Department of Philosophy

Jean-Philippe Deranty

BPhil Paris IV, MPhil Paris IV, DPh Paris IVJean-Philippe Deranty

Jean-Philippe was educated in Paris (Lycée Louis-le-Grand, École Normale Supérieure and Paris IV-Sorbonne), and Germany (Hegel-Archiv at the Ruhr Universität Bochum and Freie-Universität in Berlin). He received his PhD from Paris IV-Sorbonne in 1998 and began working in the Philosophy Department at Macquarie in 2002. He is an editor of Critical Horizons, a journal of philosophy and social theory.


Jean-Philippe teaches the following units: 

  • PHL 131 Mind, Meaning and Metaphysics
  • PHL 132 Philosophy, Morality and Society
  • PHL 238 Existential Questions
  • PHL 254 Freedom and Alienation
  • PHL 351 Social Philosophy
  • PHL 356 Philosophy of Work
  • PHL 365 Film and Philosophy

Postgraduate supervision

Past students
  • Tracy Llanera (supervised with Nicholas Smith), "Richard Rorty: Rethinking Redemption in Modernity", PhD 2015.
  • Nathan Everson, MRes, "Phenomenology and Normativity: A Merleau-Pontian Approach to Animal Ethics", MRes 2015.
  • Karl Moll (supervised with Nicholas Smith), PhD, ""Work, Anthropology, and Human Determination in the Thought of Schiller, Marx, and Marcuse", PhD 2015.
  • Livia Cocetta, MRes, "Rancière and the Aesthetics of Flight", MRes  2014.
  • Bona Anna, PhD, "Recognition Theory and Everyday Multiculturalism: Pacific Islanders and the Work Experience", PhD 2014.
  • Toshiro Osawa, PhD, "Perfection and Morality: A Commentary of Baumgarten's Ethica Philosophica and its Relevance for Kantian Ethics", PhD 2014.
  • Andrew Dunstall, "Adventure, Schema, Supplement. Derrida and the Philosophy of History", PhD 2012.
  • Jeffry Ocay, "Critical Theory at the Margins: Applying Marcuse's Model of Critical Social Theory to the Philippines", PhD 2012.
  • Jerry Larson, "Camus' Moral Philosophy and the Ethics of Tragic Freedom", PhD 2012.
  • Dale Tweedie, "Theories of Work and Contemporary Workplace Organisation", PhD 2011.
  • Andrew Montin, "Norms, Language and Self-Regulating Practices: On Brandom and the Debate over the Normativity of Meaning", MPhil 2011.
  • Berndt Sellheim (supervised with Robert Sinnerbrink), "L'absente de tous bouquets: Linguistic Negativity in Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty", PhD 2008
  • Dale Tweedie, "Economics in Social Policy: A Philosophical Analysis", MPhil 2005.
Current students
  • Thomas Corbin, PhD, Topic: "Equity in Hobbes"
  • Cenk Atli, MRes, Topic: "Conflict and Logos in Phenomenology"
  • Nathan Everson, PhD, topic: A Merleau-Pontian Approach to Animal Ethics
  • William Hebblewhite, PhD, Topic: Althusser and Rancière on the Division of Labour
  • Jacqueline Kenney, PhD, Topic: Rancière
  • Darlene Demandante, PhD, Topic: Aesthetics and politics in Rancière
  • (with Wendy Rogers) Yves James Saint-James Aquino, PhD, Topic: the Role of Aesthetics in Understanding Health and the Goals of Medicine

