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Welcome to my site. I lecture and research in French Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. My main research interests are in contemporary French philosophy, with a focus on atheism, theology, ecology, (post)humanism and the New Materialisms. I am interested in the way in which theism and atheism entertain a more complex relationship than is usually acknowledged, and how that complex relationship has crucial implications for many aspects of thought and life. I explored some of these implications in my latest book, French Philosophy Today: New Figures of the Human in Badiou, Meillassoux, Malabou, Serres and Latour.

I also edit the international Crosscurrents monograph series for Edinburgh University Press. The series showcases the ways in which European thought re-makes repeatedly itself in its encounters with disciplines as diverse as mathematics, biology, theology and politics.

I took my undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge (Jesus College), before taking up a Junior Research Fellowship (Magdalene College) and then a two-year university lectureship in French (Murray Edwards College), arriving in Melbourne in 2011.

Key research interests: Michel Serres, Bruno Latour, Catherine Malabou, Jean-Luc Nancy, Quentin Meillassoux, Paul Ricoeur, New Materialism, Theology, Ecology, Humanism, Posthumanity.

You can find me on twitter and, as well as at my Monash University page.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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  1. Hi Dr Watkins
    i would like to read your books on contemporary French philosophy. Are they likely to be available in paperback in the near future?

    The online prices are quite high > $140 at the moment.

    Peter Mondy

    • Hi Peter, Thanks for your inquiry. Difficult Atheism is already available in paperback and on Kindle, and From Plato to Postmodernism is in paperback. I’m afraid that the others are just in hardback at this time.

      • Thanks for the response.

        I would read your books if they were reasonably priced.

        However I can’t afford to both live and read books that cost over $100 each, some of the paperbacks which are priced below that might be an option???

        It’s a pity I think your work deserves an audience outside of academia. Your ideas and perspectives on ontology and deconstruction seem important.

        I’ll see if I can borrow a copy from a library.


        Peter Mondy Sent from my iPhone


    • Hi Peter, /Difficult Atheism/ is out in paperback and /French Philosophy Today/ is set for paperback release in 2018. They are both also available on EUP’s online scholarship portal, if you have access to university library privileges…