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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

Code Description Percentage
220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Editorial Board Member Philosophical Films (website)
Australia
Editorial Board Member Ethics in Film (online journal)
Australia
Editorial Board Member Foucault Studies (electronic journal)
Australia
Board Member - Australasian Association for Phenomenology and Social Philosophy Australasian Association for Phenomenology and Social Philosophy
Australia
Philosophy Representative Australian Universities Europe Network
Australia
Board Member Society of Philosophy for the Young
Australia

Prestigious works

Year Commenced Year Finished Prestigious Work Role
2010 2013 Blackwell Companions Blackwell Companion to Foucault Editor
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Chris Falzon
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183650
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $5,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Chris Falzon
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182531
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.55

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Freedom, Creativity and Authenticity in the Existentialist Philosophy of Gabriel Marcel, Nicholas Berdyaev and Jean Paul Sartre PhD (Philosophy), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD A Comparative Phenomenological Approach to the Fundamental Questions of the Chinese Philosophical Tradition and their Impact on Chinese Science and Medicine PhD (Philosophy), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Words and the World: A Critique of Straight Solutions to Kripke's Meaning Scepticism PhD (Philosophy), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2005 Masters Towards a Deconstruction of the Dichotomy between Emotion and Rationality in the Ethical Agent M Arts (Philosophy) [R], Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2001 PhD Anti-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

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

Office

Room MC120
Building McMullin
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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