Selected publications

  • The Return of Work in Critical Theory: Self, Society, Politics, with C. Dejours, E. Renault and N. Smith, forthcoming Columbia University Press, 2018.
  • Recognition versus Disagreement. Honneth/Rancière: A Critical Encounter on the Politics of Freedom, Equality and Identity, co-edited with Katia Genel, Columbia University Press, 2016. French edition (Presses Universitaires  de la Sorbonne) and German edition (Suhrkamp) forthcoming in 2018.
  • Jacques Rancière and the Contemporary Scene, co-edited with Alison Ross, London, Continuum, 2012.
  • New Philosophies of Labour: Work and the Social Bond, co-edited with Nicholas Smith, Leiden/Boston, Brill, 2012.
  • Jacques Rancière. Key Concepts, Durham, Acumen, 2010.
  • Beyond Communication. A Critical Study of Axel Honneth's Social Philosophy, Brill, 2009.
  • Recognition, Work, Politics: New Directions in French Critical Theory, edited Jean-Philippe Deranty, et al., Leiden/Boston, Brill, 2007.
  • Critique Today, eds Robert Sinnerbrink, Jean-Philippe Deranty, Nicholas Smith, Peter Schmiedgen, Leiden/Boston, Brill, 2006.
  • Lecons sur le Droit Naturel et la Science de l'Etat, Paris, Vrin, 2002. Translation, with presentation and notes, of Hegel's 1817 Heidelberg lectures on the Philosophy of Right.
Chapters in Edited Collections
  • "Ranciere on Poetry" in Ranjan Gosh (ed), The Agon and its Agony: Twentieth Century Continental Philosophers on Poetry, Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2018.
  • "Travail, vie, pouvoir: le travail vivant face aux théories de la biopolitique", in A. Cukier (ed.) Travail vivant et théorie critique (Paris: PUF, 2017), 187-220.
  • "The Political Core of Merleau-Ponty's Late Philosophy", in Jack Reynolds et al. (eds), Global Arts/Local Knowledge, Farnham,Lexington Books, forthcoming.
  • "Between Honneth and Rancière: Problems and Potentials of a Contemporary Critical Theory of Society", in Genel, K. and  Deranty, J.-P. (eds.) Recognition versus Disagreement, Columbia University Press, 2016, 33-80.
  • "Social Justice", International Encyclopedia of Political Communication, Wiley and Blackwell, 2015, 1483-1489.
  • "Théorie de la valeur, travail et reconnaissance: l'ontologie sociale dans les écrits d'Iena", in J.-M. Buée, E. Renault (eds), Hegel à Iéna, Lyon, Ens Editions, 2015, 195-215.
  • "Feuerbach's Philosophical Psychology, and its Political and Aesthetic Implications", in Paolo Bubbio and Paul Redding (eds) Religion after Kant: God and Culture in the Idealist Era, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, 147-171.
  • With Alison Ross, "Jacques Rancière and the Contemporary Scene: the Evidence of Equality and the Practice of Writing", in J.-P. Deranty and A. Ross (eds), Jacques Rancière and the Contemporary Scene, Continuum, 2012, 1-13.
  • "The Place of Work in Rancière's Writings", in J.-P. Deranty and A. Ross (eds), Jacques Rancière and the Contemporary Scene, Continuum, 2012, 187-204.
  • "Hegelian Recognition and the Contemporary Social Sciences", in S. O'Neill and N. Smith (eds),  Recognition Theory as Social Research: Investigating the Dynamics of Social Conflict, Palgrave McMillan, 2012.
  • "Work, Recognition and the Social Bond: the Renaissance of a Paradigm", with Nicholas Smith, in Smith/Deranty, New Philosophies of Labour, Leiden/Boston, Brill, 2012, 1-38.
  • "Cooperation and Expression as Norms for a Contemporary Critique of Work?", in Nicholas H. Smith and Jean-Philippe Deranty (eds), New Philosophies of Labour: Work and the Social Bond, Leiden, Brill, 2012, 151-179.
  • "The Theory of Social Action in Merleau-Ponty and Honneth", in Miriam Bankovsky (ed), Recognition Theory and Contemporary French Moral and Political Philosophy: Reopening the Dialogue, Manchester University Press, 2012, 111-126.
  • In French: "Théorie de l'action sociale chez Merleau-Ponty et Honneth", in M. Bankovsky and A. Le Goff (eds), Penser la reconnaissance. Entre théorie critique et philosophie contemporaine, CNRS Editions, 2012, 149-168.
  • "Reflective Critical Theory: A Systematic Reconstruction of Axel Honneth's Social Philosophy", in Danielle Petherbridge (ed) The Critical Theory of Axel Honneth, Leiden/Boston, Brill, 2011, 59-88.
