AsPr Matthew Sharpe

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1999
Doctor of Philosophy (Arts), University of Melbourne, 2002

Research interests

Dr Sharpe has an eclectic array of research interests.  Increasingly, he works on classical philosophy and modern receptions thereof, and the early modern period, up to and including the French enlightenment.  I am interested in the history of Western receptions of its classical past, and the rich ethical legacy left by Stoic and academic schools in particular.  Amidst so many 'returns to theology', he is interested in the ways that we might 'return to classical philosophy', and in contesting reactionary versions of this idea and levelling historicising depictions of 'modernity' which don't reflect historical complexity and intellectual debates.

Dr Sharpe has expertise in Lacanian and Freudian psychoanalysis, and the the use of psychoanaytic theory to read comedies, tragedies, and more contemporary cultural forms like 'Reality television'.   He has published one single-authroed and one coauthored book on Slavoj Zizek's work, and with Joanne Faulkner, Understanding Psychoanalysis.

In the past, he has published on aesthetics, the theory of ideology, eschatology and political theology, and critical theory.  He has written on a host of different thinkers: for instance John Macdowell, Slavoj Zizek, Jacques Lacan, Montaigne, Voltaire, Maimonides, Pierre Hadot, and Epictetus.

Affiliations

Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy (MSCP)
Australasian Society of Continental Philosophy

Teaching interests

lecturer in philosophy, psychoanalytic studies

Knowledge areas

Modern receptions of classical Greek philosophy (I have published extensively on Leo Strauss and his students' and psychoanalytic readings of classical texts, as well as work by Pierre Hadot and those influenced by him).

Hellenistic philosophy

Roman philosophy

Psychoanalysis

20th century European philosophy

Albert Camus

Awards

2010 Deakin Arts Faculty Research Award (B/C Level)
2011 Deakin Arts Faculty Research Award (B/C Level)

2008, 2010: teaching commendations.
2012 member and CI in ARC Discovery team "Religion and Political Thought"

2014 membver and CI in ARC Discovery grant "Reinventing Philosophy as a Way of Life"

Publications

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2016

‘In joy we prepare our lessons’: Reading Camus’ Noces via their reception of the Eleusinian mysteries

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2016), Vol. 8, pp. 375-403, Journal of classical receptions, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Lacanian psychoanalysis and critical theory

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2016), pp. 560-588, Edinburgh companion to critical theory, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

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Intellectual freedom: everything is dangerous

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2016), Vol. 1, pp. 38-43, Continental thought and theory: a journal of intellectual freedom, Christchurch, N. Z., C1

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On Roland Boer’s Marxism and theology

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 171-178, Critical research on religion, London, Eng., C1

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2015

On a neglected argument in French philosophy: Sceptical humanism in Montaigne, Voltaire and Camus

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 1-26, Critical horizons, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1

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To not forget: Pierre Hadot’s last book on Goethe. Pierre Hadot, N’oublie pas de vivre: pas de vivre: Goethe et la tradition des exercises spirituels (Albin Michel, 2008)

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 106-117, Parrhesia: a journal of critical philosophy, Parkville, Vic., C1

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Camus, philosophe: to return to our beginnings

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2015), Boston, Ma., A1

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Not for personal gratification, or for contention, or to look down on others, or for convenience, reputation, or power : Cultura Animi in Bacon’s 1605 Apology for the proficiency and advancement of learning

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 37-68, Journal of early modern studies, Firenze, Italy, C1

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2014

Introduction: secularization and its discontents

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, Mr Dylan Nickelson

(2014), pp. 3-19, Secularisations and Their Debates, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

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A just judgement? Considerations on Ronald Srigley’s Camus’ Critique of Modernity

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2014), Vol. 120, pp. 43-58, Thesis Eleven, London, UK, C1

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The Black Side of the Sun: Camus, Theology, and the Problem of Evil

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 151-174, Political Theology, Leeds, UK, C1

