Location: Room 2220
Knox Peden is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy at the Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 2009, where he specialized in modern European intellectual history. From 2011 to 2014 he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland. His first book is an account of the resurgence of enthusiasm for Spinoza’s philosophy in twentieth-century France. At present, he is completing a survey titled French Philosophy Today: A Historical Introduction, which Bloomsbury will publish in 2015. His DECRA research considers the historical relationship between secularism and philosophy by way of a comparative investigation of several “Spinoza Controversies” from the early modern period to the present.
His work on Spinoza springs from a broader interest in philosophical rationalism and its links to developments in epistemology and philosophy of science, particularly in the French context. Questions from this domain have also informed his recent work on the philosophical issues raised by emergent trends in large-scale historical writing. At UQ, he co-organized a seminar series on this theme and a symposium titled “The Aesthetics of Scale: Emerging Trends in Historical Narrative.” A podcast of his related talk on "Hayden White's Metahistory, Forty Years On" is available here.
Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism from Cavaillès to Deleuze. Cultural Memory in the Present (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014).
Concept and Form, Volume 1: Key Texts from the Cahiers pour l'Analyse, co-edited with Peter Hallward (London: Verso, 2012).
Concept and Form, Volume 2: Interviews and Essays on the Cahiers pour l'Analyse, co-edited with Peter Hallward (London: Verso, 2012). See also the companion website.
Articles and Book Chapters
“Alkaline Recapitulation: Haeckel’s Hypothesis and the Afterlife of a Concept.” Republics of Letters (forthcoming).
“The Abstractions of History (On Thomas Piketty),” Sydney Review of Books, July 2014.
“The Burden of Intelligibility,” History of European Ideas 40:1 (Winter 2014).
"Anti-Revolutionary Republicanism: Claude Lefort's Machiavelli," Radical Philosophy, No. 182 (Nov/Dec 2013).
“The Fate of the Concept,” in Hallward and Peden (eds), Concept and Form, Volume 2: Interviews and Essays on the Cahiers pour l’Analyse (London: Verso, 2012).
“Foucault and the Subject of Method,” in Hallward and Peden (eds), Concept and Form, Volume 2: Interviews and Essays on the Cahiers pour l’Analyse (London: Verso, 2012).
“Neither/Nor,” History and Theory, 51:3 (May 2012).
“Descartes, Spinoza, and the Impasse of French Philosophy: Ferdinand Alquié versus Martial Gueroult,” Modern Intellectual History, 8:2 (2011).
“The Better Half,“ a review essay on Benjamin Noys’s The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory in Radical Philosophy, no. 168 (July/August 2011).
“The Rights of the Imaginary: On Jean-Claude Milner,” S: Journal of the Jan Van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique, 3 (2010).
Review essay on Ray Brassier’s Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction, in Continental Philosophy Review, 42: 4 (January 2010).
“The Maoist March through the Institutions,” a review essay on Julian Bourg’s From Revolution to Ethics: May ‘68 and Contemporary French Thought in Radical Philosophy, no. 149 (May/June 2008).
“Analogical Nostalgias,” a review essay on Antonio Negri’s The Political Descartes in Radical Philosophy, no. 145 (September/October 2007).
“Gilles Deleuze: From Hume to Spinoza (an attempt to make good on a Popkin request),” in Jeremy Popkin (ed), The Legacies of Richard Popkin (Dordrecht and Boston: Kluwer, 2008).
“Breathing in the Eternal: Canetti and Spinoza,” in William C. Donahue and Julian Preece (eds), The Worlds of Elias Canetti: Centenary Essays (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007).