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Catherine Malabou

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Nationality  French
Role  Philosopher

Name  Catherine Malabou
Region  Western Philosophy
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Born  1959France
Notable ideas  Combining philosophy (transsubjectivation) and neuroscience (neuroplasticity)
Education  Ecole normale superieure de lettres et sciences humaines
Influenced by  Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Immanuel Kant, Luce Irigaray, Jean-Luc Marion
Books  The New Wounded: From Neu, What Should We Do with O, The future of Hegel, The Ontology of the Accid, Self and Emotional Life: Philo
Similar People  Jacques Derrida, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, Martin Heidegger, Quentin Meillassoux, Adrian Johnston

Philosophical era  Contemporary philosophy
Schools of thought  Continental philosophy

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Catherine Malabou ([malabu]; born 1959) is a French philosopher. She is professor in the Philosophy Department at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University.


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Malabou graduated from the École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines (Fontenay-Saint-Cloud). Her agrégation and doctorate were obtained, under the supervision of Jacques Derrida, from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Her dissertation became the book, L'Avenir de Hegel: Plasticité, Temporalité, Dialectique (1996).


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Central to Malabou's philosophy is the concept of "plasticity," which she derives in part from the work of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and from medical science, for example, from work on stem cells and from the concept of neuroplasticity. In 1999, Malabou published Voyager avec Jacques Derrida – La Contre-allée, co-authored with Derrida. Her book, Les nouveaux blessés (2007), concerns the intersection between neuroscience, psychoanalysis, and philosophy, thought through the phenomenon of trauma.

Coinciding with her exploration of neuroscience has been an increasing commitment to political philosophy. This is first evident in her book What Should We Do With Our Brain? and continues in Les nouveaux blessés, as well as in her book on feminism (Changer de différence, le féminin et la question philosophique, Galilée, 2009), and in her forthcoming book about the homeless and social emergency (La grande exclusion, Bayard).

Malabou is co-writing a book with Adrian Johnston on affects in Descartes, Spinoza and neuroscience, and is preparing a new book on the political meaning of life in the light of the most recent biological discoveries (mainly epigenetics). The latter work will discuss Giorgio Agamben's concept of "bare life" and Michel Foucault's notion of biopower, underscoring the lack of scientific biological definitions of these terms, and the political meaning of such a lack.


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