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Georgics of the mind and the architecture of fortune: Francis Bacon's therapeutic ethics

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2014), Vol. 43, pp. 89-121, Philosophical Papers, London, Eng., C1

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How it’s not the Chryssippus you read : on Cooper, Hadot, Epictetus, and stoicism as a way of life

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2014), Vol. 58, pp. 367-392, Philosophy today, Chicago, IL, C1

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Between Genet’s Bordello and holy communion : Lacan on comedy in seminar V

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2014), Vol. 6-7, pp. 61-72, Journal of the Jan van Eyck Circle for Lacanian ideology critique, Maastricht, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Publicising the Essentially Private: On Leo Strauss' Platonic Aristophanes

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 3-32, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Ottawa, Ont., C1

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Meursault (and Caligula) avec de sade: on the relations between the literary absurds and Camus’s philosophical discourses

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2014), Vol. 2014, pp. 117-144, Journal of Camus studies, , C1

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2013

Camus' Askesis: reading Camus in light of the Carnets (and his L’Impromptu des philosophes)

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 1149-1164, Philosophical practice, London, England, C1

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On eschatology and the 'return to religion'

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2013), pp. 203-228, Arena journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Controlling the philosophical imaginary: reading Pierre Hadot with Luiz Costa Lima

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2013), Vol. 54, pp. 225-240, Culture, theory & critique, London, Eng., C1

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Name it and claim it: prosperity gospel and the global pentecostal reformation

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2013), pp. 164-182, Handbook of research on development and religion, Cheltenham, England, B1

chapter

In the beginning was ... the story? On secularisation, narrative, and nominalisms

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2013), pp. 109-130, Secularisations and their debates, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

chapter

Stoic virtue ethics

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2013), pp. 28-41, Handbook of virtue ethics, Durham, England, B1

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The poetic presentation of philosophy:Leo Strauss on Plato’s “symposium”

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2013), Vol. 34, pp. 563-603, Poetics today, Durham, North Carolina, C1

journal
2012

Revaluing megalopsuchia : reflections on the Alcibiades II

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2012), pp. 134-146, Alcibiades and the Socratic lover-educator, London, U. K., B1

chapter

Sharing the moment : on the Olympic Games as spectacle

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2012), pp. 273-286, The Olympics and philosophy, Lexington, Mass., B1

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Changing Aristotle's mind and world : critical notes on McDowell's Aristotle

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 804-821, Philosophy study, Libertyville, Ill., C1

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Philosophy and the view from above in Alejandro's Amenabar's agora

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. 31-45, Crossroads : an interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics, St Lucia, Qld., C1

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'To be or not ...' Lacan and the meaning of being in Shakepeare's Hamlet

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2012), pp. 89-116, The literary Lacan : from literature to `lituraterre¿ and beyond, Calcutta, India, B1

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Restoring Camus as Philosophe: On Ronald Srigley’s Camus’ Critique of Modernity

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 400-424, Critical horizons, Durham, England, C1

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2011

Pierre Hadot (1922-2010)

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2011), pp. 1-14, Internet encyclopedia of philosophy, unknown, C1

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The invincible summer : on Albert Camus’ philosophical neoclassicism

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2011), Vol. 50, pp. 577-592, Sophia, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1

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"Only the present is our happiness" : on affects in ancient thought, in memorium Pierre Hadot

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2011), pp. 144-156, Parrhesia : a journal of critical philosophy, Parkville, Vic., C1

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Financial crisis, Social pathologies and 'generalised perversion' : questioning Zizek's diagnosis of the times

Dr Geoff Boucher, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2011), Vol. 72, pp. 64-79, New formations : a journal of culture / theory / politics, London, England, C1

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In the name of the father : understanding monotheism and fundamentalism

A/Prof Russell Grigg, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2011), pp. 81-87, The Antipodean philosopher, Lanham, Md., B1

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In the court of a great king : some remarks on Leo Strauss' introduction to the guide of the perplexed