  • "Jacques Rancière: A Journey in Equality", in J.-P. Deranty (ed). Jacques Rancière. Key Concepts, Durham, Acumen, 11-26.
  • "Logical Revolts", in J.-P. Deranty (ed). Jacques Rancière. Key Concepts, Durham, Acumen, 27-35.
  • "Regimes of the Arts", in J.-P. Deranty (ed). Jacques Rancière. Key Concepts, Durham, Acumen, 139-155.
  • "Critical Theory" in Mark Bechir ed, Encyclopaedia of Political Theory, Sage, 2010, 337-340.
  • "Kritik der politischen Ökonomie und die gegenwärtige Kritische Theorie. Eine Verteidigung von Honneths Anerkennungstheorie", in H.-C. Schmidt-am-Busch and C. Zurn (eds), Anerkennung, Berlin, Akademie Verlag, 2009, pp. 269-300.
    Published in English as "Critique of Political Economy and Contemporary Critical Theory", in H.-C. Schmidt-am-Busch and C. Zurn (eds), The Philosophy of Recognition, Lexington Books, 2009, 285-317.
  • With Emmanuel Renault, "Democratic Agon: striving for Distinction or Struggle against Injustice and Domination?", in Andrew Schaap (ed) Law and Agonistic Politics, London, Ashgate, 2009, 43-56.
  • With John Rundell and Danielle Petherbridge, "Themes and Dialogues in Contemporary French Critical Theory", in Recognition, Work, Politics: New Directions in French Critical Theory, Brill, 2007, 1-22.
  • With Robert Sinnerbrink and Nicholas Smith, "Critique, Hope, Power: Contemporary Challenges of Critical Theory", Critique Today, Leiden, Brill, 2006, 1-25.
  • "Droit et démocratie entre dissolution biopolitique et reconstruction normativiste: Agamben, Foucault, Habermas, Honneth", in Foucault/Habermas. Parcours croisés, confrontations critiques, eds Y. Cusset et S. Haber, Paris, CNRS Editions, 2006, 211-226.
  • "Injustice, Violence and Social Struggle. The Critical Potential of Honneth's Theory of Recognition", in Contemporary Perspectives in Social and Critical Philosophy, (ed) John Rundell, Danielle Petherbridge et al, Leiden, Brill, 2005, 297-322.
  • "Le parlement hégélien", in Hegel, penseur du droit, eds J.-F. Kervegan, G. Marmasse, Paris, Presses du CNRS, 2004, 245-261.
  • "Mésentente et reconnaissance: Honneth face à Rancière", in Où en est la théorie critique?, eds E. Renault and Y. Sintomer, Paris, La Découverte, 2003, 185-199.
  • 'The Great Leveler: Conceptual and Figural Ambiguities of Equality' in Humanities Research, forthcoming 2017.
  • With Andrew Dunstall. "Doing Justice to the Past: Critical Theory and the Problems of Historicism",  Philosophy and Social Criticism, online first Jan. 2017, DOI: 10.1177/0191453716685757.
  • "Lost Paradigm: The Fate of Work in Post-War French Philosophy", in press, Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 2016, no278, 491-511.
  • "En quels sens le travail vivant est-il une catégorie politique ?", Travailler, no36, 2016, 59-74
  • "Exploited: Exploitation As A Subjective Category", The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 54: 31-43, 2016. doi:10.1111/sjp.12185
  • "Feuerbach's Theory of Object-Relations and Its Legacy in 20th Century Post-Hegelian Philosophy", The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 53: 286-310, 2015. doi: 10.1111/sjp.12114.
  • "Historical Objections to the Centrality of Work", Constellations, 22: 105-121, 2015. doi: 10.1111/1467-8675.12141
  • "Feuerbach and the Philosophy of Critical Theory", British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 22:6, 1208-1233, 2014. doi: 10.1080/09608788.2014.974139
  • "The Cruel Poetics of Morrissey", Thesis Eleven, 120(1), 2014, 90-103, doi: 10.1177/0725513613519590.
  • "Cartographie critique des objections historicistes à la centralité du travail », Travailler, 30, 2013.
  • "Marx, Honneth and the Tasks of Critical Theory", Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 16(4), 2013, 745-758.
  • "La Philosophie sociale entre sociologie et psychologie sociale: le cas du travail", Cahiers Philosophiques, 132, 2013, 21-33.
  • With Craig MacMillan, "The ILO's Decent Work Initiative: Suggestions for an Extension of the Notion of "Decent Work", Journal of Social Philosophy, 43(4), 2012, 386-405.
  • With Emmanuel Renault, "Arbeit als Ort von Ungerechtigkeit und Herrschaft. Die Grenzen der zeitgenössischen politischen Philosophy", Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 60(4), 2012, 573-593.
