Martin Schwab

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Professor Emeritus, Philosophy
School of Humanities

Professor Emeritus, Comparative Literature
School of Humanities

Ph.D., University of Bielefeld, 1978, Philosophy

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University of California, Irvine
Department of Philosophy
79 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 4555
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy; Literature and Other Arts.
Research Abstract
My writing and teaching is mainly concerned with 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy. My focus is on French and German theories, starting with Nietzsche and Freud, and covering Phenomenology, Existentialism, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, Critical Theory of Society (under-described as ‘Frankfurt School’), Critical Theory (in the US understanding). Feeling that much good thinking takes place in the arts, but also persuaded that philosophical theories offer fruitful tools for the exploration of art I have also taught courses and published on literature, film, painting, architecture and urban space.
- Redehandeln – (an institutional speech act theory).
- Unsichtbares- Sichtbar Gemacht. (on “Film,” a movie by Beckett
and Schneider).
- “Escape from the Image: Deleuze’s Image Ontology” (On the
“Cinema” books by Gilles Deleuze).
- “Order Out of Chaos – Emergent Narration in Pynchon’s Gravity’s
- “Le spectre de l’éthique protestante dans la machine américaine.“
(on Max Weber’s ‘Protestant Ethics’ and its current significance
for US civilization).
- “Word Painting” (On Samuel Beckett’s text l’image).
- “L’aventure expressive de l’objet pictural” (Close reading of
painting “Express ” (1963), by Robert Rauschenberg.)
- “Transgressive Existentialism at the Movies. ” (On the work of
David Cronenberg).
- “Nietzsche’s Nazi Affinities - A Nietzschean Perspective. ”
- “Loyal Anarchists” (Thoreau and Emerson on the state).
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