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Ashok Collins

Dr Ashok Collins is an Honorary Associate Investigator (AI 2016) with CHE and a Lecturer in French Studies at the Australian National University. Before taking up his current position at the ANU, Ash taught French and European Studies at The University of Western Australia where he also completed his PhD on twentieth-century French literature and post-deconstructive French philosophy. His primary research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century French intellectual history, twentieth-century French literature, continental philosophy, philosophy of religion and philosophy of education.

His work as an Associate Investigator explores how twentieth- and twenty-first-century continental philosophy has appropriated and reinterpreted mystical emotional experience in order to interrogate the binary division between theism and atheism within secular modernity.

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Mysticism and the Philosophy of Emotion in Secular Modernity

Relevant Publications

Collins, A. ‘For the love of this world: Michel Henry and Jean-Luc Nancy on theology and affectivity’. International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 82.1 (2021): 77–94.

Collins, A. ‘The Virtue of Joy: Spinoza in Jean-Luc Nancy’s Deconstruction of Christianity’. Research in Phenomenology 49.2 (2019): 143–62.

Collins, A. ‘The Forgotten Spinozist: Romain Rolland, Gilles Deleuze, and the Figure of Christ’. French Cultural Studies 28.4 (2017): 329–43.

Collins, A. ‘Being Exposed to Love: the Death of God in Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Luc Nancy’. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Online First (2016): 1‒23. DOI10.1007/s11153-015-9552-z

Collins, A. 'Towards a Saturated Faith: Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Luc Nancy on the Possibility of Belief after Deconstruction'. Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions 54.3 (2015): 321‒41.

Collins, A. 'Trinity and Atheology: The Listening Self in Romain Rolland's Jean-Christophe'. French Forum 39.2‒3 (2014): 113‒27.

Collins, A. 'The Religious Attitude and Music in Romain Rolland's Jean-Christophe: A Tekhne of Body'. Australian Journal of French Studies 48.2 (2011): 188‒200.

Collins, A. 'Jean-Christophe: un héros pacifiste? (Jean- Christophe: a Pacifist Hero?)'. In Romain Rolland, une oeuvre de paix, edited by Bernard Duchatelet, pp. 53‒60. Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 2010.