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John Caruana                                           

Associate Professor, Philosophy Department                                                  
Areas of Interest:

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

Current Courses:  

Spring 2008
    CC8831 Graduate Seminar Theorizing the Sacred in Contemporary Philosophy and Cinema

Fall 2008
    ACS100 Ideas that Shaped the World I
    ACS900 Conceiving the 'Other' in Contemporary European Thought

Winter 2009
    ACS200 Ideas that Shaped the World I

Research and Publications

“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).

"Kieslowski and Kiarostami: A Metaphysical Cinema," in After Kieslowski: The Legacy of Krzysztof Kieslowski, ed. S. Woodward (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008).


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


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


"Levinas," 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.



"Review of J. Mensch's Ethics and Selfhood," Symposium 8:3 (2004), 706-709.


"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.



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 (selected)

“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,” 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," Myth and Ethics Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, March 28, 1997.


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