Dr Tim Flanagan
BA (Hons) (Qld.), PhD (Dund.)

Lecturer - Philosophy

About me

I completed my PhD in Scotland, under the UK’s Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme, with a thesis on how the notion of the Baroque provides for an understanding of certain received and ongoing problems in philosophy.

Before returning to Australia I taught variously at Dundee, Greenwich, and Wolverhampton.     

Teaching area

PHL205 – Critical Metaphysics

PHL209 – Metaphors of Mind

PHL316 – Ancient Greek Ideas

BSC150 – What is Science?

Research areas

I work on the critical reception of metaphysics.

Following my doctoral dissertation on the aesthetic notion of the ‘Baroque’, as attested in studies by Walter Benjamin (1925) and Gilles Deleuze (1988), my research to date has been oriented in broad terms by questions from late eighteenth century German Frühromantik and late twentieth century French ‘post-structuralism’ (as well as the affinities between them and their common precedents). What interests me is the problem of the metonym by which thought can be said to organised if, given the transcendental insights of the Critique of Pure Reason, the ‘proud name of ontology’ is to be censured so avowedly? Or, in other words, by what manner does the ‘organon’ that involves our thinking certain concepts obtain (in say, art, science, or politics), and do these concepts suffice for experience?

My engagement with this problem involves the examination of pre-Critical metaphysics whose ‘genetic’ development of the relation between concepts and intuitions allows for the articulation of a uniquely aesthetic understanding of things.

A key figure in this regard is Leibniz – not only as the thinker for whom the Critique was to be regarded as an ‘apology’ but also as a monadic vantage point by which ancient (Plotinus), recent (Bergson), and ongoing accounts of ontology can be surveyed.

Current projects

monograph Baroque Naturalism in Benjamin and Deleuze: The Art of Least Distances 

 

Publications

‘The Sublime Words of the Third Ennead’ [in preparation]

‘Pushing to its Limit a Metaphor Sketched by Plotinus’ [in preparation]

‘Malabou and Plotinus’ [in preparation]

‘Jankélévitch and Plotinus’ [in preparation]

‘The New Schemas of Lateral or Retrograde Evolution’ [under review]

‘The Dictionaries in Which We Learn to Think’, Deleuze Studies 9 (3) 2015. DOI: http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/10.3366/dls.2015.0189

‘The Free and Indeterminate Accord of the ‘New Harmony’: The Significance of Benjamin’s Study of the Baroque for Deleuze’ in Deleuze and The Fold: A Critical Reader (eds) Niamh McDonnell and Sjoerd van Tuinen (Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). DOI: http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9780230248366

‘The Thought of History in Benjamin and Deleuze’ in Deleuze and History (eds) Ian Buchanan and Clare Colebrook (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2009). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636082.003.0006

 

Reviews

Michael James Bennett, Deleuze and Greek Physics: The Image of Nature. Bloomsbury studies in ancient philosophy. (Bloomsbury; London: Bloomsbury, 2017) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (November 2018) http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2018/2018-11-50.html

Yount, David J. Plato and Plotinus on Mysticism, Epistemology, and Ethics. (London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (April 2018) http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2018/2018-04-28.html     

Mason, Andrew S. Ancient Aesthetics. (London; New York, Routledge, 2016), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (May 2017) http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2017/2017-05-08.html

Schuurman, Paul. Ideas, Mental Faculties and Method: The Logic of Ideas of Descartes and Locke and its Reception in the Dutch Republic, 1630-1750, (Leiden, Brill, 2004), in Journal of Early Modern History 9 (3) 2005.