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Philosophy at Dundee offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules aimed at sharpening your sense of what philosophy is, how it developed, and why it matters today. Our teaching focuses on these areas in particular: history of philosophy, art and aesthetics, applied philosophy (of work, technology, and information), and the crossover between philosophy’s ‘continental’ and ‘analytic’ traditions.


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Critical Legal Conference 2020: A Date for Your Diaries!

The Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy is delighted to announce details of the Critical Legal Conference 2020, to be held at the University of Dundee on 3-5th September 2020. The conference is a collaboration between the Centre and the School of Law at the University of Dundee, fostering crossdisciplinary links. The theme of the conference, playing on Dundee’s connections to the work of Mary Shelley, is ‘Frankenlaw: Community, Division, Modernity’. The call for streams is now open, until 29th February 2020. Full details of the conference here!

London Exhibition '24/7: A Wake-Up Call for Our Non-Stop World'

If you are in London, check out the exhibition ’24/7: A Wake-Up Call for Our Non-Stop World’ at Somerset House (until 23rd Feb 2020). Dominic Smith, from the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy, has a piece in the catalogue that extends his recent work in philosophy of technology; it features alongside work from the likes of Jonathan Crary, Esther Leslie, and Douglas Coupland.
More information here !

Special issue Parrhesia: Gaston Bachelard

We are pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy devoted to French philosopher of science Gaston Bachelard, guest-edited by Massimiliano Simons, Jonas Rutgeerts, Anneleen Masschelein and Paul Cortois.

It is freely available on-line here.


Podcast ! Dr Dominic Smith on Walter Benjamin

Resident Resonance is a podcast that aims to build urban and rural spaces through sound. This episode focuses on Walter Benjamin’s lost radio broadcast about the Tay Rail Bridge disaster. I interview Dr Dominic Smith from the University of Dundee about his work on Benjamin.

With thanks to Dominic Smith. Written by Laura Findlay. Recorded and edited by David P. Scott. Music by Michael Birnie.

Click here !


Workshop: Materialist Pedagogies

Dear everyone,

We are pleased to invite you to a workshop on “Materialist Pedagogies”. The core aim of the workshop is to reflect on what can count as a ‘stimulus’ or ‘object of thought’ in the Arts and Humanities today, in the face of a world that, if you believe the hype, seems to be ‘dematerialising’ further by the day….

The workshop will take place this Friday and Saturday (17th and 18th May). Please see the attached booklet for full details.

Venue (Friday): Room 5013, Matthew Building, DJCAD

Venue (Saturday): Red Box, Verdant Works.


We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy, which is freely available to read online

This issue contains the first publication in English of Bernard Stiegler’s first philosophical work, ‘Technologies of Memory and Imagination,’ translated by Ashley Woodward and Amélie Berger Soraruff, along with work by Raymond Ruyer, Thomas Sheehan, Gerald Moore, and others, on a variety of topics in contemporary continental philosophy.


Lecture by Slavoj Žižek: On Samuel Beckett’s Art of Abstraction

  Thu 8 November 2018 18:30 – 20:00 GMT LOCATION: Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 3, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 5EN Philosophy Seminar Series – presented by the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy Event sponsored by the Scot Philosophical association  





Dominic Smith on Exceptional Technologies

“A discussion of the rapidly growing field, from a thinker at the forefront of research at the interface of technology and the humanities, this is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary developments in Continental philosophy and philosophy of technology.

Philosophy of technology regularly draws on key thinkers in the Continental tradition, including Husserl, Heidegger, and Foucault. Yet because of the problematic legacy of the ’empirical turn’, it often criticizes ‘bad’ continental tendencies – lyricism, pessimism, and an outdated view of technology as an autonomous, transcendental force. This misconception is based on a faulty image of Continental thought, and in addressing it Smith productively redefines our concept of technology.”




American, French and German Philosophy

Oisín Keohane   

The idea of national philosophy carries in it a strange contradiction. We talk about ‘German philosophy’ or ‘American philosophy’. But philosophy has always pictured itself to be the project of universality. It presents itself as something that takes place outside or beyond the national – detachable from language, culture and history.

So why do we assign nationalities to philosophies? Building on Jacques Derrida’s unpublished seminars on philosophical nationalism, Oisín Keohane claims that national philosophies are a variant of some form of cosmo-nationalism: a strain of nationalism that uses, rather than opposes, ideas in cosmopolitanism to advance the aims of one nation.





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Unfinished Worlds: Hermeneutics, Aesthetics and Gadamer (2013)

This book explores the far-reaching consequences of Gadamer’s hermeneutical critique of aesthetics. Hans-Georg Gadamer’s poetics completely overturns the European aesthetic tradition. By concentrating on how we experience the meaning of artworks, Gadamer’s poetics has deep implications for how we can understand the meaning of poetry, art, literature, history and theology. This emphasis on participation promises an approach that will revolutionise how we appreciate and understand art, and gives us new ways to think about the value and productivity of the humanities. This is the first full-length study in English of Gadamer’s aesthetics. It draws on a significant proportion of Gadamer’s latter essays on art and aesthetics. It presents aesthetic attention as a form of practice.

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Interpreting Nietzsche: Reception and Influence (2011)

Helping students and researchers get to grips with the work of this compelling but often baffling thinker, this introductory guide surveys the impact and continuing influence of the work of Friedrich Nietzsche on modern European thought. Interpreting Nietzsche explores how some of the most important thinkers of the 20th century have responded to the legacy of his writings. Each chapter focuses on how Nietzsche’s work has been read by such major figures as: Martin Heidegger Jacques Derrida Giles Deleuze Luce Irigaray Gianni Vattimo Encouraging students to take their studies further, each chapter also includes annotated guides to further primary and secondary reading.

