(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
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Paola Marrati is Professor of Humanities with a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy, and 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. From 2001 to 2007 she 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 de Paris.
Paola Marrati received her education in philosophy in Italy and France: she majored in philosophy at the Università degli Studi di Pisa and pursued her doctoral studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de 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 on the work of Bergson, Deleuze, Derrida, and Cavell, who all attempt, although in different ways, 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 –sometimes- 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: The Philosophy,” “The Event and the Ordinary: On the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Stanley Cavell,” “The Morality and Politics of Skepticism,” “Concepts of Life,” “Who or What exactly is the Other?” “Thinking Films,” “Kinship to Come.”
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). She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled The Event and the Ordinary: On the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Stanley Cavell.
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