Continental Philosophy

wolsWols, The Blue Phantom

My interests in 20th-century continental philosophy reflect my interests in 19th-century philosophy. First of all, I am concerned with theories concerning the underlying structure of our conscious experience of what surrounds us and our self-conscious experience of what we do. This has led me to work on phenomenological and existentialist models of being-in-the-world, as well as psychoanalytic models of the unconscious, as postulating domains that are more primary than consciousness and self-consciousness with regards to the structure of human experience. In my work on continental philosophy, figures of note are Husserl, Heidegger, Binswanger, Marion, Freud, and Žižek.

Secondly, I am concerned with how 20th-century continental philosophy receives and responds to 19th-century philosophy, especially German Idealism. In this context, I am primarily interested in how phenomenology, existentialism, and psychoanalysis are critical of the supreme role that Kant and his successors accord to the role of rationality in making possible human experience, whether it be in terms of our perception of objects, moral demands, or political rights. Beyond this, I am also interested in how these traditions, while being critical of Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel, also appropriate insights from them.

So far, these interests have yielded numerous publications in phenomenology and psychoanalysis.


The Threat of Givenness in Jean-Luc Marion: Toward a New Phenomenology of Psychosis.” Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy. Vol. 13.2 (Fall 2009): 97-115.


Ontological Catastrophe: Žižek and the Paradoxical Metaphysics of German Idealism. Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2014. 323p.


Reading Schelling Psychoanalytically: Žižek on the Fantasy of the Ground of Consciousness and Language.” Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 19.1 (Spring 2015): 39-51.

Why is There Nothing Rather than Something?’ Less Than Nothing’s New Metaphysics.” International Journal of Žižek Studies 8.1 (2014).

Truth, Imagination, Act: The Methodology of Žižek’s Sociopolitical Writings.” International Journal of Žižek Studies 6.3 (2012).

Slavoj Žižek and the Ontology of Political Imagination.” International Journal of Žižek Studies 5.3 (2011).

The Grundlogik of German Idealism: The Ambiguity of the Hegel-Schelling Relation in Slavoj Žižek.” International Journal of Žižek Studies 5.1 (2011).