A/Prof. 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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2017

Introduction: European thought, after the deluge

R Jeffs, M Sharpe

(2017), Vol. 25, pp. 1-24, 100 years of European philosophy since the Great War: crisis and reconfigurations, Cham, Switzerland, B1

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1750, casualty 1914: lest we forget (the preKantian enlightenment)

M Sharpe

(2017), Vol. 25, pp. 251-276, 100 years of European philosophy since the Great War: crisis and reconfigurations, Cham, Switzerland, B1

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Fearless?: Peter Weir, the sage, and the fragility of goodness

M Sharpe

(2017), Vol. 41, pp. 136-157, Philosophy and literature, Baltimore, Md., C1

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2016

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

M Sharpe

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

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Lacanian psychoanalysis and critical theory

M Sharpe

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

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There is not just a war: recalling the therapeutic metaphor in western metaphilosophy

M Sharpe

(2016), Vol. 55, pp. 31-54, Sophia, Berlin, Germany, C1

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On Roland Boer's Marxism and theology

M Sharpe

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

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Socratic ironies: reading Hadot, reading Kierkegaard

M Sharpe

(2016), Vol. 55, pp. 409-435, Sophia, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

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What place discourse, what role rigorous argumentation? Against the standard image of Hadot's conception of philosophy as a way of life

M Sharpe

(2016), Vol. 2016, pp. 25-52, Pli: the Warwick journal of philosophy, Warwick ,Eng., C1

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Hunting Plato's agalmata

M Sharpe

(2016), Vol. 14, pp. 25-38, Philosophy as a literary art: making things up, Abingdon, Eng., B1

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Comedy and the agency of the letter in a midsummer night's dream

M Sharpe

(2016), pp. 133-155, Lacan, psychoanalysis, and comedy, Cambridge, Eng., B1

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Albert Camus' hellenic heart, between Saint Augustine and Hegel

M Sharpe

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 242-268, Brill's companion to the reception of the classics in international modernism and the avant garde, Boston, Ma., B1

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2015

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

M Sharpe

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

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Killing the father, Parmenides: on Lacan's anti-philosophy

M Sharpe

(2015), Vol. OnlineFirst, pp. 1-24, Continental philosophy review, Amsterdam, 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)

M 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

M Sharpe

(2015), Boston, Ma., A1

book

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

M Sharpe

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

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The plague and the Panopticon

M Sharpe

(2015), Vol. 133, pp. 59-79, Thesis eleven, London, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Introduction: secularization and its discontents

M Sharpe, D Nickelson

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

chapter

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

M 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

M 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

M Sharpe

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

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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Publicizing the Essentially Private : On Leo Strauss' Platonic Aristophanes

Sharpe, Matthew

(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

M 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)

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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On eschatology and the 'return to religion'

M Sharpe

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

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

M 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

M Sharpe

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

chapter

Stoic virtue ethics

M 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"

M Sharpe

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

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'More things in heaven and earth ...': The theological aufhebung of Roland Boer

M Sharpe

(2013), pp. 28-58, Arena journal, Fitzroy, Vic., C1-1

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2012

Revaluing megalopsuchia : reflections on the Alcibiades II

M 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

M Sharpe

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

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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2011

In the name of the father : understanding monotheism and fundamentalism

R Grigg, M Sharpe

(2011), pp. 81-87, The Antipodean philosopher ; volume 1 : public lectures on philosophy in Australia and New Zealand, Lanham, Md., B1

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

M 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 of the perplexed

M Sharpe

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

journal

Strauss's Nietzsche

M Sharpe, D Townsend

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

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

G Boucher, M Sharpe

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

journal

Pierre Hadot (1922-2010)

M Sharpe

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

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The invincible summer : on Albert Camus' philosophical neoclassicism

M 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

M Sharpe

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

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On getting real : Stoicism and psychoanalysis

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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2010

When the logics of the world collapse - ?i?ek with and against Arendt on 'totalitarianism'

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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Zizek's communism and in defence of lost causes

M Sharpe, G Boucher

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

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

M 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

M Sharpe, G Boucher

(2010), Edinburgh, Scotland, A1

book

On Plato as origin and periagoge in Strauss and Arendt

M Sharpe

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

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Slavoj ?i?ek (1949-)

