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Department of Philosophy
John Caruana

John Caruana

Title:

Associate Professor

Education:

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

Office:

JOR-424

Telephone:

416-979-5000 ext. 7414

Email Address:

jcaruana@ryerson.ca

Research Interests:

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

Selected Publications & Presentations:

 
Edited Book

 
John Caruana and Mark Cauchi, eds, Immanent Frames: Postsecular Cinema between Malick and von Trier (SUNY Press, forthcoming)

   

 

Edited Special Journal Issue

 
John Caruana and Mark Cauchi, eds, Special issue of Symposium: Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion 20:1 (2016), pp. 1-105.

 

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

   

“Repetition and Belief: A Kierkegaardian Reading of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life,” in Postsecular Cinema between Malick and von Trier, eds. J. Caruana and M. Cauchi (SUNY Press, forthcoming)

 

“What is Postsecular Cinema?” in Postsecular Cinema between Malick and von Trier, eds. J. Caruana and M. Cauchi (SUNY Press, forthcoming) [co-authored with M. Cauchi]

 

The Dardenne Brothers and the Invisible Ethical Drama: Faith without Faith,” in special issue of Religions: Film and Lived Theology, ed. Joseph Kickasola 7:5 (2016)

 

“Introduction: Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion,” in Symposium (2016), pp. 1-10 [co-authored with M. Cauchi]

 

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

 

“The Subject in Crisis: Kristeva on Love, Faith, and Nihilism,” Thinking about Love: Essays in Contemporary Continental Philosophy, eds. Antonio Calcagno and Diane Enns (Penn State University Press, 2015)

 

“Blanchot,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, ed. Stephen Ross (London: Routledge, 2013). Web. 200 words.

 

“Heidegger,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, ed., Stephen Ross (London: Routledge, 2013). Web. 500 words.

 

“Bruno Dumont’s Cinema: Nihilism and the Collapse of the Christian Imaginary,” in Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation, eds. C. Bradatan and C. Ungureanu (New York: Routledge, 2014)

   

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

 
“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, 2008).  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Interviews

 
“The Insistence of Religion in Philosophy: An Interview with John D. Caputo,” in John Caruana and Mark Cauchi, eds, Special Issue of Symposium: Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion (2016), pp. 11-31.

 

Reviews

 
“Return of the Repressed,” Rev of Simone Weil and Theology by Lucian Stone and Rebecca Rozelle-Stone, Los Angeles Review of Books 28 April 2014, <https://lareviewofbooks.org/review/return-repressed>. 2000 words

 

“Remembering the Nameless: Review of E. Wyschogrod’s An Ethics of Remembering,” Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Technology 19 (2000), 411–413.

 

“Review of A. Peperzak’s Beyond: The Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas,Philosophy in Review 18:4 (1998), 299-300.

 

Translations

   

Daniel Bougnoux, “After Lacan: A Critique,” in Returns of the ‘French Freud,’ ed. Todd Dufresne (New York: Routledge, 1996) [co-translated with C. Dudas].

 

Felix Guattari, “The Microphysics of Power and the Micropolitics of Desire,” in The Guattari Reader, ed. G. Genosko (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1996).

 

————, “The Transference,” in The Guattari Reader

 

Conference Presentations  

    

“Postsecular Cinema in an Atheist Key,” Society For Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, USA, March 23, 2017

 

“Deleuze and Kierkegaard on the Paradox of Belief: Strange Encounters at the Cinema,” Film-Philosophy Conference, Edinburgh, UK, July 7, 2016

 

“Revisiting Bresson's ‘Transcendental Style’: Jean-Luc Marion, Cinema, and the Saturated Phenomenon,” Film-Philosophy Conference, Oxford, UK, July 22, 2015

 

“Createdness and Giftedness of the World in Terrence Malick's Cinema,” Film-Philosophy Conference, Glasgow, UK, July 3, 2014

 

“Jean-Luc Marion on the Silence and Death of God,” American Academy of Religion Western Division, Calgary, May 12, 2014

 

“World, Loss, and Grace: Terrence Malick’s Kierkegaardian Repetition,” Film-Philosophy Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 11, 2013

 

“Believing at the End of the World: Religion, Cinema, Philosophy” American Academy of Religion East Division, Toronto, May 11, 2013

 

“Bruno Dumont’s Cinema: Nihilism and the Collapse of the Christian Imaginary,” Religion and Secularity in Contemporary European Cinema, Barcelona, Oct. 7, 2011

 

“Levinas and the ‘Childhood Crisis’ of our Age: Beyond the Religion-Atheism Divide,” International Conference on the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, Toulouse, France, July 6, 2010.

 

“And He Descended into Hell: Between Immanence and Transcendence,” Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion, Liverpool, UK, June 26, 2009.

 

“‘What Strange Magician Fills Your Heaven?’ Levinas and the Good,” Society for Existentialist and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Vancouver, BC, May 30, 2008

 

“Representing the Hidden Drama of Ethics: Levinas and the Cinema of the Dardenne Brothers,” Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, October 6, 2007; Looking Through a Glass Darkly Conference, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, May 12, 2007.

 

“Disaster and Being in Blanchot and Levinas,” Strategies of Critique, Toronto, ON, April 4, 2006.

 

“Derrida’s Legacy,” Panel Organizer and Commentary on S. Pinardi’s “Derrida’s Memoirs of the Blind,” Society for Existentialist and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, London, ON, May 29, 2005.

 

“The Role of Conscience in Recent Continental Thought,” International Social Theory Consortium, Toronto, ON, June 8, 2004.

 

“Martin Buber and the Politics of I and Thou,” Commentary on N. Zunic’s “Persons and Community,” Society for Existentialist and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Winnipeg, MB, May 31, 2004.

 

“Emmanuel Levinas on the Drama of Being,” Society for Existentialist and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Halifax, NS, May 30, 2003.

 

“Conscience in Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Levinas,” Canadian Philosophical Association meeting, Quebec City, QC, May 28, 2001.

 

“Levinas’s Critique of the Sacred,” Canadian Society for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, Quebec City, QC, May 26, 2001.

 

“‘Disaster’ to ‘Desire:’ Seeking the Hidden Good in Levinas,” Canadian Philosophical Association meeting, Sherbrooke, QC, June 3, 1999.

 

“The Concept of the ‘il y a’ in the Early Levinas,” Canadian Society for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, Ottawa, ON, May 29, 1998.

 

“Catastrophic Ethics: Emmanuel Levinas on Proximity,” Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Conference, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, April 21, 1997.

 

“Emmanuel Levinas on the Philosophical Meaning of Creation,” Mythology and Ethics Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, March 28, 1997.