  • With Nicholas Smith, "Work and the Politics of Misrecognition", Res Publica. A Journal of Legal, Moral and Social Philosophy, 18, 2012, 53-64.
  • "'The Tender Indifference of the World': Camus' Theory of the Flesh", Sophia. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics, 50(4), 2011, 1-13.
  • "Travail et expérience de la domination dans le néoliberalisme contemporain", Actuel Marx, 49, 2011, 73-89.
  • "Rationality, Autonomy, and the Social Bond: Models of Hegelian Recognition and their Implications for Social and Political Theory", in Philosophy Today, 55(1), 2011, 3-11.
  • With Christophe Dejours, "The Centrality of Work", Critical Horizons, 11(2), 2010, 167-180
  • "Work as Transcendental Experience: Implications of Dejours's Recent Writings for Social and Political Theory", Critical Horizons, 11(2), 2010, 181-220.
  • With Stéphane Haber, "Philosophie de l'Histoire et Théorie du Parti chez Sartre et Merleau-Ponty", Actuel Marx, 46, 2009, 52-66.
  • "What is Work? Key Insights from the Psychodynamics of Work", Thesis Eleven, 98, 2009, 69-87.
  • "La reconnaissance hégélienne et ses enjeux pour la politique sociale et politique contemporaine", Politique et Sociétés, 289(3), 2009, 45-74.
  • "Existentialist Aesthetics", Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, June 2009:
  • "Work and the Precarisation of Existence", European Journal of Social Theory, 11(4), 2008, 443-463 .
  • "Witnessing the Inhuman: Merleau-Ponty or Agamben", South Atlantic Quarterly, 107(1), 2008, 165-186.
  • "Democratic Aesthetics: On Jacques Rancière's Latest Work", Critical Horizons, 8(2), 2007, 230-255.
  • "Vie nue, vie ethique, pouvoir souverain : l'ontologie politique entre Hegel et Agamben", Hegel-Jahrbuch, 2007.
  • With Emmanuel Renault, "Politicising Honneth's Ethics of Recognition", Thesis Eleven, 88, 2007, 92-111.
    Published in French as: "Ethique ou politique de la reconnaissance", in H. Bentouhami and M. Miqueu (eds.), Conflits et démocratie : quel nouvel espace public?, Paris, L'Harmattan, 2010.
  • "Repressed Materiality. Retrieving the Materialism in Axel Honneth's Theory of Recognition", Critical Horizons, 7, 2006, 113-140.
  • "Adorno's Other Son: Derrida and the Future of Critical Theory", Social Semiotics, 16(3), 2006, 421-433.
  • "Hegel's Social Theory of Value", The Philosophical Forum, 36(3), 2005, 307-331.
  • Translated in Spanish, "La teoria social del valor en Hegel', Revista Pensamiento Politico, #5, at
  • "The Loss of Nature in Axel Honneth's Theory of Recognition. Rereading Mead with Merleau-Ponty", Critical Horizons, 6, 2005, 153-181.
  • "Les horizons marxistes de l'ethique de la reconnaissance", Actuel Marx, 38, 2005, 159-178.
  • "Agamben's Challenge to Normative Theories of Modern Rights", Borderlands, 3(1), 2004.
  • "Phenomenology of the Cinematic Image: an Hegelian Perspective", Literature and Aesthetics, 14(2), 2004, 7-23.
  • "Conceptualising Social Inequality: Recognition or Redistribution?", Social Inequality Today: Proceedings of the 1st Annual Conference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, eds N. Smith, M. Fine, Macquarie University, 2003.
  • "Ranciere in Contemporary Political Ontology", Theory and event, 6(4), 2003.
  • "Jacques Ranciere's Contribution to the Ethics of Recognition", Political Theory, 31(1), 2003, 136-156.
  • "Interpretations politiques et speculatives des Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts", Archives de Philosophie, 65(3), 2002, 441-462.
  • "Hegel's Parliamentarianism: some unexpected Features in Hegel's Theory of Political Institutions", Owl of Minerva, 32(2), 2001, 107-133.
  • "La lettre de l'esprit : litteralite et dialectique dans Othello", Theatres du Monde, 11, 2001, 87-102.
  • "'The Son of Civil Society': Tensions in Hegel's Account of Womanhood", The Philosophical Forum, 31(2), 2000, 145-162.
  • "Philosophie et société : le statut de la femme dans l'idealisme allemand", Etudes Philosophiques, 1, 2000, 75-104.
  • "Negative Dialectic in Othello", Literature and Aesthetics, 9, 1999, 53-70.
  •  Bruce Gilbert, The Vitality of Contradiction. Hegel, Politics, and the Dialectics of Liberal-Capitalism (Montreal: McGill's-Queen's University Press, 2013), Bulletin de Littérature Hégélienne XXV, Archives de Philosophie, 78, 2015, 736-737.
