Dr Knox Peden (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
BA (Penn), MA (LSE), PhD (Berkeley).
Knox Peden earned his PhD in European intellectual history from UC Berkeley in 2009, and also holds an MA in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Between 2008-2010 he worked as a research associate on an AHRC-funded project devoted to the Cahiers pour l'Analyse (1966-69), a journal published in France at the height of the structuralist era. His writings have been published in Modern Intellectual History, History and Theory, Continental Philosophy Review, and Radical Philosophy.
Knox is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre, where he specializes in late modern intellectual history with a focus on philosophy. His first book is an account of the resurgence of enthusiasm for Spinoza’s ideas in twentieth-century France. At present, he is writing a survey titled French Philosophy Today: A Historical Introduction, which Bloomsbury will publish in 2014. Structured thematically, this volume will engage with the ideas of many French thinkers currently gaining an audience worldwide, e.g. Henry, Marion, Badiou, Rancière, Gauchet, Laruelle, Malabou, Meillassoux, and Stiegler. Finally, he is in the earliest stages of a broad research project on the historical relationship between secularism and philosophy, using a series of “Spinoza Controversies” from the late eighteenth century to the present to structure the inquiry.
- Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism from Cavaillès to Deleuze. Cultural Memory in the Present (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014, in press).
- Concept and Form, Volume 1: Key Texts from the Cahiers pour l'Analyse, co-edited with Peter Hallward (London: Verso, 2012).
- Concept and Form, Volume 2: Interviews and Essays on the Cahiers pour l'Analyse, co-edited with Peter Hallward (London: Verso, 2012). See also the companion website.
Recent articles and book chapters
- “The Burden of Intelligibility,” History of European Ideas (in press).
- “The Fate of the Concept,” in Hallward and Peden (eds), Concept and Form, Volume 2: Interviews and Essays on the Cahiers pour l’Analyse (London: Verso, 2012).
- “Foucault and the Subject of Method,” in Hallward and Peden (eds), Concept and Form, Volume 2: Interviews and Essays on the Cahiers pour l’Analyse (London: Verso, 2012).
- “Neither/Nor,” History and Theory, 51:3 (May 2012).
- “Descartes, Spinoza, and the Impasse of French Philosophy: Ferdinand Alquié versus Martial Gueroult,” Modern Intellectual History, 8:2 (2011).
- “The Better Half,“ a review essay on Benjamin Noys’s The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory in Radical Philosophy, no. 168 (July/August 2011).
- “The Rights of the Imaginary: On Jean-Claude Milner,” S: Journal of the Jan Van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique, 3 (2010).
- Review essay on Ray Brassier’s Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction, in Continental Philosophy Review, 42: 4 (January 2010).
- “The Maoist March through the Institutions,” a review essay on Julian Bourg’s From Revolution to Ethics: May ‘68 and Contemporary French Thought in Radical Philosophy, no. 149 (May/June 2008).
- “Analogical Nostalgias,” a review essay on Antonio Negri’s The Political Descartes in Radical Philosophy, no. 145 (September/October 2007).
- “Gilles Deleuze: From Hume to Spinoza (an attempt to make good on a Popkin request),” in Jeremy Popkin (ed), The Legacies of Richard Popkin (Dordrecht and Boston: Kluwer, 2008).
- “Breathing in the Eternal: Canetti and Spinoza,” in William C. Donahue and Julian Preece (eds), The Worlds of Elias Canetti: Centenary Essays (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007).