Staff profile - Sean Bowden

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Dr Sean Bowden

Position: Lecturer In Philosophy
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 68295 +61 3 924 68295


Biography summary

Sean Bowden is Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


  • GCHE Not Required, Deakin University, 2014
  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2015


The Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy

The Australasian Association of Philosophy

The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

Feast-France The France-Australia Research Network

Professional activities

Treasurer of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy


Teaching Interests

ASP307 - Plato and Nietzsche

ASP228 - Philosophy, Art, Film

Knowledge areas

Contemporary French and European philosophy, American pragmatism, theories of action and agency.


Research projects

Sean Bowden's current research explores the philosophical connections between the work of Gilles Deleuze and the work of contemporary American pragmatists such as Robert Brandom. This research is developed in two directions. On the one hand, the project is one in the history of ideas, insofar as it clarifies a number of Deleuze's and Brandom's key philosophical concepts with reference to the work of the classical American pragmatists and the history of German idealism. On the other hand, the project synthesizes in novel ways Deleuze's and Brandom's work in order to develop new ways of thinking about key philosophical notions such as meaning, objectivity, normativity, action and agency.

Research interests

Sean researches primarily in the area of contemporary French philosophy, but his wider interests take in modern European philosophy and American pragmatism.

Research page




The Priority of Events: Deleuze's Logic of Sense (Edinburgh UP, 2011).

Edited books

Deleuze and Pragmatism (Routledge, 2014 [co-edited with Simone Bignall and Paul Patton]).

Badiou and Philosophy (Edinburgh UP, 2012 [co-edited with Simon Duffy]).

Book Chapters

‘Tragedy and Agency in Hegel and Deleuze’, in Craig Lundy and Daniela Voss (eds), At the Edges of Thought: Deleuze and Post-Kantian Philosophy (Edinburgh UP, 2015).

‘Human and Non-Human Agency in Deleuze’, in Hannah Stark and Jon Roffe (eds), Deleuze and the Non/Human (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

‘Antirepresentationalism and Objectivity in Rorty, Brandom and Deleuze’, in Sean Bowden, et al. (eds), Deleuze and Pragmatism (Routledge, 2014).

(with Simone Bignall and Paul Patton) ‘Deleuzian Encounters with Pragmatism’, in Sean Bowden, et al. (eds), Deleuze and Pragmatism (Routledge, 2014).

‘Gilles Deleuze, a Reader of Gilbert Simondon’, in Arne de Boever, et al. (eds), Gilbert Simondon: Being and Technology (Edinburgh UP, 2012).

‘The Set-Theoretical Nature of Badiou’s Ontology and Lautman’s Dialectic of Problematic Ideas’, in Sean Bowden and Simon Duffy (eds), Badiou and Philosophy (Edinburgh UP, 2012).

(with Simon Duffy) ‘Badiou’s Philosophical Heritage’, in Sean Bowden and Simon Duffy (eds), Badiou and Philosophy (Edinburgh UP, 2012).

Journal Articles

‘Normativity and Expressive Agency in Hegel, Nietzsche and Deleuze’, Journal of Speculative Philosophy (forthcoming)

‘“Willing the Event”: Expressive Agency in Deleuze’s Logic of Sense’, Critical Horizons 15:3 (2014).

‘Paul Redding’s Continental Idealism (and Deleuze’s Continuation of the Idealist Tradition)’, Parrhesia 11 (2011).

‘Deleuze’s Neo-Leibnizianism, Events and The Logic of Sense’s “Static Ontological Genesis”’, Deleuze Studies 4:3 (2010).

‘Alain Badiou: Problematics and the Different Senses of Being in Being and Event’, Parrhesia 5 (2008).

‘Deleuze, Leibniz and the Jurisprudence of Being’, Pli (The Warwick Journal of Philosophy) 17 (2006).

‘Alain Badiou: From Ontology to Politics and Back’, Journal of French Philosophy 15:2 (2005).

‘Deleuze et les Stoïciens: une logique de l’événement’, Le Bulletin de la société américaine de philosophie de langue française 15:1 (2005).

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