Research

My research brings into conversation a broad range of themes and tendencies in modern and contemporary French thought. I am particularly interested in theology, atheism and secularism, and philosophical accounts of the human being.

My 2015 book French Philosophy Today surveys the current state of French thought by looking at new figures of the human in the philosophy of Alain Badiou, Quentin Meillassoux, Catherine Malabou, Michel Serres and Bruno Latour.

In Difficult Atheism (2011) I  compare and evaluate the atheological philosophies of Alain Badiou, Quentin Meillassoux and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Phenomenology or Deconstruction (2009) interrogates the relation between those two philosophical tendencies, with a particular focus on the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Luc Nancy.

I am currently completing a monograph on the thought of Michel Serres.

I am also writing two series of books which open conversations between philosophy and theology. The first is a series of three volumes on Reformed theology in relation to Derrida, Foucault and Deleuze. The second series journeys through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation with a view to generating tools of cultural critique. The first volume, on Genesis chapters 1 and 2 was published in October 2017.

My passion for communicating philosophical ideas to a broad audience runs through my teaching and research. My 2011 book From Plato to Postmodernism tells the story of the history of Western culture through its philosophy, literature, music and art.

Across all of these publications, my work consistently seeks to invite into conversation positions, thinkers and approaches that are not customarily considered together. The methodology I have developed and continue to refine in all these studies can be summarised in the injunction audi alteram partem (listen to the other side).