Research

Leonardo skullI am currently working on a book provisionally entitled The Human RemainsFrench Philosophy in the Image of God. The first part of the book looks at the ways in which the imago dei motif is explicitly taken up in contemporary French thought. The second, longer part takes debates from the philosophical reception of the imago dei motif and uses them to provide a fresh comparative reading of contemporary French philosophical anthropology in its humanist, post-humanist, neuroscientific and ecological guises. Chapters discuss Catherine Malabou, Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Pierre Changeux, Alain Badiou and Jacques Rancière, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jean-Luc Marion and Michel Serres. The book’s thesis is that the human persists in contemporary thought, however radically altered its trace might be from traditional philosophical understandings. In order to argue that point it shows how reading contemporary thought through the lens of the imago dei motif helps us see how very different accounts of the human can be made to talk to and critique one another.

See http://christopherwatkin.com/2014/01/14/current-research-the-human-remains/

My research is in the field of modern and contemporary French thought, in particular the relation of that thought to theological questions and to atheism.

I have published on Jean-Luc Nancy, Paul Ricœur, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Alain Badiou, Quentin Meillassoux and Jacques Rancière, and in addition I have a particular interest in the thought of Bruno Latour and Michel Serres.

Thematically, my research has focused primarily on atheism and religion, with links to the themes of equality and the figure of the human being.

I welcome inquiries from postgraduate students for supervision in any of the above areas.