Leonard Lawlor

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Leonard Lawlor
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Born (1954-11-02)2 November 1954
Region Western Philosophy
School Continental philosophy
Main interests
Metaphysics, epistemology

Leonard "Len" Lawlor (/ˈlɔːlər/; born November 2, 1954)[1] is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Continental philosophy.[2]


Lawlor received his doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook in 1988 and taught at the University of Memphis from 1989–2008, where he held the position of Faudree-Hardin University Professor of Philosophy from 2004 to 2008 before joining the faculty at Penn State.[3] He is known for his writings on phenomenology and on the figures Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Henri Bergson, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Edmund Husserl, and Jean Hippolyte. Lawlor's most recent work concerns transcendental violence and possible responses to it.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Books authored[edit]

  • From Violence to Speaking out (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
  • Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011).
  • This is not Sufficient: An Essay on Animality and Human Nature in Derrida (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007).
  • The Implications of Immanence: Towards a New Concept of Life (The Bronx: Fordham University Press, 2006).
  • The Challenge of Bergsonism: Phenomenology, Ontology, Ethics (London: Continuum Press, 2003).
  • Thinking through French Philosophy: The Being of the Question (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003).
  • Derrida and Husserl: The Basic Problem of Phenomenology (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002).
  • Imagination and Chance: The Difference between the Thought of Ricoeur and Derrida (Albany: The SUNY Press, 1992).

Books edited[edit]

  • Co-editor (with Zeynep Direk) of "The Blackwell Companion to Derrida" (Blackwell, 2014).
  • Co-editor (with J. Nale) of "The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon" (Cambridge University Press,2013).
  • Editor of "Vol. 4, Phenomenology: Responses and Developments (1930-1960)" in The Acumen History of Continental Philosophy, Ed. Alan Schrift (Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2010).
  • Co-editor (with Ted Toadvine) of The Merleau-Ponty Reader (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2007).
  • Co-editor (with Zeynep Direk) of Derrida: Critical Assessments in three volumes (London: Routledge, 2002).
  • Co-editor (with Fred Evans) of Chiasms: Merleau-Ponty’s Notion of the Flesh (Albany: The SUNY Press, 2000).
  • Editor and primary translator (with Bettina Bergo) of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Husserl at the Limits of Phenomenology (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2002).

Works translated[edit]

  • Jacques Derrida’s La voix et le phénomène as Voice and Phenomenon (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2011).
  • Co-translator (with Heath Massey) of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s course notes, 1955-56: L’institution, La passivité, as Institution and Passivity (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2010).
  • Co-translator (with Ted Toadvine) of Renaud Barbaras’s The Being of the Phenomenon: Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004).
  • Co-translator (with Amit Sen) of Jean Hyppolite's "Logic and Existence" (Albany: The SUNY Press, 1997).

Selected articles[edit]

  • “Phenomenology and Metaphysics, and Chaos: On the Fragility of the Event in Deleuze,” in The Cambridge Companion to Deleuze, eds. Daniel Smith and Henry Somers-Hall (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 103–125.
  • "Neither Violent nor Tranquil,” for special issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology on Foucault, eds. Keith Crome and Patrick O’Connor, 43.1 (January 2012): 6-21.
  • “Deconstruction”, for the Routledge Companion to Phenomenology, eds. Sebastian Luft and Soren Overgaard (London: Routledge, 2012): pp. 508–517.
  • “A Note on the Relation between Étienne Souriau’s L’instauration philosophique and Deleuze and Guattari’s What is Philosophy?,” in Deleuze Studies 5.3 (2011): 400-406.
  • “Further Questions: The Way out of the Present Philosophical Situation (Via Foucault),” in the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, 19.1 (2011): 91-104.
  • “The Postmodern Self: An Essay on Anachronism and Powerlessness,” for The Oxford Handbook to the Self, Ed. Shaun Gallagher (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011): pp. 696–714.
  • “Philosophy and Reality: Reflection on Cora Diamond’s Works,” in Philosophical Investigations, 34.4 (October 2011): 353-366.
  • “Intuition and Duration: An Introduction to Bergson’s Introduction to Metaphysics,” in Phenomenology and Bergsonism, Ed. Michael Kelly (London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010): pp. 25–41.
  • “Auto-affection and Becoming (Part I): Who are We?” in Environmental Philosophy, 6.1 (2009): 1-20.
  • “Following the Rats: An Essay on the Concept of Becoming-Animal in Deleuze and Guattari,” in Sub-Stance, “The Political Animal,” Issue 117, Volume 37, Number 3, 2008: 169-187.
  • “Waiting and Lateness: The Context, Implications, and Basic Argumentation of Derrida’s ‘Awaiting (at) the Arrival’ (S’attendre à l’arrivée) in Aporias,” in Research in Phenomenology, 38.3 (2008): 329-403.
  • “Animals have no Hand: An Essay on Animality in Derrida,” The New Centennial Review, 7.2 (memorial issue on Derrida, September/October 2007): 43-70.
  • “Life: an Essay on the Overcoming of Metaphysics,” in Edinburgh University Press Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophies, Ed., Constantine Boundas (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007): 517-530.
  • “Phenomenology: the Way out of Subjectivism,” in Edinburgh University Press Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophies, Ed., Constantine Boundas (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007): 389-401.
  • “'For the Creation Waits with Eager Longing for the Revelation': From the Deconstruction of Metaphysics to the Deconstruction of Christianity in Derrida,” Epoche, 10.2 (Spring 2006): 359-377.
  • “Bergson Revisited,” in Symposium, 10.1, (Spring 2006, special issue on Deleuze, edited by Constantine Boundas): 35-52.
  • "Jacques Derrida” in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (on-line), 2006.
  • Henri Bergson” (co-authored with Valentine Moulard) in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (on-line), 2004.

See also[edit]

List of deconstructionists


  1. ^ Library of Congress authority record, LCCN n 92035822 (accessed April 27, 2014)
  2. ^ Penn State University Faculty Page
  3. ^ University of Memphis Faculty Page