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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French Studies

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Dr Mauro Senatore

Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Room number: ER254, Elvet Riverside II

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My work situates at the crossroads of Continental philosophy and the life sciences. It interrogates the deconstruction of the concept of life that has been at stake in the theoretical work of contemporary biologists as well as in contemporary philosophers’ interpretations of biology. In particular, I am working on a project that is tentatively entitled “Henri Atlan: An Essay on Self-Organization”. This project explores the work of the French biophysicist H. A., who, in the early ’70s, introduced the theory of self-organization in French philosophy of biology, which, at that time, was informed by the paradigm of genetics. My aim is to examine to what extent a metaphysical understanding of life has already been at work in Atlan’s philosophy of biology. To this end, I will put the key features of this philosophy (from the notion of the postgenomic living to the reinterpretation of philosophical tradition) to the test of deconstruction. 


After being awarded my PhD from Kingston University, I was a Conicyt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Instituto de Humanidades, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago (Chile), and a Visiting Fellow at the State University of New York at Buffalo (US) and at the University of Salerno (Italy). I am currently a British Academy Fellow at Durham University and an Adjunct Professor of Contemporary French Philosophy at the Universidad Diego Portales. I am the author of several articles on contemporary French thought and of the forthcoming monograph on the problem of genesis in the work of Jacques Derrida. 

Selected Publications

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  • 2018 'El último Mochlos: universidad y poder desde Kant a Derrida', in Collingwood-Selby, Elizabeth, Luz Estupiñán, Mary, Thayer, Willy & Rodríguez Freire, Raul (eds.), La universidad (im)posible, Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación.
  • 2016 'Syntax is the Metal Itself: The Usure of Metaphors', in Foran, Lisa & Uljée, Rozemund (eds.), Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida: The Question of Difference, Springer, pp. 163-172

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