Dr Simon Lumsden

Senior Lecturer
BA Hons UNSW, PhD Sydney
School of Humanities & Languages


(02) 9385 2369
Room 335, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus


Session 1, 2018 Monday: 10am-11am (Weeks 7-12) Friday: 11am-12pm (Weeks 1-12) At other times by appointment
Fields: Social Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Hermeneutic and Critical Theory

Simon Lumsden is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the School of Humanities and Languages, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. He is the author of Self-Consciousness and the Critique of the Subject: Hegel, Heidegger and Poststructuralism, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014). He has published widely on German idealism and Poststructuralism and the relation between these traditions.


Research Areas
: German Idealism, Hermeneutics, Philosophy of History, Modern European Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, Habit.

Current Research Projects: Currently Simon is writing a manuscript on Hegel’s Philosophy of History

Current Doctoral Research Students:

Carlos Lopez: Hegel’s Logic

David Lah: Hegel’s Subjective Spirit and Personal Identity

Joshua O'Rourke: Religion in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

James Banwell: Hegel and Representationalism

Doctoral Completions

Scott Mcbride: Empiricism and Apprenticeship: Structure and Method in the works of Deleuze

Lenka Ucnik: Ethics, Politics and the Transformative Possibilities of the Self in Arendt and Foucault

Areas of Supervision:
 German Idealism, Hermeneutics, Philosophy of History, Modern European Philosophy, theories of subjectivity, Environmental Philosophy, Habit.

Forthcoming Publications:

'Hegel and the Logic of History" The Palgrave Hegel Handbook, forthcoming 2017

"Hegel's Theory of Community" Hegel Bulletin




    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    • Lumsden S, 2018, 'Ecological crisis and the problem of how to inhabit a norm', Ethics and the Environment, vol. 23, pp. 29 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.2979/ethicsenviro.23.1.03
    • Lumsden S, 2018, 'Hegel and Pathologized Modernity, or the End of Spirit in the Anthropocene', History and Theory, vol. 57 (forthcoming)
    • Lumsden S, 2018, 'The Satisfaction of Absolute Spirit', The Owl of Minerva, vol. 49, pp. 83 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/owl2017/18491/25
    • Lumsden S, 2017, 'Community in Hegel’s Social Philosophy', Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/hgl.2017.12
    • Lumsden S, 2017, 'Veganism, Normative Change, and Second Nature', Environmental Philosophy, vol. 14, pp. 221 - 238, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/envirophil201731045
    • Lumsden S, 2016, 'Second Nature and Historical Change in Hegels Philosophy of History', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 24, pp. 74 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09672559.2015.1111920
    • Lumsden S, 2015, 'The Bloomsbury Companion to Existentialism, edited by Felicity Joseph, Jack Reynolds, and Ashley Woodward: London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, pp. x + 406, AU$49.99 (paperback).', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00048402.2015.1056195
    • Lumsden S, 2015, 'At home with hegel and heidegger', Philosophy Today, vol. 59, pp. 7 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/philtoday201411648
    • Lumsden S, 2013, 'Experience and the Anachronistic Present', Parrhesia: a journal of critical philosophy, vol. 17, pp. 29 - 33, http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/
    • Lumsden S, 2013, 'Habit, sittlichkeit and second nature', Critical Horizons, vol. 13, pp. 220 - 243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/crit.v13i2.220
    • Lumsden S, 2013, 'Habit and the Limits of the Autonomous Subject', Body and Society, vol. 19, pp. 58 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1357034X12459201
    • Lumsden S, 2011, 'Hegel, Analytic Philosophy and the Return of Metaphysics', Parrhesia, pp. 89 - 93, http://www.parrhesiajournal.org/past.html#issue11
    • Lumsden S, 2009, 'Philosophy and the logic of modernity: Hegel's dissatisfied spirit', Review of Metaphysics, vol. 63, pp. 55 - 89
    • Lumsden S, 2008, 'The Rise of the Non-Metaphysical Hegel', PHILOSOPHY COMPASS, vol. 3, pp. 51 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-9991.2007.00115.x
    • Lumsden S, 2008, 'Philosophical romanticism', UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO QUARTERLY, vol. 77, pp. 145 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/utq.0.0004
    • Lumsden S, 2008, 'Habit, reason, and the limits of normativity', Sub-Stance, vol. 37, pp. 188 - 206, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sub.0.0018
    • Lumsden S, 2008, '`Habit, Reason and the limits or normativity`', SubStance, vol. 37, pp. 118 - 206, http://sub.uwpress.org/content/37/3.toc
    • Lumsden S, 2008, 'Review: Philosophical romanticism', University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 77, pp. 145 - 146
    • Lumsden S, 2007, 'Hegel, Derrida and the Subject', Cosmos and History, vol. 3, pp. 35 - 50
    • Lumsden S, 2007, 'Dialectic and Différance: the place of singularity in Hegel and Derrida', Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 33, pp. 667 - 690
    • Lumsden S, 2005, 'Reason and the Restlessness of the speculative: Jean-Luc Nancy's reading of Hegel', Critical Horizons, vol. 6, pp. 205 - 224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156851605775009555
    • Lumsden S, 2005, 'Introduction to German philosophy: From Kant to Habermas.', INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY, vol. 45, pp. 259 - 260, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/ipq20054525
    • Lumsden S, 2004, 'Fichte's striving subject', Inquiry (United Kingdom), vol. 47, pp. 123 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00201740410005141
    • Lumsden S, 2003, 'The problem of beginning Hegel's phenomenology and science of logic', INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY, vol. 35, pp. 83 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/intstudphil20033545
    • Lumsden S, 2003, 'Problem of Beginning Hegel’s Science of Logic and Phenomenology of Spirit', International Studies in Philosophy, vol. 35, pp. 83 - 103
    • Lumsden S, 2003, 'Satisfying the Demands of Reason: Hegel’s Conceptualization of Experience', Topoi - an International Review of Philosophy, vol. 21, pp. 41 - 53
    • Lumsden S, 2002, 'Deleuze, Hegel and the transformation of subjectivity'', Philosophical Forum, vol. 33, pp. 143 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9191.00086
    • Lumsden S, 2001, 'Beyond an ontological foundation for the philosophy of right', Southern Journal of Philosophy, vol. 39, pp. 139 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2041-6962.2001.tb01847.x
    • Lumsden S, 2001, 'Tragedy and Understanding in Hegel’s Dialectic', Idealistic Studies: an interdisciplinary journal of philosophy, vol. 33, pp. 125 - 134
    • Lumsden S, 2000, 'Absolute difference and social ontology: Levinas face to face with buber and fichte', Human Studies, vol. 23, pp. 227 - 241, http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1005628507987
    • Lumsden S, 2000, 'A Subject for Hegel's Logic', International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 40, pp. 85 - 100, http://www.pdcnet.org/ipq
    • Lumsden S, 1998, 'Absolute Knowing', The Owl of Minerva: Journal of the Hegel Society of America, vol. 38, pp. 3 - 32, http://www.pdcnet.org/owl

    Conference Papers

    • Lumsden S, 2007, 'The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy', in Realism and Idealism in Fichte`s theory of Subjectivity, Realism and Idealism in Fichte`s theory of Subjectivity, Istanbul, Turkey, presented at Realism and Idealism in Fichte`s theory of Subjectivity, Istanbul, Turkey, 01 January 2003


ARTS1360 Philosophy, Morality and Society
ARTS2362 Alienation and Social Critique
ARTS33375 Hegel and German Idealism

Affiliations and membership

National Tertiary Education Union

Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP)


Related links

Drafts of some of my published papers are available at: