Selected Writings

The following writings are a representative selection of my work over the past ten years:

"Experiments in Thinking: An Assay of Smith's Essays on Deleuze" This was my contribution to the Current Research panel on Dan Smith's book. Although not likely to be published in this form anywhere else, it offers a summary of my thoughts on how to bring Hume and Spinoza together.

" Infinite Pragmatics: Peirce, Deleuze, and the Habit of Things" This will be published in a collection from Routledge on Deleuze and pragmatism.

"Modes of Violence: Deleuze, Whitehead, Butler and the Challenges of Dialogue" I offer a critical account of Butler in this essay, arguing that the ontology of the body she supports is plagued with an unacceptable dualism, and one not found in either Deleuze or Whitehead (I also draw heavily from the work of Davidson in this essay).

"Between Realism and Anti-realism: Deleuze and the Spinozist Tradition in Philosophy" This paper was presented at the Deleuze in Context Workshop at the University of Dundee, September 24.

"Whistle While you Work: Deleuze and the Spirit of Capitalism" This is a rough draft of a paper I will be presenting at the Second International Deleuze Conference in Cologne Germany in August, 2009.

"Instituting Culture: Hume, Deleuze, and the Problems of the Scottish Enlightenment" This essay was presented at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Edinburgh in September, 2006. I am currently expanding upon this work for my next book.

"Deleuze and Analytic Philosophy" This essay was presented at the SEP-FEP conference at the University of Dundee, in September 2006. I have yet to rework it and publication.

"Charting the Road of Inquiry: Deleuze's Humean Pragmatics and the Challenge of Badiou" A shortened version of this essay was presented at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in October, 2005, and has been recently published in the the Southern Journal of Philosophy. This is the published version.

"Between Individualism and Socialism: Deleuze's Micropolitics of Desire" This essay was presented at the inaugural meeting of the Association for Political Theory in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 17, 2003. I attempt to place Deleuze's general philosophical concepts into a context that clarifies Deleuze's political theory. Along the way, I show how Deleuze was able to combine both his Marxism and his Nietzscheanism into a critique of contemporary society.

"Beyond Beautiful and Ugly: Non-dual Thinking and Aesthetic Theory" In this essay I compare Nietzsche's philosophical project with Zen Buddhism. I argue that in both Nietzsche and Zen there is great emphasis placed upon acting from what I call an "aesthetic" position, by which I mean one acts intentionally but without a clear or predetermined idea of what will be accomplished. In Zen this is referred to as "Wu-Wei," the principle of non-acting; and for Nietzsche this idea is stressed in numerous places as part of his general critique of teleology. I presented this paper at an Aesthetics conference in July, 2003, and gave a version of this paper as a lecture during Southeastern's annual Fanfare lecture series.

"Phenomenology, Poststructuralism, and the Cinema of Time" This essay was originally the conclusion to my dissertation, The Problem of Difference: Phenomenology and Poststructuralism (published by University of Toronto Press, 1998). It has also been published separately in the journal Film and Philosophy (Volume II) and is currently being translated into Italian for publication in a book on film theory.

"The Director-function. Auteur Theory and Poststructuralism" Another essay written during what might be called my film theory period, I develop a notion of "author" by expanding upon ideas set forth by Deleuze and Foucault. I have continued to apply many of the concepts utilized here to other areas, most recently to political theory. This essay was translated into Italian and published in the journal Fotogenia (Volume 3, 1996) under the title, "La funzione regista. La teoria dell'autore il post-strutturalismo."