Michael Austin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada. He is a founding member of the North American Schelling Society, a member of the editorial team for Speculations: A Journal of Speculative Realism, as well as guest editor for Analecta Hermeneutica Vol. 3: Transcendence and Immanence. He has published numerous articles on Schelling, Badiou, Deleuze, Lacan, as well as speculative realism, and has lectured on contemporary philosophy and psychoanalytic theory.


9 responses to “About

  1. Anders Bentsen-Bøhm

    Hi Michael

    I´m so glad you decided to make a blog.
    I´ll definitely check it out in depth when I have a moment. (This will be soon, cause I have the flu)

    Wife coming home in few minutes, must help her with our daughter.
    Can´t wait to talk to you again, I´ve missed our discussions.

  2. Michele

    Hi Michael,

    My name is Michele (Italian for Michael), a first year undergraduate at the University of Chicago. I’m a philosophy major interested in Continental philosophy and I was wondering if I could ask you some questions.

    As you probably know, the US is largely dominated by analytic philosophical thought, though UChicago has a balance of both analytic and continental thought. However, it is much more difficult to develop interests in continental thought even in a somewhat balanced department.

    I’m interested in learning as much as I can about continental thought, and I found that your blog is quite insightful; I was wondering if you could give me any advice on where to start.

    Ultimately, I’d like to be able to read the work of Zizek, Lacan, Badiou and actually understand the thought leading up to their thinking. I’m also interested in phenomenology.

    So, I was wondering if you could recommend any books I should read to strengthen my understandings in continental thought. I’d be especially appreciative of seeing some of your undergraduate syllabuses, so I can see what non US students have been reading for various courses.

    Feel free to email me and correspond that way.

    Thanks so much!

  3. pierre

    Hello… I would like to subscribe to your blog but can’t find any rss feed / subscribe buttons. I’m not big on twitter. What gives?

  4. Man, what the hell have you been doing? Your name just popped up in a document (more precicely a list of Johnston’s publications) which includes Žižek, Zupančič, Dolar, Miellasoux and others… when did the world get so small? One day I’m watching you wtfpwn MrCropper, and the next I’m seeing your name in serious academia.

  5. Severely off-topic, but I was wondering if you’d be interested in a project I’m aiming at a number of the blog authors in the continental philosophy blogosphere. Specifically, I’m interested in developing a mailing list that would act as a “back channel” for discussion across a range of minds, the virtue of which is on-going, long-form discussion that bridges the gap between blog comments sections and email. If this interests you, let me know at what[dot]is[dot]ground[at]gmail[dot]com.

    Oh, and I enjoy your blog as a reader of some time.

  6. Jeremy Fordham

    Hi Michael. Just wondering if you accept guest posts — I’d love an opportunity to write a piece for Complete Lies. Let me know if you’re up to it!

    – J

  7. Francois

    Great blog. I’m currently compiling a list of antinatalist thought in continental and analytical philosophy. In the mean time, theviewfromhell.blogspot.com provides great essays around antinatalism and the right to die.



  8. Jedothek

    Certainly one can read Freud as a materialist; but this metaphysic is unilluminating. The metaphysic that situates Freud in the most interesting manner is Schopenhauer’s. There we have the primacy of will , which is libido and Eros, adequately worked out . We should do Sigmund the courtesy of rescuing him from his dogmatic materialism.

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