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Nihilism and Postmodernity (2011)

Nihilism in Postmodernity is an exploration of the nature of the problem of meaninglessness in the contemporary world through the philosophical traditions of nihilism and postmodernism. The author traces the advent of modern nihilism in the works of Nietzsche, Sartre, and Heidegger, before detailing the postmodern transformation of nihilism in the works of three major postmodern thinkers: Lyotard, Baudrillard, and Vattimo. He presents a qualified defense of their positions, arguing that while there is much under-appreciated value in their responses to nihilism, they fail to address adequately the problem of contingency in contemporary life. Drawing on the critical encounters with nihilism in both existentialist and postmodern traditions, the author concludes by staking out future directions for combating meaninglessness.

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Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information, and Art (2016)

This book offers an incisive argument for the contemporary importance of Lyotard in light of posthuman trends. Jean Francois Lyotard was one of the leading French philosophers of his generation, whose wide ranging and highly original contributions to thought were overshadowed by his brief, unfortunate association with ‘postmodernism.’ This book demonstrates what a new generation of scholars are now discovering: that Lyotard’s work is incisive and essential for current debates in the humanities, especially those concerning the ‘posthuman’. Ashley Woodward presents a series of studies which explain Lyotard’s specific interventions in areas such as information theory, new media arts, and the changing nature of the human, and assesses their relevance and impact in relation to other current positions. It brings to light a ‘New Lyotard’ by focussing on undiscovered themes and connections in his work. It shows Lyotard’s relevance and importance for posthuman studies. It critically compares Lyotard’s thought to contemporary philosophers and philosophies, such as Deleuze, Badiou, Stiegler, Meillassoux and the speculative realism movement.

In Memoriam Bernard Stiegler – a special issue of Parrhesia

To mark the passing of French philosopher of technology Bernard Stiegler, Parrhesia journal has released a special issue collecting relevant previously published articles, introduced with a personal reflection by Arne de Boever:

Bernard Stiegler (1952-2020): Another Dead Philosopher

by Amélie Berger Soraruff There is nothing more banal for a philosopher than to be dead. Doing philosophy often means walking down the aisle of a cemetery with your bouquet of chrysanthemums pressed against your chest, ready to be deposited on the grave of your...

Crisis and Critique – volume 7 issue 2

We are delighted to announce the publication of the new journal issue of Crisis and Critique. Volume 7 issue 2 is fully free online here: Past issues can be found here:

Parrhesia 33 – new issue

We are pleased to announce the publication of Parrhesia 33. This time the issue features work by Jean-Luc Nancy, Elie During and Paul-Antoine Miquel and essays on Rancière, Deleuze, Agamben and more. The journal is freely available...

Sleep Mode at Somerset House – a series of online events Please see details of online events relating to the recent '24/7' Exhibition at Somerset House, to which Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy members Dominic Smith and Patrick Levy contributed work and...

Why lockdown life is a lot like insomnia – a philosopher of sleep explains  

Seeing the Shark

by Dominic Smith Two transitional moments in Spielberg's Jaws demand special attention. The first is when Richard Dreyfuss turns up as oceanographer Matt Hooper. In a film full of strong performances, he steals the show (opinion will be split on whether Robert Shaw...

Selling Nietzsche Short (Again)

    by Ashley Woodward Popular culture has already had more than its fair share of misrepresentations of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) and his ideas, from the comic book superhero Superman to the‘Nietzscheans’ – a malevolent alien race...

Critical Legal Conference Postponement

Dear All, in light of the current Covid-19 situation, we have made the decision to postpone the Critical Legal Conference that was due to be run between the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy and Law at the University of...

Ugly David

  by Dominic Smith I wasn't in the habit of noticing it at all: a small rectangular fridge magnet bearing a likeness of the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher David Hume, gifted to me by an eccentric member of the Hume Society many years ago.... It is frankly...

About the SCCP

The Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy is a Research Centre based in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee. It brings together academics from Scotland, the UK, and the wider world to form a hub of research on continental philosophy in Scotland. It aims to foster the study of continental philosophy in all its historical and contemporary forms and to make connections to other philosophical traditions and academic disciplines.

The Centre organises conferences, workshops and seminars. It brings together researchers and students interested in historical figures and contemporary debates. The Centre also connects to work in philosophy and the arts through its degree programme in Art and Philosophy and through research degrees in continental philosophy and the Art and Humanities MFA at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

We have international links and current research programmes with Paris 8, Deakin University and the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, the Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion, and the Australasian Society of Continental Philosophy. The Centre has Erasmus links with Freiburg, Grenoble, Turin, Ostrava, Tilburg and Bilkent.

Contact the Organising Committee:

School of Humanities

University of Dundee



01382 388927


Prof. Nicholas Davey

University of Dundee

Dr. Tina Rock 

University of Dundee

Dr. Ashley Woodward 

University of Dundee

Dr. Dominic Smith

University of Dundee

Dr. Oisin Keohane

University of Dundee

Dr. Patrick Levy

University of Dundee

Dr. Undine Sellbach

University of Dundee

Dr. Frank Ruda

University of Dundee


Associate Members

 Dr. Todd Mei

University of Kent

Dr. Beth Lord
University of Aberdeen

Prof. Nino Gaetano
University of Turin

Dr. Gillian Smith
University of Dundee

Dr. Walter Pedriali
St Andrews University

Dr Mark Robson

University of Dundee

Dr Iain Campbell

University of Edinburgh


Prof. Pierre Cassou-Noguès

Paris 8

Prof. Arnauld Regnauld
Paris 8

Dr. Claire Larsonneur
Paris 8

Dr. Yoni Van Den Eede
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Galit Wellner
Wizo Design Academy