Robert Trumbull

Robert Trumbull

Affiliate Faculty

B.A., Religion, Williams College
Ph.D., History of Consciousness (Philosophy), University of California Santa Cruz

Email: Rtrumbul@uw.edu
Website: roberttrumbull.wordpress.com


My area of specialization is 20th-century Continental philosophy. I have additional competency in 19th-century philosophy, ethics, and social and political philosophy. I have additional research and teaching interests in philosophy of film.

My research to date has focused on the work of the French-Maghrebian philosopher Jacques Derrida. More specifically, my work is situated within a broader body of current scholarship that has sought to show how Derridean deconstruction bears on issues well beyond the thought of language with which it is most often associated. In particular, I show that deconstruction offers powerful resources for thinking resolutely material questions related to human and animal life, and contemporary ethical and political practice.

This research has culminated in my current book project, Life-Death: Derrida, Freud, and the Future of Deconstruction. My previous work has been published in Derrida TodayPhilosophy Today, and Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy. In addition, I am the youngest contributor to an edited collection on the Derrida-Foucault debate entitled Foucault/Derrida Fifty Years Later.

Lastly, I serve as the Books Editor for Derrida Today, published by Edinburgh University Press.

More information about my teaching, research, and upcoming talks can be found at my website.

Selected Publications

“Freud Beyond Foucault: Thinking Pleasure as a Site of Resistance.” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32:3forthcoming.

“Power and the ‘Drive for Mastery’: Derrida’s Freud and the Debate with Foucault.” Foucault/Derrida: Fifty Years Later, eds. P. Deutscher, O. Custer, and S. Haddad (New York: Columbia UP, 2016): 151­–165.

“The All-Seeing Sovereign: Blindness and Vision in Derrida’s Death Penalty Seminars.” Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 20.2 (Fall 2016): 160–179.

“Derrida and the Death Penalty: The Question of Cruelty.” Philosophy Today 59.2 (Spring 2015): 317–336.

“Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis: ‘A Problematic Proximity.’”Derrida Today 5.1 (2012): 69–91.