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Marie-Eve Morin, DrPhil

Professor

Arts

Philosophy

About Me

I am originally from Quebec. I did my BA Honors in philosophy at McGill University and my doctorate at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Before coming to the U of A in 2007, I was an adjunct instructor at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, NY, and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Winnipeg.


Research

My area of research is 20th-century continental philosophy. My primary focus is “post-structuralism” and “post-phenomenology” (Derrida, Levinas, Nancy) but I also have interests in existentialism and phenomenology (Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Sartre). My doctoral research dealt with questions of alterity, selfhood and community. My next research project sought to expand the problem of human relations toward questions of world and globalization. While working on this project, I have become more and more interested in the possibility of thinking emancipation and social justice in spatial/worldly terms rather than temporal/historical ones. I put this project on hold in 2011 to write an introduction to Jean-Luc Nancy's work for Polity Press. I am currently expanding on this research and working on an extensive comparative study of Merleau-Ponty and Nancy. Ultimately, I hope to be able to bring my interpretation of both thinkers to bear on the realism/idealism debate reopened by the speculative turn. I have been awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant to complete this project.



Teaching

In the Fall, I normally teach what we call the Supersection of PHIL 101, Introduction to Philosophy: Values and Society. Aside from lecturing twice a week, my responsibilities include mentoring and supervising the teaching assistants, who run Friday discussion sections. The course is divided in four units: Philosophy and the Good Life, Moral Theories, Human Nature and the State, Alienation and Oppression. We read texts by Plato, Epicurus, Mill, Kant, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Iris Marion Young. In 2013, I was awarded the Kathleen W. Klawe Prize for Excellence in Teaching Large Classes for this course. I was also interviewed by the Arts Pedagogy Research and Innovation Laboratory about my approach to teaching large classes. You can watch the interview here.

I also regularly teach a 400-500 level course in continental philosophy. Topics have included Heidegger's Being and Time, Merleau-Ponty, Jean-Luc Nancy, Derrida and Husserl, Heidegger and Politics, among others.

I also sometimes teach PHIL 291, Existentialism and I have taught Phil 392, Topics in Continental Philosophy and Phil 481, Topics in Philosophy and Literature in the past