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Carleton (Bruin) Christensen

Phone: x56265
Location: Rm 3227


Bruin holds a B.A. (Hons) First Class from Latrobe University and an M.A. mit Auszeichnung and Dr. Phil. magna cum laude from the J.W. Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main. Topic of his dissertation was Language and Intentionality: A Critical Examination of Searle’s Theory of Speech Acts; supervisors were Prof. Dr. Karl-Otto Apel and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Habermas. After a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of New South Wales, he taught at the ANU from 1993 until 2000, then at the University of Sydney until 2007.

Bruin works in German philosophy of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with emphasis on the phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger; and in the philosophy of technology and sustainability. He has, however, a strong background both in analytical philosophy and in Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Marx and Critical Theory, and Gadamer and hermeneutics.

He is currently working on a reconstructive interpretation of the path from Husserl to Heidegger. In addition, he is working on an account of self that draws upon Heidegger in order to capture the sense in which individuals rationally reconfigure their preferences in the light of experience. This is conceived as both a critique of overly ‘constructivist’ conceptions of consumer affectivity and preference; and a contribution to conceptions of how to shift currently unsustainable patterns of consumption in more sustainable directions.

He is also seeking to build strong interdisciplinary links to other areas of the ANU relevant to sustainability, in particular, the Fenner School of Environment and Society. These links are to serve as the basis for a new kind of engagement for philosophy, both in teaching and research, in environmental philosophy.

Bruin's publications (PDF 23KB).


Selected papers available online

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