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Biography

Dr Chris Falzon is a senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Newcastle, Australia. 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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Australian National University, 20/04/1990
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University

Research

Research keywords

  • Dialogue
  • Ethics
  • Film
  • Philosophy
  • Power

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

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
220300Philosophy100

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Philosophy representative - Australian Universities Europe Network
  • Board member - Society of Philosophy for the Young

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Board member - Australasian Association for Phenomenology and Social Philosophy

Editorial Board.

  • Editorial Board Member - Ethics in Film (online journal)
  • Editorial Board member - Foucault Studies (electronic journal)
  • Editorial Board Member - Philosophical Films (website)
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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2002Falzon CA, Philosophy Goes to the Movies, Routledge, London & New York (2002) [A1]
2006Falzon CA, 'Philosophy and the Matrix', The Matrix in Theory, Rodopi, Amsterdam 97-112 (2006) [B1]
2005Falzon CA, 'Sartre and Meaningful Existence', Sartre's Nausea: Text, Context, Intertext, Rodopi, Amsterdam 105-120 (2005) [B1]
2003Falzon CA, 'Sartre: Freedom as Imprisonment', Philosophy Today, 47 (3) 126-137 (2003) [C1]

Publications

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Book (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Falzon CA, Philosophy Goes to the Movies: An Introduction to Philosophy, Routledge, London, 320 (2014) [A1]
2013Falzon C, O'Leary T, Sawicki J, A Companion to Foucault, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester UK, 632 (2013) [A3]
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 C, 'Making History', A Companion to Foucault, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford 282-298 (2013) [B1]
2013Falzon CA, 'Introduction', A Companion to Foucault, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford 1-8 (2013) [B2]
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]
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]
2010Falzon CA, 'Foucault, philosopher of dialogue', Foucault and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken 222-245 (2010) [B1]
2010Falzon CA, O'Leary T, 'Introduction: Foucault's Philosophy', Foucault and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken 1-16 (2010) [B1]
2009Falzon CA, 'Why be moral?', The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, Routledge, London 591-599 (2009) [B1]
2006Falzon CA, 'Philosophy and the Matrix', The Matrix in Theory, Rodopi, Amsterdam 97-112 (2006) [B1]
2006Falzon CA, Greetham B, 'Creating the Self', Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire 220-236 (2006) [B2]
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]
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 KM, Bennett J, Sharp H, Parkes R, Beirne R, Donnelly D, et al., 'Visual media texts: Teaching and assessing the humanities & social sciences in a post-literate age', The University of Newcastle (2013) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$6,990

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2003 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Chris Falzon
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,99020032003
GNo:G0183650

2002 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Chris Falzon
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020022002
GNo:G0182531
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.45

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Philosophy)Principal SupervisorA Comparative Phenomenological Approach to the Philosophical Foundations of Chinese Science
20062013PhD (Philosophy)Co-SupervisorWords and the World: A Critique of Straight Solutions to Kripke's Meaning Scepticism

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2005M Arts (Philosophy) [R]Principal SupervisorTowards a Deconstruction of the Dichotomy between Emotion and Rationality in the Ethical Agent
2002PHD Political Science
Australian National University
Co-SupervisorAnti-humanism and politics
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Dr Christopher (Chris) Falzon

Work Phone(02) 4921 5184
Fax(02) 4921 6928
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPhilosophy
Office
MC120,
McMullin,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/chris-falzon