Professor Christopher Norris BA (London); Ph.D. (London)

Professor Christopher Norris

BA (London); Ph.D. (London)

Distinguished Research Professor

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email:
norrisc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5412
Location:
1.54, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am part of the School's Philosophy group.

Christopher Norris is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff, Wales and has taught at many universities around the world. He has written more than thirty books on aspects of philosophy and literary theory, among them The Deconstructive Turn; The Truth About PostmodernismSpinoza and the Origins of Modern Critical TheoryQuantum Theory and the Flight from Realism; Philosophy of Language and the Challenge to Scientific Realism; On Truth and Meaning; Fiction, Philosophy and Literary Theory; Badiou's Being and Event: a reader's guide and (most recently) Re-Thinking the Cogito: naturalism, rationalism and the venture of thought.

His books and articles on Jacques Derrida have appeared at fairly regular intervals over the past twenty-five years, and have lately been concerned with the implications of Derrida's work for epistemology and philosophy of logic and language. His latest book Derrida, Badiou and the Formal Imperative is due for publication later this year. He also writes about issues in aesthetics and philosophy of art, having published the monograph Platonism, Music and the Listener's Share and edited the volumes Shostakovich: the man and his music and Music and the Politics of Culture.

His teaching includes undergraduate and MA courses on philosophy of language, French Philosophy: Sartre to Badiou, Deconstruction, Philosophy and Literary Theory, and Twentieth-Century Philosophy in the Two Traditions. Over the past thirty years he has lectured at many universities around the world and has been a visiting professor at Berkeley, Tulane University, City University of New York, Dartmouth College (School of Criticism and Theory), the University of Santiago de Compostela, and elsewhere.

His current main interest is in the relationship between philosophy and poetry, including the idea of verse as a way of addressing philosophical themes.

Teaching interests

  • philosophy of science
  • epistemology
  • philosophy of language
  • modern continental philosophy (especially the work of Jacques Derrida)

Current teaching

As well as contributing to the Mind, Thought and Reality first year module, I teach the following second and third year undergraduate modules:

  • French Philosophy: Sartre to Derrida
  • Philosophy and Literary Theory
  • Philosophy of Science and Critical Theory
  • Deconstruction

I also teach the following at postgraduate level:

  • 'Analytic and Continental Philosophy'
  • Core course on 'Philosophy of Language in the Two Traditions'
  • Course option on 'Deconstruction' and 'Topics in Recent Analytic Philosophy'
  • 'Music, Culture and Politics' (jointly taught with colleagues in the Music and History Departments)
  • Contributions to courses on Aesthetics, Critical Theory, and the New Musicology.

Research interests

  • philosophy of language
  • epistemology
  • philosophy of science
  • modern continental philosophy
  • aesthetics
  • literary theory