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Department of English Studies


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Dr Michael Mack, Ph.D. Cambridge University

Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46224
Room number: ER 256

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Research Interests

  • Science and Literature; Philosophy and Literature; mind-body problem; Modern Jewish Writing and Thought; Comparative Literature, American Literature

Selected Publications

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  • Mack, Michael (Published). “Between Elias Canetti and Jacques Derrida: The Role of Fortifications in the Work of W. G. Sebald”. In W.G. Sebald Schreiben Ex Patria/Expatriate Writing. Gerhard Fischer Radopi. 233-67.
  • Mack, Michael (Published). “Canetti’s Response to the Shoah: Masse und Macht.”. In The Elias Canetti Companion. Dagmar Lorenz Camden House. 389-312.
  • Mack, Michael (Published). “Modernity as an unfinished project: Benjamin and political romanticism,”. In Walter Benjamin and the Architecture of Modernity. Benjamin, Andrew open access. 75-98.
  • Mack, Michael (Published). “Suffering: Substantive and Subjective or Slavoj Žižek, Hannah Arendt and the Body’s Pain,”. In Perspective on Human Suffering. Lickiss, Norelle & Malpas, Jeff Springer. 63-89.
  • Carol Tully (Published). “The Dialectics of Naming. Franz Baermann Steiner’s Critical Engagement with Myth, Value and Redemption,”. In Iudicium. 70-87.
  • Mack, Michael (2016). Aging in modern Jewish writing and thought. In The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Aging. Scarre, Geoffrey London: Palgrave Macmillan. 149-167.
  • Mack, Michael (2015). The Other. In The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century. Forster, Michael N. & Gjesdal, Kristin Oxford: Oxford University Press. 736-750.
  • Mack, Michael (2012). ‘Spinoza’s non-humanist humanism’. In Spinoza Beyond Philosophy. Beth, Lord Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 28-47.
  • Mack, Michael (2012). “Beyond Mimesis or towards a nascent theory of literature: Walter Benjamin and Martin Heidegger’s Reading of Hölderlin,”. In Romantic Presences in the Twentieth Century. Sandy, Mark Routledge. 53-78.
  • Mack, Michael (2011). Towards an Inclusive Universalism: Spinoza’s Ethics of Sustainability, in Dimitris Vardoulakis. In Spinoza Now. University of Minnesota Press. 99-134.
  • Mack, Michael (2010). Hannah Arendt's philosophy of plurality: thinking and understanding and Eichmann in Jerusalem. In Power, Judgment and Political Evil: In Conversation with Hannah Arendt. Schaap, Andrew, Celermajer, Danielle & Karalis, Vrasidas Ashgate. 13-25
  • Mack, Michael (2009). “Modernity as an unfinished project: Benjamin and political romanticism”. In Walter Benjamin and the Architecture of Modernity. Andrew Benjamin & Charles Rice Melbourne: 59-76.
  • Mack, Michael (2005). The Rational Constitution of Evil: Reflections on Franz Baermann Steiner’s Critique of Philosophy. In Genocide and Human Rights. John K Roth Palgrave Macmillan. 101-1016.
  • Mack, Michael (2004). Canetti’s Response to the Shoah: Masse und Macht.” In Dagmar Lorenz. In The Elias Canetti Companion. Dagmar Lorenz Camden House. 280-312.
  • Mack, Michael (2003). “Transzendentaler Messianismus und die Katastrophe der Entscheidung. Anmerkungen zu Carl Schmitts und Walter Benjamins Eschatologie,”. In Leben, Tod und Entscheidung. Studien zur Geistesgeschichte der Weimarer Republik. Stephan Loos & Holger Zaborowski Duncker & Humbolt, 2003. 155-177.
  • Adler, Jeremey & Mack, Michael (1999). translation of Franz Baermann Steiner’s “Über den Prozeß der Zivilisierung.”. In Orientpolitik, Value and Civilisation. Selected Writings. Adler, Jeremey & Fardon, Richard Berghahn. 2.

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