Researcher

Associate Professor James Andrew Phillips

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Philosophy, Aesthetics, Phenomenology, Cinema studies, Political theory and political philosophy, British and Irish literature, History of philosophy

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Biography

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.

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...view more

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.

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).


My Qualifications

MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory (Monash), PhD in Philosophy (UTas)


My Research Activities

I am currently engaged in a book project on the philosophy of fiction, drawing on the concepts of "world" in Kant and Heidegger.

Forthcoming publications:

Busby Berkeley at Warner Bros.: Ideology and Utopia in the Hollywood Musical (New York: Bloomsbury, accepted January 2024)

"Tennessee Williams' Escapology and the Heterotopia of 'The Mysteries of the Joy Rio'", Textual Practice (accepted January 2024)

 

 

 

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Aesthetics, phenomenology, film and philosophy, literature and philosophy.

I welcome inquiries from prospective research students interested in working in one or more of these broad areas.


Currently supervising

Ph.D.: Michael Thatcher on Heidegger's philosophies of art and difference

Ph.D.: Finnegan Hassey on Arendt's concept of nationalism (joint supervisor: Jess Whyte)

MA: Sofia Kartavtseva on the subject and the interpretation of works of art


My Engagement

Philosophy Group Convenor 

Research Committee Member - School of Humanities and Languages

 


My Teaching

I teach political philosophy, aesthetics and the history of German philosophy.

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Location

369 Morven Brown

Contact

+61 2 9065 1055