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2011), Vol. 50, pp. 413-427, Sophia, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

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Strauss’s Nietzsche

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, Mr Daniel Jeffrey Edward Townsend

(2011), pp. 131-148, Interpreting Nietzsche : reception and influence, New York, N.Y., B1

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On getting real : Stoicism and psychoanalysis

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2011), pp. 201-204, Anthology of philosophical studies; Volume 6, Athens, Greece, E1-1

conference

Reading Camus with, or after, Levinas : rebellion and the primacy of ethics

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2011), Vol. 55, pp. 82-95, Philosophy today, Chicago, Ill., C1

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'In the court of a great king': some remarks on Leo Strauss' introduction to the guide for the perplexed

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2011), Vol. 50, pp. 141-158, Sophia, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2010

Zizek's communism and in defence of lost causes

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, Dr Geoff Boucher

(2010), Vol. 4, pp. 1-7, International journal of Zizek studies, Leeds, England, C1

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On Plato as origin and periagoge in Strauss and Arendt

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2010), pp. 119-141, Legacy of Leo Strauss, Exeter, England, B1

chapter

Slavoj Žižek (1949-)

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2010), pp. 243-258, From Agamben to ¿i¿ek : contemporary critical theorists, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Who stole the cheese? or : How postmodernism can grow your business

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2010), Vol. 89, pp. 525-541, Man in India, New Delhi, India, C1

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Then we will fight them in the shadows! : seven parataxic views, on Zizek's style

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2010), Vol. 4, pp. 1-35, International journal of Zizek studies, Leeds, England, C1

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Zizek and politics : a critical introduction

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, Dr Geoff Boucher

(2010), Edinburgh, Scotland, A1

book

When the logics of the world collapse – Žižek with and against Arendt on 'totalitarianism'

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 53-75, Subjectivity : International journal of critical psychology, London, England, C1

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Uncovering Euthyphro's treasure reading Plato's Euthyphro with Lacan

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2010), Vol. 37, pp. 23-48, Helios, Lubbock, Texas, C1-1

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2009

“Critchley is Žižek” : in defence of critical political philosophy

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2009), Vol. 10, pp. 180-196, Critical horizons, Sheffield, U. K., C1

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Of diabolical evil, and related matters : on Slavoj Žižek's reading of Kant's practical philosophy

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 1-23, International journal of Zizek studies, Leeds, England, C1

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Is neoliberalism a Liberalism, or a strange kind of bird? On Hayek and our discontents

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2009), Vol. 10, pp. 76-98, Critical horizons, Stocksfield, England, C1

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Hunting Plato's Agalmata

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2009), Vol. 14, pp. 535-547, European legacy, toward new paradigms, Oxford, England, C1

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Only Agamben can save us? Against the messianic turn recently adopted in critical theory

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2009), Vol. 5, pp. 40.1-40.20, Bible and critical theory, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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A response to Jonathon Collerson

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2009), pp. 215-223, Arena journal, Fitzroy, Vic., C1-1

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2008

Resurrecting (meta-) political theology, or the abstract passion of Alain Badiou

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2008), Vol. No.29/30, pp. 273-304, Arena journal, Australia, C1

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Kant, or the crack in the universal : Slavoj Zizek's politicising the transcendental turn

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2008), Vol. 2, pp. 1-20, International journal of Zizek studies, Leeds, United Kingdom, C1

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Understanding psychoanalysis

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, Joanne Faulkner

(2008), Stocksfield, England, A1

book

The times will suit them : postmodern conservatism in Australia

Dr Geoff Boucher, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2008), Crows Nest, N. S. W., A1

book

In the name of the Father : God in Lacan, Judaic or Christian?

