Michael Norton

Michael Norton
Office: Stabler Hall, Room 307
Phone: 501-569-3106
Email: mbnorton@ualr.edu

Michael Norton joined the UALR Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies faculty in Fall 2012. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Villanova University in 2011, and Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2003. He specializes in philosophy of religion and contemporary Continental philosophy – particularly phenomenology and deconstruction. His recent research draws on deconstruction and recent materialist perspectives with the goal of constructing a philosophical understanding of religious traditions through concrete practices, with an emphasis on pluralism.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

“Matter and Machine in Derrida’s Account of Religion,” Sophia: 2014 (forthcoming in print).
[DOI: 10.1007/s11841-014-0452-y]

“The Spectral Dilemma and the Instauration of the Divine: Latour contra Meillassoux,” ThéoRèmes 6: 2014. [DOI: 10.4000/theoremes.626]

“The Aporias of Justice and the Virtue of Un-inheritance,” Philosophia 41(2): 2013.

“Negotiating Modernity, Identity, and Pluralism in South Asia,” Annual Proceedings of the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion – Southwest (2011).

Book Chapters

Co-authored with Cynthia Nielsen: “Contributions from Philosophy,” Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Book Reviews

Bruno Latour, An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 2013), in Interstitial Journal: October 2013.

Levi R. Bryant, The Democracy of Objects (Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2011), in Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 6(1): 2012.

Santiago Zabala, The Remains of Being: Hermeneutic Ontology After Metaphysics (New York: Columbia Univeristy Press, 2009), in Perspectives: International Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy IV: 2012.