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Dr Chris Falzon

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Philosophy)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Chris Falzon is a senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Newcastle. he joined the Philosophy staff in 2001, after holding a position at the ANU.
 
His teaching and research interests are in ethics and social and political philosophy, especially in connection with 20th century continental thought. He has worked on questions of power and ethics, particularly in relation to the work of Foucault. How is it possible to engage in resistance and social critique if one is calling into question notions of the self and rationality that have traditionally supported such activities? He is particularly interested in exploring a dialogical interpretation of Foucault’s work, and more broadly, looking at connections between dialogue, critique, and ethics. His book Foucault and Social Dialogue was published in 1998, the co-edited Foucault and Philosophy in 2010, and a co-edited Blackwell Companion to Foucault in 2013. He is also interested in the accounts of the human being and freedom that emerge in earlier 20th century French philosophers, especially Sartre and Merleau-Ponty. See for example ‘Sartre: Freedom as Imprisonment’, and ‘Sartre’s Nausea and Meaningful Existence’.
 
Another area that has occupied him is philosophy and film, the idea of exploring philosophical issues in or through movies (as opposed to a philosophy of film). His book Philosophy Goes to the Movies, currently in its 3rd edition, aims to provide a broad introduction to philosophical positions and issues through film. He has also produced a number of articles and book chapters in this area, including pieces on the Truman Show and existentialism, Being John Malkovich and Merleau-Ponty, and the ‘why be moral’ question in film.
Research Expertise
I have published in the following areas: ethics, Sartre and existentialism, Merleau-Ponty and phenomenology, Foucault, power, resistance and dialogue, philosophy and film.


Qualifications

  • PhD, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University

Keywords

  • Dialogue
  • Ethics
  • Film
  • Philosophy
  • Power

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
220399Philosophy not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Editorial Board MemberPhilosophical Films (website)
Australia
Editorial Board MemberEthics in Film (online journal)
Australia
Editorial Board MemberFoucault Studies (electronic journal)
Australia
Board Member - Australasian Association for Phenomenology and Social Philosophy Australasian Association for Phenomenology and Social Philosophy
Australia
Philosophy RepresentativeAustralian Universities Europe Network
Australia
Board MemberSociety of Philosophy for the Young
Australia

Prestigious works

Year CommencedYear FinishedPrestigious WorkRole
20102013Blackwell Companions Blackwell Companion to FoucaultEditor
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Falzon CA, Philosophy Goes to the Movies: An Introduction to Philosophy, Routledge, London, 320 (2015)
Author URL
2013Falzon C, O'Leary T, Sawicki J, A Companion to Foucault, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, 632 (2013) [A3]
DOI10.1002/9781118324905Author URL
2010O'Leary T, Falzon CA, Foucault and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, U.K., 259 (2010) [A3]
2007Falzon CA, Philosophy Goes to the Movies: An Introduction to Philosophy, Routledge, New York, 267 (2007) [A4]
2002Falzon CA, Philosophy Goes to the Movies, Routledge, London & New York (2002) [A1]
1998Falzon C, Foucault and Social Dialogue: Beyond Fragmentation, Routledge, 114 (1998) [A1]
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Chapter (15 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Falzon CA, 'Introduction', A Companion to Foucault, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford 1-8 (2013) [B2]
2013Falzon C, 'Making History', A Companion to Foucault, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford 282-298 (2013) [B1]
2011Falzon CA, 'On Being John Malkovich and not being yourself', The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman, The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 46-65 (2011) [B1]
2011Falzon CA, 'Peter Weir's The Truman Show and Sartrean freedom', Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective, Berghahn Books, New York 17-31 (2011) [B1]
2010Falzon CA, O'Leary T, 'Introduction: Foucault's Philosophy', Foucault and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken 1-16 (2010) [B1]
2010Falzon CA, 'Foucault, philosopher of dialogue', Foucault and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken 222-245 (2010) [B1]
2009Falzon CA, 'Why be moral?', The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, Routledge, London 591-599 (2009) [B1]
2006Falzon CA, Greetham B, 'Creating the Self', Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire 220-236 (2006) [B2]
2006Falzon CA, 'Philosophy and the Matrix', The Matrix in Theory, Rodopi, Amsterdam 97-112 (2006) [B1]
2006Falzon CA, 'Reason and Faith', Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire 168-180 (2006) [B2]
2006Falzon CA, 'The Essence of Self', Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire 212-219 (2006) [B2]
2005Falzon CA, 'Sartre and Meaningful Existence', Sartre's Nausea: Text, Context, Intertext, Rodopi, Amsterdam 105-120 (2005) [B1]
2004Falzon CA, 'War in the age of biopolitics', Savasin Yuzleri Uzlasmanin Asamalari/Faces of War Phases of Reconciliation, Ankara Universitesi Basim Evi/Ankara University Printing House, Ankara (2004) [B1]
1997Falzon C, 'Foucault, Dialogue and the Other'',', , Queeensland University of Technology, Brisbane, (1997) [B1]
1997Falzon C, 'Foucault, Dialogue and the Other', , Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, (1997) [B1]
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Journal article (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Falzon CA, 'Philosophy through Film', The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, online (2013) [C1]
2010Falzon CA, 'What would Kant make of that?', Dialogue: A Journal of Religion and Philosophy, 12-15 (2010) [C2]
2003Falzon CA, 'Sartre: Freedom as Imprisonment', Philosophy Today, 47 (3) 126-137 (2003) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
2002Falzon CA, 'Why be moral?', dialogue: A Journal of Religion and Philosophy, 19 1367-2592 (2002) [C3]
2001Falzon CA, 'Philosophy goes to the movies', Critical & Creative Thinking: the Australasian Journal of Philosophy for Children, 9 41-51 (2001) [C3]
1999Falzon C, 'Reply to Winifred Lamb', Sophia, 38 (1999) [C2]
1993Falzon C, 'Foucault''s Human Being', Thesis Eleven, 34 (1993) [C1]
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Grushka K, Bennett J, Parkes RJ, Beirne R, Donnelly D, Falzon C, et al., 'Visual media texts: Teaching and assessing the humanities & social sciences in a post-literate age', Centre for Learning and Teaching, 18 (2013) [R1]
Co-authorsRobert Imre, Kath Grushka, Robert Parkes, Josephine May, Rebecca Beirne, Heather Sharp, J Bennett, Debra Donnelly
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$6,990

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20031 grants / $1,990

Faces of War/Phases of Reconciliation: Histories, Discourses, Politics 8 to 10 December 2003$1,990

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Chris Falzon
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183650
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20021 grants / $5,000

The power of dialogue: Foucault and the dialogical tradition in social thought$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Chris Falzon
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182531
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014A Comparative Phenomenological Approach to the Fundamental Questions of the Chinese Philosophical Tradition and their Impact on Chinese Science and Medicine
Philosophy, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2006Words and the World: A Critique of Straight Solutions to Kripke's Meaning Scepticism
Philosophy, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2005Towards a Deconstruction of the Dichotomy between Emotion and Rationality in the Ethical Agent
Philosophy, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2001Anti-humanism and politics
Political Science, Australian National University
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Chris Falzon

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Philosophy

Contact Details

Emailchris.falzon@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5184
Fax(02) 4921 6928

Office

RoomMC120
BuildingMcMullin
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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