Photograph: Durham University/PA
Since giving a brief sketch of my current research project in January 2014, the focus of The Human Remains has tightened and developed. I have moved the material on the imago dei motif out of this book and into a new project in which I want to look at eikon and mimesis, image and imitation, as twin figures of the human in the Western tradition, teasing out the theological implications of both, as well as their relation to each other. The project will draw heavily on Quentin Meillassoux and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, inter alia. The tentative title of this book is Humanity After God.
That leaves The Human Remains with a more focused argument about the complexities of situating the human, along with its attendant notions of dignity and equality, in the landscape of contemporary French thought. THR will have chapters on Jean-Pierre Changeux, Catherine Malabou, Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, Jean-Luc Nancy, Paul Ricoeur and Michel Serres.
Ex uno plures!
A piece I prepared for a symposium on Kevin Hart at last year’s Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy has just been published in Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy. The piece is entitled ‘De omni re scibili‘ and deals in part with a distinction between two contrasting paradigms of interdisciplinarity (in this context, between philosophy and theology) that I call the topographical and the aspectual approaches. Kevin was very gracious, both in his interactions at the conference and subsequently, and it was a real pleasure to engage with his work.
I am currently developing further the distinction between the topographical and aspectual approaches in relation to various understandings of the human being in neuroscience (Changeux/Ricoeur and Malabou), the imago dei, and narrative, for the book on humanity I am working on this southern hemisphere summer. The book is provisionally entitled Humanity After God (with all the ambiguity of ‘after’).