  • Rebecca Comay, Mourning Sickness. Hegel and the French Revolution (Stanford University Press 2011), Bulletin de Litterature Hegelienne XXIV, Archives de Philosophie, 77, 2014, 712.
  • Frank Ruda, Hegel's Rabble. An Investigation into Hegel's Philosophy of Right (Bloomsbury 2011), Bulletin de Litterature Hegelienne XXIV, Archives de Philosophie, 77, 2014, 713.
  • Jacques Rancière, Aisthesis: Scenes From The Aesthetic Regime Of Art (Verso 2013), Parrhesia 18, 2013, 139-144.
  • Christophe Darmangeat, Le Communisme primitif n'est plus ce qu'il était (Toulouse, Smolny, 2012), Actuel Marx, 53, 2013, 203-205.
  • Terry Pinkard, Hegel's Naturalism: Mind, Nature and the Final Ends of Life (Oxford University Press, 2012), Critical Horizons 13(2), 275-287.
  • Robert Sinnerbrink, Understanding Hegelianism (Stocksfield, Acumen. 2007), Bulletin de Litterature Hegelienne XVIII, Archives de Philosophie, 72(2), 2009.
  • Thom Brooks, Hegel's Political Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 2008), Bulletin de Litterature Hegelienne XVIII, Archives de Philosophie, 72(2), 2009.
  • Emmanuel Renault, Souffrances sociales: sociologie, psychologie et politique (Paris, La Découverte, 2008), Critical Horizons, 9(2), 2008.
  • Michael Allen Fox, The Accessible Hegel (Humanity Books, 2005), Archives de Philosophie, Bulletin de litterature hegelienne XVI, 69(4), 2006.
  • Heinz Kimmerle, G.W.F. Hegel interkulturell gelesen (Traugott Bautz, 2005), Archives de Philosophie, Bulletin de litterature hegelienne XVI, 69(4), 2006.
  • Kimberly Hutchtings, Hegel and feminist philosophy (Polity Press, 2003), Archives de Philosophie, Bulletin de litterature hegelienne XV, 68(4), 2005.
  • Jacques Ranciere, The flesh of words. The politics of writing (Stanford University Press, 2004), Philosophy in review, 25(6), 2005.
  • Jacques Ranciere, The politics of aesthetics (Continuum, 2004), forthcoming, Philosophy in review, 25(6), 2005.
  • Adrian Peperzak, Modern freedom. Hegel's legal, moral and political philosophy (Kluwer, 2001), Archives de Philosophie, Bulletin de litterature hegelienne XV, 67(4), 2004.
  • Elliot Jurist, Beyond Hegel and Nietzsche. Philosophy, culture and agency (MIT Press, 2000), Archives de philosophie, Bulletin de litterature hegelienne XV, 67(4), 2004.
  • Dudley Knowles, Hegel and the Philosophy of Right ( London: Routledge, 2002), Australian Journal of Political Science, 39(3), 2003.
  • Johannes Erhard, Du droit du peuple a faire la revolution, Etudes Philosophiques, 1999.
  • Axel Honneth, Olivier Voirol, "The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt school and the Theory of Recognition", In G. Rockhill (ed). Politics of Culture and the Spirit of Critique, New York, Columbia University Press, 2010.
  • Axel Honneth, "The Political Identity of the Green Movement in German: Social-Philosophical Reflections", Critical Horizons 10(1), 2010.
  • Axel Honneth, "The Irreducibility of Progress: Kant's Account of the Relationship between Morality and History", with Robert Sinnerbrink, Critical Horizons, 8(1), 1-17.
  • Claude Gautier, "The Renewal of Critique in Neo-Capitalism", Critical Horizons, 8(1), 116-129.
  • Jacques Rancière, "The Ethical Turn in Aesthetics and Politics", Critical Horizons, 7, 2006, 27-46.
  • Stéphane Haber, "Discourse Ethics and The Problem of Nature", Critical Horizons, 7, 2006, 165-182.

Current research

Long-standing research interests:
  •  Social and Political Theory
  • German philosophy, especially Hegel and the Hegelian tradition
  • Critical Theory, especially the work of Axel Honneth
  • Phenomenology, especially Merleau-Ponty
  • Continental aesthetics
Current research projects:
  • The case for and against work
  • Paradoxes of equality
  • Editor of Critical Horizons

Administrative responsibilities

  • Acting Head of Department (1 January - 31 August 2016)
  • Head of Department (1 August 2012 - 31 December 2014)
  • Acting Head of Department (October 2010-August 2011)

Contact details

Location: Building W6A Room 736
Phone: (61 2) 9850 6773
Fax: (61 2) 9850 8892
Office hours: by appointment

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