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Paola Marrati

(secondary appointment: Department of Philosophy)

Director of Graduate Studies
Modern and contemporary French Philosophy, American Pragmatism and Skepticism, Phenomenology, Philosophy and Cinema, Feminist and Queer Theory

The Humanities Center
Gilman 220
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-516-0542
Fax: 410-516-


Paola Marrati is Professor of Humanities with a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy. From 2007 to 2011 she was director of the Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2003, she held the Chair of Philosophy of Art and Culture in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and was director of the research program "Concepts of Life in Contemporary French Philosophy: Genealogies and Transformations at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris." She is currently member of the Scientific Board of the Center for the Study of French Contemporary Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Paola Marrati received her education in philosophy in Italy and France: she majored in philosophy at the Università degli Studi in Pisa and pursued her doctoral studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris as well as at the Marc Bloch University of Strasbourg where she studied under the supervision of Jacques Derrida and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe.

Her research interests in modern and contemporary philosophy focus mainly on the works of authors such as Bergson, Deleuze, Derrida, and Cavell who all, in spite of their obvious differences, attempt to transform philosophy so that it can continue to be faithful to its ancient task of being at once a criticism of culture and a therapeutic of the self. She is also interested in how philosophical problems are expressed and renewed outside of the canon, especially in literature, films, and TV series. Her teaching reflects her research interests and is guided by the commitment to the most historically accurate and conceptually generous reading of texts. Some of her recent courses and seminars include: “Gilles Deleuze. Critical Philosophy,” “The Event and the Ordinary,” “The Morality and Politics of Skepticism,” “Cinema and Philosophy,” “What Remains of the Human,” “Concepts of Life,” “Who or What exactly is the Other?"

Her principal publications include: Genesis and Trace: Derrida Reader of Husserl and Heidegger (Stanford University Press, 2005); Gilles Deleuze: Cinema and Philosophy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008); Cavell and Modernism, ed. (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming); and Bergson et le contemporain, co-authored with F. Sebbah (Belles Lettres, forthcoming). She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled The Event and the Ordinary: On the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Stanley Cavell.

Curriculum Vitae

Published Books

MLN vol. 130, no. 5: "Practices of the Ordinary"

Paola Marrati, ed.

Rue Descartes no. 59: "Gilles Deleuze, l'intempestif"

Paola Marrati
Presses Universitaires de France

Knowledge of Life: Georges Canguilhem

Paola Marrati and Todd Meyers, editors
George Canguilhem, Knowledge of Life
Fordham University Press

Gilles Deleuze. Cinema and Philosophy

Paola Marrati
Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society

Gilles Deleuze Cinéma et Philosophie

Paola Marrati
Presses Universitaires de France

Gilles Deleuze Cine y Filosofia

Paola Marrati
Libreria Paidos

Genesis and Trace: Derrida Reading Husserl and Heidegger

Paola Marrati
Stanford University Press

La genèse et la trace

Paola Marrati

La Philosophie de Deleuze

Paola Marrati, François Zourabichvili, Anne Sauvagnargues
Presses Universitaires de France

Rue Descartes, À quoi pense le cinéma?

Paola Marrati
Presses Universitaires de France

Published Articles

The Natural Cyborg: The Stakes of Bergson's Philosophy of Evolution

True Blood, Bon Temps, Louisiane 2008-2010

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