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Department of Philosophy
John Caruana

John Caruana


Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director


BA (McGill); MA; PhD (York University)




416-979-5000 ext. 7414

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Research Interests:

Contemporary European Philosophy; Philosophy of Film; Philosophy of Religion; Existentialism; Social and Political Thought

Selected Publications & Presentations:

(forthcoming) Editor, Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion, Special Issue of Symposium.

(forthcoming) “And He Descended into Hell: Between Immanence and Transcendence,” Angelaki.

(forthcoming) “Bruno Dumont’s Cinema: Nihilism and the Disintegration of the Christian Imaginary,” in Dilemmas of Religion and Secularity in Contemporary European Cinema, eds. C. Bradatan and C. Ungureanu (New York: Routledge)

(forthcoming 2014) “Blanchot.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed. Stephen Ross. London: Routledge.

(forthcoming 2014) “Heidegger.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed. Stephen Ross. London: Routledge.

(2009) “Kieslowski and Kiarostami: A Metaphysical Cinema,” in After Kieslowski: The Legacy of Krzysztof Kieslowski, ed. S. Woodward (Detroit: Wayne State University Press).

(2008) “Cinematic Epiphanies: Eric  Rohmer and the Transcendence of the Ordinary,” in Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, ed. K. R.  Morefield  (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

(2007) “The Drama of Being: Levinas and the History of Philosophy,” Continental Philosophy Review 40:3, 251-273.

(2006) “‘Not Ethics, Not Ethics Alone, but the Holy’: Levinas on Ethics and Holiness,” Journal of Religious Ethics 34:4, 561-583.

(2006) “Levinas," in Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics, ed. M. Cohen (London: Hodder & Stoughton)

(2002) “Levinas’s Critique of the Sacred,” International Philosophical Quarterly 42: 4, 519-534.

(1998) “The Catastrophic ‘Site and Non-Site’ of Proximity: Redeeming the Disaster of Being,” International Studies in Philosophy 30:1, 33-46.

(1996) “Mourning and Mimesis: The Freudian Ethics of Theodor Adorno,” Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis 3:2, 89-108.