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2008), Vol. 26, pp. 267-285, Psychoanalytische perspectieven, Ghent, Belgium, C1-1

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2007

Postmodern conservatism and reactionary recognition

Dr Andrew Vandenberg, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, Dr Geoff Boucher

(2007), pp. 116-134, Recognition in politics: theory, policy and practice, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, B1

chapter

Che Vuoi? Politico-philosophical remarks on Leo Strauss' Spinoza

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2007), Vol. 3, pp. 1-14, Bible and critical theory, Melbourne, Vic, C1

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Maistre avec de Sade: Zizek contra de maistre

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2007), Vol. 1, pp. 1-24, International journal of Zizek studies, Leeds, England, C1

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Even better than the real thing: sadism and real(ity) t.v.

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2007), Vol. 4, pp. 1-9, Scan : journal of media arts culture, Sydney, N.S.W, C1

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A question of two truths? Remarks on Parrhesia and the 'political-philosophical' difference

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2007), pp. 89-108, Parrhesia: a journal of critical philosophy, Parkville, Vic, C1

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Why 'trauma' now?

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2007), pp. 1-7, Trauma, history, philosophy, Newcastle, England, B1

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Supposing history were a woman, what then? Some timely meditations on tyranny

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2007), pp. 186-209, Trauma, History, Philosophy, Newcastle, England, B1

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Neuropsychoanalysis and the future of psychoanalysis

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2007), pp. 313-323, Trauma, history, philosophy, Newcastle, England, B1

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2006

Leo Strauss: the sphinx's secret? Or how we learnt to stop worrying and believe through the 'hoi poloi'

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2006), Vol. 27, pp. 123-158, Arena journal, North Carlton, Vic, C1

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The philosopher's courtly love? Leo Strauss, Eros, and the law

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2006), Vol. 17, pp. 357-388, Law critique, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

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A coincidentia oppositorium? On Carl Schmitt and new Australian conservatism

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2006), Vol. 5, pp. 1-14, Borderlands, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1

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The aesthetics of ideology, or 'the critique of ideological judgment' in Eagleton and Zizek

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2006), Vol. 34, pp. 95-120, Political theory : an international journal of political philosophy, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1

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'Thinking of the extreme situation...' on the new anti-terrorism laws, or against a recent (theoretical and legal) return to Carl Schmitt

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2006), Vol. 24, pp. 95-123, Australian feminist law journal, Parkville, Vic, C1

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Of words : on sartre and the unconscious - in good faith

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2006), pp. 1-20, Journal of european psychoanalysis, Rome, Italy, C1-1

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'In the name of the Father...' descartes, psychosis, God and 'reality'

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2006), Vol. 4, pp. 214-232, Journal for Lacanian studies, London, England, C1-1

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2005

Is there a minority report?, or: what is subjectivity?

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2005), Vol. 2, pp. 4-14, Other voices, Philadelphia, PA, C1

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The jargon of alterity

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2005), Vol. 15, pp. 128-146, Antithesis, Parkville, Vic, C1

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A few good men: psychoanalysis, Abu ghraib and (the) American right

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2005), Vol. 10, pp. 168-185, Psychoanalysis, culture & society, Basingstoke, England, C1

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Critique as technology of the self

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2005), pp. 97-116, Foucault studies, Kelvin Grove, Qld, C1

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Aesthet(h)ics: on Levinas' shadow

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2005), Vol. 9, pp. 29-47, Colloquy text theory critique, Melbourne, Vic, C1

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What's left in Zizek? The antinomies of Zizek's sociopolitical reason

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2005), pp. 147-168, Traversing the fantasy: critical responses to Slavoj Zizek, Aldershot, England, B1

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Introduction: traversing the fantasy

Dr Geoff Boucher, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2005), pp. xi-xviii, Traversing the fantasy: critical responses to Slavoj Zizek, Aldershot, England, B1

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2004

Slavoj Zizek: a little piece of the real

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2004), Aldershot, England, A1

book

Irony and finitude: Zizek, Kundera and modernity

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

(2004), Vol. 14, pp. 9-24, Antithesis, Parkville, Vic, C1

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