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Alex Dubilet


Alex Dubilet is currently a Lecturer in the Departments of English and Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014.  

Dubilet works across the fields of contemporary continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, critical theory, history of Christianity, political theology, modern and contemporary political theory, and critical study of secularity and secularism. He is currently finishing a book for Fordham University Press entitled Kenosis of the Subject and the Immanence of Life, which centers on the works of Meister Eckhart, G.W.F. Hegel, and Georges Bataille, and explores the way in which concepts of self-emptying and self-annihilation complicate the way scholars usually narrate the relationship between medieval mystical theology and modern philosophy. His other ongoing projects deal with 1) the imbrication of German Idealism and political theology; 2) gender and post-secularism; 3) the relevance of contemporary continental philosophy to critical debates on secularity and secularism; 4) the persistent critical import of 20th century debates on political theology. He is also a co-translator into English (with Jessie Hock) of François Laruelle’s General Theory of Victims (Polity Press, 2015) and A Biography of Ordinary Man: Of Authorities and Minorities (Polity Press, Under Contract).

Some of his work is available at:



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