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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2009

A response to Jonathon Collerson

M Sharpe

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

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"Critchley is ?i?ek" : in defence of critical political philosophy

M 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 ?i?ek's reading of Kant's practical philosophy

M Sharpe

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

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Hunting Plato's Agalmata

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

(2009), Vol. 5, Bible and critical theory, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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2008

Understanding psychoanalysis

M Sharpe, J Faulkner

(2008), Stocksfield, England, A1

book

The times will suit them : postmodern conservatism in Australia

G Boucher, M Sharpe

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

book

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

M 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

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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2007

Postmodern conservatism and reactionary recognition

A Vandenberg, M Sharpe, G Boucher

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

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Why 'trauma' now?

M 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

M Sharpe

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

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Neuropsychoanalysis and the future of psychoanalysis

M Sharpe

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

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Maistre avec de Sade: Zizek contra de maistre

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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2006

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

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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A coincidentia oppositorium? On Carl Schmitt and new Australian conservatism

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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

M 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'

M Sharpe

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

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2005

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

M Sharpe

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

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Introduction: traversing the fantasy

G Boucher, M Sharpe

(2005), pp. 1-, Traversing the fantasy: critical responses to Slavoj Zizek, Aldershot, England, B1

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Aesthet(h)ics: on Levinas' shadow

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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Critique as technology of the self

M Sharpe

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

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

M Sharpe

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

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The jargon of alterity

M Sharpe

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

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2004

Slavoj Zizek: a little piece of the real

M Sharpe

(2004), Aldershot, England, A1

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Irony and finitude: Zizek, Kundera and modernity

M Sharpe

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

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Reinventing Philosophy as a Way of Life - Monash University

Dr Michael Ure, Prof Keith Ansell-Pearson, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2016: $9,600
  • 2015: $4,814
  • 2014: $4,814

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Adrienne Margarian

Thesis entitled: A Cross Cultural Study of Somatic Countertransference

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2014

Daniel Jeffrey Edward Townsend

Thesis entitled: Leo Strauss and Islam

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Christopher Pollard

Thesis entitled: Merleau-Ponty, Naturalism and Phenomenological Ontology

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2010

Russell Manning

Thesis entitled: Is this Revolution being Televised? Televisual Screens and Adolescent Subjectivity

Master of Arts, School of International and Political Studies

Associate Supervisor
2017

Mitchell David Cunningham

Thesis entitled: Performing the ¿Fiction-Writer¿s Reader¿: David Foster Wallace and Critical Rhetoric

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2015

Salvatore Guido

Thesis entitled: After Freud: The Fateful History of Psychoanalysis in Exile

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Andrew Sims

Thesis entitled: Anosognosia and the very idea of psychodynamic neuroscience

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2011

Tim Themi

Thesis entitled: Lacan's Ethics and Nietzsche's Critique of Platonism

Doctor of Philosophy, School of International and Political Studies

2009

Helen Isobel Besemeres

Thesis entitled: Radical Epistemological Skepticism about Justified Belief

Master of Arts, School of International and Political Studies

2008

Henry Meghaizel

Thesis entitled: Aristotle on Wisdom: Knowledge of Wisdom and How to Acquire It

Doctor of Philosophy, School of International and Political Studies

Una Murphy

Thesis entitled: Bhakti, Sankirtana and Gaudiya Vaisnavism: India to Australia Foucaultian Analysis

Doctor of Philosophy, School of International and Political Studies

Patricia Gherovici

Thesis entitled: From Hysteria to Transgenderism: A Psychoanalytic Reconsideration of Sexual Difference

Doctor of Philosophy, School of International and Political Studies

2007

Peter Robert Hotchin

Thesis entitled: Harmony in and between Aesthetic Experiences and Moral Experience

Master of Arts, School of International and Political Studies

Henk John van Leeuwen

Thesis entitled: Becoming at Home in the Natural World

Doctor of Philosophy, School of International and Political Studies

Lindsay Reginald Dawson

Thesis entitled: Philosophy, Business and Ethics: Balancing the Rational with the Thymotic

Doctor of Philosophy, School of History, Heritage and Society

2006

Jon Kenneth Newton

Thesis entitled: Postmodernism, Christianity and the Book of Revelation

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts