WORK AND RESEARCH

Authored Books

Deleuze's Hume: Philosophy, Culture and the Scottish Enlightenment (Edinburgh University Press, 2009)

Philosophy at the Edge of Chaos: Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of Difference
(University of Toronto Press, 2006)

The Problem of Difference: Phenomenology and Poststructuralism (University of Toronto Press, 1998)

Edited Books

Deleuze and History, editor, with Claire Colebrook (Edinburgh University Press, 2009)

Industrialization and Imperialism, 1800-1914: A Biographical Dictionary, editor (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002)

Selected Essays in Refereed Journals

"History Undone: Towards a Deleuzo-Guattarian Philosophy of History," a review essay of Jay Lampert's Deleuze and Guattari's
     Philosophy of History
(Continuum, 2006), in Deleuze Studies (Vol. 2, no. 1, 2008), pp. 109-119.

"Charting the Road of Inquiry: Deleuze's Humean Pragmatics and the Challenge of Badiou," Southern Journal of Philosophy
    (44:3 2006).

"Phenomenology, Poststructuralism, and the Cinema of Time," in Film and Philosophy, Volume II, 1997. Translated into Italian
     under the title, "Il Cinema Del Tempo: Deleuze, la fenomenologia e la differenza," in Deleuze E Il Cinema Francese (Milano:
     Associazione Culturale Mimesis, 2002), pp. 31-50.

"Philosophizing the Double-Bind: Deleuze Reads Nietzsche," Philosophy Today (Vol. 39, No. 4, 1995).

Chapters in Books

"Of the Rise and Progress of Philosophical Concepts: Deleuze's Humean Historiography," in Deleuze and History, edited by Jeffrey
         A. Bell and Claire Colebrook (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).

"Il Cinema Del Tempo: Deleuze, la fenomenologia e la differenza," in Deleuze E Il Cinema Francese (Milano:
     Associazione Culturale Mimesis, 2002), pp. 31-50. A translation of "Phenomenology, Poststructuralism, and the Cinema of Time."

"Immanence/Transcendence: Deleuze and Voegelin on the Conditions for Political Order," in Eric Voegelin's Dialogue With the    
    Postmoderns
, edited by Peter A. Petrakis and Cecil L. Eubanks (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2004), pp. 93-120.

"History in the Service of Life: A Dynamic Systems Approach to Intellectual History," in Uniting the Liberal Arts: Core and Context,
     edited by Bairnard Cowan and Scott Lee (New York: University Press of America, 2002), pp. 125-131.

"The Director-function: Auteur theory and Poststructuralism," Fotogenia  (Vol. 3, 1996). Translated into Italian and published
    under the title, "La funzione regista. La teoria dell'autore e il post-strutturalismo"

Current work and research

I am currently at work on two book-length projects. One is tentatively titled, Spinoza and the Problem of History, and the other is tentatively titled Conceptual Nomadism: an Intellectual History of Philosophy since Kant. In the first book, I offer a reading of Spinoza that argues that Spinoza's corpus is best understood in terms of the conceptual resources Spinoza developed as he simultaneously addressed issues in the history of philosophy in his work on Descartes and the attendant problem of history that accompanies such a task. This reading allows us both to understand and supplement Deleuze's Gueroult-inspired reading of Spinoza and it more generally makes a case for the importance of the history of philosophy to doing philosophy. The second book is in many ways a companion piece to the first in that it is a history of philosophy that sets forth a philosophy of concepts, and in the end will show what it means for philosophy to be the intellectual labor of creating concepts.

A more current account of my research and publication activities can be found on my CV.