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Dr

Sean Gaston

Honorary
arts & humanities
literature
philosophy
humanities, multidisciplinary
arts & humanities - other topics
literary theory & criticism
literary criticism
derrida
world
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Dr

Sean Gaston

 
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Arts
 
Primary Interest
Concepts Of World
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Dr

Sean Gaston

 

Sean Gaston was born in Melbourne in 1967 and grew up in America and Britain. He studied at the University of Melbourne, gaining his B.A.

Hons. In English in 1990, his M.A. in 1994 and his PhD in 1999. His M.A. focused on Derrida's reading of G.W.F. Hegel. His doctoral thesis examined concepts of disinterest – taken as the opposite of self-interest – in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain from Thomas Hobbes to Adam Smith. He was a major scholar at Ormond College, University of Melbourne (1988) and recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship (1992).

He was Senior Lecturer and then Reader in English at Brunel University London from 2006-2017. He was a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, in 2017-2019.

He has published five monographs on the work of the philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004). In Derrida and Disinterest (2005) he examined the rethinking of ideas of disinterest as an ethical concept. The Impossible Mourning of Jacques Derrida (2006) focused on the necessary gaps in philosophy, literature and history that both invite bridging and refuse any possible closing of the gap.

In Starting With Derrida: Plato, Aristotle and Hegel (2007), he addressed concepts of 'starting with' that must always start again by moving backwards to move forwards. In Derrida, Literature and War: Absence and the Chance of Meeting (2009), a range of philosophical and literary works are used to dispute the idealisation of a pure absence and to examine in its place the chances of the chance meeting that can also become a duel or a war-like encounter. In 2011 he edited Reading Derrida's Of Grammatology.

In 2013, he published The Concept of World from Kant to Derrida, which focused on the treatment of the concept of world in Kant, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger and Derrida. In addition to his work on Derrida, he has published articles on a wide range of literary, cultural and philosophical questions, including: imprudence in the eighteenth-century novel; exile and tradition; literature and biography; eighteenth-century concepts of sympathy and custom; ideas of pity and the use of animal fables in moral philosophy; the construction of the literary character; religion in the space of literature.

His most recent publication is Jacques Derrida and the Challenge of History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). This monograph argues that Derrida's work can be treated as the basis for a distinctive historiography.

He current research includes:

  • 'Arendt and World "as the space for politics" ' (forthcoming chapter 2020 in edited collection)
  • 'The Philosopher's Family: Plato and His Brothers'
  • 'Deconstruction ... and Phenomenology'
  • 'Matisse, Derrida and The Sequence Without Sequence: Philosophy, History and Art'

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 37 most recent scholarly works by Sean Gaston.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

1992

Commonwealth Scholarship

Australian Research Council

1989

Marion Boothby Prize

University of Melbourne

1988

Felix Rabb Prize

University of Melbourne

1988

Major Scholar

Ormond College, University of Melbourne

2012

Fellow of the Hermeneutical Research Group of the University of Barcelona


2010

Fellow of the London Graduate School


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Honorary

Culture And Communication

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Arts

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts

University of Melbourne