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Alex Dubilet


Alex Dubilet is currently a Senior 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, political theology, modern and contemporary political theory, history of Christianity, and critical study of secularity and secularism. His book, The Self-Emptying Subject: Kenosis and Immanence, Medieval to Modern (forthcoming in April 2018 with Fordham University Press), offers a new theorization of self-emptying and immanence in order to reconceive the relationship between medieval mystical theology and modern philosophy. He is currently working on several other projects, including 1) an edited volume reevaluating the interrelation of German Idealism and political theology; 2) a reexamination of the persistent critical import of early 20th century debates on political theology, focused especially on the figure of Georges Bataille; 3) an exploration of the way contemporary continental philosophy transforms critical debates on secularity and secularism; 4) a reevaluation of Russian 19th century intellectual thought through the lens of contemporary philosophical concepts, especially those of immanence, nothingness, and utopia. 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: On Authorities and Minorities (Polity Press, 2018).

He is currently a co-organizer of the Contemporary in Theory Working Group at Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University.

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