 16, pp. 435 - 447
    • Diprose RJ, 2006, 'The Art of Dreaming: Merleau-Ponty and Petyarre on Flesh Expressing a World', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 12, pp. 32 - 43
    • Diprose RJ, 2005, 'Community of bodies: From modification to violence', Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 19, pp. 381 - 392
    • Diprose RJ, 2004, 'Responsibility in a Place and Time of Terror', Borderlands e-journal, vol. 3
    • Diprose RJ, 2003, 'Here I am by the Grace of the Other and Politics Is in Disgrace: Levinas and Postcolonialismjavascript:thisPage._fireEvent(`btnclass`,`onclick`);', Studies in Practical Philosophy, vol. 3, pp. 20 - 33
    • Diprose RJ, 2003, 'The Hand that Writes Community in Blood', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 9, pp. 35 - 50
    • Diprose RJ, 2002, 'Writing in Blood: Response to Helen Keane and Marsha Rosengarten', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 17, pp. 279 - 282
    • Diprose RJ, 2001, 'Bearing witness to cultural difference, with apology to Levinas', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 6, pp. 125 - 135
    • Diprose RJ, 2000, 'Body Images: Embodyment as Intercorporeality', The American Philosophical Newsletter, vol. 00, pp. 30 - 32
    • Diprose RJ, 2000, 'What is (Feminist) Philosophy', Hypatia, vol. 15, pp. 115 - 132
    • Diprose RJ, 2000, 'Philosophy and Memory Traces: Descartes to Connectivism', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, pp. 127 - 129
    • Diprose RJ, 1999, 'From Desire to Power', Intelligence, pp. 125 - 131
    • Diprose RJ, 1998, 'Review of Leaky Bodies and Boundaries by Margrit Shildrick', Women's Philosophy Review, vol. 19, pp. 57 - 59
    • Diprose RJ, 1998, 'Generosity: between love and desire', Hypatia, vol. 13, pp. 1 - 19
    • Diprose RJ, 1997, 'Review of M. Gaten `Imagining Sexual Difference`', Radical Philosophy, vol. 82, pp. 48 - 49
    • Diprose RJ, 1997, 'The generosity of feminism', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 12, pp. 275 - 282
    • Diprose RJ, 1996, 'Sexuality under clinical management', Hysteric : Body/Medicine/Text, vol. 2, pp. 64 - 71
    • Diprose RJ, 1996, 'Giving corporeality against the law', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 11, pp. 253 - 262

    Conference Papers

    • Diprose RJ, 2003, 'Community Through the Shaking if Hands: Levinas, Merleau-Ponty and Nancy', in Phenomenology of the Body: The 20th Annual Symposium of the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Centre, Phenomenology of the Body: The 20th Annual Symposium of the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Centre, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, presented at Phenomenology of the Body: The 20th Annual Symposium of the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Centre, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, 01 - 02 March 2002


UNSW VC's Award for Teaching Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision 2009

Current PhD supervisions:
Rhonda Siu, “Music and existence”
Francesco Paradiso, "Deconstruction and Political Life"
Mindy Xu "Phenomenology and the Ethics of Euthanasia"

PhD Completions as primary supervisor (1998-2012):

  • Greg Leaney. Dec 2012. “Ecophenomenological intertwining and environmental virtue ethics”
  • Faye Brinsmead. 2010. “Nietzsche’s Conceptual Personae of Freedom”. 
  • Mark Kingston. 2009. “Building a theory of action from the philosophies of Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault”. 
  • •Michelle Bastian. 2009. “Communities out-of-joint: A consideration of the role of temporality rethinking community” (joint supervision with C. Mills). 2012+ Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh.
  • Peter Woelert. 2008. “Materialisations of Space: Phenomenological  Relations Between the Human Organism, Space, and Technology”. 
  • Anne Gearside. 2007. ‘Meaning, agency and embodied (gendered) subjectivity: simultaneity as a condition of Butler’s performativity and Merleau-Ponty’s intentionality’
  • Sara Sorial. 2006 ‘Heidegger and the problem of individuation: Mitsein, ethics and responsibility’ . ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship Macquarie U 2008-11; Continuing Level B Philosophy and Law, U Wollongong 2009+ 
  • Matheson Russell. 2005. “Phenomenon and Semblance: A Study of Heidegger's Phenomenological Method in Being and Time”. Author of Husserl: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum 2006); Lecturer in Philosophy U Auckland July 2007+
  • Sean Elbourne. 2005. “The Tragic Sublime: Libidinal Pessimism and the Problem of Existence”.
  • Kane Race. 2004. “Pleasure Consuming Medicine” (Joint supervision with S. Kippax NCHSR). FASS Dissertation Award 2004; 2007+ Senior Lecturer, Gender & Cultural Studies USyd; Author of Pleasure Consuming Medicine, Duke University Press, 2009.
  • Sarah Rice. 2003. “Standpoint, Viewpoint, Counterpoint: Nietzsche, Levinas, & the Ethics of Situated Knowledge” 
  • Sal Renshaw. 2002. "Other Love: Helene Cixous, Subjectivity and the Feminine Divine", . Lecturer, Philosophy, Nipissing University, Canada since 2001. Thesis published as The subject of love: Hélène Cixous and the feminine divine, Manchester U Press, 2009
  • Matthew Paull. 2002. “Nietzsche, Moral Scepticism and Eternal Return” 
  • Karen Williams. 2001. "Phenomenal Subjects: Merleau-Ponty, Interaction, and Illness". 
  • Erika Kerruish. 2001. "Nietzsche and Interpretation". Currently, Lecturer in Cultural Studies, Southern Cross University.
  • Amanda Fernbach. 2000. "Decadence and Technofetishism" (Joint supervision with B. Olubas). Awarded FASS 'Writing Fellowship' for the most publishable thesis in 2000; Published as Fantasies of Fetishism, Edinburgh UP in 2002
  • Thomas Martin. 1998. "Bad Faith and Oppression”. Currently Associate Prof. Philosophy and Head of Department, Rhodes U South Africa. Author of Oppression and the Human Condition, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

Other information

Research Fellowships Held (fully funded)
• 2006 Jan-April Visiting Professor, Geography Discipline, Open University UK
• 2002 Aug-Sept – Vice Chancellor’s Visiting Fellowship, Philosophy, Rhodes University, South Africa.
• 1999 – July. Visiting Fellowship Gender Studies, Otago University, NZ

Member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the following academic journals: Derrida Today; Subjectivities; Journal of Bioethical Inquiry; Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy (2000-2013);  Australian Feminist Studies (1994-2013)